The means by which we can overcome the wicked one is that by which Christ overcame, — by the power of the Word. God does not control our minds without our consent; but if we desire to know and to do His will, His Promises are ours: for our Saviour says, “Sanctify them through Thy Truth (Verity) . . . Thy Word is Truth !” and “Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth (verity of My Word) shall make you free !” John 17:17 & John 8:32
Through faith in these Promises, every man may be delivered from the snares of error and the control of sin . . . !”
“By sin we have been severed from the Life of God. Of ourselves we are utterly incapable of living a holy life. There are many who realize their helplessness, and who long for that spiritual Life which will bring them into harmony with God; they are vainly striving to obtain this Life.
In despair they cry, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from this body of death?” Let these desponding, despairing ones look up. The Saviour bids them arise in health and peace. Do not wait to feel that you are made whole. Believe His Word, and it will be fulfilled!
Put your will on the side of Christ. Will to serve Him, and in acting upon His Word you will receive strength. Whatever may be the evil practice, the master-passion, which through long indulgence binds you soul and body, Christ is able and longs to deliver. He will impart Life to the soul that is “dead in trespasses.” He will set free the captive that is held by weakness and misfortune and the chains of sin . . . . !
In Christ, God has provided means for subduing every sinful trait, and resisting every temptation, however strong!
But many feel that they lack faith, and therefore they remain away from Christ. Let these souls, in their helpless unworthiness, cast themselves upon the mercy of their compassionate Saviour. Look not to self, but to Christ.
He Who healed the sick and cast out demons when He walked among men, is the same mighty Redeemer today. Faith comes by the Word of God. Then grasp His Promise, “Him that cometh to Me I will in nowise cast out.” Cast yourself at His feet with the cry, “Lord (Adoni – Sovereign King), I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.”
Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust His Promises. When we come to Him in faith every petition enters into the heart of God. When we have asked for His Blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it !
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Signs of the Times, January 20, 1904 par. 9