Wednesday, July 23, 2008

You live in a world where your soul is in constant danger. Enemies are round you on every side. Your own heart is deceitful. Bad examples are numerous. Satan is always laboring to lead you astray. Above all false doctrine and false teachers of every kind abound. This is your great danger.

To be safe you must be well armed. You must provide yourself with the weapons which God has given you for your help. You must store your mind with Holy Scripture. This is to be well armed.

Arm yourself with a thorough knowledge of the written word of God. Read your Bible regularly. Become familiar with your Bible. . . . Neglect your Bible and nothing that I know of can prevent you from error if a plausible advocate of false teaching shall happen to meet you. Make it a rule to believe nothing except it can be proved from Scripture. The Bible alone is infallible. . . . Do you really use your Bible as much as you ought?

There are many today, who believe the Bible, yet read it very little. Does your conscience tell you that you are one of these persons?If so, you are the man that is likely to get little help from the Bible in time of need. Trial is a sifting experience. . . . Your store of Bible consolations may one day run very low.

If so, you are the man that is unlikely to become established in the truth. I shall not be surprised to hear that you are troubled with doubts and questions about assurance, grace, faith, perseverance, etc. The devil is an old and cunning enemy. He can quote Scripture readily enough when he pleases. Now you are not sufficiently ready with your weapons to fight a good fight with him. . . . Your sword is held loosely in your hand.

If so, you are the man that is likely to make mistakes in life. I shall not wonder if I am told that you have problems in your marriage, problems with your children, problems about the conduct of your family and about the company you keep. The world you steer through is full of rocks, shoals and sandbanks. You are not sufficiently familiar either with lighthouses or charts.

If so, you are the man who is likely to be carried away by some false teacher for a time. It will not surprise me if I hear that one of these clever eloquent men who can make a convincing presentation is leading you into error. You are in need of ballast (truth); no wonder if you are tossed to and fro like a cork on the waves.

All these are uncomfortable situations. I want you to escape them all. Take the advice I offer you today. Do not merely read your Bible a little—but read it a great deal. . . . Remember your many enemies. Be armed!

HT: Justin Taylor


Yellowfruit said...

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dad said...

Here’s an anecdote from one of my very favorite expositors…S Lewis Johnson…

“Some years ago, I was a speaker at the Founders Conference of the Moody Bible Institute, and one of the attenders of the conference was Dr. Wilbur Smith, well-known evangelical whose library was the envy of all preachers. He had over 25,000 volumes in his library....Dr. Smith was one of the speakers at the same conference I was one of the speakers at, and he told an interesting story. He said he had a friend of his ...And like Dr. Smith, had been a Presbyterian minister all of his life. In his later years...Dr. Smith said, when he was sitting in chair before a bookshelf with his scholarly books before and behind him in the bookcases, and a Bible was on the table right by his side. In the course of the conversation with Dr. Smith he said, “Wilbur, my only wish is that I had read those books less and this book more,” putting his hand on the Bible.”

geoffrey kirkland said...

Excellent note, dad. And great reminder too!

Love you.

Anonymous said...

No Bible, No Breakfast.

Psalm 119:162 (NKJV)
I rejoice at Your word
As one who finds great treasure.


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