The Process that Magnifies the Treasure

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.  (2Co_4:7-9)

New covenant servants (followers of Jesus Christ) are “earthen vessels” (ordinary clay pots). Yet, in the container of their redeemed humanity dwells “this treasure” (the Son of God Himself). This arrangement calls for the treasure (Jesus), not the vessels (you and me) to be the object of all trust and the recipient of all glory: “that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” Appropriately, the Lord has also arranged a process that magnifies the treasure.

This process involves the every day pressures of life, which come from all sides. “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed.” Clay pots cannot withstand much pressure, but the treasure within us (Christ) is able to keep is from being smashed. “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2Ti_2:1)

The process that draws attention to the treasure also involves many perplexities. “We are perplexed, but not in despair.” We face difficult decisions and impossible issues, but our Wonderful Counselor protects us from hopelessness: “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col_2:3).

Persecutions are included in the process: “persecuted, but not forsaken.” People accuse us, misunderstand us, or lie about us. Still, we know we are not abandoned by our Lord who lives within us. “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ ” (Heb_13:5).

Even catastrophes are a part of the process that magnifies the treasure who indwells us: “struck down, but not destroyed.” Circumstantial upheavals and overwhelming heartaches occur, but the Lord stabilizes our souls, so we don’t “tip over” under the weight of circumstances. “They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support” (Psa_18:18).

Thus, life comes at us like an overpowering military tank, ready to flatten us. There is no natural hope, because clay pots can’t handle tanks. Yet, as the dust clears, the flower pot of our lives can remain intact (if we are trusting in the able and faithful one who lives in our hearts). There is no attacking tank that can overcome the Lord Jesus Christ. “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1Jo_4:4).

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You are my indwelling treasure. When pressures, perplexities, persecutions, or catastrophes come my way, teach me to trust in You. When others ask how I am sustained through these difficulties, remind me to give all glory and honor to You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power Of His Resurrection

English: Resurrection of Christ

English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Php 3:7  But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Php 3:8 Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ Php 3:9  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith; Php 3:10  that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Php 3:11  that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Php 3:12  Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Joh 10:18No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Col 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Col 3:4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: Col 3:6  For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Rev 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Rev 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Prayer

In Jesus’ Mighty Name; Mat 22:44  The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? Dear Lord Jesus as you on this day gather your children who will rise with you in a few hours time, while all your enemies (Our enemies) become your footstools, I pray thee my Lord take those that worship you in truth and in spirit with you, remember those that seek you too and those that have not heard about you; also remember those that have heard and continually ignore you Lord to forgive them and give them a chance even though there is not time enough left. Have mercy upon  us your children, for we want to do what is right but find ourselves doing wrong; let your mercy and your favor locate us day and night in Jesus’ name! Thank you Jesus Christ!

 

God’s Time Is The Best

English: The Lord Jesus Christ in the image of...

English: The Lord Jesus Christ in the image of Good Shepherd. Early Christian trsdition of symbolism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the Testimonies That Will Remain Ever Remembered, Now Shared With you precious souls, beloved of the most high!

My Friends, You that fear the Lord and Join in the Praise with Angels as they Bow and Worship him as long as he has been, is and still will be – Revelations 4:11;

I have learnt it through and quite well, but; I haven’t arrived yet! Am still in this training which I do not know at all if it will come to an end. All my life I have seen the Hand of God guide me in every way. I have made a few mistakes that are very frustrating to the Lord but I have also done reconciliations with Lord and he has accepted me back to him.

Not by Works, It’s All His Grace

Our Lord Jesus Christ

It is the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ that will save us, of course he will also consider our works.

I have come to learn today that indeed according to his word, the Lord rewards us only by his grace and not by works. If it were by works, today I would have been blessed massively because am doing things that are right my eyes – judging that what I am doing is pleasant to the Lord, and later perhaps I would be punished when I do those disgraceful things in the eyes of the most high God. We all need to understand “Rom_11:6 and if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.; Eph_2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Our works 90% are all not righteous that at the end of the business day or normal activity day, if requested to give account of what good we have done on that day according to the teachings of our Lord Jesus, only 10% will be revealed to be true. Therefore, brethren; let us come together in faith and join the angels in giving thanks to our God as stated in Rev 11:17 saying: “Lord God Almighty, the one who is and who was! We thank you that you have taken your great power and have begun to rule!

The Lord God almighty deserves the glory, and the praise and the honor as long as we live. Praise him at all times.

Christianity is Not a Life Style, It is the life of Jesus we have to live not to emulate, to do as he taught!

This started in the dreams, someone stood from afar and was commanding me to stop praising the Lord & worshiping his holy name else I would see trouble in my life. And to this person saying that to me, I said; how can I stop praising the giver of my life? I will not.

During the first week of January 2013, the Lord revealed Don Moen’s Song afresh to me, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIj6k3yYWo0 and when I heard it this time; it was as if the song was sent anew to speak to me, but I did not understand what the song meant until I faced a few challenges that almost turned my mind upside down. This was one of the toughest times I had ever experienced in my life. {The Wife & Daughter’s permits expired and to renew them, I was charged three times more than the normal charges}, I fought of course with the help of the Lord I managed to overcome the financial situation and went ahead, 12 days later; it started raining while I had gone into the reserve doing a few monthly duties, when I received a phone call from my office that my office and the entire lodge including my households are drowned in water. I live within the Lodge premises which is located right on the river banks of the Limpopo River in South Africa. Driving wasn’t easy to get back and rescue my household as the road was muddy though I was Driving TDI Land rover. I managed after about 45 minutes to get back to camp, when I arrived; it was quite surprising, it was as if someone had opened a fire fighters hose reel and placed it on the doors of the house and offices. At this point there was nothing we could do but escape to higher land. I had found my wife and kid have been rescued by one of my colleagues and taken to my office. I rushed to my house to pick a few important belongings I could, when I got to the house; the only way to get in was by swimming, the water level in the house was going through my waist. I managed to collect only a file case that contained mine and my Family’s IDs. That was all I could get, the rest was in water!

The place being a game reserve has lots of dangerous animals including venomous snakes which we feared at this time, if one sustains a bite, they will die without help. Thank God all the venomous snakes and dangerous predators where running for their lives too. The only place we had to take refuge to, is our staff complex which is on a hill where the water could not reach.

While I was swimming in my house my colleagues were pushing my car to higher ground which wasn’t easy, thank God they are my team so dedicated and strong. I pray for them always that God may bless them mightily. What was most amazing was that, it took us 45 minutes to fight against the strength of water while we swam to rescue employees who were on duty in a range of 50 meters. Some were capsizing in Water while others swam slowly in a water depth of 2.1 meters high. We were so lucky that even though it took us time, we managed to rescue everyone and isolated our abode which we could do nothing about. It took 18hrs for the water levels to go low. During this time, my household praised & thank God for his grace that saved every soul.

Properties I had worked for, for the past 15 years including academic qualifications and Study resources, disappeared in 18hrs. Today I remain empty with nothing to show that I have anymore.

The Miracle still remain today, no life was lost; all the material gain will take you nowhere as they can go anytime. Yet the Lord will never leave you by yourself. He will save you with your family and take care of you in any situation that may come. I am so thankful to God today because he alone promised to be with me, to see me through all this toil.

Afterwards, my feet though so big; when I entered into my house before cleaning it, could not be seen as I was fully covered in thick mud. We later killed 4 Deadly snakes black Mambas in my house during and after the cleaning – Mar 16:18 they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; …

I want you to know brethren that the Lord will be with you at all times whatever the world can bring, the Lord Jesus will stand with you. Here I am today, I still remain the same; when I go into the midst of people who know me not, no one will tell what I have been through; the flood I experienced is just a dot of all the things I have seen in a short life I have so far lived. But, even today; I still boldly strand to say, the Lord as old as he is; he is what he says he is. Psa 89:34  My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Rev 3:7 … he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; Only Jesus Christ of Nazareth does what he promised.

1Co_12:6 and there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

Eph_4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

 

Last Word:

Heb_10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised 😉

NB* I have received lots of warnings that in this place
I am, I should stop worshiping the Lord. But, brethren; let me tell you. We can only receive command from the lord Jesus not those we are supposed to Command. God bless as you journey on and may he give you the grace to stand faithful to & in him. Love you all, for Christ. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen!

 

 

THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE

Our Lord Jesus Christ

Our Lord Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” – – Rom_8:2.

THE SIMPLEST child knows something of the law of gravitation. The word is from the Latin gravitas, which is the attraction of weight by weight. What gravitation is to matter, the down-pull of the flesh is to the spirit. There is not a single one of us, who is seeking to live the better life, that is not conscious of this down-pull. Indeed the laws of gravitation in the natural world have their counterpart in our inward experience. There is always a down-pull to the center of gravity, i.e. to self–what I like, what I choose, what I prefer! The fall of the soul toward the flesh–or self-life–becomes increasingly rapid, so that every time we yield it becomes easier to yield, and the velocity becomes headlong. The child of God would fall with velocity equal to that of the depraved sinner if it were not for the law of the Spirit of Life which is in Christ Jesus which makes him free from the law of sin and death.

Overcoming the Earth-pull. You may see it in the soaring of the lark, singing as it rises, until you think it will split its tiny throat with song. One of the delights of an ocean voyage is to watch the gulls, as regularly, evenly, and easily they keep level with the progress of the boat. The bird does not float in the air; it balances itself; it measures its wings against its weight, and defies the earth-pull. But if the means of flight are maimed, it drops helplessly on land or water. Alas for the bird, though it be an albatross, that happens to alight on water covered by the oil discharged from an oil-driven vessel. When once its wings have become glued to its body, by immersion in that oil-bath, there is nothing for it but a miserable end!

The Spirit works according to Law,–“the law of the Spirit of Life.” Do not grieve Him by any act of insincerity or hatred. If you are aware of the subsidence of His energy, go back till you have discovered where you dropped the thread of obedience to His gentle promptings. Pick it up by confession and restitution, and again you will become conscious of His mediation to you of a Law of Life that laughs at sin and death! Yours will be the wings of an eagle’s flight, the soaring of a lark, sunward, heavenward, Godward! But you must take time to be holy–in meditation, in prayer, and especially in the use of the Bible.

PRAYER

Help me, O Lord, to find my life according to Thy promise. I thank Thee that Thou hast implanted the germ of Thine own nature. Leave me not, neither forsake me in the upward climb. Teach me to change my strength and mount up with the wings of eagles. In Jesus’ name: AMEN.

The Joy of Jesus

The Resurrection from Grünewald's Isenheim Alt...

The Resurrection from Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece was a direct influence on Three Studies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”Psa_45:7

For all the sorrows that lay upon His heart and the heaviness of the cross He had to bear, there can be little question that Jesus impressed people as a very contented person. When He spoke about His joy nobody had to ask Him what He meant. It never seemed strange to those who knew Him best that He should talk to them about His gladness. They were so familiar with it in their daily conversation, even when everything was dark and menacing, that the mention of it never took them by surprise. His enemies described Him as a wine-bibber, and that does not suggest a gloomy person. He called Himself a bridegroom, and the ideal bridegroom is a radiant person. We want children to be men and women; He wanted men and women to be children, and children, whatever else they may be, are extraordinarily carefree little beings. How, then, shall we explain this gladness of the Man of Sorrows? How did He maintain, through darkest hours, this unworrying and radiant heart? It is profoundly helpful to meditate on that.

Jesus Never Swerved From His Appointed Task

Supremely faithful to His high vocation, our Lord shone in the tranquil radiance of fidelity. One of the deepest attributes of duty is that the doing of it always leads to gladness. Wordsworth says of the man who does his duty that flowers laugh before him in their beds. To have a vocation and to hold to it, in spite of seductive and alluring voices, is the source of half the singing in the world. In the World War, in spite of all its sorrow, there was more singing than I ever heard before. Millions had something great to live for: something that was great enough to die for. And one of the sources of the joy of Jesus was that something great enough to live and die for had been given Him in the ordering of God. Voices called Him, as they call us all. Sometimes they bore the accents of a friend. He was urged to be careful and to guard Himself and to shun the agony of Calvary. But to all such voices He was deaf; He set His face stedfastly towards Jerusalem, and “flowers laughed before Him in their beds.”

The Abundance of His Life

Another source of that joy of heart is to be found in the abundance of His life. We all know how when life is rich and full there comes to us a kind of inward radiance. Seasons arrive when life is at the ebb, and then “melancholy marks us for her own.” But when the tide of life comes to the full again, immediately everything is different. The grasshopper has ceased to be a burden; everything is clothed in vivid coloring; in the dreariest period of bleak February we awaken in the morning singing. That is not only true of physical life; it is true of life in every sphere. It is “more life and fuller” if the jarring is to be changed into a song. How profoundly significant it is, then, that Jesus should be the enemy of death and should quietly affirm I am the Life.

All sin in its last results is impoverishing: of such impoverishing our Lord was ignorant. The life of God flowed through Him like a river, unchecked by any barrier of evil. Moment by moment drawing for His need out of the boundless life within His Father’s heart, He had a joy the world could never give and could never take away.

Jesus Never Doubted God

The deepest root of all Christ‘s joy was that He never doubted God. And if ever a child had cause to doubt his father, I make bold to say that it was Jesus. Sent of God, He was a homeless wanderer: the Son of Man had not where to lay his head. Sent of God, men turned their backs on Him: He came to His own, and His own received Him not. Sent of God, He was ridiculed and mocked; He was beaten and insulted, and the nails were driven into His hands and feet. In such a life to trust was victory, and victory always is conjubilant. To live as He did, in a faith unfailing, is the victory that overcomes the world. That is why, right through the life of Jesus, there “steals on the ear the distant triumph song,” sung not in celestial bliss but in the shame and agony of our mortality.

Why is a child such an unworried little creature? It is because he trusts his father and his mother. Why is the boat passenger untroubled in the tempest? It is because he absolutely trusts the captain. And the deepest root of the joy of Jesus was a trust in His Father which was perfect and which never faltered in the darkest hour. Why should you and I not live like that? The victories of Christ were won for us. A Christian does not so much win his victories as he appropriates the victories of Christ. Live as He did, trust as He did, keep the heart open to the inflowing tide, and in the dreariest days of February the time of the singing of the birds is come.

Prayer

Dear Jesus, help me enjoy the joy that you enjoyed and still enjoy. That I may know the Power of your resurrection. Thank you Lord for your Holy Spirit as our comforter in Jesus’ name.

 

Things To Be Let Behind

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus.”– Heb_12:1-2.

LEAVE BEHIND your past sins. They have been many and great, more than you can count. But if you have confessed and forsaken them, they have been put away, “as far as the east is from the west.'” Nothing could be more explicit than

1Jo_1:9. It is useless to brood over the past. God has buried it in the grave of Christ. Go and sin no more!

Leave behind your bad habits that encumber you (R.V. marg.). You know what they are, and how they cling–ill-temper, jealousy, pride, evil-speaking, and many another! You have fallen again and again, overtaken by them, tripped up, your robes stained and torn. There should be some finality in your life, a mark on the grass from which you start to run the race. The command to put off the old man is in the definite tense (

Col_3:8-9). It be-speaks one sudden strong act of the will, God-nerved and God-empowered. This, then, is the hour when you must strike for liberty “Ye have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

Leave behind your accomplished ideals. They were once far in front and above you. As you climbed they seemed almost inaccessible, and mocking voices rang out their defiance of your attempt. But by the grace of God things that once you dreamt of are now realised, and you are sitting on the peak that once seemed to laugh you to scorn. But you must leave it behind! Look up! look forward! Are there not fresh ideals calling to you? Leave behind your attainments and strike your tents. One battle is fought, but a yet stronger foe bars the way immediately in front. It is suicidal to rest on your oars; to do so will expose you to the inevitable backward drift.

The best way to leave behind is to press forward. The Spirit of God bids us “run with patience the race set before us, looking unto Jesus.” He is our Forerunner, always before us, always leading us on. His crest, like the plume of Henry of Navarre, is always in the very thick of the fight. Let the soul follow hard after Him, and it will become almost oblivious to what it leaves behind. The boy who is running for the goal, in his eagerness to win the prize, strips himself of one and another article of clothing. He will not count their worth, so long as he may win the prize. So run that ye may attain! Apprehend that for which you were apprehended! Lay hold on the outstretched crown of life!

PRAYER

Most gracious God, quicken me by Thy Holy Spirit, that I may run in the way Thou hast marked out for me. May I ever be kept looking off unto Jesus. In Jesus’ name; AMEN.

To the Disheartened

Man reading Psalms at the Western Wall. Jerusa...

Man reading Psalms at the Western Wall. Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine, March 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” Psa_43:5

It is one source of the eternal freshness of the Psalms that they tell the story of a struggling soul. They open a window on to that battlefield with which no other battle can be compared—the moral struggle of the individual with himself. And it is well that that story should be told in poetry, for there is nothing like poetry for describing battles. There is a rich suggestiveness in poetry, a rush of emotion, an enthusiasm that catches and conveys the excitement of the field. The dullest war correspondent grows poetical, his words become colored, vivid, picturesque, when he narrates the actions in the war. It was right, then, that for this warfare of the soul we should have the strong music of the Psalms.

Now as we read that story of the psalmist’s struggle, one of the first things to arrest us is the likeness of that battle to our own. Ages have fled, and everything is different since the shepherd-king poured out his heart in melody. And yet his failures and his hopes are so like ours, he might have been shepherding and reigning yesterday. We are so apt to think we fight alone. We are so prone to think there never was a life so weak, so ragged, so full of a dull gnawing, as ours. We are so ready to believe that we have suffered more than any heart that ever loved and lost. And then God opens up the heart of David, and we see its failures and we hear its cries, and the sense of loneliness at least is gone. He prayed as we have prayed. He fell as we have fallen. He rose and started again as we have done. He was disheartened, and so are we.

Disheartenment

Speaking of disheartenment, there is one temperament that is peculiarly exposed to that temptation. It is that of the eager and sensitive and earnest soul. If you are never in earnest about anything, you may escape disheartening altogether. To be disheartened is a kind of price we pay for having a glimpse at the heavens now and then.

“The mark of rank in nature is capacity for pain;

And the anguish of the singer makes the sweetness of the strain.”

So the dull pain of being disheartened now and then is the other side of man’s capacity for enthusiasm. Give me a flood-tide and I shall expect an ebb. Give me an earnest, daring, generous, loyal heart, and I shall know where to discover melancholy.

And one word I should like to say here—never pass judgments in your disheartened hours. It is part of the conduct of an honest soul never to take the verdict of its melancholy. The hours come when everything seems wrong. And all that we do and all that we are seem worthless. And by a strange and subtle trick of darkness, it is just then we begin to judge ourselves. Suspend alt judgment when you are disheartened. Tear into fragments the verdict of your melancholy. Wait till the sunshine comes; wait till the light of the countenance of God comes, then judge—you cannot judge without the light. But in your darkness, stay yourself on God. Disheartenment is the wise man‘s time for striking out. It is only the fool’s time for summing up.

No doubt there is a physical element in much disheartenment. There is a need of health; there is a lack of sunshine in the hills about it. When we are badly nourished and poorly clothed and live and sleep in a vitiated atmosphere, it is so very easy to lose heart. And all that inter-working of body and soul, with the reaction of a man’s environment upon his life, should make us very charitable to our neighbor. If you knew everything, you would find more heroism in a smiling face sometimes than in the most gallant deed out in South Africa. Make every allowance for a disheartened neighbor. Be charitable. Be helpful and be kind. But in the name of the Christlike character you strive for, make no allowance, brother, for yourself. Allowance is merely the pet name for excuse. It speaks of that tender handling of ourselves which is so utterly foreign to a vigorous manhood. I must make no excuse. I must be at it when I feel least like it. It is so much better to live nobly than live long.

Causes of Disheartenment

Now what are the common causes of disheartment? I think we can lay our hand on some, at any rate. And the first is the long and monotonous stretches of our life. “Variety’s the very spice of life, and gives it all its flavor,” sings the poet. And when there is no variety at all, no new horizon in the morning, but the same work and the same haunting worry, day in day out, we are all apt to grow disheartened. It is a dreary business walking in the country when the dusty road, without a turn or a bend, stretches ahead of you for miles. If there was only some dip and rise in the road, some unexpected scenery, some surprises, you would cover the distance and never think of it. It is the sameness that disheartens us. It is the dreary monotony of life’s journey until we lose all spring and spontaneity, all freshness of feeling, all power to react; and we live and work mechanically, deadly.

Another cause is bitter disappointment. When we have made our plans, and suddenly they are shattered; when we have built our castles, and the gale comes and brings them down in ruin at our feet; when the ties are wrenched and the loving heart is emptied, and in the bitterness of death the grave is full—we are all ready to be disheartened then. For where our treasure is, there shall our hearts be also; and when our treasure vanishes, our heart is gone.

The poet Wordsworth, whose calm, deep verse we should all keep reading in these hurrying days, tells us of the utter disheartening that fell on him after the French Revolution. He had hoped great things from that stormy time. He had hoped for the birth of brotherhood and freedom. He had thought that the race was going to shake its fetters off and proclaim the dignity of man at last. And when these dreams were blighted as they were, and instead of liberty and true equality there came the tumbril and the guillotine and blood, “I lost,” says Wordsworth,

“All feeling of conviction, and in fine

Sick, wearied out with contrarieties,

Yielded up moral questions in despair.”

It was his terrible disappointment that disheartened him. Perhaps it is that, friend, that has disheartened you.

Another cause of the deepest disheartening is this: it is the apparent uselessness of all we do. It is the partial failure, it is the lack of progress, it is the fact that I strive and never seem to attain that lies at the root of spiritual despondency. “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” says Andrea. And this very psalm from which we took our text, that thrills and wails with spiritual depression, begins with the cry of the soul after the Infinite “as the hart pants after the water-brooks.” It is the other side of my glory, that disheartening. It is the witness of my kinship with infinitude. I am never satisfied: there is always another hilltop. I am never at rest: there is a better somewhere. And so I am disheartened—fool!—because I am something better than a beast and have been made to crave, to strive, to yearn, to hope—unsatisfied—till the day break and the shadows flee away.

Advice Against Disheartenment

Now I shall venture to give some advice against disheartenment (I have received help here from the sermons of Dean Paget), and the first is this: disheartenment can often be dispelled by action.

A friend who knew Robert Browning well has said of him that one of his priceless qualities was that he always made effort seem worthwhile. You came into his presence restless, wearied, with all the edge taken off moral effort by the doubts and criticisms of this troubled age, and you left him feeling that in spite of a thousand doubts, the humblest effort heavenward was worthwhile.

O, how I wish that every young man and woman could feel the same thing! For what we want is not more light. What we want is more quiet fortitude. It is to believe that effort is worthwhile. It is to hold it, though the world deny it, that man shall not live by bread alone. And though it is very easy to preach that, and we read it and sing it like a common thing, there is the power of God in it against moral collapse, and it carries the makings of moral heroism on its bosom.

And this is my second counsel to the disheartened. Remember, friend, what others have to suffer. Look around you and see the burden of your neighbor and mark the patience and sweetness of the man, until, in that great brotherhood of trial, you ask God to forgive your gloom and bitterness.

In the theater of the ancient Greeks—and the theater was religious, it was not vulgar then—they played great tragedies and brought the sorrows and passions of the noble on the state. And the men and women of Athens went to see them, and by the portrayal of these mightier sorrows, their own so shrank into an insignificance that they went home with something of new hope in them and the determination to be braver now. There are such tragedies today, my friend, and you cannot only witness, you can help. “When you are quite despondent,” said Mr. Keble, “the best way is to go out and do something kind to somebody.”

And lastly, in your hours of disheartenment, just ask if there was ever a man on earth who had such cause to be disheartened as our Lord. What griefs, what exquisite sorrows, and what agonies!—what seeming failure, what crushing disappointment! Yet on the very eve of Gethsemane and Calvary our wonderful Lord is talking of His joy. And when heart fails and faints, and I lose all will power, and my arm hangs helpless, and my soul seems dead, there is nothing like coming right to the feet of Jesus and crying with Peter, “Lord, save me or I perish.” It is then that I take heart again to sing—

“The night is mother of the day,

The winter of the spring,

And ever upon old decay

The greenest mosses cling.

Behind the cloud the starlight lurks,

Through showers the sunbeams fall,

For God who loveth all His works,

Hath left His hope with all.”

Prayer

Dear Jesus Christ, GOD of Elijah, You that answers by Fire; Fire that consumes the wet wood. Let thy will be done upon us Lord; In Jesus Christ’s Name.

Trial Of Your Faith

There is a popular adage that says, “When a child is trained with hard labor, he is well trained”.

“The trial of your faith.” – 1Pe_1:7

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to stay dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightning is her illuminators. When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbor; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven. No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity. Tried faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods. Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.

Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in faith. You will have trials enough without seeking them: the full part will be measured out to you in due season. Meanwhile, if you cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you have; praise him for that degree of holy confidence whereunto you have attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall yet have more and more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall remove mountains and conquer impossibilities.

Prayer

Father we thank you, Jesus Christ we thank you, Holy Spirit we thank you that you have opened our minds to understand why we are tempted and the value of temptation, Lord Jesus give me the grace to continually see your light in all my tempted walks of life. Give me the grace to continually hold on to thy hand; But God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able … 1Co_10:13 (KJV); Dear Lord I thank you that you have me in your daily plan every day. Thank you Holy spirit for talking to me every time, Thank you Jesus Christ for answering my everyday prayers. I Cover myself and my household, with the blood of Jesus and the fire of the holy ghost. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Enoch’s Pleasing Walk With God

By faith Enoch was translated so that he did not see death, “and was not found because God had translated him”; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Heb_11:5-6)
It is the will of God that we learn to walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord: “that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him” (Col_1:10). Again, such godly living can only be developed by faith. Much helpful insight into such a life is provided in Enoch’s pleasing walk with God, by faith.
Enoch was one of our earliest forefathers. “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah” (Gen_5:21). After the birth of Methuselah (who became, at 969 years, the oldest man ever on earth), Enoch began a three hundred year long journey of close fellowship with God. “After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years” (Gen_5:22). After three centuries of spiritual intimacy, Enoch was taken into heaven without experiencing death. “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Gen_5:24). Enoch’s intimacy with God and his unique home going were related to a life of reliance upon the Lord. “By faith Enoch was translated so that he did not see death . . . for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Of course, what was so pleasing to God about Enoch’s walk was his trust in the Lord. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.”
Enoch is a wonderful reminder of what life is all about — walking with God by faith throughout our days on earth, then walking right on into the presence of God in heaven someday. Many will eventually do this, like Enoch, without facing death. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1Th_4:16-17). Others may face death, but the key ingredient of fellowship on earth right on into heaven is the same. “I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory” (Psa_73:23-24).

Prayer
Dear God, creator of heaven and earth, I desire to please You by a life of faith here on earth. Help me to walk closely with You day by day throughout my pilgrimage here below. I eagerly anticipate the day that I will forever be with You in the fullness of Your glorious presence in heaven above, in Jesus’ name, Thank you Jesus. Amen.

Great Is The Counsel Of The Most High

We Called before saying, Thou God of Elijah, Thou God Of Moses, Thou God Of Abraham, Today we say Thou God Of Prophet T.B. Joshua; Oh how we thank you, That you have not forsaken us.

Jer 32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
Jer 32:20 Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, …
Prayer
Father we Thank you, Holy Spirit we Thank you, Lord Jesus we Thank you, abide with us my Lord for without you, we are no more. In This World, Jesus we Thank you, Manifest Oh Lord your strength in our weaknesses, In Jesus’ name, we pray, Thank you Lord.