HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)2 Corinthians 10:3-4

“Though we live in the world.”

God does not take me, immediately on my conversion, to the perfect security of His heavenly house. He leaves me here for a time, in a world that is filled with temptation and evil.

Nor would He have me hide from these snares and dangers, as monks and nuns do, in cloistral retirement and seclusion. In the very midst of the world’s allurements and perils, He bids me bear witness for Him and for my Saviour. I move through the heart of the enemy’s country! Yes, and within myself, so long as I am on this side of the inheritance He has prepared for me, there are a thousand solicitations to yield to the foe. My hazard is great and perpetual!

But we do not wage war according to the flesh. Indeed, the weapons of the world would be of no avail in such a struggle as mine. I need a diviner, more spiritual, more celestial aids. And I have them. God is for me — His angels, His providences, His people, His Word, His indwelling Spirit, Himself, in His wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth! I would be baffled and routed before an hour had passed if it were not for Him. But He can cast down strongholds and every high thing that exalts itself. His grace is sufficient. There is nothing too hard for Him. The Lord Almighty is my Banner, my Captain, my Vanguard and my Rearguard too.

Let my whole life be one of faith in Him. From the pomp and power of the enemy, from the subtle craft and poisonous sweetness of the tempter — I flee to the King my Friend!

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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