Thursday, March 13, 2008

Let your enemies be scattered!

Are you serving God in some particular work where many are seeking to undo all that you can accomplish?... Does it seem that what you do in one day is undone in one hour by others? Take it to the throne of grace. Say, “Rise up, Lord, and let thine enemies be scattered.”

Have you a great purpose conceived within your soul, and does providence seem to stand in the way of its accomplishment? Has the Lord commanded you to some special work, and do friends discourage and enemies abuse? This prayer may suit you: “Rise up, Lord.” It needs but that God should make bare his arm; his uprising is enough. As Luther said when opposing the Church of Rome — “They are not strong; God can overthrow them with his little finger.” And so say you. All the foes of the Church with all their battlements behind which they are entrenched are nothing.

From a sermon entitled "The March," delivered March 31, 1861. Flickr photo by Minette Layne; some rights reserved.

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