I have sworn by myself, … That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. Isaiah 45:23, 24.
Amid the ransomed throng are the apostles of Christ, the heroic Paul, the ardent Peter, the loved and loving John, and their truehearted brethren, and with them the vast host of martyrs; while outside the walls, with every vile and abominable thing, are those by whom they were persecuted, imprisoned, and slain. There is Nero, that monster of cruelty and vice, beholding the joy and exaltation of those whom he once tortured, and in whose extremest anguish he found satanic delight. His mother is there to witness the result of her own work; to see how the evil stamp of character transmitted to her son, the passions encouraged and developed by her influence and example, have borne fruit in crimes that caused the world to shudder.
There … [is] the proud, ambitious Napoleon, whose approach had caused kingdoms to tremble.
There are papist priests and prelates, who claimed to be Christ’s ambassadors, yet employed the rack, the dungeon, and the stake to control the consciences of His people. There are the proud pontiffs who exalted themselves above God and presumed to change the law of the Most High. Those pretended fathers of the church have an account to render to God from which they would fain be excused. Too late they are made to see that the Omniscient One is jealous of His law and that He will in no wise clear the guilty. They learn now that Christ identifies His interest with that of His suffering people; and they feel the force of His own words; “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40.
The whole wicked world stand arraigned at the bar of God on the charge of high treason against the government of heaven. They have none to plead their cause; they are without excuse; and the sentence of eternal death is pronounced against them.
Maranatha p. 344
—–Wonderful things are happening in my life that requires momentous decisions. Please pray that God leads me into the right decisions. JT
—–Please pray for our family. Our little dog, Maggie, was run over by a truck and killed. Especially pray for my granddaughter Emma as she saw it happen. Rose
—– Please pray for me and my wife Donna that we will stay together as husband and wife and that our family will get stronger in the lord. Titus
—–My 15 years old son is smoking cannabis and my 27 years old son is drinking alcohol and me. My husband Troy and I have a court case about my nephew death and the law is saying it is my fault but he died naturally in his sleep. Pray for me and my family. Shawn
——My adult son has fallen away from church. I need prayers that he and his wife will feel the presence of the Holy Spirit urging them back to church. I am also need prayer that my husband will also feel the Holy Spirit knocking at his heart to come to church. Dalene
—–Carol lives by herself and is having hips problems that are affecting her right leg. Carol
—–A family has put an evil spirit on my husband Jeffrey. Please pray for complete deliverance. Michelle
“Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength. Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth. I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good. For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies. Ps 54
What a blessing prayer is! No matter what is going on in our life, we can bring it to the King of the Universe, to Him Who is Mighty to Save. (Isa 63:1) Paul tells us, “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thes 5:17 “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” Col 4:2 Peter advises, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Pet 5:6-11
How good and kind God is! He does not give us what we deserve: He gives us the help that we so much need. He, in His great love for us, desires to shower us with blessings. In Him is deliverance! In Him is comfort and strength for every situation! “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder. Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.” Ps 107:1-22
Let us come with our burdens to the One Who has promised to supply all of our needs. (Phil 4:19) Let us continually lift our heart in praise to our Great Helper. Let us “love the Lord (our) God with all (our) heart, and with all (our) soul, and with
all (our) mind continually is my prayer.