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[Songs in the Night - October 5]  <  >

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
WHETHER born with too much or with too little self-esteem, those who come into God's family are put into the school of Christ to be taught, corrected—made right, in harmony with divine standards. Those naturally self-conceited must learn meekness—by instructions if they will—otherwise by experiences. And they should learn to rejoice even in humiliating experiences. They are evidences that God's providence is supervising their affairs and preparing them for the kingdom; for without meekness and humility none will be fit for it. As the self-conceited must learn humbly to trust God and not rely on themselves and thus secure balance, so the naturally self-depreciative must learn a lesson of confidence. Not self-confidence, not self-reliance is the most desirable, but rather, confidence in God and reliance upon his promised "grace to help in every time of need." This maintains the desirable humility and meekness, yet gives the courage and force suggested by the apostle's words: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." As Paul again declares, "Our sufficiency is of God"! Z'12-319 R5113:3 (Hymn 93)