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Adversity's Trial

Adversity's Trial

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BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D.,

" Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into
prison, he departed into Galilee." — Matt. 4 : 12.
BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D.,

" Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into
prison, he departed into Galilee." — Matt. 4 : 12.

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ADVERSITY'S TRIALBY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D., " Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee." — Matt. 4 : 12. MY ways are not your ways, saith the Lord." God has fire for the gold, and gold is for the fire. What we say and do in prosperity may attest our knowledge, but what we suffer and feel in adversity tests our sincerity. The great calls of God are calls to suffer. Jesus says of St. Paul, "I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake." God is too heroic in nature, and heaven's spirit too grand and glorious, to rejoice only in the weak sentimentalism that the world is ever trying to pass off as genuine Christianity. From the days of Abel to this moment there is no honor roll of heroes known to man that can for one instant stand beside those mighty ones recorded in God's "MORE THAN A PROPHET." 175
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own word ; no deeds so unselfish, lofty, pure, and fearless as the deeds of the armies of the living God ; and, above all, no exhibition of any such intense and glorious love impelling to such self-sacrifice and devotion. No ; God and heaven rejoice in the heroism of the saints. It is a part of their glorious nature, the true fulfilment for that noble craving in the human heart for glory, which Satan, by deceiving and leading on, has swept earth time and again with fire and sword, and bathed desolated homes in their children's blood. Thank God, there is a work worthy of its every power, and a rest meet for its loftiest ambition. It is a part in that work which made Jesus " endure the cross, despise the shame," and a rest with Him as He sits at the right hand of the Majesty on high. I know of nothing more stirring and soul-firing than to enter heart and soul into the study of the heroism of the chil-dren of the King, and the joy of heaven and God in that heroism. Jesus said, " Should not Christ have suffered and entered into His glory?" Moses and Elias formed no theme so intensely consuming, that night on the Mount
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176 "MORE THAN A PROPHET." of Transfiguration, as the theme of " His de-cease." The Holy Spirit writes, " If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him." And the King in His glory returns from heaven to write seven times over the blessings waiting "him that overcometh" ; further on we hear heaven declaring, " They loved not their lives unto the death." No, no; an effeminate, ease-loving religion is a false, soul-deluding religion, for our God glories in the valor of His saints. " We are made perfect through sufferings," as was the Captain of our salva-tion ; and woe unto those who are at ease in Zion, and whose souls do not go forth to en-dure hardness with the King, for the conduct of all such is closely allied to denying Him. " If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me." " Be ye faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life."
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