Though He Slay Me

Pat:

Very good and encouraging!! Enjoy!

Originally posted on Revolutionary Faith:

Being a Christian for as long as I have, I’ve met many people who have walked away from God. They were once faithful believers. But then a grandmother died. Or a sister got raped. Or a parent abused them. Or a church split. And, suddenly, they were shaking their fists at God. “I was doing all the right things,” they say. “I prayed all the right prayers. I went to church every Sunday. Why would God allow such things to happen to me?”

Good question. Then again, maybe not so much.

When my family was going through a tough time not too long ago, I asked God the same question: “Why me?” He answered, “Why not you? What makes you think you’re special enough to have a life spared of all trouble and heartache?”

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How To Know Your Faith Is A Fact

 

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:3-6

Dr. Thomas Arnold, professor of history at Oxford, said a number of years ago, “I know of no fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God hath given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead.”

Along the same lines, noted attorney Sir Edward Clark said, “As a lawyer I have made a prolonged study of the evidences for the resurrection… To me the evidence is conclusive, and over and over again in the High Court I have secured the verdict on evidence not nearly so compelling.”

The evidence that Jesus Christ is alive is indeed compelling! What happened two thousand years ago had historical and documentary evidence. Yet many today question the death and resurrection of Christ because they didn’t see it with their own eyes – a burden of proof they almost surely apply to Christian beliefs alone.

We have the evidence. Christ died; He was buried; and was seen alive again three days later. To deny that is to deny the most reasonable conclusion of the eyewitness accounts. So stand firm in your faith, knowing that what you believe is as provable as any fact in history. The evidence is on our side!

STAND SURE THAT YOUR FAITH IS FACT BECAUSE OF THE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE OF CHRIST’S DEATH AND RESURRECTION!

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Comforted


Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. - Matthew 5:4

We do not usually regard sorrowing people as blessed. Here, however, is a special beatitude for mourners. In particular, Jesus probably meant penitent mourners. In all this world there is nothing so precious before God as tears of contrition; no diamonds or pearls shine with such brilliance in His sight. It was Jesus Himself Who said, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth”. Truly blessed, therefore, are those who in true penitence grieve over their sins; a holy light shines from heaven upon all such mourners. They are comforted with God’s pardon and peace.

But no doubt the beatitude refers also to those children of God who are in sorrow, from whatever cause. Blessing is never nearer to us than when we are in affliction. If we do not get it, it is because we will not receive it. Some day we shall see that we have gotten our best things from heaven, not in the days of our earthly joy and gladness, but in the times of trial and affliction.

Tears are lenses through which our dim eyes see more deeply into heaven and look more fully upon God’s face than in any other way. Sorrows cleanse our hearts of earthliness and fertilize our lives. The days of pain really do far more for us than the days of rejoicing. We grow best when clouds hang over us, because clouds bear rain, and rain refreshes. Then God’s comfort is such a rich experience that it is well worth while to endure trial, just to enjoy the sweet and precious comfort which God gives in it.

But to receive from our sorrows their possibilities of blessing, we must accept the affliction as a messenger from God, and pray for true comfort, not the mere drying of our tears, but grace to profit by our affliction, and to get from it the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

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We’re Continually Being Changed


By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Like it or not, we all are in the process of changing in one way or another. In
the spiritual realm, there is no such thing as mere existence; we are being
changed, either for good or for bad. We are either becoming more like our Lord
or more like the world—either growing in Christ or backsliding.

So, are you becoming more sweet-spirited, more like Jesus? Are you looking
soberly in the mirror each day and praying, “Lord, I want to conform to Your
image in every area of my life”?

Or has your bitterness taken root, turning into rebellion and hardness of
heart? Have you learned to shield yourself from the convicting voice of God’s
Spirit? Are you now spewing out things you once thought a Christian would never
be capable of speaking? Are you hardening beyond change?

If this describes you, let me tell you plainly: You will never receive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
deliverance unless you change. Your life will only become more chaotic, and
your situation will worsen. Stop building your case, pointing your finger,
justifying yourself. God will not meet you until you wake up and admit,
“Nothing is going to change for me unless I’m changed.”

Cry out to the Lord honestly in prayer: “Change me, O God. Dig deep in
me—show me where I’ve failed and gone astray. Expose my pride, anger,
stubbornness and sin. Help me to lay it all down.”

How many more experts, counselors, lonely nights and fruitless strivings must
you endure before you wake up to the truth? If any healing or restoration is
going to take place, you must take responsibility. Your miracle is dependent on
your being changed.

“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all
their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and
saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the
righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all” (Psalm 34:17-19).

 



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He Hears

Pat:

Very Good Encouragement!!!

Originally posted on The Christian Gazette:

This morning, the reading plan I follow, included Psalm 61. Each time I read one of the Psalms written by David, I find myself so encouraged, as he was readily transparent in his calling out to the Lord, be it in strength or in struggle – always knowing his ultimate need for God to intervene.

“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to You, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in Your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.” – (Psalm 61:1-4)

He closes out the Psalm by saying “Then will I ever sing praise to Your Name and fulfill my vows day after day.” – (Psalm 61:8)

David…

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Turning Life’s Hardships into Stepping Stones

 

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good….”

Genesis 50:20

A man was climbing a mountain with his son one day and his son was having a very hard time. He was smaller than his dad, so his little legs were struggling to take the necessary steps. So he told his dad, “Dad, it’s so hard because of all of these rocks. They’re big, sharp, and they hurt.”

The dad looked down at the boy and said, “Son, those sharp rocks are what we’re climbing on. Without the rocks, we’d fall.”

In life, we’re going to encounter bumps and jagged rocks. Many of them hurt us, scar us, and leave us sore and bruised. But as believers, we have to see those rocks not in terms of the damage they cause, but as stepping stones to a higher plane of living. Yes, the enemy may intend them to cause us harm, but God will use them for our good.

Don’t be discouraged by the jagged rocks you’re treading on today. Put them below your feet and use them to propel you to a higher plane of living. Keep your eyes focused on the prize and you’ll rise above life’s negative circumstances.

INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON LIFE’S CHALLENGES, FOCUS ON THE PRIZE – LIFE WITH JESUS. RISE ABOVE THE PAIN TO A HIGHER LEVEL OF LIVING!


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Some Things Are Just Brutal

Pat:

“Awesome Encouragement”!!

Originally posted on Broken Believers ♥:

So much has been written already from the perspective of suffering Christians.  We live in a painful world; there are plenty of cuts and bruises to go around.  Yet each blow we take is disturbing.  I’ve met so many who have been unfairly brutalized and must walk through mental or physical disabilities. Some things are just brutal.

A great deal of recovery is simply allowing ourselves to be comforted in the Spirit, and to understand the Word to see what is really taking place, when we are walloped by an especially intense attack.

We may not have this in our understanding, but suffering provides us with incredible advantages and blessings.  The bruises which hurt us, can also bring us wisdom. We learn many things, but only when we hurt.

Suffering brings enormous benefits:

  1. Suffering verifies our faith (1 Pet. 1:6-7).
  2. Suffering confirms our sonship (Heb. 12:5-8).
  3. Suffering produces endurance (James 1:2-4; 1…

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In The Midst Of Troubles Paul Learned Great Lessons

By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

The most significant lesson Paul learned in his anguish was that he had to turn
to the Lord and His covenant promises. He knew he could no longer trust in his
own flesh, abilities or willpower. He writes, “We had the sentence of death
in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth
the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9).

Paul’s trial had brought him to the end of his endurance. He knew he did not
have any strength left to fight the powers of darkness so he sentenced his own
flesh to death. And God marvelously delivered him: “Who delivered us from so
great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver
us” (verse 10).

How was Paul delivered? Several things were involved: First, he was a mighty
man of prayer and second, he had great confidence in the Lord. Paul knew God
would uphold His covenant promises. He could say, “Just as the Lord has
delivered me in the past, He is at work delivering me from this present trial.
From now until the day I die, I’ll be living under His delivering power.”

Like Paul, we also are allowed to endure troubled times, so that we will die to
our reliance on human ability. The Lord permits us to be crushed, made helpless
and weak, in an effort to convince us we cannot defeat the enemy by any fleshly
efforts.

As we compare our lives to Paul’s, we may be tempted to think, “I’ll
never experience the kind of deliverance this man enjoyed. He was well-educated
in the Scriptures and he received great revelations from the Lord about Jesus,
the gospel, the New Covenant.

“And Paul ministered in the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost. He
single-handedly shook cities and nations. He couldn’t be killed by the devil,
even after stonings, mob attacks, three shipwrecks. God even used him to raise
the dead. This man was one of God’s most anointed servants in all of history.
He had it together spiritually.”

Not so, according to Paul. The apostle makes it clear that there was one other
important factor in his deliverance: the powerful intercession of praying
helpers. “Ye also helping together by prayer for us” (verse 11). Paul was
saying, “I’m confident God will deliver me. And you’re helping that come
to pass by praying.”

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Make Me Clean


Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine

It happened, while he was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man full of leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face, and begged him, saying, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.” - Luke 5:12

 

This prayer shows a beautiful faith. The leper had no doubt whatever of Christ‘s ability to heal him. The only question in his mind was whether he would be willing to do it. There might be some reason why the Lord would not wish to answer his request. It would be an unutterable blessing to have this loathsome, terrible leprosy taken away. Jesus could do it if he would, and he would do it if it were best that it should be removed. So we find in his brief prayer acquiescence as well as humility.

This was a prayer, not for spiritual, but for physical blessing, and in such things we never can know what really is best for us. A mother may bend over a dying child and plead with affectionate yearning for its life. God will never blame her for the agonizing persistence of her plea, yet she dare not pray wilfully. She must end her most intense pleading with the submissive refrain, caught from Gethsemane“Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.” It may not be the best blessing to her or to her home to have her child spared.

Or a man may be threatened with loss of property. He turns to Christ for help. “If thou wilt, thou canst save me from this sore loss.” Yes, he can, there is no doubt about that. But will he ?

He will if it is best, for he never chastens but for his people’s good. But will it be a blessing to have this calamity averted ? The man cannot tell. Perhaps it may be necessary for him to suffer this misfortune in his temporal estate, that he may not lose his inheritance in heaven.

Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” is an illustration. He wanted it removed; but no, it was necessary to keep him from spiritual pride, from being exalted above measure. Prayer should be submissive as well as earnest. We do not know what we should pray for, nor if what we desire would really bless us.

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