The truth will stand up under scrutiny. It is a fruit that never bruises or spoils from handling. But error, like fish begins to stink after a few days. Therefore, let new ideas sit before you make a meal of them (The Christian in Complete Armour, Vol. 1, William Gurnall, pp. 204-205).
Praying When It Hurts - Keeney Dickenson Strategic Renewal E-Devotional
If pain and prayer were people journeying over the terrain of your heart, you might make the following observations: Pain and Prayer are friends who often travel together. Pain at times is very friendly to Prayer, but at other times Pain wants to have nothing to do with him. When Pain is not around, Prayer becomes very complacent and apathetic. But when Pain returns, Prayer seems to have a renewed passion. Pain and Prayer take turns driving and navigating. Pain is a reckless driver and when he navigates they tend to get lost. Prayer’s driving is much safer, but he sometimes becomes distracted and needs Pain to help him to refocus. Pain will reluctantly admit that Prayer is the best navigator because he has a good sense of direction. On their journey, Pain and Prayer travel through the Desert of Depression; they cross the Valley of Suffering; they ride the Rapids of Opposition; they hike to the Cliff of Impossibility; they travel the winding roads of Frustration and Desperation; they are delayed at the Dead End of Disobedience; and they take what seems to be a detour, but find themselves journeying on the Providential Pathway toward divine destiny. The highlight of their journey is the renewal of their friendships with Forgiveness, Submission, and Brokenness...
Knowing your strength lies wholly in God and not in yourself, remain humble--even when God is blessing and using you most. Remember, when you have your best suit on, who made it and who paid for it! God’s favor is neither the work of your own hands nor the price of your own worth. How can you boast of what you did not buy? If you embezzle God’s strength and credit it to your own account, He will soon call an audit and take back what was His all along. Even when He seems the most generous with your spiritual allowance, He still keeps the account in His own name and can at once reduce you to spiritual poverty if you misappropriate His grace. Walk humbly, therefore, before God and manage well the strength you have, remembering that it is borrowed strength (The Christian in Complete Armour, Vol. 1, William Gurnall, pp. 41-42).