Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.
psalms 34:1, 17:4
1 corinthians 6:19-20
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Oh, fear the Lord , you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
So I’ve been reading bits and pieces of the first chapter in the Great Controversy.. Enough to keep going, but not enough to be inspired, impressed and changed. So I decided to take this Sabbath to read more in depth, this book and a few chapters in the Ministry of Healing..l still have yet to get to the latter, but I wanted to share some of what I learned from GC..
“A homeless wanderer, reproach and penury His [christ’s] daily lot, He lived to minister to the needs and lighten the woes of men, to plead with them to accept the gift of life. ” GC p.20
When this life is all you know who’d want to make it eternal. So we’ve got to know of another life, a better life, that’s real and reachable, but that life is only attainable with the recognition of Christ. When you’re willing to give up this life for that life, at any cost and help as many people as you can get there too, you’ve found Christ and understood the gospel.
“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25 NKJV)
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
(I John 2:15-17 NKJV)
Don’t find yourself so attached to the things of the world, that when offered life eternal, apart from the attractions this world has to offer, you turn down Christ’s offer.
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).
And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.
But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 21:1, 23-27 NKJV)
The idea of “hell” has been made into such a fantasy/tale that the idea of possibly ending up there is used in a joking manner.
When will your life, eternal life, be so precious to you that you do what you must to attain it? Living a life patterned after the One who’s presence pervades heaven. Desiring the One who designed you to seek to love and be loved. To realize His love, then by nature of that love express it to others? When will we realize that the idea of true happiness and joy can be attained, and accept the small things we must go through to attain it. When will we recognize GOD for who He is, and put Him at the helm of our lives…..?
1 John 2:15-17
Romans 7 and 8