company of lusts


J. C. Philpot

“For WE have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know WE what to do: but our eyes are upon THEE!” [2 Chr. 20:12]

There is no use fighting the battle in our own strength. WE have none!

O, when TEMPTATION creeps like a serpent into the carnal mind, it winds its secret way and coils around the heart. As the boa-constrictor is said to embrace its victim, entwining his coil around it, and crushing every bone without any previous warning— so does TEMPTATION OFTEN SEIZE US SUDDENLY IN ITS POWERFUL EMBRACE. Have we in ourselves any more power to extricate our flesh from its slimy folds, than the poor animal has from the coils of the boa-constrictor?

So with the corruptions and lusts of our fallen nature. Can you always master them? Can YOU seize these serpents by the neck and wring off their heads?

To examine our heart is something like examining by the microscope a drop of ditch-water—the more minutely it is looked into, the more hideous forms appear. All these strange monsters, too, are in constant motion, devouring or devoured. And, as more powerful lenses are put on the microscope, more and more loathsome creatures emerge into view, until eye and heart sicken at the sight.

Such is our heart. Superficially viewed passably fair. But EXAMINED BY THE SPIRITUAL MICROSCOPE, hideous forms of every shape and size appear – lusts and desires in unceasing movement, devouring each other, and yet undiminished—and each successive examination bringing new monsters to light! O WHAT A COMPANY OF LUSTS! How one seems to introduce and make way for the other! And how one, as among the insect tribe, is the father of a million!

We must take these lusts and passions by the neck, and lay them down at the feet of God, and thus bring the omnipotence of Jehovah against what would destroy us—”Here are my lusts, I cannot manage them. Here are my temptations, I cannot overcome them. Here are my enemies, I cannot conquer them. LORD, I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO. Will You not subdue my enemies?”

This is fighting against sin – not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. Not by the law, but by the gospel. Not by self, but by the grace of God. And if your soul has had many a tussle, and many a wrestle, and many a hand-to-hand conflict with sin, you will have found this out by now – that nothing but the grace, power, and Spirit of Christ ever gave you the victory, or the least hope of victory.

“For WE have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know WE what to do: but our eyes are upon THEE!” [2 Chr. 20:12]


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