I have been a Christian for many years. Robyn and I have many times been overwhelmed by the storms of life. I had my first episode of serious biological depression at the age of twenty nine. I had to seek other employment besides the ministry. We felt the stigma of such an illness and it permeated our social interactions.
We lost our daughter and grand daughter on September 11, 2001, because a drug addict used the powerful weapon of a car to kill them. The driver and his friends were using cocaine and "shooting up" heroin" on their way back from a cancelled. rock concert. We saw the whole thing and the trauma impressed itself on our brain.
I could perhaps, overwhelm you; if I told you about many other sorrows that we have experienced. I won't do so; But this I will say; the devil tempts us to sin when we go through trials. One if his chief aims is to get us to doubt whether God actually loves us. He insinuates that we are under some sort of curse and tries to hide from us, the death burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. You must resist the devil; No matter what happens to you, God loves you. You are the apple of His eye. "Never doubt in the dark what you know to be true in the night."
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Genuine Christian reasoning is this—"I have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that as many as receive Him are the sons of God. I have received Him, and I am therefore a son of God. Now, whether my Father kisses me or flogs me, I know that I am His son. I am not going to be guided by my state and condition, but by looking by faith at the promise of the Word. The Lord says that if I have received Christ; I have the privilege to be a child of God. Then, whether I am rich or poor—whether I am sick or healthy—.! I do not bring them into the calculation. I take the naked Word of God as it stands—that I am God's child. If He slays me I am His child. If He lets me go to prison, if He should suffer me to rot in a dungeon, or to burn at the stake, I am still His child! I do not look upon circumstances as at all affecting my position."
Oh Beloved, if you once begin calculating your position before God according to your temporal circumstances, where will you be? Do not talk any more of believing—you have given it up—and you are really walking by sight.
Charles H. Spurgeon