Our greatest hindrance in the church today is within our own ranks. We can’t get to the goal for stumbling over our own team. We furnish our greatest interference!
TAKEN OUT OR TAKEN THROUGH?
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
How often have parents wished that they might keep their children pure and innocent, and how much they have dreaded what this wicked world might do to them. Saints in the Middle Ages tried to escape from the world to pursuer a holy life in some secluded retreat. But we are not kept from evil that way. The defense must be from within. Indeed, we must shun every worldly force and influence that lowers our resistance to sin, but we have to live in this world, though we are not of it, and we can be kept from evil in the midst of it. We cannot run from this present world nor hide in a cave from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife. We have to make our way through it all, but we can be kept by the power of God.
The boat can be in the water without the water being in the boat. Lord, do not take us out of the world, take us through!