'Our Priceless Privileges from a Gracious God'
by Travis Wiginton
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As I took my walk today, I was thinking about this week's paper, which is a continuation of last week's paper. These two papers are a quest to get each of us to experience 'Comfort Comparison'.
I thought about my battle with vocal chord cancer in 1991-92. I was in my 46th year as a pastor and what I was going through, would loom big for anyone, and especially a preacher. During the 32 radiation treatments, God gave me a conviction that has helped my wife and me. (I'm a cancer survivor for 12 years and she, a lupus survivor of 28 years). What God told me was...'Comfort Comparison'. He wanted La Moyne and me to compare our physical problems with worse physical problems and to factor in, all of the spiritual blessings which we have that are temporal...and Eternal.
This helped to brighten the total picture back then...and still does!
Therefore, last week's paper (please read, if you haven't) and this one, continues a list of the Priceless Privileges that are available to you and me. We discussed 8 of them last week...and all of them come to us through Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. They can be our's....by accepting them by faith and using them in our lives!
PLEASE recognize your poverty without them and enjoy your inheritance NOW. I saw a bumper sticker on an RV of a senior citizen which read: "We are enjoying our children's inheritance now."
As children of God, we need to enjoy some of our inheritance now.
9) PRIEST - Hebrews 4:14-16
Jesus is our High Priest and the only Mediator between God and us (I Tim. 2:5-6 and Heb.7:24-28)
However, please remember that the Bible teaches the 'priesthood of the believers'.
This is very important because of the High Priest whom we serve and the high calling that He gives us. (I Peter 2:5, 9)
10) PURITY - I Peter 1:15-16 says "Be you holy as God is holy".
This is done, not in the weakness of the flesh, but in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is our example for purity and the Bible is our Book for Purity. (Ephesians 6:17)
God is not seeking 'perfection', but 'progress' toward the complete person. (Matt. 5:48)
We can not see out of dirty glasses, neither can we see and serve God well with a dirty heart (life).
11) PATIENCE -
God is patient with us (II Peter 3:9) and we should be patient with God...and patient toward others!
Someone has well said:
"Until we have learned patience, it is difficult to learn anything else!"
Paul (Romans 5:1-5) and Peter (II Peter 1:5-8) lists 'patience' as part of the spiritual addition that needs to take place in our lives. Faith, Prayer and Patience can see God do great works!
12) PERSISTENCE AND PERSEVERANCE -
God never gives up on you, so don't give up on Him! I have found 2 wonderful miracles in my life of over 70 years:
The miracle of preservation BY God, so that He might help us appropriate by faith, the miracle of perseverance.
Preservation is not just for quantity of life, but quality of life!
Psalm 90:10, 12 tells us that it is not how 'long' we live, but knowing the wisdom of God and doing the Will of God!
I just returned today from a Memorial service for a 104 year old friend of our's. It was a thrill to see and hear the tremendous influence that Florence Harmon Hutchins had on her family. She had to exercise a LOT of persistence and perseverance for this to take place during all of those years.
It was a wonderful testimony for all who were present at the service and a wonderful legacy for her family!
13) PEACE - John 14:1, 27
Peace is a gift of our relationship with God and will continue as long as we have fellowship with Him.
Isaiah 26:3 says, "God will keep that person in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him, as long as we trust in Him".
With this PEACE, comes JOY....which the world cannot give.
A part of this peace involves OVERCOMING and we read of this in John 16:33 where Jesus said, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace.
In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, as I have overcome the world!"
14) PROVISIONS -
Many more words could be given, but this is probably the best.
Jehovah Jirah = God will provide.
The Scripture that I like best, is Philippians 4:19.
"My God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus."
Notice that it says 'my' God. Keep Him personally in your life.
I love the word 'sufficient' which is used in II Corinthians 3:4-5, 8:9, 9:8, 12:7-10.
Isaiah 12 is a great devotional by a great prophet and it speaks of God as 'my salvation, my strength and my song'.
Jesus fed 5,000 people and there was plenty of food left over.
Proverbs 31 speaks of one of God's greatest provisions....a Godly mother.
The following speaks of the unselfish love of a mother in a humorous way.
A teacher put this question to little Johnny in the Arithmetic class.
"Johnny, suppose your mother made a peach pie and there were ten of you at the table -- your mother, father and eight children. How much of the pie would you get?"
"A ninth, Teacher." was the prompt answer.
"Pay attention', said the teacher. 'there are ten of you! Ten, remember? Don't you know your fractions?"
"Yes, Ma'm" was the swift reply of the small boy. 'I know my fractions, but I know my Mom, too. She'd say that she didn't want any pie."
This Mother's Day, I hope that you are celebrating His Priceless Provision (Gift) of Mothers...and that you express your thankfulness to the Mothers in your family as well as your extended families and friends.
May God bless each of you mothers....and your families!
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I agree this article is priceless in Eternal value it has so many Beautiful Scripture verses that Feed our souls and Encourage our hearts and Bless us.Your Testimony of God's Amazing Grace in your Life and your wife's is Beautiful!!! God Bless you and Your wife ! May He continue to us you Both for His Glory! I was so Blessed and Encouraged;Thank You! In Christ Jesus Love, Dee."Numbers 6:24,25,26,"
Travis, this article is priceless, and has so many gems of wisdom that I had a hard time picking just one. I loved this one however, ("God is patient with us (II Peter 3:9) and we should be patient with God...and patient toward others! Someone has well said: "Until we have learned patience, it is difficult to learn anything else!") This is so true and full of such wisdom, as are you! Blessings, Sharon