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Stablish, strengthen and settle

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

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Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

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But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  (1 Peter 5:6-11; KJV)

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Linking up today with those who are finding God in the trials of life.  Those who are willing to give Him praise even when the path is rocky.

Thanking God in valleys (for I am familiar with the One who leads me beside still waters)

Praising Him in storms (for I serve the One who created the weather)

Worshiping the Almighty through muddy pits (for I’ve been washed by the One who offered His cleansing blood)

Treasuring God in the dead of winter  (for I anticipate the spring blossoms)

4 thoughts on “Stablish, strengthen and settle”

  1. I needed to read this today. God has really been encouraging me about how his strength his made perfect in my weakness. Which of course requires me to admit that I am weak. Yikes 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Dear Cristal,

    I remember hearing a group who called themselves Candle sing a song “Humble yourselves therefore” I wonder if I would find that on You Tube. Hmmm Anyway, I came by to tell you I am reading this really, really deep book from one of the church fathers St John of the Cross. He writes about the Dark Night of the Soul and that through suffering we lose our sensual self and, if we can endure, we can get to the spirit of God and know His mysteries. Anyway, there is a section that I think fits here in your comment sections

    “Those who have the disposition and greater strength to suffer, He purges with greater intensity and more quickly. But those who are very weak are kept for a long time in this night and these He purges very gently and with slight temptations. Habitually, too, He give them refreshments of sense so that they many not fall away, and only after a long time do they attain to purity of perfection in this life, some of them never attaining to it at all… ”

    I really feel like one of His beginners at times. The sensual rises up so quickly within me. I need recognition or am easily anger by an off-hand comment. Such bruising makes me realize I am not dead yet and Christ cannot fill me when there is still me in the spot. Until He has all of me, like Susanna Rebecca prayed…

    Thanks for these wonderful Scriptures and pictures,

    1. I am going to have to check into that book, Dawn. You always have such wonderful resources! And, I am in the same boat…I really feel like one of His beginners at times.

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