Unlimited: God Has Told You Who The Real Enemy Is
Jun 1, 2020 733
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 NIV).
No Christian need be ashamed of affirming that the doctrine of human depravity gives the only true explanation for human sorrow and folly. The Bible is a wonderfully concentrated book. It refuses to be diverted from its one topic of humanity’s need of salvation and the remedy. Therefore the sin of man is emphasized on every page. There is no part of man’s nature that hasn’t come under the dominion of sin.
If a besieged company of soldiers in a fortress were always looking over the parapet to the east, expecting devastation from that quarter, would they not have been grateful to someone wiser who pointed out that their real enemy was coming from another point of the compass? Should not we be grateful to God that he has told us again, and again, and again, that our real enemy is not what we think it is? It is not our poverty or difficult circumstances. It is not the evil of other people. It is not the cruelties of nature or any one of a thousand other things that we blame.
Our real evil is within. A wise man once declared that he had had more trouble with himself than any other man he had ever met.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: People who accept themselves as the source of most trouble are blessed, because they can start to accept the blessings of the Gospel. Examine yourself. Do you tend always to blame others for your troubles, or do you see the trouble that you give yourself?