Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 1 Timothy 4:15.
We have been taught by God concerning the great plan of redemption. This should be to us a matter of earnest thanksgiving. God’s promises will never fail if we constantly watch unto prayer….
Our knowledge should give spirituality to the understanding. Our knowledge of the Scriptures should be practical. The Lord is pleased when those who are connected with Him are filled with a knowledge of His will. His servants should daily gain more knowledge of Him. Daily they should grow in grace and in spiritual understanding, strengthened with might according to His glorious power. They are to increase in spiritual efficiency, that they may give strength to the people of God.
God does not ask sinners to enter His service with their natural traits of character, to make a failure before the heavenly universe and before the world…. The hard, cruel spirit which judges and condemns has left the trace of the enemy upon everything. But mercy is to come in and lay her broad impress upon every plan. The world is to see principles different from those which have hitherto been presented. Christ has erected the cross. He does not call upon any man to manufacture tests and crosses for His people. He presents His requirements before them, and gives them 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). Wear My yoke, and in your daily experience you will find the rest which comes only to the obedient.
Christ invites all to come to Him, but when they come, they are to lay aside their sins. All their vices and follies, all their pride and worldliness, are to be laid at [the foot of] His cross. This He requires because He loves them, and desires to save them; not in their sins but from their sins. He who accepts the truth longs for transformation, and the light comes to him in bright rays.
The truth is to be believed and practiced, because Christ asserts it to be the word of the living God. The brightest beams of light from the threshold of heaven are thrown on the pathway in which God requires His people to walk. When sinners accept Christ as their personal Saviour, they realize the greatness of God’s gift to them, and praise and thanksgiving flow to the divine Giver.
The recovery of souls from sin is to be a revenue of goodness to men and of glory to God.—Manuscript 44, June 4, 1901, “Instruction to Believers.”
The Upward Look p. 169
—-I have breast cancer – last stage which has spread into my skin, womb, eyes and brain already. Pls pray for God mercy and supernatural healing for me. AN
In 1984, we spent the summer in a tent at a private campground. Eileen was 13, Ronnie Jay 5, and Esther Marie was 2. It was a lovely summer with lots of adventures for the children. The owner of the campground had a grandson, Lindon, who was a year older than Ronnie Jay. The two boys became friends instantly.
One day the boys as they were playing in the field, they found part of a map that had been dropped by some utility workers a few days before. Ron, joking as usual, told them it was a pirate’s treasure map: then he went to work. Ronnie Jay and Lindon talked about their find for hours. I knew nothing of this. I only knew that the two boys were having a great time playing quietly.
The campground was in the midst of a fairly good-sized forest. A path near our campsite went through the woods and down the hill to the river. That path was off limits to our two youngest as the river was fast flowing and the woods were full of poisonous snakes.
As I was doing the little duties that must be done around a camp, I suddenly realized that I had not heard or seen the boys in quite awhile. As I was searching, I met Lindon’s grandmother. She was searching for Lindon. We were really worried then. We called and called, but they did not answer. Finally, a very tall man, who was camping there overnight, saw our panicked look and asked us if we were looking for two little boys. We said, “Yes!” He smiled and pointed, “I see two heads bobbing along through that tall grass over there.”
Those two little boys were in BIG trouble! We were waiting for them at the end of the path that led to Lindon’s house, which was about 1/4 mile away. Lindon was not allowed there while his parents were at work. There were too many things a little boy could get into while unsupervised. Besides they had mean dogs. The two boys had risked punishment because of their desire for treasure. Upon questioning them, we discovered the reason for their disobedience. Then Ron was in BIGGER trouble for telling the boys such a story. Over the fireplace, Lindon’s father had a large sword hanging for decoration. But it was a real sword and it was sharp. Lindon had decided that they would need that sword to fight the pirates if any were guarding the treasure! Thankfully they were too short, even when standing upon a chair, to reach the weapon and had given up.
How careful we must be when we tell children anything. They have perfect trust, perfect confidence in us. They are not filled with the skepticism we develop over the years. They believe every word we tell them. Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:3,4 How He longs for us to have that perfect trust, perfect confidence in Him. May we bring Him all of our problems to solve, because He bids us, “Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28