The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Matthew 6:22.
Satan’s work today is that of a deceiver and an accuser. The Lord declares him to be an accuser of the brethren day and night. By long practice Satan has become well skilled in his trade of fault-finding, and will educate every man whom he can use to unite with him in this work. By him many are being deceived, and are moving blindfolded into paths of Satan’s opening.
The central power of the earth is a demon. His throne is in the midst of the world, where should have been seen the throne of God. He has been patronized by the church, for the church has been conformed to the world, and is living in transgression of the holy law of God.
Christ gave Himself to ransom man from the power of the destroyer. By becoming the sin-Bearer He broke the power of Satan. He says, “I will become the Center of the redeemed world.” …
“All holy agencies,” saith God, “will I set in operation to oppose the armies of the invisible foe, to destroy his power. The eternal agency of the Holy Spirit shall rescue man from the effects of sin, and restore in him the image of God.” …
The Lord will not let His human treasure with Christ, its Head, go into the enemy’s ranks without every effort made in their behalf. Their only hope is to do the commandments of God. This is the gospel which has been sounding down along the lines of our time.
To all Christ sends the invitation, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). For ages this invitation, Come, all ye who are weary and heavy laden, has been ringing in clear tones above the world’s confusion and trouble. God will not give man up to his own way and will, to be lost, without a determined effort to recover him. The aim of Christ’s ministry, the scope of His far-reaching mercy and power, is without bounds.–Letter 78, Jan. 20, 1900, to Brother and Sister Haysmer.
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—–update on Jackie— Mom was supposed to come home today, but they think she might possibly be passing another clot. Out of nowhere she ended up being in horrible pain in her chest and back again. They are getting ready to do another blood transfusion. She is stronger, but other issues keep popping up. She is eating a little more each day. The doctors aren’t giving her any hope, but we do serve a powerful God. Thanks for your prayers! Chrisy
Dear Friends,
As a boy, Ron loved to read nature stories. The Sam Campbell series were especially interesting to him. Also, his Grandpa Taylor brought back many exciting stories every time he went hunting in Alaska. Since his family loved to camp, he often had a chance to see wildlife. One animal escaped his view, however. Ron always wanted to see a bear in the wild. Try as he might to walk carefully and quietly, he could never find a bear in the woods.
One time, while we still lived in Michigan, we heard a bear warn us that we were getting too close, but we didn’t see him. It was a close enough encounter for me, but just was not the same to Ron. He continued to long to meet a bear in the woods like his grandfather had so many times when on hunting trips in Alaska.
On one occasion that Ron would just as soon forget, we had gone on a camping trip with his family. Since there were so many of us, we took two cars. We were in the lead car and it was almost dark. I was driving as usual because I love to drive, and Ron does not enjoy driving at all. Ron was helping, though, as watching for any deer that might jump out in front of the car and cause an accident is a very important task. Suddenly, he saw something that looked like a half-grown bear. He shouted, “Stop!”
I hit the brakes thinking that a deer was about to leap out in front of us. Full of excitement, Ron told me to turn around because he thought he had seen a bear. I turned around. So did his family. We searched and searched the area where Ron saw his “bear.” We saw nothing. Finally, we found it, but it was not a bear. What had looked like a young bear as we were speeding by in the gathering darkness was only a fire-blackened tree stump. Poor Ron was very embarrassed and got a lot of teasing over his mistake.
How often in the darkness of this sinful old world, our spiritual sight is faulty. How many times we we are really groping in darkness, but we think we are directing our path rather well. Solomon reminds us, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Prov 14:12 Only through the Holy Spirit working upon our heart, can we discern the right path. Yet how often we go about our life with only a brief thought of where the road we are traveling is leading. Our Dear Saviour bids us, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matt 7:13, 14
Jesus says to us, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12 “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” Isa 45:22 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Ps 32:8 Only as we place our hand in His hand, can we see all things clearly. Only as we walk with Him, can we have the Heavenly Eyesalve we so much need in these confusing times.
May we not get distracted by the darkness of this sinful, old world. May we continually look unto Jesus “the author and finisher of our faith.” Heb 12:2 May we intently listen to His Guiding Voice saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it.” Isa 30:21

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