Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hindrances and Helps By Charles Wages

 

 

Hindrances and Helps

By Charles Wages

 

It is an appropriate saying that reminds us that "we should strive to be a part of the solution rather than the problem." Also, we must remember that it is about as bad to be hindered as to hinder. It is pretty difficult if not futile to try to be neutral in life. We, in the main, either help in the service of God or we hinder.
It is said in John 12 that some of the chief rulers believed on Him, "but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God." In other words, they were hindered from taking a public stand for the Lord because they were afraid of the disfavor of men. Loving the praise of men more than God is a definite hindrance in and to the service of God. It was the fearless and faithful Paul who said, "For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ" (Gal. 1:10).
Growth is an inherent part of life. Growth in grace and knowledge is an ordained part of eternal life. Yet, growth can be stunted and hindered. Failure to advance in grace and the Word is a definite hindrance in and to the service of God. Paul wrote to the Galatians and said, "Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?" (Gal. 5:7) In another sense of the word, they had been "cut back in their advance and production for God."
Prayer affects our life, and the way we live affects our prayers. Peter, in reflecting on just one vital aspect of our overall life, wrote that the husband and wife should live together "as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers, be not hindered" (1 Pet. 3:7). In broadening this thought, we can see that the way we order our lives not only affects our own prayers, but can hinder almost everyone with whom we have contact and becomes a definite hindrance in and to the service of God.
Our lives should be lived for the glory of God and to the benefit of others rather than ourselves. For instance, the apostle Paul writing concerning taking "carnal things" for his spiritual service, said, "Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ" (1 Cor. 9:12). He recognized the servant of the Lord had the right to receive gifts because later he said, "even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel." There may be things, in many instances, that we will have to forego in order not to hinder.
The areas in which we can help in the Lord's work are so limitless that it should make us feel ashamed to say, "Where and how can I help?" There is one point, though, that should be stressed. That is, that in most cases, we need to work together in order to really help in God's service. There may be a few instances in which an individual does it all, but, in general, "togetherness" should be the word.
Again, let's refer to the Apostle Paul. He said of his three-fold deliverance in 2 Corinthians 1:10-11, "Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver; in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; Ye also helping together by prayer for us." Paul was careful to note that the saints had been praying together and this was of great comfort and help to him. We can all help by praying, not just as individuals, but as the great family of God.
In closing, may each and every one of us study carefully Hebrews 4:16. This great verse tells us how to come to God (boldly), where to come (the throne of grace), and why we should come (obtain mercy, find grace to help in time of need). Just one comment will suffice. Let us notice and weigh carefully that this not only means that we personally will find "seasonable help," but surely should enable us to help others with the blessings we receive.
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Spiritual Attainment By Charles Wages

Spiritual Attainment
By Charles Wages


The Bible clearly teaches that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." There is no doubt but that God is interested in children growing properly in grace and knowledge. Spiritual attainment is not something to be grasped after for personal or selfish gain, but to know God and to fulfill His purpose for our lives.

Just as an athlete exercises in a gymnasium so should the Christian be actively engaged in God's world. This activity should not be just "beating the air," but actually participating in vital, worthwhile endeavors in accordance with God's will and Word. Four things that aid in spiritual attainment will be briefly discussed. The order in which they are given does not necessarily reflect their relative importance.


Concentration


Concentration or intense interest in what a person is trying to accomplish is of utmost importance to attainment of goals. The apostle Paul states in Philippians 3:13, "this one thing I do," in reference to "pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Then again in Colossians 3:2, he says, "set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." Concentration of the sun's rays on a combustible material will set it ablaze. In like fashion, if we give our strict attention to something for God, it will bring results.
Abstaining


Abstaining or holding off from partaking or participating in certain things is important to spiritual attainment. Sometimes things we don't do are just as important as things we attempt to do. In our over-indulged generation, the thought of restraint or self-denial is rejected by most people. The truth concerning abstaining, as taught in the Scriptures, is not confined to marriage and food, but principally concerns "holding off from" evil, religious doctrine. For instance, in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 we are admonished to "abstain from every form of evil." When we consider that one of the major characteristics of this present evil age is "having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof" (2 Tim. 3:5), we conclude that God would have us not partake or participate in religious error. Even the Gentiles were instructed by the apostles at Jerusalem to "abstain from meats offered to idols."
Nourishment


Nourishment, of the proper sort, is important to spiritual attainment. It is common knowledge that the Bible uses items of physical food to teach some of its greatest spiritual lessons. Our Lord did this time and time again. Bread, meat, milk and honey are just a few examples. But we understand the Word to tell us of a more important form of nourishment. Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:6:

"If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto, thou hast attained."

In Colossians 2:19, we are instructed that our nourishment comes from the Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ.

"And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God." (Col. 2:19)

Someone has said that we should take this spiritual nourishment and

Study it through,
Pray it in,
Put it down,
Work it out, and
Pass it on.

Attitude



A proper attitude is absolutely necessary to spiritual attainment. The wonderful passage found in Philippians 4:5-9 is so appropriate when we think of our attitude and what it should be.

"Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." (Phil. 4:5-9)

We need to read and re-read this passage. We might say our attitude could be found in three respects:

Our attitude toward God and His Word.
Our attitude toward other people.
Our attitude toward ourselves.

It follows that if our attitude is proper and the way our Lord would have it, we will attain spiritually for the glory and honor of our Head.





 
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Monday, July 29, 2013

With Eternity's Values in View! - By Pastor Charles Wages

 
 
With Eternity's Values in View!
By Pastor Charles Wages


We often emphasize that "eternal life" is the happy privilege of all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour. How true and wonderful this is! This is the "fact" that through "faith" in the finished work of Christ on the cross, the vilest sinner can be saved! (Ephesians 2:8-9) However, we often seem to neglect the "effects" that eternal life has on the believer.

What does it mean to have everlasting life? Are there changes in the attitudes and actions of one who through faith in Christ has received "eternal life?" Passing from death unto life is such a tremendous truth that it should have a resounding effect on our lives. We often try to visualize "life after death." What happens right after we die? Well, to the believer, it is "absent from the body, and present with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8). However, we realize that before Christ came into our lives, we were "dead in trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1). When we believed the truth of the gospel, God "quickened" (made alive) us and gave us eternal life. We read in Ephesians 2:5-6 that,

"Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:"

It is clearly taught in Scripture that before we were "saved by God's grace," we were "dead in trespasses and sins." Physical death is what we usually think of when we refer to "dying." It is true that "the wages of sin is death," and "it is appointed unto men once to die." However, death is referred to in several ways in the Scriptures. For example, the Scriptures speak of individuals being dead while they live (1 Timothy 5:6). That is, they are "dead to Christ," but not dead with Christ! Then, the wonderful truth becomes clear,

"Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that, we shall also live with Him:" (Romans 6:8)

Further we are admonished,

"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:11)

It is this "newness of life," from the deadness of sin that produces the "eternal life" that we possess the moment we trust the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour. Now, again, what is the meaning of this to the believer? The eternal life, a gift from God, is a fact, but what about the "act" of "fact"?

It is important to see that this eternal life that God gives us by His grace is a present possession. Notice the statement of our Lord:

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my Word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (John 5:24)

This present position and possession of eternal life will be ultimately consummated as stated in Colossians 3:2-4,

"Set your affection on things above, not on things of the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."

This "eternal life" is not only a present possession, but it is an eternal position. We are informed in Philippians 3:20-21:

"For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."

Think of this! The saved sinner is a "heavenly citizen!" The instant a person truly receives Christ as Saviour, his or her citizenship is recorded in heaven! The apostle Paul is led to state this truth in these terms in Ephesians 2:5-7,

"Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus; That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."

This is the "blessed assurance" of the believer!

Not only is the "eternal life" our present possession, our present position, but it is also our present protection. This life, this eternal life that He has so freely given to the believer, and the full realization or acceptance of it, guards the child of God from falling for every false doctrine that arises. Colossian 2:6-8 is not only a warning to the believer, but instruction in how to live for Him in this wonderful eternal life.

"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught; abounding therein with thanksgiving."

Finally, the eternal life we have as His children, should have a wonderful and lasting effect on our lives. We need to realize and accept the fact of present, eternal life, given to us by God through Christ. Eternal life should produce "sound minds" to know and appreciate the values that are eternal. This great truth of the present reality of eternal life produces in the believer "what sunshine does for stained glass windows."

"For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed and an persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day." (2 Timothy 1:12)

We have seen previously that eternal life is a present position and protection to one who has trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour. This is completely by the death of Christ on the Cross. It is not by our good works whether religious or secular (Ephesians2:8-9). Eternal life is in the "here" as well as the "hereafter."

Seeing and believing this wonderful truth, we should not neglect the "effects" that eternal life has on the believer. Are there changes in the attitudes and actions of one who has received eternal life?

First, knowing one has eternal life should have an effect on one's "personal" life. We have to believe and accept the devastating life of the past. Ephesians 2:1-3 states:

"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind: and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."

This life before we were saved is called the "old man" in Colossians 3:1. Some of the characteristics of the "old man" are anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication. There are many more too numerous to mention. However, when a person trusts the Lord for salvation, he or she becomes a "new" person in Christ!

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we are told that,

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new."

Notice the emphasis on the "new creation" and that "old things are passed away." The "old man" has nothing to look forward to but death. The "new man" now has eternal life and looks forward to an eternity in the presence of the Lord! Again, it must be stressed that eternal life is a present possession and should make a great change in our attitudes and actions while we live on this earth.

This realization of present possession of "eternal life" should have an effect on our "spiritual" life as well as our "personal" life although they are closely related. An eternal connection with the Lord should be accompanied by a spiritual communion with Him. Communion basically involves fellowship. Fellowship with whom? 1 John 1:3 states,

"That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."

We must have "communion" with the One who has given us eternal life. This communion or fellowship is through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. (Romans 8:26-27) Communion involves communication. We have to have God's eternal life before we can have God's learning. The Scripture is clear that the "natural" man (devoid of eternal life) cannot understand the truth of God's Word.

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

The realization of our eternal life gives the believer a yearning for learning. Learning more about this wonderful "eternal life" is a wonderful journey! This journey includes communion with the Lord who constantly and consistently loves us. Communion involves worship. One must have "eternal life" before one can worship the eternal God. We are told in Philippians 3:3,

"For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh."
•This spiritual worship or communion should include:
•Reading and studying God's Word (2 Timothy 2:15)
•Prayer or communicating with God (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
•Fellowshipping with believers (Hebrews 10:25)

The full realization that eternal life is a present result of having trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour brings stability and soundness to the child of God. This results in sound values, sound minds, and real security to the believer. Let's remember that the Scripture says,

"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." (1 John 5:13)

It is a Scriptural fact that before we can live with and for the Lord, we must first die with Him! It was the apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of God, who wrote,

"I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless, I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)

Then, we read in Romans 6:8,

"Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe we shall also live with Him."

We have seen this is fact—that the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ has everlasting life as the gift of and from God! How is the believer to act "with eternity's values in view?" Natural life can be a wonderful experience, but because of the sin nature and its results, this natural life is not always so wonderful. However, with "eternity's values in view," life takes on a new perspective. The Scriptures advise us to:

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:2)

Natural life has the earth in view. Eternal life has heaven in view. Natural life mainly has self in view, whereas eternal life has the Saviour in view. With "eternity's values in view," we can better serve our heavenly Father and be of service while living on earth. We must constantly keep in mind that our Lord came to earth, died on a cross, but went back to heaven. Ephesians 1:19-23 says,

"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power. Which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come; and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."

Knowing and believing this wonderful truth, or rather believing and knowing this glorious truth, enables us it to keep looking up." Humanly and humorously, it has been said, "Keep looking up, especially when there is only mud under your feet."

"With eternity's values in view," we can see more clearly the tasks or work that is at hand. Surely, it gives a stronger desire to learn more, live better, and love stronger.

The more we look at the things of the world, the more we see Satan's work. After all, Satan is the god of this world system or the "age" in which we live.

"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost; in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, less the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God should shine unto them." (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

One of the main works of the devil is to blind people so they cannot see the work of the Lord and believe the gospel of God's grace. Also, that blinding work of the devil also affects the believer. It keeps the child of God from "remembering" that the Lord has redeemed him or her from the penalty of sin. In other words, it affects our sight. Note carefully what God led Peter to write in 2 Peter 1:8-9:

"For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from the old sins."

Also note, it is said of this blindness, "he cannot see afar off." In other words, the believer being blind of God's work in saving his soul, cannot have "eternity's values in view!"

In the context of these verses in 2 Peter, the believers were told to add to their faith virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love (verses 5-7). These are "spiritual vitamins" to enable us to see what's ahead! It is possible for a person to know they are saved, know how they were saved, know from what they were saved, but not know why they were saved. Sometimes a person can be like the little bird that flies backward and only sees where he has been, but not much about where he is going.

We have seen that the eternal life God so freely gives to those who trust Him for salvation is a precious reality, a present protection, a permanent position. All of these should have a prevailing effect on our values in daily life. For example, the believer should have a "sound mind" in spiritual and earthly matters. This can only be accomplished if we have our thinking and decisions based on "sound doctrine." This sound doctrine or teaching can only be found in God's Word and teaching based thereon. This is especially vital when we are warned in 2 Timothy 4:3-4,

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

One of the attributes of eternal life is that of a "sound mind." We read in 2 Timothy 1:7,

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

Out of a "sound mind" comes "sound words" based on "sound doctrine." This truth can be used in the life and experience of the child of God to convince the unsaved of their great need of the Saviour. Paul, writing to his son in the faith, said in Titus 1:9,

"Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers."

It should go without saying that "with eternity's values in view," our lives will be more "wholesome" and useful. We will be more able to think and act with more stability and steadfastness. The amusing story is told of a young man who lost his job in the orange juice plant—he couldn't concentrate! When our thinking goes astray we should remember to KEEP LOOKING UP!

Think soberly, soundly, and with "eternity's values in view!"





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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Grace Bible - By Pastor J. C. O'Hair


Let us read the five verses mentioned above:

“Look unto Me and be ye saved all the ends of the earth: For I am God and there is none else.”

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world.”

“ . . . let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

As we consider these verses, let us think of Ephesians 2:10: “For we are His (God’s) workmanship, Created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

God knows, what every one should know, and that is, that no man can walk in good works acceptable to God until that man is first the workmanship of God. Man must be worked upon by God before God will accept any service from that man. We are turned to God to serve God and to wait for His Son from heaven, even Jesus, Who delivered us from the wrath to come, (I Thessalonians 1:9 and 10).

Man’s first look must be the look of salvation from the penalty of sin and for the new birth. In Hebrews 9:26 - Hebrews 9:24 and 28, we read of the three appearings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

First Christ appeared once in the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Hebrews 9:26)—Christ suffered for sins once, the Just for the unjust, to bring us to God. (I Peter 3:18). Christ entered into heaven by His blood, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Hebrews 9:12).

So the sinner’s first look is, “Behold the Lamb of God Which beareth away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29).

Look to Christ on the cross, for we are redeemed, cleansed, washed and justified by His precious shed blood. (I Peter 1:18 to 20 - Matthew 26:28 - Romans 5:6 to 10 - I John 1:7 to 9).

Christ on the cross cried, “finished.” All that the vilest sinner on earth needs for eternal redemption, is a saving-look of faith to Christ and Calvary. The most cultured, moral, religious sinner needs the same look or he will suffer the sorrows of the second death. (Revelation 20:9 to 14).

Then Christ is not only the Author of our salvation, but the Finisher. (Hebrews 12:1 to 3). He appears now in the presence of God for believers. (Hebrews 9:24). He is their Advocate (I John 2:1). He ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25). Having loved his own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end. (John 13:1).

So the second look is to Christ at God’s right hand. In this way the Christian can run a good race. Christ on the cross established our relationship. In heaven He maintains our fellowship.

Christians are also to seek those things above, where Christ is. (Colossians 3:1 to 4). Christians are confident. (Philippians 1:6). They are persuaded. (Romans 8:32 to 39). They have a strong consolation. (Hebrews 6:16 to 19).

Believers are saved from the penalty of sin. Then being indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and because of the work of Christ in God’s presence, believers can be saved from the power of sin. The secret of victory is told in Romans 6:6 to 19.

Christ is coming to save the believer from the presence of sin. Then Christ will present the Church to Himself as a glorious, holy, spotless Church. (Ephesians 5:26 and 27).

So the third look is Hebrews 9:28 and Titus 2:13: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God our Saviour Jesus Christ.” “Then shall ye appear with Him in glory.” For this, Christ prayed in John 17:20 to 25. Read John 11:42.


~VICTORY IS OURS~

Victory is ours
when in the Savior we abide
we can claim His every promise,
as in His great love, we hide.

Walking in victory
is a blessing for God's own,
He will walk beside us,
until the day, He calls us home.

There is no trial too great
or problem God cannot solve,
In the Blessed Savior,
our whole life should revolve.

So hold on to every promise
and walk daily in the light of His love,
You'll be blessed abundantly,
by heaven's holy Dove.

Blessings In Christ,
Jo Ann Kelly ©



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Friday, July 26, 2013

THE VALUE OF HARD PLACES - - Author Unknown

 


THE VALUE OF HARD PLACES
- Author Unknown -


Trials are valuable in revealing to us ourselves and showing us our insufficiencies and failures. They are God's great blasting processes in the work of spiritual excavation, which is necessary for the work of building up the life and character. We never know what graces and qualities we possess until the test comes, and then the faith and courage that glowed with such a flame in the moment of enthusiasm and inspiration finds its true level, and the soul is thrown back in its nothingness and helplessness upon Christ alone, to find in Him its all in all.

This was the meaning of Jacob's trials, to bring him to the end of self. This was the purpose of Job's afflictions, to slay his self-righteous confidence. This was the blessing that came from Peter's fall, that it broke his pride and self-sufficiency and sent him forth to lean upon his Lord and find his strength outside himself in Christ alone. This is why the Lord still tries you, to convince you thoroughly that your estimate of your own strength is utterly false and. exaggerated and to bring you to that place where it will be truly "Not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Gal.

2:20) .

                  Trials Make Christ Real



Trials make Christ real, just as real as the trouble is. They are God's heavenly messengers to communicate His grace and blessing to our souls and make them stand out in relief in our lives, so everybody can see it and feel it.

God cuts and burns His messages into human lives until Christ becomes to us as real as the tears we have shed, the fears under which we have trembled, the sorrows that were ready to over-whelm us, and the difficulties which rose like mountains before us, so that the sweetest memories of our lives are the hard places which have become stepping stones and monuments of divine and heavenly things.

Trals are Occasions for Victory



Trials win for us eternal crowns. They become occasions for victory and rewards which will never pass away. When history is forgotten and the records of time are obliterated, when the solar system has vanished away, and new heavens and new earth are sweeping in the orbits of immensity, the eternal results of these trials will shine in our lives as we share with God Himself the new heavens and the new earth, and the glories of the coming age for which all things are now preparing.

Beloved, shall we seek to profit from our sorrows? Shall we win a crown? Shall we get out of the things that are happening to us today all that Christ has for us? Shall we be "more than conquerors through him that loved us"? (Rom. 8:37). And shall we endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ? If so, we shall someday hear Him say to us: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant; . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."


Trials Teach us to Know the Resources of God


Trials help us, to know the resources of God. It is only in difficult circumstances that we learn to know His all-sufficiency. Israel at the Red Sea must first stand still and behold the salvation of God (Ex. 14:10-14). So He tells them that the reason He led them through the wilderness, and exposed them to a situation where there were no natural supplies of any kind, was to teach them that He was adequate for every need, and that "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4). God becomes real to us up to the measure of our sense of need He meets. So every difficult situation is just a vessel for Him to fill and an occasion for Him to show Himself in His infinite wisdom, power, and grace. The Apostle tells us that he was exposed to every sort of difficulty in order that the power of Christ might rest upon him according to his needs, and therefore he welcomed each new situation as another occasion for Him to say. "My grace is sufficient for Thee" (2 Cor. 12: 7-10).

Beloved, are we thus proving and finding Him equal to all the conditions of our lives and glorying in being able to tell the world that our God shall supply all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus?



Trials Teach us Faith


Trials teach us faith. Trial is the fruitful soil of trust. Difficulties are the divine incentives which demand and develop our confidence in the divine faithfulness and love. The eagle can only teach her young to fly by tearing up her nest and hurling them out in midair, where, thrown upon their own resources, they must either fly or fall. Then it is that they must learn the undeveloped power in their little pinions, and as they strike out upon the air in desperate struggles, they find the secret of a new life and gradually learn to beat their way through the pathless firmament and fly upon the wings of the wind and in the face of the sun.

So God teaches His children to use the wings of faith by stirring up their nests, taking away their props, and flinging them out often-times into an abyss of helplessness, where they must either sink or learn to trust and throw themselves upon the seeming void, to find that God is there beneath them like the supporting wing which the eagle stretches forth beneath her faint and struggling brood.

It is so easy for us to lean upon the things that we can see, and feel that it is an entirely new experience for us to stand alone and walk with the unseen God as Peter walked upon the sea. But it is the lesson we must learn if our souls are ever to dwell in God's eternal calm where faith must be our only sense, and God be our all in all.

Very gently does He suit the test to our feeble strength and lead us on as we are able for more and more. Are we thus trusting Him in life's hard places and growing strong as we endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ?


Trials Teach us to Pray


Trials teach us to pray and constrain us to be much alone with God. They drove Jacob to his knees at the fords of Jabbok (Gen. 32:23-30). They taught the Psalmist to find "the secret place of the most High" (Ps. 91). They made the life of Paul one ceaseless dependence upon the presence of his Lord, and they have inspired as well as sustained the divine communion which we have learned to prove as the supreme resource and solution of our lives.

It is very humbling that it should be true that God must press His children to His breast by suffering and need, but it is, alas, too often the case that ease and comfort lead us to, at least, a partial independence of Him, and our most spiritual seasons and the times that have brought God most near to us have been the times of which we could say, "Thou hast known my soul in adversities."

                     Trials Teach us Love


Trials teach us to love, and when God wants to soften and refine our spirit and answer our prayers for patience and love, He has to let the discipline of ill-treatment, injustice, and often the severest wrong compel us to go to Him for the love that "beareth all things," that "endureth all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Of course, we find out first that we have not the love adequate for the test, and as the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins, He leads us to the source of strength; then, as we gradually learn the humbling lesson, He leads us on from day to day in deeper testing and sweeter refining until we can thank Him for the fire that brought us more of His Spirit's grace and His own overcoming love.

Trials Teach us Patience

Trials teach us patience. It is a thorough school to learn to endure, and patience is the crowning grace of the Christian life. When it has its perfect work, then we become "perfect and entire, wanting nothing" (James 1:4). Often therefore, the crowning lesson of the spiritual life is learned in the school of sufferin

Trials Teach us Courage

Trials teach us courage. They take away the fear of suffering, the dread of pain, as we experience God's sustaining grace and enable us to put on His strength and courage and rise above the power of fear until we welcome the conflict and stand with scars of the conflict and victory as good soldiers of Jesus Christ.


Trials Make us Patterns

Trials make us patterns and object lessons for the help of others and for the glory of God, showing to the world what Christ can do for His children, and what Christ-filled lives can accomplish where others fail. God wants us to be living epistles of Christ (2 Cor. 3:3) unto the world, to angels and to men, showing to them in our example that Christ can keep in every situation, and that the power of His grace is practical, supernatural, and adapted to every human life.

Trials Fit us to Help Others

Trials fit us to help others by the lessons we have learned in our own experience. (2 Cor. 1:3, 4). The callous and immature heart is little qualified to comfort, counsel, and bless a suffering world. God has to burn in us first what we are to give out to our fellows. The painful ordeal of a real experience qualifies us to comfort, strengthen, and encourage the souls to whom He has to send us, and to whom we can say, "I have been there, and I can tell you from the depths of my own experience that 'my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus'" (Phil. 4:19).





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THE VALUE OF HARD PLACES - Author Unknown - Trials are valuable in revealing to us ourselves and showing us our insufficiencies and failures. They are God's great blasting processes in the work of spiritual excavation, which is necessary for the work of building up the life and character. We never know what graces and qualities we possess until the test comes, and then the faith and courage that glowed with such a flame in the moment of enthusiasm and inspiration finds its true level, and the soul is thrown back in its nothingness and helplessness upon Christ alone, to find in Him its all in all. This was the meaning of Jacob's trials, to bring him to the end of self. This was the purpose of Job's afflictions, to slay his self-righteous confidence. This was the blessing that came from Peter's fall, that it broke his pride and self-sufficiency and sent him forth to lean upon his Lord and find his strength outside himself in Christ alone. This is why the Lord still tries you, to convince you thoroughly that your estimate of your own strength is utterly false and. exaggerated and to bring you to that place where it will be truly "Not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Gal. 2:20) . Trials Make Christ Real Trials make Christ real, just as real as the trouble is. They are God's heavenly messengers to communicate His grace and blessing to our souls and make them stand out in relief in our lives, so everybody can see it and feel it. God cuts and burns His messages into human lives until Christ becomes to us as real as the tears we have shed, the fears under which we have trembled, the sorrows that were ready to over-whelm us, and the difficulties which rose like mountains before us, so that the sweetest memories of our lives are the hard places which have become stepping stones and monuments of divine and heavenly things. Trals are Occasions for Victory Trials win for us eternal crowns. They become occasions for victory and rewards which will never pass away. When history is forgotten and the records of time are obliterated, when the solar system has vanished away, and new heavens and new earth are sweeping in the orbits of immensity, the eternal results of these trials will shine in our lives as we share with God Himself the new heavens and the new earth, and the glories of the coming age for which all things are now preparing. Beloved, shall we seek to profit from our sorrows? Shall we win a crown? Shall we get out of the things that are happening to us today all that Christ has for us? Shall we be "more than conquerors through him that loved us"? (Rom. 8:37). And shall we endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ? If so, we shall someday hear Him say to us: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant; . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." Trials Teach us to Know the Resources of God Trials help us, to know the resources of God. It is only in difficult circumstances that we learn to know His all-sufficiency. Israel at the Red Sea must first stand still and behold the salvation of God (Ex. 14:10-14). So He tells them that the reason He led them through the wilderness, and exposed them to a situation where there were no natural supplies of any kind, was to teach them that He was adequate for every need, and that "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4). God becomes real to us up to the measure of our sense of need He meets. So every difficult situation is just a vessel for Him to fill and an occasion for Him to show Himself in His infinite wisdom, power, and grace. The Apostle tells us that he was exposed to every sort of difficulty in order that the power of Christ might rest upon him according to his needs, and therefore he welcomed each new situation as another occasion for Him to say. "My grace is sufficient for Thee" (2 Cor. 12: 7-10). Beloved, are we thus proving and finding Him equal to all the conditions of our lives and glorying in being able to tell the world that our God shall supply all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus? Trials Teach us Faith Trials teach us faith. Trial is the fruitful soil of trust. Difficulties are the divine incentives which demand and develop our confidence in the divine faithfulness and love. The eagle can only teach her young to fly by tearing up her nest and hurling them out in midair, where, thrown upon their own resources, they must either fly or fall. Then it is that they must learn the undeveloped power in their little pinions, and as they strike out upon the air in desperate struggles, they find the secret of a new life and gradually learn to beat their way through the pathless firmament and fly upon the wings of the wind and in the face of the sun. So God teaches His children to use the wings of faith by stirring up their nests, taking away their props, and flinging them out often-times into an abyss of helplessness, where they must either sink or learn to trust and throw themselves upon the seeming void, to find that God is there beneath them like the supporting wing which the eagle stretches forth beneath her faint and struggling brood. It is so easy for us to lean upon the things that we can see, and feel that it is an entirely new experience for us to stand alone and walk with the unseen God as Peter walked upon the sea. But it is the lesson we must learn if our souls are ever to dwell in God's eternal calm where faith must be our only sense, and God be our all in all. Very gently does He suit the test to our feeble strength and lead us on as we are able for more and more. Are we thus trusting Him in life's hard places and growing strong as we endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ? Trials Teach us to Pray Trials teach us to pray and constrain us to be much alone with God. They drove Jacob to his knees at the fords of Jabbok (Gen. 32:23-30). They taught the Psalmist to find "the secret place of the most High" (Ps. 91). They made the life of Paul one ceaseless dependence upon the presence of his Lord, and they have inspired as well as sustained the divine communion which we have learned to prove as the supreme resource and solution of our lives. It is very humbling that it should be true that God must press His children to His breast by suffering and need, but it is, alas, too often the case that ease and comfort lead us to, at least, a partial independence of Him, and our most spiritual seasons and the times that have brought God most near to us have been the times of which we could say, "Thou hast known my soul in adversities." Trials Teach us Love Trials teach us to love, and when God wants to soften and refine our spirit and answer our prayers for patience and love, He has to let the discipline of ill-treatment, injustice, and often the severest wrong compel us to go to Him for the love that "beareth all things," that "endureth all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Of course, we find out first that we have not the love adequate for the test, and as the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins, He leads us to the source of strength; then, as we gradually learn the humbling lesson, He leads us on from day to day in deeper testing and sweeter refining until we can thank Him for the fire that brought us more of His Spirit's grace and His own overcoming love. Trials Teach us Patience Trials teach us patience. It is a thorough school to learn to endure, and patience is the crowning grace of the Christian life. When it has its perfect work, then we become "perfect and entire, wanting nothing" (James 1:4). Often therefore, the crowning lesson of the spiritual life is learned in the school of sufferin Trials Teach us Courage Trials teach us courage. They take away the fear of suffering, the dread of pain, as we experience God's sustaining grace and enable us to put on His strength and courage and rise above the power of fear until we welcome the conflict and stand with scars of the conflict and victory as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. Trials Make us Patterns Trials make us patterns and object lessons for the help of others and for the glory of God, showing to the world what Christ can do for His children, and what Christ-filled lives can accomplish where others fail. God wants us to be living epistles of Christ (2 Cor. 3:3) unto the world, to angels and to men, showing to them in our example that Christ can keep in every situation, and that the power of His grace is practical, supernatural, and adapted to every human life. Trials Fit us to Help Others Trials fit us to help others by the lessons we have learned in our own experience. (2 Cor. 1:3, 4). The callous and immature heart is little qualified to comfort, counsel, and bless a suffering world. God has to burn in us first what we are to give out to our fellows. The painful ordeal of a real experience qualifies us to comfort, strengthen, and encourage the souls to whom He has to send us, and to whom we can say, "I have been there, and I can tell you from the depths of my own experience that 'my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus'" (Phil. 4:19). JESUS is THE TRUE GOD! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BFtxXI2iaE Believing CHRIST died, that’s HISTORY. Believing CHRIST DIED for YOU and ROSE again that’s SALVATION. Read: Romans 1:16 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4 Posted by Cecil Spivey cspivey1953@gmail.com If you are blessed by this devotional ,please forward it to your friends ).




THE VALUE OF HARD PLACES
- Author Unknown -


Trials are valuable in revealing to us ourselves and showing us our insufficiencies and failures. They are God's great blasting processes in the work of spiritual excavation, which is necessary for the work of building up the life and character. We never know what graces and qualities we possess until the test comes, and then the faith and courage that glowed with such a flame in the moment of enthusiasm and inspiration finds its true level, and the soul is thrown back in its nothingness and helplessness upon Christ alone, to find in Him its all in all.

This was the meaning of Jacob's trials, to bring him to the end of self. This was the purpose of Job's afflictions, to slay his self-righteous confidence. This was the blessing that came from Peter's fall, that it broke his pride and self-sufficiency and sent him forth to lean upon his Lord and find his strength outside himself in Christ alone. This is why the Lord still tries you, to convince you thoroughly that your estimate of your own strength is utterly false and. exaggerated and to bring you to that place where it will be truly "Not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Gal.

2:20) .

                  Trials Make Christ Real



Trials make Christ real, just as real as the trouble is. They are God's heavenly messengers to communicate His grace and blessing to our souls and make them stand out in relief in our lives, so everybody can see it and feel it.

God cuts and burns His messages into human lives until Christ becomes to us as real as the tears we have shed, the fears under which we have trembled, the sorrows that were ready to over-whelm us, and the difficulties which rose like mountains before us, so that the sweetest memories of our lives are the hard places which have become stepping stones and monuments of divine and heavenly things.

Trals are Occasions for Victory



Trials win for us eternal crowns. They become occasions for victory and rewards which will never pass away. When history is forgotten and the records of time are obliterated, when the solar system has vanished away, and new heavens and new earth are sweeping in the orbits of immensity, the eternal results of these trials will shine in our lives as we share with God Himself the new heavens and the new earth, and the glories of the coming age for which all things are now preparing.

Beloved, shall we seek to profit from our sorrows? Shall we win a crown? Shall we get out of the things that are happening to us today all that Christ has for us? Shall we be "more than conquerors through him that loved us"? (Rom. 8:37). And shall we endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ? If so, we shall someday hear Him say to us: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant; . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."


Trials Teach us to Know the Resources of God


Trials help us, to know the resources of God. It is only in difficult circumstances that we learn to know His all-sufficiency. Israel at the Red Sea must first stand still and behold the salvation of God (Ex. 14:10-14). So He tells them that the reason He led them through the wilderness, and exposed them to a situation where there were no natural supplies of any kind, was to teach them that He was adequate for every need, and that "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4). God becomes real to us up to the measure of our sense of need He meets. So every difficult situation is just a vessel for Him to fill and an occasion for Him to show Himself in His infinite wisdom, power, and grace. The Apostle tells us that he was exposed to every sort of difficulty in order that the power of Christ might rest upon him according to his needs, and therefore he welcomed each new situation as another occasion for Him to say. "My grace is sufficient for Thee" (2 Cor. 12: 7-10).

Beloved, are we thus proving and finding Him equal to all the conditions of our lives and glorying in being able to tell the world that our God shall supply all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus?



Trials Teach us Faith


Trials teach us faith. Trial is the fruitful soil of trust. Difficulties are the divine incentives which demand and develop our confidence in the divine faithfulness and love. The eagle can only teach her young to fly by tearing up her nest and hurling them out in midair, where, thrown upon their own resources, they must either fly or fall. Then it is that they must learn the undeveloped power in their little pinions, and as they strike out upon the air in desperate struggles, they find the secret of a new life and gradually learn to beat their way through the pathless firmament and fly upon the wings of the wind and in the face of the sun.

So God teaches His children to use the wings of faith by stirring up their nests, taking away their props, and flinging them out often-times into an abyss of helplessness, where they must either sink or learn to trust and throw themselves upon the seeming void, to find that God is there beneath them like the supporting wing which the eagle stretches forth beneath her faint and struggling brood.

It is so easy for us to lean upon the things that we can see, and feel that it is an entirely new experience for us to stand alone and walk with the unseen God as Peter walked upon the sea. But it is the lesson we must learn if our souls are ever to dwell in God's eternal calm where faith must be our only sense, and God be our all in all.

Very gently does He suit the test to our feeble strength and lead us on as we are able for more and more. Are we thus trusting Him in life's hard places and growing strong as we endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ?


Trials Teach us to Pray


Trials teach us to pray and constrain us to be much alone with God. They drove Jacob to his knees at the fords of Jabbok (Gen. 32:23-30). They taught the Psalmist to find "the secret place of the most High" (Ps. 91). They made the life of Paul one ceaseless dependence upon the presence of his Lord, and they have inspired as well as sustained the divine communion which we have learned to prove as the supreme resource and solution of our lives.

It is very humbling that it should be true that God must press His children to His breast by suffering and need, but it is, alas, too often the case that ease and comfort lead us to, at least, a partial independence of Him, and our most spiritual seasons and the times that have brought God most near to us have been the times of which we could say, "Thou hast known my soul in adversities."

                     Trials Teach us Love


Trials teach us to love, and when God wants to soften and refine our spirit and answer our prayers for patience and love, He has to let the discipline of ill-treatment, injustice, and often the severest wrong compel us to go to Him for the love that "beareth all things," that "endureth all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Of course, we find out first that we have not the love adequate for the test, and as the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins, He leads us to the source of strength; then, as we gradually learn the humbling lesson, He leads us on from day to day in deeper testing and sweeter refining until we can thank Him for the fire that brought us more of His Spirit's grace and His own overcoming love.

Trials Teach us Patience

Trials teach us patience. It is a thorough school to learn to endure, and patience is the crowning grace of the Christian life. When it has its perfect work, then we become "perfect and entire, wanting nothing" (James 1:4). Often therefore, the crowning lesson of the spiritual life is learned in the school of sufferin

Trials Teach us Courage

Trials teach us courage. They take away the fear of suffering, the dread of pain, as we experience God's sustaining grace and enable us to put on His strength and courage and rise above the power of fear until we welcome the conflict and stand with scars of the conflict and victory as good soldiers of Jesus Christ.

Trials Make us Patterns

Trials make us patterns and object lessons for the help of others and for the glory of God, showing to the world what Christ can do for His children, and what Christ-filled lives can accomplish where others fail. God wants us to be living epistles of Christ (2 Cor. 3:3) unto the world, to angels and to men, showing to them in our example that Christ can keep in every situation, and that the power of His grace is practical, supernatural, and adapted to every human life.

Trials Fit us to Help Others

Trials fit us to help others by the lessons we have learned in our own experience. (2 Cor. 1:3, 4). The callous and immature heart is little qualified to comfort, counsel, and bless a suffering world. God has to burn in us first what we are to give out to our fellows. The painful ordeal of a real experience qualifies us to comfort, strengthen, and encourage the souls to whom He has to send us, and to whom we can say, "I have been there, and I can tell you from the depths of my own experience that 'my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus'" (Phil. 4:19).





Believing CHRIST died, that’s HISTORY. Believing CHRIST DIED for YOU and ROSE again that’s SALVATION. Read: Romans 1:16 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4





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