Archive for April 2015

God’s Forgotten Gift

April 9, 2015

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Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake (Philippians 1:29).

Two gifts given to the believer are mentioned by Paul in Philippians 1:29. The first is “to believe on Him.” This is a glorious gift every believer has been given.

For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).

God has dealt to every man the measure of faith (Romans 12:3).

There is also another gift from God mentioned by Paul in Philippians 1:29 that is equally as glorious. The second gift is “also to suffer for His sake.” Every believer has been given this gift from God as well. Indeed, suffering is God’s wonderful gift to us. Paul teaches us to embrace this second gift as well as we do the first!

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

The Littles

April 5, 2015

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Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows! (Matthew 10:29-31).

I would, with special earnestness, beg you to believe that God is in little things.

It is the little troubles of life that annoy us the most. Believe that God arranges the littles. Take the little troubles as they come and bring them to your God, because they come from God. Believe that nothing is little to God.

The very hairs of your head are all numbered; you may, therefore, pray to Him about your smallest grief. If not a sparrow falls to the ground without your Father – you have reason to see that the smallest events in your life are arranged by Him, and it should be your joy to accept them as they come, and not make them causes of irritation, either to others or to yourselves.

Everything in the future is appointed by God. All is in the hand of the great King; rejoice!

CH SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892)
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All Will Be Brought to Light

April 3, 2015

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Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, Who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God (I Corinthians 4:5).

There are many injustices in the life of the believer: dishonor, slander, defamation, misrepresentation, even as an “evil doer” (II Timothy 2:9). We rejoice in the day when the truth will come out, and the record will be set straight.

At Christ’s reward platform the truth of life that is now veiled in darkness will be fully brought to light. Regardless of how things may appear to earthly eyes, the bema will make clear that we are “His workmanship,” “His achievement” (Ephesians 2:10). Then and there alone will we have our proper recognition, and it will be from the only One Who counts.

… then applause will be coming to each one from God (CV).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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