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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
JULY 5, 2015
RICHARD COOLEY
JULY 12, 2015
FLOYD PIERCE
JULY 19, 2015
BUD MORRIS
JULY 26, 2015
PHILIP DOSSETT
AUGUST 2, 2015
TO BE ANNOUNCED
SPEAKERS IN JULY
“The battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chron. 20:15)

If a man is a soldier of the Cross, he can expect to be attacked sooner or later. The
more courageously he declares the truth of God and the more accurately he
exemplifies the truth in his own life, the more he will be subjected to assault. An old
Puritan said, “He that standeth near his Captain, is a sure target for the archers.”

He will be accused of wrongs he did not do. He will be savaged by gossip, slander
and backbiting. He will be ostracized and ridiculed. This treatment will come from the
world and, sadly enough, it may sometimes come from fellow-Christians.

At such times, it is important to remember that the battle is not ours, but God’s. And
we should claim the promise of Exodus 14:14: “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye
shall hold your peace.” What this means is that we don’t have to defend ourselves or
fight back. The Lord will vindicate us at the proper time.

F. B. Meyer wrote, “How much is lost by a word! Be still; keep quiet; if they smite thee
on one check, turn the other also. Never retort. Never mind your reputation or
character—they are in his hands, and you mar them by trying to retain them.”

Joseph stands out as an example of one who did not try to vindicate himself when
falsely accused. He committed his cause to God, and God cleared his name and
promoted him to great honor.

An aged servant of Christ testified that he had been wronged many times over the
years. But he prayed in the words of Augustine, “Lord, deliver me from the lust of
always vindicating myself.” He said that the Lord had never failed to justify him and
to expose his accusers.

The Lord Jesus, of course, is the supreme Example. “…when he suffered, he
threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1 Pet. 2:23).

This, then, is the message for today. We don’t have to defend ourselves when we are
falsely accused. The battle is the Lord’s. He will fight for us. We should hold our
peace.
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1917-2007
FLOYD PIERCE will be our speaker at our 11 a.m. Family
Bible Hour on Sunday, J
ULY 12, 2015.  Along with his wife
Helen, Floyd served the Lord as a Missionary in Brazil for 35
years.  The Helen Leticia Pierce Christian Schools may be
seen at
Click here Floyd serves as an elder and Sunday
School teacher in an elective class that currently studies the
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES.  They have three grown children
and many foster children in Brazil.  They are grandparents to
nine grandchildren and s
ix great grand children. They offer
free Bible correspondence courses in English and
Portuguese at this site.
Click here