Our Father Cares: Truths That Transform 05/17

The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

The truths of the Bible, treasured in the heart and mind and obeyed in the life, convince and convert the soul, transform the character, and comfort and uplift the heart… The Word makes the proud humble, the perverse meek and contrite, the disobedient obedient. The sinful habits natural to man are interwoven with the daily practice. But the Word cuts away the fleshly lusts. It is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the mind. It divides the joints and marrow, cutting away the lusts of the flesh, making men willing to suffer for their Lord.

The service of Christ is a heavenly and holy and blessed thing. The Word is to be diligently searched, for the ministry of the Word discovers the imperfections in our characters and teaches us that the sanctification of the Spirit is a work of heavenly devising, presenting in Christ Jesus the true perfection that if maintained will become a perfect whole in behalf of every soul. We are educated in Bible lines to become complete in Christ-likeness and to see His Father’s face in Him who gave His own life for the saving of the soul.

If you are an intelligent Christian you will maintain religious vitality and will not be deterred by difficulties… You will work the works of God in gloom as well as in glory, in shade as well as in sunshine, in trial as well as in peace. The truth must be treasured up in your heart as well as incorporated in your being, so that no temptation and no argument can induce you to yield to Satan’s suggestions or devices. The truth is precious. It has wrought important changes upon the life and upon the character, exerting a masterly influence over words, deportment, thoughts, and experience. The soul who appreciates the truth lives under its influence and senses the tremendous realities of eternal things. He lives not to himself, but to Jesus Christ who died for him. To him, God lives and is very cognizant of all his words and actions.

“Our Father Cares”, by Ellen White, pgs. 129-130.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me to set aside time daily to read the Bible. It is Your Word, full of truth and eternal treasures. I pray that when I read this eternal Book, my life will be transformed according to Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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“The Conscience Corrected”

Even a child is known by his deeds, by whether what he does is pure and right.—Proverbs 20:11 New King James Version.

“One way that the Holy Spirit exercises His convincing ministry in our lives is by addressing our consciences, prevailing upon them them to take the way of Christ in every issue. Romans 9:1 brings together the objective standard, ‘the truth in Christ’, and the subjective standard, ‘my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit.’

“Some people say, ‘I’m living in accordance with my conscience—isn’t that enough?’ No, for conscience by itself is not a safe guide. Conscience is the capacity to distinguish between right and wrong—according to the standards you uphold. It can be taught to approve directly opposite things.

“For example, a missionary intervened to stop an Indian woman from throwing her child into the Ganges River as a human sacrifice. ‘But my conscience tells me to do it,’ she said. ‘Yes,’ said the missionary, ‘and my conscience tells me to stop you from doing it.’

“Conscience is not an infallible guide unless it has in it the highest content possible—the Holy Spirit. He can be relied upon to act as Jesus would act in every situation, for the Spirit is a Christlike Spirit. I am bold to day that there is not one of you reading these lines (if you are a Christian) who, by the mercy of God, doesn’t know something in your conscience of the work of the Holy Spirit as Convincer. He pleads in you and with you to bring your conscience to the highest place possible, ‘a conscience without offense toward God and men.’ ” (Acts 24:16)

Devotional message from “Every Day with Jesus”, by Selwyn Hughes, Copyright (c) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000.

Bible verses are from the New King James Version.

My Utmost For His Highest: Taking Possession Of Our Own Soul

When a person is born again and becomes a Christian, it is up to the individual to maintain his/her character. Only the person doesn’t do it, it is Jesus, who lives in the heart that keeps the character from being spoiled by sin. All the Christian has to do is be submissive to the Lord and Savior.

http://utmost.org/taking-possession-of-our-own-soul/

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You live inside of my heart. I can do Your will with Your power. I will never say, “I can’t”, for when I say that I mean “I won’t.” Sometimes my emotions try to get the best of me. But no matter how I feel, You say I can do all things—when I trust in You. Thank you. In Your Name, Amen

“Karen The Lightbearer: A Light Shining In A Dark Place” Part Twelve

“You wretches will not brainwash my daughter!” he hollered at Karen and Eddy, who looked upon him quizzically at his accusation.

“Brainwash?” said Eddy confused.

Karen tried to straighten out the misunderstanding. “Sir, we are only sharing what our Majesty has bidden us to share. We are not brainwashing anyone.”

“It’s true, dad,” said Kelly standing up for her friends, “Karen and Eddy are not bad. What they say is good and the King that they serve is truly a good God. Dad, I want to be a Believer of their God. Please let me.”

Quincy stood in front of the stage and scowled at his daughter’s plea. How dare she turn against him! How dare she disobey him! He then looked up at Karen and Eddy, “You loathsome Lightbearers have ruined my dear daughter! You shall pay!” He then snapped his fingers and troops of the Carnal Security Squadron emerged from the crowd.

Gabriel hurriedly ran to the front of the stage and faced the Mayor, “Mister Mayor, don’t do this to the Lightbearers! They are servants of the Good King of Heaven. They haven’t done anything wrong! All they want to do is share the Light that they have been given to bear. Don’t arrest them!” he pressed him.

Quincy smirked at his Chauffeur, “Are you a Believer of the Good King too?” he asked him.

Gabriel’s fear of showing his true colors to his boss begin to come back to him. He didn’t want to lose his job or have the Mayor’s wrath upon him. But he loved his God more than his job or his boss. He was not going to hide his faith anymore. He just saw the Good King in the beauty of His Holy Word and he was not going to trade Him for anything!

“Yes, I am,” said Gabriel bravely.

Quincy reached out his hand to where Gabriel was on the stage and struck him. “I’ll deal with you later, Gabriel Mc Roberts!”

The Chauffeur rubbed the stinging pain on his face.

Quincy then yelled at his daughter, who was staying close to Abby:

“You shamed me and disobeyed me! I told you to not see the Lightbearers! How could you do this to your own father?! Now you are mindless as a droid! Oh, why did you not listen to me?”

Kelly tried to answer her anger stricken father but he wouldn’t let her.

“I’ll have to put you through some of the city’s best psychiatrists so that this garbage that has wrapped your brain can be gone. It’s going to cost me lots of money, but it will be worth it.” Quincy said, moaning silently at the expense of such a treatment.

“Dad, I don’t want to be cured,” said Kelly, “I’m so happy to know about the Good King of these Lightbearers. I heard Him today. He spoke through the Lanterns. He loves us, dad. Why are so against Him?”

Quincy grabbed his top hat from his head and tore it with all of his strength. “Enough! Enough!” he shouted.

Kelly and Abby backed away.

Quincy then pointed at Karen and Eddy, who amazingly showed no fear at his rage, “Arrest them!” he commanded.

The crowd who had been touched by the Light of the Good King’s Truth soon sided with their Mayor. The Master of Darkness was in that mass of people and he was working his dark charm on them, making them turn against the Good King, who had just recently spoke to them. In his disguise as Juan T. Moore, he smiled devilishly as the Carnal Security Squadron advanced toward the stage.

A blinding flash of Light came out of the Lanterns and surrounded the enemies of the Lightbearers. The Mayor, troops, and the crowd stumbled and fell to the ground. They were so afraid. Even the demon in his human form was on the ground, cowering and whimpering. He feared the Most High and His Truth more than anything!

“That’s our cue to go,” said Eddy, remembering what the Good King told them last night; how the Mayor would try to arrest them and they would be saved from being captured.

“It sure is,” said Karen as she picked up the Lanterns. “We better get a move on!”

“Let us go with you!” said Kelly and Abby together.

“No,” said Karen gently, “You two must stay here. If you go with us you will be in great danger.”

Kelly pleaded with her. “Karen, my friend, you must let us go with you. You heard my dad; he said that he’s going to send me to a psychiatrist so that all the things I have learned today will be gone. I don’t want to forget about the Good King. I love Him, even though I don’t know Him well enough yet. Don’t let my dad do this to me!”

Karen embraced her. “Kelly, don’t be afraid. His Majesty will be with you. He won’t let His Word be gone from your mind. He’ll protect you. He’ll be with and protect your friend too. You girls are safe in His hands.”

While Karen was comforting Kelly and Abby, Eddy was talking with Gabriel. The Chauffeur also wanted to go with them but it was not the Good King’s will for him to do so. Eddy kindly told him that everything would work out fine in the end.

“His Highness will be with you and He will protect you. Have faith and don’t give into fear!” the Small Faith Person encouraged him.

Gabriel thanked him and shook his small hand.

The Lightbearers then made their way to the backstage with their shining Lanterns. They waved goodbye to their friends and assured them that they would return.

 

To Be Continued