Gospel Jihad


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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Today’s Readings: Mark 2:1-12; 1 Cor. 4; Ps. 76; Josh. 10-12

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We have already noted that Joshua may be used most profitably as a wonderful
representation of what the warfare of the Christian life looks like as we
prosecute our ongoing war against the remnants of indwelling sin. We see these
indwelling sins hide everywhere, and they are numerous and powerful and in
the natural – much too much for us to handle. Yet the Biblical portrayal is of
God’s people, fearlessly attacking these inhabitants, knowing full well it is the
Lord’s pleasure to give us the land. We must in fact enter the fray, but the
victory belongs to Him. This is what it means to truly live by faith. And today we
note Josh. 11:20- “For it was the LORD’s doing to harden their hearts that they
should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to
destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the LORD
commanded Moses.” So it is we see a great mystery in the life of the believer
unfolded: That sin, once set upon and challenged, will marshal its forces in
making every possible attempt to retain its power over our lives. It ought not to
surprise us greatly then, when as we progress in true spiritual maturity, our
grappling with sin may increase in intensity. Many a Christian is greatly (and
needlessly) disheartened to imagine that years later, the battle still rages
fiercely. But this is not a signal something is wrong – but rather that God’s plan
is being carried out as He said. He has ordained it, that when our sins sense the
reality that we intend their demise, they will gather with increased and re-
pportioned efforts to retain every last bit of influence over us they can. Do not
be shocked! Sins you thought long ago vanquished suddenly reappear with new
ones appended, in a new territory and with reinforced vigor. This is the Lord’s
doing – that they should emerge for battle yet again so that we might have not
temporary victory, or win in name only, but that they might be more fully and
completely vanquished. Don’t faint now dear saint! Now is the day He has
appointed to bring them low. Raise the sword, face them without fear, and
behold the salvation of your God wrought out in every corner of your life and
being. Fight on!

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