If we spend all our thoughts on our unworthiness of heaven we shall never realize we are among the chosen ones who will enjoy it. But when we believe the pleasure God takes in demonstrating His greatness-- making miserable creatures happy instead of allowing their misery to continue in eternal damnation-- and the cost He paid for His mercy to reach us, we see Him as the Most High God! When we weigh and meditate on these truths they open our hearts, though fastened with a thousand bolts, to believe without question all that He has said.
Recall past mercies from God's hand. When the strong Christian's spiritual rest is broken by very great fears for the future, he can read the history of God's gracious dealings with him. Thus he endures his night of affliction with comfort and hope. But those who have penned in their memories the remarkable instances of God's loving favor to them miss comfort's sweet companionship.
Sometimes little scraps of writing found on a man's desk help save his estate, for without these records he would have spent the rest of his life in prison. And often it is one experience remembered which frees the soul from despair-- a prison where the devil longs to trap the Christian. God's dealings with David were often the subject of his meditation and of his songs; and when his hope faltered, he regained it by recalling God's goodness to him:" Psa. 77:10 (AMP) And I say, This [apparent desertion of Israel by God] is my appointed lot and trial, but I will recall the years of the right hand of the Most High [in loving-kindness extended toward us], for this is my grief, that the right hand of the Most High changes.
When a hound has lost the scent, he hunts backward to recover it and pursues his game with a louder cry of confidence than before. Thus Christian, when your hope is at a loss and you question your salvation in another world, look backward to see what God has done for you in this one.”
Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell. http://
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