Honey Flow – UpWord by Ellen G. White – New Year Resolution

This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Philippians 3:13-15.

Yesterday was Christmas. Did you do as the Wise Men did by offering your gifts to Jesus? Or has the enemy changed the order of things, and directed the worship to himself? The gifts are now bestowed upon friends instead of Him who has made so great a sacrifice for us. All the gifts should flow in another channel, where they could be used in the salvation of men.

The new year is just before us. Shall not the gifts be turned to a better account than heretofore? Shall not confession be made and shall we not avail ourselves of the blood of Christ, who is able and willing to cleanse from all sin? For our sakes Christ became poor.

In the last great day we shall be judged in accordance with what we have done. Christ will say, “I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?” (Matthew 25:42-44). Christ will then say, “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me” (Verse 45). And Christ will say, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Verse 41).

Christ came and set the example in sacrificing, and if we are Christ’s, then we will do the works of Christ. Instead of pleasing ourselves, we will be seeking to do others good, and to impart benefits to suffering humanity. And unless this is done, we cannot expect to have a part with Christ.

There are souls to be saved all around us, and each has a work to do to be reconciled to Christ. This is the work to take hold of in the new year. We are living for time and eternity, and we want the light to flash upon our pathway and in return we want to extend its blessings to others….

Let each strive to have a better record for the coming year, and live so near to God that you may be surrounded with the atmosphere of heaven, and thus be a representative of Christ.—Manuscript 60, December 26, 1886, a sermon preached in the Tramelan, Switzerland, town hall, John Vuilleumier translating.

Human Effort Needed

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Phil. 2: 13.

We are aware that we must overcome our faults in order to move forward with Christ; we are also aware that our appetites and passions must be subjected to God’s will. . . . and deep in our hearts there is an earnest longing to be cleansed from every stain of sin, that we may come forth purer, holier, and happier from every trial which God permits.

That longing should lead us to seek God’s help. We must depend fully on Christ to help us to overcome our sinful natures for we cannot overcome our inner struggles without the help of God – God is man’s only hope. We must depend fully on God to help us to die to self daily because every other human attempt to overcome our human struggles without the help of God will leave us frustrated, and discouraged.

But how many times have we left the art of overcoming our inner struggles to God alone, forgetting that we too have a significant role to play in overcoming our darling or overwhelming sins?

Ellen. G. White vividly indicates that divine power and human effort are the key components that ensure success in overcoming sins. One will be ineffective without the other.

“Human effort avails nothing without divine power; and without human endeavor, divine effort is with many of no avail. To make God’s grace our own, we must act our part. His grace is given to work in us to will and to do, but never as a substitute for our effort. . . . Those who walk in the path of obedience will encounter many hindrances. Strong, subtle influences may bind them to the world; but the Lord is able to render futile every agency that works for the defeat of His chosen ones; in His strength they may overcome every temptation, conquer every difficulty.”

We must be conscious with our efforts to overcome sin and God will bless our efforts and give us the strength to actually overcome our inner struggles. We cannot sit idly by and say, “God will remove this habit from my life. All I am expected to do is stand still.” No. We must actively execute our faith in the power that God will give us to overcome our besetting sins. We must cry out to god to give us the strength and courage to say “no” to our sinful natures.

We must seek the compassionate Redeemer and allow His Holy Spirit to reveal to us the darkness of our character…we must then seek the grace of God and constantly keep Christ before us. We must guard our hearts and feed our souls on things that draw us closer to Christ. We must pray, believe and act upon the biddings of God on our hearts and we will move nearer and nearer to the standards of God. We must die to self, following Jesus all the way and new virtues will fill our lives.

There is a practical work to be done by the Christian who wishes to overcome.

– Dee

(c) 2013, Dentrecia Blanchette

Honey Dips – The faith of the Centurion

Matthew 8: 5-13

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.”

God has the power to change any situation with the utterance of one word.

He can heal any aspect of your life with one word.

Trust Him.

Have faith in Him.

Faith is the key to opening doors that are closed; it is the key to unlock the answers to so many of our uttered prayers.

Faith in God’s power can change any situation.

This is the faith we need, a faith like the Centurion, that brings miracles into our lives.

May we have faith.

Dee

(c) 2013, Dentrecia Blanchette

Honey Dips – God does not take naps…

t feels as if your world has suddenly shifted for the worse. Your options are few. Everything that is said or done to you hurts. You are sensitive. You are vulnerable. You are hurt. In the midst of the changes you just want to pause and cry, cry for all the emotions you are feeling but are not able to describe or explain. You wonder if God is sleeping; is He seeing everything you are experiencing; is He aware of how much this inner hurt is killing you on the inside?

Psalm 121: 3, has the answer for those of us who are experiencing inner hurt that leaves us anxious, pensive and vulnerable.

The psalm says, “He will not let your foot slip— He who watches over you will not slumber….”

The scripture suggests that our God is always awake, he does not take naps and we can find rest in His sleepless vigilance no matter the internal battles or external oppositions we are faced with currently. We do not have to fret and obsess and bury ourselves in work or in a crazed state of worry when are facing problems or challenging situations. We can be at peace because our God is wide wake – He is a wakeful, watchful loving Father who is concerned about us, loves us and is working consistently with us to reflect His image and rise above the current experience in our lives!

We can turn the One who never sleeps today. I can trust the One who never sleeps today. We can smile and be at peace because the One who never sleeps will never let you down. Our God stands secure; our God stands awake.

Dee

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