It will be in vain for me to stock my library,
or organize societies,
or project schemes,
if I neglect the culture of myself:
for books and agencies and systems
are only remotely the instruments of my holy calling;
my own spirit, soul, and body, are my nearest machinery for sacred service;
my spiritual faculties, and my inner life,
are my battle axe and weapons of war.
--Charles Spurgeon (aka the Prince of Preachers), Lectures to My Students
This is the latest book I have been reading through--such timeless wisdom as he instructs new preachers for their coming tasks.
Dear friends, do you not see the battle that constantly wages against our souls on a daily basis? May we all faithfully and zealously sharpen the battle axe for the spiritual war that lies before us!
And hold fast to His promises:
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10: 3-4
2 Corinthians 10: 3-4
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset--rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world. 1 Peter 5: 8-9
Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my keen and firm Strength, Who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight Psalm 144: 1
Put on God's whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. Ephesians 6: 11
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6: 12
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