The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall. Page 44-45.
☆The Reason for Trusting God’s Power ☆
2. Your Present Dilemma
Without God’s strength, you cannot stand in the hour of testing. The challenge is beyond the stretch of human fortitude. Just suppose all your strength is already engaged to barricade your soul against temptation and satan is steadily hacking away at your resolve; what will you do? You need not panic. Only send faith (trust) to cry at God’s window, like the man in the parable asking his neighbor for bread at midnight, and He who keeps covenant forever will provide. When faith (trust) fails, however, and the soul has no one to send for divine intervention, the battle is all but over, and satan will at that very moment be crossing the threshold.
When you are in the midst of testing, do not give up in despair. *Faith (Trust) is a dogged grace! Unless your soul flatly denies the power of God, this courier – trust – will beat a well-worn path to the throne. Doubt cripples but does not incapacitate faith (trust). Indeed, even as you are disputing the mercy of God and questioning in your mind whether He will come to your rescue, faith (trust) will make its way, even if haltingly, into His Presence. And the message it delivers will be, ‘If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.‘
But if you conclude finally that God cannot pardon or save, cannot come to your rescue, this shoots faith (trust) through the heart. Then your soul will fall at satan’s feet, to disheartened to keep the door shut any longer to his temptation. Remember this: The one who abandons faith (trust) in the midst of spiritual drought can be compared to the fool who throws away his pitcher the first day the well is dry.
– to be continued. ..
☆ Questions for further digestion ☆
♡ True or false? Surrender is the first requirement of trust. Or put differently. .. trust does not work without surrender.
♡ If the first question be true. .. who do you surrender to?
♡ If it be false. .. why would one need faith (trust) if surrender isn’t necessary?
♡ Who put satan in the garden?
♡ Why do you think God did not ‘interfere’ when satan came to tempt Eve?
(For example: God didn’t send an angel or come Himself and remind Eve what she had been told before (not to eat); nor did He come and stand in front of the enemy and say “Get away from My Child!”)
♡ So. .. Does God allow the enemy to cross our “threshold”? (Remember Job)
♡ Is it confidence in our faith (trust) that motivates His allowances or His?
♡ Do you see why Gurnall starts this section out with the strong words about God’s strength?
♡ Does it put a new perspective on Pauls words: ‘in my weakness He is strong’?
♡ Does it also give a different perspective on surrender?
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah