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THE SURRENDER OF FAITH

SURREN'DER, n. The act of yielding or resigning one's person or the possession of something, into the power of another; as the surrender of a castle to an enemy; the surrender of a right or of claims.

1. A yielding or giving up.

A yielding or giving up—that speaks of two things to me. It can mean defeat, or it can mean victory, depending on whom we yield or give up to. We can give up ourselves to despair and discouragement and the voice of the enemy—in surrendering ourselves in unbelief. Or we can give up, in our struggle with despair and discouragement, weakness, unbelief, whatever it is the enemy is trying to get us to surrender to, and yield in faith, (confidence in God’s power and not our own), and resign our whole entire person, body, mind, spirit, to His power, His Spirit in us, and His perfect work accomplished on our behalf for us. We may not understand it all, but we can resign ourselves, by choice to it’s working out in our lives.

No matter how small that surrender is—how weak that faith is—we can persist in resigning ourselves over to it, yielding to it, giving up to it. This is the surrender of faith.

What surrender is not, is a struggling in our own strength of will and resolve to become what God wants us to be. It is never accomplished in ourselves or of ourselves by the power of our will. So many Christians believe it is up to the strength of their will to keep themselves and surrender all to God. All the while, it is God at work in us, calling us to surrender, and then empowering us for it, and maintaining it by working in us to will and to do of His good pleasure—Philippians 2:13. What He requires, He makes provision for.

Andrew Murray, in His book, Absolute Surrender, says this:

“God Accomplishes Your Surrender

“I am sure there is many a heart that says: ‘Ah, but that absolute surrender implies so much!’ Someone says: ‘Oh, I have passed through so much trial and suffering, and there is so much of the self-life still remaining, and I dare not face the entire giving of it up, because I know it will cause so much trouble and agony.’

“Alas! alas! that God’s children have such thoughts of Him, such cruel thoughts. Oh, I come to you with a message, fearful and anxious one. God does not ask you to give the perfect surrender in your strength, or by the power of your will; God is willing to work it in you. Do we not read: “It is God that worketh in us, both to will and to do of his good pleasure”? And that is what we should seek for - to go on our faces before God, until our hearts learn to believe that the everlasting God Himself will come in to turn out what is wrong, to conquer what is evil, and to work what is well-pleasing in His blessed sight. God Himself will work it in you.”

Surrender is a choice we make, to yield to the power of another. Whose power do you want to yield to? The choices are, 1) our own power, 2) the power of the spirits of darkness and deception, or 3) the power of God. Therefore, surrender is an act of faith in one of those powers. When we see that God’s power is true, God’s Word is true, yet we feel the strength of our flesh to hold on to its power, and struggle with the doubts and fears in our own mind, and the oppression of the enemy, we can know, that if we do not have to yield to any of it! We can know that all we need do is cry out to God, our Abba, and that act of faith in itself is a surrender to His power to come to our aid and deliver us. We are not yielding to the power of our own flesh or of the enemy if we cry out to God in our weakness for His power to come to our aid.

Often we think that we are not surrendering until we feel the full strength of that ability in ourselves to overcome every doubt, fear, and temptation. But the smallest act of faith, in crying out to God is an act of surrender, that says to Him, “this child does not want to yield to the powers that overwhelm him, and sees he is not able in himself to overcome them, but is putting trust in me by calling out to me.” He accepts our very weakest surrender. In fact it is in that weakness of utter helplessness in ourselves that true surrender is possible, as it cannot come from anything but faith in His power and not in ourselves at all.

“And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God”- Luk_18:27

We may feel it impossible to bring ourselves to the kind of surrender God requires of us. But it is God who works in our hearts to desire that surrender, and it is God who always gives the enabling power to do what He requires of us. If we look at our hearts, we see ourselves, holding onto that life it has known, and power over itself and its rights. We look to God, and see that though it is impossible with us, it is possible with Him. We don’t have to wait to feel it. We can yield, give our hearts up to His power and ability over our hearts and wait on Him to do His work in filling us with His mind and heart by His Spirit that He has given us.

Faith is not a feeling. Faith is relying on a fact, receiving something as true—God’s existence is fact, His Word is fact, even though we do not have to understand it all to believe it and know it is truth. We can know it is truth and accept it. We can know God is alive and though we don’t know Him or understand Him completely or as we should, we can have faith in Him. Surrender is not a feeling either, but is an act, based on faith. We do not have to have all the answers to surrender, in faith, to God, that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who come to Him. And by coming, He will teach us more of Himself. If we are guided only by feelings than we are no better off than an animal that is a slave to every impulse for survival. But we have God’s Spirit indwelling us if we have been born again. God gave us the ability to act against our feelings, not being overcome by them, and act in faith in what we know to be true when our feelings tell us otherwise. That faith is there by His Spirit convincing us His Word is truth. We yield ourselves to that truth, regardless of every thought the enemy screams in our ear to the contrary and regardless of our helpless feelings and emotions. We may feel unbelief, but we do not have to act in unbelief. We can yield, give up, resign ourselves over to God in those times to His safekeeping and to His fulfilling His purpose in our lives. We can cling to His Word and give ourselves up to its truth. I’ve heard people say, “I can’t help how I feel”. No—but you do not have to be controlled by your feelings or given over to them. You have God as your resource to call on!

God accepts our very weakest surrender. Our crying out to Him in utter weakness is never unheard and never unanswered. May our hearts be comforted in this. He never asks us to come to Him in full strength of our own ability. He only asks us ever to come to Him in the humility of our own inability, utter helplessness, and weakness.


The Shelter of The Most High

Psa 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa 91:2 I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

I’ve loved this psalm since the first day I read it, but at the same time, I’ve struggled over it. Why does God then allow so many evil things to happen to Christians? Doesn’t He promise that nothing will harm us? Can we count on Him to protect us from all harm in this world, all pain, all disease, etc.? What is in this psalm for us?

Eph 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…

I have come to see that Jesus did not promise that in this world we would be kept from all bodily harm, or from wicked people doing evil things against us, or from sufferings of any kind. Christians, as well as non-Christians, suffer in this world. Yet He has promised us every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. We are not citizens any longer of this world when we are in Christ. Our life is hidden with Christ in the heavenlies. It is there we are kept under the shadow of His wings. Only that which He allows for His glory and our good, (Rom. 8:28) will ever befall us here on earth. And it is in this place that we have all the resources of heaven on our side to call upon to come to our aid and to safely trample down every enemy of the soul and spirit, and to be victorious in this life.

The shelter of the Most High—if we dwell there than we will abide in the shadow of the Almighty! So where is this shelter, or “secret place”, as it is literally translated? It is the very heart of God. And where do we find His heart? He has revealed to us His heart through His Word and through His Son, Jesus, the living Word, and through giving us His Spirit to teach us the truth of that Word to our deepest innermost being. As we receive that Word of truth and dwell there in it, abiding in His grace, walking in His light, we are constantly shielded under the shadow of His wings. That picture given to us is like a mother bird spreading her wings over her young, shielding them from all harm. What is the greatest harm the Christian fears? Isn’t it the spiritual forces that come against us to rob us of our life in Christ? Our joy? Our victory? Our relationship with our Savior? I can lose my physical body to death or disease, but still have my life as that life is eternal. Nothing can touch it! I can lose all I have in this world, but I will never lose Christ and the inheritance I have in Him!

Oh so many things come against us in the spiritual realm to destroy us and defeat us and devour us. How can we be sure we’ll make it through unharmed by the evil around us. Is there a promise for this? Yes! Most certainly we see this in Ps. 91 and confirmed to us in other places in the New Testament. We do not have to fear any evil in this world. We can overcome evil with good rather than be overcome by it! He has promised to preserve us from all evil. This place of safety is faith in Him—His secret place. There is no other place of safety but faith in Him. He is the Truth, the Life, and the Way. Faith alone in Him assures us that we are under the shadow of His wings as we walk this life. We naturally fear sickness, pain, suffering, persecution, distress, and grief. We naturally fear all the things this world can afflict us with. Yet we have a better promise than escape from these things now—we have a promise that none of them will harm us or defeat us, as we dwell in His secret place.

Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

We are promised a place of safety only in Him. I remember reading the Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, where she spoke of an incident one night where she could not sleep as she could hear bombs in the distance around her. She got up for some tea and while she was out of her bed a large, jagged piece of plaster fell from the ceiling above her bed right onto her pillow. This would have landed right onto her head and killed her if she had been in bed. She cried, “Oh Lord! The safest place to be is right in the center of Your will!” Yes, the safest place to be in this world of terror and evil is only in the center of His will—His secret place. It is there we are in the shadow of His wings. Our times are in His hands. If God allows our life to be taken, then it is to bring us home to Himself where we are never again to suffer anything from this life. It is left here in this world He gives us all we need to walk through it and be safe in Him, our real life hidden in Him, preserved for that inheritance we have in Him.

Christian persecution today is greater than at any other time in history.

Phi 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Phi 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Phi 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Phi 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

We are not kept from suffering just as Christ Himself was not kept from it. Yet, as Paul learned—Paul, who had been beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, as well as suffering from false brethren and his concern for the church, could say “I have learned to be content in whatsoever state I am in”. Lets look at our protection in His secret place:

He is our refuge and fortress—a place of rest while the battle rages
The snare of the fowler—all the enemies temptations and snares laid to trap us.
From the noisome pestilence—(Gill)-- pestilential disease of sin, that noisome and deadly one, the plague of the heart, which is the worst of all plagues; and from the ruinous and destructive effects and consequences of which the Lord saves his saints.
He covers us with His feathers, under His wings we trust—He gives us all the comfort and protection we need in our sorrows and tribulations, shielding us from their harm to our souls. He gives us the warmth of His presence and defends us.
His truth is our shield and buckler—His truth shields us from every fiery dart of the enemy. We take hold of His promises and stand in His truth, and we are shielded from every attack and onslaught brought against us. His Word of truth is our buckler, supporting and defending us, securing our faith.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day—We need not fear devils or men! There is no terror of either that can take us out of His hands and separate us from His love. (Rom. 8:35-39) Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.—Pestilence or plague, whether it be wasting disease, noxious to health or life, or whether it be moral decay, destructive to society, corrupting all around us, nor destruction approaching and bringing dread to all, will not cause us dread as we are safe under the shadow of His wings. Even this cannot harm our life in Christ or separate us from His love and the eternal life He has given us.
A thousand will fall at our side and only with our eyes will we see the destruction of the wicked—The destruction that comes to the world around us we will not be a part of, we’ll only see it. We may have disease and die with the world, but they have a different kind of destruction that is hopeless and eternal that we will never be partakers of. The same things that give them the kind of destruction that is dreaded by all, will never come to those in the shelter of the most High, those dwelling in His salvation by grace through faith alone, under the shadow of His wings.

And the rest of this psalm promises we will be kept, He will bear us up, He will enable us to tread upon every spiritual enemy, and trample them under foot, we will be delivered, and when we call upon Him He will answer us. We will be satisfied with His salvation. All these wonderful promises are ours and they are confirmed again in the New Testament. He has given us all we need to walk godly in Christ Jesus and to bring us safe and sound to our eternal inheritance. We have a hope eternal and an assurance greater than anything this world could give us. In Christ we are dead to this world. It is not our inheritance. This body will perish but we will put on incorruption. Our inheritance is in Christ kept for us for eternity! Yes, He many times gives His protection from harm in this world as well, as only His purposes and His glory will be done in us, not those of the enemy. We are not in the enemies hands at his mercy ever. We are in God’s alone. All that befalls us must come through His nail-scarred hands!


The Fellowship Of The Spirit

2Cor. 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (LITV)

Phil. 2:1 So then, if there is any comfort in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tendernesses and compassions,
Phil. 2:2 fulfill my joy, that you think the same, having the same love, one in soul, minding the one thing,
Phil. 2:3 doing nothing according to party spirit or self-glory, but in humility, esteeming one another as surpassing themselves;
Phil. 2:4 each not looking at the things of themselves, but each also the things of others.
Phil. 2:5 For think this within you, which mind was also in Christ Jesus,
Phil. 2:6 who subsisting in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,
Phil. 2:7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, having become in the likeness of men
Phil. 2:8 and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, having become obedient until death, even the death of a cross. (LITV)

We can only enjoy the fellowship of the Spirit with one another as far as we are in fellowship with the Spirit of God, which is the fellowship the Father and Son and Spirit have with one another. When factious observances or party spirit (anything that adds to faith in the finished work of Christ as essential to our salvation or walk with Him), pride, self glorying, or anything else enters into the body that fellowship with one another in the Spirit is broken. There is disunity. In light of this, it is essential to clarify what our fellowship is based on.

1John 1:3 We announce to you what we have seen, and what we have heard, that you also may have fellowship with us. And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.

There is one gospel, one work of salvation, done through Jesus Christ on the cross—one power of life through that cross and His resurrection that is effective to work all in us that is needed for life, salvation, righteousness, and all we need by faith in that work for our life here and for eternity. It needs no other work added to it to enhance it and nothing should take away from it. Indeed anything added to it takes away from its power. It is only a distraction from the true power of godliness. There are many things in Christendom over the centuries that people have tried to add to the perfect gospel and insist that all join them if they want to see more power in their walk. Others who hold to the truth of the gospel given to Paul for the church and to His perfect finished work are alienated from their “fellowship”. But truth cannot have fellowship with distortion of truth. The Spirit of Christ cannot have fellowship with factions. There is no fellowship “in the Spirit” with extra works of men or with law or with anything else that distracts from a walk of faith alone in Christ as our very life and substance and law indwelling us and making us a new creation in Him.

Paul addressed this also to the Corinthians, who were puffed up toward one another because of following certain men and aligning themselves with them:

1Cor. 1:10 Now I exhort you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you all say the same thing, and there be no divisions among you, but you be united in the same mind and in the same judgment.
1Cor. 1:11 For concerning you, my brothers, it was shown to me by those of Chloe that there are strifes, (factions, party spirit), among you.
1Cor. 1:12 But I say this, that each of you says, I am of Paul, and I of Apollos, and I of Cephas, and I of Christ.
1Cor. 1:13 Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? (LITV)

One sure sign of those holding to a faction is spiritual pride and self-righteousness--one who thinks they are a step above the rest of the body because of a special knowledge or understanding, or teacher he follows, that he holds to other than faith alone in the power of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Or it can be one who holds to a special religious observance or ritual that he believes somehow enhances his standing with God or his righteousness before God.

Col 2:6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, (received and walked in by faith in His work alone.)
Col 2:7 being rooted and being built up in Him, and being confirmed in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Col 2:8 Watch that there not be one robbing you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ.
Col 2:9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; (LITV)

This chapter tells us to walk in Christ alone and in His work, finding our fullness in Him alone, not in any other thing. No one is to judge us by other externals they may add to faith, as the reality is Christ and He is our life. If we dwell in Him we have all we need for life and godliness…

Col 2:16 Then do not let anyone judge you in eating, or in drinking, or in part of a feast, or of a new moon, or of sabbaths,
Col 2:17 which are a shadow of coming things, but the body,(substance), is of Christ. (He alone is our life and overshadows the foreshadows, we live in Him)
Col 2:18 Let no one condemn you, delighting in humility and worship of the angels, pushing into things which he has not seen, being puffed up by the mind of his flesh without cause,
Col 2:19 and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body having been supplied through the joints and bands, and being joined together, will grow with the growth of God.
Col 2:20 If, then, you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why are you under its decrees, as living in the world?
Col 2:21 Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch,
Col 2:22 which things are all for corruption in the using, according to the "injunctions and teachings of men." Isa. 29:13
Col 2:23 Which things indeed appear to be a matter of having wisdom in self-imposed worship and humility, (be careful of what appears spiritual but only is human works and philosophy added to His finished work), and severity in abuse of the body, but are not of any value with regards to gratification of the flesh.

There is no special or new revelation given other than the one that is given through this gospel Paul gave us which surpasses all, (Heb. 8:6-14). It is not tagged onto the old but surpasses it, explains it, and fulfills it. There is no other truth or fellowship to be revealed through mystical revelations or religious practice. There is no other “fellowship of the Spirit” other than that which the Spirit reveals to every true Child of God who comes to His living Word by faith in Him, receiving His Spirit into theirs, by faith in the power of the cross and resurrection. This is the fellowship of the Spirit. Let us strive to keep the fellowship and unity of the Spirit. Let us not build walls by adding anything to it. If we cannot have fellowship with a believer in Christ who is in unity with the truth and light of His Word, than we must ask why. Is there something we are adding to that or that we do not want to accept of that gospel? Is there a wall we are building? Is there a faction, or teacher or method we follow that distracts from that unity? Are we holding that up as superior to Christ Himself and His finished work? There may be disagreements over certain inessentials, but if we hold them up as more important than the message of the cross and resurrection and the power of His life and regeneration in the believer than we are in danger of a party spirit and breaking the unity of the Spirit and of making something else essential to His salvation and our fellowship. The saddest thing I have observed in the body of Christ and I believe that grieves His Spirit the greatest, is to see true born again believers who cannot hold the unity of the Spirit because of spiritual pride or a party spirit over some teaching. There are hard feelings and lack of love based on not holding to the unity of His Spirit and rejoicing in His cross and it’s victory in our lives as one in Him. While we find ourselves alienated from the world, and alienated from false believers who hold another gospel, (we cannot have fellowship with a false gospel in the name of Christ), let us not alienate ourselves also from others who are true believers in His Word of truth and life because of a party spirit or spiritual pride and self-rigteousness, or vain arguments that distract from His finished work, but bearing with one another in love, speaking the truth to one another in love. We are commanded to love one another and esteem each other as more important than ourselves. Sometimes that means being longsuffering with others when they are not in the same place in their understanding and walk as we are. May His Spirit bring confirmation of His Word and truth in each of our hearts.


THE FOOD THAT PERISHES

Joh 6:26 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
Joh 6:27 Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal." (ESV)

Isn’t it typical that man is always thinking temporal, while God is always thinking eternal?

Thayer Definition: Meat or Food G1035

brōsis

1) act of eating 1a) in a wider sense, corrosion 2) that which is eaten, food, ailment 2a) of the soul’s food, either which refreshes the soul, or nourishes and supports it

We always look to those things in this world which will nourish our body and soul, and which will make us temporally happy and at peace and comfort and ease in this life. That is natural. We have legitimate needs of our body we cannot ignore. God wants to get us to look beyond the natural and the temporal continually until this is our habit and we finally see there is an eternal plan, and eternal life, and an eternal perspective for all who put their trust in Jesus Christ to be their Savior—one that is more real and more lasting than this one that is so immediate. The true food that Jesus offered was eternal life—that which nourished the spirit where our true life lies. We don’t live by bread alone, but by the Word of God. (Matt. 4:4)

When Jesus walked the earth, many followed Him because of His meeting their immediate, temporal needs. He did many miracles. They flocked to Him and gave Him a huge welcome into Jerusalem. Many of the same crowd cheered for Him to be crucified when they found that He did not come to be their earthly king and bring deliverance from the immediate oppression of their enemies, and to make them rich, healthy, and well fed in this life now. How sad that they missed their Messiah!! Their true King, and failed to see the kingdom He offered them!! How much we miss of God when our focus is temporal! Even as Christians we can get caught up in the cares of this life and forget the higher purpose and plan of God. We have something so much better in Christ. We have something so eternal!!! Nothing can take it from us!! When we grasp that, it not only is a future hope for us but it is a peace now that keeps us in our temporal experiences and condition. Nothing can defeat us in this state of eternal perspective. Eternal life is to know Christ, (John 17:3), and unless we learn to seek the things that are of His life in the Heavenlies, where we dwell with Him, we will never truly know Him. We can never know Him by seeking His assistance in a better life in this world. What He wants us to understand is that He Himself is our life.

Col 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Col 3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Col 3:3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Col 3:4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (ESV)

Our eternal perspective will always affect the way we live now. If we only live for the food that fills our belly here in this life, we will always live an unsettled, anxious existence, in fear of losing what we have, and striving to gain more. But our god is not our belly!!! Yet much of the preaching in evangelical churches is for ease and comfort in our temporal existence, as though it were. Yes, we have needs in this life, and God promises us that if our perspective is eternal, and we are seeking things above and not things on earth, that those needs will be taken care of. We do not need to focus on them, but bring them to Him and trust Him with them.

Mat 6:24 "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Mat 6:25 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (ESV)

There are times when the cares of this life threaten to drown us. They demand our immediate attention! They demand all our strength and energy. Yet, God never says we are to take our eyes off from the eternal to meet the demands of the temporal. We are ever to live by faith in Him as our life, continually, day by day, no matter what the demand. We are to seek His kingdom first, bring all our supplications and needs to Him, cast our cares on Him, rejoice in Him, and walk by faith in our eternal position in Christ and trust our Abba Father with every need. As soon as our focus is on the temporal we find ourselves trying to serve two masters, which cannot be done. Is God our master, or are the temporal demands of our life our master? Is God our food, or do we seek the food of this world? Is our satisfaction and life important here, or are we free of it and able to give it up for the life He gives. We are in danger of being choked by the cares of life, when we take our focus off the eternal.

Mat 13:7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. (ESV)
Mat 13:22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. (ESV)

One thing that always impressed me about the life of the apostle, Paul, was that in whatever circumstances he was in, it was only an opportunity for God. He was in the worst circumstances at times, going without, suffering bodily harm, or lack of provision. He learned to be content whatever His circumstances, (Phil. 4:11). Yet, he never lost his focus of the Kingdom of God and his dependence on God for all and His calling and ministry. In fact his dire circumstances only caused him to trust all the more, which it should us also.

2Cor. 1:8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.
2Cor. 1:9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
2Cor. 1:10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. (ESV)

Many times our circumstances are allowed for the purpose of causing us to look away from the temporal and to the eternal, to our God Who is our life and to cause us to trust in Him and not ourselves or what we have trusted to be our security in this life. That security may be a person, a job, a position, personal ability, or whatever. But now we find, in our need, that God is our food, our all, our very life!! And that He will never fail to be that for all eternity. He has given us a promise whereby we may claim boldly He is our helper! “I will never (no never under any circumstances), leave you or forsake you.” May we rest in the eternal food He has given us in Christ Jesus always!


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