The Storm is Almost Over! — Carolyn Rice Author

I’ve seen a picture in my mind of myself and other Christians, walking through the mud and mire. We’ve heard our Savior’s call and we’ve taken steps of faith, only to meet with the mud, mud so thick it seemed it would suck our feet right down to the bottom. Mud consisting of opposition, discouragement, […]

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Does He Know Me?

by Oswald Chambers He calls his own…by name… —John 10:3 When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (see John 20:11-18). It is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. A person’s soul is in grave danger when the knowledge of doctrine surpasses Jesus, avoiding intimate touch with Him. Why was Mary weeping? […]

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Looking For God’s Handwritting

by George Whitten Psalms 56:3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. We came across this story in the book, Steel in His Soul, The Dick Hillis Story and it really ministered to us so we thought we’d pass it along. Missionaries Dick and Margaret Hillis found themselves caught in China during the […]

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Streams In The Desert

Loss of Faith
By Dr. James R. Miller

“Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?” – Luke 7:19
John was in prison, in the castle Machaerus. It certainly was not a very cheerful place to be in. We ought scarcely to be astonished at his temporary loss of bright faith. Yet a good many people think it strange that the grand, brave John could really have been in doubt, and scarcely believe it. “It is not possible,” they say, “that such a great, heroic man should ever waver in his confidence.” They forget that John lived just in the dim dawn of the gospel, before the full day burst upon the world. He had not the thousandth part of the light that we have in our day; and yet do we, with all our light, never get depressed? The truth is, there is not one of us who is not sometimes disheartened without a hundredth part of the cause John had.

But that is always the way. We are amazed at every person’s blindness, or dullness, or unbelief, but our own. Other people’s failures look very large to us, but we never see our own at all. We wonder how Moses once, under terrible provocation, lost his temper and spoke a dozen hasty and impatient words; while we can scarcely get through a single sunny day without a much worse outbreak upon a far slighter provocation.

We wonder how the beloved disciple, with all his sweet humility, could once show an ambition for a place of honor, while we ourselves are for ever scrambling for preferments. We say, “Isn’t it strange that people would not believe on Christ when they saw all his power and love?” Yet we do not believe in him any more fully than they did. We can scarcely believe that John Baptist grew despondent when his trials were so great, though most of us are often plunged into gloom by the merest trifles. Many Christian people get more despairing over the loss of a few pounds, or a little pain, than John did in his really great trials.

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Proverbs 28

Christ The Great Counselor

By Dr. James R. Miller

“John calling unto him two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus.” – Luke 7:19
He was in perplexity about certain matters. There were some things that were worrying him, that he could not make out himself, and he sent to Christ to ask him about them. That is just what everyone of us should do when there arise perplexities of any kind in our lives or affairs — we should carry them straight to Jesus. Even the children have their disappointments and trials. They have discouragements. Now they ought not to worry about these matters. Of course they cannot always understand them; how could they expect to understand everything in such a vast world as this? But is it not a great thing to know that Jesus understands it all? He knows what he is doing. So the true way for us is just to do what John did — tell Jesus whenever anything appears to go wrong or when anything happens we cannot understand. That is the rule Paul gives for keeping clear of anxiety. “Be careful [or anxious] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Then he promises that if we only do this we shall never have worry — “The peace of God shall keep your hearts and minds.”

The meaning of all this is that we should never carry a worry of any kind even for a moment, but whenever any matter begins to perplex us we should go instantly and tell Jesus all about it, and leave it in his hands, that he may manage it for us.

The leaving it is the hardest part. We can easily take it to him, but we are so apt to pick it up again and carry it back with us, and keep it, just as if we had not taken it to him. We should learn to tell Jesus of our perplexities and sorrows, and then commit all to him without further anxiety. This is faith, and is the way to find peace.

Streams In The Desert

I was crushed…so much so that I despaired even of life, but that was to make me rely not on myself, but on the God who raises the dead” (2 Cor. 1:8, 9).

“Pressed out of measure and pressed to all length;
Pressed so intensely it seems, beyond strength;
Pressed in the body and pressed in the soul,
Pressed in the mind till the dark surges roll.
Pressure by foes, and a pressure from friends.
Pressure on pressure, till life nearly ends.

“Pressed into knowing no helper but God;
Pressed into loving the staff and the rod.
Pressed into liberty where nothing clings;
Pressed into faith for impossible things.
Pressed into living a life in the Lord,
Pressed into living a Christ-life outpoured.”

The pressure of hard places makes us value life. Every time our life is given back to us from such a trial, it is like a new beginning, and we learn better how much it is worth, and make more of it for God and man. The pressure helps us to understand the trials of others, and fits us to help and sympathize with them.

There is a shallow, superficial nature, that gets hold of a theory or a promise lightly, and talks very glibly about the distrust of those who shrink from every trial; but the man or woman who has suffered much never does this, but is very tender and gentle, and knows what suffering really means. This is what Paul meant when he said, “Death worketh in you.”

Trials and hard places are needed to press us forward, even as the furnace fires in the hold of that mighty ship give force that moves the piston, drives the engine, and propels that great vessel across the sea in the face of the winds and waves.

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