Can right living make a difference?

One thing I can say right off the top – that those who are in right standing with God, will see God!

When we cannot be overthrown by presumption, how craftily will others seek to ruin us by distrust! Even our dearest friends can be employed to argue us out of our confidence, and use such plausible logic, that unless we once for all assert our immovable trust in our relationship with God, we might find ourselves looking like we are guilty.

We need to decide that we would rather dare the danger than exhibit a distrust in the Lord.

To the person whose trust is in God alone, I believe that this person could brave the dangers, could escape the enemies, and defy the injustice which surrounded them. Their answer to the question, “What can those who chose to stand with God do?” would be the counter-question, “What ‘cannot’ they do?” When prayer engages God on our side, and when faith secures the fulfillment of the promise, why run?  There is no such word as “impossibility” in the language of faith; that martial grace knows how to fight and conquer, but she knows not how to flee.

There is one who pleads His precious blood in our behalf and there is one upon the throne who is never deaf to the intercession of His Son. Why, then, should we fear? What plots can men devise which Jesus will not discover? Jesus is praying for us, and how can our faith fail?

God sees each person as much and as perfectly as if there were no other creature in the universe. He sees us always; He never removes His eye from us; He sees us entirely, reading the recesses of the soul as readily as the glancings of the eye. Is not this a sufficient ground of confidence?

Is that confidence free?  No, for trial is the channel of many blessings.

“Tis my happiness below
Not to live without the cross;
But the Saviour’s power to know,
Sanctifying every loss.

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Trials make the promise sweet;
Trials give new life to prayer;
Trials bring me to his feet—
Lay me low, and keep me there.

Did I meet no trials here—
No chastisement by the way—
Might I not, with reason, fear
I should prove a cast-away?

Bastards may escape the rod,
Sunk in earthly vain delight;
But the true-born child of God
Must not—would not, if he might.”

William Cowper.

Is not this a very cogent reason why we should not distrustfully endeavour to avoid a trial?—for in so doing we are seeking to avoid a blessing that will help us establsih a right standing with God.

God observes, He approves, He delights in those who live right. He sees His own image in them, an image of His own fashioning.


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