In seasons of severe trial …

“On Mine arm shall they trust.”
Isaiah 51:5

In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust to, and is therefore compelled to cast himself on his God alone. When his vessel is on its beam-ends, and no human deliverance can avail, he must simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone! There is no getting at our God sometimes because of the multitude of our friends; but when a man is so poor, so friendless, so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into his Father’s arms, and is blessedly clasped therein! When he is burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar, that he cannot tell them to any but his God, he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord then than at any other time. Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that drives thee to thy Father! Now that thou hast only thy God to trust to, see that thou puttest thy full confidence in him. Dishonour not thy Lord and Master by unworthy doubts and fears; but be strong in faith, giving glory to God. Show the world that thy God is worth ten thousand worlds to thee. Show rich men how rich thou art in thy poverty when the Lord God is thy helper. Show the strong man how strong thou art in thy weakness when underneath thee are the everlasting arms. Now is the time for feats of faith and valiant exploits. Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord thy God shall certainly, as surely as he built the heavens and the earth, glorify himself in thy weakness, and magnify his might in the midst of thy distress. The grandeur of the arch of heaven would be spoiled if the sky were supported by a single visible column, and your faith would lose its glory if it rested on anything discernible by the carnal eye. May the Holy Spirit give you to rest in Jesus this closing day of the month.”

– from “Morning and Evening” by Charles Spurgeon. (morning, August 31)

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“Christ in Gethsemane 1” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty. (electronic/instrumental LMMS track)

“Christ in Gethsemane 1” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty.
Simple electronic/instrumental LMMS track

“Do Not Lose Heart” by Caroline Cobb, Lyric video.

Song: Do Not Lose Heart
Artist: Caroline Cobb

[by the artist] ABOUT THE SONG:
Based on Romans 8 and 2 Corinthians 4, “Do Not Lose Heart” speaks about the eternal, unwavering hope we have, even in the most difficult of trials. It is a hope achieved for us by Jesus’s death on the cross and victorious resurrection. We do not lose heart, even when our flesh fails and we grow weary with suffering, because we know Jesus has conquered death and is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all compare. As believers, we have a living, eternal hope that does not change when our circumstances change. One day, He will return and even death, that last enemy, will be soundly defeated. Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Words and music by Caroline Cobb. Copyright 2016 by Caroline Cobb Smith.
http://carolinecobb.com

Thoughts and Hopes for the New Year.

Note: The below was originally written as a comment by me on a post somewhere but I think it’s fitting to post here for it expresses my hopes, thoughts about, call to action, call to change in this New Year. It is about more than just wishing all a happy new year full of happiness and blessings, the focus is on something more important things which have been ignored, neglected, or acted indifferently towards by many people for too many are more interested and concerned with happiness and blessings than the more serious and weighty things of life. I hope my intentions aren’t misunderstood by any who read; it’s not condemning anyone, it’s not blaming this or that person, it’s a general appeal for each of to examine ourselves and see that there still lies in all of us, in the old self, much that needs to be removed, changed, much we should not be content with, much we have come to tolerate but shouldn’t. By God’s grace may we each come to repentance when we sin and live in the new year as people changing for the better by the grace of God and by doing our part of obeying His will.
My message, my hope for the New Year is that people should come to repentance; stop compromising; stop accommodating; stop justifying sins; stop sanitizing sins; stop pretending everything’s okay when it clearly isn’t; quit following false teachers; quit chasing illusions.
Stop pretending God’s okay with your lifestyle when you know full well that it’s wrong and sinful and destructive; stop looking to the world for answers when God wants you to look to Him for them in His holy Word.
The time for excuses must end – accept responsibility for your actions, quit passing the buck, quit shifting the blame, grow a spine and finally stand for what it right and true, not what’s politically correct and accepted by an unbelieving society; seek the truth while you may, ask, knock, sincerely, and you will not be disappointed.
The time of spineless tolerance of all things ungodly and blasphemous must come to and end; turn from the way of idleness and walk the narrow road of truth. The new year could be your last: what shall you do with the time God has given you? Live like the world with folded hands and idle mind or as God commands and desires you to live? You’ll be asked to give account of all your actions once you die – will you have live as God willed or as you pleased even if it was against God’s will?
The time is flying; years pass by and time seems to fly too fast to count and your life will come to an end before you know it – what have you done for others, for Christ, for God?
We all must repent for we all sin; put away excuses and accept that you sin and need forgiveness; mistakes and errors aren’t the end; your worth to God isn’t determined by your performance of these or those actions but is determined by His love for you which you can’t add to or take away.
Make the new year a year of difference – different approach to the whole of life in accordance with God’s views and will and not in accordance to the views and will of your natural self or the world. The Devil wants you idle and useless, lying to you about so much; you must be on guard against his deception by filling your mind and heart with the truth of God found in the Bible, it’s the Sword of the Spirit to use against the lies of the enemy, it’s the living water, spiritual bread, encouragement and admonition, commands and precepts for all of life. Take it all seriously or you will be unarmed soldier targeted by the devil who seeks who to devour. Fight sloth, idleness, inactivity, laziness, procrastination, excuse-making and all manner of things which aren’t beneficial to your life as a child of God and soldier of Christ.
May the new year truly be new, full of changes for the better brought about by work and effort on the part of faithful stewards of their lives and time. Blessing won’t come to the disobedient; they don’t fall out of the sky at random or because some preacher say they’ll come because he feels God told blessing will come at this or that time. Be on guard against half-truths and whole lies, against the false disguised as the plausible, against the false disguised as the possible, against the blatantly false, against the seemingly-true, against all manners of deceptions, lies, illusions, delusions, heresies and that originated from the father of lies, the Devil who seeks your destruction by means of stealing, corrupting, killing, destroying what is faithful and loyal and true.
May the new year be a truly new year and not just a date on the calendar and no changes for the better in any area of life. May the peace of the God of peace be upon all who trust and believe in the living and true God.

Glory to God Alone.

Happy Easter/Resurrection Sunday 2016 to all!

Happy Easter/Resurrection Sunday 2016 to all!
“Christ is Risen! “He is Risen Indeed”
Христос воскрес! Воістину воскрес!

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