The following Letter to an Aspirin Company may have been penned tongue-in-cheek, but it makes a real point.
Dear Sir: You manufacture aspirins that relieve suffering, colds and fevers. The mixture used in your tablets makes it possible for people to get out of bed and fight off headaches, bad nerves and muscle spasms. I have noticed these tablets work wonders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and especially well on Saturdays. But people who take them on Sundays seem to get no relief. They cannot get rid of their aches and pains and are not able to attend Sunday school and church. Is it possible for you to examine your tablet and put in it an ingredient that will work on Sundays?
Temptation is the tempter looking through the keyhole into the room where you are living. Sin is you drawing back the bolt and making it possible for him to enter.
The one concern of the Devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toils, mocks at wisdom but trembles when we pray.
Here is an interesting outline for a Bible Lesson – Ten Great Bible Questions
1. To Adam: Where art thou? 2. To Cain: Where is thy brother?
3. To Cain: What hast thou done? 4. To Ezekiel: Can these bones live?
5. To Rebekah: Wilt thou go with this man? 6. To Disciples: What think ye of Christ?
7. Pilate's question: What shall I do then with Jesus? 8. What shall it profit? (Mark 8:36)
9. How shall we escape? (Hebrews 2:3) 10. Where is the Lord God of Elijah? (II Kings 2:14)
In II Corinthians 12:10; we read, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” Stress testing, fatigue testing, performance testing, load testing, destruction testing—they all mean the same thing: pushing something beyond its designed capability to measure its capacity to withstand pressure and to discover its breaking point. If it breaks before reaching designed limits, it's back to the drawing board.
God allows his children to undergo stress testing – like a treadmill cardiac stress test. Cardiac tests are not designed to induce a heart attack resulting in a "breaking point," but they are designed to discover weaknesses in "the system." When God allows us to undergo stress in our life, it is not to kill us, but to help us see our own human weaknesses—and turn to Him.
The apostle Paul had a "thorn in the flesh" that caused him great weakness and it forced him to avail himself of the grace of God (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). In fact, he said he now took pleasure in stress because "When I am weak, then I am strong."
If you are experiencing stress in your life, embrace it as an opportunity to receive the grace of God.
In His Amazing Grace,
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