Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Revelation 3:3.
At the time appointed for the judgment–the close of the 2300 days, in 1844–began the work of investigation and blotting out of sins. All who have ever taken upon themselves the name of Christ must pass its searching scrutiny. Both the living and the dead are to be judged “out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Revelation 20:12.
Said the Judge: “All will be justified by their faith and judged by their works.”
Sins that have not been repented of and forsaken will not be pardoned, and blotted out of the books of record, but will stand to witness against the sinner in the day of God. . . .
There is earnest warfare before all who would subdue the evil tendencies that strive for the mastery. The work of preparation is an individual work. We are not saved in groups. The purity and devotion of one will not offset the want of these qualities in another. Though all nations are to pass in judgment before God, yet He will examine the case of each individual with as close and searching scrutiny as if there were not another being upon the earth. Every one must be tested, and found without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.
The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For many years this work has been in progress. Soon–none know how soon–it will pass to the cases of the living. In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review. At this time above all others it behooves every soul to heed the Saviour’s admonition, “Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” Mark 13:33. “If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” Revelation 3:3.
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—–Please pray that God will take control of our situation. L
—–Please pray for the special requests listed below regarding the GC Session meetings. Diane
Breath of Life – Please pray for this final weekend of the Breath of Life evangelistic meetings that are concluding this Sabbath, May 30, in San Antonio.
Please pray for Mark Finley who is about to begin major evangelistic meetings in San Antonio, TX ahead of the GC Session. His meetings begin June 5.
Please pray that the advertising catches the attention of all those who the Lord has ready at this time in San Antonio and also for Mark and the team as they prayerfully work for them.
Please pray for the pastors, spouses, and others that will be attending the Called Convention to be held June 28 – Jul 1.
Please pray for the delegates that will be attending the GC session.
—-Please pray for my daughter who has the beginning of pneumonia. Her temperature rose to 105.5 and she is very sick. Rich
When Eileen was in 4th grade, she was friends with a boy in her class at school and at church who enjoyed doing things to irritate people. This made leading out in Primary class very difficult for me. Paul had the ability of repeating loudly everything a person said a split second after they did. He thought it was great fun, but I didn’t. It made it very hard for me to talk or even to think.
His mother taught in that class. I expected that she would keep her son from practicing his “talent” while I was speaking, but she let him continue with his mimicking ways. Each week I dreaded going to church because I knew that Paul would be there delighting in getting me flustered and confused.
One day, I talked with Martha and suggested that she cure her son of this bad habit. I asked her how she could sit there beside her son and not stop him from disrupting the class. She said that she was so used to it, that she no longer noticed. She thought that I was being unreasonable. Reluctantly, she began telling Paul to stop everytime he began repeating abilities.
How many times, we are like Martha. We get so used to sin, that sin no longer appears sinful. We are so comfortable with it that we no longer notice it even when it is “sitting beside us.” “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” yet, we must never allow ourselves to become comfortable with it. Rom 3:23 Paul advises, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” 6:12,13 James adds, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.” James 1:13-16
How vital to our present and future happiness it is that we “be sober, be vigilant; because [our] adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 Paul tells us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph 6:12-17
May sin become exceedingly distasteful to us. May we “put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” and gain the victory over sin through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. vs. 11 May we, in whatsoever we do, in whatsoever we say, in whatsoever we think “do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor 10:31