Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thorns and crosses.....

This was my devotional reading from Voices From The Past, from this morning and was so helpful to me that I wanted to share. It's amazing how often my reading is just what I need for the day!


Thorns
 "If your Lord calls you to suffering, do not be dismayed, for He will provide a deeper portion of Christ in your suffering. The softest pillow will be placed under your head though you must set your bare feet among thorns. Do not be afraid of suffering for Christ, for He has a sweet peace for a sufferer. God has called you to Christ's side, and if the wind is now in his face, you can not expect to rest on the sheltered side of the hill.. You cannot be above your Master who received many an innocent stroke. 


The greatest temptation out of hell is to live without trials. A pool of standing water will turn stagnant. Faith grows more with the sharp winter storm in its face. Grace withers without adversity. You can't sneak quietly into heaven without a cross. Crosses form us into His image. They cut away the pieces of our corruption. Lord, cut, carve, wound; Lord, do anyhting to perfect your image in us, and make us fit for glory. We need winnowing before we can enter the kingdom of God.

Whatever direction the wind blows, it will blow us to the Lord. 


His hand will direct us safely to the heavenly shore to find the weight of eternal glory. As we look back to our pains and sufferings, we shall see that suffering is not worthy to be compared to our first night's welcome home in heaven. If we could smell of heaven and our country above, our crosses would not bite us. Lay all your loads by faith on Christ, ease yourself, and let Him bear all. He can, He does, and He will bear you. Whether God comes with a rod or a crown, He comes with Himself. "Have courage, I am your salvation!" Welcome Jesus!"
Samuel Rutherford (The Loveliness of Christ)







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Isaiah 55:6,8-1