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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 23:15:53 +1300
by David Wilkerson

"Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in
innocency" (Psalm 73:13).

Asaph, the writer of this psalm, was so confused by his sufferings
in comparison to the easy life of the wicked that he nearly slipped
into a pit of absolute unbelief. He was ready to accuse God of
abandoning him, of not being concerned, and for a moment he
was ready to quit the battle and give up completely.

This godly man must have thought, "I've been doing right and
enduring hardships all this time but it was for nothing. All my
diligence, my praising and worshiping, my study of God's Word
has been useless, in vain. I have done only right; yet I continue
to suffer and it makes no sense. What's the use of going on?"

Beloved, you must be careful. When calamity falls, when a trial
comes upon you, when you are grieving, you need to guard your
heart against slipping.

You may not be in Asaph's condition, suffering and being tested,
but you may know someone who is going through something
similar. Sudden calamity may have come upon a godly relative,
friend or church member, someone you know who is doing right,
and you have asked, "Why, God? How could You allow this?
That person is so righteous!"

Asaph went to the temple and prayed. Beloved, when your time
of grief or suffering comes, you must go to the secret closet. Get
alone with God and cry out to Him. If you will get alone with the
Father, He will give you understanding. That is when the Holy
Spirit spoke to Asaph: "Surely thou didst set them in slippery
places: thou castedst them down into destruction" (verse 18).
Asaph realized, "I´m not the one slipping, the wicked are slipping.
They´re going straight into destruction."

Asaph began to see the whole picture and he rejoiced: "God is the
strength of my heart, and my portion for ever" (verse 26). He could
say, "Yes, my strength is failing. Yes, I´m enduring a great battle -
but I´m not alone in my struggles. I have a loving Father in heaven
and He watches over me!"

-Original source-


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