Archive for March 2015

Even the Shadow

March 15, 2015

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Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? (Job 2:10).

Shall we trust our Father only when our lives are filled with pleasant things – and then not trust Him also when a shadow falls over our hearts? Do you think that God is good – only when He makes all things [pleasing to] you?

Our call is to trust God at all times – whether good or bad. If we trust God, then even the shadow will be as rich a blessing to us as the light.

We know that God works all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).

JR Miller-100x113J.R. Miller (1840-1912)v

The Velveteen Rabbit

March 14, 2015

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God has filled every culture with an abundance of “openings” as it were – where the truth is constantly passing through. They are the persistent “intersections” with the truth.

Believers possess an insight to locate these “portals.” As Paul knew well, these “entry points” for the truth are often found in the artistic parts of culture. Paul understood this when he quoted a Greek poet in his message on Mars’ Hill:

As certain also of your own poets have said, “For we are also His offspring” (Acts 17:28).

Yesterday I received and email from a very precious brother, J.D. Fine, of Calhoun, GA. He, as Paul, is an interpreter of culture. He sent a selection from Margery William’s 1922 classic children’s story, The Velveteen Rabbit. Here is what he wrote and quoted.

This is how I feel in my walk with the Lord (The Velveteen Rabbit quote):

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

When the Day Is Dark

March 13, 2015

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When much is dark, we can always hang on to what we know. There was a time when even Jesus had to cling to what He knew. In Gethsemane Jesus did not wish to die. No one wishes to die at thirty-three, least of all to die in agony. Ahead of him the way was dark.

He knew only two things. He knew that He must accept the will of God; and He knew that the name of the God Whose will He must accept was Father.

There are times when it will be like that with us also.

William BarclayWilliam Barclay (1907-1978)
Daily Celebration, Vol. 2, page 155

Broken and Poured Out

March 9, 2015

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If I am poured out as a drink-offering, upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, yea rejoice together with you all (Philippians 2:17).

If ever we are going to be made into wine, we will have to be crushed; you cannot drink grapes. Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed.

What kind of finger and thumb has God been using to squeeze you? [When He has finished His work] you will find that He is producing the kind of wine that will benefit His other children.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
My Utmost for His Highest

The Supporting Cast

March 7, 2015

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The earth is the stage on which the tragedy of the eons is enacted, and men are merely players in the drama of reconciliation. Not all of God’s creatures are called upon to endure the harsh winds of adversity, the smashing power of evil. We learn this lesson in ourselves through sad experience, but others are allowed to learn it through us and our sorrows and afflictions. Yet we are only the supporting cast, whose duty it is to act as the foil for the great Principal, Whose might and mercy, wisdom and love are the great theme of creation and revelation. The show is already going on. But the play is progressive. The first act, now on the stage, is a display of God’s multifarious wisdom. The audience is composed of the sovereignties and authorities among the celestials. It would be a great help to us if we realized the part we play and the characters we portray. Then we also would see the wisdom, and worship the Wise One.

KnochA.E. Knoch
Every Knee Shall Bow
Unsearchable Riches Magazine, Volume 40
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He Will Finish What He Started

March 6, 2015

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Being confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

You are God’s work. He started you, and He’ll complete you. This is something about which you can be confident, because it is all of God. This is a divine process that He Himself will carry out to its completion.

Delighting in this glorious truth can settle the weary heart and bring peace to the troubled mind. Regardless of what appears to be happening in our lives, Father is in control, performing His work. Rest in that.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Truth May Lead to Haughty Arrogance

March 5, 2015

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Paul was upright enough to confess that the extraordinary revelations he received put him in danger of being haughty or arrogant. In his struggle against this tendency his suffering was of considerable help. This is spiritual Sonship.

Paul wrote his highest revelations while in prison, but he also points out that, where these are not carefully administered, they may lead to haughty arrogance. If our apostle discovered this dangerous root in himself, we should realize what we may find in our own hearts.

Only advantages are seen by Paul in suffering, in the light of the commencement of the new order, and we feel that, even if God refused to heal him, he cannot commend enough the advantages of the new grace.

M. Jaegle
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 47 (1956)
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