For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. Psalm 38:4.
When Satan tells you that you are a sinner, and cannot hope to receive blessing from God, tell him that Christ came into the world to save sinners. We have nothing to recommend us to God; but the plea that we may urge now and ever is our utterly helpless condition, that makes His redeeming power a necessity. Renouncing all self-dependence, we may look to the cross of Calvary and say,—
“In my hand no price I bring;
Simply to Thy cross I cling.” …
Satan cannot hold the dead in his grasp when the Son of God bids them live. He cannot hold in spiritual death one soul who in faith receives Christ’s Word of power. God is saying to all who are dead in sin, “Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead.” That Word is eternal life…. If we receive the Word, we have the deliverance.—The Desire of Ages, 317-320.
Whatever may have been your past experience, however discouraging your present circumstances, if you will come to Jesus just as you are, weak, helpless, and despairing, our compassionate Saviour will meet you a great way off, and will throw about you His arms of love and His robe of righteousness. He presents us to the Father clothed in the white raiment of His own character. He pleads before God in our behalf, saying: I have taken the sinner’s place. Look not upon this wayward child, but look on Me. Does Satan plead loudly against our souls, accusing of sin, and claiming us as his prey, the blood of Christ pleads with greater power.—Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, 8.
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—-My husband has a blood clot below his left knee. Prayers for quick healing without complications please. Heidi
—-Please pray for 12 year old Lourdes who has suffered an appendix burst! Kidneys are failing! Sepsis is also present! Please pray! Lyra
—-Requesting prayer for my son Aaron who is 42 and has the coronavirus. He’s very sick. Shari
—-Please prayer for the Ca fire near Weimar College, it is 0% contained and has burned over 2400 acres already. Pray for safety of all living near there. Pray for my granddaughter and her family, they live on the campus. Martha
We enjoy watching travel programs on YouTube and now that we are older, our evenings are often filled with watching videos others have taken. We have so many memories of camping trips we have taken over the years, encounters with wild animals we have had, and the many beautiful drives that we went on when we lived in the West and the Northwest. As we reminisce it makes us long to be there once more.
Even after 6000 years of sin, this world has many places of beauty where our thoughts can be lifted up to the Creator of all. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.” “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” Ps 19:1-6:33:6-9
Although this world is still full of beauty, sin has spoiled its original purity. There are traces of death and suffering wherever we look. Man and animal, tree and plant, even the very earth beneath our feet show sin’s malignant result. Indeed, “the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together.” Rom 8:22
Yet this shall not always be. Someday soon, the One Who created all things will come. He will deliver us from this wretched old planet! He will “destroy them which destroy the earth.” Rev 11:8 He will make it new again. No trace of sin or sinners will be found. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.” Rev 21:1-5 May that time come soon. Amen!