I kept my faith, even when I said, "I am greatly afflicted." (Psalm 116:10 NRSV)
The year was 1660. John Bunyan was thrown into jail for preaching an unpopular Gospel. For 12 years he lingered there entirely cut off from the rest of the world except for his family and a few friends who visited him. Yet if John Bunyan were here to testify this morning, he would say that this was a time of deepening faith. Why? Because, God gave him faith equal to his needs. It was during a second imprisonment that Bunyan wrote one of the most influential books ever written--the spiritual classic, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.

Could Bunyan have written this deep and meaningful classic without his prison experience? Who knows? But we do know that it is a clear spiritual principle that God increases our faith according to our needs.

God of faith, challenge me today to use the faith that you have already given to me. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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