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Morning and Evening 8/05

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Morning: “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” – Romans 8:28

Spurgeon points out very eloquently from this portion of scripture that this is something we can be sure of and we can lay our weary heads on this solid truth. When I think of the children of God and how so many of us are put through different trials in our lives it should calm our nerves when we think and remember the voice of God saying “it is for your good”. Like iron when it is put into a blast furnace all the impurities are removed from it and only then does it emerge stronger and sharper than before. We too are like that iron with each event in our lives. It is not sometimes that God ordains certain events in our lives but it is all the time His perfect plan is in motion. Removing what is of the flesh and of the world. He is constantly purging us of our sin who love Him and forming us into the image of Christ. If we love Him we know that all things work together for good. The boat may rock but we surely will never drown. The ground will shift but we will never slip to deep in the earth where the light does not shine and the leaves of our lives be rustled but yet they will not completely fall to the ground and be crushed for God will always be with us and it is for His glory and honor as He brings each one of his adopted into paradise.

May God bless each and every one of us to have a heart that can say

If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose than have, if God
so wills: the worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing that could
befall to me if God ordains it.

Evening: “Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here?” – Numbers 32:6

It is the call for us to take up our cross daily and too fight the good fight of faith. We are a family of believers and God had brought us together, bound by the blood of Christ we no longer live for ourselves but we are united by the wounds, the stripes and the thorns. Temptations of idleness had slipped in the minds of the Reubenites and Gadites wanting not to cross over to the land which flowed with milk and honey but were concerned about earthly tasks. They wanted to stay back and not push forward with the chosen people of God. May this not be the case for us and may we have the desire and strength to go to war against the enemies of the cross with our fellow brothers and sisters.

“I can see how to help the people within my own church” someone might say “but how am I to help a fellow Christian half way around the world’? We can go to war with prayer and ask Christ to give them wisdom, strength and safety. It is not usually a physical war that us Christians in America have to fight but it is a spiritual one and we cannot sit idle and watch the other brethren go to war without us.

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