Friday, June 01, 2012


"We must not, then, spread our sails of profession in a calm but fold them up as soon as the wind starts to rise.
A person becomes unconquerable when he is empowered with a holy boldness from heaven to draw forth the sword of the Spirit and embrace the naked truth by freely professing it in the face of death. This is to have our "loins girt about with truth."
Maintain a steadfast profession of truth. The apostle pressed this instruction upon all Christians when he said: "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering Hebrews 10:32. Paul spoke against those who avoided assembling together with saints for fear of persecution, for he believed men who staggered spiritually like this stood next door to apostasy. We must not, then, spread our sails of profession in a calm but fold them up as soon as the wind starts to rise.
Pergamos was commended for her bold profession: "I know thy works, and where thou dwells, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holds fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days where-in Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you" Revelation 2:13. It was a time when the deceiver sat in the judge's seat and Christians often drew a sentence of death. Blood was spilled right before their eyes but it did not make them deny the truth of Christ's blood given for them.
Paul delivered a strict charge to Timothy concerning a steadfast profession of truth: "But You, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness" 1 Timothy 6:11. While people all around you aim at the world, run after spiritual riches with a chase as hot as theirs.
But what if this business of seeking righteousness cannot be transacted peaceably? Should we close up shop, put our profession on the shelf and postpone holiness until favorable times have come again? Paul's solution is to "fight the good fight of faith" (v. 12). Do not abandon your profession of truth but put your life on the line to keep it.
Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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