STREAMS IN THE DESERT by L.B. COWMAN
NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU.
IT IS POSSIBLE for believers who are completely willing to trust the power of the Lord for their safekeeping and victory to lead a life of readily taking His promises exactly as they are and finding them to be true.
IT IS POSSIBLE to daily "cast all your anxiety on Him" (1 Peter 5:7) and experience deep peace in the process.
IT IS POSSIBLE to have our thoughts and the desires of our hearts purified in the deepest sense of the word.
IT IS POSSIBLE to see God's will in every circumstance and to accept it with singing instead of complaining.
IT IS POSSIBLE to become strong through and through by completely taking refuge in the power of God and by realizing that our greatest weakness and the things that upset our determination to be patient, pure, or humble provide an opportunity to make sin powerless over us. This opportunity comes through Him who loves us and who works to bring us into agreement with His will, and thereby supplies a blessed sense of His presence and His power.
All these are DIVINE POSSIBILITIES. Because they are His work, actually experiencing them will always humble us, causing us to bow at His feet and teaching us to hunger and thirst for more.
We will never be satisfied with anything less--each day, each hour, or each moment in Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit--than WALKING WITH GOD. (H.C.G. Moule)
We are able to have as much of God as we want. Christ puts the key to His treasure chest in our hands and invites us to take all we desire. If someone is allowed into a bank vault, told to help himself to the money, and leaves without one cent, whose fault is it if he remains poor? And whose fault is it that Christians usually have such meager portions of the free riches of God?? (Alexander Maclaren)
STREAMS IN THE DESERT by L.B. COWMAN
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1
Never become extremely upset over your circumstances. If worry were justified, it would have been during the circumstances surrounding the writing of this psalm. "Evil men" were "dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day"
(Luke 16:19). "Those who do wrong" were ascending to the highest places of power and were tyrannizing their brothers who were less fortunate. Sinful men and women strutted through the land with arrogant pride and basked in the light of great prosperity, while good people became fearful and worried.
"Do not fret." Never get unduly upset! Stay cool! Even for a good reason, worrying will not help you. It only heats up the bearings but does not generate any steam. It does not help the locomotive for its axles to become hot; their heat is only a hindrance. The axles become heated because of unnecessary friction. Dry surfaces are grinding against each other instead of working in smooth cooperation, aided by a thin cushion of oil.
Isn't it interesting how similar the words "fret" and
"friction" are? Friction caused by fretting is an indication of the absence of the anointing oil of the grace of God. When we worry, a little bit of sand gets into the bearings. It may be some slight disappointment, ungratefulness, or discourtesy we have experienced--suddenly our life is no longer running smoothly. Friction leads to heat, and heat can lead to very dangerous conditions.
Do not allow your bearings to become heated. Let the oil of the Lord keep you cool so that an unholy heat will not cause you to be regarded as one of the "evil men." (from The Silver Lining)
Dear restless heart, be still; don't fret and worry so;
God has a thousand ways His love and help to show;
Just trust, and trust, and trust, until His will you know.
Dear restless heart, be still, for peace is God's own smile,
His love can every wrong and sorrow reconcile;
Just love, and love, and love, and calmly wait awhile.
Dear restless heart, be brave; don't moan and sorrow so,
He has a meaning kind in chilly winds that blow;
Just hope, and hope, and hope, until you braver grow
Dear restless heart, recline upon His breast this hour,
His grace is strength and life,
His love is bloom and flower;
Just rest, and rest, and rest, within His tender power.
Dear restless heart, be still! Don't struggle to be free;
God's life is in your life, from Him you may not flee;
Just pray, and pray, and pray,
till you have faith to see.
Edith Willis Linn