Comments on G Campbell Morgan: The All-sufficient Grace

God, who is the great giver of life, delights in the activity of love for the blessings of the recipients. God looks to the end product of our suffering and is pleased as He shapes us into the being we will ultimately become as we walk in obedience with Him.
We may not like the trial of suffering we are undergoing, but if we yield it up to God and receive it as coming from His Hand, we will begin to understand how God uses the circumstances of our life to bring about good for us.
God delights in the process of our spiritual growth. He gave Paul a ‘thorn in the flesh’ which Paul came to realize was the means that God used to further his spiritual growth. “I glory in my weakness…2 Cor. 12:8-10

A pearl is found beneath the flowing tide,
And there is held, a worse than worthless thing,
Spoiling the shell-built home where it doth cling—
Marring the life near which it must abide.
The everlasting portals are of these,
To teach us that perchance some heavy load—
Some cross ’gainst which so sorely we have striven,
That seems to mar our lives and spoil our ease—
May bring us nearer to the saints’ abode,
And prove at last the very “Gate of Heaven.”
—Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler

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Materialism

What does the word materialism mean? It s a belief that only the material world exists. Excessive concern with material values rather than spiritual or intellectual values.

The focus is upon this world, indulging the senses; the desires and the longings pertaining to the self or to others.

If measured from 1-10 the most lofty desire is to work toward perfecting the world, the lowest is the indulging the desires of the self in ways destructive to the inner self.

Carnality is an old word, not much used in these days, but it is a defining word that describes the social practices of today.

A denial of the spiritual is inherent in the word materialism. A longing to make the world a better place is not wrong. The center is missing, however.

Many Christians, and even Churches, of today have joined the world to follow this lofty idea. Forgotten is the fact that Christian’s have an eternal destiny in another world, another Kingdom. Once the focus is off Christ and centered on the world it becomes easier to lose the mission that our Lord gave to His apostles, and thereby to us.

Nowhere did our Lord give a commandant to go into the world and perfect it.

The mission is to call people out of the world to His Kingdom by telling others about His redeeming work. We are no longer a part of this world, but an example to the world as we grow into the person God wants us to be; to put on the characteristic’s of Christ through the Holy Spirit working within us.