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Mark of Divine Approval (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

24 Aug

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Mark of Divine Approval
September 14
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12)

Yes, he is blessed while he is enduring the trial. No eye can see this till he has been anointed with heavenly eye salve. But he must endure it and neither rebel against God nor turn aside from his integrity. He is blessed who has gone through the fire and has not been consumed as a counterfeit.
When the test is over, then comes the hallmark of divine approval — “the crown of life.” As if the Lord said, “Let him live; he has been weighed in the balances, and he is not found wanting.” Life is the reward: not mere being, but holy, happy, true existence, the realization of the divine purpose concerning us. Already a higher form of spiritual life and enjoyment crowns those who have safely passed through fiercest trials of faith and love.
The Lord hath promised the crown of life to those who love Him. Only lovers of the Lord will hold out in the hour of trial; the rest will either sink or sulk, or slink back to the world. Come, my heart, dost thou love thy Lord? Truly? Deeply? Wholly? Then that love will be tried; but many waters will not quench it, neither will the Roods drown it, Lord, let Thy love nourish mine to the end.

From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

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2 responses to “Mark of Divine Approval (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

  1. terry1954

    August 24, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    i really appreciated this piece this morning, as I keep on my journey of taking care of Al. it sometimes can be difficult and I have never done it thinking of any reward I will receive from God, but this does help when life gets sad. thanks Bonita

     
    • forhisgloryandpraise

      September 5, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      What a better hope to hold on to then Heaven and the rewards God has promised us.

       

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