And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Psalm 37:6.
Humility is greatly needed. If cherished, it would be an ornament of great value in the sight of God. It is essential in the work. But there is no virtue in thinking that humility consists in cheap inefficiency. While humility is always essential in the service of God, while it must always be cultivated, be careful that it does not degenerate into the timidity which leads men to waver when circumstances require them to stand stiffly for the truth. There must be no half-and-half service offered to God. To every man the Lord has given his work. Everyone is to be a channel through which the Lord can work to communicate the will of Heaven….
Arduous and unpleasant duties have to be performed. None are to place themselves where they will sanction wrong by silence. They aid and abet the schemes of the enemy by keeping their lips closed when they should speak decidedly, though not in a boasting, self-sufficient manner. They are to speak the truth in love….
God in His great mercy will give to all His believing people efficiency and power for His work and service, even as He gave power to Joseph, Samuel, Daniel, Timothy, and scores of others who availed themselves of His promises. They believed Him and relied upon Him, and this was their righteousness. Men and women have to move by faith. They have to press their way through the cloud of objections which Satan brings up to hinder their progress. When God sees that they will trust Him as their helper and their efficiency, they may pass safely through the great darkness of men’s unconsecration….
Without the constant help which comes only from God, even those who are looked upon as the most eminent believers are in danger of falling into the sins which Satan has prepared to dishonor God. Bear in mind, all who claim to be believers, that it is only when you have that faith which works by love and purifies the soul, only when you have the joy of Christ’s salvation in the heart, that you are qualified to guide sinners to repentance and reformation. It is the genuine believer, who not only assents to the truth, but believes and practices the truth, who is not satisfied unless he has with him the presence of God, that is a power for good in the world….
Christ, the One who gave His life for the life of the world, that all who believe in Him may not perish, but have everlasting life, is the true Watchman of the house…. We are kept by the power of God. The presence and grace of Christ is the secret of all life and light.—Letter 79, July 11, 1901, to A. G. Daniells.
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—-Please pray for Linda and her family as they grieve the loss of her husband, Ken. Also please pray for Allyson who had back surgery yesterday. Rose
—-Today is the Day, going to have 2 teeth removed at 9:30 please pray. Connie
—-Please pray for a missing homeless young lady who has mental problems. She has been missing for about 5 days now and those who love her are so worried about her safety. Also please pray that she might not only be found, but that she might come to understand salvation. Her name is Jihan. Louise
—-Please keep my friend and her family in prayer. Her special needs child Maya is having multiple surgeries today. Due to the virus, the surgeries have been pushed back several months and her quality of life has diminished from this. There are several surgeries all being done back to back or overlapping if they can. They have to drive several hours to get to the nearest children’s hospital. The surgeries will last at least 30 hours. Let us pray for little Maya and her family. Let’s pray for wisdom for the doctors and peace for her family as they wait. These surgeries were originally supposed to be in Jan and Feb. Jennifer
Often, Esther sits down at the piano and plays one of the songs that she wrote, something classical, or some of the old hymns. I often harmonize with her no matter where I am in the house. As we harmonizd on some of the old hymns, I can’t help thinking forward to the time when we would join all the saved from all the ages around the throne of the Great King of the Universe. What a grand and glorious time that will be! “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.” Ps 92:1-5; 95:1-6
Zephaniah tells us that not only will we sing praises to God, but “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Zeph 3:17 Think of it! He, Whose voice is as many waters, as a great multitude, as the sound of thunder will be so happy to finally have us together with Himself, that He will sing for joy! Oh! How much He loves us!
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Col 3:16, 17 May we “be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” Eph 5:18-20