Monthly Archives: October 2009
Posted by Shade of the Moriah Tree
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
When you look at the lives of Richard Sibbes, George Whitefield, Robert Murray M’Cheyne and Spurgeon who were used greatly of God, you will notice they experienced times of low valleys. Spurgeon suffered bouts of depression from time to time; yes, that prince of preachers experienced low times of which is prohibited by so many shallow ‘happy go larry’ leaders today. They know nothing of what it is to walk in the fiery furnace. But the great men of old knew the heat of trying times and as a result learned to lean heavily upon God’s great strength and were enabled to produce fruit in abundance to the glory of God.
So many leaders today are too conscious of themselves while leaning upon their own merits and efforts. They cannot say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” because they have never known their own weakness and the futility of trusting in themselves. They are boastful and self sufficient.
No, the ones that do great exploits for the Lord are the ones that have met their God in the dungeon of self despair and great perplexities – the end of themselves. So whatever limitation may be pressing you at present, know that He has ALL things in hand with a set time for deliverance and the moment for going forth.
Perseverance – blessed is the one that endures to keep carrying their cross knowing that such a path can only lead to glory. Hebrews 12:2
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