Friday, October 24, 2014

Contrary to What We May Think

Deep down, we cling to the simplistic idea that if we are good, life will go well. Untrue. ~Timothy Keller

"The [wave] that distresses the ordinary swimmer produces in the surf-rider the super-joy of going clean through it. Apply that to our own circumstances, these very things--tribulation, distress, persecution, produce in us the super-joy; they are not things to fight. We are more than conquerors... super-victors, with a joy we would not have but for the very things which look as if they are going to overwhelm us... The saint knows the joy of the Lord not in spite of tribulation, but because of it." Oswald Chambers

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strangething happened unto you: But rejoice , inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that,when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. I Peter 4:12-13

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12