Tag: Difficult

All Efforts of Worth and Excellence Are Difficult

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

Enter by the narrow gate….Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life…. —Matthew 7:13-14

If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all efforts of worth and excellence are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but its difficulty does not make us faint and cave in— it stirs us up to overcome. Do we appreciate the miraculous salvation of Jesus Christ enough to be our utmost for His highest— our best for His glory?

God saves people by His sovereign grace through the atonement of Jesus, and “it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). But we have to “work out” that salvation in our everyday, practical living (Philippians 2:12). If we will only start on the basis of His redemption to do what He commands, then we will find that we can do it. If we fail, it is because we have not yet put into practice what God has placed within us. But a crisis will reveal whether or not we have been putting it into practice. If we will obey the Spirit of God and practice in our physical life what God has placed within us by His Spirit, then when a crisis does come we will find that our own nature, as well as the grace of God, will stand by us.

Thank God that He does give us difficult things to do! His salvation is a joyous thing, but it is also something that requires bravery, courage, and holiness. It tests us for all we are worth. Jesus is “bringing many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10), and God will not shield us from the requirements of sonship. God’s grace produces men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not pampered, spoiled weaklings. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to live the worthy and excellent life of a disciple of Jesus in the realities of life. And it is always necessary for us to make an effort to live a life of worth and excellence.

by Oswald Chambers

The Impossible People You Need

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

I know of ministers whose basic attitude is, I could have a very successful ministry. if I just didn’t have to deal with people. In the same way, you might be saying, I want to be loving, forgiving, and patient, but its impossible with the people I have to deal with. It would be a lot easier to be godly if we didn’t have to deal with people. But how could you be loving if you didn’t have people to love, or forgiving if you didn’t have people to forgive? The only type of people you can forgive are those who’ve sinned against you. How can you be patient if you don’t have people to be patient with? The only type of people to be patient with are those who are hard to be patient with. People come with baggage, but that’s the side issue. After God, people are the main issue, and your job is to love them. Set your heart on loving those impossible to love people in your life. Because there’s no way you’re going to be successful in the Lord, your ministry, or your calling – without people.

TODAY’S MISSION – Today, set your heart on loving those difficult people that God has placed in your life, and loving the rest more than you have.

by Jonathan Cahn