This past Tuesday night I taught a ladies study on Victory Over Fear and pumped "Overcoming Panic Attacks" (by Ray Comfort) while reading portions from it.
Just when I thought that no one could relate to the subject, one dear lady raised her hand and asked for prayer for her son (7 yrs old) who is struggling immensely with fear. She took a copy of the book home so she could read it with him. Another lady broke down into tears at the end of the study. We prayed for her.
Charles Spurgeon's morning devotional just happened to go hand in hand with the topic of difficulties(see below, bold is mine).
If you are struggling with fear or panic attacks or have simply having a difficult season, rest assured that you are in good company with the rest of God's people. Don't give up and keep pressing on. This too will soon past.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
C. H. Spurgeon
"The Lord our God hath shewed us His glory."—Deuteronomy 5:24.
GOD'S great design in all His works is the manifestation of His own glory. Any aim less than this were unworthy of Himself. But how shall the glory of God be manifested to such fallen creatures as we are? Man's eye is not single, he has ever a side glance towards his own honour, has too high an estimate of his own powers, and so is not qualified to behold the glory of the Lord. It is clear, then, that self must stand out of the way, that there may be room for God to be exalted; and this is the reason why He bringeth His people ofttimes into straits and difficulties, that, being made conscious of their own folly and weakness, they may be fitted to behold the majesty of God when He comes forth to work their deliverance. He whose life is one even and smooth path, will see but little of the glory of the Lord, for he has few occasions of self-emptying, and hence, but little fitness for being filled with the revelation of God. They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks, know but little of the God of tempests; but they who "do business in great waters," these see His "wonders in the deep." Among the huge Atlantic-waves of bereavement, poverty, temptation, and reproach, we learn the power of Jehovah, because we feel the littleness of man. Thank God, then, if you have been led by a rough road: it is this which has given you your experience of God's greatness and lovingkindness. Your troubles have enriched you with a wealth of knowledge to be gained by no other means: your trials have been the cleft of the rock in which Jehovah has set you, as He did His servant Moses, that you might behold His glory as it passed by. Praise God that you have not been left to the darkness and ignorance which continued prosperity might have involved, but that in the great fight of affliction, you have been capacitated for the outshinings of His glory in His wonderful dealings with you.
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