It is so comforting to know that He never gives up on His children.
"That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises," - Hebrews vi, 12
Patience is necessary in order to prove the genuiness and reality of faith. The Lord generally--I may say invariably--does not accomplish his purpose at once. He usualy-- I might say almost invariably--works by graduations. Is not this the case in creation? Do we see the oak starting up in all its gicantic proportions in one day? Is not a tiny acorn committed to the ground; and is not the giant oak, whose limbs we admire, the gorwth of a century? Men and women are years growing up to thier full stature. So spiritualy, "He that believeth shall not make haste." Faith in the soul is of slow growth for the most part; for the Lord takes care that every step in the path shall be tried by the perplexities and difficulties that suround it. And appointed this that it may be a means of distinguishing the faith of God's elect from the faith of those who have a name to live while dead. They apostatize and turn away from the faith. Like the stoney ground hearers, they believe for a time, but in temptation fall away. The various hindrances of nature, sense and reason, sin, the devil, and the world get the better of them; thus they turn back, often give up all profession of religeon, and die in thier sins. But the Lord's people cannot so die. Thier faith is of a lasting nature, because what God does He does forever. Thus thier faiith. stands every storm and endures forever.
EARS FROM HARVESTED SHEAVES/J.C. PHILPOT
Lord thankyou for Mr. Philpots and the many more men and women you have given your children to encourage.