Monday, August 15, 2011

Cheerfully Fighting On

A powerful reminder from a favorite book:
"A special faith in our Lord Jesus Christ's person, work and office, is the life, heart and mainspring of the Christian soldier's character.
"He sees by faith an unseen Saviour, who loved him, gave Himself for him, paid his debts, bore his sins, carried his transgressions, rose again for him, and appears in heaven for him as his Advocate at the right hand of God. He sees Jesus and clings to Him. Seeing this Saviour and trusting in Him, he feels peace and hope and willingly does battle against the foes of his soul.
"He sees his own many sins, his weak heart, a tempting world, a busy devil, and if he looked only at them he might despair. But he sees also a mighty Saviour, an interceding Saviour, a sympathizing Saviour -- His blood, His righteousness, His everlasting priesthood -- and he believes that all this is his own. He sees Jesus and casts his whole weight on Him. Seeing Him, he cheerfully fights on, with a full confidence that he will prove more than conqueror through Him that loved him (Rom. 8:37)Holiness by J.C. Ryle, pgs. 56,57

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