Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I believe, help Thou mine unbelief....

Working in us that which is pleasing in His sight.
Hebrews 13:21

Satan is a troubler of our souls. He will test you as to your fear of the future: 'What will become of you if God should bring you into such and such affliction or trial, when you must burn at the stake or deny the Lord, or when all your outward estate is torn from you, and there is no money in your purse? Do you dare to think that your faith will hold out in such an hour of temptation?'

He is tossing you a snare. He is seeking by the fear of future troubles to get you to neglect your present duty, and then be unprepared for your future trials when they come. If a man has a great amount of business to do the next day, he needs to put out of his mind the night before, to get the rest he needs to be prepared for the next day. The less rest the soul has in God now, the less strength he will find to bear trials when the pinch comes. Comfort your soul with three plain conclusions:

1. Every event is the product of God's providence; not a sparrow, much less a saint falls to the ground by poverty, sickness, or persecution, but the hand of God is in it.

2.God has promised, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you' Hebrews 13:5 God will teach His servants all they need to know. At the first moment of your spiritual life suffering grace was infused into you as well as praying grace.

3. God in wisdom conceals the comforts He intends to give you at the various stages of your life, so that He may encourage your heart to full dependence upon His faithful promises now. Thus to try the metal of Abraham's faith, He let him go on till his hand was stretched forth to slay Isaac, and then He came to his rescue. Christ sent His disciples to sea, but stayed behind Himself, with the design to test their faith, and show His love. Comfort yourself with this: though you do not see God in the way, yet you will find Him in the end."
~ Voices From The Past (William Gurnall)

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