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A great evil

August 19, 2011

“One of the greatest evils a man can do is to discourage a fellow brother or sister in the Lord to the hearing and following of the Holy Spirit in their heart. Often the church has remained in this stagnant place, because few break past this discouragement and adversity, towards what God desires for this age and usually because few trust and fear God more than man. This is many times done in the name of Orthodoxy or Wisdom, but it is reality a wicked manipulation of power and control. Sadly few will break through to God when someone they trust and love puts such a large weight around their neck. Hear God, Hear the Holy Spirit and leave the Pharisees behind you. Run to Jesus, dive into His Will, His grace is sufficient and you need not fear being weak. His strength is made perfect in your weakness. Do not Bury your coins because you fear God, but bear fruit with them and step into His arms because you fear Him, Love Him and trust that He knows and loves you. Remember all men no matter how great or small, no matter how Christian or Pagan, no matter how timid or bold, all men are just men and God does not have favorites. God desires us all and wants people of Faith to hear Him, believe what He says and step out in love, faith and action. The cross has set you free and Jesus endured the cross so that you can know and hear God directly. Good council and leaders in your life equals wisdom, but they are not Jesus, the Holy Spirit, nor are they the Word of God. You must at some point know and trust God. This is the whole point of Jesus: that no longer must their be a man or sin between you and God, except Christ Jesus our Lord and King who is indeed God. Yet we often still want to set up Kings between us and Christ, because we do not have faith that God hears and speaks to us. Many good and honest men will arise and accept our offer to be our king and hopefully they will hear from God and direct us wisely, but those that want Christ alone as their King will face much adversity even by these men. I promise you there will always be adversity at your door and many times with the face of someone you love and trust. Sadly the few will love and trust God more than man, while the many will fold when discouraged and follow a man rather than trusting God will truly speak directly to them. The question is will you be a person of faith in God’s eyes. Will you forsake everything in hearing and trusting His small still voice. One of the greatest evils a man can do is to discourage a fellow brother or sister in the Lord to the hearing and following of the Holy Spirit in their heart.” – Ethan Holub



“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” – King Solomon


“We need to learn that truth consists not in correct doctrine, but in correct doctrine plus the inward enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.” – A.W. Tozer


“Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” – Martha Graham


“To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men. This is such a common truth that one hesitates to mention it, yet it appears to have been overlooked by the majority of Christians today.” – A.W. Tozer


“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power” – Abraham Lincoln


“Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.” – Billy Graham


“In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends” – John Churton Collins


“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” – Arthur Golden


“Beware of the friend who was once your foe”


“Adversity is the first path to truth.” – Lord Byron


“Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.” – John Wooden


“Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.” – Henry Fielding


“Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.” – Samuel Johnson


“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.” – Horace


“Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.” – Scott Hamilton


“Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity.” – Periander


“Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or greater Benefit.” – Napolean Hill

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