In Moments of despair ?

    Darkness may seem to enclose you, but you are not to look at the clouds. Beyond the darkest cloud there is an ever-shining Light. The Lord has Light for every soul. Open the door of the heart to hope, peace, and joy. Jesus says, “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11).

Rejoice not against me, o mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise ! When I sit in darkness, The LORD shall be a Light unto me ! For . . .

Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light into my path !”
Micah 7:7-9 & Psalm 119:105

Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you ! for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened !” Matthew 7:7, 8.
Note: Can we literally believe these Words ?
     Then come, and seek, and find. The reservoir of power is open (the Fountain of Living Water), is full and free ! Come with humble hearts, not thinking that you must do some good thing to merit the favor of God, or that you must make yourself better before you can come to Christ. You can never do anything to better your condition. In the name of Jesus (in faith that your life is hid with Christ in GOD – Colossians 3:3) , come with full assurance of faith, because you are a sinner; for Christ said, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matthew 9:13). Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. You are to ask, to seek, to knock, and to believe that you are accepted through Christ Jesus, trusting Him alone to do those things for you which you can never do for yourself. . . .
Jesus is our Atoning sacrifice; we can make no atonement for ourselves, but by faith we can (and must) accept the atonement that has been made.
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). “Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, . . . but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18, 19). “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). It is by virtue of this precious blood that the sin-stricken soul can be restored to soundness. While you are putting up your petition to God, the Holy Spirit applies the faithful Promises of God to your heart !

In moments of perplexity
, when Satan suggests doubt and discouragement, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up as a standard against him the faithful sayings (Promises) of Christ, (Isaiah 59:19 & 2 Peter 1:4) and the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness will flash into your mindand soul.When Satan would overwhelm you with despair, the Holy Spirit will point you to the intercession made for you by a Living Saviour. Christ is the fragrance, the holy incense, which makes your petitions acceptable to the Father.

And this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS !”   Jeremiah 23:5-6

When the Light of Christ’s righteousness is fully understood and accepted, love, joy, peace, and inexpressible gratitude will pervade the soul, and the language of him who is blessed will be “Thy gentleness hath made me great” Psalm 18:35. –Signs of the Times, Aug. 22, 1892.

Still Loved Though We Err –
My little children, these things write I unto you, so that ye sin not. And (but) if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.”I John 2:1.

Those who are in connection with God are channels for the power of the Holy Spirit. If one who daily communes with God errs from the path, if he turns a moment from looking steadfastly unto Jesus, it is not because he sins willfully; for when he sees his mistake, he turns again, and fastens his eyes upon Jesus, and the fact that he has erred does not make him less dear to the heart of God. He knows that he has communion with the Saviour; and when reproved for his mistake in some matter of judgment, he does not walk sullenly, and complain of God, but turns the mistake into a victory. He learns a lesson from the Words of the Master, and takes heed that he be not again deceived.

Those who truly love God have internal evidence that they are beloved of God (ref: I John 5:9-10), that they have communion with Christ, that their hearts are warmed with fervent love toward Him. The Truth for this time (the Loud Cry of the 3rd angel, Christ our righteousness) is believed with sound confidence. They can say with all assurance,

     “We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power* and coming* of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty . . . We have also a more sure Word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a Light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the Day Star arise in your hearts”   II Peter 1:16-19 & ref: Malachi 4:2

The inner life of the soul will reveal itself in the outward conduct. Let the Word of God bear its testimony in behalf of the messenger whom God hath sent with a message in these last days to prepare a people to stand in the day of the Lord.

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth Glad Tidings of good, that proclaimeth Salvation (deliverance, freedom, rescue, healing, restoration); that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth !”     Isaiah 52:7.

The wisdom of so-called intellectual men cannot be relied upon, unless they have learned and are daily learning lessons in the school of Christ. Men, in their supposed wisdom, may plan and devise theories and systems of philosophy, but the Lord calls them vain and foolish. The Lord says, “The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men” I Corinthians 1:25.                                       –Review and Herald, May 12, 1896.

In the Darkest Hour –
And He said unto me, My Grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities (weaknesses), that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”    II Corinthians 12:9.
You may be disappointed, and your will and your way may be denied; but be assured that the Lord loves you. The furnace fire may kindle upon you, not for the purpose of destroying you, but to consume the dross (impurities), that you may come forth as gold seven times purified. Bear in mind that God will give you songs in the night.

Darkness may seem to enclose you
, but you are not to look at the clouds. Beyond the darkest cloud there is an ever-shining Light. The Lord has Light for every soul. Open the door of the heart to hope, peace, and joy. Jesus says, “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11).

Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light into my path !”   Psalm 119:105

God has a special work for everyone to do ! and each one of us may do well the work which God has assigned him. The only thing we have to fear on our part is that we shall not keep our eyes continually fixed upon Jesus, that we shall not have an eye single to the glory of God, so that if we were called to lay down our armor and sleep in death we might not be ready to give an account of our trust. Forget not for a moment that you are Christ’s property, bought with an infinite price, and that you are to glorify Him in your spirit, and in your body, which are His. . . .

God has provided a balm for every wound. There is a Balm in Gilead, there is a Physician there. Will you not now as never before study the Scriptures? Seek the LORD for wisdom in every emergency. In every trial plead with Jesus to show you a way out of your troubles, then your eyes will be opened to behold the remedy and to apply to your case the healing Promises that have been recorded in His Word.

The leaves of the Tree, are for the healing of the nations (gentiles) !”   Revelation 22:2

In this way the enemy will find no place to lead you into mourning and unbelief, but instead you will have faith and hope and courage in the Lord. The Holy Spirit will give you clear discernment that you may see and appropriate every blessing that will act as an antidote to grief, as a branch of healing to every draught of bitterness that is placed to your lips.                                                 –Selected Messages, book 2, pp. 272-274.

With Concerned Parents ?
Cast me not away from Thy Presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy Salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee !”     Psalm 51:11-13.

What a prayer is this
! How evident it is that sinners in the household are not to be treated with indifference, but that the Lord looks upon them as the purchase of His blood. In every household where the unconverted are, it should be the work of those who know the Lord to work in wisdom for their conversion. The Lord will surely Bless (with His Spirit) the efforts of parents, as in His fear and love they seek to save the souls of their households. The Lord Jesus is waiting to be gracious!

Oh, that the work might begin at the heart! “For Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: Thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise !”                                                   Psalm 51:16-17

Then let it be understood by all the members of the household that the work must begin at the heart. The heart must be subdued and made contrite through the creating, regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. Realizing the aid of this mighty Agency, cannot parents work for the conversion of their children with more zeal and love than ever before?

The Promise of the Lord isThen will I sprinkle clean Water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36:25-27

     “That He might sanctify and cleanse it (His Bride, the church) with the washing of the Water by the Word !” Ephesians 5:26

I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for Mine anger is turned away from him . . . !”   Hosea 14:4

     When the Spirit of the Lord works upon the hearts of the parents, their prayers and tears will come up before God, and they will earnestly entreat, and will receive grace (the Divine Influence) and wisdom from heaven, and will be able to work for their unconverted children. As this Spirit is manifested in the home, it will be brought into the church, and those who are home missionaries will also become agents for God in the church and in the world. The institutions which God has planted will bear an entirely different mold.–Review and Herald, March 14, 1893.

– Ye Shall Receive Power  p. 134-136

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