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Is it the case that through what Jesus did for us, now that we are professing Christians, that we now can just drift through our human existence without any opposition from the enemy? Of course not! That's why this imperative command is given: you've got to take the armour of God. As you read down each element of armour, it is often said 'Put on', 'Take up'. So there is something for us to do, passivity is not an option in the Christian life at all - and it certainly is not specifically in relation to spiritual warfare. We have got a part to play - and, incidentally, this is not just in this area, but in every aspect of the Christian experience, we have a part to play. That is not works, that's simply the way it is. Grace is God's gift that He hands out to us, and in Christianity He gives us everything on a plate - it's all of grace, from start to finish - but faith is our hand that receives it, faith is our hand that appropriates everything that He has provided for us. So from the very moment that we repent and believe the Gospel, and are justified before God, we are still to go on, through His grace, taking by faith. Romans says this: Christianity is from faith, to faith - it is a faith exercise from start to finish, it is a faith operation. You can't get anything without faith... [Listen or read more...]
The Christian Warrior: Wrestling With Sin, Satan, The World, And The Flesh
by Isaac Ambrose
In The Christian Warrior, Isaac Ambrose (1604-1664) provides armament and strategy to fight our tireless adversary, the devil. He begins by showing, from Ephesians 6:12, how all God's people are warriors engaged in a battle, that our enemy is both powerful and malicious, and that we must wrestle and strive hard against him.
Ambrose illustrates how Satan attacks us at different stages of life: in childhood, at our first conversion, during the prime of life, and at the time of death. Ambrose gives practical, point-by-point advice throughout the book on how to cope with these attacks. He illustrates how Satan attempts to foil the believer coming to Christ at each stage of his conversion. He then shows how Satan tries to convince the doubting believer that his conversion is not genuine, and how to answer those arguments. He continues by showing how to endure persecution, how to resist temptations of the flesh (lust, pride, anger, condemning others, dishonest gain), and how Satan attempts to exploit the special vulnerabilities of both weak and strong Christians. He concludes by preparing the believer for 'the final battle' in the hour of his death (which is often his most intense time of attack), by illustrating how to avoid the extremes of presumption and despair.
Even readers not accustomed to Puritan works will find Ambrose's warm and engaging style both eminently useful and Christ-exalting. Includes a helpful biographical preface to the life and times of the author.
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