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Daily Reformation, Ephesians 6:10-20
From the Reformer
The Christians of this age seem to me to be content with themselves, though there is infinite reason for the reverse. When I sit down and read the biographies of saints who have gone to heaven, I am astonished at myself, and I can only weep to think how far I am behind these men, and then how much further I must be behind my divine Master. Surely the examples of eminent saints should spur us onward. If Henry Martin could unreservedly devote his life and energies to Christ’s service, why may not we? If Martin Luther with holy boldness could face the danger, why should not we? If Calvin with clear and eagle eye could read the doctrines of the gospel amid the mists of error, why should not we?
—C. H. Spurgeon, Sermons, “Weak Hands and Feeble Knees”
Pulling It Together
“I cannot do it.” One might more truthfully say, “I will not do it.”
God provides the necessary tools for all he ever asks you to do for him. Who might have more honestly said that he could not do anything for God than Paul when he was imprisoned and in chains? Yet even there one may open his mouth. Surely Paul was frightened; thus he requested prayers for boldness to accomplish what he knew he was expected to carry out.
What does God expect you to do for him today? What will it require? Do you have in you to do it? Of course not! So pray for strength and then stand strong in the Lord.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers