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Sharing the love of JESUS with those in need, a hand up, not a hand out!!!
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Oh that last "Devotional" tugged at my heart. For so like my life right now, hearing the sweet songs of mercy and grace, from the midst of mighty fires.
Financial woes piling up upon my shoulders, yet my body being torn by current weather conditions. But let me, lift my eyes from these problems and all is that which the LORD has graced me with. The greatest of these, signs so richly, overriding the darkest of woes. That, being the days that lay ahead, where WE shall walk together within HIS garden, forever and a day in length :{)))

A Devotional for such a time as this:

"Just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints."
- Rev. 15:3

THE following incident is related by Mrs. Charles Spurgeon, who was a great sufferer for more than a quarter of a century:
"At the close of a dark and gloomy day, I lay resting on my couch as the deeper night drew on; and though all was bright within my cozy room, some of the external darkness seemed to have entered into my soul and obscured its spiritual vision. Vainly I tried to see the Hand which I knew held mine, and guided my fog-enveloped feet along a steep and slippery path of suffering. In sorrow of heart I asked, " 'Why does my Lord thus deal with His child? Why does He so often send sharp and bitter pain to visit me? Why does He permit lingering weakness to hinder the sweet service I long to render to His poor servants?'
"These fretful questions were quickly answered, and through a strange language; no interpreter was needed save the conscious whisper of my heart.
"For a while silence reigned in the little room, broken only by the crackling of the oak log burning in the fireplace. Suddenly I heard a sweet, soft sound, a little, clear, musical note, like the tender trill of a robin beneath my window.
"'What can it be? surely no bird can be singing out there at this time of the year and night.'
"Again came the faint, plaintive notes, so sweet, so melodious, yet mysterious enough to provoke our wonder. My friend exclaimed,
"'It comes from the log on the fire!' The fire was letting loose the imprisoned music from the old oak's inmost heart!
"Perchance he had garnered up this song in the days when all was well with him, when birds twittered merrily on his branches, and the soft sunlight flecked his tender leaves with gold. But he had grown old since then, and hardened; ring after ring of knotty growth had sealed up the long-forgotten melody, until the fierce tongues of the flames came to consume his callousness, and the vehement heart of the fire wrung from him at once a song and a sacrifice. 'Ah,' thought I, 'when the fire of affliction draws songs of praise from us, then indeed we are purified, and our God is glorified!'
"Perhaps some of us are like this old oak log, cold, hard, insensible; we should give forth no melodious sounds, were it not for the fire which kindles around us, and releases notes of trust in Him, and cheerful compliance with His will.
"'As I mused the fire burned,' and my soul found sweet comfort in the parable so strangely set forth before me.
"Singing in the fire! Yes, God helping us, if that is the only way to get harmony out of these hard apathetic hearts, let the furnace be heated seven times hotter than before."

- from: Streams in the Desert.
- via QuickVerse 10

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A Devotional for such a time as this:

Christ Died Even for Those Who Hated Him

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
- Acts 4:12

Our Lord Jesus Christ came and demonstrated the vast difference between being charitable and being tolerant! He was so charitable that in His great heart He took in all the people in the world and was willing to die even for those who hated Him!
But even with that kind of love and charity crowning His being, Jesus was completely frank and open when He taught: “If you are not on my side, you are against me!” There is no “twilight zone” in the teachings of Jesus—no place in between.
So, charity is one thing, but tolerance is quite another matter.
Suppose we take the position of compromise that many want us to take: “Everyone come, and be saved if you want to. But if you do not want to be saved, maybe there is some other way that we can find for you. We want you to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ if you will, but if you do not want to, there may be a possibility that God will find some other way for you because there are those who say that there are many ways to God.”
To take that position would not be a spirit of tolerance on our part—it would be downright cowardice! We would be guilty with so many others of a spirit of compromise that so easily becomes an anti-God attitude. Tolerance easily becomes a matter of cowardice if spiritual principles are involved, if the teachings of God’s Word are ignored and forgotten!

- from: Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with Tozer: Daily Devotional Readings. Chicago: Moody Publishers.
- via Logos 7

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