Monday, October 17, 2016

Owen: temptation

Monday, October 17, 2016
    Feast of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
    [Jesus:] “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
    —Luke 22:31-32 (ESV)
    Steadfastness in believing doth not exclude all temptations from without. When we say a tree is firmly rooted, we do not say the wind never blows upon it.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), Works of John Owen, v. IX, New York: R. Carter, 1851, Serm. I, p. 27 (see the book)
    See also Luke 22:31-32, Ps. 1:1-3; 46:1; John 14:1; Rom. 4:20; Jas. 1:5-6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your strength is my only hope.
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