They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. Psalm 84:7.
All heaven has been looking with intense interest upon those who claim to be God’s commandment-keeping people. Here are the people who ought to be able to claim all the rich promises of God, who ought to be going on from glory to glory and from strength to strength, who ought to be in a position to reflect glory to God in the works that they do. . . .
We have received the rich blessing of God, but we must not stop here. We are to catch more and more the divine rays of light from heaven. We are to stand just where we can receive the light and reflect it, in its glory, upon the pathway of others. . .
We need to drink deeper and deeper of the fountain of life. . . . You may have a living testimony to bear: “Hear what the Lord has done for my soul.” The Lord is ready to impart still greater blessings. He permitted all His goodness to pass before Moses. He proclaimed His character to him as a God full of mercy–long-suffering and gracious, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. Moses was to represent this character to the people of Israel, and we are to do the same. We are to go forth to proclaim the goodness of God and to make plain His real character before the people. We are to reflect His glory. . . . Let us declare the character of God to the people as Moses did to Israel, both in spirit and life. We are to catch the light of His countenance, full of compassion and love, and reflect it to perishing souls.
I beseech you to keep reaching out after God, to keep drinking of the fountain of living water. You may be as a tree planted by the rivers of waters, whose leaf does not wither. You may be full of moisture, and may be able to refresh others, and to give them grace and comfort. I love Jesus now, and I want to know more and more of Him. I have only begun to know Him, but there is an eternity before us in which there will be revealings of His glory, and we shall become better and better acquainted with our divine Lord.
That I May Know Him p. 370
—– UPDATE ON HEIDI —Heidi is still at _____ trying to be transferred to ____ for treatment there…She had a pic line inserted today and has received a blood transfusion due to low hemoglobin….she has NOT had surgery yet and does not know when it will be scheduled. Continue to pray with her that God’s will be done and HIS name glorified in whatever outcome there is……….Her doctors told her this morning that they don’t know if they will have to remove her arm just below the elbow or just above the elbow…..that’s all we know right now……she would love to be transferred to ______ where a very wonderful orthopedic specialist has agreed to take her case but the hold up there is that the Doctor’s from both places must agree that one place can offer more specialized treatment for Heidi in order for insurance to cover her. Patty
—–update— Back to _____ on Tuesday, ultrasound, echo, see anesthesiologist and Surgeon….I know God has a plan . Thanks for the prayers…surgery set for March 31 but have asked to be on list if there are cancellations to have it sooner….The Lord willing…. God is faithful and enough, Of good courage, tho weary —- trusting God totally. Carol
One day I happened to notice a car that was parked ahead of me. It was probably about twenty years old and had a bumper that was half missing. (Now normally I wouldn’t have thought much about such an old car as we have always had to drive an old car.) But this car had two large stickers on the back window that had attracted my attention. In the upper left hand corner in letters over an inch high, were the words “Don’t look at my car. My treasure’s in Heaven.” “Nice.” I thought. The other window decoration totally destroyed the message of the first, however. It was a rather large, evil-looking skull and crossbones. The crossbones were made up of two flaming guitars. What a contrast!
At first I laughed at such a contradiction, but as I drove along, I began to think of how easy it is for us to send the same type of mixed signal to those around us. How many “profess that they know God; but in works they deny him.” Titus 1:16 How often we draw near to God with our mouth, and with our lips do honour Him, but our heart is far from Him. (Isa 29:13) Jesus, speaking about the Pharasees said, “they say, and do not.” Matt 23:3 He continues, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” vs 14-28
Paul asks, “thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?” Rom 2:21-23 Solemn questions. One that we must each ask ourselves. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” 2 Cor 13:5
May we “give diligence to make our calling and election sure: for if we do these things, we shall never fall.” 2 Peter 1:10 May we “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Tim 6:12 May our actions match our profession is my prayer.