December: Trials and PainThe devil, things and people being what they are, it is necessary forGod to use the hammer, the file and the furnace in His holy work ofpreparing a saint for true sainthood. It is doubtful whether God canbless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.The Root of the Righteous, 157.December 14Trials and Pain: The Necessity of WoundsBefore I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.... Itis good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Yourstatutes.--Psalm 119:67,71It is amazing to me! There are people within the ranks ofChristianity who have been taught and who believe that Christ willshield His followers from wounds of every kind.If the truth were known, the saints of God in every age were onlyeffective after they had been wounded. They experienced the humblingwounds that brought contrition, compassion and a yearning for theknowledge of God. I could only wish that more among the followers ofChrist knew what some of the early saints meant when they spoke ofbeing wounded by the Holy Spirit....In every generation, the people who have found God have been thosewho have come to the end of themselves. Recognizing theirhopelessness, they have been ready to throw themselves on the mercyand grace of a forgiving God.Men Who Met God, pp. 59,62"Lord, don't let me waste the humbling wounds. Do Your great workwithin me, and help me to respond properly and learn all You want meto learn through Your working. Amen."
Thank you mama27 for this!Shalom sister,browny
It is amazing to me! There are people within the ranks ofChristianity who have been taught and who believe that Christ willshield His followers from wounds of every kind.
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