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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Out of the Darkness"

“He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Dan. 3:25

Reason for the Season



This week we enjoyed the Treasured Trials Conference with the Campbells and the Bishops. What a blessing it was to my heart!  Although, at first, it was difficult for me to watch Bro. Kerby writhe through his pain, the longer I was with him it was evident that beneath the surface, suffering was a deep well of joy. Our conversations revealed to me a deep truth about the grace of God. Bro. Kerby’s pain was all I could think to talk about in our fellowship on Sunday, but it was soon evident that he had much more on his mind than his pain. There was a deeper peace, and sweeter joy in his heart, and Jesus was on his mind. It was truly amazing to behold! Bro. Bishop and Bro. Campbell had dealt with their afflictions long ago; they had given their trials to God, and accepted His grace and strength in exchange. It became crystal clear that I was the one who was struggling with their pain, not them. I was given hope this week, in that, when trials come my way, there is a deeper experience to be had in the Christian’s life, if the trial is given to God.

I came across this poem, and thought it so fitting:

“Out of the Darkness”

Out of the dark forbidding soil,

The pure white lilies grow.

Out of the black and murky clouds,

Descends the stainless snow.

Out of the crawling earth-bound worm,

A butterfly is born.

Out of the somber shrouded night,

Behold! A golden morn!

Out of the pain and stress of life,

The peace of God pours down.

Out of the nails--the spear--the cross,

Redemption--and a crown!                 --unknown


On this side of a trial, I experience fear and dread, but I have looked in the window of the fiery furnace this week, and I did not see two suffering men (Bro. Bishop and Bro. Campbell), I saw that Fourth Man in there with them! Yes, I saw the Lord in these men, and it gave me hope!

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Previous devotions

"Treasured Trials" - September 3, 2014
"Smooth Stones" - August 27, 2014
"Call the Foreman" - August 20, 2014
"Holding Each Other Up" - August 13, 2014
"The Glow of the Gospel" - July 9, 2014
"Liberty's Nails of Truth" - July 2, 2014
"A Burden for Today's Youth" - June 18, 2014
"In Himself, Nothing" - June 4, 2014
"Go Ahead and Laugh" - May 21, 2014
"The 8 Watt Pioneer" - May 7, 2014
"The Triumph of the Lamb" - April 23, 2014
"Missing It" - April 16, 2014
"The Culture and Your Family" - April 9, 2014
"Love Constrains Us" - April 2, 2014
"Marching Orders" - March 26, 2014
"Sharing Jesus" - March 19, 2014
"The Importance of the Evening Service" - March 5, 2014
"Back to the Basics of Love" - February 12, 2014
"Preservation" - February 5, 2014
"The Basics of Tithing" - January 22, 2014
"A Sure Foundation" - January 15, 2014
"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013
"Thanks for Everything" - November 13, 2013
"Days of Thanks" - November 6, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013

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Words of Truth - August 27, 2014