“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Twelve

When Billy was reunited with his fellow slaves he excitedly shared with them the scroll. When they all saw the encouraging words that were written on it the joy in their hearts multiplied. They were truly going to be free! The only person who didn’t share their joy was old Benjamin. He was in a corner depressed and sulking, not being able to believe the words that were on the scroll.

He turned and looked at the excited crowd. “How do you know that what is written is true?” he asked them. “For all we know this could all be a lie.”

Billy’s eyes widened in shock. “Benjamin! How could you say such a thing? This scroll came from the Kingdom of Heaven. The Good King gave it to us. This is not a lie, this is the Truth!”

Benjamin wanted to believe that what the young man said was true, but his mind couldn’t grasp the Truth that was before him. He shook his head and turned away.

Billy then spoke to him gently, yet firmly. “Ben, if you keep on refusing to believe, you will be a slave to the Natives of Doubt forever. You won’t be able to go back with us and help us rebuild our home. You don’t want that, do you?”

Benjamin clenched his teeth and closed his eyes tight. He felt like he was going to cry and he was trying his hardest not to. “I don’t know if I will ever be able to believe again,” he whispered.

Billy decided that it was best to leave him alone now. “I’ll pray for you, Ben,” he said as he gently patted him on his shoulder. Benjamin looked down and said nothing.

Suddenly a guard came and Billy quickly hid the scroll in his shirt. “Come on, you worms! It’s time to work!” the guard barked at them. Everyone quickly left the room, including Benjamin who was dawdling behind them.

Billy then suddenly remembered Eddy. In his excitement he had forgotten about him. He gazed at the crowd of his fellow slaves but there was no sign of his friend. Where did he go? What happened to him? Billy feared that maybe he was caught when he left him with the scroll. He knew that if that was the case, Eddy was going to be in big trouble with Much Cruel. He silently lifted up a prayer for him, hoping that the Good King would preserve his life once again from their enemies.

*******

Eddy was in big trouble. Just when he heard the guards coming for Billy he quickly left the cell and was caught by a guard who was patrolling the hallways. The guard roughly grabbed him and took him to Much Cruel. When the chief saw Eddy he got up from his throne and walked up to him. The guard told him that he found him wandering around in the hallway instead of staying in the slave quarters with the others.

Much Cruel grinned at the little man. “Well, Eddy, it looks like I’m going to have to punish you for your disobedience.”

Eddy looked up at the very tall chief. “What are you going to do?” he asked, feeling his old fear resurface.

“First, I’m going to take your vile Lantern!” said Much Cruel as he grabbed the shining Lantern out of Eddy’s hands.

“No! Please give that back!” Eddy cried. Without the Light of the Good King’s Truth he knew he didn’t stand a chance against the Forces of Evil.

“Then I’m going to throw it out the window,” said the wicked chief as he walked to a window and got ready to throw the shining Lantern out.

Eddy struggled in the guard’s grasp. He wanted to get his precious Lantern away from Much Cruel. “No! Please don’t! Don’t!” he pleaded.

Much Cruel laughed at Eddy’s despair. “How I love watching people suffer. It makes me feel so good inside.” He then started to swing the Lantern and counted:

“One…two…”

Eddy was about to plead again when the Good King gently stopped him.

“It’s okay, My child. My words are in your heart. The Light of Truth is burning brightly in your soul. Don’t worry.”

Eddy believed these words from his loving Master.

“Three!” said Much Cruel as he flung the Lantern out the window.

The sound of breaking glass made Eddy sad, but he then smiled when he thought about what the Good King just said to Him.

Much Cruel was surprised to see Eddy happy. “How can you be smiling?! I just destroyed your Lantern! It’s laying in pieces out there! Don’t you care about it anymore?”

Eddy answered. “You can smash my Lantern, but the words of my Lord and King are in my heart. You can’t take them away.”

Much Cruel snorted. “We’ll see how strong you’ll be in your faith when you are thrown to the tigers tomorrow. Guard, throw him in prison!”

The guard then dragged Eddy away.

When he was locked in the dark prison poor Eddy trembled. The thought of meeting the tigers made him very afraid. When he pictured himself being eaten by them tears filled his eyes.

“I don’t want to die!” he sobbed.

To Be Continued.

 

 

 

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“Perfection In The Human Sphere” 08/07

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48.

Our Saviour understood all about human nature, and He says to every human being. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” As God is perfect in His sphere, so man is to be perfect in his sphere. Those who receive Christ are among the number to whom the words so full of hope are spoken. “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” These words declare to us that we should be content with nothing less than the best and highest character, a character formed after the divine similitude. When such a character is possessed, the life, the faith, the purity of the religion, is an instructive example to others.

But those who are waiting to behold a magical change in their characters without determined effort on their part to overcome sin, will be disappointed. We have no reason to fear while looking to Jesus, no reason to doubt but that He is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto Him; but we may constantly fear lest our old nature will again obtain the supremacy, that the enemy shall devise some snare whereby we shall again become his captives. We are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God that worketh in you to will and to do of His good pleasure. With our limited powers we are to be as holy in our sphere as God is holy in His sphere. To the extent of our ability, we are to make manifest the truth and love and excellence of the divine character. As wax takes the impression of the seal, so the soul is to take the impression of the Spirit of God and retain the image of Christ.

We are to grow daily in spiritual loveliness. We shall fail often in our efforts to copy the divine pattern. We shall often have to bow down to weep at the feet of Jesus, because of our shortcomings and mistakes; but we are not to be discouraged; we are to pray more fervently, believe more fully, and try again with more steadfastness to grow into the likeness of our Lord. As we distrust our own power, we shall trust the power of our Redeemer, and render praise to God, who is the health of our countenance, and our God.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“Satanic Miracles–2” 07/19

And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. Revelation 13:13.

As the people of God approach the perils of the last days, Satan holds earnest consultation with his angels as to the most successful plan of overthrowing their faith. He sees that the popular churches are already lulled to sleep by his deceptive power. By pleasing sophistry and lying wonders he can continue to hold them under his control. Therefore he directs his angels to lay their snares especially for those who are looking for the second advent of Christ and endeavoring to keep all the commandments of God.

We are warned that in the last days he will work with signs and lying wonders. And he will continue these wonders until the close of probation, that he may point to them as evidence that he is an angel of light and not of darkness.

Satan will come in to deceive if possible the very elect. He claims to be Christ, and he is coming in, pretending to be the great medical missionary. He will cause fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men to prove that he is God.

It is the lying wonders of the devil that will take the world captive, and he will cause fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men. He is to work miracles; and this wonderful, miracle-working power is to sweep in the whole world.

Some will be tempted to receive these wonders as from God. The sick will be healed before us. Miracles will be performed in our sight. Are we prepared for the trial which awaits us when the lying wonders of Satan shall be more fully exhibited? Will not many souls be ensnared and taken? By departing from the plain precepts and commandments of God, and giving heed to fables, the minds of many are preparing to receive these lying wonders. We must all now seek to arm ourselves for the contest in which we must soon engage. Faith in God’s word, prayerfully studied and practically applied, will be our shield from Satan’s power and will bring us off conquerors through the blood of Christ.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Ten

Eddy walked cautiously through the dark hallway with his Lantern in his hand. He wanted to find the room where Karen was being held. He was worried for her and he prayed that she was okay. There were no guards patrolling the hallway that night and Eddy breathed a sigh of relief. “Phew! Thank you, Lord!” he whispered.

He then heard the sound of crying coming from a cell. Eddy walked up to the stone door and peered through the stone bars. A little man was lying on the cold floor sobbing hard. Eddy couldn’t stand to see a fellow Small Faith Person suffer so much. He desired to try and encourage him.

“What’s the matter, friend?” he asked kindly.

The sniffling prisoner turned his head up and looked through the bars of the door. The guy who just talked to him, he looked like…no, it couldn’t possibly be!

Eddy quickly knew who the crying Small Faith Person was. “William? Is that you?”

Billy walked up to the door and looked closely at the visitor. “I must be losing my mind,” he mumbled, not believing what he was seeing. “Edward Matthews, is it really you? I heard you were killed by the Natives of Doubt.”

Eddy smiled. “It truly is me, Billy. The Good King preserved me from them.”

Billy was so happy to see an old friend that he reached out his hand to him through the bars. Eddy held his hand tightly and shed tears of joy. He and Billy had been friends for a few years before the attack on their home. It was good to be reunited again.

“You must tell me how the Good King delivered you from our enemies,” said Billy. “That must have been miraculous.”

“When we are all out of this mountain, I will tell you everything.” Eddy promised. Then he remembered the scroll that the angel gave him. He dug into the pocket of his pants and pulled it out. “Billy, this is for you. An angel from Heaven told me to give it to you when I see you.”

Billy took the scroll and started to read it. The words were promises from the Holy Word on being strong in the faith and not giving up. Billy hugged the scroll to his heart. “Thank you, Eddy,” he said to his friend. Then he lifted up his head. “Thank you, Your Majesty.”

Eddy wanted to stay longer with Billy but when he heard footsteps approaching he told him that he would see him again and then quickly left. Billy hid the scroll in his cell and waited to see who was coming.

The stone door slowly opened and Much Cruel along with two guards walked into the cell. He came up to Billy and said authoritatively, “Well, puny insect, are you going to be respectful now and do your work without rebelling?”

The little man now felt new courage after reading the words from the scroll. He stood up straight and tall and answered, “Yes, I will do my best, chief.”

Much Cruel was delighted. “Excellent. I will free you from your solitary confinement in the morning so you can start your servitude.”

When the chief and the guards left, Billy got the scroll out from the hiding place and read the words again. Then he put the scroll in the pocket of his shirt and went to sleep. He had a few hours to rest before he would join the other slaves again.

To Be Continued

 

 

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Eight

When Karen and Eddy walked through the stone door that opened before them in the mountain guards appeared and stopped them with their spears. “Intruders!” they shouted.

Karen was one to not be afraid so easily, but when she was faced to face with these men of amazing strength and stature her heart failed her. Eddy was feeling scared too, especially when one of the guards poked him with his spear and exclaimed:

“Hey! This is the fellow that escaped from us long ago when we attacked Small Faith!”

“You’re right. Why on earth would he come back to us?” said a guard confused.

“The Good King has sent me here to free His people, and my people.” Eddy answered them.

The guards laughed. “You think you can free them from us? Your brain is just as small as your height! We’re going to take you and the young girl to our chief. He will want a good laugh out of this too.”

The two Lightbearers were then dragged roughly to the throne room. Chief Much Cruel was sitting on his purple draped stone chair. When he saw the two shining Lanterns that the prisoners were carrying he gritted his teeth in anger.

“I know who you two are. You are the ones that have been sent to free the Small Faith People. But you will not succeed. You will be enslaved along with them.” He then gazed at Eddy. “I’m sure this will be a nice reunion for you, little one. Now you will be with your people here forever. Ha ha ha ha ha!” He then turned to his guards. “Take them away!”

The guards took Karen and Eddy to the slave quarters. Before they got separated they encouraged one another with promises from the Holy Word that they have kept in their hearts during their adventures.

“Be strong, brother,” said Karen.

“You as well, dear sister,” said Eddy.

Karen was pushed into the room where the female slaves were. As the stone door closed behind her she looked at all the women, who were staring at her in wonder. They looked so tired and miserable that Karen nearly cried. She also noticed that they were dirty as if they hadn’t bathed in a long time.

No wonder the Master of Darkness called the Natives of Doubt his servants. Anyone who can treat people like this have to be under his control. Karen thought to herself.

A little woman slowly came up to her. “Who are you, dear? Why are you here? You’re not from Small Faith like we are.”

“I’m Karen the Lightbearer. The Good King has sent Eddy and I to free you from your slavery.”

The little woman smiled in great joy. “It is true. We are going to leave this terrible place. His Majesty has not forsaken us at all.”

When the other women heard that they cheered.

“We almost lost our faith but now it is returning to us.” the little woman said to Karen. “You and Eddy are going to be the Good King’s instruments in delivering us from the Natives of Doubt. Maybe this will be another exodus like the one that’s mentioned in the Holy Word.” The she asked, “Who is this Eddy? What’s he like?”

“He’s small with blonde hair and a very gentle disposition.” Karen answered as she described her best friend.

“Could it possibly be our Eddy?” a little elderly woman asked.

“No, he’s dead. one of the natives killed him when he tried to escape.” the little woman next to her replied sadly.

“On the contrary,” said Karen smiling, “he’s very much alive. The Good King protected him and he has prayed for the freedom of Small Faith.”

“Where is he?” asked the little woman.

“He’s been taken to where the male slaves are.” Karen answered.

*******

“I can’t believe my eyes!” said a little man as he got closer to the newcomer. “Edward Matthews is that really you?”

Eddy recognized him. “Hello Richard!” he greeted.

The little man embraced him. “It really is you! Oh, Eddy we thought you were killed!”

“The Good King was my Shield and Defense. He kept me from death.” Eddy answered. Then his eyes filled with tears of joy. “I have kept you all in my prayers. Our loving Master has brought us together and He is going to free Small Faith. Praises to His mighty Name!”

“What are you doing here?” Richard asked him.

“I and a friend have come here to free you. You will not forever be slaves to the Natives of Doubt.” He then turned to face the others who were listening. “My dear people, our all mighty Master, the Lord of Heaven and earth, will do wonders in defeating our enemies here and will bring us back to our home so that we can rebuild it. A new day is coming for Small Faith!”

Benjamin scoffed. “Bah! You are deluded, Eddy. You have been captured just like the rest of us and now will suffer slavery like we do. The Good King has abandoned us. I’m even starting to wonder now if there really is such a God. Maybe we have made Him up all this time.”

Eddy went up to the elderly little man. “Ben, the Good King is real. He has sent me and Karen to prove it. And He has not abandoned you or anyone else that is suffering here in this mountain of trouble. I pray that you have not lost your faith in Him. You need it if you want to be free. His Majesty will use my friend and I to deliver you from the Natives of Doubt.”

Benjamin laughed. “You have always been the most timid of us. Even when you was a boy you were always scared of your own shadow. What makes you think that you can stand up against these giants? You will cower before them just like we do.”

Eddy felt hurt in being reminded of his past fearful nature, but he didn’t get angry at the Small Faith Person. He understood that he along with the rest of his people had suffered a lot at the hands of the Natives of Doubt. With gentleness in his voice he answered the cutting remark:

“Yes, I was a very scared fellow until I learned to surrender my whole life to the Good King. He taught me how to be brave and trusting in Him in the adventures I have had in being His Lightbearer.”

“You’re a Lightbearer?” Richard asked in awe. “No Small Faith Person has ever become a Lightbearer. That requires someone of excellent faith and courage.”

Eddy showed him the Lantern he was carrying. “By His Majesty’s grace, I’m not the person that I was before.”

Richard and the others, including Benjamin looked at the Lantern. They could see that the Light in it was not ordinary because verses from the Holy Word were showing through the glass.

“I’m sorry for not believing you, Eddy,” said Richard. “I can see that you are speaking the truth. You must have truly changed a lot since our departure.”

The others also believed and commented on how wonderful seeing the Light of Truth was to their troubled souls. But Benjamin was still doubtful and said huffily:

“I’d like to see how a Lightbearer can withstand all the strength and brutality of the giants in this mountain.”

To Be Continued.