“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” -Romans 6:15
“Grace does not grant permission to live in the flesh; it supplies power to live in the Spirit.” -John MacArthur
“And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes and be careful to obey My rules.” -Ezekiel 36:27
“If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”-Romans 8:11
If you’re God’s child, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead now lives inside of you, energizing your heart and your hands. -Paul Tripp
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” -Ephesians 6:10
How can we endure? Be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might. Remind yourself that you are in Christ Jesus and there is not a situation in your life where His grace will not be there to help you.
–excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon: The Gospel Continuing
“But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” -Exodus 11:7
What! Has God power over the tongues of dogs! Can He keep ours from barking? Yes, it is even so. He can prevent an Egyptian dog from worrying one of the lambs of Israel’s flock. Doth God silence dogs, and doggish ones among men, and the great dog at hell’s gate? Then let us move on our way without fear.
If He lets dogs move their tongues, yet He can stop their teeth. They may make a dreadful noise and still do us no real harm. Yet, how sweet is quiet! How delightful to move about among enemies and perceive that God maketh them to be at peace with us! Like Daniel in the den of lions we are unhurt amid destroyers.
Oh, that today this word of the Lord to Israel might be true to me! Does the dog worry me? I will tell my Lord about him. Lord, he does not care for my pleadings; do Thou speak the word of power, and he must lie down. Give me peace, O my God, and let me see Thy hand so distinctly in it that I may most clearly perceive the difference which Thy grace has made between me and the ungodly!
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“Thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong.” -Joshua 17:18
It is a great encouragement to valor to be assured of victory, for then a man goes forth to war in confidence and ventures where else he had been afraid to go. Our warfare is with evil within us and around us, and we ought to be persuaded that we are able to get the victory and that we shall do so in the name of the Lord Jesus. We are not riding for a fall, but to win; and win we shall. The grace of God in its omnipotence is put forth for the overflow of evil in every form: hence the certainty of triumph.
Certain of our sins find chariots of iron in our constitution, our former habits, our associations, and our occupations. Nevertheless we must overcome them. They are very strong, and in reference to them we are very weak; yet in the name of God we must master them, and we will. If one sin has dominion of us we are not the Lord’s free men. A man who is held by only one chain is still a captive. There is no going to heaven with one sin ruling within us, for of the saints it is said, “Sin shall not have dominion over you.” Up, then, and slay every Canaanite, and break to shivers every chariot of iron! The Lord of hosts is with us, and who shall resist His sin-destroying power?
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. –2 Corinthians 12:9
The way the Lord prepares His army is different from the way we would prepare ours. He actually strengthens His army by subtracting from it. He whittled down Gideon’s army to 300 people to fight against an army of 135,000. Why does He do that? So no flesh could glory in His presence. Everyone would be able to see that God was the One giving the victory.
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” -Ephesians 3:20-21
This is the design of God among His people. He is giving unlikely people His power so it is clear who deserves the glory for the success that takes place. -David Platt in Radical, pg. 53
“…’My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9
“If you have shallow sorrows you will receive shallow graces. If you have deep afflictions you will obtain deeper proof of God’s faithfulness.” —Spurgeon, Beside Still Waters.
[via Josh Harris]