Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Luther: the one point under attack

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
    —Ephesians 6:14-16 (NIV)
    If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), quoted in The God Who is There [1968], Francis A. Schaeffer, in The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy, Francis A. Schaeffer, Good News Publishers, 1990, p. 11 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 6:11-17; Matt. 10:19-20; Mark 13:11; Luke 6:22-23; 12:11-12; 21:15; Acts 6:9-10; 2 Tim. 4:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I be faithful to You in the moment of testing.
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