Monday, May 28, 2012


"Lately there has been much attention given to the small details of worship, but who is looking after the little child-- that is, the main duties of Christianity? Was there ever less love, compassion, self-denial or power of holiness than today? Unfortunately these cardinal duties, like the child, are in great danger of perishing in the fire of contention and division which a perverse zeal for lesser things has kindled among us.
Be especially careful to watch yourself in those areas where you know you are weak. The weakest part of the city needs the strongest guard; in our bodies, the most vulnerable parts are covered and kept the warmest. I would think it most unusual if the fabric of your grace was so consistently strong that you could find no weakness of any point.
Take my advice in the matter, and watch most carefully the area you find weakest. Is your head weak-- your judgment I mean? See to it that you do not keep company with those who drink only the strong wine of "seraphic notions" and high-flown opinions. Is your weakness in your passions? Watch over them, as one who dwells in a thatched-roof house is careful of every spark that flies out his chimney, for fear one should land on the thatch and set the whole house on fire. When our neighbor's house is ablaze, we throw water on our own roof, or cover it with a wet sheet. When flame breaks out at another's mouth, throw water on your own hot spirit to prevent a fire breaking out in you. You should always have available some cooling, wrath-quenching scriptures for just such a situation.
These preventive measures will enable you to secure your house against any attack by the devil. And when the enemy has been put down, you will still be "standing."
Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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