A Second Exhortation to Arm.
‘Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be
able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand’ —
The many falls of our OT saints like Abraham, Jacob and David show that our armour may be dented badly or knocked off and we need to judge whether our graces are in decline.
If our sense of sin and depravity grow that is a good sign and though our sense of comfort may wane and we be under heavy trials that is no bad thing either.
However we may judge our graces to be in decline if in regard to 1) temptation, 2) worship and 3) worldly employment we notice the following.
1) Bad signs are that our conscience is not so sharp as previously regarding temptation, that we do not pray against temptation and lusts, that we grow cooler in the heat of our motivational love to Christ.
2) In fellowship and worship of God we need to be prompt to respond and we echo back to the motions of God’s spirit bidding thee seek his face: ‘Thy face, Lord, will I seek;’ Spirituality and fervour should not abate. We should not experience getting little spiritual nourishment from communion with God.
3) From worldly work or play we should be able to move into spiritual activity seamlessly. Is our work being done to his glory? Do these things disappoint us overmuch if they don’t go our way?