The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall. Pages 27-29
– Sources of The Follower’s Courage –
If you intend to bear up courageously against the opposition on your march to heaven, your principles must be well fixed. Otherwise, your heart will be unstable, and an unstable heart is as weak as a house without girders. The first crosswind will blow it down. Two things are required to fix your principles:
1. An established knowledge of God’s truth.
He who only has a passing acquaintance with the king may easily be persuaded to change his allegiance, or will at least try *to remain neutral in the face of treason. Some professing followers have only a passing acquaintance with the Word of God. They can hardly give account for what they hope for, or whom they hope in. And if they have some principles they take kindly to, they are so unsettled that every wind blows them away, like loose tiles from a housetop.
When Satan buffets and temptation washes over you like a tidal wave, you must cling to God’s truths. They are your shelter in every raging storm. But you must have them on hand, ready to use. Do not wait until it is sinking to patch the boat. A feeble commitment has little hope of safety when caught in a tempest. While that flounders and drowns, holy determination, grounded in the Word, will lift up its head like a rock in the midst of the highest waves.
Scripture promises, ‘the people who know their God will stand firm and prevail.’ (Dan. 11:32). An angel told Daniel which men would stand up and be counted for God when tempted and persecuted by Antiochus. Some would be taken in by the bribery of corrupt men; others would fall victim to intimidation and threats. But a few, who were firmly grounded in the tenets of their faith (trust), would do great things for God. That is to say, to flatteries they would be incorruptible, and to power and force, unconquerable.
2. A Heart Set in the Right Direction.
*Head knowledge of the things of Christ is not enough; this following Christ is primarily a matter of the heart. If your heart is not fixed on its purpose, your principles, as good as they may be, will hang loose and be of no more use in the heat of battle than an ill stringed bow. Half-hearted resolve will not venture much or far for Christ. Nor will the heart with false motives. A hypocrite may show some strength of spirit for the moment, but he will soon give up his profession when he is pinched on the toe where his corn is; in other words, when called to deny that which his evil heart coveted all along.
*If you are a serious soldier, do not flirt with any of your desires that are beneath Christ and heaven. They will play the harlot and steal your heart. Consider Jehu. How courageous and zealous he seemed in the beginning. Why, then, did his resolve fail him before his work was half done? *Because his heart was never set on God alone! The very ambition that stirred up his zeal at first, in the end quenched and killed it. He compromised with evil men to reach his goal. Then when he gained the throne, he dared not put God’s plan into action for fear of provoking those same evil men and thereby losing his kingdom. (2 Kings 10:31). In short his heart was set on the world’s pleasures more than on God’s favor.
– to be continued. ..-
Questions for further digestion:
♡ Do you spend as much time in the Word of God; as you do in any form of preparation for any other hobby, event, recreational enjoyment, or study for school. .. work?
♡ What are any other desires other than Christ or heaven?
♡ Is it possible for either of these two things to flourish one without the other?
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah