In the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
Our Lord Jesus, by His death, did not purchase a right to only a part of us but to the entire person. He contemplated in His death on the cross, the sanctification of us, the spiritually setting apart of each Christian, wholly, spirit, soul, and body; that in this triple kingdom He Himself might reign supreme without a rival.
It is the business of the newborn nature which God has given to the regenerate, that is the saved, to assert the rights of the Lord Jesus Christ. My soul, so far as thou art a child of God, thou must conquer all the rest of thyself which yet remains unblest; thou must subdue all thy powers and passions to the silver scepter of Jesus’ gracious reign, and thou must never be satisfied till He who is King by purchase becomes also King by gracious coronation, and reigns in thee supreme.
Seeing, then, that sin has no right to any part of us, we go about a good and lawful warfare when we seek, in the name of Jesus Christ, to drive it out.
O my body, thou art a member of Christ: shall I tolerate thy subjection to the prince of darkness?
O my soul, Christ has suffered for thy sins, and redeemed thee with His most precious blood: shall I suffer thy memory to become a storehouse of evil?
Shall I permit my earthly passions to be firebrands of iniquity?
Shall I surrender my judgment to be perverted by error, or my will to be led in fetters of iniquity?
No, my soul, thou art Christ’s, and sin hath no right to thee. Be courageous concerning this, O Christian! Be not dispirited, as though your spiritual enemies could never be destroyed. You are able to overcome them—not in your own strength—the weakest of them would be too much for you in that; but you can and shall overcome them through the blood of the Lamb.
Do not ask, “How shall I dispossess them, for they are greater and mightier than I?” but go to the strong for strength, wait humbly upon God, and the mighty God of Jacob will surely come to the rescue, and you shall sing of victory through His grace. Remember, He that is in you is greater than that is in the world. The verse: First John 4:4, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Spurgeon Devotion edited by Ron English