We ought to be fully aware that in the body of Christ we are not interested in the production of “cookie-cutter” Christians.
This is a word of caution in the matter of Christian experience-there is no pattern or formula for identical Christian experiences. It is actually a tragic thing for believers to try to be exactly like each other in their Christian faith and life.
I have probably been overly cautious about testifying to my own experiences because I do not want anyone to be tempted to try to copy anything the Lord has done for me.
God has given each of us an individual temperament and distinct characteristics. Therefore it is the office of the Holy Spirit to work out as He will the details of Christian experience. They will vary with personality.
Of this we may be sure: whenever a person truly meets God in faith and commitment to the gospel, he will have a consciousness and a sharp awareness of the details of that spiritual transaction!
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.
It is the office of the Holy Spirit to work out as He will the details of Christian experience.
“Lord, you made me to be something special, and I love you for nurturing me and growing me to be just what you want. Mold me and make me after your will.”
God has reveled so many contradictions in the lives and conduct of genuine Christian believers this is a small wonder that we are such an amazement to this world.
The Christian is dead and yet he lives forever. He died to himself and yet he lives in Christ.
The Christian saves his own life by losing it, and he is danger of losing it by trying to save it.
It is strange but true that the Christian is strongest when he is weakest and is weakest when he is strongest. When he gets down on his knees thinking he is weak, he is always strong.
The Christian is in the least danger when is fearful and trusting God and in the most danger when he feels the most-confident.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God. I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
and you healed me. Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name. To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.” You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.