“Your Case Is Coming Up!” 03/26

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If you have Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you will be covered by His blood in the judgment.

Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come. Revelation 14:7.

In 1844 our great High Priest entered the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, to begin the work of the investigative judgment.

As the books of record are opened in the judgment, the lives of all who have believed on Jesus come in review before God. Beginning with those who first lived upon the earth, our Advocate presents the cases of each successive generation, and closes with the living. Every name is mentioned, every case closely investigated. Names are accepted, names rejected. When any have sins remaining upon the books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their names will be blotted out of the book of life….

We are now living in the great day of atonement. In the typical service, while the high priest was making the atonement for Israel, all were required to afflict their souls by repentance of sin and humiliation before the Lord, lest they be cut off from among the people. In like manner, all who would have their names retained in the book of life, should now, in the few remaining days of their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true repentance. There must be deep, faithful searching of heart…. There is earnest warfare before all who would subdue the evil tendencies that strive for the mastery. The work of preparation is an individual work. We are not saved in groups. The purity and devotion of one will not offset the want of these qualities in another…. Every one must be tested, and found without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.

All who have truly repented of sin, and by faith claimed the blood of Christ as their atoning sacrifice, have had pardon entered against their names in the books of heaven; as they have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ, and their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God, their sins will be blotted out, and they themselves will be accounted worthy of eternal life. The Lord declares, … “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” Isaiah 43:25.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

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“Janice’s Attic: Courtesy” (Episode 14)

Hello boys and girls!

Janice has some people she would like you to meet as she teaches you how to be polite toward others. She also has an interesting craft to do and will read part 8 of the story “The Secret Of The Cave.” Enjoy learning more about Jesus and how to make Him happy with our good friend, Janice.

“Why Probation Lingers” 03/25

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9.

I was shown our danger, as a people, of becoming assimilated to the world rather than to the image of Christ. We are now upon the very borders of the eternal world, but it is the purpose of the adversary of souls to lead us to put far off the close of time. Satan will in every conceivable manner assail those who profess to be the commandment-keeping people of God and to be waiting for the second appearing of our Saviour in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He will lead as many as possible to put off the evil day and become in spirit like the world, imitating its customs. I felt alarmed as I saw that the spirit of the world was controlling the hearts and minds of many who make a high profession of the truth….

In consideration of the shortness of time we as a people should watch and pray, and in no case allow ourselves to be diverted from the solemn work of preparation for the great event before us. Because the time is apparently extended, many have become careless and indifferent in regard to their words and actions. They do not realize their danger and do not see and understand the mercy of our God in lengthening their probation, that they may have time to form characters for the future, immortal life. Every moment is of the highest value. Time is granted them, not to be employed in studying their own ease and becoming dwellers on the earth, but to be used in the work of overcoming every defect in their own characters and in helping others, by example and personal effort, to see the beauty of holiness. God has a people upon the earth who in faith and holy hope are tracing down the roll of fast-fulfilling prophecy and are seeking to purify their souls by obeying the truth, that they may not be found without the wedding garment when Christ shall appear….

The signs foretold in prophecy are fast fulfilling around us. This should arouse every true follower of Christ to zealous action.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Three

Much Cruel jolted awake in his bed. His eyes were widened in fear and his head was sweating. When he realized that he just had a dream he rubbed his eyes and laid his head back down on the pillow and thought about it.This one seemed a lot worse to him than the one he had the night before. The two lights were in it again but this time they were right before him. They were brighter than ever and the brightness had a power that seemed to penetrate his very soul. He felt that his whole being was burning up from the purity of the lights. When he couldn’t endure it any longer he quickly woke up.

“I wish I could get those two lights out of my head,” he mumbled.

Since he couldn’t go back to sleep he called for his record keeper to read to him. Perhaps hearing about his past victories would boost his courage and help him to get back to sleep. He smiled as he listened to the accounts. Why was he afraid of two measly lights? He was the chief of the Natives of Doubt! No one was able to stand against this tribe! For many years they had won wars and made cities fall to their knees before them. Nothing and no one was able to stop them! If the bearers of the light should confront him he would overcome them and make them food for his pet tigers. With his mind at ease he went to sleep as the record keeper kept on reading the accounts.

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In the slave quarters the Small Faith people secretly held a memorial for the poor old man that was killed. The men and women joined together to pay respect for their fallen brother. They sang their freedom song that they have written together during their very small amounts of free time that the Natives of Doubt gave to them.

 

Though our hearts are heavy and our burdens are too hard to bear

We remember that our King will still love and care

For all of His creation, even the children of men

Though we have many trials and sorrows we will cling to His hand

Though enemies persecute us and our will try to bend

Though they kill us to make us fear

We know that our King is still with us and is very near

We believe that very soon we will be free again

Master, make Small Faith free again

 

After their song they bowed their heads and had a moment of silence. But a disgruntled Small Faith Person broke it by grumbling:

“What’s the use of hoping for freedom? We’ll never be delivered from this bondage.”

Everyone turned their heads to the one who spoke. It was Benjamin. He was another elderly man but he wasn’t as old as the one that perished. He still had strength in him and his voice though shaky was strong. He used to be so full of happiness but being in slavery had made him gruff and skeptical. He continued to speak:

“We have labored so long for these Natives of Doubt. We have suffered ill treatment and now a friend of ours is dead by their evil hand. I think the only way we will be free is when we all die.”

Billy didn’t like to see a fellow Small Faith Person have a doubtful mind. He answered him, “We will be free, Ben. The Good King would never leave His servants at the hands of their enemies. Think about what He has said in the Holy Word. He has promised that He will help those who are in distress numerous times.”

Ben turned away. “The Good King has left us. If He were still with us He wouldn’t have let our home be destroyed and us taken to this dreadful place. He wouldn’t have allowed our children to be taken away from us and trained by our enemies to be like them. We have been forsaken.”

“No we haven’t! Even though we have to go through this terrible trial He is still with us. We must keep holding on to our faith. We can’t let the Natives of Doubt crush us.” Billy persisted.

A young woman spoke up. “I have to agree with Ben. They took my only son away from me. It breaks my heart to think that he is now going to be a heartless warrior just like they are. Let’s face it friends, the Master doesn’t love us anymore. He may be with everyone else but He is not with little people like us.”

“Yeah, and look what happened to Eddy,” said another young woman. “He tried to escape but some of the natives pursued him. They soon came back but Eddy wasn’t with them. They killed him. Surely the Good King could have saved him. Poor thing!”

The rest of the Small Faith people began to share their doubts. Billy tried to reason with them but they were so downcast that they wouldn’t listen. When the memorial was over and the women went back to their room, Billy laid on his bed wide awake while the others slept. Did the Good King really leave us? Are we destined to be slaves forever until we die? If He really does love us then why did so many bad things happen to us? He shook these thoughts from his mind. No! I will still believe in the Good King’s love. I know He hasn’t left us. He will save us, I’m sure of it! He then closed his eyes and dreamed of the freedom that he and his people would soon taste.

In the room where the women were sleeping Sally also believed that the Good King would free them. Billy’s words echoed in her mind:

“We must keep holding on to our faith.”

She would keep holding on to hers.

To Be Continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Proof Against Every Temptation” 03/24

Yield yourselves unto God, … and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you. Romans 6:13, 14.

There is but one power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power of God in Jesus Christ…. His grace alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature.

The infinite value of the sacrifice required for our redemption reveals the fact that sin is a tremendous evil. Through sin the whole human organism is deranged, the mind is perverted, the imagination corrupted. Sin has degraded the faculties of the soul. Temptations from without find an answering chord within the heart, and the feet turn imperceptibly toward evil. As the sacrifice in our behalf was complete, so our restoration from the defilement of sin is to be complete. There is no act of wickedness that the law will excuse; there is no unrighteousness that will escape its condemnation. The life of Christ was a perfect fulfillment of every precept of the law. He said; “I have kept my Father’s commandments.” John 15:10. His life is our standard of obedience and service.

Today Satan presents the same temptations that he presented to Christ, offering us the kingdoms of the world in return for our allegiance. But upon him who looks to Jesus as the author and finisher of his faith, Satan’s temptations have no power. He cannot cause to sin the one who will accept by faith the virtues of Him who was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin.

The expulsion of sin is the act of the soul itself. True, we have no power to free ourselves from Satan’s control; but when we desire to be set free from sin, and in our great need cry out for a power out of and above ourselves, the powers of the soul are imbued with the divine energy of the Holy Spirit, and they obey the dictates of the will in fulfilling the will of God.

God will have a people zealous of good works, standing firm amid the pollutions of this degenerate age. There will be a people who hold so fast to the divine strength that they will be proof against every temptation.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White