They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Jeremiah 6:14.
Papists, Protestants, and worldlings will . . . see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium.
“The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10. When the reasoning of philosophy has banished the fear of God’s judgments; when religious teachers are pointing forward to long ages of peace and prosperity, and the world are absorbed in their rounds of business and pleasure, planting and building, feasting and merrymaking, rejecting God’s warnings and mocking His messengers–then it is that sudden destruction cometh upon them, and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3.
Like the dwellers in the vale of Siddim, the people are dreaming of prosperity and peace. “Escape for thy life,” is the warning from the angels of God; but other voices are heard saying, “Be not excited; there is no cause for alarm.” The multitudes cry, “Peace and safety,” while Heaven declares that swift destruction is about to come upon the transgressor. On the night prior to their destruction, the cities of the plain rioted in pleasure and derided the fears and warnings of the messenger of God; but those scoffers perished in the flames; that very night the door of mercy was forever closed to the wicked, careless inhabitants of Sodom. God will not always be mocked; He will not long be trifled with. “Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.” Isaiah 13:9. The great mass of the world will reject God’s mercy, and will be overwhelmed in swift and irretrievable ruin. But those who heed the warning shall dwell “in the secret place of the most High,” and “abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” His truth shall be their shield and buckler.
Maranatha p. 260
—–update— Presently Bobbie is doing better and we have high hopes. She did have a bad stroke leaving her left side paralyzed. We are thankful for your prayers and friendship. On the bright side they now have Bobbie removed from all the IV,s and she seems to be doing better. M
—-Please pray for Travis, the job pretest I asked for prayers on before, he passed, and now has a real job interview today, around 1:00 to 1:30 in the afternoon. Please pray God would bless him with this job, as he needs it very desperately. Kelly
—–Please pray for Kari whose son age 24 is suffering from rapid tachycardia and in the hospital for tests. Also her sister-in-law has kidney stones that they are trying to break up. Ron
There were times when my children were very little, that they would try to do something that was beyond their ability. No matter how much they would struggle, they just could not accomplish their goal. I wanted to help them, but I would wait until they asked me to. Finally, after struggling with all of their might, they would look for Mama. Just as soon as they came to me, I would give them the help that they needed and soon their goal was reached. This, I hoped, would teach them when they grew older to ask their Heavenly Father for help in every situation.
Our Loving Father in Heaven never forces Himself upon us. He stands there, longing for us to come to Him in prayer, yearning for us to ask Him for the help that He is so eager to give. He declares, “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.” Rev 3:20 How often, with tears He pleads, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:9-13
How long has it been since you talked with the Lord and told Him your heart’s hidden secrets? How long since you prayed? how long since you stayed on your knees till the light shone through? How long has it been since you mind felt at ease? How long since your heart knew no burden?Can you call Him your friend? How long has it been since you knew that He cared for you?
How long has it been since you knelt by your bed and prayed to the Lord up in Heaven? How long since you knew that He’d answer you, and would keep you the long night through? How long has it been since you woke with the dawn, and felt that the day’s worth the living? Can you call Him your friend? How long has it been since you knew that He cared for you?*
Our Dear Saviour pleads, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” john 15:4-11 John adds, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14,15 Precious promise!
Let us “in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let [our] requests be made known unto God.” Phil 4:6 Let us, in all of our perplexities, in all of our disappointments, in all of our joys, go to our Heavenly Father for the help that we so much need. Let us stop struggling in our own strength, and give ourselves wholly to His control. He will never turn us away.
*How Long has it Been? by Mosie Lister