“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part 5

“Can’t you do anything right little one!?” a tall woman shouted as she threw a shoe at Sally. “This is the worst job I have ever seen! Look at it! You expect our fighting men to wear shoes like this!?”

Sally hung her head down. She was one of the slaves who was excellent at mending footwear. She was thinking so much about freedom that she had accidently sewn the shoe in a lopsided way that it ended up looking worse than before. “I’m so sorry,” she said meekly. But the tall woman would not accept her apology. She picked up the shoe from the floor and started to beat Sally with it.

“Ow! Ow! Stop! Please!” Sally cried as the shoe came down on her head hard.

The other little women stopped working and watched. They felt bad for Sally but they couldn’t do anything. As the beating went on and poor Sally started to bleed, one of them finally spoke:

“Stop! You’ll kill her!”

The tall woman gazed angrily at the onlookers. “Get back to your mending! No one tells me what to do!”

The little women timidly went back to their work.

Sally lifted her head up and prayed, “King Jesus, save me!” Then she collapsed on the floor. The tall woman tried to wake her up but to no avail. Not wanting to lose a good slave she felt her pulse. Her heart was still beating. She called to one of the guards that was standing by. When he came to her she said, “Put her in the sick room. See to it that she gets better. And make sure my husband does not know about this. I can’t stand the thought of such a good slave being fed to his pet tigers.”

The guard bowed and picked up Sally. He then carried her out of the room and walked down the hallway.

The little women saw Sally being taken away and they feared that they would never see her again. As they continued working they talked quietly among each other:

“Someone should tell Billy about this.”

“What good would that do? He can’t save her from the fate that awaits her.”

“But he should know. He and Sally are very best friends.”

“I hope the Good King will save us soon.”

The tall woman heard them. “Shut your mouths!” she commanded.

The little women stopped talking. They went on mending shoes and clothing without saying another word.

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In the sick room Sally was awakened by a bright being that came to her. Realizing that she was in the presence of an angel from Heaven she trembled. But the angel gently touched her bleeding head and said in a beautiful musical voice, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. The freedom of Small Faith is very near. His Majesty is sending two Lightbearers that carry the Light Of His Truth. You, Billy, and all of your people will leave this cave and will return to your home.”

“But our home is destroyed. How can we possibly live there again?” Sally asked the angel.

“Keep on having faith and you will see the power of the Good King.”

The angel then disappeared.

Tears of joy flowed from Sally’s eyes. She folded her hands and prayed:

“Thank you, Your Majesty. We truly are going to be free.”

To Be Continued

 

 

“Taste For Yourself” 03/07

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34:8.

How shall we know for ourselves God’s goodness and His love? The psalmist tells us—not, hear and know, read and know, or believe and know; but—“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Instead of relying upon the word of another, taste for yourself.

Experience is knowledge derived from experiment. Experimental religion is what is needed now…. Some—yes, a large number—have a theoretical knowledge of religious truth, but have never felt the renewing power of divine grace upon their own hearts…. They believe in the wrath of God, but put forth no earnest efforts to escape it. They believe in heaven, but make no sacrifice to obtain it…. They know a remedy for sin, but do not use it. They know the right, but have no relish for it. All their knowledge will but increase their condemnation. They have never tasted and learned by experience that the Lord is good.

To become a disciple of Christ is to deny self and follow Jesus through evil as well as good report…. Every darling indulgence that hinders our religious life must be cut off…. Will we put forth efforts and make sacrifices proportionate to the worth of the object to be attained?

Every association we form, however limited, exerts some influence upon us. The extent to which we yield to that influence will be determined by the degree of intimacy, the constancy of the intercourse, and our love and veneration for the one with whom we associate. Thus by acquaintance and association with Christ we may become like Him, the one faultless Example.

Communion with Christ—how unspeakably precious! Such communion it is our privilege to enjoy if we will seek it, if we will make any sacrifice to secure it.

So everyone may be able, through his own experience, to “set his seal to this, that God is true.” John 3:33, A.R.V…. He can testify: “I needed help, and I found it in Jesus. Every want was supplied, the hunger of my soul was satisfied…. I believe in Jesus because He is to me a divine Saviour. I believe the Bible because I have found it to be the voice of God to my soul.”

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“Uproot Every Seed Of Doubt” 02/13

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise…. We are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:35-39.

I saw that we are now in the shaking time. Satan is working with all his power to wrest souls from the hand of Christ and cause them to trample underfoot the Son of God….

Character is being developed. Angels of God are weighing moral worth. God is testing and proving His people. These words were presented to me by the angel: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.”

God is displeased that any of His people who have known the power of His grace should talk their doubts, and by thus doing make themselves a channel for Satan to transmit his suggestions to other minds. A seed of unbelief and evil sown is not readily rooted up. Satan nourishes it every hour, and it flourishes and becomes strong. A good seed sown needs to be nourished, watered, and tenderly cared for; because every poisonous influence is thrown about it to hinder its growth and cause it to die. Satan’s efforts are more powerful now than ever before, for he knows that his time to deceive is short….

God’s people will be sifted, even as corn is sifted in a sieve, until all the chaff is separated from the pure kernels of grain. We are to look to Christ for an example and imitate the humble pattern….

I was shown the saints’ reward, the immortal inheritance. Then I was shown how much God’s people had endured for the truth’s sake, and that they would count heaven cheap enough. They reckoned that the sufferings of this present time were not worthy to be compared with the glory which should be revealed in them. The people of God in these last days will be tried. But soon their last trial will come, and then they will receive the gift of eternal life.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

All The Promises Are For You!

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“Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?” Luke 24:38

“Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest O Israel, my way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?” The Lord cares for all things, and the meanest creatures share in his universal providence, but his particular providence is over his saints. “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him.” “Precious shall their blood be in his sight.” “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to his purpose.” Let the fact that, while he is the Saviour of all men, he is specially the Saviour of them that believe, cheer and comfort you. You are his peculiar care; his regal treasure which he guards as the apple of his eye; his vineyard over which he watches day and night. “The very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Let the thought of his special love to you be a spiritual pain-killer, a dear quietus to your woe: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” God says that as much to you as to any saint of old. “Fear not, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” We lose much consolation by the habit of reading his promises for the whole church, instead of taking them directly home to ourselves. Believer, grasp the divine word with a personal, appropriating faith. Think that you hear Jesus say, “I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not.” Think you see him walking on the waters of thy trouble, for he is there, and he is saying, “Fear not, it is I; be not afraid.” Oh, those sweet words of Christ! May the Holy Ghost make you feel them as spoken to you; forget others for awhile–accept the voice of Jesus as addressed to you, and say, “Jesus whispers consolation; I cannot refuse it; I will sit under his shadow with great delight.”

From “Morning And Evening”, by Charles Spurgeon, pg. 591

“The Truth Will Conquer”

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The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. John 14:30.

As the world’s Redeemer, Christ was constantly confronted with apparent failure. He, the messenger of mercy to our world, seemed to do little of the work He longed to do in uplifting and saving. Satanic influences were constantly working to oppose His way. But He would not be discouraged. Through the prophecy of Isaiah He declares, “I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God…. Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength.” It is to Christ that the promise is given, “Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and His Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth; … thus saith the Lord: … I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; that thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves…. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them” (Isaiah 49:4, 5, 7-10).

Upon this word Jesus rested, and He gave Satan no advantage. When the last steps of Christ’s humiliation were to be taken, when the deepest sorrow was closing about His soul, He said to His disciples, “The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” “The prince of this world is judged.” Now shall he be cast out (John 14:30; 16:11; John 12:31). With prophetic eye Christ traced the scenes to take place in His last great conflict. He knew that when He should exclaim, “It is finished,” all heaven would triumph. His ear caught the distant music and the shouts of victory in the heavenly courts. He knew that the knell of Satan’s empire would then be sounded, and the name of Christ would be heralded from world to world throughout the universe.

Christ rejoiced that He could do more for His followers than they could ask or think. He spoke with assurance, knowing that an almighty decree had been given before the world was made. He knew that truth, armed with the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit, would conquer in the contest with evil; and that the bloodstained banner would wave triumphantly over His followers. He knew that the life of His trusting disciples would be like His, a series of uninterrupted victories, not seen to be such here, but recognized as such in the great hereafter (The Desire of Ages, 678, 679).

From “Lift Him Up”, by Ellen White, pg. 300

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