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June 2020 Selected Articles
HOW TO FIND OUR WAY THROUGH TRIBULATION
"Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;" (Romans 12:12)
Since Christians must "through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God," we need to know how to conduct ourselves in the midst of them. Consider seven things that will help.
(1) As we look at our text again, we see that we need to deal with our tribulations patiently. Patience is not reacting. Patience is to deal with our troubles as if we do
not have any. When we are under pressures, or mistreated, or hurting in any way, We act as if we do not have problems. In other words, whatever the problem is, we are not to permit it to have any ill effect upon us.
(2) We are to thank the Lord when trouble comes. Ephesians 5:20 tells us to give thanks to the Lord always. I Thessalonians 5:18 says, "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." Since nothing can happen to us unless God approves, (Matthew 10:29) nothing ever comes into our life to trouble us which God has
not permitted. Therefore, the God who makes no mistakes and doeth all things well, is the one who is permitting us to be afflicted. Though it is extremely difficult at times, it is always good to thank the Lord for whatever He feels is best for us. Our burdens are not as heavy when we obey this Scripture.
(3) We should turn to the Bible for comfort. Without the Bible, the Psalmist said that he could not have made it in his affliction--"Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction." (Psalm 119:92) The Bible has many wonderful messages that can soothe a hurting heart when we look to it for comfort.
(4) We should not forget to pray in our trials. James teaches us this--"Is any among you afflicted? let him pray." (James 5:13) The Psalmist found that prayer does give one relief in trouble--"This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles." (Psalm 34:6) We will end up doing more suffering if we forget to pray.
(5) Open our hearts to God and let Him reveal the problem. If sin would be the cause, trust Him for grace to put it out of our life-- "Wherefore doth a living man
complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. (Lamentations 3:39-40)
(6) Never faint when we are tried-"Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9) Giving up in times of affliction can forfeit blessings that would have soon been ours.
(7) Look to the better day. Looking beyond the pain of the present to the blessings of the future, gave Jesus strength to go through the torments of the cross-- "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2) Working through our suffering according to the teachings of the Bible will make these times of testing so much easier.
Taken from, SERMONS DEVOTIONALS THOUGHTS
Dear Ann Landers:
I'm the mother of grown children who live away from home. I realize that today's lifestyles are hectic and kids can become slack about calling their parents. I've written 10 reasons why we need to hear from our children. Please publish
P for the PEACE of mind it brings.
L for the LONGING to know that you're all right.
E for the EAGERNESS to hear your "HELLO."
A for the ANTICIPATION felt when the phone rings.
S for the SOUND of your familiar voice.
E for EACH and EVERY time we get to chat.
C for the CHANCE to find out what's new with you.
A for keeping our staying in touch ALIVE.
L for shortening the LONG distance between us.
C for being able to say directly, we LOVE you--
A Mother in Chippewa Falls, Wis
God bade me go when I would stay
("Twas cool within the wood):
I did not know the reason why.
I heard a boulder crashing by
across the path where I stood.
He bade me stay when I would go;
"Thy will be done." I said.
They found one day at early dawn
Across the way I would have gone,
A serpent with a mangled head.
No more I ask the reason why,
Although I may not see
The path ahead, His way I go"
For through I know not, He doth know
And He will choose safe paths forme.
-The Sunday School Times
RISE OR FALL
Man stumbles not on mountains tall,
But molehills cause us all to fall.
We miss the boulders and the rocks,
But grains of sand are stumbling blocks.
A thoughtless word--a tiny thing--
Can often cause a mighty sting.
A seed of kindness, if lovingly sown,
Though small, can be a steppingstone.
Then here's the lesson for us all:
On the little things we rise or fall.
There are two ways of beginning the day-with prayer, or without it. You begin the day in one of these two ways. Which?
There are two ways of spending the Lord's day-idly or devotionally. You spend the Lord's day one of these two ways. Which?
There are two classes of people in the world-the righteous and the wicked. You belong to one of these. Which?
There are two great rulers in the universe-God and Satan. You are serving under one of these two great rulers. Which?
There are two roads which lead through time and eternity-the broad and the narrow road. You are walking in one of these two roads. Which?
There are two deaths which people die-some "die in the Lord." others "die in their sins." You will die one of these two deaths. Which?
Ponder these questions! Pray over them! May the issue be your salvation from the wrath to come.
You can do nothing but accept Christ to be saved, but will do and be in the good things mentioned above, when you are saved.
You are saved by GRACE, (a free gift of God) but rewarded for works. (Titus 3:5)
IF CHRIST HADN'T COME...
The mind shudders, the heart sickens, the sky becomes black as midnight! Down the long avenue of Time comes the despairing wail of the ages! If Christ had not come!
Draw the blinds in the house of life to keep out the sun. Close your eyes that you may not see the vision of lost humanity; try to forget a race without God and without hope in the world, a race descended below the level of the brute
creation that rends each other tooth-and-claw; a race lost to every impulse of decency, purity, honor, kindness, love and truth--a race that knows only the law of the jungle and the survival of the fittest. If Christ had not come!
Shut your ears lest they hear the dreadful cry of little children, multitudes of them born into a world that knows only the doctrines of Hell; little children who can never have a chance, who will never hear of Christmas, whose ears will never hear the sweetest story in the world. Will that ghostly procession never stop? On and on and on it goes. The ghostly children of all ages, whose childish lips forever moan and whose lives are doomed to nothing but woe! If Christ had not come!
I see Moloch crowned king of all the world. Death, ruin, and desolation are everywhere! I see a world filled with hate, a world unrelieved by one gleam of love and of kindness, of endless warfare in which man preys desperately upon his fellowman until humanity has wiped itself from the face of the earth. If Christ had not come!
I see the baleful vision of a world where the songs are all songs of hate; a weary, desperate, horrible world of mechanized human beings beating out their lives without hope, rushing on to their doom and an endless night! If Christ had not come!
The grave is dumb, the skies are black with the wrath of God; the horrible, loathsome trail of the serpent is everywhere; the wail of a desperate humanity fills the ears; the Devil and all Hell rejoice; and the heart is crushed beneath the unutterable woe of mankind! If Christ had not come!
Perish the thought! Shut out the vision; open the shutters; draw up the blinds and let the sunshine in! Christ has come! There is light and laughter, joy and peace in the hearts of multitudes of men and women that He has placed here. The music of celestial harmonies fills their souls. They have drunk deep of the river of God that became manifested at Bethlehem and at last, flowing out of an empty tomb, encircles the world.
Christ has come and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel! Peace and goodwill was the song that heralded His birth among men. It is true that not yet are all things put under Him; but the days are surely hastening on, by prophet bards foretold, when He shall establish righteousness in the earth and set His peace in the utmost confines of the world.
Come to Bethlehem today, ye men and women bowed down beneath your load of sin. See there the Babe who was born to be the Saviour of mankind; your Saviour as well as mine, and of all who will trust Him! Come to Bethlehem, ye nations of earth that seek in vain for peace in the councils and pacts of men. Come and behold Him born King of kings and Lord of lords!
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