Friday, April 27, 2012


“Heap all the riches and honors of the world upon a man-- they will not make him a Christian. Heap them on a Christian-- they will not make him a better Christian. Again, take them all away. When stripped and naked, he will still be a Christian, and perhaps a better one.
Satan could do the sincere saint little harm if he directed his forces only against his outward enjoyments, because they mean nothing to him in comparison with his spiritual inheritance. Indeed, Satan's attack on a Christian's earthly possessions should do him no more harm than a robber does to a man if he strips him naked and then proceeds to beat the man's clothes as they lie on the ground in a heap! Insofar as the spirit of grace prevails in a saint's heart, he has put off his desire for the things of the world. Therefore, his heavenly treasure is the booty Satan waits for: his nature, his occupation, and his hopes.
The Christian's nature is heavenly, born from above. As Christ is the Lord from heaven, so all His offspring are heavenly. The holiness of Christ in you reminds Satan of his own first estate. He has lost the beauty of holiness forever, and how, like a true apostate, he endeavors to ruin it in you.
God stamps His image of holiness on the face of your soul. This attribute of beauty is what makes us most like God. How God longs to see His clear likeness reflected in His children, and His true children long to be like Him! Satan knows this and works tirelessly to disfigure the divine image. Marring the Christian's nature brings shame to the saint and pours contempt upon God in distorting His likeness. It is not worth risking life and limb against this enemy who annihilates that which makes us like God Himself?

Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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