Food for thought     20th March 09

Consider the postage stamp, my son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
Josh Billings



“My beloved.”
- Songs_2:8
This was a golden name which the ancient Church in her most joyous moments was wont to give to the Anointed of the Lord. When the time of the singing of birds was come, and the voice of the turtle was heard in her land, her love-note was sweeter than either, as she sang, “My beloved is mine and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.” Ever in her song of songs doth she call him by that delightful name, “My beloved!” Even in the long winter, when idolatry had withered the garden of the Lord, her prophets found space to lay aside the burden of the Lord for a little season, and to say, as Esaias did, “Now will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard.” Though the saints had never seen his face, though as yet he was not made flesh, nor had dwelt among us, nor had man beheld his glory, yet he was the consolation of Israel, the hope and joy of all the chosen, the “beloved” of all those who were upright before the Most High. We, in the summer days of the Church, are also wont to speak of Christ as the best beloved of our soul, and to feel that he is very precious, the “chiefest among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely.” So true is it that the Church loves Jesus, and claims him as her beloved, that the apostle dares to defy the whole universe to separate her from the love of Christ, and declares that neither persecutions, distress, affliction, peril, or the sword have been able to do it; nay, he joyously boasts, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
O that we knew more of thee, thou ever precious one!
“My sole possession is thy love;
In earth beneath, or heaven above,
I have no other store;
And though with fervent suit I pray,
And importune thee day by day,
I ask thee nothing more.”



The Lord is saying.....You thought that it was all over and now you have found that the problem is still very much in your face. Look up and do not consider it for in the heavenlies it is dealt with. You will see the clouds clear as the sunshine evaporates them and you will eventually see the problem no more. Until then, believe that I have won this battle and I am turning it all round for your good and my glory.

Joy unspeakable

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

I used to wonder why the Lord asked me to thank in all things. Why was I suppose to be joyful when everything looked bleak? Many years after He showed me... He wanted me to share in the joy that he feels about situations, knowing that victory is inevitable; knowing that the Father is in full control and about to show His glory in any hard situation. For Jesus, knowing that His Father would show Him exactly how to deal with everything that presented itself to Him, and that God's power was always available, life was a constant, victorious adventure. It should be the same for us. He wants us to share His joy and excitement. He wants us to have the same outlook as Joshua and Caleb, when faced with our 'giants'.

2 Corinthians 4:17,18 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 which are not seen are eternal.







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