Hope for the hopeless

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. Isaiah 55:7, 8.

It is your thought that your mistakes and transgressions have been so grievous that the Lord will not have respect unto your prayers, and will bless and save you.... The closer you come to Jesus, the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes; for your vision will be clearer, and your imperfections will be seen in broad and distinct contrast to His perfect nature. But do not be discouraged. This is evidence that Satan’s delusions have lost their power; that the vivifying influence of the Spirit of God is arousing you, and your indifference and unconcern are passing away.

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No deep-seated love for Jesus can dwell in the heart that does not see and realize its own sinfulness. The soul that is transformed by grace will admire His divine character; but if we do not see our own moral deformity, it is unmistakable evidence that we have not had a view of the beauty and excellence of Christ. The less we see to esteem in ourselves, the more we shall see to esteem in the infinite purity and loveliness of our Saviour. A view of our own sinfulness drives us to Him who can pardon.

God does not deal with us as finite men deal with one another. His thoughts are thoughts of mercy, love, and tenderest compassion. “He will abundantly pardon.” He says, “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions.”

Look up, you who are tried, tempted, and discouraged, look up....It is ever safe to look up; it is fatal to look down. If you look down, the earth reels and sways beneath you; nothing is sure. But heaven above you is calm and steady, and there is divine aid for every climber. The hand of the Infinite is reaching over the battlements of heaven to grasp yours in its strong embrace. The mighty Helper is nigh to bless, lift up, and encourage the most erring, the most sinful, if they will look to Him by faith. But the sinner must look up.

A Change of Heart needed

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3. OFC 73.4

Nicodemus held a high position of trust in the Jewish nation.... With others, he had been stirred by the teaching of Jesus....The lessons that had fallen from the Saviour’s lips had greatly impressed him, and he desired to learn more of these wonderful truths... OFC 73.5

Nicodemus had come to the Lord thinking to enter into a discussion with Him, but Jesus laid bare the foundation principles of truth. He said to Nicodemus, It is not theoretical knowledge you need so much as spiritual regeneration. You need not to have your curiosity satisfied, but to have a new heart.You must receive a new life from above before you can appreciate heavenly things. OFC 73.6

The change of heart represented by the new birth can be brought about only by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit.... Pride and self-love resist the Spirit of God; every natural inclination of the soul opposes the change from self-importance and pride to the meekness and lowliness of Christ. But if we would travel in the pathway to eternal life, we must not listen to the whispering of self. In humility and contrition we must beseech our heavenly Father, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”Psalm 51:10. As we receive divine light, and cooperate with the heavenly intelligences, we are “born again,” freed from the defilement of sin by the power of Christ. OFC 74.1

The mighty power of the Holy Spirit works an entire transformation in the character of the human agent, making him a new creature in Christ Jesus.... The words and actions express the love of the Saviour. There is no striving for the highest place.Self is renounced. The name of Jesus is written on all that is said and done.OFC 74.2

Is not this, the renewal of man, the greatest miracle that can be performed? What cannot the human agent do who by faith takes hold of the divine power? OFC 74.3

Who is my Neighbour

 

Who is my neighbour? I was asked this  question in my Sabbath school class some months ago, and although I had an idea of who a neighbour is according to  the Oxford dictionary definition  "A person or place in relation to others next or near to it". As professed Christians we are not called to be more than just individuals sharing a physical space with others.

The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37 is important to every follower of Christ. Yet its message requires greater soul-searching than we usually consider necessary.

While the parable of the Good Samaritan, indeed,  is about helping the downtrodden, defenceless, and forgotten, Jesus wanted to teach us more—namely, how to recognize the many faces of our “neighbour.” In essence, He was not only trying to uncover our prejudices; He was also revealing Himself to us.

Jesus is the Good Samaritan, and He calls us to be like Him. His story teaches us how to answer the question, “Who is my neighbour?” and in doing so, how to exercise our own hearts.

Let us not be selective in who we consider our neighbours,  it's in the most difficult times, when you are pushed out of your comfort zone and you demonstrate acts of kindness,love and patience towards strangers who did nothing to deserve it and you will discover who is your neighbour.

I ask the question again, Who is my neighbour?

The Gift of Service

 

"The greatest law of life in the universe is the law of service. God provides for every living thing, Christ came to earth to serve and give His life for humankind, and the angels are occupied in caring for the needs of humanity. The same law of service is seen throughout nature. The birds and animals, the trees, grass, and flowers, Sun, moon and stars all provide something of benefit to others.

"Is the world a better place because you are here? Strive to live a life of service; go out of your way to be kind to someone today. Kindness is rewarding. Giving is a condition of healthy living - a law of mental well being.

"Most of us find that when we're not in good health it's easy to focus on our own needs and difficulties. However, getting our minds off ourselves and working for the good of others is just what we need to give us strength to get well. It also reminds us that we are not the only ones with problems.

"Implement these changes one step at a time. As each one becomes a habit, take the next step towards improving your health. Finally, don't force the changes you make on others; just enjoy your new way of life until your friends and family desire the improved health that you now have." 

- Amazing Discoveries (www.amazingdiscoveries.org)

The Faith Factory

The Faith Factory

Many people think we are at a disadvantage because unlike the Israelites in the old days, we don't get to see those marvelous and miraculous wonders God did for them first hand, like; parting the Red Sea, sending Manna from heaven, the plagues of Egypt and the fall of Jericho, just to name a few. True, we don't really see these types of things these days, but that's what faith is all about.

Knowing the Time; Now it is High Time

Knowing the Time; Now it is High Time

We are living in exciting times; awesome times. The speed at which the events foretold in Bible prophecy have been occurring over the past 50 years is alarming. Socially, the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960's has entirely redefined global norms by challenging the status-quo of governance, race relations, sexuality, women's rights, music and entertainment, drug abuse and dress.