Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A little Elisabeth Elliot for the day....

I've been reading from Elisabeth Elliot this morning....I love her spunk and the blunt way she sees and states things. In the following passages she's speaking about AW Tozer and his writing on 5 vows for spiritual power.
Here's a few wonderful quotes in regards to how do we handle/ what does the Bible say about trying to defend ourselves against wrongdoing....we've all been there, right?

The third vow of spiritual power is never defend yourself. Hum--that's not easy, is it? We're all born wanting to defend ourselves. Thrusting our fists heavenward and drawing our things around us, and sort of fending off other people. Well, Tozer suggests that we should never defend ourselves. We're all born with a desire to defend ourselves.
If you insist upon defending yourself, God will let you do it. But if you turn the defense of yourself over to God, He will defend you. He told Moses once in Exodus 23, "I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, an adversary to thine adversaries."

If you'll turn yourself wholly over to God, He will defend you completely and see to it that no one will harm you. "No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper," He says, "and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgement thou shalt condemn."

"Oh what peace we often forfeit. Oh what needless pain we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer. Have we trials and temptations?" Who of us hasn't? "Is there trouble anywhere?" Of course there is. But "we should never be discouraged. Take it to the Lord in prayer.
"Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share. Jesus knows our every weakness. Take it to the Lord in prayer. Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge. Take it to the Lord in prayer.

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