FOLLOW CHRIST’S EXAMPLE
Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. [1 PETER 2 : 21]
Jesus gave us the ultimate example of suffering. The Greek word translated as “example” refers to a pattern that is placed under a piece of paper to be traced. Like children who learn their letters using tracing paper over a pattern, we are to trace our lives according to the pattern Christ laid down for us.
We follow His pattern by walking “in His steps.” We are to walk in Christ’s steps because His was a righteous walk. It was also a walk of unjust suffering, which is part of the walk of righteousness. Some suffer more than others, but if you truly want to follow after Christ, you will practice tracing His example.
~ John MacArthur ~
Let My Comforts Delight Your Soul
LET MY COMFORTS DELIGHT YOUR SOUL. The world presents you with a multitude of anxieties—too numerous for you to count. Everywhere you turn, you see problems and trouble. In the midst of this mess, look to Me for help. Whisper My Name, “Jesus,” thus reactivating your awareness of My Presence. Your perspective changes dramatically as My Presence comes onto the screen of your consciousness, lighting up your worldview. My comforts can soothe your troubled heart and delight your soul.
If the world were perfect, you would never experience the pleasure of receiving comfort from Me. Instead of letting problems discourage you, use them as reminders to seek Me—My Presence, My Peace, My Love. These invisible realities are available to you any time, any place, and they provide Joy that no one can take away from you. So come to Me when you are weary and burdened; I will provide rest for your soul.
In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.
“Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
~ Sarah Young ~
You guide me by your wise advice, and then you will lead me to a position of honor.
Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God.
Guide us through life; and when at last
We enter into rest,
Thy tender arms around us cast,
And fold us to Thy breast.
~ H. F. LYTE ~
Go forth to meet the solemnities and to conquer the trials of existence, believing in a Shepherd of your souls. Then faith in Him will support you in duty, and duty firmly done will strengthen faith; till at last, when all is over here, and the noise and strife of the earthly battle fades upon your dying ear, and you hear, instead thereof, the deep and musical sound of the ocean of eternity, and see the lights of heaven shining on its waters still and fair in their radiant rest, your faith will raise the song of conquest, and in its retrospect of the life which has ended, and its forward glance upon the life to come, take up the poetic inspiration of the Hebrew king, “Surely goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
~ STOPFORD A. BROOKE ~
NO ONE BEYOND THE REACH OF PRAYER
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”.
When you are suffering from pain and thirst, it’s hard to see beyond your own needs.
Yet from the agony of the cross, Jesus looked out, saw his tormentors—and forgave them.
To pray for help in the midst of suffering would be understandable; to pray for those causing the agony surpasses human comprehension.
A. W. Pink sees in Christ’s example a parable on prayer—the kind that reaches into hearts considered untouchable.
WALK WITH A. W. PINK
“In praying for his enemies, not only did Christ set before us a perfect example of how we should treat those who wrong and hate us, but he also taught us never to regard anyone as beyond the reach of prayer.
“Christian reader, never lose hope. Does it seem a waste of time for you to continue praying for that man, that woman, that wayward child of yours? Does their case seem to become more hopeless every day? Does it look as though they have gotten beyond the reach of divine mercy?
“Remember then the cross. Christ prayed for his enemies. Learn then not to look on any as beyond the reach of prayer.”
WALK CLOSER TO GOD
Remarkable things happened at Calvary.
A hardened criminal found forgiveness. A Roman centurion acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God. Why? What softened their hearts and made them tender toward the truth?
Might it have been Jesus’ willingness to forgive their hatred?
Might the prayer on his lips—” Father, forgive them”—have pricked their hearts as nothing else could?
People may run far from God. But they are never beyond the reach of prayer. Look around you. The need for fervent, forgiving prayer has never been greater.
“Jesus: “I do nothing without consulting the Father . . .’”
Today, let me not make a move without first consulting the one who is omnipotent and omnipresent and then follow Your way instead of constructing one of my own.
STOP TRYING TO WORK THINGS OUT before their times have come. Accept the limitations of living one day at a time. When something comes to your attention, ask Me whether or not it is part of today’s agenda. If it isn’t, release it into My care and go on about today’s duties. When you follow this practice, there will be a beautiful simplicity about your life: a time for everything, and everything in its time.
A life lived close to Me is not complicated or cluttered. When your focus is on My Presence, many things that once troubled you lose their power over you. Though the world around you is messy and confusing, remember that I have overcome the world. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have Peace.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.
For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a man’s misery weighs heavily upon him. Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
~ Sarah Young ~
“I called him, but he gave me no answer.” [Son 5:6]
Prayer sometimes tarrieth, like a petitioner at the gate, until the King cometh forth to fill her bosom with the blessings which she seeketh. The Lord, when he hath given great faith, has been known to try it by long delayings. He has suffered his servants' voices to echo in their ears as from a brazen sky. They have knocked at the golden gate, but it has remained immovable, as though it were rusted upon its hinges. Like Jeremiah, they have cried, “Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.” Thus have true saints continued long in patient waiting without reply, not because their prayers were not vehement, nor because they were unaccepted, but because it so pleased him who is a Sovereign, and who gives according to his own pleasure. If it pleases him to bid our patience exercise itself, shall he not do as he wills with his own! Beggars must not be choosers either as to time, place, or form. But we must be careful not to take delays in prayer for denials: God's long-dated bills will be punctually honoured; we must not suffer Satan to shake our confidence in the God of truth by pointing to our unanswered prayers. Unanswered petitions are not unheard. God keeps a file for our prayers-they are not blown away by the wind, they are treasured in the King's archives. This is a registry in the court of heaven wherein every prayer is recorded. Tried believer, thy Lord hath a tear-bottle in which the costly drops of sacred grief are put away, and a book in which thy holy groanings are numbered. By-and-by, thy suit shall prevail. Canst thou not be content to wait a little? Will not thy Lord's time be better than thy time? By-and-by he will comfortably appear, to thy soul's joy, and make thee put away the sackcloth and ashes of long waiting, and put on the scarlet and fine linen of full fruition.
~ Charles Spurgeon ~