I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1.
It is impossible for a man to present his body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, while continuing to indulge habits that are depriving him of physical, mental, and moral vigor. Again the apostle says, “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2.
We are in a world that is opposed to righteousness or purity of character, and especially to growth in grace. Wherever we look, we see defilement and corruption, deformity and sin. How opposed is all this to the work that must be accomplished in us just previous to receiving the gift of immortality! God’s elect must stand untainted amid the corruptions teeming around them in these last days. Their bodies must be made holy, their spirits pure. If this work is to be accomplished, it must be undertaken at once, earnestly and understandingly. The Spirit of God should have perfect control, influencing every action.
The health reform is one branch of the great work which is to fit a people for the coming of the Lord. . . . Men and women cannot violate natural law by indulging depraved appetites and lustful passions, without violating the law of God. Therefore He has permitted the light of health reform to shine upon us, that we may realize the sinfulness of breaking the laws which He has established in our very being. . . .
To make natural law plain, and to urge obedience to it, is a work that accompanies the third angel’s message. . . . He [God] designs that the subject shall be agitated, and the public mind deeply stirred to investigate it; for it is impossible for men and women, while under the power of sinful, health-destroying, brain-enervating habits, to appreciate sacred truth. . . .
He who cherishes the light which God has given him upon health reform, has an important aid in the work of becoming sanctified through the truth, and fitted for immortality.
Maranatha p. 119
—–Please pray that God will heal a little girl named Abigail in spite of the mistakes done by the medical staff. Pray for her heartbroken parents also. M
—–Update on mom.. She is getting stronger every day, Praise The Lord! Oxygen by canula is lower and her saturation levels are good. Creatinine is down to 2.4 from 3.2. White count is coming down, she sat in a chair for 30 minutes. Should move out of intensive care soon. Susan
—–Please pray that we can get help fixing our van. It quit last night so we are without a car and we really need the car to get around. Thank you Debbie
—–Please pray that M can find out what she is allergic to. L
In the late 1980’s we moved to the Spokane, Washington area. Ron’s new employer put us up in a motel until we could find a place to live. I searched and searched for a place outside of town where the children could have the advantages of fields to roam in.
Finally I passed a sign that pointed down a short, dead-end road. On this little road were four or five houses. The last house was a yellow, wooden structure with a field and a large tree-covered hill behind. It seemed ideal. I called the number on the sign and soon we set up housekeeping.
In the evenings when Ron got off from work, we would drive part of the way to the airport where he worked and meet him along the road. Ronnie Jay would jump out of the car and father and son would walk home through the woods together.
How Ronnie Jay looked forward to that time! It was a time when he had his dad’s full attention and they could talk together. It also gave Ron the opportunity to instruct our son in outdoor skills. They both enjoyed it.
We have a Heavenly Father Who wants to have daily fellowship with us. He desires to walk beside us and lead us on the path to His kingdom. He is our Good Shepherd Who has given His life for us. We can trust Him even more than a little child trusts his parents. Our Saviour assures us, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jer 31:3
He loves to listen to us as we tell Him our joys, our fears, our needs. We can tell Him everything. Nothing can shock Him. As David prayed, “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Ps 139:2 Nothing Is too hard for Him. For He upholds “all things by the word of his power.” Heb 1:3 He calls to us, “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. Matt 11:28,29
He longs to impart to us wisdom “the price of (which) is above rubies.” Job 28:18 James tells us, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5 Our Redeemer has promised. “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Ps 32:8 “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isa 30:21
What a wonderful God we serve! He loves us more than a mother loves her little one. He assures us, “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Isa 49:15,16
May we come to Him now. May we allow Him to have control of every aspect of our lives for He is interested in our good. May He be our constant companion one the road of life is my prayer.