A minister traveling on a train in Europe was the sole occupant of a compartment, except for a young man reading a newspaper.
The youth was also a Christian, but so weak was his faith, and so many were his temptations, that he told the minister he did not think he would be able to stand life a week longer.
The minister took from his pocket a Bible and a penknife and said, "See, I will make this penknife stand up on the cover of this Bible, in spite of the rocking of the train."
The young man, thinking that this was some conjuring trick, watched the proceeding with interest, saying, "I am afraid that it will not be very easy to do that , sir."
"But," said the minister, "I am doing it."
"Oh, but you are holding it," retorted his fellow passenger.
"Why of course. Did you ever hear of a penknife standing up on its end without being held up?"
"I see," was the young man's comment. "I see you mean to teach me that I cannot stand unless Christ holds me. Thank you for reminding me of that."
My brethren, you just can't stand a day without Christ. Maybe you think you can but the REALITY is you just can't.
You have no chance resisting temptation without Christ.
What can we learn from the above story? The moment we think we are standing by our own strength, we might lose our spiritual strength to overcome obstacles that comes against us (1 Cor 10:12; Gal 6:1, 3).
Christ lives within us but we have to let Him live His life out through us. When Satan or his demons knocks the door of our hearts to tempt us, the moment they realize that Jesus is opening the door to answer them, Satan and his cohorts will flee away. But if we try to answer them by our fleshly strength, we might fail in our test of faith and will become discouraged again and again. When we hold His hands, we must not forget that actually it is Jesus who is holding our hand intact. If we really think that we are the one who is holding His hands, we might slip out and hurt ourselves. So know that though we might fail and fall, but the long arms of the Lord is the one that holds us spiritually intact from falling over and over repeatedly. Acknowledge the Lord's strength and grow spiritually strong enough to become a overcomer by faith.
If only we can keep ascribing and giving glory, majesty, dominion and power to Him and Him alone who rightly deserves it, He will keep us from falling. If we fail, then we will have to learn the lesson the hard way.
"24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen." (Jude 1:24-25).
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
In Christ We Stand!
The Story Of A Preacher's Wisdom To A Young Man