• ”As we grow spiritually, God begins to wean us from things that we think we can’t live without: things, comfort, the longing for life to ‘work.’ That’s a childish instinct, to say, ‘Life has to work the way I want it to work, and now’.” – Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Joy and Strength 11/14

I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
John xvii. 15.

In the hour of trial,
Jesus, plead for me;
Lest by base denial
I depart from Thee.
James Montgomery.

OUR Lord would have His people to be in the world, and yet to be separate from it. He would have them be separated, not by isolation from it, but by living loyally under Him as their King, where His claims arc denied and His rule is rejected; by courageously living in obedience to righteousness where desire is too generally the impelling and formative power. To live in the world as Christ’s soldiers and servants; to witness for Him by word and deed as we live in obedience to His will — this is the separation which Christ teaches, this is the separation that gives glory to God. Woe be to us if we fail in expressing by loyal obedience here our loyalty to Christ as our King! To fail here is to bear stamped on us the brand of a traitor’s moral cowardice, and a brand of greater shame than it no mortal brow can bear.
George Body.

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  • “Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept Thy will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all utterly to Thee to be Thine forever. Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit. Use me as Thou wilt, work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost, now and forever.” – Betty Scott Stam, 20th Century Martyr

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For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. — Hebrews 6:10 (NKJV)

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