Jerry Bridges Jerry Bridges (1929)
The Bible
As we prayerfully expose ourselves to the Scriptures, we begin to understand what God's will is regarding our conduct and character. And then as the Holy Spirit applies His word to specific areas of our lives, and as we are obedient to His promptings, we begin to develop Bible-based convictions. Our values begin to change so that God's standard becomes our delight and our desire.
 
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Stand Firm in the Faith
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love."—1 Corinthians 16:13-14

When Nero was the emperor of Rome the soldiers assigned to guard him were known as the "Emperor's Wrestlers." These champions would often chant: "We, the wrestlers, wrestling for thee, O Emperor, to win for thee the victory and from thee, the victor's crown."
The emperor's wrestlers were once fighting in far away Gaul under the centurion Vespasian. Many of these soldiers were becoming Christians. So Nero issued an order to all of the Roman army—everyone must renounce their faith in Christ or die.
The news reached Vespasian in midwinter. He ordered any Christians among his men to step forward. Forty men out of one hundred did so. Vespasian paused—so many select soldiers! "The decree of the emperor must be obeyed but I am not willing that your comrades should shed your blood. March out upon the lake of ice. I shall leave you there to the elements."
Stripped, they marched toward the center of the ice chanting: "Forty wrestlers, wrestling for thee, O Christ, to win for thee the victory and from thee, the victor's crown!" Through the night Vespasian heard the faint chant. Dawn came; One man crept back toward the fire; The chanting changed; "Thirty-nine wrestlers... "
Vespasian knew he had to take a stand—either he was for or against Jesus Christ. He stripped and joined his men on the ice chanting: "Forty wrestlers, wrestling for thee, O Christ, to win for thee the victory and from thee, the victor's crown!" Are you ever tempted to leave Christ in difficult circumstances? Today tell God the trials you face and let Christ fill you with strength and love so you may endure.

"Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armor on, strong in the strength which God supplies through his eternal son; Strong in the Lord of hosts, and in his mighty power: who in the strength of Jesus trusts, is more than conqueror."—Charles Wesley"
 
There's a lot to be learned from history, and this volume, From Generation to Generation, puts a distinctly spiritual spin on lessons from the past. Drawing upon the famous and the ordinary of years gone by, From Generation to Generation finds nuggets of Godly wisdom in every story, making practical application for today. Beginning with a scripture, each entry includes a short edifying story, a miniature lesson, and a quote, hymn, or additional piece from the Word of God to finish up. In this devotional the reader can find wisdom and encouragement in the triumphs and tragedies of men and women from the past and present--such as Matthew Henry, Charles Swindoll, Oswald Sanders, C.S. Lewis, and William Shakespeare.