Quiet Time

But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me.

[2 Cor 12:9 NET]

God’s way of answering His people’s prayers is not by removing the pressure, but by increasing their strength to bear it. The pressure is often the fence between the narrow way of life and the broad road to ruin; and if our Heavenly Father were to remove it, it might be at the sacrifice of heaven. Oh, if God had removed that thorny fence in answer, often to earnest prayers, how many of us would now be castaways! How the song of many a saint now in glory would be hushed! How many a harp would be unstrung! How many a place in the mansions of the redeemed would be unfilled! If God answered all the prayers we put up to heaven, we should need no other scourge. Blessed it is that we have One who is too loving to grant what we too often so rashly ask.

~ F. Whitfield ~

Today With God

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I fill up in my physical body – for the sake of his body, the church – what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ.

[Col 1:24 NET]

This is a strange saying of Paul’s in our reading today – that he must fill up on his part the afflictions of Christ.

Was Christ’s sacrifice insufficient for the redemption of the world? Was His work incomplete? Do others have to suffer also to fill up a lack in His atonement? No; on His cross He said, “It is finished.” He paid the whole price.

What Paul meant was that while Christ had made a full and glorious redemption, His followers must enter into His experiences in order to present the benefits of His redemption.

We can make men believe in the love of Christ only by loving as He loved. We can show them the cross truly only in our own lives.

Christ gave Himself once to redeem the world; now we, His followers, must give ourselves to make His redemption real to the world. When we ask Christ to have compassion on men, His answer is: “I have had compassion – My part is finished. Now do you have compassion and reach and save men?”

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Benefits of Affliction — Contrition for Sin

Then I will return again to my lair until they have suffered their punishment. Then they will seek me; in their distress they will earnestly seek me.

[Hos 5:15 NET]

What though afflictions pierced my heart!

I bless the hand that caused the smart;

It taught my tears awhile to flow,

But saved me from eternal woe.

Evening Prayer

FAITH TO BE HEALED

[Matthew 9:22; Mark 5:34; Luke 17:19; James 5:15]

May you be reminded of all the sick people that Jesus healed – their faith made them well. I pray that you, too, will have faith in Jesus to heal you. I pray that as you offer a prayer in faith, He shall make you well. May you have an expectant heart, to receive complete healing from Him. I pray that you will be in peace and freed from your suffering. May you have strong faith so that you can receive your healing today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.