No praise has ever been so sweet as the praise that is given unto God, while walking with Him, in the midst of trials. And the specific trials themselves, by their type, need not a name. It is that they are trials unto you and unto me, being specific in their nature, even divinely appointed, and piercing deeply, that we might come to rest fully in the absolute sovereignty of His very being.
What can you learn about the fires of afflictions, standing fast, holding onto truth? Have you embraced Jesus as most precious and most treasured in your life? There is a difference. Regarding truth faith and the power of God, for instance, consider the difference between that of the son of Sceva in Acts 19:11-20. They were mere professors at best, without truth, power and working reality. Then consider the three Hebrew young men as found in Daniel 3:13-30 - MASSIVE difference and a GOOD reminder, help and hope for us today in standing against ALL tyranny. Don't forget, Jesus Himself prophesied Matthew 7:21-23.
Recently I preached a few messages all centered around Hebrews 12:1-3. Many of the verses that were included I have been collecting over the last several years. I have been personally studying, applying and repenting of my disbelief in God being absolutely sovereign through these very passages.
I am not sure exactly when I started following BeautyBeyondBones' (Caralyn's) blog page, but over the years she has written some great help for the youth today, especially young girls and young women. It was maybe when I noticed her like something on my first blog (ASimpleWalk.com), regardless of how and when, it may be the "why" I have followed her that matters the most.
See how the Lord blessed His faithful servants. Algerius was burned at the stake in Rome during the year 1557. Thus he writes, a short time before his martyrdom:—
"The Hill, though high, I covet to ascend...
The fear of death does not result in longevity nor produce wise dealings, discernment and decisions. Often our fears leads us down the paths of narcissistic aides in order to escape our inevitable end of meeting God and receiving the just punishment of having disregarded faith.
Much could be said, is being said, and even more should probably not be said, regarding our views on the end times. The Bible...
"For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death."
O' if Thy pressing hand of mercy be not upon me, then how shall this man grow? Let me not languish by...