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Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Christian’s heaviness and rejoicing


The Christian’s heaviness and rejoicing

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, 
though now for a season, 
if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.” 
1 Peter 1:6

Suggested Further Reading:
 Philippians 2:25-30

“Though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness.” 
It does not say, “Though now for a season you are suffering pain, though now for a season you are poor”; but “you are in heaviness;” your spirits are taken away from you; you are made to weep; you cannot bear the pain; you are brought to the very dust of death, and wish that you might die. 

Your faith itself seems as if it would fail you. 
That is the thing for which there is a ‘need be’. 
That is what my text declares, that there is an absolute ‘need be’ that sometimes the Christian should not endure his sufferings with a gallant and a joyous heart; there is a ‘need be’ that sometimes his spirits should sink within him, and that he should become even as a little child, smitten beneath the hand of God. 

Ah! Beloved, we sometimes talk about the rod, 
but it is one thing to see the rod, and it is another thing to feel it; 
and many a time have we said within ourselves, 
“If I did not feel so low spirited as I now do,
 I should not mind this affliction;” 
and what is that but saying, 
“If I did not feel the rod I should not mind it?”
 It is that breaking down of the spirit, 
that pulling down of the strong man, 
that is the very festering of the soreness of God’s scourging—the blueness of the wound, 
whereby the soul is made better.

For meditation: 

Whenever you are overwhelmed by such distress, 
remember that your Saviour also experienced it on your behalf (Mark 14:33-34). 
He knows what it is like and can help you 
(Hebrews 2:18; 4:15-16).

Sermon no. 222
7 November (1858)

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 If you are NOT a believer in Jesus Christ, 
you can be accepted into his kingdom. 
 I invite you to let him to make of you what He always wanted. 

"PRAYER" 
Marvelous God Almighty, 
 I come to you in the precious name of Jesus, 
who died for me to make me free of sin, 
 I want Jesus to enter into my heart and make me free.
 I confess that He is the son of God.
 I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand
 your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value,
 not only to live on this earth, 
but to be expectant of my life in heaven.
 In the precious name of Jesus I ask. 
Amen..

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“The true minister of Christ knows that 
the true value of a sermon must lie, 
 not in its fashion and manner, 
but in the truth which it contains.” 
.... Reflection and inspiration from the "Prince of Preachers,"
~Charles Haddon Spurgeon~ 

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