The Saint’s Fortification ~ Part 4

August 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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***Taken from The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall.***

4. Maintain Assurance of Salvation

Still another way to fortify yourself against Satan is to preserve the hope of your salvation, which is promised through the Messiah’s atoning sacrifice. Record God’s special visits to you in the memory book of your heart. Paste keepsakes of the occasions when He declared a holiday and came to you in festive robes of mercy, holding forth the scepter of His grace more familiarly than usual. Keep old receipts written in His own hand for the pardon of your sins.

“But,” the doubting soul may ask, “what if I cannot grasp this assurance, or vouch for those evidences which I once thought to be true?” Then try the following prescriptions as a tonic for your ailing trust.

First of all, renew your repentance, as if you had never repented. Put forth fresh acts of trust, as if you had never believed, and you – by the power of the Spirit – will beat Satan at his own game. Let him tell you that your former actions were hypocritical, or that they are old and worthless. What can he say about your present affirmation of trust? In this way, the very accusations he uses to drive you away from God, instead only serve to drive you into His loving arms!

If he still haunts you with fears of your spiritual conditions, then apply to the throne of grace and ask for a copy of the old evidence, which you have misplaced. The original is in the pardon office in heaven, of which the Messiah is the Master! And if you are a child of God, your name is on record in that court! Appeal to God, and hear the news from heaven, rather than listen to the tales your enemy brings from hell. If you would argue less with Satan and pray more to God about your fears, they would soon be resolved. Can you expect truth from a liar, or comfort from an adversary? Turn your back on him and go to God. Try not to worry. Sooner or later you will receive your certificate of assurance.

If your soul is so buffeted that you cannot seem to hear God’s reassuring answer above Satan’s howling, sail away from the enemy and head straight for God’s harbor. Make an honorable retreat into those assurances and strengths which Christ provides for His endangered soldiers. There are two places of advantage into which deserting souls may retire: the Name (character) of God, and the full proof promises of His Word. I think of these as  the fair heavens, which are chiefly of use when the storm is so great that the ship cannot live at sea. And there was nothing inherent in the creature to move the great God to make such promises, so there can be nothing in the creature to hinder the Almighty from keeping them, where and when He pleases. This act of trust in retreating to the promises, accompanied with a longing desire after that grace you are actively seeking, while it may not fully satisfy all your doubts, will nevertheless keep you from sinking.

Finally, if Satan continues to hound you, call in help and do not listen to the devil’s counsel to the contrary. The very strength of some temptations lies in trying to keep them hidden. Telling a trusted, godly friend of your struggles often brings relief. Satan knows this too well, so in order to more freely rifle the soul of its peace and comfort, he frightens into silence. He has kept many a poor soul in misery by swearing it to secrecy. You lose two blessings by keeping the devils secret – the light of your fellow brother/sisters Light of God, in their  experience of His grace and their prayers. And what a grave loss this is!

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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3 Comments

  1. Rob Barkman said,

    Very good advice for all of us… Oh how important it is to know that we are saved and secure in Him! Lord bless you.

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  2. Toni Sprandel said,

    Thank you. I love your comment about the enemy keeping us in misery because of our silence, I had never really thought about it but it is so true!

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    • buttrflygrl14 said,

      I hadn’t either…William Gurnall is constantly pulling my perspective into truth! He KNOWS WHO He is writing about! May I do the same! Hugz

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