荒漠甘泉11/16

荒漠甘泉∕11 月16日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「弟兄勝過他,是因羔羊的血,....他們雖至於死,也不愛惜性命。」(啟示錄十二章 11 節)

 

  當西庇太的兒子雅各、約翰,同他們的母親前來,求耶穌賜他們在國裡一個坐在祂右邊,一個坐在祂左邊的時候,耶穌並不拒絕他們的請求;不過告訴他們:如果他們能作祂所作的工,能喝祂所喝的杯,能受祂所受的浸,他們並非是沒有希望的。

 

  雅各、約翰所要的,我們要不要呢?我們也並非是沒有希望的。最寶貝的東西往往是包圍在最艱難的東西中間的 所以我們若要得到它們,就必須先遇見高山、森林、鐵車、烈火。因為艱難是冠冕的代價。得勝的牌坊不是用玫瑰和絲線織成的,乃是用重擊和血痕織成的。我們今天所忍受的艱苦,乃是主給我們用以贏得冠冕的工具。

 

  你不必等候理想的環境、離奇的困難、夢想的危險;你只要起來應付神今天所放在你四圍的事情好了。你榮耀的冠冕原埋藏在這些東西裡,藏在你生活上每月每日每時所壓迫你的那些艱難和試煉中。最困難的事情,並不是世界所知道的那些;乃是在你心裡一件極小的祕密,除了主以外,沒有人看見,沒有人知道的一件你連提都不敢提起的小試煉,那常比殉道還難受!

親愛的,你的冠冕正埋在那個地方。但願你能贏得!
--選

 
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“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb…and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Rev. 12:11)

When James and John came to Christ with their mother, asking Him to give them the best place in the kingdom, He did not refuse their request, but told them it would be given to them if they could do His work, drink His cup, and be baptized with His baptism.

Do we want the competition? The greatest things are always hedged about by the hardest things, and we, too, shall find mountains and forests and chariots of iron. Hardship is the price of coronation. Triumphal arches are not woven out of rose blossoms and silken cords, but of hard blows and bloody scars. The very hardships that you are enduring in your life today are given by the Master for the explicit purposse of enabling you to win your crown.

Do not wait for some ideal situation, some romantic difficulty, some far-away emergency; but rise to meet the actual conditions which the providence of God has placed around you today. Your crown of glory lies embedded in the very heart of these things-those hardships and trials that are pressing you this very hour, week and month of your life. The hardest things are not those that the world knows of. Down in your secret soul unseen and unknown by any but Jesus, there is a little trial that you would not dare to mention, that is harder for you to bear than martyrdom.

There, beloved, lies your crown. God help you to overcome, and sometime wear it. --- Selected.

“It matters not how the battle goes, The day how long; Faint not! Fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.”

 

 

 

 

 

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