Friday, June 17, 2016

Who Shall Begin the Battle?

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
'Tis his supreme prerogative
o'er subject kings to reign;
'tis right that he should rule the world,
who does the world sustain.
 —Psalm 22:28
Suggested tune: Stracathro (CM)

Then he said, “Who shall begin the battle?”
He answered, “You.”
—1 Kings 20:14
The conflict of faith is no civil war, in which one half of the kingdom is divided against the other. This would be insurrection. This is the one conflict that many Christians know: the unrest of the conscience, and the powerless wrestling of a will which consents to that which is good, but does not perform it. The Christian has not to overcome himself. This his Lord does when he surrenders himself. Then he is free and strong to combat and overcome the enemies of his Lord and of the kingdom.  No sooner, however, are we willing that God should have his way with us than we are found striving against God. This also is truly conflict, but it is not the good fight of faith.
 —Andrew Murray
O Lord Jesus, who art the Prince of the army of the Lord, the Hero, the Victor, teach me to be strong in thee my stronghold, and in the power of thy might.  Teach me to understand what the good fight of faith is, and how the one thing that I have need of is always to look to thee—to thee, the supreme Guide of faith.  And, consequently, in me, too, let this be the victory that overcometh the world, namely, my faith.  Amen.
 —Andrew Murray
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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