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A Life Of Service
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We are many, but in Christ we are all one body. Each one is a part of that body.
(Romans 12:5)

God has enlisted us in his navy and placed us on his ship. The boat has one purpose---to carry us safely to the other shore.

This is no cruise ship; it's a battleship. We aren't called to a life of leisure; we're called to a life of service. Each of us has a task. Some, concerned with those who are drowning, are snatching people from the water. Others are occupied with the enemy, so they man the cannons of prayer and worship. Still others devote themselves to the crew, feeding them and training the crew members.

Though different, we're all the same. Each can tell of a personal encounter with the captain, for each has received a personal call....

We each followed him across the gangplank of his grace onto the same boat. There's one captain and one destination. Though the battle is fierce, the boat is safe, for our captain is God. The ship won't sink. For that, there's no concern.

"This Thing is from Me"

Life's disappointments are veiled love's appointments.

My child, I have a message for you today; let me whisper it in your ear, that it may gild with glory any storm clouds that arise. It is short---only five words, but let them sink into your inmost soul, use them as a pillow on which to rest your weary head:


Have you ever thought that all that concerns you, concerns Me too? For "he that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of Mine eye" (Zechariah 2:8).

I would have you learn when temptations assail you, and the "enemy comes in like a flood," that this thing is from Me, that your weakness needs My might, and your safety lies in letting Me fight for you.

Are you in difficult circumstances? This thing is from Me. I am the God of circumstances. Your surroundings and companions are only working out My will.

Are you in money difficulties? Is it hard to make both ends meet? This thing is from Me, for I am your purse bearer, and I would have you draw from and depend upon Me. My supplies are limitless (see Philippians 4:19). I would have you prove My promises.

The Comfort Of God

I've been through the valley of weeping,
The valley of sorrow and pain;
But the God of all comfort was with me,
At hand to uphold and sustain.

As the earth needs the clouds and the sunshine
Our souls need both sorrow and joy,
So he places us oft in the furnace,
The dross from the gold to destroy.

When He leads thru some valley of trouble
His omnipotent hand we can trace;
For the trials and sorrows He sends us Are part of His lessons of Grace.

Oft we shrink from the purging and pruning,
Forgetting the husbandman knows
That the deeper the cutting and paring
The richer the cluster that grows.

Well He knows that affliction is needed,
He has a wise purpose in view;
And in the dark valley He whispers,
"Hereafter thou shalt know what I do."

As we travel through life's shadowed valley,
Fresh springs of His love ever rise,
And we learn that our sorrow and losses
Are blessings just sent in disguise.

So we'll follow wherever He leads us,
Let the path be dreary or bright,
For we've proved that our God can give comfort,
Our God can give songs in the night.