“Karen’s Progress” Part Ten

The Narrow Path led the three friends through a spooky wood. Karen tried to read what was on her scroll but it was so dark that she couldn’t make out what their next destination was.

“I really hate this wood. It’s making me very afraid!” said Pride.

“M-M-Me too!” Little Faith squeaked.

Karen held her Lantern out in front of her. “Your Majesty, show us the way with the Light of Your Truth,” she prayed.

The Light from the Lantern glowed around them. The warmth and beauty of the holy fire made them feel safe and secure in the wood. They knew that Prince Emmanuel was still with them and that He would not let them down.

As they kept on walking they heard a noise in the trees. They looked up and saw nothing. Then they heard it again, followed by an evil laugh. Karen put her scroll in her pocket and unleashed her Sword.

When Pride and Little Faith saw the Lightbearer prepare herself for battle, they pulled out their Swords. Little Faith tried to steady his trembling hand that bore the weapon. He was not ready for this!

“Trust in Prince Emmanuel, Little Faith.” Pride whispered to him. “He will save us from whatever it is.”

“Ok-k-k-k-kay,” he stammered.

Then something flew past them at an amazing speed. The sudden whoosh knocked them over. They turned to see what it was and saw something very dreadful. A huge monster was standing on the Narrow Path looking maliciously at them. The monster was covered with scales. He had wings like a dragon’s, feet like a bear’s, and a head like a lion’s.

It’s the Master of Darkness in the same form that he used to fight Eddy and I! Karen thought.

Fire and smoke escaped from the beast’s mouth as it spoke, “I am Apollyon. Where do you three come from and where are you going?”

“We go to to find the Celestial City,” said Pride, her voice trembling. This creature was very frightening to behold.

“You can’t leave my kingdom!” said Apollyon in a fit of rage. I am the prince and god of this World. I forbid you to go further! You are my servants!”

Little Faith, though near fainting at the sight of Apollyon, found the courage to speak:

“We serve another Prince now, evil one! And we will not go back to our old ways!”

“And I am here to help them and to do what Prince Emmanuel wants,” said Karen.

The monster then noticed the Lantern in the teenage girl’s hand. “Tell you what, Karen. I’ll let you and your friends leave this place alive if you give me your Lantern. Surrender the Truth to me!”

“No!” said Karen keeping her prized treasure away from the fiend.

“Don’t you want to see your little buddy, Eddy the Small Faith Person again?” Apollyon asked her as he made a blue sphere appear before her. She looked into it and saw Eddy praying earnestly to the Good King, asking Him to be with her and to reunite them somehow. “What a shame it would be if his prayers couldn’t be answered. He wants very much to see you again. To talk to you and to embrace you. What good is a Lantern if it separates close friends?” said Apollyon as he made the blue sphere vanish before her eyes.

Pride and Little Faith watched worriedly. They prayed that Karen would make the right choice in this hard decision.

“Will you give me your Lantern for Eddy’s sake?” he asked her in a sweet tone of voice.

Karen held her Lantern tightly. “I want very much to see Eddy again. And I know that he wants very much to see me again too.”

Apollyon gave a wide smile. “I knew you would listen to reason,” he said holding out his scaly clawed hand to receive the Lantern.

“But I can’t give up the Truth for him or for anyone else. Eddy would want me to keep holding on to this Lantern, even if it separates us. We love Prince Emmanuel and He will reunite us someday, here or in Heaven. I will never surrender this treasure to you, Master of Darkness!” Karen said courageously.

“Praise His Majesty!” said Pride clapping.

“Hallelujah Thine the glory!” Little Faith cheered as he did a little dance.

Apollyon shook his fist. “Then you and your friends will die here! Prepare to perish, Lightbearer!” he screamed.

To Be Continued.

 

 

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Faith’s Checkbook: No Stranger In Heaven

December 31

 

No Stranger in Heaven

“Thou shalt guide me with Thy Counsel, and afterward receive me to glory”   (Psalm 73:24).

 From day to day and from year to year my faith believes in the wisdom and love of God, and I know that I shall not believe in vain. No good word of His has ever failed, and I am sure that none shall ever fall to the ground. I put myself into His hand for guidance. I know not the way that I should choose: the LORD shall choose mine inheritance for me. I need counsel and advice; for my duties are intricate, and my condition is involved. . . The counsel of the infallible God I seek in preference to my own judgment or the advice of friends. . .Soon the end will come: a few more years and I must depart out of this world unto the Father. My LORD will be near my bed. He will meet me at heaven’s gate: He will welcome me to the gloryland. I shall not be a stranger in heaven: my own God and Father will receive me to its endless bliss.

     Glory be to Him who

     Will guide me here,

     And receive me hereafter. Amen.

Our Father Cares: Unreserved Surrender 09/13

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20.

God will accept nothing less than unreserved surrender. Half-hearted, sinful Christians can never enter heaven. There they would find no happiness; for they know nothing of the high, holy principles that govern the members of the royal family.

The true Christian keeps the windows of the soul open heavenward. He lives in fellowship with Christ. His will is conformed to the will of Christ. His highest desire is to become more and more Christlike….

Earnestly and untiringly we are to strive to reach God’s ideal for us. Not as a penance are we to do this, but as the only means of gaining true happiness. The only way to gain peace and joy is to have a living connection with Him who gave His life for us, who died that we might live, and who lives to unite His power with the efforts of those who are striving to overcome.

Holiness is constant agreement with God. Shall we not strive to be that which Christ so greatly desires us to be—Christians in deed and in truth—that the world may see in our lives a revelation of the saving power of truth? This world is our preparatory school. While here we shall meet with trials and difficulties. Continually the enemy of God will seek to draw us away from our allegiance. But while we cleave to Him who gave Himself for us, we are safe.

The whole world was gathered into the embrace of Christ. He died on the cross to destroy him who had the power of death, and to take away the sin of every believing soul. He calls upon us to offer ourselves on the altar of service, a living, consuming sacrifice. We are to make an unreserved consecration to God of all that we have and are.

In this lower school of earth we are to learn the lessons that will prepare us to enter the higher school, where our education will continue under the personal instruction of Christ. Then He will open to us the meaning of His Word. Shall we not, in the few days of probation remaining to us, act like men and women who are seeking for life in the kingdom of God, even an eternity of bliss.

From “Our Father Cares”, by Ellen White, pgs. 235-236

3 Gems That Can Help You Have A Regret-Free New Year

Do you have regrets that you wish would go away? Do you often think, “If I had to do it all over again, I would make better choices”? We have all done or said things that we shouldn’t have. The reason why we make mistakes is because we are human. There is no one perfect, except Jesus. He wants to heal everyone from the regrets of the past. Would you like to start the New Year with freedom from guilt and shame? If you would like to, check out these inspirational resources below:

“Bible Verses On Emotional Healing”

“Freedom From Guilt” Amazing Facts Inside Report

May 2016 be a year of new beginnings and peace in the Good King for you and yours!