“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Sixteen

Back in her cell Karen prayed for Eddy. She hoped that the Good King saved him just like He saved her. It was a miracle that the tigers didn’t eat her. How grateful she was for being rescued from their jaws. As Eddy was going through his ordeal with Gabriel, Karen remained in close communion with the Good King. She didn’t know how long she was praying but she wasn’t weary to continually bring her friend before the heavenly throne. Then when she didn’t know what else to say she heard the voice that she feared she would never hear again.

“Karen, you’re alive!”

Karen opened her eyes in surprise. She saw Eddy looking at her through the bars of her cell. “Eddy, my dear friend,” she said as she reached out her hand to him, “are you okay? You didn’t get hurt did you?”

Eddy smiled. “I’m all right. The Good King saved my life out there.”

“But how did He do it?” Karen asked wanting to know what happened.

“I was face to face with a warrior, who was a former Small Faith Person. I tried to reason with him but he wouldn’t listen. He was bent on killing me. But just as he was about to the Good King stopped the sword from delivering its deadly blow. I wish you could have seen it. It was actually frozen in midair! The warrior then gave up his violent ways and is now going to rejoin the Small Faith People.”

“That’s wonderful! What a merciful Good King we serve!” said Karen.

Eddy then said to her. “I feared that those tigers had eaten you. How did the Good King help you to escape that fate?”

“I thought for sure that I was going to perish. But miraculously those beasts became gentle like domestic cats. They purred and nuzzled me. That was quite an experience.” then she added, “Though we have lost our Lanterns the Light of Truth is still sustaining us through dangers. The Holy Spirit is bringing the promises to my remembrance just like He has done for the Small Faith People.”

“The Holy Spirit does a wonderful job in reminding us of the things from the Holy Word that we have stored in our hearts.” Eddy said.

Just then the queen appeared with some guards. The two Lightbearers looked up at her, wondering what she was going to do to them.

“Guards, bring Karen and Eddy to the throne room. I want to have a word with them.” she commanded.

The guards quickly obeyed her.

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The Master of Darkness and his minions invisibly held a meeting. He was furious that the two Lightbearers were once again rescued from his evil hand. The day of freedom for the Small Faith People was getting very close and he wanted to interfere with the Good King’s plan in that. He paced back and forth trying to come up with another wicked idea.

One of the demons said to him, “Boss, I think we are wasting our time. It’s obvious that the Most High doesn’t want the Lightbearers to die and as far as the slaves go, it looks like that no matter what we do they will be free.”

The Master Of Darkness growled. “I know that fool! I just think that if we work harder at destroying the faith of the little people they will be oppressed by the Natives of Doubt forever. There must be something we could do.”

“Like what?” a frustated demon inquired. “We did what we could. We took the Lanterns away from the Lightbearers and destroyed them before their eyes through Much Cruel; we tried executing them in the arena and the Most High performed miracles on their behalf, which strengthened the faith of the slaves. What else can we do?”

The Master of Darkness pounded his fist on the stone wall. He knew that no matter what he tried he would lose again. Then an idea came to him. He remembered what he did in the Ancient Times when another group of slaves were promised freedom from their bondage by the Most High. His efforts in hardening the heart of the king of that oppressive country and making the people’s faith dwindle from the hardships that were placed on them so damaged their faith that many of them didn’t make it to the Promised Land when they were finally free. Maybe if he worked extra hard the same thing would happen to the Small Faith People.

The wicked being turned from the wall and faced his dark helpers with a malicious grin on his face. “Gather around, I have a plan that will not fail this time.”

*******

The queen had a private interview with Karen and Eddy. She asked them many questions about the Good King and His Kingdom in Heaven. The two Lightbearers were joyous that she was interested in His Majesty and His eternal ways. They answered her questions by quoting verses from the Holy Word that the Holy Spirit brought to their memories. The queen was impressed by their answers. She began to see that their God was a benevolent Being, a King who loves everyone and who desires that every soul be saved. She wanted to be a Believer so she asked them:

“Karen, Eddy, what must I do to be accepted by the Good King? I want to join His family.”

“Believe in the Name of His Majesty and you will be saved. You will be accepted into His family if you let Him be your Lord and Savior.” Karen answered gently.

“I have tried to find satisfaction in the many gods that I have worshiped for years, and they have only made me empty inside. I believe that the Good King alone can satisfy me and I believe that He is the one true God. Yes, I want Him to rule my life.” the queen said as she felt an overwhelming peace deep down in her soul.

“Would you like to pray and ask His Majesty to come into your heart?” Eddy asked her.

The queen smiled at him. He was so kind and gracious that she began to feel guilty for agreeing with her husband in enslaving the Small Faith People. “Yes, I would like to.”

As Karen and Eddy prayed the queen poured out her heart to the Good King. She gave Him her heart and told Him that she wanted to be His servant. After she said “amen” she looked at her new friends and smiled. She was now a Believer

To Be Continued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“His Reward Is With Him” 10/31

Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Revelation 22:12.

Our work here is soon to close, and every man will receive his reward according to his own labor. I was shown the saints’ reward, the immortal inheritance, and saw that those who had endured the most for the truth’s sake will not think they have had a hard time, but will count heaven cheap enough.

Every day bears its burden of record of unfulfilled duties, of neglect, of selfishness, of deception, of fraud, of overreaching. What an amount of evil works is accumulating for the final judgment! When Christ shall come, “His reward is with him, and his work before him,” to render to every man according as his works have been. What a revelation will then be made! What confusion of face to some as the acts of their lives are revealed upon the pages of history.

Every good and every wrong act, and its influence upon others, is traced out by the Searcher of hearts, to whom every secret is revealed. And the reward will be according to the motives which prompted the action.

The coming of Christ is near and hasteth greatly. The time in which to labor is short, and men and women are perishing….

We need the converting power of God to take hold of us, that we may understand the needs of a perishing world. The burden of my message to you is: Get ready, get ready to meet the Lord. Trim your lamps, and let the light of truth shine forth into the byways and the hedges. There is a world to be warned of the near approach of the end of all things….

Let us seek a new conversion. We need the presence of the Holy Spirit of God with us, that our hearts may be softened and that we may not bring a harsh spirit into the work. I pray that the Holy Spirit may take full possession of our hearts. Let us act like children of God who are looking to Him for counsel, ready to work out His plans wherever presented. God will be glorified by such a people, and those who witness our zeal will say: Amen and amen.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“The Meaning Of Conversion” 08/17

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17.

The old nature, born of blood and the will of the flesh, cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The old ways, the hereditary tendencies, the former habits, must be given up; for grace is not inherited. The new birth consists in having new motives, new tastes, new tendencies. Those who are begotten unto a new life by the Holy Spirit, have become partakers of the divine nature, and in all their habits and practices they will give evidence of their relationship to Christ. When men who claim to be Christians retain all their natural defects of character and disposition, in what does their position differ from that of the worldling? They do not appreciate the truth as a sanctifier, a refiner. They have not been born again….

A genuine conversion changes hereditary and cultivated tendencies to wrong. The religion of God is a firm fabric, composed of innumerable threads, and woven together with tact and skill. Only the wisdom which comes from God can make this fabric complete. There are a great many kinds of cloth which at first have a fine appearance, but they cannot endure the test. They wash out. The colors are not fast. Under the heat of summer they fade away and are lost. The cloth cannot endure rough handling.

So it is with the religion of many. When the warp and woof of character will not stand the test of trial, the material of which it is composed is worthless. The efforts made to patch the old with a new piece do not better the condition of things; for the old, flimsy material breaks away from the new, leaving the rent much larger than before. Patching will not do. The only way is to discard the old garment altogether, and procure one entirely new.

Christ’s plan is the only safe one. He declares, “Behold, I make all things new.” “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” … The patchwork religion is not of the least value with God. He requires the whole heart.

Jesus gave His life … for us, and shall we not give Him our best affections, our holiest aspirations, our fullest service?

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“Prejudice On The Increase” 05/14

Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 1 John 3:13, 14.

He who is closely connected with Christ is lifted above the prejudice of color or caste. His faith takes hold of eternal realities. The divine Author of truth is to be uplifted. Our hearts are to be filled with the faith that works by love and purifies the soul. The work of the good Samaritan is the example that we are to follow.

It will be impossible to adjust all matters regarding the color question in accordance with the Lord’s order until those who believe the truth are so closely united with Christ that they are one with Him. Both the white and the colored members of our churches need to be converted. There are some of both classes who are unreasonable, and when the color question is agitated, they manifest unsanctified, unconverted traits of character. Quarrelsome elements are easily aroused in those who, because they have never learned to wear the yoke of Christ, are opinionated and obstinate. In such, self clamors with an unsanctified determination for the supremacy.

As time advances, and race prejudices increase, it will become almost impossible, in many places, for white workers to labor for the colored people. Sometimes the white people who are not in sympathy with our work will unite with colored people to oppose it, claiming that our teaching is an effort to break up churches and bring in trouble over the Sabbath question. White ministers and colored ministers will make false statements, arousing in the minds of the people such a feeling of antagonism that they will be ready to destroy and to kill.

The powers of hell are working with all their ingenuity to prevent the proclamation of the last message of mercy among the colored people. Satan is working to make it most difficult for the gospel minister and teacher to ignore the prejudice that exists between the white and the colored people.

Let us follow the course of wisdom. Let us do nothing that will unnecessarily arouse opposition—nothing that will hinder the proclamation of the gospel message.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White

“Searching Questions” 02/11

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. Psalm 24:3, 4.

A soul united with Christ … will war against all transgression and every approach of sin. He becomes every day more like a bright and shining light, and more victorious. He goes on from strength to strength, not from weakness to weakness.

Let no one deceive his own soul in this matter. If you harbor pride, self-esteem, a love for the supremacy, vainglory, unholy ambition, murmuring, discontent, bitterness, evil-speaking, lying, deception, slandering, you have not Christ abiding in your heart…. You must have a Christian character that will stand….

There must be thorough conversions among those who claim to believe the truth, or they will fall in the day of trial. God’s people must reach a high standard. They must be a holy nation, a peculiar people, a chosen generation—zealous of good works. Christ has not died for you that you may possess the passions, tastes, and habits of men of the world….

No man enters the portals of glory but he who sets his heart thitherward. Then let the questions come home, Do you mind earthly things? Are your thoughts pure? Are you breathing the atmosphere of heaven? Do you carry with you the miasma of pollution? … Are you earnest and devoted, serving God with purity and in the beauty of holiness? Ask sincerely, Am I a child of God, or am I not? …

We need a thorough reformation in all our churches. The converting power of God must come into the church…. Put not off the day of preparation. Slumber not in a state of unpreparedness, having no oil in your vessels with your lamps…. Let not the question remain in perilous uncertainty. Ask yourselves earnestly, Am I among the saved, or the unsaved? Shall I stand, or shall I not stand? He only that hath clean hands and a pure heart shall stand in that day.

It is the privilege of every son of God to be a true Christian moment by moment; then he has all heaven enlisted on his side.

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White