(Psalm 19:7-11) The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Growing up in church I was taught this Psalm in song. Of course it has stuck with me up to this time. A powerful reminder of the perfection of God’s Law and the importance of it to us as human beings. The following is a quote from Ellen G. White concerning this:
Without the law, men have no just conception of the purity and holiness of God or of their own guilt and uncleanness. They have no true conviction of sin and feel no need of repentance. Not seeing their lost condition as violators of God’s law, they do not realize their need of the atoning blood of Christ. The hope of salvation is accepted without a radical change of heart or reformation of life. Thus superficial conversions abound, and multitudes are joined to the church who have never been united to Christ. [Great Controversy; pg 468]
So let us strive to follow God’s Law, always keeping in mind that we have help from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in doing such. I leave you guys with the song for your enjoyment
(Ephesians 4:16) From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
We all are part of a family: The Human family. Each and everyone of us plays a part in another ones life, whether positive or negative. It is important to understand this one point though: we do not grow and learn by stressing out or thinking about it. Even moreso as a Christian. In fact the following quote puts it across aptly:
The plants and flowers grow not by their own care or anxiety or effort, but by receiving that which God has furnished to minister to their life. The child cannot, by any anxiety or power of its own, add to its stature. No more can you, by anxiety or effort of yourself, secure spiritual growth. The plant, the child, grows by receiving from its surroundings that which ministers to its life –air, sunshine, and food. What these gifts of nature are to animal and plant, such is Christ to those who trust in Him [Steps to Christ; page 68]
So what we receive into ourselves is vitally important to how we grow. Let us ensure that we are receiving that which will bring out the best in us
(Philippians 4:8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
This is another reason as to why I have full confidence in the Word of God, The Holy Bible. Its prophetic messages have been, as to this date, 100% accurate. And what a time we live in! We see it everyday through the sad news of individuals murdering for various reasons, of associates who are more concerned of how you can benefit them instead of the other way around. As for children and parent relations: It has been very strained. Those in the church are not exempted. In fact verse 5 says “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5). The author Ellen G. White says this:
“How often, in our own day, is the love of pleasure disguised by a “form of godliness”! A religion that permits men, while observing the rites of worship, to devote themselves to selfish or sensual gratification, is as pleasing to the multitudes now as in the days of Israel. And there are still pliant Aarons, who, while holding positions of authority in the church, will yield to the desires of the unconsecrated, and thus encourage them in sin” [Patriarchs and Prophets; pg 317]
In all of this, there is an admonition for us who are striving still to follow God.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (2 Timothy 3:14)
Let us NEVER give up on following God’s commands and guidelines in this sin sick world. Be encouraged by this statement:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8)
The world was and is still shocked. The results are different than expected. He who was destined to lose won, and the favorite lost. The world is upside down and everyone looks on with keen interest to what follows now.
Yes I am talking about the recently held U.S. elections. Donald Trump won and Hillary Clinton lost. Those are unexpected results.
The Bible tells us the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will. (Daniel 4:25)
We do not know what God’s purpose is and what His intentions are with this result, all we have to do is maintain our relationship with him, because it does not matter who is president or ruler, Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
His kingdom knows no end; it knows no lies and deceit, nor weeping or mourning or pain, or murder or night, no hunger and fear. It is a kingdom of peace, it is a kingdom of joy, it is a kingdom of love and all that is good. There is much more that I want to write or say, but I have no space for that. Because our mind cannot grasp everything that God is preparing for us.
Want to be part of this kingdom? Simply accept Jesus into your heart and let Him change your life.
God bless you and yours. Blessed Sabbath
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. (Daniel 6:10)
The back story with the above mentioned verse is that Daniel was a man in a high position in a strange land. You see he was a slave from another country, yet, through his faithfulness to the God he served, and consistent right habits, he was the Prime Minister of the kingdom that kept him captured. The local fellow men in like positions did not like that this foreigner was so high up in position with them. SO they plotted against Daniel and got the king to sign a decree (or a law) that would basically have Daniel killed. This law was pertaining to his religion by the way. Yet, Daniel did not flinch at all! No he did not resort to violence. No he did not resort to retaliation. He simply continued doing what he knew was right: talking to his creator. Did he die? I would leave you to read the story for yourself (The Holy Bible; Daniel 6)
I like the following quote:
Thus the prophet boldly yet quietly and humbly declared that no earthly power has a right to interpose between the soul and God. Surrounded by idolaters, he was a faithful witness to this truth. His dauntless adherence to right was a bright light in the moral darkness of that heathen court. Daniel stands before the world today a worthy example of Christian fearlessness and fidelity [Prophets and Kings; pg 542]
Let us all strive to be bold like Daniel. Let us stand for truth. Blessings to all