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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thought For Today

David Wilkerson Today

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2010


TAKE HOLD OF YOUR TRIAL BY FAITH


If we didn't have conflict, pressure, trials, wars, we would become passive and
lukewarm. Decay would set in and our temple would lie in ruins. We wouldn't be
able to handle the territory we've gained. That's why the enemy's plan against
us is clear: He wants to take us out of the battle. His aim is to remove all
the fight from us.


We find all our resources for maintenance—strength to go on, power over the
enemy—in our spiritual battles. And on that day when we stand before the
Lord, he will reveal to us: "Do you remember what you went through on that
occasion? And in that awful battle? Look at what you accomplished through it
all. It was all secured through the battles you won."


The simple fact is, God has put his treasure in human bodies. He has made you a
temple, a house for his Spirit to dwell in. And you have a responsibility to
maintain that temple. If you become lazy and careless, neglecting the
maintenance work needed—regular prayer, feeding on God's Word, fellowshipping
with the saints—decay will set in. And you'll end up in absolute ruin.


As I look back on my own fifty years of ministry, I recall many times when it
would have been easy for me to quit. I would pray, "Lord, I don't understand
this attack. Where did it come from? And when will it end? I don't see any
purpose in it at all." But over time, I began to see fruit from those trials.
And that fruit—resources, strength, spiritual wealth—supplied me in a way I
couldn't have gotten through any other means.


I urge you: Take hold of your trial by faith, and believe God has allowed it.
Know that he's using it to make you stronger…to help you take spoils from
Satan...to make you a blessing to others…and to sanctify it all to his glory.


"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power
may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair" (2 Corinthians 4:7-9).


"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more
exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are
seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are
temporal; but the things that are not seen are eternal" (2 Corinthians
4:17-18).


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