Monday, March 19, 2007 4:00 a.m.
When one of Amy Carmichael’s beloved workers came down with Bright’s disease, she called it, “another of those grave trials which give us a chance to prove the things we believe” (A Chance to Die, p. 235). Isn’t that powerful? I never really thought of trials quite that way before. I always saw trials as a testing of our faith, a lesson to help us trust the Lord more, or an avenue of providing a platform to proclaim God’s grace; but, never did I see trials as a chance to prove those things we believe. It reminds me of a poem I wrote many years ago when facing a trial.
When what we know in our heart and mind goes deeper than our pain. Tis then we know the love of God transcends through all the same.
Without trials our faith would be shallow and weak. Trials are God’s way to deepen our walk with Him, to associate believers with Christ, to glorify Christ; and yes, to prove what we believe.
Thought for Today: “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 1:7).
Friday, November 3, 2006 3:40 a.m.
Have you ever looked through a pinhole in a curtain or in a piece of paper? A pinhole is very tiny; but yet, you can see through it. That is the way we see God right now, through a pinhole, darkly; but someday, we shall see Him face to face.”For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; put then shall I know even as also I am known.” (I Corinthians 13:12). As the Israelite’s had to cover Moses’ face with a veil because his face was too bright to look upon, so it is now with God. He is too bright to look upon. We only see the hinder part of His glory. God said to Moses, “Thou canst not see my face…” (Exodus 33:20). But He said, “And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:22-23). Right now we only see the hinder part of God’s glory as though looking through a pinhole. Pinholes are: love shown to others, caring for those in distress, helping those in need, encouraging those that are down, and holding up those that are weak. We all need to see through the pinholes; but, right now my pinholes are clogged. Lord, please open them.
Thought for Today: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (I Corinthians 13:13).
Friday, March 17, 2006 4:00 a.m.
1.) You must be saved and in the will of God. “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” (John 9:31).
2.) Ask in faith, believing. “…What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24). “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22).
3.) You must not be living in sin. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7). “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” (I John 3:22).
4.) You must not have bitterness or an unforgiving spirit. “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25-26).
Thought for Today: Pray believing, and the God of heaven shall answer.
Thursday, May 20, 2004 3:15 a.m.
Isn’t it just like God to send us into the deep waters so only His power can keep us from drowning. Then, and only then, does God receive the glory. What good would it be if we had the strength to save ourselves; then we would receive the glory. Only through Christ can we do all things. (Philippians 4:13). He has promised to sustain us and keep us. Where He leads He will provide. There are many examples in the Bible where God sent people into situations beyond their control. Moses was “slow of speech, and of a slow tongue”, yet God sent. (Exodus 4:10). Deborah was a woman, yet God sent. (Judges 4:9). Gideon only had 300 men, yet God sent. (Judges 7:6). David was but a boy from the sheep fold, yet God sent. (I Samuel 17:45). The disciples went out with no script or purse and shoes, yet God sent. (Luke 22:35). So where God sends, we are to go, and He will provide.
Thought for Today: If God has given you something to do that seems beyond you; rejoice, God has sent and He will wondrously provide.
Tuesday, March 9, 2004 4:10 a.m.
Heaven help us if we turn back. Jesus said, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). Once God has sent us forth we must never turn back. “The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.” (Psalm 78:9). God would have given them the victory had they just went forward. The priest bearing the ark of the covenant went forth as God commanded them to pass over the river Jordan. When they got to the river, as the feet of the priest were dipped into the brim of the water, the water parted. “And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan…” (Joshua 3:17). May we never turn back, but step out in faith, going forth in trust, believing. And as we go forth God will be our strength, our helper, our deliverer, our victor.
Thought for Today: Wherever God sends us we must go forth carrying the banner for victory.
Thursday, January 15,1998 4:00 a.m.
I’ve been worried about many things this morning. Finally, I became so overwhelmed that I could do nothing but fall upon my knees and cry out to God. I can change nothing by worrying, but God can. I turned all these worries over to the Lord. Oh yes, I know they will be back and I will start to worry all over again, and once more I will have to turn them over to God. But for now my mind is set free. I got up and put on one of Elizabeth Elliot’s tapes called Confidence in God. What she spoke about touched my heart just where I needed it. She reminded us about the story where Jesus is asleep in the boat. A great storm arose and the disciples were sore afraid, but Jesus remained asleep. The disciples awoke him and said, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” (Mark 4:38). Then Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea, and instantly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then Jesus said, “O ye of little faith.” Lord, I have little faith. Today I am strong and tomorrow I am weak again. Please, Lord, increase my faith and help me give all my troubles and worries to you daily.
Thought for Today: May we learn to turn all our troubles and worries over to God, and leave them there.