MAINTAIN A RIGHT ATTITUDE
Maintaining a positive attitude in the
midst of great suffering is the key to the
triumphant Christian life. "Now thanks be
unto God, who always causeth us to triumph in Christ"'(2Cor 2:14).
Paul did not write these words as a
theoretician. He had experienced and practiced what he was talking about. You
will remember that he cast a demon out of a girl at Philippi. This resulted
in "a mob being quickly formed against
Paul and Silas, and the judges ordered
them stripped and beaten with wooden
whips. Again and again the rods slashed
down across their bared backs; and afterwards they were thrown into prison. The
jailer was threatened with death if they
escaped, so he took no chances, but put
them into the inner dungeon and clamped
their feet into the stocks.
"Around midnight, Paul and Silas were
praying and singing hymns to the Lord and the other prisoners were listening"
(Acts 16:22-25 tib).
The Lord, faithful to His promise, had surrounded Paul and Silas with "...songs
of deliverance " (Ps 32:7).
What happened as a result of singing
their "songs of deliverance "? The Lord
sent an earthquake that set free not only
Paul and Silas, but all the other prisoners
as well. The jailer was converted and took
Paul and Silas home and made them his
house guests. A strong church was established in Philippi as a result.
The grace given to Paul and Silas to pray
and sing in such circumstances was a miracle. But He will do the same for you and me
if we will walk in the Spirit and not start
complaining against God or others when
trials and tests come. Recognize God's hand
in every trial that comes to you.
Don't Murmur Against God
Your response to the circumstances that
befall you will determine whether you become bitter or better. God wants you to
realize, "It is no longer I that live, but
Christ that liveth in me " (Gal 2:20).
If you will maintain a "Christ response"
to adversity and tell the Lord, "I see Your
hand in this. Lord; thank You for moulding
me, for teaching me," then you also will
receive special grace from the Lord which
will take you through in triumph.
Paul recounted five sins which caused
Israel's failure in the wilderness. Here is
the fifth: ' 'And don't murmur against God
and his dealings with you, as some of them
did, for that is why God sent his Angel lo
destroy them ' '(I Cor 10:10 tib).
See Troubles As Working For You
When recounting some of his many
sufferings for Christ, Paul said, "For our
light affliction, which is but for a moment, workethfor us afar more exceeding and eternal -weight of glory ' ' (2Cor 4:17).
Paul saw his afflictions "working for him," that is, they were his servants,
doing God's bidding, working out "God's richest blessing on us forever and ever " (tib).
Will you who are weary, tested and
tried by much affliction realize:
' 'The troubles will soon be over, but
joys to come will last forever ' ' (2Cor 4:18 tib). God loves you very much. Great will
be your reward in Heaven if you will but
endure to the end.
An old missionary, alone on the island of Maui, once wrote:
He's the Lord of the seas,
the Lord of the land,
The winds are His to command.
He brings down the rain,
He pours down the hail,
He controls the force of the gale.
Some cry and complain of
the storms 'fearful pace,
as they sail life's troubled race.
Don't fight with the wind,
rather count it your friend,
your life will enjoy more grace.
'Tis the set of the sail,
not the. force of the gale,
that insures safe passage to home.
The fair haven we'll get,
with the least bit of sweat,
if our servant, the storms become.
So sail on, weary sailor,
your master awaits
to welcome to Heaven 's fair land.
Keep your eye on the source,
don 't fret with the force,
that prepares for His right hand.
Yes, life's stormy winds can be harnessed by a right attitude. As the wind to
the sail, the storms of trials and tests help
produce maturity which prepare us for
leadership on earth, and our eternal fair home.
God Works Through Us
God works most
powerfully through us when we're being proven by times of trials, tests and
Pass Or Fail The Test
In the fires of affliction some will fail
and others will pass the test and he-promoted. Those who pass the test are chosen
to hear those comforting words, "You've
been faithful over little; 1 '11 make you ruler
over much. "
by Ralph Mahoney, Director World Map