“The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts. Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
for they are the joy of my heart. I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.” -Psalm 119:110-112
“Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy.” -A.W. Tozer
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word.” -Psalm 119:9
“Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy, however harmless it may appear to be.” -A.W. Tozer
When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. -Proverbs 16:7
I must see that my ways please the Lord. Even then I shall have enemies; and, perhaps, all the more certainly because I endeavor to do that which is right. But what a promise this is! The Lord will make the wrath of man to praise Him and abate it so that it shall not distress me.
He can constrain an enemy to desist from harming me, even though he has a mind to do so. This He did with Laban, who pursued Jacob but did not dare to touch him. Or He can subdue the wrath of the enemy and make him friendly, as He did with Esau, who met Jacob in a brotherly manner, though Jacob had dreaded that he would smite him and his family with the sword. The Lord can also convert a furious adversary into a brother in Christ and a fellow worker, as He did with Saul of Tarsus. Oh, that He would do this in every case where a persecuting spirit appears!
Happy is the man whose enemies are made to be to him what the lions were to Daniel in the den, quiet and companionable! When I meet death, who is called the last enemy, I pray that I may be at peace. Only let my great care be to please the Lord in all things. Oh, for faith and holiness; for these are a pleasure unto the Most High!
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in Your rules.” -Psalm 119:43
Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy. -A.W. Tozer (via Louie Giglio’s Twitter)
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. -Isaiah 54:17
Weapons Doomed to Fail
There is great clatter in the forges and smithies of the enemy. They are I making weapons wherewith to smite the saints. They could not even do as much as this if the Lord of saints did not allow them; for He has created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire. But see how busily they labor! How many swords and spears they fashion! It matters nothing, for on the blade of every weapon you may read this inscription: It shall not Prosper.
But now listen to another noise: it is the strife of tongues. Tongues are more terrible instruments than can be made with hammers and anvils, and the evil which they inflict cuts deeper and spreads wider. What will become of us now? Slander, falsehood, insinuation, ridicule-these are poisoned arrows; how can we meet them? The Lord God promises us that, if we cannot silence them, we shall, at least, escape from being ruined by them. They condemn us for the moment, but we shall condemn them at last and forever. The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped, and their falsehoods shall be turned to the honor of those good men who suffered by them.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, November 16 entry]