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Ps. 16:11 "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

John 15:11 "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full."

"In perfect obedience there is perfect happiness!" {RH, December 1, 1910 par. 13}

1 Thess. 5:18 "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

“There is no such way to get much grace, as to be thankful for a little grace. He who opens his mouth wide in praise, shall have his heart filled with graces. Ingratitude stops the ear of God, and shuts the hand of God, and turns away the heart of the God of grace; and therefore we had need to be thankful for a little grace.”—Thomas Brooks

"Php 4:11 "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content...."

"A proud man is never contented; he thinks so highly of himself that small things are disdained by him, and under small crosses he is impatient. The humble spirit is the contented spirit; if his cross be light, he reckons it in the inventory of his mercies; if it be heavy, he takes it on his knees—knowing “all things work together for his good.” Where humility is the foundation, contentment will be the superstructure.” Thomas Watson

It pleased God to bring the Apostle Paul into the most painful and trying conditions: hear him,—’We are troubled on every side,’ there was the sadness of his condition; ‘but not distressed,’ there was his contentment; ‘we are perplexed,’ there was his sadness; ‘but not in despair,’ there was his contentment: he could say, —'In prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.’ Yet he could add, ‘I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.’ Paul, in regard to his faith, was like a cedar—he could not be moved; but in vicissitudes he was like a reed, bending contentedly to every wind of Providence. When a gale of prosperity blew upon him, he could bend to that; when the tempest of trial raged, he could  bend to that. ‘I know both how to be full, and how to be abased.’ A Christian, having cast anchor in heaven, his heart never sinks; a gracious spirit is a contented spirit.” Thomas Watson (A Puritan Pastor)

"Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ," Eph. 5:20

The weaning of a child from its mother's breast, is not so useful to it, as when God our heavenly Father purposes to detach us, by means of the bitterness of this life, from the soul-destroying attachment to the things that are seen. O it is infinite grace, when he breaks our wills and hedges up our way, not in order that we may be constrained to depart from him, but that we may run unto him! Did we but recognize the high intentions of God towards us when he gives us pain, we would kiss the rod of his paternal love, and love him and cleave to him only the more cordially."—Gerhard Tersteegen

I will bless the LORD at all times;
         His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
 2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
         The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
 3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
         And let us exalt His name together." Ps. 34:1-3

“He knows what we are able to bear better than we do, a good deal; and He has a good deal more love to us than we have to ourselves. It is safe to trust Him unreservedly.”—J. Hudson Taylor


‎"Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good will come to him who is generous... , who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken.... He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. Ps. 112:4-8

"God will display His wisdom—in promoting the eternal welfare of all His children. God's ways are not our ways. They are always profoundly wise; and His wisdom will in the end stand conspicuous and glorious in His paternal dealings with all of His children.
"For what son is not chastened by his father?" Hebrews 12:7
Beloved, if God is our Father—He will chastise us!
We need it!
We deserve it!
We shall have it! 
But He will mix mercy with every affliction. Like sugar in our tea—it sometimes lies at the bottom, and needs stirring up! There is sweetness, in the bitterest cup which our Father gives us! Let us therefore look for the sugar—as we sip the bitter potion! 
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
      And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
      When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
      Nor shall the flame scorch you." Isa. 43:2

"How sweet the trials of a Christian are when he meets with Jesus in them, and feels that the Lord is making them a means of purging away his dross, and taking away all his sin. The believer’s trials are like the fiery furnace to the three children of Israel at Babylon, which burned off their bands, but touched not a hair of their heads. Seek, dear followers of the despised Immanuel, to obtain glimpses of his divine glory and grace, through the power of the indwelling Spirit, and these will make you to see such a surpassing beauty and glory in Jesus, that you will count all things loss that you may win him, and be found in him. If you find the way to glory hard and rugged, oh! think what it cost the Son of God to open up that way! Remember also that, wherever you are called to go, in following the Lamb, you may see, by faith, the prints of Immanuel’s feet on the path before you. He does lead his people through fire and through water, but it is to a wealthy place. Soon will he come to call us home to the place prepared for us above. Soon he will offer up for us the prayer, ‘Father, I will that they whom thou hast given me be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory,’ and then shall we depart and be with Jesus! To them that look for him, he will appear the second time without sin unto salvation!"—William Chalmers Burns

"Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart...." Prov. 3:5

"Want of trust is at the root of almost all our sins and all our weaknesses; and how shall we escape from it, but by looking to Him, and observing His faithfulness? As the light which shines from the dark waters of the lake is the reflection of the sun's rays, so man's faith is the impress and reflection of God's faith. And more, the man who holds God's faith will not cheat his neighbour, nor be faithless to his own covenants. The man who holds God's faith will not be foolhardy or reckless, but he will be ready for every emergency. The man who holds God's faith will dare to obey Him, however impolitic it may appear."—Hudson Taylor  


"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
         I will fear no evil;
         For You are with me;
         Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Ps. 23:4

"The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things. The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. They are 'poor in spirit.' They have reached an inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common beggar in the streets of Jerusalem; that is what the word `poor' as Christ used it actually means. These blessed poor are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things. They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering. Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things. 'Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.' Let me exhort you to take this seriously. It is not to be understood as mere Bible teaching to be stored away in the mind along with an inert mass of other doctrines. It is a marker on the road to greener pastures, a path chiseled against the steep sides of the mount of God. We dare not try to by-pass it if we would follow on in this holy pursuit. We must ascend a step at a time. If we refuse one step we bring our progress to an end.” A. W. Tozer The Pursuit of Holiness

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up" James 4:10

As the long months went by no tidings were received from the Candace. It was a time of sore anxiety, for commercial authorities had spread the report that she was worm-eaten and had been lost at sea. The pastor kept nothing back, and when the people asked, “What shall we do if she never returns?" replied: “Humble ourselves, confess our sins, pray to God, and build a new ship!"—Louis Harms, Founder of the Hermannsburg Mission (Read his story at path2prayer.com)

"Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5:4

"I think I can trace every scrap of sorrow in my own life to unbelief. How could I be anything but quite happy if I believed always that all the past is forgiven and all the present furnished with power, and all the future bright with hope, because of the same abiding facts, which don't change with my mood, do not crumble, because I totter and stagger at the promise through unbelief, but stand firm and clear with their peaks of pearl cleaving the air of Eternity, and the bases of their hills rooted unfathomably in the Rock of God! Mont Blanc does not become a phantom or a mist because a climber grows dizzy on its sides, and yet we make mistakes just as great as if we fancied, being climbers, that it did."—James Smetham

"Always and for everything let your thanks to God the Father be presented in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...." Eph. 5:20 (Weymouth)

"Had we the faith to see God in everything as it meets us day by day, every chapter of life’s history would be a new story of the romance of heavenly love in its magical power to transform darkness into light, difficulty into triumph, sorrow into joy, and the earthly into the heavenly A. B. Simpson

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee." Ps. 55:22

"He that taketh his own cares upon himself loads himself with an uneasy burden. The fear of what may come, expectation of what will come, desire of what will not come, and the inability to redress all these, must needs bring him continual torment. I will cast my cares upon God: He hath bidden me: they cannot hurt Him: He can redress them." — Hall

"Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship." Matt. 14:22

"Jesus constrained them to go! One would think that if ever there was the certain promise of success in a mission it was here. Surely, here, if anywhere, a triumphant issue might have been confidently predicted; and yet here, more than anywhere, there was seeming failure. He sent them out on a voyage, and they met such a storm as they had never yet experienced. Let me ponder this, for it has been so with me too. I have sometimes felt myself impelled to act by an influence which seemed above me — constrained to put to sea. The belief that I was constrained gave me confidence, and I was sure of a calm voyage. But the result was outward failure. The calm became a storm; the sea raged, the winds roared, the ship tossed in the midst of the waves, and my enterprise was wrecked ere it could reach the land. Was then, my divine command a delusion? Nay; nor yet was my mission a failure. He did send me on that voyage, but He did not send me for my purpose. He had one end and I had another. My end was the outward calm; His was my meeting with the storm. My end was to gain the harbor of a material rest; His was to teach me there is a rest even on the open sea. Was it not worthwhile to be sent on the voyage just to get a sight of that vision — the divine Man walking on the sea? Was it not worthwhile to have been storm-tossed just to hear the voice, “Be not afraid; it is I”? Do not resist thine impulse, O my soul! It may not send thee to what man calls good fortune, but it will bring thee thine own prosperity — the power to find thy God in the very heart of the world’s storm." — George Matheson

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1 John 2:15

“You may array me as a man of war, but I shall never fight. I cannot see anything in this world worth fighting for. I want neither its riches nor honours, but the honour that cometh from God only; I regard neither its smiles nor its frowns; and have no business in it but to get well out of it.” John Nelson, when persecutors were forcing him to don a military uniform and join the army. (Read more about Nelson here)

"Be not anxious...." Matt. 6:25

"So often through this discourse the Lord refers to anxiety (Matt. 6:11, 25, 26). There must have been a great strain on the crowds who listened to Him; and there was every likelihood of the strain becoming even greater for His disciples as the years passed on. So, also, the characteristic of our age is anxious strain. But the heart of Jesus was always at peace. His life was calm amid the storms of life; as the coral island, with its fronded palms and lagoons of still water, is peaceful amid the storm-tossed ocean, because of the protection of its reef. The surf breaks there, but does not intrude further. The secrets of Jesus were the perpetual presence of God in His soul, and His never-faltering faith in the loving, careful providence of God in all the experiences of His checkered life. Can we not have this? We may if we are willing to pay the price. If we will surrender our will utterly to Him; if we will tear down every veil that might hide His face, and throw open our whole being to His indwelling and use; if we will cease scheming, planning, devising, and fall back on the absolute care and arrangements of God; if we will learn to reckon on God as absolutely as on any resourceful human friend; if we will dare to believe that God holds Himself responsible for the sustenance and equipment for duty of all who absolutely seek His glory—then—

"Our lives shall be full of sunshine,
And the cares that infest the day,
Shall fold up their tents like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away."—F. B. Meyer

“Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.” Hosea 7:8

"I find that my Lord Jesus hath not miscooked or spilled this sweet cross; He hath an eye on the fire and the melting gold, to separate the metal and the dross. Oh how much time would it take me to read my obligations to Jesus my Lord, who will neither have the faith of His own to be burnt to ashes, nor yet will have a poor believer in the fire to be half raw, like Ephraim’s unturned cake! This is the wisdom of Him who hath His fire in Zion, and furnace in Jerusalem. I need not either bud or flatter temptations and crosses, nor strive to buy the devil or this malicious world by, or redeem their kindness with half a hairbreadth of truth. He who is surety for His servant for good doth powerfully overrule all that. I see my prison hath neither lock nor door: I am free in my bonds, and my chains are made of rotten straw; they shall not bide one pull of faith…. Therefore we wrong Christ who sigh, and fear, and doubt, and despond in them. Our sufferings are washed in Christ’s blood, as well as our souls; for Christ’s merits brought a blessing to the crosses of the sons of God. And Jesus hath a back-bond of all our temptations, that the free-warders shall come out by law and justice, in respect of the infinite and great sum that the Redeemer paid... I bless the Lord, that all our troubles come through Christ’s fingers, and that He casteth sugar among them, and casteth in some ounce-weights of heaven, and of the Spirit of glory that resteth on suffering believers, into our cup, in which there is no taste of hell."—Samuel Rutherford, Letters (Read the entire letter)

"Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee." Ps. 116:7

"The doorway into the kingdom is 'not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God' …. caught in the grip of failure and defeat and guilt and condemnation, we were shut up to one door, the only one, the doorway of faith in Christ…. faith usually born of despair. We must be reduced again and again to the limit of all resolution and resources and be compelled by repeated failure to feel the need of Another’s help and sufficiency." L. E. Maxwell, Crowded to Christ, p. 16

"Each thing present is a servant of Omnipotence so that it is not for us to reason whether God or the devil sent it….Circumstances have proved to be not hiding places from God, but meeting places with God….the sinning and selfish world is forever crying out against its circumstances, and most of us saints do little better….restless and fretting we chafe for a change, we wish ourselves ‘otherwhere’, than where we are. Yet until we are willing and determined to win the victory in the midst of present circumstances, whether they be good or evil, what reason have we to suppose that we would ever win the victory in any other circumstances?…Victory comes only by a deliberate acceptance of these things from the hand of our loving Father." L. E. Maxwell, Crowded to Christ, p. 93

"You must find that all your own righteousness’ are as filthy rags and that your own strength of will and purpose is only so much opposition to God. Not until you have been thus smitten and pealed within and without and thereby brought to deplore and abhor yourself, will you be ready to believe fully in your Joshua to lead into ‘the Sabbath Rest of the Soul’. L. E. Maxwell, Crowded to Christ, p. 52

"Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you" 1 Peter 5:7

"Beloved fellow traveler in the kingdom of God, it is through much tribulation we are to enter into His kingdom of glory above. I have heard of the severe trial your Father has sent in much love. When we arrive at home, and trace our steps through this wilderness, we shall see that every trial, cross, and disappointment was needful, and that the work would not have been complete without all, even the least. Our loving God and Father takes no pleasure in afflicting us; but it is by these things we are brought to be better acquainted with ourselves and with Him. He does it all. Can anything happen to us but what God does in love to our souls? Are we not in His heart, and can anything happen to us but what He designs? Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you. He is better able to bear the burden than you are. Lie contented in His loving hands, and let Him take His own way with you.

"Yes, beloved, even your present trial shall be to the praise of His dear and holy name. Be of good cheer! God has commissioned it as a messenger of love, nothing but love; eternal, never ending love! Only trust Him for all consequences. He is doing all things well. Leave yourself in His blessed hands, and seek more for cheerful submission than for the removal of the trial. Be earnest for submission, and He will give it, and resignation will follow, and then what a calm! Be quiet in His hands, and feel that His will must be best, because He is God, and knows the end from the beginning, while we know nothing! I would not now have been without my trial for a thousand worlds. Oh, the goodness of God! His name is love, and wondrous is He in all His dealings with us; and He is dealing with us every moment of our brief existence. May the Lord comfort and guide you in every step you take, and enable you to repose passive in His dear hands, is the prayer of your affectionate sister in a precious Jesus.

The rod, our all wise Father will not withhold. And what a mercy it is to be able to bear the rod, and to see the cause! But how often do we close our ears, and go on in our crooked way until He speaks by some louder and yet heavier blow! And then it is our mercy to run at once into the tender, loving bosom of God, confess our sin, and beg for renewed grace, to enable us to forsake it."—From the letters of Mary Winslow

"Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you." 1 Peter 5:7

There is nothing—no circumstance, no trouble, no testing—that can even touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with great purpose, which I may not understand a the moment. But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever distress me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will cause me to fret—for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is—that is the rest of victory.” Alan Redpath

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jer. 29:11

"Many ... afflictions (are) visited upon you, in the wisdom of God, to bring you closer to the throne of grace. He softens and subdues His children by sorrows and trials. This world is God's workshop, where He fashions us for the courts of heaven. He uses the planing knife upon our quivering hearts until the roughness and irregularities are removed and we are fitted for our proper places in the heavenly building. Through tribulation and distress the Christian becomes purified and strengthened, and develops a character after the model that Christ has given." Testimonies, Vol. 4, p. 143

"I counsel you to buy from Me gold tried in the fire...." Rev. 3:19

"The conflicts of earth, in the providence of God, furnish the very training necessary to develop characters fit for the courts of Heaven. We are to become members of the royal family, the sons of God, and "all things work together for good to those who love God," and submit themselves to his will. Our God is an ever-present help in every time of need. He is perfectly acquainted with the most secret thoughts of our heart, with all the intents and purposes of our souls. When we are in perplexity, even before we open to him our distress, he is making arrangements for our deliverance. Our sorrow is not unnoticed. He always knows much better than we do, just what is necessary for the good of his children, and he leads us as we would choose to be led if we could discern our own hearts and see our necessities and perils, as God sees them. But finite beings seldom know themselves. They do not understand their own weaknesses, and when reproof comes, and cautions are given, when they are rebuked, or even advised, they think that they are misjudged and unjustly treated. God knows them better than they know themselves, and he understands how to lead them. But when he undertakes to guide them in ways which seem mysterious to them, because of their blindness and lack of faith, they rebel, and bring upon themselves unnecessary grief and trouble. They have prayed to the Lord for light and guidance, and the Lord answered them as he did Jacob, and, like Jacob, they do not discern that it is the hand of the Lord leading them in a way contrary to their own choosing. If we will trust him, and commit our ways to him, he will direct our steps in the very path that will result in our obtaining the victory over every evil passion, and every trait of character that is unlike the character of our divine Pattern." Signs of the Times, May 25, 1888

"As your days, so shall your strength be." Deut. 33:25

"Our heavenly Father measures and weighs every trial before he permits it to come upon the believer. He considers the circumstances and the strength of the one who is to stand under the proving and test of God, and He never permits the temptations to be greater than the capacity of resistance." Our High Calling, p. 323

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matt. 7:7,8

“Are you in the habit of rolling all your burdens on the Lord? Just as trials come, do you bring them back to your heavenly Father? This is the reason why He lays them on you. And if you make the attempt to carry them in your own strength you will oblige your heavenly Father to increase the trial and burden, so that by the weight you may be at last forced to come to Him, and leave it with Him.” George Müller

"If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall fall on me,' even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You." Ps. 139:11,12

"Pain, as to God's own children, is truly and really, only blessing in disguise. It is but His chiseling, one of His graving tools, producing the likeness to Jesus for which we long. I never yet came across a suffering (real) Christian who could not thank Him for pain!" Frances Ridley Havergal

"Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments...." Deut. 7:9

"We don’t run-to-and-fro anymore trying to fix things ourselves. Whatever trial we face, we have learnt to go down on our knees and thank God for it because in it we know our faith will be tested and through God’s power we will overcome and our faith in Him renewed. God has been faithful and always will be, we will continue to trust in Him." From an email of a new bride and her husband who are being sorely tested.

"And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not." Deut. 8:2

"It helps to remember the way God has worked in the past, for it suggests the way He will work in the future. For example, Moses spent 40 years on his own wilderness journey preparing to lead another group of people through the wilderness for 40 years. Joseph went through all kinds of difficult circumstances in preparing to be the prime minister of Egypt. Jesus spent 30 years preparing for his ministry. Though we live in a “fast food” society, God is a bit more deliberate when he is developing people, and He may banquet you with unusual blessings, though they may be delivered in humble packaging. It is His way. Instead of getting upset, praise Him for expending such attention on you. Remember, unless the seed falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone. I know it is not fun being the seed in the ground, when other people seem to be achieving greater successes and are getting far more attention than you. God hasn’t forgotten you, you just need to realize you have been matriculated to a more advance, though humble, course in the school of heaven." Read the entire Newsletter on Discouragement

"No good thing will He withhold...." Ps. 84:11

"Worry is blind and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. In every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. “No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11. Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme, will find perplexities vanish and a plain path before their feet." From Help in Daily Living.

"Behold, for peace I had great bitterness.... Isa. 38:17

"Let us remember, therefore, that all bitterness is intended to produce the peace of God which passeth all understanding, when it is humbly, meekly, and believingly endured. The bitter waters of Marah are allowed to pour across life's pathway, not for us to drink, but to drive us to find the tree which will make them palatable and sweet. God has no desire to embitter our lives for the sake of giving us pain, but because the things which cause us deep anguish are the raw material out of which He weaves His celestial endowments. When, therefore, the next bitter cup is placed to your lips, look from it into the face of God, and say: "Father, even so, since it has seemed good in Thy sight." Expect the far-off interest of your tears. Anticipate the harvest for which this is the bitter seed-time. The day will come when you will be glad that you were afflicted, when the affliction which is but for a moment will have wrought out a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, and when the bitterness of this hour will be forgotten amid the radiance and glory of the life from which storms are banished for ever."

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed--always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you." 2 Cor. 4:7-12

"Many Persons keep themselves in a perpetual foment through hoping they will get into a situation where they can enjoy a better Christian life. They feel enclosed in a net of circumstances which they cannot accept. They are so wearied and baffled and beaten by the continuous pressure about them that they wish and itch for things to be different, quite sure that if things were only different Christ would be more real. It has never dawned upon them that at the heart of these very circumstances they are to find Christ, find His grace sufficient, find the life more abundant.... 'In spite of care and prayer,' do things go wrong day after day in never-ending succession? Are you desperately holding out against the process, praying that the thorn may be removed only to be crowned with more? Worst of all, you know that you can neither manage nor control the forces arrayed against you. Why then not just settle down and settle in? Accept the fact that this is your lot for life--neither accidental nor incidental.... In your weariest and weakest and most bewildereed moment, simply say, 'Now, Lord, here is my chance, and Thine--my chance to die, Thy chance to manifest the life of Jesus.'" L. E. Maxwell, Crowded to Christ, pp, 24,25

"One billow passed--another rolls to meet thee
    Across thine onward track;
On every side new trials seem to greet thee,
    As if  to turn thee back.
Until thy soul, o'erwhelmed, in darkness sinking,
    Can raise submissive eyes;
Yield to His Will, and, while thy flesh is shrinking,
    His purpose recognize." Selected

"Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?" Matt. 7:16

"If I could teach you a lesson, which, as yet, I have but poorly learned myself--I would teach you a way to be never be disappointed. This would be the case--if you could always form a right judgment of this world, and all things in it. If you go to a bramble-bush to look for grapes--you must be disappointed; but then you are old enough to know that grapes never grow upon brambles. So, if you expect much pleasure here in this world--you will not find it. But you ought not to say you are disappointed, because the Scripture plainly warned you beforehand, to look for crosses, trials and hindrances, every day. If you expect such things--you will not be disappointed when they happen!" John Newton

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want!" Php 4:11-12

"It is necessary for me to be humble and spiritual, to seek communion with God, to adorn my profession of the Gospel, and to yield submissively to His disposal, in whatever way, whether of service or suffering--that He shall be pleased to call me to glorify Him in this world. It is not necessary for me to live long--but highly expedient that while I do live--I should live unto Him! Here then, I would bound my desires; and here, having His Word for my rule, I am secured from asking amiss. Let me have His presence, wisdom to know my calling, and opportunities and faithfulness to improve them; and as to the rest, Lord, help me to sincerely pray: Whatever You will, whenever You will, and however You will." John Newton (from one of his letters)

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice." Php 4:4

"I have been taught that joy in the Spirit is the frame in wich God blesses us to others. Joy arises from fellowship with Him--I find that whatever sorrow or humiliation of spirit presses on us, that should give way in some measure to a fresh taste of God's love when going forth to preach." Andrew Bonar

"'Rejoice' is as much a command as 'Repent.'" Andrew Bonar

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." Rom. 12:1

"Grant me just this privilege of being poured out as an offering to God, while the altar is now prepared; and do you as a choir of love sing praises to the Father in Christ Jesus that He has counted the bishop of Syria worthy to be brought from the land of the sunrise to the sunset.” Ignatius, asking his followers to allow him to be a martyr.

"Let patience have her perfect work..." James 1:4

"My afflictions are of great number, but the consolations that God grants me are even greater." Blanche Gamond, a French Huguenot while being persecuted for her faith.

"Lean not to  your own understanding..." Proverbs 3:5

"Let Him lead thee blindfold onwards,
Love needs not to know
Children whom the Father leadeth
Ask not where they go.
Though the path be all unknown
Over moors and mountains lone.

Give no ear to reason’s questions;
Let the blind man hold
That the sun is but a fable
Men believed of old.
At the breast the babe will grow;
Whence the milk he need not know

"Rejoice in the Lord always and again I will say rejoice." Php. 4:4

"'Rejoice' is as much a command as 'Repent.'"

"Love is the motive for working. Joy is the strength for working."

"Cultivate joy as much as you cultivate honesty and uprightness." Andrew Bonar Heavenly Springs

"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1

"With my eyes thus opened to see the absolute goodness and unselfishness of God, I experienced a complete change of mind in regard to His will. In the past I had looked upon God’s will as being against me, now I had found out that it was for me. I had thought it was something to be afraid of, now I saw it was something to be embraced with joy. Formerly it had seemed to me that His will was the terrible instrument of His severity, and that I must do all I could to avert its terrors from swooping down upon my devoted head. Now I saw that it was the instrument of His love, and could only bring upon me all that was kindest and best. I realized that of course it was impossible for the will of unselfish love to be anything but good and kind; and that since He has all knowledge and all wisdom as well, it must, in the very nature of things, be the best thing the universe could contain; and that no greater bliss could come to any of us, than to have that lovely unselfish will perfectly done in us and for us." Hannah Whithall Smith (Read the rest of her chapter on God's will)

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD." Isa. 55:8

"And how does Jesus teach us? He teaches by the illumination of the Spirit, by the letter of the Word, by the dispensations of His providence, and by the communications of His grace—yes, by all the events and circumstances, joys and sorrows, lights and shadows of our solemn and chequered life. He is teaching you, O my soul, more of your own nothingness and of His all-sufficiency, by one hallowed sorrow, by one fiery temptation, than, perhaps, you have ever learned in all your previous history—for “who teaches like Him?” Oh, what a university in the believer’s training for heaven is Jesus’ school of affliction! The astronomer only efficiently and practically acquires a knowledge of his sublime science when the sun has set, and the sable robe of night drapes every object in ebony gloom. Thus we, the students of a diviner, sublimer, and holier science—"the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”—become the most spiritual and experimental in our attainments, when the sun of earthly good has set, and the starless night of weeping and of woe shuts every ‘creature object’ from our view. Blessed Teacher! You have often taught me in the deepest darkness of adversity, more than I ever learned in the brightest sunshine of prosperity! (Read more about Jesus as our teacher here)

"He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."--Mal. 3:3


"My soul! your Refiner and Purifier is Jesus. Jesus shapes all your trials; Jesus sends all your afflictions; Jesus mingles all your sorrows; Jesus shapes and balances all the clouds of your pilgrimage; Jesus prepares and heats the furnace that refines you as silver and purifies you as gold. Then, O my soul, tremble not at the knife that wounds you, at the flame that scorches you, at the cloud that shades you, at the billows that surge above you--Jesus is in it all, and you are as safe as though you had reached the blissful climate where the vine needs no pruning, and the ore no purifying, where the sky is never darkened, and upon whose golden sands no storms of adversity ever blow or waves of sorrow ever break." Octavius Winslow (read the chapter)

"For your Maker is your husband..." Isa. 54:5

"Divorced by death from an earthly husband, you are united more especially and closely to a Divine and heavenly Husband--even to God in Christ, who stands now in a new and more endeared relationto you.... All, and infinitely more, that the fondest, most powerful, and faithful husband ever was, the Lord is to you. Let Him, as none other can, fill the vacant place. He can make even your solitary and desolate heart sing for joy.... Trace nothing but love in the removal of a human object so dear; and know that love--divine, tender, unchangeable love--will guard, guide, and comfort you until wedded hearts, sundered by death, shall meet to renew a fellowship of love in the glorified presence of Jesus never to be sundered more." Octavius Winslow

The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therfore I will hope in Him." Lam 3:24

"It is our great privilege, beloved, that we live in a portionless world. The is both our distinctive badge and our Christian charter. When God parceled out the land of Canaan among the tribes of Israel, He made an exception in the tribe of Levi, to whom He said, 'You shall have no inheritance in the land, neither shall you have any part among them;' assigning as His reason, 'I am your share and  your inheritance.' ... And oh, what a Portion is God! All that He is and all He has is ours! Every attribute of His being is over us, every perfection of His nature encircles us, every pulse of His heart beats for us, every glance of His eye smiles upon us. We dwell in God, and God dwells in us." Octavius Winslow

"But the salvation of the the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him." Psalm 37:39,40

“Make but trial! Do but stand still in the hour of trial and you will see the help of God if you trust in Him. But there is so often a forsaking the ways of the Lord in the hour of trial, and thus the food of faith, the means whereby our faith may be increased, is lost…. If we desire our faith to be strengthened we should not shrink from opportunities where our faith may be tried, and therefore, through the trial, be strengthened…. The more I am in a position to be tried in faith with reference to my body, my family, my service for the Lord, my business etc., the more shall I have opportunity of seeing God’s help and deliverance; and every fresh instance in which He helps and delivers me will tend towards the increase of my faith…. Would the believer therefore have his faith strengthened, he must especially give time to God, who tries his faith in order to prove to His child, in the end, how willing He is to help and deliver him the moment it is good for him.” Roger Steer, George Müller: Delighted in God, p. 77.

"And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness." Mal. 3:3

"Christ says to man, You are mine. I have bought you. You are now only a rough stone; but if you will place yourself in my hands, I will polish you, and the luster with which you shall shine will bring honor to my name. No man shall pluck you out of my hand. I will make you my peculiar treasure. On my coronation day, you will be a jewel in my crown of rejoicing. The Divine Worker spends little time on worthless material. Only the precious jewels does he polish after the similitude of a palace, cutting away all rough edges. This process is severe and trying; it hurts human pride. Christ cuts deep into the experience that man in his self-sufficiency has regarded as complete, and takes away self-uplifting from the character. He cuts away the surplus surface, and putting the stone to the polishing-wheel, presses it close that all roughness may be worn away. Then, holding the jewel up to the light, the Master sees in it a reflection of himself, and he pronounces it worthy of a place in his casket. Blessed be the experience, however severe, that gives new value to the stone, causing it to shine with living brightness." Review & Herald, March 7, 1912

“Call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver you.” Ps. 50:15

"A child of God cannot but greatly desire a more enlarged and experimental acquaintance with his holy Word; and this attainment is greatly promoted by our trials. The far greater part of the promises in Scripture, are made and suited to a state of affliction; and, though we may believe they are true, we cannot so well know their sweetness, power, and suitableness, unless we ourselves are in a state to which they refer! The Lord says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver you.” Now, until the day of trouble comes, such a promise is like a city of refuge to an Israelite, who, not having slain a man, was in no danger of the avenger of blood. He had a privilege near him, of which he knew not the use and value—because he was not in the case for which it was provided. But some can say, I not only believe this promise upon the authority of the speaker—but I can set my seal to it! I have been in trouble; I took this course for relief, and I was not disappointed. The Lord truly heard and delivered me. Thus afflictions likewise give occasion of our knowing and noticing more of the Lord’s wisdom, power, and goodness, in supporting and relieving us—than we would otherwise have known." John Newton (from his letters



"Persecutions are nothing less than a glorious means whereby the growth of the church has often been furthered. We find that since apostolic days the Christian church has never been in a better and more glorious condition before God than when it was subjected to the most terrible persecutions.... Persecutions have at all times had the effect that Christians have multiplied and consequently that the blood of martyrs has been a powerful fertilizer in the church, so that while believers seemed in the eyes of the world to be overcome, they actually triumphed and gained one victory after another….” Philip Spener, Pia Desideria

We will have to learn that trials mean benefit, and not be discouraged under them. The heart must be disciplined, faith must be cultivated, the soul's endurance must be tested. The simplicity of faith and perfect confidence in God needs to be encouraged in our hearts. You must be constantly looking and talking on the bright side, and while the work of self-discipline must be carried on by every individual Christian, it must be in such a manner as to exalt and ennoble, and not to contract the mind and center it upon little things. Your thoughts should be the outgrowth of holy principles. Do not center your minds on objectionable things, and make a brother an offender for a word. Do not judge him by your own finite measurement. Let the voice of simple, trustful, earnest prayer be heard in your dwellings. When our sisters visit one another, let them not speak words of criticism of their brethren. Let your minds dwell upon the attributes of God, and tell of your experiences in the love of Jesus. The fullness of that love will soothe the heart and cause us to forget disagreeable occurrences.  1888 Resources, p. 1088

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

“Then trust Him for today

As thine unfailing Friend,

And let Him lead thee all the way

Who loveth to the end.

And let the morrow rest

In His beloved hand,

His good is better than our best,

As we shall understand;

If, trusting Him who faileth never,

We rest on Him today, for ever.

—Francis Havergal, Starlight Through the Shadows

“Let us then give thanks always for all things to the Father.” Eph. 5:20 “

“I have a beloved friend, who has made it the habit of her life to obey this injunction literally. When her husband’s factory was in flames, when her children were pronounced to be seriously ill, and when other apparent disasters befell her, she went alone into her chamber, and knelt down to thank God for all, because she knew that He was a Father still; that He loved her too well to give her anything but the best; and that He must love her very much to be willing to bless her at the cost of so much pain. We may not always feel like thanking God for all things; but let us always will and dare to do it. Let us not look at the providence, but at the Father behind it. Let us not examine the crate, but let us search within for the gift of love. Though at first sight we may be disappointed and sad, whatever the Father sends must be the very best. Dare to believe it, and you will come to find it so.” F B Myer Ephesians. P. 14 

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

All the events that take place in the world carry on the same work—the glory of the Father and the salvation of his children. Every illness and infirmity that may seize you, every loss you may meet with, every reproach you may endure, every shame that may colour your faces, every sorrow in your hearts, every agony and pain in your flesh, every aching in your bones, are for your good. Every change in your condition—your fine weather and your rough weather, your sunny weather and your cloudy weather, your ebbing and your flowing, your liberty and your punishment, all turn out for good. Oh, Christians, see what a harvest of blessings ripens from this text! The Lord is at work; all creation is at work; men and angels, friends and foes, all are busy, working together for good. Oh, dear Lord Jesus, what has thou seen in us that thou shouldst order things so wondrously for us, and make all things—all things to work together for our good?” Daniel Rowlands (Read more from the same sermon by Rowlands)

“Strengthened with all might , according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.” Col. 1:11

“The mightiest triumphs of the strength of God in us are realized when we can receive the hiding of our Father’s face and even the weight of His mighty hand without a doubt or murmur, and accept the misconceptions, opprobriums, reproaches and wrongs of our fellow-men, not only with longsuffering, but with joyfulness; not only unruffled and unretaliating, but sweetly realizing and fully believing that they are to us the pledges of some richer blessing from our heavenly Father, and the guarantees of something so glorious that we cannot but thank God for giving us the opportunity of thus winning another blessing.” A. B. Simpson, The Larger Christian Life, p. 216

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." 1 Cor. 10:13.

"Each one has his own battles to fight, his own Christian experience to gain, independent in some respects from any other soul; and God has lessons for each to gain for himself that no other one can gain for him. . . . Our heavenly Father measures and weighs every trial before He permits it to come upon the believer. He considers the circumstances and the strength of the one who is to stand under the proving and test of God, and He never permits the temptations to be greater than the capacity of resistance. If the soul is overborne, the person overpowered, this can never be charged to God, … but the one tempted was not vigilant and prayerful and did not appropriate by faith the provisions God had abundantly in store for him. Christ never failed a believer in His hour of combat. The believer must claim the promise and meet the foe in the name of the Lord…. Oh, there is a great work to be done for the people of God, ere they are prepared for translation to heaven! The heat of the furnace upon some must be severe to reveal the dross. Self will have to be crucified. When each believer is to the very extent of his knowledge obeying the Lord, and yet seeking to give no just occasion to his fellow men to oppress him, he should not fear the results, even though it be imprisonment and death…. The tender compassion of God is toward His people. Faith, wondrous faith—it leads the people of God in straight paths. Without this faith we shall certainly misunderstand His dealings with us, and distrust His love and faithfulness. Whatever may be the trials and sufferings, … let there be no faintheartedness, no peevish repining, no complaining…. A single ray of the evidences of the undeserved favor of God shining into our hearts will overbalance every trial of whatever character and however severe it may be." The Upward Look, p. 323

"How does the branch bear fruit?  Not by incessant effort for sunshine and air; not by vain struggles for those vivifying influences which give beauty to the blossom, and verdure to the leaf: it simply abides in the vine, in silent and undisturbed union, and blossoms and fruit appear as of spontaneous growth. How, then, shall a Christian bear fruit?  By efforts and struggles to obtain that which is freely given; by meditations on watchfulness, on prayer, on action, on temptation, and on dangers?  No: there must be a full concentration of the thoughts and affections on Christ; a complete surrender of the whole being to Him; a constant looking to Him for grace. Christians in whom these dispositions are once firmly fixed go on calmly as the infant borne in the arms of its mother. Christ reminds them of every duty in its time and pace, reproves them of every error, counsels them in every difficulty, excites them to every needful activity. In spiritual as in temporal matters they take no thought for the morrow; for they know that Christ will be as accessible tomorrow as today, and that time imposes no barrier on His love.  Their hope and trust rest solely on what He is willing and able to do for them; on nothing that they suppose themselves able and willing to do for Him.  Their talisman for every temptation and sorrow is their oft-repeated child-like surrender of their whole being to Him." Harriet Beecher Stowe, How To Live on Christ  

"I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I constrained until it is accomplished." Luke 12:50

"Love must arise from sincere faith, that is, it must love God in fortune and misfortune. He who truly loves God is pleased by everything that pleases God. He who loves God must also love his cross that God gives to him. This is shown to us in the example of Christ our Lord, who took up his cross since it was the will of God. 'I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I constrained until it is accomplished' (Luke 12:50). Therefore, all the holy martyrs bore their cross with joy. Those who have a deep love for God do not find it diffiuclt to bear their cross, for their cross is the yoke of Christ (Mathew 11:29). A magnet draws a heavy piece of iron toward itself, and likewise a heavenly magnet, the love of God, ought to draw the burden of our cross toward itself, so that it becomes light and easy. Why then should man's heart be troubled? Sugar makes bitter food sweet. How much then, ought the sweetness of divine love make the bitter cross sweet? Because of this, the great patience and joy of the holy martyrs arose, for God made them drunk by his love." Johann Arndt True Christianity (an early German Pietist)

"The more we enjoy of God, the more we are ravished with delight."—Thomas Watson

“My times are in your hand.” Psalm 31:15

Our times of adversity are also in God’s hand. As every sunbeam that brightens, so every cloud that darkens, comes from God. We are subject to great and sudden reverses in our earthly condition. Joy is often succeeded by grief, prosperity by adversity. We are on the pinnacle today, tomorrow at its bottom. Oh! What a change may one event and one moment create! But, beloved, ALL is from the Lord.

Afflictions do not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground. Sorrow cannot come until God bids it. Until God in His sovereignty permits—health cannot fade, wealth cannot vanish, comfort cannot decay, friendship cannot chill, and loved ones cannot die. Your time of sorrow is His appointment. The bitter cup which it may please the Lord that you shall drink this year will not be mixed by human hands. In the hand of the Lord is that cup! Some treasure you are now pressing to your heart, He may ask you to resign. Some blessing you now possess, He may bid you to relinquish. Some fond expectation you now cherish, He may will that you should forego. Some lonely path, He may design that you should tread.

Yes, He may even bereave you of all, and yet all, ALL is in His hand! His hand! A Father’s hand, moving in thick darkness, is shaping every event, and arranging every detail in your life! Has sickness laid you on a bed of suffering? Has bereavement darkened your home? Has adversity impoverished your resources? Has change lessened your comforts? Has sorrow in one of its many forms crushed your spirit to the earth? The Lord has done it! In all that has been sent, in all that has be recalled, and in all that has been withheld—His hand, noiseless and unseen has brought it about!

Ah! yes, that hand of changeless love blends a sweet with every bitter—pencils a bright rainbow in each dark cloud—upholds each faltering step—shelters within its hollow—and guides with unerring skill, His chosen people safe to eternal glory! Dear child of God, your afflictions, your trials, your crosses, your losses, your sorrows, all, ALL are in your heavenly Father’s hand, and they cannot come until sent by Him!

Bow that stricken heart—yield that tempest-tossed soul to His sovereign disposal, to His calm, righteous sway, in the submissive spirit and language of your suffering Savior, “May Your will, O my Father! not mine, be done. My times of sadness and of grief are in Your hand.” Beloved, all is in your Father’s hand! Be those times what they may—times of trial, times of temptation, times of suffering, times of peril, times of sunshine or of gloom, or times of life or death, they are in your Father’s hand!

Has the Lord seen fit to recall some fond blessing, to deny some earnest request, or painfully to discipline your heart? All this springs from a Father’s love as fully as though He had unlocked His treasury and poured its costliest gifts at your feet! All of our times are in our Redeemer’s hands! That same Redeemer who carried our sorrows in His heart, our curse and sins on His soul, our cross on His shoulder; who died, who rose again, and who lives and intercedes for us, and who will gather all His ransomed around Him in glory, is your Guardian and your Guide! Your times are in the hands of Him who still bears the print of the nails!—Octavius Winslow

Afflictions assist to make us more fruitful in holiness. ‘But He afflicts us for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.’ The flowers smell sweetest after a shower; vines bear the better fruit, after pruning. Saints spring and thrive most internally when they are most externally afflicted. Afflictions are called by some ‘the mother of virtue.’ Manasseh’s chain was more profitable to him than his crown. Luther could not understand some Scriptures until he was in affliction.

God’s house of correction is his school of instruction. All the stones that hit Stephen’s head, did but knock him closer to Christ, the corner-stone.

Afflictions lift up the soul to more rich, clear, and full enjoyments of God. God makes afflictions to be but inlets to the soul’s more sweet and full enjoyment of His blessed self. Christians, by their afflictions, gain more experience of the power of God supporting them, of the wisdom of God directing them, of the grace of God refreshing and cheering them, and of the goodness of God quieting and quickening of them to a greater love to holiness, and to a greater delight in holiness, and to a more vehement pursuing after holiness.—Thomas Brooks Precious Remedies

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Ps 27: 1

“God calls upon His faithful ones, who believe in Him, to talk courage to those who are unbelieving and hopeless. Turn to the Lord, ye prisoners of hope. Seek strength from God, the living God. Show an unwavering, humble faith in His power and His willingness to save. When in faith we take hold of His strength, He will change, wonderfully change, the most hopeless, discouraging outlook. He will do this for the glory of His name.” Prophets and Kings 260

"For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known." 1 Cor. 13:12

"Many misunderstand the object for which they were created. It was to bless humanity and glorify God, rather than to enjoy and glorify self. God is constantly pruning His people, cutting off profuse, spreading branches, that they may bear fruit to His glory and not produce leaves only. God prunes us with sorrow, with disappointment and affliction, that the outgrowth of strong, perverse traits of character may be weakened and that the better traits may have a chance to develop. Idols must be given up, the conscience must become more tender, the meditations of the heart must be spiritual, and the entire character must become symmetrical." Sons and Daughters of God, p. 289

Union to Jesus is the humble Christian’s life, his hope, his all; leave him but this, and you may take what you will away from him. It makes his trials, his afflictions, his losses, his sorrows, his griefs, not only supportable, not only endurable, but precious, sweet, a cause of thanksgiving, a matter for glory, just because in them--in the very severest, in the very hottest--that union is always the more closely cemented. The furnace burns, burns, burns, but ah! it touches not his union with Immanuel. The hotter the furnace burns, the more self, and sin, and pride, die out and waste away, and are sometimes so nearly consumed, that the soul forgets that there is any other in the wide universe but Jesus. Self is all but destroyed, for one desire and another is checked, cut off, and consumed; a rebellious will has been so crushed, so broken, so bended, so molded to the image of him to whom alone it has clung in the storm, that for a time it seems to have forgotten to be rebellious. For the time no other will is known than his, who, while he wounds, is tempering every trial with a hand gentle and tender, and filling up every place that is left vacant of its creature tenant, with a Creator’s infinite love. William Chalmer Burns, Revival Sermons, p. 176

“I am crucified with Jesus,
And He lives and dwells in me;
I have ceased from all my struggling,
‘Tis no longer I, but He;
All my will is yielded to Him,
And His Spirit reigns within,
And His precious blood each moment,
Keeps me cleansed and free from sin.
“All my cares I cast upon Him,
And He bears them all away;
All my fears and griefs I tell Him,
All my needs from day to day.
All my strength I draw from Jesus,
By His breath I live and move;
E’en His very mind He gives me,
And His faith, and life, and love.
“For my words I take His wisdom,
For my works His Spirit’s power,
For my ways His gracious presence
Guards and guides me ev’ry hour.
Of my heart He is the portion,
Of my joy the ceaseless spring;
Saviour, sanctifier, keeper,
Glorious Lord and coming King.”
--A. B. Simpson

"In ALL things God is working for good!" Romans 8:28

"Nothing else but this seeing God in everything will make us loving and patient with those who annoy and trouble us. They will be to us then only the instruments for accomplishing His tender and wise purposes towards us, and we shall even find ourselves at last inwardly thanking them for the blessings they bring us. Nothing else will completely put an end to all murmuring or rebelling thoughts. Christians often feel a liberty to murmur against man, when they would not dare to murmur against God. But this way of receiving things would make it impossible ever to murmur. If our Father permits a trial to come, it must be because that trial is the sweetest and best thing that could happen to us, and we must accept it with thanks from His dear hand. The trial itself may be hard to flesh and blood, and I do not mean that we can like or enjoy the suffering of it. But we can and must love the will of God in the trial, for His will is always sweet, whether it be in joy or in sorrow." Hannah Whithall Smith, The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life

"Humility is a great mystery to itself. It is the amazement of the redeemed soul before itself, or rather before Christ in itself. It may take the shape of modesty before men, or it may not; humility is not anything which we have in the sight or thought of other men at all. It is the soul’s attitude before God. . . . It can take very active, assertive, and even fiery shape in dealing with men. It is not timidity or nervousness. It is not shy, not embarrassed, not hesitant, not self-conscious, not ill at ease, not a seeker of back seats or mien of low shoulders and drooping head. Yet it is not self-sufficient in a proud and Stoic reserve, nor self-assertive in a public Pharisee fashion. It can never be had either by imitating the humble or by mortifying the flesh. Devotion is not humility, though humility is devout. It is only to be had by the mastery of the Cross which taketh away the self-wrapped guilt of the world.

“These histories (of Teresa, Fenelon, Madame Guyon) show us that God’s inner working is independent of outward circumstances—we find saints in palaces and deserts, in married life and in cloisters, in the church, in the chamber, in the kitchen, in the streets, in all employments and all places. Let none then, however difficult his position, regard himself as debarred from the way of holiness. Have we but God and the cross of Christ, we have means for becoming altogether holy in our walk and conversation. What dungeon is there that can shut us out from this? Only let us use the present occasions and means faithfully and truly, taking them from the hand of God, and we shall find Him able to free us from all that is really a hindrance. Let us each one desire to be a saint in his own place and calling, instead of building castles in the air of future holiness.” Gerhard Tersteegen (German Pietist and pastor)


"With humility goes patience as a supreme confession of faith. Do not think that patience is a way of bearing trouble only. It is a way of doing work—especially the true secret of not doing too much work. It is a way of carrying success. It is not renouncing will and becoming careless. It is an act of will. It is a piece of manhood. To part with will is to become a thing. It is not mere resignation or indifference, which often goes with despair and not faith. It is a form of energy, even when it curbs energy. It is the Christian form of bravery, and it has the valor often to be called cowardice. It is the form of energy that converts suffering, and even helplessness, into action. . . .

"It is not very often, comparatively, that the New Testament writers offer Christ as our example. But when they do, it is almost always in connection with His humility and patience and self-sacrificing love. It is His spirit, His faith and love, that are our example, not His conduct, not His way of life.

"Humility is a frame of perfect mind not possible except to faith. It is no more depression and poverty of spirit than it is loud self-depreciation. It rests on our deep sense of God’s unspeakable gift, on a deep sense of our sin as mastered by God, on a deep sense of the Cross as the power which won that victory. It is not possible where the central value of the Cross is forgotten, where the Cross is only the glorification of self-sacrifice instead of the atonement for sin. A faith that lives outside the atonement must lose humility, as so much Christian faith in a day like this has lost it, as so much worship has lost awe.

"It is very hard, unless we are really and inly broken with Christ on the Cross, to keep from making our self the center and measure of all the world. This happens even in our well-doing. We may escape from selfishness, but it is hard to escape from a subtle egotism which it is not quite fair to call selfish. This personal masterfulness of ours needs mastering. In many respects it is very useful, but it must go ere God in Christ is done with us. And it is mastered only by the Cross as the one atonement for sin."—P. T. Forsyth, Christian Perfection.

"Take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord’s." Jeremiah 5:10
Failure, the breaking down of men’s confidences, the going to pieces of men’s plans—failure means many things. One of the things which it means is this: that God will not let the soul hide behind any protection which He knows is insecure. His whole love binds Him to let the soul know its blunder before it is too late. . . . If you have known any such experience as that, you have been taken into one of the richest rooms of God’s schoolhouse, one of the rooms in which He makes His ripest and completest scholars. Oh, if our souls today could mount to the height of some such prayer as this: "Lord, if I am building around the prosperity of my life any battlements which are not Thine, any defences of deceit or injustice or selfishness, break down those battlements whatever pain it brings, however it may seem to leave my hopes exposed."—Phillips Brooks.

"I am destined by the Lord to proclaim the message of the death and blood of Jesus, not with human wisdom, but with divine power, unmindful of personal consequences to myself." Nicholas Zinzendorf

"Oh, for an enthusiasm for Christ that will not endure to be popular where He is unpopular; that will be fired rather than quenched when His claims are unrecognized and His Word is slighted; that will thrill us with joy if He allows us to share in the faintest degree in His dishonor and loneliness; that will set every pulse throbbing with exultation as we go forth . . . unto him.” Lilias Trotter

On Thee My Heart is Resting
Theodore Monod

On thee my heart is resting!
Ah, this is rest indeed!
What else, Almighty Saviour,
Can a poor sinner need?
Thy light is all my wisdom,
Thy love is all my stay;
Our Father's home in glory,
Draws nearer every day.

My guilt is great, but greater
The mercy Thou dost give;
Thyself, a spotless Offering,
Hast died that I should live.
With Thee, my soul unfettered
Has risen from the dust;
They blood is all my treasure,
Thy word is all my trust.

Through me, Thou gentle Master,
Thy purposes fulfill!
I yield myself for ever
To Thy most holy will.
What though I be but weakness,
My strength is not in me;
The poorest of Thy people
Has all things, having Thee.

When clouds are darkest round me,
Thou, Lord art then most dear,
My drooping faith to quicken,
My weary soul to cheer.
Safe nestling in Thy bosom,
I gaze upon Thy face;
In vain my foes would drive me
From Thee, my hiding-place.

'Tis Thou hast made me happy,
'Tis Thou hast set me free;
To whom shall I give glory
For ever, but to Thee?
Of earthly love and blessing
Should every stream run dry,
Thy grace shall still be with me,
Thy grace, to live and die!



"When our wills move off the pivot of self on to the pivot of God, then our lives become concentric with the life of God; our hearts are allured to his love, our feet keep step to the marching music of his divine purpose.  Oh, the bliss of living when our wills blend with his, like perfect words married to perfect music!  Then trial and sorrow are treated as our Father's messengers, but in their winter costume.  Then our infirmities indicate the direction into which we should send our energies.  Then disappointment becomes impossible, because all is God-appointed.  Then we always have our way, because God's and ours are one.  Then prayer is the discovery of God's plans, and a taking hold of his willingness.  Then the heart keeps Sabbath, like a valley encircled by the great mountains on which the storms expend themselves." F B Meyer Joshua

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way." Psalms 37:23

“Why should we fret and chafe, or beat our breasts against the bars, or allow our souls to be disquieted within us. All is under law, all under love, all things are working together for good. He will give grace and glory. No good thing will he withhold from those to whom he has given his only begotten Son. In him the tenderness of a motherhood and of fatherhood blend. There is not a step he does not weigh; not a path he does not winnow; not a tear, the shedding of which has not been to him a subject of anxiety; not a stab of pain, the edge of which he has not felt before it touches us; not a sorrow, the weight of which he has not felt before he allowed it to impinge. Such a God is thine, O my soul! Hush thee; trust him; he is doing all things well; be still and be at rest! Thou art as safe as if the gate of pearl were behind thee; thy joy cannot rust or be stolen; every wind is a south wind; every shore thy native land; every circumstance a rough-packing case containing the gifts of thy Father’s love.” F B Meyer, Joshua, p. 188

Many misunderstand the object for which they were created. It was to bless humanity and glorify God, rather than to enjoy and glorify self. God is constantly pruning His people, cutting off profuse, spreading branches, that they may bear fruit to His glory and not produce leaves only. God prunes us with sorrow, with disappointment and affliction, that the outgrowth of strong, perverse traits of character may be weakened and that the better traits may have a chance to develop. Sons and Daughers of God, 289

"Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, for the help of His countenance." Psalms 42:5

"For every trial, God has provided help..... For every bitter draught that is placed to our lips, we shall find a branch of healing.....  We are not to let the future, with its hard problems, its unsatisfying prospects, make our hearts faint, our knees tremble, our hands hang down.... Those who surrender their lives to His guidance and to His service will never be placed in a position for which He has not made provision. Whatever our situation, if we are doers of His word, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexity, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend.....  In the way that leads to the city of God there are no difficulties which those who trust in Him may not overcome. There are no dangers which they may not escape. There is not a sorrow, not a grievance, not a human weakness, for which He has not provided a remedy." Ministry of Healing 248, 249

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6, KJV
"God will do marvelous things for those who trust in Him. It is because His professed people trust so much to their own wisdom, and do not give the Lord an opportunity to reveal His power in their behalf, that they have no more strength. He will help His believing children in every emergency if they will place their entire confidence in Him and implicitly obey Him.... (Many) are weak and powerless because they trust in their own strength. God works mightily for a faithful people who obey His word without questioning or doubt.... Let the people give up self and the desire to work after their own plans, let them humbly submit to the divine will, and God will revive their strength and bring freedom and victory to His children." 4T 163, 164








Be Still My Soul




Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.




Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.




Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.


Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last. 




Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.

By Katharina A. von Schlegel, 1752, translated into English by Jane Borthwick
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