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A Converted Man Thinks it Good to be Afflicted

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment

When the mind is thoroughly convinced that God can, consistently with His honour, willingly receive to favour the most naked, forlorn, wretched, guilty, hell-deserving of the human race, and become a Father and Friend to him, he is happier than if all the world was his own. When God is his sensible Portion, everything else fades into utter insignificance. The fig tree may not blossom, nor any fruits be in the vine, yet he will “joy in the God of his salvation” (Hab. 3:18). The Apostle, Paul, although a prisoner at Rome, not in the least dejected, cries “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). When God is chosen as our supreme Good, all earthly idols are rejected, and our treasure is laid up in Heaven. In proportion as grace flourishes in the heart our comforts will remain, let outward things go as they will; yea, it will be found that it is “good to be afflicted” (Psa. 119:71).

Arthur W. Pink–Studies in the Scriptures February, 1937 The Spirit Transforming.

Grief and Troubles Exalt and Lift Us

The highest honor that God can confer upon his children is the blood-red crown of martyrdom. The jewels of a Christian are his afflictions. The regalia of the kings that God has made, are their troubles, their sorrows, and their griefs. Griefs exalt us, and troubles lift us.

Charles H Spurgeon

Concerning Becoming a Minister

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Do not believe that any man will become a physician unless he walks the hospitals. And I am sure that no one will become a minister or a comforter unless he lies in the hospital as well as walks through it, and has to suffer himself.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _New Park Street Pulpit_ Vol. 4 [1858]