"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: June 11

"I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need" ~ Philippians 4:12
Faith is an inevitable result of a witness like this one. Anything less brings an inevitable consequence. Nothing shatters faith quite so much as a complaining nature.  Just a few days ago I [Eugenia Price, the author] watched one of my dearest friends begin to fight God. She is a comparatively new Christian, and we had one night not long before, been amazed at her poise and sweet temper when a new tire blew out on her car on Chicago's Outer Drive in the midst of a blizzard. She changed it herself and proved the indwelling Christ to us in a still deeper way. She was in close fellowship with Him that bitter winter night. She was willing to let Him hold her close to His heart even when the jack kept slipping on the icy street. She was a benediction.

At this writing she is fighting with Him over a new temptation in her life. In this mood she drove me to another speaking date and another tire went bad. This time she banged the doors and kicked the jack and complained bitterly, even though there was a mechanic available to change this tire for her and it wasn't even raining!

How typical this is of us all! He is always the same. But only those who are really obedient to Him are willing to let Him take over in all things. Are willing to be instructed by the Holy Spirit to "be full" or to "be hungry". Either way, Jesus Christ remains the same. Only when we are grasped by this truth, are we willing to stop fighting.  Human nature usually fights a long, long time. This is not necessary. Anyone can choose to become obedient at any time. Victory in all things is always God's will for us. And He is always within us to take over when we choose to let Him.

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

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