Saturday, August 02, 2008

The discipline of difficulty!

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
An average view of the Christian life is that it means deliverance from trouble. It is deliverance in trouble, which is very different. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High. . . there shall no evil befall thee” - no plague can come nigh the place where you are at one with God.
If you are a child of God, there certainly will be troubles to meet, but Jesus says do not be surprised when they come. “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world, there is nothing for you to fear.” Men who before they were saved would scorn to talk about troubles, often become ‘fushionless’ after being born again because they have a wrong idea of a saint.
God does not give us overcoming life: He gives us life as we overcome. The strain is the strength. If there is no strain, there is no strength. Are you asking God to give you life and liberty and joy? He cannot, unless you will accept the strain. Immediately you face the strain, you will get the strength. Overcome your own timidity and take the step, and God will give you to eat of the tree of life and you will get nourishment. If you spend yourself out physically, you become exhausted; but spend yourself spiritually, and you get more strength. God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute. The temptation is to face difficulties from a commonsense standpoint. The saint is hilarious when he is crushed with difficulties because the thing is so ludicrously impossible to anyone but God.
Chambers, O. (1993, c1935). My utmost for his highest: Selections for the year (August 2). Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers.


Anonymous said...

revdrron said...


Wrong song title... freedom is free! What one needs is a better definition than Mr. Ali rapper dude gives us (he should have his mouth washed out with strong soap). It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery (Gal 5:1). The biblical concept of eleutheria (freedom) is central to understanding of the liberating lordship of Jesus (Rom. 7:23–8:4; Gal. 5:1, 13).

Freedom and maturity are characteristics of believers, the children of God, who for this reason could follow their - conscience, deciding and living with regard for that of others (1 Cor. 10:28-29; Rom. 12:2). This freedom is free and empowering by God’s saving act in Christ for independence and service.

Rejoice, ron

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