February 25

 

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  Colossians 3:5

 

To constantly fight against sin is a big part of mortification.  We need to recognize the enemy we are dealing with and that he is to be destroyed by all means possible.  The battle is a hazardous one that deals with issues of eternity.  When a man sees his lust as a trivial thing, it is an indication that he is not mortified.  We cannot go forward unless we recognize the danger of our own hearts.  We need to be intimately acquainted with the ways, wiles, methods, advantages, and occasions in which lust has won the victory.  This is the way that men deal with their enemies.  They search out their plans, ponder their goals, and consider how and by what means they have prevailed in the past.  Then, they can be defeated.  This is a most important strategy.  If you do not utilize this great strategy, your warfare is very primitive.  We need to know how sin uses occasions, opportunities, and temptations to gain advantage.  Search its pleas, pretences, reasonings, strategies colours, and excuses.  We need to trace this serpent in all of its windings, and to recognize its most secret tricks: ‘This is your usual way and course; I know what you aim at.’  Even when one thinks that a lust is dead because it is quiet, we must labour to give it new wounds and new blows every day.  The soul in this condition has the upper hand.  Sin is under the sword and is dying.  Frequent success against any lust strengthens us.  When the heart recognizes at any time sin and temptation at work, seducing and forming sinful imaginations to get you to fulfill its lusts, the heart must immediately see it for what it is, bring it to the law of God and the love of Christ, condemn it, and follow It to the uttermost.  These weapons will lead to a great degree of success.

 

A Father’s Gift: Lessons from Proverbs

 

Many young parents today are beside themselves with anxieties about their children, and, sadly, confusion too about how to nurture them. The ongoing addiction of our times to the heresy of modernity and its proud rejection and ignorance of the tested and tried wisdom of the past, inevitably leads to dysfunction in home and family life. Sadly, the older, wiser counsel of God’s Word, and especially of the book of Proverbs, is unknown or neglected. Yet Proverbs was composed specifically as a manual for home and family instruction, and to prepare us for life in the world. It is a divinely given handbook to help parents.

 

Proverbs and Ken Wingate following them shows us the way to possess the jewel of all jewels in a well-adorned life: wisdom that is rooted in the knowledge of, and reverential love for, God. Here is true wisdom that will prove to be worth its weight in gold in every age and culture. Ken Wingate now brings it into our needy culture, and I for one am grateful to him for sharing his gift as a father with other fathers and mothers, and sons and daughters too.

 

Here then is a book for parents to read on their own; for teenagers to read on their own; for parents and teenagers, who are willing to take the family challenge, to read round the table after dinner or on other occasions. It points us to Gods way. It promises us God’s grace. What could be better for us than that?

 

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