Monday, March 09, 2009

Your Goliath lust

(Thomas Watson, "Christ All in All")

"Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might." Ephesians 6:10

When you are to resist a temptation, or to mortify a corruption--do not go out in your own strength, but in the strength of Christ.

Some go out to duty in the strength of their abilities; and go out against sin in the strength of their resolutions--and they both come home foiled. Alas! What are our resolutions, but like the green cords which bound Samson! A sinful heart will soon break these!

Do as David when he was to go up against Goliath. He said, "I come to you in the name of the Lord!" So say to your Goliath lust, "I come to you in the name of Christ!" Then we conquer, when the Lion of the tribe of Judah marches before us!

4 comments:

Ike said...

It's interesting that young David trusted in the Lord and yet later he failed.

The Reformed faith helps us here. Take seriously your own depravity. Don't be naive about your own potential. You cannot live the Christian life in your own strength. It is not a "bootstrap" kind of thing. If you think you can, 'you have not yet considered how great the weight of sin is.' Sin is too strong. Depravity is too pervasive.

Wayne Dawg said...

Ike - right on!

Steve Martin said...

"...If you think you can, 'you have not yet considered how great the weight of sin is.' Sin is too strong. Depravity is too pervasive."

Right, Ike...and don't forget the devil!

He is after us also!

"Did we in our own strength confide....our striving would be losing, we're not the right man on our side, the Man of God's own choosong."
(from A Mighty Fortress is our God.)

Question of Identity said...

Thanks for this Wayne - simple but so true: We need to come against all evil and temptation in His Mighty Name!

God bless

Neil