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Friday, September 22, 2017

Quote of the Day

"...If He frowns, or dips His pen in gall, it is done in love. Afflictions, though sharp arrows, are shot from a loving Father. God afflicts in love to humble and purify. He smites that He might save. If He hides His face, it is in love...God withdraws comfort to stir the embers into fire. When God hides His face from His children, He is still a Father and His heart yearns for them."
                  - Thomas Watson in Voices From The Past

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quote of the Day

"Afflictions are as nails, driven by the hand of grace, which crucify us to the world. The husbandman ploughs his lands, and the gardener prunes his trees, to make them fruitful. The jeweler cuts and polishes his diamonds, to make them shine the brighter. The refiner flings his gold into the furnace, that it may come out the purer. And God afflicts His people, to make them better. 'To thank God for mercies, ' said a pious divine of the last century, 'is the way to increase them: to thank him for miseries, is the way to remove them. Afflictions are then blessings to us, when we can bless God for afflictions: whose single view, in causing us to pass through the fire, is only to separate the sin He hates from the soul He loves.' And, in all His dealings with them, let them remember that, though He cause grief, yet He will have compassion: at the worst of times, He will either suit His dispensations to their strength, or accommodate their strength to His dispensations. And when the faith of an afflicted saint is in exercise, his grace, as a good man expresses it, 'resemble a garden of roses, or a well of rose-water; which the more they are stirred and agitated by the storm, the sweeter is the fragrance they exhale.'"
             - Augustus Toplady

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

"Afflictions are always painful, and days of afflictions are often gloomy. But as we are training for eternity, as we are maturing for Heaven, and as afflictions are necessary discipline, we must be afflicted. If chastisement were not necessary, then our loving Father would never use the rod. But as every one of us needs correction, He chastens every son whom He receives. God's chastisements are intended for our instruction - they are designed to teach us the evil of sin, our need of grace, the holiness of God, the preciousness of Jesus, the emptiness of the world, and the blessedness of Heaven. These are lessons of the deepest importance to us - lessons that we are slow to learn; and therefore, we must have line upon line, and stroke upon stroke."
                - James Smith 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Quote of the Day

"If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a multitude of experiences that are not meant for you at all, they are meant to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what transpires in others souls so that you will never be surprised at what you come across...
The sufferings of Christ are not those of ordinary men. He suffered 'according to the will of God,' not from the point of view we suffer from as individuals. It is only when we are related to Jesus Christ that we can understand what God is after in His dealings with us...In the history of the Christian Church the tendency has been to evade being identified with the sufferings of Jesus Christ; men have sought to procure the carrying out of God's order by a short cut of their own. God's way is always the way of suffering, the way of the 'long, long trail.' 
Are we partakers in Christ's sufferings? Are we prepared for God to stamp our personal ambitions right out? Are we prepared for God to destroy by transfiguration our individual determinations? It will not mean that we know exactly why God is taking us that way...We never realize at the time what God is putting us through; we go through it more or less misunderstandingly; then we come to a luminous place, and say - 'Why, God has girded me, though I did not know it!'"
                        - Oswald Chambers 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Quote of the Day

"...Some great trial or temptation bursts like a tempest on the serenity of our life and overwhelms us with a sense of danger and distress. We are terrified and trembling; we see nothing but the peril that surrounds us; we struggle against the storms as best we can till there is no more endurance in us; and then we go the Master with the bitter cry of those about to perish!
Yet, as a matter of fact, He has been with us all the time. Has He not promised to never leave us? Is there not always access by faith into His gracious presence? He may be in the hinder part of the ship, asleep, and apparently oblivious of all that is passing around Him, but the pillow beneath His head is His own omniscience, and as surely as He ruled those waves and winds on Galilee's lake and reined in the tempest with a word, so certainly does He manage all the affairs of His children and appoint or permit all that concerns them."
               - Susannah Spurgeon

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Prayer of the Day

"O wonder-working God, Your dealings with us are often dark, and difficult to be understood! Give us faith to believe Your promises when we cannot understand Your providences. Let us be assured of Your love to us when we cannot ascertain the design of Your dealings with us. Preserve us from a repining, complaining, and unbelieving spirit, and grant us grace that we may rest satisfied that You are acting rightly. May we learn, in whatever state we are, therewith to be content. With patience may we do and suffer Your will at present, being fully assured that all will be explained and opened up to us at length. O to be enabled...to rest on Your covenant love, to trust Your faithful promises, and to commit all of our ways unto You!"
                - James Smith

Friday, September 15, 2017

Quote of the Day

"It cannot be said of any man that he is made without fear. Even the most courageous are not without some fear...The best of men are too apt to be overcome with fear in times of imminent distress and danger. But we do not duly consider God's almighty power, His vigilant care, unspotted faithfulness, and His engaged covenant for His people! This lies at the root of fear. If we but once thoroughly understood what power there is in God's hand to defend us, what tenderness in His heart to comfort us, and what faithfulness to all His promises given over us, O how quiet and calm would our hearts be! Our courage would quickly be up, and our fears down."
                 - John Flavel in Voices From The Past 2