For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14.
In the great day of final atonement and investigative judgment, the only cases considered are those of the professed people of God. The judgment of the wicked is a distinct and separate work, and takes place at a later period…. The books of record in heaven, in which the names and the deeds of men are registered, are to determine the decisions of the judgment….
The book of life contains the names of all who have ever entered the service of God. Jesus bade His disciples, “Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20. Paul speaks of his faithful fellow workers, “Whose names are in the book of life.” Philippians 4:3….
“A book of remembrance” is written before God, in which are recorded the good deeds of “them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.” Malachi 3:16. Their words of faith, their acts of love, are registered in heaven….
There is a record also of the sins of men…. The secret purposes and motives appear in the unerring register.
Every man’s work passes in review before God…. Opposite each name in the books of heaven is entered, with terrible exactness, every wrong word, every selfish act, every unfulfilled duty, and every secret sin, with every artful dissembling. Heaven-sent warnings or reproofs neglected, wasted moments, unimproved opportunities, the influence exerted for good or for evil, with its far-reaching results, all are chronicled by the recording angel.
If your name is registered in the Lamb’s book of life, then all will be well with you. Be ready and anxious to confess your faults and forsake them, that your mistakes and sins may go beforehand to judgment and be blotted out.
The Faith I Live By p. 210
—-Need prayer for my son who’s facing a court case. Sheigh
—-Please continue to pray for Larry, Mike, and Eileen as they go through mounds of paperwork because of Lou’s death. Rose
—-Asking for prayers this weekend and into next week. We will be traveling. We are asking for safe travels. Juliette
—-Please pray for me.. Friday, tomorrow the 14th I’m getting four teeth pulled and I am so scared. Eva
When I was a little girl, my grandfather was my constant companion. From the time he came home from work until I had to go to bed, I followed him everywhere he went and watched everything that he did. He worked long hours and often needed to rest, but I understood non of that. I wanted to be with him and bask in his attention. I never tired of hearing his stories about his life long ago. When he would tire of telling them, he would ask me to sing to him. I would pick up the “Golden Songs” songbook and sing the songs he loved so well. These were of the past—“The Old Oaken Bucket,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground,” and “The Old Folks at Home.” When I would sing the song “Tenting Tonight,” he would sing with me. His eyes would get a far away look, and I knew that he was thinking of the days when he was young.
Just as my grandfather set aside his need of rest to spend time with me, so we have Someone Who longs to have an even closer fellowship with us than my grandfather and I had. He yearns to have us follow Him everywhere. He is a Friend Who will never forsake us for He “sticketh closer than a brother.” (Prov 18:24) Think of it! The Great Creator of the Universe, He Who upholds all things by the word of His power (Heb 1:3), desires to be our constant companion. He says to us, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Jer 33:3; Ps32:8
Indeed, our Great Redeemer loves us so much that He has laid down His life for us. John tells us, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:9,10 Our Dear Saviour “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Phil 2:7,8
Moreover, He yearns to dwell with us, to take control of our life, and to untangle the jumbled mess that we have made of it, but we must allow Him to do so. He never comes uninvited. He pleads, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” Rev 3:20,21 “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.” Matt 11:28-30 “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
May we open our heart’s door to Jesus, allowing Him “to will and to do of His good pleasure” in our life. Phil 2:13 May we reflect Him as did the face of Moses when He came down from the Mount. (Ex 34:29) May we focus totally upon our Loving Saviour, following Him everywhere that He goes, watching all that He does, being filled with the Spirit more and more, singing unto Him psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, continually making melody in our heart to the Lord; making His Great Heart of Love glad because He loves us so.
Judged From the Records