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October 8, 2016

Text: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”  I Peter 5:10-11

Our God is a beneficent, consistent, and faithful giver.  His mercy  extends to all corners of the universe.  We, the needy of the earth, receive from the great giver every good and perfect gift in the heavens and from the earth. This we know of God and of ourselves. It is a wonderful fact that we are the recipients of the magnificent benefits that God has rained upon us. Humans see them as countless and endless, and even feel entitled to anything and everything. We compound things by giving thanks for all our material blessings and forget to show our gratitude for  our spiritual boons.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

 Are you under duress? Worried? Marriage and/or family difficulties?  Unemployed? You or family members ill? Drugs ruining your life? These may sound like modern problems, but they all began with Adam and Eve.  Our souls and spirits are being dissipated and dispersed. Our spiritual  resources are weakening and waning. Sadness and despair depress us. But they are the warp and woof of human experience. Solomon reported, “All things are full of weariness; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:8-9  

Our God knows our weakness, fatigue, sorrow, and despair. But this is made all the more important because God intensely desires to give us the spiritual virtues that it takes to overcome these daily woes. There are storehouses (so to speak) full of these spiritual empowerments and God promises to deliver them to us. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19  

Our eternal lives here and hereafter must be secured upon God’s endowments. Consider our promises from God are secured on our faith and hope. If we want to inherit the blessings, we must do all we can to attain these blessings we must be careful that we do not let them slip through our fingers.  “You have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” Hebrews 10:36  We enjoy great blessings here, but they will be greater and sweeter in heaven!

I will follow all the way,
Hearing Him call, hearing Him call,
Finding Him, from day to day,
Sweeter than all, sweeter than all.

                                                                                                            Johnson Oatman, Jr.

Glance back to the text at the beginning and read that when all our trials are completed here God will unfailingly grant his people four great blessings: restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”  Look closely! All four of these blessings are to be bestowed upon weary, burdened saints who have struggled and survived all the trials of this life!  ENDURE, BRETHREN! ENDURE!

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

Edward Mote

William B. Bradbury

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39


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