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- By Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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RESTING ON CHRIST
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe.
To continue yesterday’s story, the Christian told the man that if only he looked to Christ and relied upon Him, he would be enabled to overcome his being captive to drinking. The man was a simple, illiterate man, and all he was anxious to do was to find the name of this person about whom this Christian was speaking, and he was told the name was Jesus.
The story went on to say how that poor man went away and, having worked again, came back to this same place to sell his grain. There again the tempters came, but he did not go with them, and his own wife and children were amazed. This Christian visitor came back in a year or so to find the man entirely changed. He began talking to him and asked him how it had happened. And the man’s simple testimony was this: “I went back the first time, and my friends came and tempted me, and I felt weak. But suddenly I remembered the name Jesus. I could do nothing but keep on saying to myself, ‘Jesus.’ I cried to Jesus to do what you told me He would do.” His faith was as simple as that, but it was enough, and he overcame. He did not go back; he was emancipated.
That is what I mean when I talk about this direct faith; it is simply resting upon Christ, and we have to do that. That is becoming as a little child, realizing our utter weakness and helplessness and hopelessness. When the fight is yet strong and the enemy is there and we feel we are on the point of falling, we must simply cry, “Jesus” and believe and know that He is looking upon us and that He is there and is ready to deliver us and protect us. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
A Thought to Ponder
Direct faith is simply resting upon Christ.
From Life in God, p. 58.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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