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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Guest Writer Deb Lesar-Received this word after prayer, November 18, 2017

An Encouragement to the Remnant, to be read slowly as a reminder directly from the Lord………… (scripture added as a help and reminder)
Believe in Me
Be Still Before Me
Have Faith In Me
Trust in Me in all things
Seek Me
Love Me
Thank Me
Praise Me
Worship Me
Sing thy praises to Me
Dance with Joy before Me
Listen for Me
Listen to Me when I speak
Sit with Me
Dine with Me
Rest In Me
Cry out to Me
Dwell with Me (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.)
Sleep under the shadow of the Almighty
Remember answered prayers
Remember my mighty miracles
Remember Me
Remember Me in the day of trouble
Remember Me in the day of drought
Remember Me in the day of lack
Remember Me in the day of plenty
Remember Me in times of sorrow
Remember Me in times of Joy
Remember Me when you wake in the morning
Remember Me when you sleep in the evening
Remember Me in the darkness
Remember Me in the Light
Remember Me in the day of disaster
Remember Me in the days of evil and wickedness
Remember Me I am the Lord your God, the Lord of all things
I am your refuge
I am your strength
I am your provision
I am your truth
I am your peace
I am your joy
I am your rest
I am your protection
I am your comforter
I am your teacher
I am your healer
I am your Father
I am your Savior
I am the Lord your God
I am the creator of all that is, that was and that ever shall be
I am the Lord of all that is, that was and that ever shall be
I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
I am the Holy one of Israel
I am the breath of Life
I am the living water
I am righteous
I am kind
I am long suffering, patient
I am loving
I am merciful
I am faithful and true
I am mighty to save
I am King of Kings and Lord of Lords
I am a consuming fire
I am Holy
I know your pain
I know your sorrow
I know your needs
I know your works
I know your trials and tribulations
I know the desires of your heart
I will recompense (repay)
I will save
I will heal
I will return
I will test you and refine you
I will discipline
I will never leave you or forsake you
Do not fear
Do not worry
Do not doubt
Do not covet
Do not lie
Do not steal
Do not murder
All will be tried in the fire of affliction, in the fire of persecution, in the fire of judgment
You are Mine
My name will be Glorified over all the Earth
My son is Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, the Lamb of God who sits at my right hand
Blessed be the Holy One of Israel
Blessed be the Name of Jehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
Blessed be the Lamb of God
Blessed be the Name of Jesus
Blessed be the name of the Lamb who was slain for the sins of the world
Blessed be the name of the Lamb who is worthy to open the scroll

My Refuge and My Fortress (Psalm 91)
91:1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Jesus Came to Save the World (John chapter 12)
44 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 Andwhoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
The Great Commission (Matthew chapter 28)
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Christ's Example of Humility (Phillipians 2)
2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.






The Scroll and the Lamb (Revelation chapter 5)
5 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,
Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Friday, November 17, 2017

GREAT QUOTES on JOY

"Joy has nothing to do with material things, or with a man's outward
circumstance ... a man living in the lap of luxury can be wretched,
and a man in the depths of poverty can overflow with joy."
- William Barclay

"The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. The Christian
knows that joy is found in self-abandonment. 'If a man will let himself
be lost for My sake,' Jesus said, 'he will find his true self.'"
- Elisabeth Elliot

"Most of those who fail to experience the joy of the Lord have
refused to take up a cross!"
- Walter J. Chantry

"There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who
love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this
is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee."
- Augustine

"A soul may be in as thriving a state when thirsting, seeking and
mourning after the Lord as when actually rejoicing in Him; as
much in earnest when fighting in the valley as when singing upon
the mount."
- John Newton

"After grief for sin there should be joy for forgiveness."
- A. W. Pink



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The Authority Of The Believer, The Biblical Way To Cast Out A Demon, In Jesus Name

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.

Barnes:

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth - The “Son of God,” as “Creator,” had an original right to all things, to control them and dispose of them. See Joh_1:3; Col_1:16-17; Heb_1:8. But the universe is put under him more particularly as Mediator, that he might redeem his people; that he might gather a church; that he might defend his chosen; that he might subdue all their enemies, and bring them off conquerors and more than conquerors, Eph_1:20-23; 1Co_15:25-27; Joh_5:22-23; Phi_2:6-11. It is in reference to this, doubtless, that he speaks here power or authority committed to him over all things, that he might redeem, defend, and save the church purchased with his own blood. His mediatorial government extends, therefore, over the material world, over angels, over devils, over wicked men, and over his own people.

Eph 1:20  which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places,

Eph 1:21  far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Eph 1:22  and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23  which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Col 1:16  for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him;

Php 2:9  Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name;

Php 2:10  that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth,

Php 2:11  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Deity of Christ is an essential doctrine, anyone who denies this is of their father the devil as 1 Jn. teaches and other portions. Jesus was fully man and fully God. Jesus has been given all authority and power to rule and reign as Barnes said, over the material world, (what we see) angles and demons ( the unseen world) and over wicked men)


For this, we can take great comfort because it teaches us; nothing can happen to us that our lord does give the Ok.

At the mane of Jesus every knee shall bow, every tongue confess, that He alone is indeed Lord of lords and king of kings. The true believer already knows this, and has made Jesus Lord of their life. We know the secrets of the inner kingdom, in Jesus name we cast out devils, lay hands on the sick, pray in our heavenly language. In Jesus name, we have been given authority. This doctrine called the authority of the believers has long been taught, and it is true, but many abuses and doctrines of men have been added to it, some say, we are supermen and women; many teach and practice Sayings like these.

1. I rebuke you Satan in the name of Jesus
2. I bind you devil, get out you fowl dog
3.You no good devil flee you evil devil
4. I take authority over you , I take dominion over you Satan in the name of Jesus.

If your are full gospel, you have done this, are doing it, or have. We learn the proper biblical way to use the authority of the name of Jesus, and it sounds nothing like what we have learned. In Jude; we read specifics on how to deal with the devil, it is very pointed and speaks against those who rebuke the devil in the four ways I mentioned. I admit, when I learned this years ago, it changed my life, as I , like many readers, have been taught to say the same things and rail on the devil.

 It is no where to be found in the bible, nowhere, it is Christ, Jesus name that the lord rebukes, never our name, when we say I rebuke you this is unscriptural, and those in deliverance ministries talk more about the devil than Jesus, they invoke evil spirits, and I have been to such meetings, they are dark, evil, unscriptural and outright evil. It is Jesus name, not ours, and we are never to act like we are anybody, other than humble servants of our lord. We are never to take our enemy for granite, he is mighty foe.

Let’s read what Jude teaches on the subject, no bible helps needed on this portion as it is very plain.

Jud 1:6  And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Jud 1:7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Jud 1:8  Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.



Jud 1:9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Jud 1:10  But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

Jud 1:11  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

Jud 1:12  These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

Jud 1:13  Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Jud 1:14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

Jud 1:15  To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

Jud 1:16  These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.

Jud 1:17  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Jud 1:18  How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

Jud 1:19  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

This clearly teaches the danger of, not properly rebuking the devil, it is not a thing to take lightly, as verse 10 says.

Jud 1:10  But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

It corrupts us, those who practice as I mentioned are clouds without water, carried about of winds, meaning powerless and into every new wind of doctrine, they are spots, blemishes in your love feasts, Church , and ministry. They are called mockers, yes mockers, whom are they mocking? The devil, men, churches and Christ authority, making themselves and authority this is 100% unscriptural. read this portion of the word over and over, let the spirit give you illumination, pray about it and you will see what I am writing is true, what is practiced is dangerous, foolish and demon hunting is against the word, the neo-charismatics are real big on this doctrine.

The proper wording is simple, the lord rebuke you, that’s it, we do not need to, or should we converse with evil spirits, invoke them, try and find out territorial demons to pray against and try to take down , its like ghost busters, some even call them selves demon busters, all I can say is this is something all must be learned in, understand and you must know, Jesus is the all authority, he is the king , we are nothing, simple, humble servants. It is another lesson on how so many things we have been taught and have practice is nowhere to be backed up in the bible.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

man-made=Confusion

November 14

/I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I
consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8 )

Man has constructed his own interpretations of Christianity and of
truth, brought in his own systems and has confused things so much that
you really do not know, unless you have clear discernment such as
Nehemiah had, what is of God and what is not of God.

There are multitudes of good, honest, sincere Christian people who really are in
the most awful fog as to what is of God and what is not of God
religiously. Man's religious systems have brought about that confusion.

Multitudes of honest people believe with all their heart that the
thing that they are in is of God, and it is just possible for them to
get such an awakening to see the whole thing was man-made and not of
God at all; "...much rubbish." Paul was one of those. Reflect upon his
past life, privileges, and inheritances which he at one time believed
were so utterly and absolutely of God for him, and that he really was
in God's will.

He came to a time when he said: "The things which were
gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ... for whom I suffered the
loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain
Christ"; and yet he was so devoted to all that as a traditional
religious system in which he at one time was living as out from God,
which had now become merely an outward thing of forms and external
laws. He believed, nevertheless, that it was all of God until the
light shone, until he saw that in comparison with the fullness of
Christ it was refuse. It is a strong word that he uses; the word he
uses is "stuff to be flung to the dogs." Saul of Tarsus throwing his
Judaism to the dogs! He did it when he saw Christ. You can never come
out of the rubbish until you see Christ.

Ask the Lord to reveal to you the fullness of Christ and you will find
things which have gripped and held you become as mere refuse, stuff to
be flung to the dogs.

There was much rubbish in the place which once
represented a clear line of division between what was of God and what
was not of God; confusion, mixture. I shall not attempt to apply that
more thoroughly.

The Lord will have to show us by revelation what the
rubbish is, but there is the simple statement and it contains a truth,
and you and I will really have to ask the Lord to show us even in
religious matters, where man ends and God begins, or where God ends
and man begins, so that we shall be delivered from everything that man
has imposed or added upon what is of God, and we shall be able to get
right down to foundations, the rubbish being removed: and there is a
very great deal of ecclesiastical rubbish about in these days that
must go. That is a real difficulty in recovering the full testimony of
the Lord Jesus.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: Concerning Jerusalem

Monday, November 13, 2017

No War With North Korea Pt 2 -I keep Getting This Word-And Feed My Sheep Series

And there shall be wars and rumors of war...

In Pt- 1 I wrote, '99.9% of all media alternative media included is saying war with NK is anytime'.

This is still at 99.9% , so this word is going against what almost everyone else is saying.
I know it looks like this war will happen , we have over 80,000 troops in the area, three of our largest aircraft carries, subs, B-52's and stealth bombers and who knows what else.

Mark my words we will see war soon, but not with NK. I feel deeply the lord is saying this, I am getting it over and over.

The number one possible area will be IRAN, second Venezuela.

China will step in and make a deal with NK, what I do not know, a regime change is what the USA wants, it could happen , but I doubt this will be the deal, but Chi9na will intervene and put a stop to the current NK antics.

The global economy has much to do with this. China needs the USA and so does other countries.

Its always about the money. TPTB will have a war and will have a new ISIS, not the same as they have been defeated by Russia and the Syrian army.

Another terrorist group will be the new enemy, or an old terrorist group revised and re used, have to have a boggy man terrorist group , this is always the case with the military industrial complex.

More war in the middle East this will escalate and continue, this I know.
The home grown terrorist is the spin to bring in massive Government control and massive new Gun Laws. In CA ST , they are passing yet another gun law, ammunition , you will very soon be only allowed to buy X amount of ammo rounds.

I do not have a fire arm, so this does not affect me, but it will many that have Guns.
WE are seeing regular people out doors, at the store and other places that seem to be losing it.

Today at the new super wal mart in Barstow a person got so mad over the small parking lot, as the larger and needed one is not ready, the man pulled out a knife on a women and in cam the Barstow P.D.
Large crowd came to the area and all were acting out. Now that I have a car, I am seeing this everywhere the highway included. Americans and others are literally losing it, many are in fear.

Program television movies, mass shootings and net work and alternative news giving the needed fear porn to the extreme.

Me and my wife witnessed and talked to a lot of people, I do this for Jesus and to talk and feel people out , what are they thinking, feeling, and its all FEAR.

We are in perilous times as Paul wrote. If you go out side in public anyone is a target.
Again this is a fear thing I have never seen before.

Jesus has a word to his bride, Hard times are on you, they are getting harder by the day, but I am still on the throne, I am still in charge, I am still all powerful, and so beloved we have no reason to have any fear. The fear of God yes, but not man who can kill the body and not touch the soul.

The lord says 'Peace, peace, have my peace and joy in you, and do not allow this world to change that. It is up to us to fix our eyes on Jesus, and shine for our lord. This is the order of the day and the life we strive to live, I am seeking the lord, I know all is about to crumble, but we will not crumble- IF- we stay close to our lord Jesus Christ.

It is time to draw near to the lord, talk to him, ask questions and ask for wisdom in these days we live in. I tell you today if you seek the lord, He will talk to you. Have a talk with the lord today beloved, He is just waiting for you to come.

Jer 33:3 -Amen



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Plague Outbreak Feared OUT OF CONTROL

Madagascar- A Outbreak of plague is feared to become out of control as families are refusing to hand over infectious bodies and victims are avoiding doctors.
....and there shall be pestilences...... 


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Feed My Sheep Series-Casting Your Burden On The Lord, Our True Hope

I was going to post this message just now, I saw the same word in 2012 the same thing I was given tonight so its from 2012 but the message is from today, fresh, new and the word of the lord to the sheep of our lord.

 
Psa 55:22  Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Barnes;

what, in the great distribution of things in his world, he has assigned to “thee” to be done or to be borne; cast it all on him. Receive the allotment as coming from him; as what “he” has, in his infinite wisdom, assigned to thee as thy portion in this life; as what “he” has judged it to be best that then shouldest do or bear; as “thy” part of toil, or trouble, or sacrifice, in carrying out his great arrangements in the world. All that is to be “borne” or to be “done” in this world he has “divided up” among people, giving or assigning to each one what He thought best suited to his ability, his circumstances, his position in life - what “he” could do or bear best - and what, therefore, would most conduce to the great end in view. That portion thus assigned to “us,” we are directed to “cast upon the Lord;” that is, we are to look to him to enable us to do or to bear it. As it is “his” appointment, we should receive it, and submit to it, without complaining; as it is “his” appointment

We have not to rearrange what has been thus appointed, or to adjust it anew, but to do all, and endure all that he has ordained, leaning on his arm.

And he shall sustain thee - He will make you sufficient for it. The word literally means “to measure;” then to hold or contain, as a vessel or measure; and then, to hold up or sustain “by” a sufficiency of strength or nourishment, as life is sustained. Gen_45:11; Gen_47:12; Gen_50:21; 1Ki_4:7; 1Ki_17:4. Here it means that God would give such a “measure” of strength and grace as would be adapted to the duty or the trial; or such as would be sufficient to bear us up under it. Compare the notes at 2Co_12:9.

He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved - literally, “He will not give moving forever to the righteous.” That is, he will not so appoint, arrange, or permit things to occur, that the righteous shall be “ultimately” and “permanently” removed from their steadfastness and their hope; he will not suffer them to fall away and perish. In all their trials and temptations he will sustain them, and will ultimately bring them off in triumph. The meaning here cannot be that the righteous shall never be “moved” in the sense that their circumstances will not be changed; or that none of their plans will fail; or that they will never be disappointed; or that their minds will never in any sense be discomposed; but that whatever trials may come upon them, they will be “ultimately” safe. Compare Psa_37:24.

2Co 12:7  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

2Co 12:8  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

2Co 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2Co 12:10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Barnes:

Paul was in habits of communion with the Savior, and was accustomed to receive revelations from him. The material fact here is, that the request was not granted in the exact form in which he presented it, but that he received assurance of grace to support him in his trial.

It is one of the instances in which the fervent prayer of a good man, offered undoubtedly in faith, was not answered in the form in which he desired, though substantially answered in the assurance of grace sufficient to support him. It furnishes, therefore, a very instructive lesson in regard to prayer, and shows as that we are not to expect as a matter of course that all our prayers will be literally answered, and that we should not be disappointed or disheartened if they are not.

 It is a matter of fact that not all the prayers even of the pious, and of those who pray having faith in God as a hearer of prayer, are literally answered. Thus, the prayer of David 2Sa_12:16-20 was not literally answered; the child for whose life he so earnestly prayed died. So the Savior's request was not literally answered, Mar_14:36. The cup of suffering which he so earnestly desired should be taken away was not removed. So in the case before us; compare also Deu_3:23-27; Job_30:20; Lam_3:8.

 So in numerous cases now, Christians pray with fervor and with faith for the removal of some calamity which is not removed; or for something which they regard as desirable for their welfare which is withheld. Some of the reasons why this is done are obvious:

(1) The grace that will be imparted if the calamity is not removed will be of greater value to the individual than would be the direct answer to his prayer. Such was the case with Paul; so it was doubtless with David; and so it is often with Christians now The removal of the calamity might be apparently a blessing, but it might also be attended with danger to our spiritual welfare; the grace imparted may be of permanent value and may be connected with the development of some of the loveliest traits of Christian character.

(2) it might not be for the good of the individual who prays that the exact thing should be granted. When a parent prays with great earnestness and with insubmission for the life of a child, he knows not what he is doing. If the child lives, he may be the occasion of much more grief to him than if he had died. David had far more trouble from Absalom than he had from the death of the child for which he so earnestly prayed. At the same time it may be better for the child that he should be removed. If he dies in infancy he will be saved. But who can tell what will be his character and destiny should he live to be a man? So of other things.

(3) God has often some better thing in store for us than would be the immediate answer to our prayer Who can doubt that this was true of Paul? The promised grace of Christ as sufficient to support us is of more value than would be the mere removal of any bodily affliction.

(4) it would not be well for us, probably, should our petition be literally answered. Who can tell what is best for himself? If the thing were obtained, who can tell how soon we might forget the benefactor and become proud and self-confident? It was the design of God to humble Paul; and this could be much better accomplished by continuing his affliction and by imparting the promised grace, than by withdrawing the affliction and withholding the grace. The very thing to be done was to keep him humble; and this affliction could not be withdrawn without also foregoing the benefit. It is true, also, that where things are in themselves proper to be asked, Christians sometimes ask them in an improper manner, and this is one of the reasons why many of their prayers are not answered. But this does not pertain to the case before us.

My grace is sufficient for thee - A much better answer than it would have been to have removed the calamity; and one that seems to have been entirely satisfactory to Paul. The meaning of the Savior is that he would support him; that he would not suffer him to sink exhausted under his trials; that he had nothing to fear. The infliction was not indeed removed; but there was a promise that the favor of Christ would be shown to him constantly, and that he would find his support to be ample. If Paul had this support, he might well bear the trial; and if we have this assurance, as we may have, we may welcome affliction, and rejoice that calamities are brought upon us. It is a sufficient answer to our prayers if we have the solemn promise of the Redeemer that we shall be upheld and never sink under the burden of our heavy woes.

My strength is made perfect in weakness - That is, the strength which I impart to my people is more commonly and more completely manifested when my people feel that they are weak. It is not imparted to those who feel that they are strong and who do not realize their need of divine aid. It is not so completely manifested to those who are vigorous and strong as to the feeble. It is when we are conscious that we are feeble, and when we feel our need of aid, that the Redeemer manifests his power to uphold, and imparts his purest consolations. Grotius has collected several similar passages from the classic writers which may serve to illustrate this expression. Thus, Pliny, vii. Epis. 26, says, “We are best where we are weak.” Seneca says, “Calamity is the occasion of virtue.” Quintilian, “All temerity of mind is broken by bodily calamity.” Minutius Felix, “Calamity is often the discipline of virtue.” There are few Christians who cannot bear witness to the truth of what the Redeemer here says, and who have not experienced the most pure consolations which they have known, and been most sensible of his comforting presence and power in times of affliction.

Most gladly, therefore ... - I count it a privilege to be afflicted, if my trials may be the means of my more abundantly enjoying the favor of the Redeemer. His presence and imparted strength are more than a compensation for all the trials that I endure.
That the power of Christ - The strength which Christ imparts; his power manifested in supporting me in trials.
May rest upon me - ἐπισκηνώσῃ  episkēnōsē. The word properly means to pitch a tent upon; and then to dwell in or upon. Here it is used in the sense of abiding upon, or remaining with. The sense is, that the power which Christ manifested to his people rested with them, or abode with them in their trials, and therefore he would rejoice in afflictions, in order that he might partake of the aid and consolation thus imparted. Hence, learn:

(1) That a Christian never loses anything by suffering and affliction. If he may obtain the favor of Christ by his trials he is a gainer. The favor of the Redeemer is more than a compensation for all that we endure in his cause.

(2) the Christian is a gainer by trial. I never knew a Christian that was not ultimately benefitted by trials. I never knew one who did not find that he had gained much that was valuable to him in scenes of affliction. I do not know that I have found one who would be willing to exchange the advantages he has gained in affliction for all that the most uninterrupted prosperity and the highest honors that the world could give would impart.

(3) learn to bear trials with joy. They are good for us. They develop some of the most lovely traits of character. They injure no one if they are properly received. And a Christian should rejoice that he may obtain what he does obtain in affliction, cost what it may. It is worth more than it costs; and when we come to die, the things that we shall have most occasion to thank God for will be our afflictions. And, O! if they are the means of raising us to a higher seat in heaven, and placing us nearer the Redeemer there who will not rejoice in his trials?
Beloved I repeat that line it is the key;

The Christian is a gainer by trial. I never knew a Christian that was not ultimately benefitted by trials.