April 20, 2009

The Calamity After the Storm

More excerpts from Mr Chambers:

You may have just victoriously gone through a great crisis, but now be alert about the things that may appear to be the least likely to tempt you. Beware of thinking that the areas of your life where you have experienced victory in the past are now the least likely to cause you to stumble and fall...We are apt to say, "It is not at all likely that having been through the greatest crisis of my life I would now turn back to the things of the world." Do not try to predict where the temptation will come; it is the least likely thing that is the real danger...The Bible characters stumbled over their strong points, never their weak ones.
Oswald Chambers - My Utmost For His Highest: April 19 Devotional

We stumble over our strong points. Maybe we stumble over what we think are our strong points when in fact we are weak in our sin. We stumble over our pride, which has us place reliance on the things the Lord has made us strong in rather than placing that reliance in the Lord. Our strengths, which the Lord would have us put to use in bringing Him glory become the prideful gaps in the armor they were designed to strengthen.

We can somehow turn the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-20 into the hole in our defenses big enough to drive any sin through.

To be victorious through Christ only to fall on our own.

A self-calamity after the storm He has seen us through.

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