Faith’s Checkbook: Be Of Good Cheer

May 31

Be of Good Cheer

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

My LORD’s words are true as to the tribulation. I have my share of it beyond all doubt. The flail is not hung up out of the way, nor can I hope that it will be laid aside so long as I lie upon the threshing floor. How can I look to be at home in the enemy’s country, joyful while in exile, or comfortable in a wilderness? This is not my rest. This is the place of the furnace, and the forge, and the hammer. My experience tallies with my LORD’s words.

I note how He bids me “be of good cheer.” Alas! I am far too apt to be downcast. My spirit soon sinks when I am sorely tried. But I must not give way to this feeling. When my LORD bids me cheer up I must not dare to be cast down.

What is the argument which He uses to encourage me? Why, it is His own victory. He says, “I have overcome the world.” His battle was much more severe than mine. I have not yet resisted unto blood. Why do I despair of overcoming? See, my soul, the enemy has been once overcome. I fight with a beaten foe. O world, Jesus has already vanquished thee; and in me, by His grace, He will overcome thee again. Therefore am I of good cheer and sing unto my conquering LORD.

 

“Last Day Events” (Audio Book)

Do you have the feeling that things in this world are not what they used to be? Do you wonder or hope that things will get better? This audio book talks about the times that we are living in. According to the Bible, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. But the fear, pain, and misery will not last forever. Jesus will come again and make all things new. Someday this world will be what God intended it to be. A world where peace and joy will reign forever.

“The Conscientious Objector”

Desmond Doss refused to carry a gun when he went to war. How did he survive without a weapon in the midst of conflict? Listen as he (and those who have witnessed his faithfulness to his beliefs) tell how God was with him and used him to save lives that were wounded in battle.

This film contains war footage and some rough language. Viewer Discretion is advised.

Desmond Doss was a Lightbearer in extremely difficult situations. Let’s learn from his story to let our light shine when the heat is up wherever we are.

 

Faith’s Checkbook: Holy Foresight

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We will see Him in His glory at His appearing.

May 30

Holy Foresight

“Nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of Heaven.” Matthew 26:64

Ah, LORD, Thou wast in Thy lowest state when before Thy persecutors Thou wast made to stand like a criminal! Yet the eyes of Thy faith could see beyond Thy present humiliation into Thy future glory. What words are these, “Nevertheless – hereafter!” I would imitate Thy holy foresight, and in the midst of poverty, or sickness, or slander, I also would say, “Nevertheless – hereafter.” Instead of weakness, Thou hast all power; instead of shame, all glory; instead of derision, all worship, Thy cross has not dimmed the splendor of Thy crown, neither has the spittle marred the beauty of Thy face. Say, rather, Thou are the more exalted and honored because of Thy sufferings.

So, LORD, I also would take courage from the “hereafter.” I would forget the present tribulation in the future triumph. Help thou me by directing me into Thy Father’s love and into Thine own patience, so that when I am derided for Thy name I may not be staggered but think more and more of the hereafter, and, therefore, all the less of today. I shall be with Thee soon and behold Thy glory. Wherefore, I am not ashamed but say in my inmost soul, “Nevertheless – hereafter.”

 

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