HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15

There are many times and circumstances when all my safety is to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.

I must do so when I am face to face with spiritual antagonists.

The unholy thoughts which torment me, the inconsistent words that escape my lips, the old evil habits that are always coming back to annoy and defile me — they will never be overcome by my strenuous efforts alone. Daily I must turn to, daily I must receive from, my God’s inexhaustible treasury of grace if I am to overcome and prevail.

I must do so, too, when I am in the darkness of mind and soul. I cannot carve my own way out of these periods of gloom. I must, even when He seems to have withdrawn His loving and life-giving presence, continue looking up to Him in my loneliness and waiting until He has mercy upon me. It is He who will cause my midnight to flee away and will restore the sunshine and the summer.

I must do so — yet again when I am concerned about the salvation of others. I can, indeed, speak to them. I can pray for them, on bended knees, in the secret place. I can warn them night and day with tears. But when all has been tried that my wisdom and love can suggest, I must recognize the limits of my power. I am helpless to save my friends. God alone can give the increase! (1 Corinthians 3:6).

Thus, along the whole of my Christian course, from the moment of birth to the moment of coronation, the battle is not mine but God’s.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” Philippians 4:13

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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