Posts tagged #GOD

  • Envy
    Pity and #Pray for #Oppressive-Leaders—Because of the wrong actions of those in positions of trust, do not let envious feelings fill your heart. They are to be judged according to the deeds done in the body. You only need to pity and pray for them. The Lord knows every dishonest transaction, and will award them according as their work shall be. The Lord rewards every unselfish action. #Pray with heart and soul and voice, “O God, impress more deeply upon my mind and heart the principles of thy holy law, which is the transcript of thy character. Let me by faith grasp the exceeding great and precious promises, that I may not in my duty and work fail or be discouraged, but perfect holiness in thy fear."

    Envy Offspring of #Pride—Though Saul was ever on the alert for an opportunity to destroy David, he stood in fear of him, since it was evident that the Lord was with him. David’s blameless character aroused the wrath of the king; he deemed that the very life and presence of #David cast a reproach upon him, since by contrast it presented his own character to disadvantage. It was envy that made #Saul miserable and put the humble subject of his throne in jeopardy. What untold mischief has this evil trait of character worked in our world! The same enmity existed in the heart of #Saul that stirred the heart of Cain against his brother Abel, because Abel’s works were righteous, and #God honored him, and his own works were #evil, and the Lord could not bless him. Envy is the offspring of pride, and if it is entertained in the heart, it will lead to hatred, and eventually to revenge and murder. #Satan displayed his own character in exciting the fury of Saul against him who had never done him harm.
  • Can the dead speak to us? Part 2
    When people have been led to believe that the dead actually return to communicate with them, #Satan causes those to appear who went into the grave unprepared. They claim to be happy in heaven and even to occupy exalted positions there, and thus the error is widely taught that no difference is made between the #righteous and the #wicked. The pretended visitants from the world of #spirits sometimes utter cautions and warnings which prove to be correct. Then, as confidence is gained, they present #doctrines that directly undermine #faith in the #Scriptures.

    With an appearance of deep interest in the well-being of their friends on earth, they insinuate the most #dangerous errors. The fact that they state some truths, and are able at times to foretell future events, gives to their statements an appearance of reliability; and their false teachings are accepted by the multitudes as readily, and believed as implicitly, as if they were the most sacred truths of the Bible. The #law of #God is set aside, the Spirit of grace despised, the blood of the covenant counted an unholy thing. The spirits deny the deity of Christ and place even the Creator on a level with themselves. Thus under a new disguise the great rebel still carries on his warfare against God, begun in heaven and for nearly six thousand years continued upon the earth.

    Many endeavor to account for spiritual manifestations by attributing them wholly to fraud and sleight of hand on the part of the medium. But while it is true that the results of trickery have often been palmed off as genuine manifestations, there have been, also, marked exhibitions of supernatural power. The mysterious rapping with which modern spiritualism began was not the result of human trickery or cunning, but was the direct work of evil angels, who thus introduced one of the most successful of soul-destroying delusions. Many will be ensnared through the belief that spiritualism is a merely human imposture; when brought face to face with manifestations which they cannot but regard as supernatural, they will be deceived, and will be led to accept them as the great power of God. 

    These persons overlook the testimony of the Scriptures concerning the wonders wrought by Satan and his agents. It was by satanic aid that Pharaoh’s magicians were enabled to counterfeit the work of God. Paul testifies that before the second advent of Christ there will be similar manifestations of #satanic power. The coming of the Lord is to be preceded by “the working of #Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness.” 2 #Thessalonians 2:9, 10. And the apostle John, describing the miracle-working power that will be manifested in the last days, declares: “He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do.” #Revelation 13:13, 14. No mere impostures are here foretold. Men are deceived by the miracles which #Satan’s agents have power to do, not which they pretend to do. 

    The #prince of #darkness, who has so long bent the powers of his mastermind to the work of deception, skillfully adapts his temptations to men of all classes and conditions. To persons of culture and refinement he presents spiritualism in its more refined and intellectual aspects, and thus succeeds in drawing many into his snare. The wisdom which spiritualism imparts is that described by the apostle James, which “descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” James 3:15. This, however, the great deceiver conceals when concealment will best suit his purpose. He who could appear clothed with the brightness of the heavenly seraphs before Christ in the wilderness of temptation, comes to men in the most attractive manner as an angel of light. He appeals to the reason by the presentation of elevating themes; he delights the fancy with enrapturing scenes; and he enlists the affections by his eloquent portrayals of love and charity. He excites the imagination to lofty flights, leading men to take so great pride in their own wisdom that in their hearts they despise the Eternal One. That mighty being who could take the world’s Redeemer to an exceedingly high mountain and bring before Him all the kingdoms of the earth and the glory of them, will present his temptations to men in a manner to pervert the senses of all who are not shielded by #divine power. 

    Satan beguiles men now as he beguiled #Eve in #Eden by flattery, by kindling a desire to obtain forbidden knowledge, by exciting ambition for self-exaltation. It was cherishing these evils that caused his fall, and through them he aims to compass the ruin of men. “Ye shall be as gods,” he declares, “knowing good and evil.” #Genesis 3:5. #Spiritualism teaches “that man is the creature of progression; that it is his destiny from his birth to progress, even to eternity, toward the #Godhead.” And again: “Each mind will judge itself and not another.” “The #judgment will be right, because it is the judgment of self.... The #throne is within you.” Said a #spiritualistic #teacher, as the “spiritual consciousness” awoke within him: “My fellow men, all were unfallen #demigods.” And another declares: “Any just and perfect being is Christ.” 

    Thus, in place of the #righteousness and perfection of the #infinite #God, the true object of adoration; in place of the perfect righteousness of His law, the true standard of human attainment, #Satan has substituted the sinful, erring nature of man himself as the only object of adoration, the only rule of judgment, or standard of character. This is progress, not upward, but downward. 

    It is a law both of the intellectual and the spiritual nature that by beholding we become changed. The mind gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is allowed to dwell. It becomes assimilated to that which it is accustomed to love and reverence. #Man will never rise higher than his standard of purity or goodness or truth. If self is his loftiest ideal, he will never attain to anything more exalted. Rather, he will constantly sink lower and lower. The #grace of God alone has power to exalt man. Left to himself, his course must inevitably be downward. 

    To the #self-indulgent, the pleasure-loving, the sensual, #spiritualism presents itself under a less subtle disguise than to the more refined and intellectual; in its grosser forms they find that which is in harmony with their inclinations. Satan studies every indication of the frailty of human nature, he marks the sins which each individual is inclined to commit, and then he takes care that opportunities shall not be wanting to gratify the tendency to #evil. He #tempts men to excess in that which is in itself lawful, causing them, through intemperance, to weaken physical, mental, and moral power. He has destroyed and is destroying thousands through the indulgence of the passions, thus brutalizing the entire nature of man. And to complete his work, he declares, through the spirits that “true knowledge places man above all law;” that “whatever is, is right;” that “God doth not condemn;” and that “all sins which are committed are innocent.” When the people are thus led to believe that desire is the highest law, that liberty is license, and that man is accountable only to himself, who can wonder that corruption and depravity teem on every hand? Multitudes eagerly accept teachings that leave them at liberty to obey the promptings of the carnal heart. The reins of self-control are laid upon the neck of lust, the powers of mind and soul are made subject to the animal propensities, and #Satan exultingly sweeps into his net thousands who profess to be followers of Christ. 

    But none need be deceived by the lying claims of spiritualism. God has given the world sufficient light to enable them to discover the snare. As already shown, the theory which forms the very foundation of spiritualism is at war with the plainest statements of Scripture. The Bible declares that the dead know not anything, that their thoughts have perished; they have no part in anything that is done under the sun; they know nothing of the joys or sorrows of those who were dearest to them on #earth.

    Furthermore, God has expressly forbidden all pretended communication with departed spirits. In the days of the Hebrews there was a class of people who claimed, as do the spiritualists of today, to hold communication with the dead. But the “familiar spirits,” as these visitants from other worlds were called, are declared by the Bible to be “the spirits of devils.” (Compare Numbers 25:1-3; Psalm 106:28; 1 Corinthians 10:20; Revelation 16:14.) The work of dealing with familiar spirits was pronounced an abomination to the Lord, and was solemnly forbidden under penalty of death. #Leviticus 19:31; 20:27. The very name of witchcraft is now held in contempt. The claim that men can hold intercourse with evil spirits is regarded as a fable of the Dark Ages. But spiritualism, which numbers its converts by hundreds of thousands, yea, by millions, which has made its way into scientific circles, which has invaded churches, and has found favor in legislative bodies, and even in the courts of kings—this mammoth deception is but a revival, in a new disguise, of the #witchcraft condemned and prohibited of old. 

    If there were no other evidence of the real character of spiritualism, it should be enough for the Christian that the spirits make no difference between righteousness and sin, between the noblest and purest of the apostles of Christ and the most corrupt of the servants of Satan. By representing the basest of men as in heaven, and highly exalted there, Satan says to the world: “No matter how wicked you are; no matter whether you believe or disbelieve God and the Bible. Live as you please; heaven is your home.” The spiritualist teachers virtually declare: “Everyone that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?” Malachi 2:17. Saith the word of God: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness.” Isaiah 5:20. 

    The #apostles, as personated by these lying spirits, are made to contradict what they wrote at the dictation of the Holy Spirit when on earth. They deny the divine origin of the Bible, and thus tear away the foundation of the Christian’s hope and put out the light that reveals the way to heaven. Satan is making the world believe that the Bible is a mere fiction, or at least a book suited to the infancy of the race, but now to be lightly regarded, or cast aside as obsolete. And to take the place of the word of God he holds out spiritual manifestations. Here is a channel wholly under his control; by this means he can make the world believe what he will. The Book that is to judge him and his followers he puts in the shade, just where he wants it; the Saviour of the world he makes to be no more than a common man. And as the Roman guard that watched the tomb of Jesus spread the lying report which the priests and elders put into their mouths to disprove His resurrection, so do the believers in spiritual manifestations try to make it appear that there is nothing miraculous in the circumstances of our Saviour’s life. After thus seeking to put Jesus in the background, they call attention to their own miracles, declaring that these far exceed the works of Christ. 

    It is true that spiritualism is now changing its form and, veiling some of its more objectionable features, is assuming a Christian guise. But its utterances from the platform and the press have been before the public for many years, and in these its real character stands revealed. These teachings cannot be denied or hidden. – {GC 557.2}Even in its present form, so far from being more worthy of toleration than formerly, it is really a more dangerous, because a more subtle, deception. While it formerly denounced Christ and the Bible, it now professes to accept both. But the Bible is interpreted in a manner that is pleasing to the unrenewed heart, while its solemn and vital truths are made of no effect. Love is dwelt upon as the chief attribute of God, but it is degraded to a weak sentimentalism, making little distinction between good and evil. God’s justice, His denunciations of sin, the requirements of His holy law, are all kept out of sight. The people are taught to regard the Decalogue as a dead letter. Pleasing, bewitching fables captivate the senses and lead men to reject the Bible as the foundation of their faith. Christ is as verily denied as before; but Satan has so blinded the eyes of the people that the deception is not discerned. 

    There are few who have any just conception of the deceptive power of spiritualism and the danger of coming under its influence. Many tamper with it merely to gratify their curiosity. They have no real faith in it and would be filled with horror at the thought of yielding themselves to the spirits’ control. But they venture upon the forbidden ground, and the mighty destroyer exercises his power upon them against their will. Let them once be induced to submit their minds to his direction, and he holds them captive. It is impossible, in their own strength, to break away from the bewitching, alluring spell. Nothing but the power of God, granted in answer to the earnest prayer of faith, can deliver these ensnared souls. 

    All who indulge sinful traits of character, or willfully cherish a known sin, are inviting the temptations of Satan. They separate themselves from God and from the watchcare of His angels; as the evil one presents his deceptions, they are without defense and fall an easy prey. Those who thus place themselves in his power little realize where their course will end. Having achieved their overthrow, the tempter will employ them as his agents to lure others to ruin. 

    Says the prophet Isaiah: “When they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:19, 20. If men had been willing to receive the truth so plainly stated in the Scriptures concerning the nature of man and the state of the dead, they would see in the claims and manifestations of spiritualism the working of Satan with power and signs and lying wonders. But rather than yield the liberty so agreeable to the carnal heart, and renounce the sins which they love, multitudes close their eyes to the light and walk straight on, regardless of warnings, while Satan weaves his snares about them, and they become his prey. “Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved,” therefore “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10, 11. 

    Those who oppose the teachings of spiritualism are assailing, not men alone, but Satan and his angels. They have entered upon a contest against principalities and powers and wicked spirits in high places. Satan will not yield one inch of ground except as he is driven back by the power of heavenly messengers. The people of God should be able to meet him, as did our Saviour, with the words: “It is written.” Satan can quote Scripture now as in the days of Christ, and he will pervert its teachings to sustain his delusions. Those who would stand in this time of peril must understand for themselves the testimony of the Scriptures. 

    Many will be confronted by the spirits of devils personating beloved relatives or friends and declaring the most dangerous heresies. These visitants will appeal to our tenderest sympathies and will work miracles to sustain their pretensions. We must be prepared to withstand them with the Bible truth that the dead know not anything and that they who thus appear are the #spirits of #devils. 

    Just before us is “the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Revelation 3:10. All whose faith is not firmly established upon the word of #God will be deceived and overcome. Satan “works with all deceivableness of unrighteousness” to gain control of the children of men, and his deceptions will continually increase. But he can gain his object only as men voluntarily yield to his #temptations. Those who are earnestly seeking a knowledge of the truth and are striving to purify their souls through obedience, thus doing what they can to prepare for the conflict, will find, in the God of truth, a sure defense. “Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee” (verse 10), is the %Saviour’s promise. He would sooner send every angel out of heaven to protect His people than leave one soul that trusts in Him to be overcome by Satan. 

    The prophet #Isaiah brings to view the fearful deception which will come upon the wicked, causing them to count themselves secure from the judgments of God: “We have made a covenant with #death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under #falsehood have we hid ourselves.” #Isaiah 28:15. In the class here described are included those who in their stubborn impenitence comfort themselves with the assurance that there is to be no punishment for the sinner; that all mankind, it matters not how corrupt, are to be exalted to #heaven, to become as the angels of #God. But still more emphatically are those making a covenant with death and an agreement with hell, who renounce the truths which Heaven has provided as a defense for the righteous in the day of trouble, and accept the refuge of lies offered by #Satan in its stead—the delusive pretensions of #spiritualism. 

    Marvelous beyond expression is the blindness of the people of this generation. Thousands reject the word of God as #unworthy of #belief and with eager confidence receive the deceptions of #Satan. Skeptics and scoffers denounce the bigotry of those who contend for the faith of prophets and apostles, and they divert themselves by holding up to ridicule the solemn declarations of the Scriptures concerning #Christ and the plan of salvation, and the retribution to be visited upon the rejecters of the truth. They affect great pity for minds so narrow, weak, and superstitious as to acknowledge the claims of God and obey the requirements of His law. They manifest as much assurance as if, indeed, they had made a covenant with #death and an agreement with hell—as if they had erected an impassable, impenetrable barrier between themselves and the vengeance of #God. Nothing can arouse their fears. So fully have they yielded to the #tempter, so closely are they united with him, and so thoroughly imbued with his spirit, that they have no power and no inclination to break away from his snare. 

    Satan has long been preparing for his final effort to deceive the world. The foundation of his work was laid by the assurance given to #Eve in #Eden: “Ye shall not surely die.” “In the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” #Genesis 3:4, 5. Little by little he has prepared the way for his masterpiece of deception in the development of spiritualism. He has not yet reached the full accomplishment of his designs; but it will be reached in the last remnant of time. Says the prophet: “I saw three unclean spirits like frogs; ... they are the spirits of #devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God #Almighty.” #Revelation 16:13, 14. Except those who are kept by the power of #God, through faith in His word, the whole world will be swept into the ranks of this delusion. The people are fast being lulled to a fatal security, to be awakened only by the outpouring of the wrath of God. 

    Saith the #Lord #God: “%Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.” #Isaiah 28:17, 18. 
  • Christian Social Media Network: Be Vigilant Online
    The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2 Timothy 2:19. 

    #Pray for the impartation of the #Holy #Spirit and believe that it is for you.... Search your own hearts, and prepare the vessel for the reception of the Holy Spirit. Do not be satisfied with your present experience. Sink the shaft deeper and still deeper into the mine of truth.... –

    It is the privilege of every believer in #Christ to possess #Christ’s nature, a nature far above that which Adam forfeited by transgression. He who sees the Son by faith and believes in Him, is obedient to the commandments of #God, and in this obedience he finds everlasting life.... You will not have a firm religious experience unless you dig deep, and build your house upon the #Rock.... – 

    #Satan works through men who will be worked, blinding the perceptive faculties, paralyzing the senses with selfish ease and love of the world, and unless a special message direct from heaven comes to them they will not discern their peril. 

    Human nature is vacillating. Men grasp the #truth with their perceptive powers, but they refuse to separate themselves from the world. Men will not consent to be #God’s peculiar people. They know the truth of the Bible, but they do not want to obey, and they turn from the truth. They act out their unbelief, and darkness comes upon their souls. Choosing their own way they are left to be filled with their own devices. Truth is insulted, #Christ ignored, and perdition will be their portion unless they turn and repent.... 

    While these opposing influences are at work to lead away from the truth, away from conviction, away from heaven into the broad path of self-gratification, the agents of #God are to work to save souls that are ready to perish. After wrestling with #God in prayer, put on the armor, and engage in earnest labor for the conversion of souls. Let men see that with you truth is not a jest, but an eternal reality. You are to deal with principles as you have never dealt with them before. Scatter the seeds of truth with no sparing hand. Sow beside all waters. Have no prescribed limits which you will not pass, but [work] with all the powers that God has given you. Then the people will know you as a man who believes the truth, and to whom truth is a reality. Let not your faith fail. Bring your mind to the point of decision or shake yourself free from all slothfulness and inaction.... Hold fast. Leave no means untried. Work, and watch, and pray, and walk humbly with #God.
  • EDEN
    Happy is the man that findeth #wisdom.”

    The system of education instituted at the beginning of the world was to be a model for man throughout all aftertime. As an illustration of its principles a model school was established in #Eden, the home of our first parents. The #Garden of #Eden was the schoolroom, nature was the lesson book, the #Creator Himself was the instructor, and the parents of the human family were the students. 

    Created to be “the image and glory of God” (1 #Corinthians 11:7), Adam and Eve had received endowments not unworthy of their high destiny. Graceful and symmetrical in form, regular and beautiful in feature, their countenances glowing with the tint of health and the light of joy and hope, they bore in outward resemblance the likeness of their #Maker. Nor was this likeness manifest in the physical nature only. Every faculty of mind and soul reflected the Creator’s glory. Endowed with high mental and spiritual gifts, Adam and Eve were made but “little lower than the angels” (#Hebrews 2:7), that they might not only discern the wonders of the visible universe, but comprehend moral responsibilities and obligations. 

    “The #Lord #God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord #God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden.” #Genesis 2:8, 9. Here, amidst the beautiful scenes of nature untouched by sin, our first parents were to receive their education. 

    In His interest for His children, our heavenly #Father personally directed their education. Often they were visited by His messengers, the holy angels, and from them received counsel and instruction. Often as they walked in the #garden in the cool of the day they heard the voice of #God, and face to face held communion with the Eternal. His thoughts toward them were “thoughts of peace, and not of evil.” #Jeremiah 29:11. His every purpose was their highest good. 

    To #Adam and #Eve was committed the care of the garden, “to dress it and to keep it.” #Genesis 2:15. Though rich in all that the Owner of the universe could supply, they were not to be idle. Useful occupation was appointed them as a #blessing, to strengthen the body, to expand the mind, and to develop the character. 

    The book of nature, which spread its living lessons before them, afforded an exhaustless source of instruction and delight. On every leaf of the forest and stone of the mountains, in every shining star, in earth and sea and sky, #God’s name was written. With both the animate and the inanimate creation—with leaf and flower and tree, and with every living creature, from the leviathan of the waters to the mote in the sunbeam—the dwellers in #Eden held converse, gathering from each the secrets of its life. God’s glory in the heavens, the innumerable worlds in their orderly revolutions, “the balancings of the clouds” (Job 37:16), the mysteries of light and sound, of day and night—all were objects of study by the pupils of earth’s first school. 

    The laws and operations of nature, and the great principles of truth that govern the spiritual universe, were opened to their minds by the #infinite Author of all. In “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God” (2 #Corinthians 4:6), their mental and spiritual powers developed, and they realized the highest pleasures of their holy existence. 

    As it came from the Creator’s hand, not only the Garden of Eden but the whole earth was exceedingly beautiful. No taint of sin, or shadow of death, marred the fair creation. God’s glory “covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise.” “The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” Habakkuk 3:3; Job 38:7. Thus was the earth a fit emblem of Him who is “abundant in goodness and truth” #(Exodus 34:6); a fit study for those who were made in His image. The Garden of Eden was a representation of what God desired the whole earth to become, and it was His purpose that, as the human family increased in numbers, they should establish other homes and schools like the one He had given. Thus in course of time the whole earth might be occupied with homes and schools where the words and the works of #God should be studied, and where the students should thus be fitted more and more fully to reflect, throughout endless ages, the light of the knowledge of His #glory. 
  • The Second Death
    #Satan rushes into the midst of his followers and tries to stir up the multitude to action. But fire from #God out of heaven is rained upon them, and the great men, and mighty men, the noble, the poor and miserable, are all consumed together. I saw that some were quickly destroyed, while others suffered longer. They were punished according to the deeds done in the body. Some were many days consuming, and just as long as there was a portion of them unconsumed, all the sense of suffering remained. Said the angel, “The worm of life shall not die; their fire shall not be quenched as long as there is the least particle for it to prey upon.” 

    #Satan and his #angels suffered long. Satan bore not only the weight and punishment of his own sins, but also of the sins of the redeemed host, which had been placed upon him; and he must also suffer for the ruin of souls which he had caused. Then I saw that #Satan and all the wicked host were consumed, and the justice of God was satisfied; and all the angelic host, and all the redeemed saints, with a loud voice said, “Amen!” 

    Said the #angel, “#Satan is the root, his children are the branches. They are now consumed root and branch. They have died an everlasting death. They are never to have a #resurrection, and #God will have a clean #universe.” I then looked and saw the fire which had consumed the #wicked, burning up the rubbish and purifying the earth. Again I looked and saw the earth purified. There was not a single sign of the curse. The broken, uneven surface of the earth now looked like a level, extensive plain. God’s entire universe was clean, and the great controversy was forever ended. Wherever we looked, everything upon which the eye rested was beautiful and holy. And all the redeemed host, old and young, great and small, cast their glittering crowns at the feet of their #Redeemer, and prostrated themselves in adoration before Him, and worshiped Him that liveth forever and ever. The beautiful new earth, with all its #glory, was the eternal inheritance of the saints. The #kingdom and #dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, was then given to the saints of the #Most~High, who were to possess it forever, even forever and ever. 
  • The Lamb of God
    Behold the Lamb of #God, which taketh away the #sin of the #world. John 1:29. 

    To fallen man was revealed the plan of infinite #sacrifice through which #salvation was to be provided. Nothing but the #death of #God’s dear Son could expiate man’s sin, and Adam marveled at the goodness of God in providing such a ransom for the sinner. Through the love of God, a star of hope illumined the terrible future that spreads before the transgressor. Through the institution of the typical system of sacrifice and offering, the death of #Christ was ever to be kept before guilty man, that he might better comprehend the nature of sin, the results of #transgression, and the merit of the divine offering. Had there been no sin, man would never have known #death. But in the innocent offering slain by his own hand he beheld the fruits of sin—the death of the #Son of God in his behalf. He sees the immutable character of the law he has #transgressed, and confesses his sin; he relies upon the merits of the Lamb of #God.... 

    In becoming man’s substitute, in bearing the curse which should fall upon man, #Christ has pledged Himself in behalf of the race to maintain the sacred and exalted honor of His #Father’s law.... God has given the world into the hands of #Christ, that He may completely vindicate the binding claims of the law and make manifest the #holiness of every principle. 

    The sacrifice of beasts shadowed forth the sinless offering of God’s dear Son, and pointed forward to His death upon the #cross. But at the crucifixion type met #antitype, and the typical system there ceased.... 

    The Son of God is the center of the great plan of redemption which covers all dispensations. He is the “#Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). He is the Redeemer of the fallen sons and daughters of Adam in all ages of human probation. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under #heaven given among men, whereby we must be #saved” (#Acts 4:12). 
  • SIN
    Thou art the #anointed #cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so. ... Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. #Ezekiel 28:14, 15.

    It is impossible to explain the origin of sin so as to give a reason for its existence. Yet enough may be understood concerning both the origin and the final disposition of sin, to make fully manifest the #justice and #benevolence of #God in all His dealings with evil. Nothing is more plainly taught in Scripture than that God was in no wise responsible for the entrance of #sin.... #Sin is an intruder, for whose presence no reason can be given. It is mysterious, unaccountable; to excuse it, is to defend it. Could excuse for it be found, or cause be shown for its existence, it would cease to be sin. Our only definition of sin is that given in the word of #God; it is “the transgression of the law;” (1 #John 3:4) it is the outworking of a principle at war with the great law of love which is the foundation of the divine government. 

    #Sin originated in #self-seeking. #Lucifer, the covering cherub, desired to be first in heaven. He sought to gain control of heavenly beings, to draw them away from their Creator, and to win their homage to himself.... Thus he deceived angels. Thus he deceived men. He led them to doubt the word of #God, and to distrust His goodness.... Thus he drew men to join him in rebellion against #God, and the night of woe settled down upon the world. 

    #Sin appeared in a perfect universe.... The reason of its inception or development was never explained and never can be, even at the last great day when the judgment shall sit and the books be opened.... At that day it will be evident to all that there is not, and never was, any cause for #sin. At the final condemnation of #Satan and his #angels and of all men who have finally identified themselves with him as transgressors of #God’s law, every mouth will be stopped. When the hosts of rebellion, from the first great rebel to the last transgressor, are asked why they have broken the law of #God, they will be speechless. There will be no answer to give. 
  • An Appetite for God's Word

    'His Word can cut through our spirits.' #Hebrews 4:12 CEV
    As you read the #Bible, #God will give you strength and guidance for your life that you simply can't get any other way. Eliphaz said to Job the #patriarch: 'He bruises, but he binds up; he wounds, but his hands make whole' (Job 5:18 NKJV). That's what God does to you as you read the Scriptures. 'His #Word can cut through our spirits' (#Hebrews 4:12 CEV).
    Others see what we do, but when we get alone with #God and open the #Scriptures, he reveals to us what we are. He brings to the surface long-standing and unresolved issues, and helps us to deal with them. He confronts us over our stubborn habits and shows us how to conquer them. He pinpoints our #selfish and unloving attitudes, giving us a chance to #repent and change our ways. The old #Quakers had a saying: 'Sin will keep you from your #Bible, and your Bible will keep you from #sin.' You say, 'But when I get up in the morning, I'm so busy that I don't have time to read the #Bible.' Then read it when you come home at night! You say, 'By the time I get home from work at night, I'm exhausted and can't #concentrate on anything!' You must rearrange your priorities. If you spend hours watching television, surely you can spend some time each day reading your #Bible. The truth is that we make time for the things that we want, that we value, and that we enjoy.
    So ask God to give you a greater appetite for his Word. Then read your Bible, and watch your appetite for it grow!
  • What to do While You're Waiting?

    'I waited patiently for the #Lord; he...heard my cry.' #Psalm 40:1 NIV
    Anything that's built well is put together slowly and carefully.

    #Impatience is a sign of #immaturity; children can't wait for anything. Try to understand this: your impatience won't move #God faster. He works according to his own #timetable. #Paul writes, 'We know that all things work...according to his purpose' (#Romans 8:28 NKJV). Just because the door hasn't yet opened doesn't mean that God has changed his mind. The timing may not be right for him to get maximum glory, and you to get maximum benefit.
    So, what should you do while you're waiting? Two things: (1) Pray for #God's will. And don't permit things to come into your life that are contrary to it, especially hurry and worry. Know how to allocate your time, your energy and your money, including whom you should and shouldn't spend time with. #God says, 'I make known the end from the beginning' (#Isaiah 46:10 NIV). Before God starts anything, he has a clear picture of the end goal, and he ordains the steps that lead you to it. (2) While you're waiting - #rejoice. 'Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the #Lord, I will be joyful in God my #Saviour' (#Habakkuk 3:17 NIV).
    Start thanking God today for what he's already done, and for what he's going to do in the future on your behalf. Because he will - he absolutely will come through for you. AMEN
  • A Sad Day For The Universe
    Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. #Romans 5:12. 

    When our first parents were placed in the #beautiful garden of #Eden, they were tested in regard to their loyalty to #God. They were free to choose the service of God, or by disobedience to ally themselves with the enemy of God and man.... If they disregard God’s commands, and listened to the voice of Satan, as he spoke through the serpent, they would not only forfeit their claim to #Eden, but to life itself. 

    The first great moral lesson given Adam was that of #self-denial. The reins of #self-government were placed in his hands. #Judgment, reason, and conscience were to bear sway.... 

    #Adam and #Eve were permitted to partake of every tree in the Garden save one. There was only a single prohibition. The forbidden tree was as attractive and lovely as any of the trees in the Garden. It was called the tree of knowledge, because in partaking of that tree, of which God had said, “Thou shalt not eat of it,” (#Genesis 2:17) they would have a knowledge of sin, an experience in disobedience. 

    With what intense interest the whole universe watched the conflict that was to decide the position of Adam and Eve. How attentively the angels listened to the words of Satan, the originator of sin, as he ... sought to make of none effect the law of God through his deceptive reasoning! How anxiously they waited to see if the holy pair would be deluded by the tempter, and yield to his arts! They asked themselves, Will the holy pair transfer their #faith and love from the Father and Son to Satan? Will they accept his falsehoods as truth? 

    Adam and Eve persuaded themselves that in so small a matter as eating of the forbidden fruit, there could not result such terrible consequences as God had declared. But this small matter was sin, the transgression of God’s #immutable and #holy #law, and it opened the floodgates of death and untold woe upon our world.... Let us not esteem sin as a trivial thing. 
  • Co-Workers in Creation
    And #God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. ... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God #created he him; #male and #female created he them. #Genesis 1:26, 27. 

    After the earth was created, and the beasts upon it, the #Father and #Son carried out their purpose, which was designed before the fall of Satan, to make man in their own image. They had wrought together in the creation of the earth and every living thing upon it. And now God said to His Son, “Let us make man in our #image.” 

    #Adam and #Eve came forth from the hand of their Creator in the perfection of every physical, mental, and #spiritual endowment. God planted for them a garden and surrounded them with everything lovely and attractive to the eye, and that which their physical necessities required..

    The holy pair looked upon nature as a picture of unsurpassed loveliness. The brown earth was clothed with a carpet of living green, diversified with an endless variety of #self-propagating, self-perpetuating flowers. Shrubs, flowers, and trailing vines regaled the senses with their beauty and fragrance. The many varieties of lofty trees were laden with fruit of every kind and of delicious flavor. ... 

    Adam and Eve could trace the skill and glory of God in every spire of grass and in every shrub and flower. The natural loveliness which surrounded them, like a mirror reflected the wisdom, excellence, and love of their heavenly Father. And their songs of affection and praise rose sweetly and reverentially to heaven, harmonizing with the songs of the exalted angels, and with the happy birds who were caroling forth their music without a care. There was no #disease, #decay, nor #death anywhere. Life, life was in everything the eye rested upon. The #atmosphere was impregnated with #life....

    Adam could reflect that he was created in the #image of #God, to be like Him in righteousness and holiness. His mind was capable of continual cultivation, expansion, refinement and noble elevation, for #God was his #teacher, and #angels were his companions. 
  • JESUS - I AM
    #Jesus said unto them, #Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before #Abraham was, I am. #John 8:58. 

    I AM means an eternal presence; the past, present, and future are alike with God. He sees the most remote events of past #history and the far distant future with as clear a vision as we do those things which are transpiring daily. We know not what is before us, and if we did, it would not contribute to our eternal welfare. #God gives us an opportunity to exercise faith and trust in the great I AM.... Our #Saviour says, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad” (John 8:56). Fifteen hundred years before Christ laid off His royal robe, His #kingly crown, and left His position of honor in the heavenly courts, assumed humanity, and walked a man among the children of men, Abraham saw His day, and was glad. “Then said the #Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before #Abraham was, I am” (verses 57, 58).... 

    #Christ was using the great name of God that was given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence Isaiah also saw Christ, and his prophetic words are full of significance. He says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The #everlasting Father, The #Prince of #Peace” (#Isaiah 9:6). Speaking through him, the Lord says, “I am the #Lord thy #God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.... Fear not: for I am with thee.... I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.... Ye are my #witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he.... I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your #King” (Isaiah 43:3-15).... When Jesus came to our world, He proclaimed Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).... 


    The #Lord must be believed and served as the great “I AM,” and we must trust implicitly in Him.
  • Satan’s Punishment
    My attention was again directed to the earth. The #wicked had been destroyed, and their dead bodies were lying upon its surface. The wrath of #God in the seven last plagues had been visited upon the inhabitants of the earth, causing them to gnaw their tongues from pain and to curse #God. The false shepherds had been the signal objects of #Jehovah’s wrath. Their eyes had consumed away in their holes, and their tongues in their mouths, while they stood upon their feet. After the #saints had been delivered by the voice of God, the wicked multitude turned their rage upon one another. The earth seemed to be deluged with #blood, and #dead #bodies were from one end of it to the other. 

    The earth looked like a desolate wilderness. Cities and villages, shaken down by the earthquake, lay in heaps. Mountains had been moved out of their places, leaving large caverns. Ragged rocks, thrown out by the sea, or torn out of the earth itself, were scattered all over its surface. Large trees had been uprooted and were strewn over the land. Here is to be the home of #Satan with his evil angels for a thousand years. Here he will be confined, to wander up and down over the broken surface of the earth and see the effects of his rebellion against #God’s #law. For a thousand years he can enjoy the fruit of the curse which he has caused. Limited alone to the earth, he will not have the privilege of ranging to other planets, to tempt and annoy those who have not fallen. During this time, #Satan suffers extremely. Since his fall his evil traits have been in constant exercise. But he is then to be deprived of his power, and left to reflect upon the part which he has acted since his fall, and to look forward with trembling and terror to the dreadful future, when he must suffer for all the #evil that he has done and be punished for all the sins that he has caused to be committed. 

    I heard shouts of triumph from the angels and from the redeemed saints, which sounded like ten thousand musical instruments, because they were to be no more annoyed and tempted by #Satan and because the inhabitants of other worlds were delivered from his presence and his #temptations. 

    Then I saw thrones, and Jesus and the redeemed saints sat upon them; and the saints reigned as kings and priests unto God. #Christ, in union with His people, #judged the wicked dead, comparing their acts with the statute #book, the Word of God, and deciding every case according to the deeds done in the body. Then they meted out to the wicked the portion which they must suffer, according to their works; and it was written against their names in the #bookofdeath. Satan also and his angels were judged by #Jesus and the saints. #Satan’s #punishment was to be far greater than that of those whom he had deceived. His suffering would so far exceed theirs as to bear no comparison with it. After all those whom he had deceived had perished, Satan was still to live and suffer on much longer. 

    After the judgment of the wicked dead had been finished, at the end of the one thousand years, Jesus left the city, and the saints and a train of the angelic host followed Him. Jesus descended upon a great mountain, which as soon as His feet touched it, parted asunder and became a mighty plain. Then we looked up and saw the great and beautiful city, with twelve foundations, and twelve gates, three on each side, and an angel at each gate. We cried out, “The city! the great city! it is coming down from God out of heaven!” And it came down in all its splendor and dazzling glory and settled in the mighty plain which Jesus had prepared for it. 
  • JESUS
    It was at midnight that God chose to deliver His people. As the #wicked were #mocking around them, suddenly the sun appeared, shining in his strength, and the moon stood still. The wicked looked upon the scene with amazement, while the saints beheld with solemn joy the tokens of their deliverance. Signs and wonders followed in quick succession. Everything seemed turned out of its natural course. The streams ceased to flow. Dark, heavy clouds came up and clashed against each other. But there was one clear place of settled glory, whence came the voice of God like many waters, shaking the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves were opened, and those who had died in #faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the #Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept His law. 


    The sky opened and shut and was in commotion. The mountains shook like a reed in the wind and cast out ragged rocks all around. The sea boiled like a pot and cast out stones upon the land. And as God spoke the day and the hour of #Jesus’ coming and delivered the #everlasting covenant to His people, He spoke one sentence, and then paused, while the words were rolling through the earth. The #Israel of God stood with their eyes fixed upward, listening to the words as they came from the mouth of Jehovah and rolled through the earth like peals of loudest thunder. It was awfully solemn. At the end of every sentence the saints shouted, “Glory! Hallelujah!” Their countenances were lighted up with the glory of God, and they shone with glory as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. The wicked could not look upon them for the glory. And when the never-ending blessing was pronounced on those who had honored God in keeping His Sabbath holy, there was a #mighty shout of victory over the beast and over his image. 

    Then commenced the #jubilee, when the land should rest. I saw the pious slave rise in victory and triumph, and shake off the chains that bound him, while his wicked master was in confusion and knew not what to do; for the wicked could not understand the words of the voice of God. 

    Soon appeared the great white cloud, upon which sat the Son of man. When it first appeared in the distance, this cloud looked very small. The angel said that it was the sign of the Son of man. As it drew nearer the earth, we could behold the excellent glory and majesty of Jesus as He rode forth to conquer. A retinue of holy angels, with bright, glittering crowns upon their heads, escorted Him on His way. No language can describe the glory of the scene. The living cloud of majesty and unsurpassed glory came still nearer, and we could clearly behold the lovely person of Jesus. He did not wear a crown of thorns, but a crown of glory rested upon His holy brow. Upon His vesture and thigh was a name written, #Kingofkings, and Lord of lords. His countenance was as bright as the noonday sun, His eyes were as a flame of fire, and His feet had the appearance of fine brass. His voice sounded like many musical instruments. The earth trembled before Him, the #heavens departed as a scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Those who a short time before would have destroyed God’s #faithful children from the earth, now witnessed the glory of God which rested upon them. And amid all their terror they heard the voices of the saints in joyful strains, saying, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us.” 

    The earth mightily shook as the voice of the #SonofGod called forth the sleeping saints. They responded to the call and came forth clothed with glorious immortality, crying, “Victory, victory, over death and the grave! O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Then the living saints and the risen ones raised their voices in a long, transporting shout of victory. Those bodies that had gone down into the grave bearing the marks of disease and death came up in immortal health and vigor. The living saints are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and caught up with the risen ones, and together they meet their Lord in the air. Oh, what a glorious meeting! Friends whom death had separated were united, never more to part. 

    On each side of the cloudy chariot were wings, and beneath it were living wheels; and as the chariot rolled upward, the wheels cried, “Holy,” and the wings, as they moved, cried, “Holy,” and the retinue of holy angels around the cloud cried, “#Holy, holy, holy, #Lord #God #Almighty!” And the saints in the cloud cried, “Glory! Alleluia!” And the chariot rolled upward to the Holy City. Before entering the city, the saints were arranged in a perfect square, with Jesus in the midst. He stood head and shoulders above the saints and above the angels. His majestic form and lovely countenance could be seen by all in the square. 
  • The Time of Trouble
    I saw the saints leaving the cities and villages, and associating together in companies, and living in the most solitary places. Angels provided them food and water, while the wicked were suffering from hunger and thirst. Then I saw the leading men of the earth consulting together, and #Satan and his angels busy around them. I saw a writing, copies of which were scattered in different parts of the land, giving orders that unless the saints should yield their peculiar faith, give up the Sabbath, and observe the first day of the week, the people were at liberty after a certain time to put them to death. But in this hour of trial the saints were calm and composed, trusting in God and leaning upon His promise that a way of escape would be made for them. In some places, before the time for the decree to be executed, the wicked rushed upon the saints to slay them; but angels in the form of men of war fought for them. Satan wished to have the privilege of destroying the saints of the Most High; but #Jesus bade His angels watch over them. God would be honored by making a covenant with those who had kept His law, in the sight of the heathen round about them; and Jesus would be honored by translating, without their seeing death, the faithful, waiting ones who had so long expected Him. 

    Soon I saw the saints suffering great mental anguish. They seemed to be surrounded by the wicked inhabitants of the earth. Every appearance was against them. Some began to fear that God had at last left them to perish by the hand of the #wicked. But if their eyes could have been opened, they would have seen themselves surrounded by angels of God. Next came the multitude of the angry wicked, and next a mass of evil angels, hurrying on the wicked to slay the saints. But before they could approach God’s people, the wicked must first pass this company of mighty, holy angels. This was impossible. The angels of God were causing them to recede and also causing the evil angels who were pressing around them to fall back. 

    It was an hour of fearful, terrible agony to the saints. Day and night they cried unto God for deliverance. To outward appearance, there was no possibility of their escape. The wicked had already begun to triumph, crying out, “Why doesn’t your #God deliver you out of our hands? Why don’t you go up and save your lives?” But the saints heeded them not. Like Jacob, they were wrestling with God. The angels longed to deliver them, but they must wait a little longer; the people of God must drink of the cup and be baptized with the baptism. The angels, faithful to their trust, continued their watch. God would not suffer His name to be reproached among the heathen. The time had nearly come when He was to manifest His mighty power and gloriously deliver His #saints. For His name’s glory He would deliver every one of those who had patiently waited for Him and whose names were written in the book. 

    I was pointed back to faithful Noah. When the rain descended and the flood came, Noah and his family had entered the ark, and God had shut them in. Noah had faithfully warned the inhabitants of the antediluvian world, while they had mocked and derided him. And as the waters descended upon the earth, and one after another was drowning, they beheld that ark, of which they had made so much sport, riding safely upon the waters, preserving the faithful Noah and His family. So I saw that the people of God, who had faithfully warned the world of His coming wrath, would be delivered. God would not suffer the wicked to destroy those who were expecting translation and who would not bow to the decree of the beast or receive his mark. I saw that if the wicked were permitted to slay the saints, Satan and all his evil host, and all who hate God, would be gratified. And oh, what a triumph it would be for his satanic majesty to have power, in the last closing struggle, over those who had so long waited to behold Him whom they loved! Those who have mocked at the idea of the saints’ going up will witness the care of God for His people and behold their glorious deliverance. 

    As the saints left the cities and villages, they were pursued by the wicked, who sought to slay them. But the swords that were raised to kill God’s people broke and fell as powerless as a straw. #Angels of #God shielded the saints. As they cried day and night for deliverance, their cry came up before the Lord. 
  • Nature Speaks of God
    Consider the #lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that #Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. #Luke 12:27

    In their original perfection all created things were an expression of the thought of #God. To #Adam and #Eve in their Eden home nature was full of the knowledge of God, teeming with divine instruction. #Wisdom spoke to the eye and was received into the heart; for they communed with #God in His created works.... The earth is now marred and defiled by sin. Yet even in its blighted state much that is beautiful remains. 

    Why did not our #heavenly Father carpet the earth with brown or gray? He chose the color that was most restful, the most acceptable to the senses. How it cheers the heart and refreshes the weary spirit to look upon the earth, clad in its garments of living green!... Every spire of grass, every opening bud and blooming flower, is a token of God’s love, and should teach us a lesson of faith and trust in Him. The beauties of nature have a tongue that speaks to us without ceasing. The open heart can be impressed with the love and glory of God, as seen in the works of His hand. The listening ear can hear and understand the communications of God through the things of nature. There is a lesson in the sunbeam, and in the various objects of nature that God has presented to our view. The green fields, the lofty trees, the buds and flowers, the passing cloud, the falling rain, the babbling brook, the sun, moon, and stars in the heavens—all invite our attention and meditation. You who are sighing for the artificial splendor which wealth alone can purchase, for costly paintings, furniture, and dress, listen to the voice of the divine Teacher. He points you to the flower of the field, the simple design of which cannot be equaled by human skill. 

    He is a lover of the #beautiful, and above all that is outwardly attractive He loves beauty of #character; He would have us #cultivate #purity and #simplicity, the quiet #graces of the flowers. 
  • The Earth Shall Pass Away
    Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. #Matthew 24:35.

    He [#Christ] pointed to the #Scriptures as of unquestionable authority, and we should do the same. The #Bible is to be presented as the word of the infinite #God, as the end of all controversy and the foundation of all #faith.

    The infidel Voltaire once boastingly said: “I am weary of hearing people repeat that twelve men established the #Christian #religion. I will prove that one man may suffice to overthrow it.” ... Millions have joined in the war upon the #Bible. But it is so far from being destroyed, that where there were a hundred in Voltaire’s time, there are now ten thousand, yes, a hundred thousand copies of the #Book-of-God. In the words of an early Reformer concerning the Christian church, “The Bible is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.” Saith the Lord, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in #judgment thou shalt condemn.” Isaiah 54:17. 

    At this time, before the great final crisis, as before the world’s first destruction, men are absorbed in the pleasures and the pursuits of sense. Engrossed with the seen and transitory, they have lost sight of the unseen and eternal. For the things that perish with the using, they are sacrificing imperishable riches.... From the rise and fall of nations as made plain in the pages of Holy Writ, they need to learn how worthless is mere outward and worldly glory. 

    The Word of God is the only steadfast thing our world knows. It is the sure foundation. “Heaven and earth shall pass away,” said #Jesus, “but my words shall not pass away.” 

    “The word of God shall stand for ever.” “All his #commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.” Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 111:7, 8.

    Whatever is built upon the authority of man will be overthrown; but that which is founded upon the rock of God’s immutable Word shall stand forever. AMEN 
  • JESUS IS MORE STRONGER AND MORE MIGHTY THAN SATAN
    Who is this King of glory? The Lord# strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Psalm 24:8. 

    #Christ was strong to save the whole world. He wanted all. He could not endure the thought that one should be lost. He wept at the grave of #Lazarus, that He could not save every one whom #Satan’s power had laid low in #death. He had given Himself a ransom for many, even all who would avail themselves of the privilege of coming back to their loyalty to #God.... When He raised #Lazarus from the dead, He knew that for that life He must pay the ransom on the cross of #Calvary. Every rescue made was to cause Him the deepest humiliation. He was to taste death for every man.

    In His life on earth, Christ developed a perfect character, He rendered perfect obedience to His Father’s #commandments. In coming to the world in human form, in becoming subject to the law, in revealing to men that He bore their sickness, their sorrow, their guilt, He did not become a #sinner. Before the #Pharisees He could say, “Which of you convinceth me of sin?” Not one stain of sin was found upon Him. He stood before the world the spotless #Lamb-of-God. 

    From the light of His exalted purity, the world’s #Redeemer could see that the maladies from which the human family were suffering were brought upon them by transgression of the law of God. Every case of suffering He could trace back to its source. In every case He read the sad and awful end of unrepenting sinners. He knew that He alone could rescue them from the pit into which they had fallen. He alone could place their feet in the right path; His perfection alone could avail for their imperfection. He alone could cover their nakedness with His spotless robe of righteousness.... He is strong to deliver. Help has been laid on One that is mighty. He encircles man with His long human arm, while with His divine arm He lays hold of #Omnipotence. 
  • With God, All Things Are Possible
    Do you sometimes find yourself facing a seemingly impossible situation?

    It might be a relationship that seems to have broken down irretrievably, or an issue to do with health, finances or something else where change seems impossible.

    With #God there is always hope, no matter how bad things look. Nothing is impossible with God. His power makes all things possible.
  • Who is Christ?
    Who being the brightness of his #glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself #purged our #sins, sat down on the right hand of the #Majesty on high. #Hebrews 1:3. 

    Who is #Christ?—He is the only begotten Son of the living God. He is to the Father as a word that expresses the thought,—as a thought made audible. Christ is the word of God. Christ said to #Philip, “He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father.” His words were the echo of #God’s words. Christ was the likeness of God, the %brightness of His glory, the express image of His person. 

    As a personal being, God has revealed Himself in His %Son. #Jesus, the outshining of the Father’s glory, “and the express image of his person” (Hebrews 1:3), was on earth found in fashion as a man. As a personal Saviour He came to the world. As a personal Saviour He ascended on high. As a personal Saviour He #intercedes in the #heavenlycourts.

    Before the throne of God in our behalf ministers “One like unto the Son of man.” #Revelation 1:13. – 

    Christ, the Light of the world, veiled the dazzling #splendour of His divinity and came to live as a man among men, that they might, without being consumed, become acquainted with their Creator.... Christ came to teach human beings what God desires them to know. In the heavens above, in the earth, in the broad waters of the ocean, we see the handiwork of God. All created things testify to His power, His wisdom, His love. But not from the stars or the ocean or the cataract can we learn of the personality of God as it is revealed in Christ. 

    Tender, compassionate, sympathetic, ever considerate of others, He represented the character of God, and was constantly engaged in #service for #Godandman.... As Jesus was in human nature, so God means His #followers to be. In His strength we are to live the life of #purity and #nobility which the #Saviour lived. 
  • I AM A CHILD OF GOD
    But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the #sonsofGod, even to them that believe on his name. John 1:12.

    Divine sonship is not something that we gain of ourselves. Only to those who receive Christ as their Saviour is given the power to become sons and daughters of God.

    The #sinner cannot, by any power of his own, rid himself of sin. For the accomplishment of this result, he must look to a higher Power. John exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Christ alone has power to cleanse the heart. He who is seeking for forgiveness and acceptance can say only, “Nothing in my hand I bring;
    Simply to Thy #cross I cling.” But the promise of sonship is made to all who “believe on his name.” Every one who comes to Jesus in #faith will receive pardon. 

    The religion of Christ #transforms the heart. It makes the #worldly-minded man heavenly-minded. Under its influence the selfish man becomes unselfish, because this is the character of Christ. The dishonest, scheming man becomes upright, so that it is second nature to him to do to others as he would have others do to him. The profligate is changed from impurity to purity. He forms correct habits; for the gospel of Christ has become to him a savor of life unto life. 

    #God was to be manifest in Christ, “reconciling the world unto himself.” Man had become so degraded by sin that it was impossible for him, in himself, to come into harmony with Him whose nature is purity and goodness. But #Christ, after having #redeemed man from the condemnation of the law, could impart divine power, to unite with human effort. Thus by #repentance toward God and faith in Christ, the fallen children of Adam might once more become “sons of God.” 

    When a soul receives #Christ, he receives power to live the life of #Christ. 
  • "Exposing the Dark Side, Part 1" Your World with Creflo
    The search for the #supernatural #power is not new. People have been experiencing the #occult and #darkness for #generations. What’s alarming is how accepting these practices have become. This disturbing trend of looking into the #darkside is so popular, it is threatening our #children. In fact, 73% of America’s youth has engaged in some sort of #psychic activity or witchcraft. On this #episode of Your World, we will hear the testimony of John Ramirez, who was so deeply involved in the occult that he called the #devil “#father.” But through the #miraculous #power of #God, this same man was saved and filled with the #holy #spirit. Now, he’s sounding the alarm and teaching about the very real dangers of #Satan and freeing people from the #devil’s grip.
  • My Life Today
    Give us this day our daily bread. #Matthew 6:11, NKJV. 

    Like [a] child, you shall receive day by day what is required for the day’s need. Every day you are to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Be not dismayed if you have not sufficient for tomorrow. You have the assurance of His promise, “So shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” David says, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Psalm 37:3, 25).... 

    He who lightened the cares and anxieties of His widowed mother and helped her to provide for the household at Nazareth sympathizes with every mother in her struggle to provide her children food. He who had compassion on the multitude because they “fainted, and were scattered abroad” (Matthew 9:36) still has compassion on the suffering poor. His hand is stretched out toward them in blessing; and in the very prayer which He gave His disciples, He teaches us to remember the poor.... 

    The prayer for daily bread includes not only food to sustain the body, but that spiritual bread which will nourish the soul unto life everlasting. Jesus bids us, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life” (John 6:27). He says, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever” (Verse 51). Our #Saviour is the Bread of Life, and it is by beholding His love, by receiving it into the soul, that we feed upon the bread which came down from heaven. 

    We receive Christ through His Word, and the Holy Spirit is given to open the Word of God to our understanding and bring home its truths to our hearts. We are to #pray day by day that as we read His Word, #God will send His Spirit to reveal to us the truth that will strengthen our souls for the day’s need. 

    In teaching us to ask every day for what we need—both temporal and spiritual blessings—God has a purpose to accomplish for our good. He would have us realize our dependence upon His constant care, for He is seeking to draw us into communion with Himself. In this communion with #Christ, through prayer and the study of the great and precious truths of His Word, we shall as hungry souls be fed; as those that thirst, we shall be refreshed at the fountain of life.
  • "UR EYES WILL ENJOY THIS* BECAUSE MINE DID, AND THE MESSAGE LIGHTENS UP MY ...
    *UR EYES WILL ENJOY THIS* BECAUSE MINE DID, AND THE MESSAGE LIGHTENS UP MY FAITH!
    Whoever came up with this one have tried.
    *A* lthough things are not perfect,*B* ecause of trial or pain,*C* ontinue in thanksgiving*D* on't even think of whom to blame .
    *E* ven when the times are hard,*F* ierce winds are bound to blow,*G* od is forever able*H* old on to Jesus .
    *I* magine life without His love,*J* oy would cease to be,*K* eep thanking Him for all the things*L* ove imparts you to see.
    *M* ove out of Complaining, *N* o weapon that is known*O* n earth can yield the power*P* raise can do alone.
    *Q* uit worrying about the future,*R* edeem the time at hand,*S* tart every day with prayer*T* o 'thank'  is God's command.
    *U* ntil we see Him coming,*V* ictorious in the sky,*W* e'll run the race with gratitude,*X* alting the Most High God.*Y* es, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...*Z* ion awaits in glory...where no one is ever sad!
    The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything..
    Love and peace be with you forever, Amen.
    PLS: GOD LOVES YOU...PASS THE WORD ON TO MORE FRIENDS AND ASK THEM TO CONTINUE TELLING OTHERS THAT GOD LOVES THEM AND HIS SON IS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION.
  • The Loud Cry
    I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven, descending to the earth, and again ascending to heaven, preparing for the #fulfillment of some important event. Then I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message. Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he descended, the earth was lightened with his #glory. The light which attended this angel penetrated everywhere, as he cried mightily, with a strong voice, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” The message of the fall of Babylon, as given by the second angel, is repeated, with the additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the churches since 1844. The work of this angel comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel’s message as it swells to a loud cry. And the people of God are thus prepared to stand in the hour of #temptation, which they are soon to meet. I saw a great light resting upon them, and they united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel’s message. 

    Angels were sent to aid the mighty angel from #heaven, and I heard voices which seemed to sound everywhere, “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” This message seemed to be an addition to the third message, joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel’s message in 1844. The glory of God rested upon the patient, waiting saints, and they fearlessly gave the last solemn warning, #proclaiming the fall of #Babylon and calling upon God’s people to come out of her that they might escape her fearful doom. 

    The light that was shed upon the waiting ones penetrated everywhere, and those in the #churches who had any light, who had not heard and rejected the three messages, obeyed the call and left the fallen churches. Many had come to years of accountability since these messages had been given, and the light shone upon them, and they were privileged to choose life or #death. Some chose life and took their stand with those who were looking for their Lord and keeping all His commandments. The third message was to do its work; all were to be tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be called out from the religious bodies. A compelling power moved the honest, while the manifestation of the power of God brought a fear and restraint upon their unbelieving relatives and friends so that they dared not, neither had they the power to, hinder those who felt the work of the #Spirit of #God upon them. The last call was carried even to the poor slaves, and the pious among them poured forth their songs of rapturous joy at the prospect of their happy deliverance. Their masters could not check them; fear and astonishment kept them silent. Mighty miracles were wrought, the sick were healed, and signs and wonders followed the believers. #God was in the work, and every saint, fearless of #consequences, followed the convictions of his own conscience and united with those who were keeping all the commandments of God; and with power they sounded abroad the third message. I saw that this message will close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry. 

    #Servants of #God, endowed with power from on high with their faces lighted up, and shining with holy consecration, went forth to proclaim the message from #heaven. #Souls that were scattered all through the religious bodies answered to the call, and the precious were hurried out of the doomed churches, as Lot was hurried out of Sodom before her destruction. God’s people were strengthened by the excellent #glory which rested upon them in rich abundance and prepared them to endure the hour of temptation. I heard everywhere a multitude of voices saying, “Here is the patience of the #saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” 
  • The Sins of Babylon
    I saw that since the second angel proclaimed the fall of the churches, the churches have been growing more and more corrupt. The people in the churches bear the name of being Christ’s followers; yet it is impossible to distinguish them from the world. Ministers take their texts from the Word of God, but preach smooth things. To this the natural heart feels no objection. It is only the spirit and power of the truth and the salvation of Christ that are hateful to the carnal heart. There is nothing in the popular ministry that stirs the wrath of #Satan, makes the #sinner tremble, or applies to the heart and #conscience the fearful realities of a #judgment soon to come. #Wicked men are generally pleased with a form of piety without true #godliness, and they will aid and support such a #religion. 

    Said the #angel, “Nothing less than the whole armor of #righteousness can enable man to overcome the powers of #darkness and retain the victory over them. #Satan has taken full possession of the churches as a body. The sayings and doings of men are dwelt upon instead of the plain, cutting truths of the #WordofGod. The #spirit and friendship of the world are at #enmity with #God. When the truth in its simplicity and strength, as it is in #Jesus, is brought to bear against the spirit of the world, it at once awakens the spirit of #persecution. Very many who profess to be #Christians have not known God. The natural heart has not been changed, and the carnal mind remains at enmity with #God. They are #Satan’s faithful servants, notwithstanding they have assumed another name.” 

    I saw that since #Jesus left the holy place of the #heavenlysanctuary and entered within the second veil, the #churches have been filling up with every unclean and hateful bird. I saw great #iniquity and vileness in the churches; yet their members profess to be Christians. Their profession, their #prayers, and their #exhortations are an #abomination in the sight of %God. Said the #angel, “God will not smile in their assemblies. #Selfishness, #fraud, and #deceit are practiced by them without the reprovings of #conscience. And over all these #eviltraits they throw the cloak of #religion.” I was shown the pride of the nominal churches. #God is not in their thoughts; their carnal minds dwell upon themselves; they decorate their poor mortal bodies, and then look upon themselves with satisfaction and pleasure. Jesus and the angels look upon them in #anger. Said the angel, “Their sins and pride have reached unto heaven. Their portion is prepared. Justice and judgment have slumbered long, but will soon awake. Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.” The fearful threatenings of the third angel are to be realized, and all the wicked are to drink of the wrath of God. An innumerable host of evil angels are spreading over the whole land and crowding the churches. These agents of Satan look upon the religious bodies with exultation, for the cloak of religion covers the greatest crime and iniquity. – {EW 274.1}All heaven beholds with indignation human beings, the workmanship of God, reduced by their fellow men to the lowest depths of degradation and placed on a level with the brute creation. Professed followers of that dear Saviour whose compassion was ever moved at the sight of human woe, heartily engage in this enormous and grievous sin, and deal in slaves and souls of men. Human agony is carried from place to place and bought and sold. Angels have recorded it all; it is written in the book. The tears of the pious bondmen and bondwomen, of fathers, mothers, and children, brothers and sisters, are all bottled up in heaven. God will restrain His anger but little longer. His wrath burns against this nation and especially against the religious bodies that have sanctioned this terrible traffic and have themselves engaged in it. Such injustice, such oppression, such sufferings, are looked upon with heartless indifference by many professed followers of the meek and lowly Jesus. And many of them can themselves inflict, with hateful satisfaction, all this indescribable agony; and yet they dare to worship God. It is solemn mockery; Satan exults over it and reproaches Jesus and His angels with such inconsistency, saying, with #hellish triumph, “Such are Christ’s followers!” 

    These professed Christians read of the sufferings of the #martyrs, and tears course down their cheeks. They wonder that men could ever become so hardened as to practice such cruelty toward their fellow men. Yet those who think and speak thus are at the same time holding human beings in #slavery. And this is not all; they sever the ties of nature and cruelly oppress their fellow men. They can inflict most inhuman torture with the same relentless cruelty manifested by #papists and #heathen toward Christ’s followers. Said the angel, “It will be more tolerable for the heathen and for papists in the day of the execution of God’s judgment than for such men.” The cries of the oppressed have reached unto #heaven, and angels stand amazed at the untold, agonizing sufferings which man, formed in the image of his Maker, causes his fellow man. Said the angel, “The names of the oppressors are written in #blood, crossed with stripes, and flooded with agonizing, burning tears of suffering. God’s anger will not cease until He has caused this land of light to drink the dregs of the cup of His fury, until He has rewarded unto #Babylon double. Reward her even as she rewarded you, double unto her double according to her works; in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double.”

    I saw that the slave master will have to answer for the soul of his slave whom he has kept in ignorance; and the sins of the #slave will be visited upon the master. God cannot take to heaven the slave who has been kept in ignorance and degradation, knowing nothing of #God or the #Bible, fearing nothing but his master’s lash, and holding a lower position than the brutes. But He does the best thing for him that a compassionate God can do. He permits him to be as if he had not been, while the master must endure the seven last plagues and then come up in the second resurrection and suffer the second, most awful death. Then the justice of God will be satisfied. 
  • How is Satan Disguised as an Angel of Light Today?
    The rapping delusion was presented before me, and I saw that #Satan has power to bring before us the appearance of forms purporting to be our relatives or friends who sleep in #Jesus. It will be made to appear as if these friends were actually present, the words they uttered while here, with which we were familiar, will be spoken, and the same tone of voice that they had while living will fall upon the ear. All this is to deceive the world and ensnare them into the #belief of this delusion. I saw that the saints must have a thorough understanding of present truth, which they will be obliged to maintain from the #Scriptures. They must understand the state of the dead; for the spirits of #devils will yet appear to them, professing to be beloved relatives or friends, who will declare to them unscriptural doctrines. They will do all in their power to excite sympathy and will work miracles before them to confirm what they declare. The people of God must be prepared to withstand these spirits with the #Bible truth that the dead know not anything, and that they who thus appear are the spirits of devils. We must examine well the foundation of our hope; for we shall have to give a reason for it from the Scriptures. This delusion will spread, and we shall have to contend with it face to face; and unless we are prepared for it, we shall be ensnared and overcome. But if we do what we can on our part to be ready for the conflict that is just before us, #God will do His part, and His all-powerful arm will protect us. He would sooner send every angel out of glory to make a hedge about faithful souls, than have them deceived and led away by the lying wonders of #Satan. I saw the rapidity with which this delusion was spreading. A train of cars was shown me, going with the speed of lightning. The #angel bade me look carefully. I fixed my eyes upon the train. It seemed that the whole world was on board. Then he showed me the #conductor, a fair, stately person, whom all the passengers looked up to and reverenced. I was perplexed and asked my attending angel who it was. He said, “It is #Satan. He is the conductor, in the form of an angel of light. He has taken the world captive. They are given over to strong delusions, to believe a lie that they may be damned. His agent, the highest in order next to him, is the engineer, and others of his agents are employed in different offices as he may need them, and they are all going with lightning speed to perdition.” I asked the angel if there were none left. He bade me look in the opposite direction, and I saw a little company traveling a narrow pathway. All seemed to be firmly united by the truth. This little company looked careworn, as if they had passed through severe trials and #conflicts. And it appeared as if the sun had just arisen from behind a cloud and shone upon their countenances, causing them to look triumphant as if their victories were nearly won. I saw that the #Lord has given the world opportunity to discover the snare. This one thing is evidence enough for the #Christian if there were no other; there is no difference made between the precious and the vile. Thomas Paine, whose body has now moldered to dust and who is to be called forth at the end of the one thousand years, at the second resurrection, to receive his reward, and suffer the second death, is represented by #Satan as being in heaven, and highly exalted there. Satan used him on earth as long as he could, and now he is carrying on the same work through pretensions of having Thomas Paine so much exalted and honored in heaven; and as he taught here, Satan would make it appear that he is teaching there. And some who have looked with horror at his life and death, and his corrupt teachings while living, now submit to be taught by him—one of the vilest and most corrupt of men, one who despised God and His law. He who is the father of lies, blinds and deceives the world by sending forth his angels to speak for the apostles, and to make it appear that they contradict what they wrote by the dictation of the #HolyGhost when on earth. These lying angels make the apostles to corrupt their own teachings and to declare them to be adulterated. By so doing, Satan delights to throw professed Christians and all the world into uncertainty about the Word of God. That holy Book cuts directly across his track and thwarts his plans; therefore he leads men to doubt the divine origin of the Bible. Then he sets up the infidel Thomas Paine, as if when he died he were ushered into heaven, and now, united with the holy #apostles whom he hated on earth, were engaged in teaching the world. Satan assigns to each of his angels a part to act. He enjoins upon them all to be sly, artful, cunning. He instructs some of them to act the part of the apostles and to speak for them, while others are to act the part of infidels and wicked men who died cursing God, but now appear to be very religious. There is no difference made between the most holy apostles and the vilest infidels. They are both made to teach the same thing. It matters not whom #Satan makes to speak, if his object is only accomplished. He was intimately connected with Paine upon earth, aiding him in his work, and it is an easy thing for him to know the very words and the handwriting of one who served him so faithfully and accomplished his purposes so well. Satan dictated much of Paine’s writings, and it is an easy thing for him to dictate sentiments through his angels now, and make it appear that they come through #ThomasPaine. This is the masterpiece of Satan. All this teaching, purporting to be from apostles and saints and wicked men who have died, comes directly from his satanic majesty. The fact that Satan claims that one whom he loved so well, and who hated God so perfectly, is now with the holy apostles and angels in glory, should be enough to remove the veil from all minds and discover to them the dark, mysterious works of Satan. He virtually says to the world and to infidels, “No matter how wicked you are, no matter whether you believe or disbelieve in God or the Bible, live as you please, heaven is your home; for all know that if Thomas Paine is in heaven, and so exalted, they will surely get there.” This is so glaring that all may see if they will. Satan is now doing, through individuals like Thomas Paine, what he has been trying to do since his fall. He is, through his power and lying wonders, tearing away the foundation of the Christian’s hope and putting out the sun that is to light the narrow way to heaven. He is making the world believe that the Bible is uninspired, no better than a storybook, while he holds out something to take its place; namely, spiritual manifestations. Here is a channel wholly devoted to himself, under his control, and he can make the world believe what he will. The book that is to judge him and his followers, he puts back into the shade, just where he wants it. The Saviour of the world he makes to be no more than a common man; and as the Roman guard that watched the tomb of Jesus spread the lying report that the chief priests and elders put into their mouths, so will the poor, deluded followers of these pretended spiritual manifestations repeat and try to make it appear that there is nothing miraculous about our Saviour’s birth, death, and resurrection. After putting Jesus in the background, they attract the attention of the world to themselves and to their miracles and lying wonders, which, they declare, far exceed the works of #Christ. Thus the world is taken in the snare and lulled to a feeling of security, not to find out their awful deception until the seven last plagues shall be poured out. #Satan laughs as he sees his plan succeed so well and the whole world taken in the #snare. 
    • Dean Jones This is one of satans biggest tricks. Many are being lead astray as this sort of thing becomes even more popular.
    • N BrownJohnson It horrifies me how many people BELIEVE these teachings and truly believe that "mediums", or whatever they wish to call themselves at that moment, are actually communicating with the dead and that all there is in the afterlife is "floating around" in joy and serenity, and twisting scriptures to paint a picture of "heaven" so for from the truth and no hell and the worst part is that usually it is grieving families that fall prey
  • JOSHUA
    On Your Side!
    TODAY'S SCRIPTURE:"What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?"(Romans 8:31, NIV)
    TODAY'S WORD:Joshua chapter six tells the story about how the odds were stacked against Joshua and the people of Israel. They were standing at the massive walls of Jericho that many thought were impenetrable. 
    I’m sure as he was standing before the well-fortified walls and gates of the city, many around him didn’t think his future was too bright. But you see Joshua had something others overlooked; he had the promise of Almighty God. #Joshua had faith because He knew #God was on His side, and God had already determined the victory. Sure enough, just as God promised, the people marched around the city for six days, and on the #seventh #day, they shouted the victory and the walls came tumbling down! 
    Today, don’t look at the walls in your life; look at the promise of #God. He is for you, and if God is for you, nothing can stand against you. Get a vision of victory and don’t let it go. Keep moving forward in faith and obedience knowing that when you do, the Most High God is on your side!
    PRAYER FOR TODAY:#Father God, thank You for Your favor, grace and victory in my life. I choose to trust You. I choose to follow Your leading. I choose to be faithful to You because You are faithful to me. I love You and bless You in Jesus’ name. Amen.