And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. Luke 24:49.
Having magnified the law and made it honorable by accepting its conditions in saving a world from ruin, Christ hastened to heaven to perfect His work, and to accomplish His mission by sending the Holy Spirit to His disciples. Thus He would assure His believing ones that He had not forgotten them, though now in the presence of God where there is fullness of joy forevermore.
The Holy Spirit was to descend on those in this world who loved Christ. By this they would be qualified, in and through the glorification of their Head, to receive every endowment necessary for the fulfilling of their mission. The Life-giver held in His hands not only the keys of death but a whole heaven of rich blessings. All power in heaven and earth was given to Him, and having taken His place in the heavenly courts, He could dispense these blessings to all who receive Him….
The Holy Spirit was sent as the most priceless treasure the world could receive. The church was baptized with the Spirit’s power. The disciples were fitted to go forth and proclaim Christ, first in Jerusalem, where the shameful work of dishonoring the rightful King had been done, and then to the uttermost parts of the earth. The evidence of the enthronement of Christ in His mediatorial kingdom was given….
The Father gave all honor to His Son, seating Him at His right hand, far above all principalities and powers. He expressed His great joy and delight in receiving the crucified One and crowning Him with glory and honor. And all the favors He has shown to His Son in His acceptance of the great atonement are shown to His people. Those who have united their interests in love with Christ are accepted in the Beloved. They suffered with Christ in His deepest humiliation, and His glorification is of great interest to them, because they are accepted in Him. God loves them as He loves His Son. Christ, Emmanuel, stands between God and the believer, revealing the glory of God to His chosen ones, and covering their defects and transgressions with the garments of His own spotless righteousness….
If God’s people will sanctify themselves by obedience to His precepts, the Lord will work in their midst. He will renew humble, contrite souls, making their characters pure and holy.—Manuscript 128, 1897.
Christ Triumphant p. 294
Prayer Requests
—-Please pray for God’s guidance and protection for E and her children. R
—-Please pray for my Nephew Diego, He is in ER, he has Cancer IV Phase he is 28 YO, But God has disolved the Spinal Tumors , Recovery is so Slow , just Take a minute and Pray for his soon discharge, Chris
Dear Friends,
Many years ago when our dog Junior was still alive, Ron, Ronnie Jay, and I were talking about going for a walk at Pawnee Prairie to see if we could get some better pictures of the deer or any other animals there. As we were talking, Junior went and got his leash and placed it in front of the door. Then he ran back and forth expectantly.
We had not planned on taking him as we felt that would spoil any chances of seeing any animals. Yet, when I saw how much that little dog wanted to go with us, I became his advocate. Finally, I convinced Ronnie Jay that we didn’t have to take pictures every time we took a walk. Junior got to go. Ronnie Jay took his camera anyway. I did not take mine.
We had just barely gotten down the path, when we saw a young deer grazing in a grassy patch just to the left of the trail. Within a few feet of the deer was a squirrel foraging in the grass. (Junior didn’t even notice.) Ronnie Jay began snapping pictures. The deer continued eating and only looked at us occasionally. We could tell that the deer was a little nervous, however. He kept raising his left front foot, yet he stayed his ground. Ronnie Jay continued taking pictures. How I wished I had had my camera!
Ron suggested that Ronnie Jay try getting closer. Ronnie Jay took a couple of steps but froze in his tracks when the deer looked up. A few more steps and the deer had had enough. Off he bounded, yet he did not go too far. We followed and Ronnie Jay was able to get a few more photos before the deer decided he would pose no longer. Oh! If I’d only brought my camera!
Just as I was unprepared for our encounter with the deer, so many will be unprepared for the coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. How they will wish they had been prepared to meet their Lord! But it will be too late. There is no second chance. Their future is forever sealed. With remorse and terror they will cry, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!” Jer 8:20
Jesus gave many parables to help us to remember to be prepared. “For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” Mark 13:35-37 “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” Matt 24:42-25:13
“The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” 1 Peter 4:7

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