A Jewel Or A Pebble?
In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts. Haggai 2:23.
Christians are Christ’s jewels. They are to shine brightly for Him, shedding forth the light of His loveliness.
Let Your Light Shine
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt. 5:16
To every soul born into Christ’s kingdom is given a solemn charge, Let your light so shine before men that they, by seeing your good works, shall glorify your Father which is in heaven. Pour forth upon your neighbors the rich rays of light received from the Sun of Righteousness; flash upon your friends in the world the bright gems of light and truth imparted to you abundantly from the throne of God.
How To Maintain Integrity
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Rom. 6:11, 12.
Some regard sin as altogether so light a matter that they have no defense against its indulgence or its consequence. . . .
If you suppose for a moment that God will treat sin lightly, or make provisions or exemptions so that you can go on in committing sin, and the soul suffer no penalty from so doing, you are under a terrible delusion of Satan.
God Is Near To All That Call Upon Him
The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Ps. 145:18.
is pleased when we keep our faces turned toward the Sun of
Righteousness.... When we are in trouble and pressed down with
anxieties, the Lord is near, and He bids us cast all our care upon Him,
because He cares for us. . . .
comes to all His children in their affliction. In time of danger He is
their refuge. In sorrow, He offers them joy and consolation.
Some who come to God by repentance and confession, and even believe that their
sins are forgiven, still fail of claiming, as they should, the promises of God.
They do not see that Jesus is an ever-present Saviour; and they are not ready to
commit the keeping of their souls to Him, relying upon Him to perfect the work
of grace begun in their hearts. While they think they are committing themselves
to God, there is a great deal of self-dependence. There are conscientious souls
that trust partly to God and partly to themselves.
Prepare to Meet the Lord
I saw that we should not put off the coming of the Lord. Said the angel: “Prepare, prepare, for what is coming upon the earth. Let your works correspond with your faith.” I saw that the mind must be stayed upon God, and that our influence should tell for God and His truth. We cannot honor the Lord when we are careless and indifferent. We cannot glorify Him when we are desponding. We must be in earnest to secure our own soul’s salvation, and to save others. All importance should be attached to this, and everything besides should come in secondary.
Our prayers never burden or weary God—There is no time or place in which it is
inappropriate to offer up a petition to God. There is nothing that can prevent
us from lifting up our hearts in the spirit of earnest prayer. In the crowds of
the street, in the midst of a business engagement, we may send up a petition to
God and plead for divine guidance, as did Nehemiah when he made his request
before King Artaxerxes. A closet of communion may be found wherever we are. We
should have the door of the heart open continually and our invitation going up
Make Your Calling and Election Sure
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:10, 11
Here a life insurance policy is offered us which insures for us eternal life in the kingdom of God. I ask you to study these words of the apostle Peter. There is understanding and intelligence in every sentence.
Ruthie Jacobsen, NAD prayer ministries coordinator, has planned an all-night prayer call this Thursday night, Dec. 1, at 10 p.m. Eastern. It will continue until 5 a.m., Dec. 2.
Call: 712-432-0031 (Access Code 435650#)
Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Decisions may be made in a moment that fix one's condition forever. . . .
But remember, it would take the work of a lifetime to recover what a moment of yielding to temptation and thoughtlessness throws away. . .
By a momentary act of will you may place yourself in the power of Satan, but it will require more than a momentary act of will to break his fetters and reach for a higher, holier life.