Friday, August 18, 2017

Belief and Unbelief

"How much do we believe from the heart?  The unbelief which is cherished in the soul has a bewitching power.  The seeds of doubt that they have been sowing will produce their harvest but they must continue to dig up every root of unbelief.  When these poisonous plants are pulled up, they cease to grow for want of nourishment in word and action.  The soul must have the precious plants of faith and love put in the soil of the heart and enthroned there." F&W

"Can we not understand that the most costly thing in this world is sin?  It is at the expense of purity of conscience, at the cost of losing the favor of God and separating the soul from Him, and at last losing heaven.  The sin of grieving the Holy Spirit of God and walking contrary to Him has cost many a one the loss of his soul."  F&W

Can you imagine what it will be like to lose the favor of God and separating our souls from Him and losing out on heaven?  I don't want to imagine it, it will be a sorrow that we cannot explain and filled with horror.  To think that we let this world be first in our life, when right now we can change all of this and look forward to seeing Him and rejoicing.

"By rebellion and apostasy man forfeited the favor of God; not his rights, for he could have no value except as it was invested in God's dear Son.  This point must be understood.  He forfeited those privileges which God in His mercy presented him as a free gift, a treasure in trust to be used to advance His cause and His glory, to benefit the beings He had made.  The moment the workmanship of God refused obedience to the laws of God's kingdom, that moment he became disloyal to the government of God and he made himself entirely unworthy of all the blessings wherewith God had favored him.  This was the position of the human race after man divorced himself from God by transgression.  Then he was no longer entitled to a breath of air, a ray of sunshine, or a particle of food.  And the reason why man was not annihilated was because God so loved him that He made the gift of His dear Son that He should suffer the penalty of man's transgression.  Christ proposed to become man's surety and substitute, that man, through matchless grace, should have another trial--a second probation--having the experience of Adam and Eve as a warning not to transgress God's law as they did." F&W

Think about this verse. "All things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee."  1 Chronicles 29:14.  God gives us everything we have, yes, we work for it but Who gives us the strength to work and sometimes it's taken away in a flash.  We do need to be thankful, and not be afraid to give what is already God's, back to Him in thanksgiving.  He will bless your endeavor.  Let's return to God our lives and be thankful for all His gifts that He gives to us daily and in return give Him glory and honor and gifts to further His work of saving souls for His kingdom.  Grandma Joan

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