Monday, April 5, 2010

Comforting words....

From my reading...

"Consider how great security God has given to His people in the promises, that no man shall lose anything by self-denial for His sake. He has told us, "Verily, I say unto you: There is no man that has left house, or brethren,or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my sake and the gospel's; but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions and in the world to come, eternal life." Mark:10:29-30

Thousands and ten thousands have experienced this promise, and do at this day stand ready to set their seal to it. God has made it good to His people, not only in spiritual things, inward joy and peace, but even in temporal things also. Instead of natural relations, who took care of them before, hundreds of Christians stand ready to assist and help them, so that though they have left all for Christ, yet they may say with the apostle: "As having nothing, and yet possessing all things" 2 Corinthians 6:10. Oh the admirable care and tenderness of providence over those that for conscience's sake have left all and cast themselves on its immediate care! Are there not at this day to be found many so provided for, even to the envy of their enemies and their own admiration? Who does not see the faithfulness of God in the promises that has but a heart to trust God in them!

The word of promise assures us that whatever wants or straits the saints fall into, their God will never leave them nor forsake them (Hebrews 13:5), "that He will be with them in trouble" (Psalm 91:15).

Consult the various providence's of your life in this point, and I doubt not but you will find the truth of these promises as often confirmed as you have been in trouble. Ask your own hearts, where or when was it your God forsook you, and left you to sink and perish under your burdens?"

~ The Mystery Of Providence by John Flavel

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