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Mark of Divine Approval !!!!!!

14 Sep
Mark of Divine Approval !!!!!!

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.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2014 in C.H. Spurgeon, Christianity, Faith, hope, Love, Religion

 

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3 responses to “Mark of Divine Approval !!!!!!

  1. jameslantern

    September 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

    amen,you are so faithful levi,God is proud of you,u r the jesus i know

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  2. mdetweiler

    September 14, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Ordination vs. Anointing

    God anoints. Human beings ordain. … when the Holy Spirit takes up residence inside a believer, he anoints that person to do the work God wants him or her to do. This is very different than someone deciding to go into professional ministry and being given the seal of approval, that is, ordained, by human beings to do that work. It is important to understand that someone can be ordained by human beings to do something and not be anointed by God to do that same thing. It is also possible that someone can be anointed by God to do something and not have the approval or blessing of human beings to do that.

    How can you tell if an individual has been anointed by God? According to John Maxwell, anointed leadership is characterized by: Charisma; Character; Competence; and Conviction.

    Re: Charisma – the anointed enjoy a sense of giftedness that comes from God. It seems magnetic.
    Re: Character – People see God’s nature in your leadership. They trust you.
    Re: Competence – You have the ability to get the job done. Your leadership produces results.
    Re: Conviction – Your leadership has backbone. You always stand for what is right.

    Additional indicators that point to a divine anointing are: determination, focus, internal motivation, contagious passion and an all-consuming vision. The determination of someone who is anointed by God to lead or teach or preach is an absolute refusal to give up. Joyce Meyer, in her book A Leader in the Making, describes it as a holy determination to press on until we see the fulfillment of God’s plan for our life. Internal motivation can also be described as self-discipline. Someone who is internally motivated does not need anyone else to tell them what to do or when to do it. The impetus for action comes from inside them. It comes from the vision God has given them for their life and the passion that vision evokes in them.

    (excerpt from When the Glass Ceiling is Stained)

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  3. SLIMJIM

    September 16, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Good devotional!

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