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Why Me Lord                           by  J.  Kirkpatrick
My Faithful                                a poem by F. Moore

Why Me Lord!

by  J.  Kirkpatrick

Why me Lord? Why am I going through such trials?"

"Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." *** Isaiah 48:10

Do we question the Lord as Job:

"Thine hands have made me and fasioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me." *** Job 10:8

Why Lord? Why?

To become God's precious jewels, His peculiar treasures who are able to stand when He appears we must endure suffering. Why? The brightness and beauty of gemstones can only be revealed to their fullest only after cutting and polishing. Their beauty may be greatly diminished, however, if they contain internal flaws or bits of foreign material.

Totally clean, high-quality gemstones are exceedingly rare, because minerals are usually formed in nature under stress. It is only by cutting, polishing and being put through the refining fires that God's precious jewels shall shine forth in all their brilliancy.

HOPE FOR THE SUFFERING

The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits." *** II Timothy 2:6

"Why me, Lord, what have I ever done

to deserve these sufferings I am going through?

God knows our heart's cry.  God knew us from the beginning. He is preparing us to become a special people unto Him, His jewels in the earth. God knows those who have cried out to Him, "O that I may know You, and ... the fellowship of Your sufferings..." *** Philippians 3:10c

"And our hope of You is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation." *** II Corinthians 1:7

The word consolation means "that which affords comfort and refreshment". God knows our heart's desire to become "Comforters" in the days ahead. And there is only one way to become a comforter, and that is for the labourer to endure the same hardships of those whom he will help, encourage and sustain.

"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." *** I Peter 5:10

God knows that it is only through suffering that we will become those precious vessels, strong enough to be used in bringing deliverance to others.

"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified.

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?" *** I Peter 4:12-17

We need to cry out to God,

"Yes Lord, yes, to your will and to your way. I will trust you and obey." Jesus, our example, had to cry out,

"Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." *** Luke 22:42

The cup of Jesus' suffering was poured to the full, yet the Father knew His heart. What is our heart's cry? Are we crying out,

"O That I may know Him, and the power of His resur-rection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death." *** Philippians 3:10

Why are we being put through so much?

The durability of God's precious jewels depends on its toughness, its freedom from a tendency to break, cleave, or otherwise separate, and its hardness, its resistance to scratching and general abrasion. Only through trials, testings and sufferings will we become God's peculiar treasures in the earth. Only through sufferings can we become the husbandman who will comfort others because we have first become partakers of their sufferings.

MY FAITHFUL

By Frankie Moore,  NB

Yea...many are called. Yea, they are called and called
and called...but few are chosen.....
Yea, I say few are chosen.....FEW.

But where are the faithful out of these chosen ones?
For it is not enough to be called and chosen.....
You must be faithful!

You cannot come to Me if you are not called.
You cannot enter Me is you are not chosen. And BE SURE...
You cannot abide in Me if you are not faithful.

Where are the faithful ones?
Out of the few that are chosen, where are the faithful?
They are not in the crowd.

They are not on the avenues.
They are not slumbering in the bed.
Where are the faithful?

Look behind the closed door.
See! There is the faithful one.

In his closet....
Alone.....Alone with Me.
This is where My faithful is hidden.
This is where he is.

But.........

There is a wonderful secret. A delight.
For My faithful do not dwell in houses made of wood,
But they abide in Me.

Then surely I am the closet in which they are hidden.

Yes.........

My faithful are hidden in ME.

Psalm 91:1; 31:19-20
Matthew 7:13-14; 20:16;
John 8:35; 15:1-7; 15:10
Colossians 3:3
I John 2:24
Revelation 2:10

"So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen." *** Matthew 20:16

"His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." *** Matthew 24:21


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