Faith Through the Storm
Back in the 1800s, there was an explorer named John McDouall Stuart, the most famous of all the explorers of Australia's inland.
He was determined to find a way from Adelaide in the south, to the Indian Ocean in the north.
And he kept trying, and trying, and trying, until he finally did it. It took him five or six attempts, and in the process, he contracted scurvy, lost the sight in his right eye, was attacked by Aborigines, and his clothing was reduced to rags. And all for an earthly mission.
He knew what it meant to endure; those early explorers were tough. This is the quality God wants to develop in us.
He doesn't want us to be weak, wimpy Christians. And the reason is that we're in a race, and the race isn't a sprint it's a marathon
James 1:2-8 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (5) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (6) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (7) For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; (8) he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways..
James says here is the process. Here is the way you can grow spiritually. As we face the uncertain days of 2015 it is important to learn this process.
I have the opinion we will not be able to survive unless we are growing in the grace and knowledge of God.
I'm of the opinion we will not be able to survive unless we have that power of the Lord. The devil is making his last stand.
He is bring together all of his forces together. Forces from everywhere and that give me the feeling that Christ is about to come to power.
We see the flux rat ...
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