Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3.
The work of creation cannot be explained by science. What science can explain the mystery of life?
Life is a gift of God.
The natural life is preserved moment by moment by divine power; yet it is not sustained by a direct miracle, but through the use of blessings placed within our reach.
The Saviour in His miracles revealed the power that is continually at work in man’s behalf, to sustain and to heal him. Through the agencies of nature, God is working, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment, to keep us alive, to build up and restore us. When any part of the body sustains injury, a healing process is at once begun; nature’s agencies are set at work to restore soundness. But the power working through these agencies is the power of God. All life-giving power is from Him. When one recovers from disease, it is God who restores him. Sickness, suffering, and death are work of an antagonistic power. Satan is the destroyer; God is the restorer.
A great lesson is learned when we understand our relation to God, and His relation to us.
We have an individuality and an identity that is our own. No one can submerge his identity in that of any other. All must act for themselves, according to the dictates of their own conscience. As regards our responsibility and influence, we are amenable to God as deriving our life from Him. This we do not obtain from humanity, but from God only. We are His by creation and by redemption. Our very bodies are not our own, to treat as we please, to cripple by habits that lead to decay, making it impossible to render to God perfect service. Our lives and all our faculties belong to Him. He is caring for us every moment; He keeps the living machinery in action; if we were left to run it for one moment, we should die. We are absolutely dependent upon God.
The Faith I Live By p. 165
—-Left Knee which has kept me in excruciating Pain for the past month! I don’t have Health Insurance at this moment & my Medicare doesn’t start until July 1st, and then I’m Praying I can get the injection that I Need to Stop All Of this Pain.
Thank you in advance for your Prayers. Cheryl
—-Please pray for my sister in law, M. She had open heart surgery last fall and just was told this week that she has blood cancer. She’s in her early forties and has three sons and a granddaughter. Heather
—-prayers for a 12 year old boy Kyle who has a brain tumor and the prognosis is not good. His family is in a lot of pain over this… the mom has been one of Sheri’s (My daughter’s) friends since high school. Carol
—-There are fires close to my house. Please pray. Connie
—-Please pray that God will guide my children. Buck
Over thirteen years ago, Esther, Eileen, and I went shopping at bridal gown outlet store for Esther’s wedding dress. When we walked into the store, we were a little overwhelmed by the hundreds of gowns they had for sale. We searched and searched through racks for just the right gown. As we were searching, I noticed that many of the gowns did not appear clean. Some had makeup stains on them. Others appeared slightly grimy. Esther tried on several before finding a beautiful dress with many layers of filmy netting that was within her budget. The top layer was embroidered with flowers. It was modest and beautiful. The size was not quite right, but since the length of all of the gowns had to be altered, the top could be as well. The clerk assured us that she knew of a lady who would do the alterations very economically.
Suddenly, I noticed a tear in the top layer of netting on the skirt. The clerk assured us that since it was so near the hem, it was going to be cut off during the alteration process. Relieved, we went back to Esther’s and Ronnie Jay’s apartment to get Ron so he could put his stamp of approval on it. We got back to the shop a few minutes before they were to close. Esther put on the gown. Ron approved and told her that she could get it. At that moment, I noticed another tear. This one was not near the hem. It was about four inches below the waist. Because the netting was so sheer, there was no way to repair it without leaving a noticeable line. Even glue would not have worked. I showed the clerk and she told the store’s owner. The owner did not even come out of her office but sent word that those tears was the reason why the dress was marked down to such a cheap price. We told the clerk that we were no longer interested in buying the dress and, very disappointed, walked out of the store.
A week or two later when Esther came home, we again went wedding dress shopping. This time we had to have an appointment in advance. When we walked into this particular store, we could tell it was a higher class store. We were greeted by the owner and was asked to sit at a table, look through a book where the gowns they sold were pictured, and choose several possibilities. After that was over, she ushered Eileen and me to a overstuffed, green sofa in front of a huge mirror. Esther was taken into a dressing room to try on the bridal gowns. Emily, a salesclerk, was assigned to help her.
Eileen and I enjoyed watching other brides-to-be and their families and friends picking out just the gown they wanted. Soon, Esther came out wearing a beautiful dress. As she stood on a pedestal in front of the mirror, we could visualize her on her wedding day. She liked the dress, but it was not within her price range. Once Emily found out what Esther could afford, she went back to the racks of gowns and returned with several possibilities. Esther tried on one of these gowns and came out for our approval. It was lovely. She decided that this was the gown for her. Carefully, I looked for any tears or spots. There were none. It was somewhat wrinkled, however. We were assured that they would check it over carefully, clean and steam it. By her wedding day, it would be perfect. She was so excited and purchased the dress and some other needed items.
Throughout this experience, I couldn’t help thinking of how the Bible compares Christ’s love for us to the love between bride and groom. He says to us, “Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.” Song 4:7 “For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.” Isa 62:5 Because of His great sacrifice, we can declare, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” 61:10
Even though we should be focusing upon that soon-coming “Wedding Day” when Jesus will gather His people from every generation, how often we allow other things to divert our attention. Earthly pleasures, the routine of life, the troubles and trials that come our way occupy our thoughts and time. We become like that first wedding dress, which looked perfect at first glance, but upon closer examination was found torn and imperfect. Praise God! There is a remedy for our condition. Paul tells us that Christ “loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Eph 5:25-27 Only as we allow our Heavenly Bridegroom to remove our torn and filthy garments and clothe us with His own robe of righteousness can we be prepared for the “marriage supper of the Lamb.” Rev 19:7-9
“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 3:14 Amen