Daily Devotionals

Devotional: July 20th

Thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh. Isaiah 49:25-26. Fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. Isaiah 51:7.

Do ye know "the mighty" one, the Goliath of hell, the tyrant, the robber and the "murderer from the beginning? " Do not fear him. On the other hand, do not jest with him. For it is not without significance that the Scriptures call him the tyrant, "the mighty" one. All Israel trembled before Goliath. Only David dared enter into combat with him, and he conquered him with a smooth stone because he did not trust in Saul’s armor, nor in his own arm, nor in the stone, but in the Lord who is the stronger. The Christian has nothing to fear when he is in Christ: for Christ is given unto us by God to deliver us from "the mighty" one, even though we are in his claws; to tear us from him even though we are the prey of hell. Much less should we fear men who often are kindled by hell and animated by Satan. Even though they rage ever so devilishly we commend the cause to the Lord in earnest prayer; He has promised to "contend" with them who contend with us, and to let them that oppress us "eat their own flesh," to capture them by their own snares and to let them fall into the pits they have dug for the children of God. How can we fear when the Lord cries to us from heaven, "Fear not the reproach of men; be not afraid of the revilings of those who, all together, before me are only as a drop of water"? Learn, dear soul, to look away from men who are down here on earth; learn to turn your ears away from their reproaches and to look upward; listen to Him who looks down from on high and utters His "Fear not" to your soul. Do not forget these two little words; they are a shield by which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of Satan.

Take, my soul, thy full salvation;

Rise o’er sin, and fear, and care;

Joy to find in every station.

Something still to do and bear:

Think what Spirit dwells within thee!

What a Father’s smile is thine!

What a Savior died to win thee!

Child of heaven, shouldst thou repine?

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