Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matthew 5:23, 24.
Then there are confessions that the Lord has bidden us to make to one another. If you have wronged your brother by word or deed, you are first to be reconciled to him before your worship will be acceptable to Heaven. Confess to those whom you have injured, and make restitution, bringing forth fruit meet for repentance. If any one has feelings of bitterness, wrath, or malice toward a brother, let him go to him personally, confess his sin, and seek forgiveness.
From Christ’s manner of dealing with the erring we may learn profitable lessons which are equally applicable to this work of confession. He bids us go to the one who has fallen into temptation, and labor with him alone. If it is not possible to help him, because of the darkness of his mind and his separation from God, we are to try again with two or three others. If the wrong is not righted, then, and only then, we are to tell it to the church. It is far better if wrongs can be righted, and injuries healed, without bringing the matter before the whole church….
But the question of how and to whom sins should be confessed, is one that demands careful, prayerful study. We must consider it from all points, weighing it before God, and seeking divine illumination….
There is power and permanency in what the Lord does, whether He works by human instrumentality or otherwise…. Hearts that are under the influence of the Spirit of God will be in sweet harmony with His will.—Testimonies for the Church 5:646, 647.
With God at Dawn
—-Gisela was taken to the hospital Thursday night. please pray for her she wants to go home she is elderly and been blind for s few years she loves her Lord and supports His work.
now for ano ther request for Mike. that he will get better .and for Connie who is in stage 4 cancer. she wants to go home loves her Lord. Pray also for Eg and Mc an Mw. M
—-PLEASE AM URGENTLY NEEDING EMERGENCY PRAYER FOR TWO OF MY SONS. Connie
—-Please continue to pray for baby Imogen’s full healing from brain cancer, congenital Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4, and that God guides her oncologist as he plans her future treatment. Brad and Christie
—-Am asking for Prayer for my Cousin who has Cancer . She is currently in the Hospital & I was informed Today from her Brother that she is very sick … Her Name is Sondra.
We can learn so much from studying David’s life. It is so applicable to our various life situations, that it seems written especially for us. David’s many years of hardship, running from his father-in-law, hunted like an animal, living in caves or in some secluded spot in countryside brought him so close to God, that when the Great King of the Universe sought for a replacement for King Saul, He chose David for he was “a man after His own heart.” 1 Sam 13:14 He declared this of him, because David continually looked to the Good Shepherd for guidance and protection. No matter what his situation, he kept his focus on his Mighty Helper. His heart was not on the things of this world, but his treasure, his desires were upon Heaven. David longed for the time when all trials will be over and sin and sinners will be no more, when he would see his Lord face to face. We look forward to the same.
Sometimes we, like David did at time, become overwhelmed with trials and troubles. It seems to us in a moment of discouragement like there is no deliverance, no end in sight. During those times, David’s words are such comfort to us, “the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.” Ps 37:20 God will not allow evil to reign forever. He will soon put an end to sin and sinners. Malachi assures us, “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.” Mal 4:1-3
Peter explains why our Dear Saviour has borne so long with the evil of this world, “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” 2 Peter 3:7-14
When our Dear Saviour shall come in the clouds to take us to His Heavenly Home, all the desires of our heart will be fulfilled. What a day of rejoicing that will be! May we “make (our) calling and election sure,” that we may dwell with Him forevermore. (2 Peter 1:10) May we “love the LORD (our) God with all (our) heart, and with all (our) soul, and with all (our) might.” Deut 6:5 May we someday very soon look up with joy and say, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Isa 25:9