Monday, April 23, 2012

Hope for him of weak grace

  God may communicate the less of his assisting strength, so that He may show the more of his supporting strength, in upholding him of weak grace. 
We do not wonder when we see a man of strong constitution, that eats his bread heartily and sleeps soundly, live. But for a crazy body, full of ails and infirmities, to be so patched and shored up by the physician’s art that he lives to old age, this begets some wonder in the beholders. It may be thou art a poor trembling soul, thy faith is weak, and thy assaults from Satan strong, thy corruptions stirring and active, and thy mortifying strength little, so that in thy opinion they rather gain ground on thy grace, rather than give ground to it. Ever and anon thou art ready to think thou shalt be cast as a wreck on the devil’s shore; and yet to this day thy grace lives, though full of leaks. Now is it not worth the stepping aside to see this strange sight?
A broken ship with masts and hull rent and torn, thus towed along by almighty power through an angry sea, and armadas of sins and devils, safely into it harbor. In a word, to see a weak stripling in grace held up in God’s arms till he beats the devil craven! This God is doing in upholding thee. Thou art one of those babes, out of whose mouth God is perfecting praise, by ordaining such strength for thee, that thou, a babe in grace, shalt yet foil a giant in wrath and power.”

This word of encouragement is from William Gurnall’s book titled the Christian in Complete Armour. Charles Spurgeon recommends this book be in every Christian’s library and David Wilkerson blesses the day he found this book and says it breathes holiness on every page.
Not a bad recommendation. 


covnitkepr1 said...

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Matt said...

you can keep that one for me. :)

FCB said...

Hi Matt,
Yep, it is a powerful word of hope and at the center most of the men find it hard to trust in grace because of pasts that are so troubled. Not that I don't need this word of encouragement as well, or in the words of
Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones - "I shall never cease to be grateful to Richard Sibbes who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaught of the devil... I found at that time that Richard Sibbes, who was known in London in the early seventeenth century as "The Heavenly Doctor Sibbes." was an unfailing remedy... The Bruised Reed... quieted, soothed, comforted, encourage and healed me."