“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,and cleanse me from my sin!” (Ps 51:1-2)
“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,and in whose spirit there is no deceit.(Ps 31: 1-2)
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”(Ephesians 1:7)
To be guarded from stumbling throughout a long life, is not of ourselves. It is not to be found in our own experience—not even in the means of Grace alone. That same power that made the heavens and the earth, and keeps the earth and heavens in their places, is needed to make a Christian, and to keep him standing before the sons of men. “Unto Him that is able to guard you from stumbling.” God has this power. He has power over all circumstances. He can so arrange the trials of your life that you shall never be tempted beyond what you are able to bear. He has power, also, over Satan, so that, when he desires to sift you as wheat, the Lord can keep him back. God will not allow him to overcome you. Best of all, God has power over our hearts. He can keep us alive with holy zeal. He can keep us so believing, so loving, so hoping, so watching, so fully obedient that we shall not stumble at His Word, or stumble at anything else. Jude speaks of “the only wise God,” so that, God’s power is joined with wisdom. He knows your weakness and He can guard you against it. He knows your tempters and He can thrust them aside, or help you to overcome them.
Full sermon here: “Saints guarded from Stumbling”
I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. (Ps 22:22)
I am writing this quick post before heading to work, as I’m eating my breakfast. I just wanted to share how GOOD the Lord is. In some particular area recently, He has been fighting for me, defeating my sin through His power and His Word… And He was been my refuge when everything seemed to fail. This verse was a great encouragement to me yesterday:
“6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.” (1 Sam 30:6)
Have a lovely day, dear readers, and may you find strenght in the Lord our God.
This very encouraging article on the topic of fighting sin was published on Desiring God.
We are commanded to constantly kill the sin that remains in our lives. This is not optional. This is mortal combat: Sin dies or we die. Not that we ever become perfect in this age, but we go on killing sins as they attack us daily. How do we kill sin? Here are thirteen tactical steps in the battle (…) – John Piper