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the great principle

September 5, 2007

“Here is the great principle of the trial of faith.  As a believer you profess to assign, in your practical regards, a place of absolute, unquestioned supremacy, to ‘the word of the Lord.’  When God hath spoken, it is enough.  You are no more faithless, but believing.  You are not disobedient to the heavenly message.  Difficulties, dangers, fears, anxieties–all must give place where ‘the word of the Lord’ is against them; where they are against ‘the word of the Lord.’  You simply consider them not.  You ‘stagger not at the promise through unbelief.’  You bid your trembling heart be still and see the salvation of the Lord.  Ah!  this is ‘the shield of faith; and by it ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.’  You resign your own wisdom.  You refuse to be governed by things seen and temporal.  There is nothing too hard for the Lord; and the Lord hath passed His word.  You ‘believe that what he hath spoken He is able also to perform;’–that what you have committed to Him He is also able to keep.  You confer not with flesh and blood.  The weapons of your warfare are not carnal.  You are content with ‘the word of the Lord.’  You know that it will stand, and that it will protect you….That word of the Lord is a secret home in which your soul dwells in peace.”(Hugh Martin: Jonah, Banner of Truth, pp. 257-258)

  1. kamelda permalink
    September 5, 2007 12:36 pm

    I probably need to glue that on a 3×5 card before my eyes.

  2. kamelda permalink
    September 5, 2007 12:37 pm

    (A sort of visor of belief.)

  3. September 5, 2007 12:41 pm

    Ah, sort of a phylactery of faith, as it were.

  4. September 6, 2007 9:11 am

    Promptly transferred to Stickies (something close to a phylactery for Mac users). Thank you. May God support us as we hold the shield.

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