Unshaken Confidence

He knew he would not be ashamed and so had set his face like a flint.

There would be no turning back, no turning aside. No believing anything other than what God had told him.

He was confident in this because God was near to Him. Because God had promised to help him, he knew that he would not be confounded.

He knew Truth. And Truth kept him steadfast.

And even though at times all around was confusion, he believed God and remained unswayed.

His face was set. There would be nothing else.  Nothing but God’s truth.

In this a challenge rings true.

Do I trust God this much?

Do I believe that what He has said He will do?

Is my face set like a flint, so that the confusing thoughts Satan throws at me will serve not to confuse but to strengthen Truth in my life.

God’s promises are new every morning.

They never fail, and they never run out.

And that’s because the God who made the promise never fails and never runs out.

The promises aren’t what we trust, it’s the God behind those promises.

He promises:

And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.  (John 8:32)

My grace is sufficient for you for My strength is made perfect in weakness.  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

I will never leave you or forsake you.  (Hebrews 13:5)

God is faithful. Isaiah knew this and he would not be dismayed.  

We can know this too.

And in this God  I, too, can find the confidence that will never be shaken.

(Isaiah 50)

Nothing Less

I’ve been studying the sanctuary for school lately, and I’m  amazed  at the degree of perfection and exactness that went into everything concerning the sanctuary.

 

It was made exactly according to the pattern given.

The priests did their appointed work perfectly.

There was to be no blemish or spot in the offerings.

The priests had to be completely clean before officiating.

The sanctuary was kept free from all dust and dirt.

Nothing that would defile or mar the sanctuary was to enter there.

 

The exactness, the perfection, the attention to detail is mind-boggling. I find it hard to imagine doing such perfect work.

 

And yet, God expects no less.

He requires no less.

 

We are to give ourselves to the service of God, and we should seek to make the offering as nearly perfect as possible. God will not be pleased with anything less than the best we can offer. Those who love Him with all the heart, will desire to give Him the best service of the life, and they will be constantly seeking to bring every power of their being into harmony with the laws that will promote their ability to do His will. {PP 352.3}

 

If we are willing and ready to give our best to our friends, our family, our jobs, how much more we should be willing and ready to give God our utter and complete best.

 

He will. not. be pleased with anything less.

 

 

 

Service. Freedom.

A servant serves its master. Back when there was slavery here in the United States, there were slave markets where human beings were bought, sold, and traded most often for the lowest price possible. Once bought, a slave belonged to the one who bought him. They were told what do, where to go, how to do it, how much to do, how fast to do it. They worked solely for the benefit of the one who owned them. In slavery: 1) slaves belonged to and worked for a master; (2) they had to obey to their master because they were already purchased; (3) a master was responsible for the life of his or her slaves.

We are to be servants of Christ. We have been bought with an infinite price that money cannot pay. The price: life. Who can measure the value of a life? Yet, Christ paid the price…with His life. He paid that price so that I could spend eternity with him. And since He has paid the price for my life…I now belong to Him. All too often we despise the cost, we say that we belong to no one, we live our lives solely for ourselves…

 

Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the servants of men.

Be not the servant of men. That includes myself…for I am human. So, if we are not to serve man…either others or ourselves…where does that leave us? Well…we have a choice…we can either choose to serve God or to serve Satan. God offers eternal life…Satan offers death. It doesn’t seem like a hard choice…who wouldn’t choose life over death? In serving God we also serve our fellow men for to serve God is to obey God and to treat others the way He would treat them…it is to have His love flowing through us…it is for God’s desire to work through us to will and to do of His good pleasure. Christ’s death frees us from the power of sin, and thus we are not free to sin. We are no longer slaves to sin, But we are now slaves to righteousness.  We are now not free but to obey God and his all eternal truth.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey: whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Christ paid the price of our redemption…

He sets us free from bondage to sin…

We can never repay Him…but we can obey Him.

We can serve Him joyfully in freedom…

For serving Christ is the truest freedom.

1 Corinthians 7:23

Romans 6:16, 20, 22

Test of Loyalty

“Fearful is the issue to which the world is to be brought. The powers of earth, uniting to war against the commandments of God, will decree that “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond” (Revelation 13:16), shall conform to the customs of the church by the observance of the false sabbath. All who refuse compliance will be visited with civil penalties, and it will finally be declared that they are deserving of death. On the other hand, the law of God enjoining the Creator’s rest day demands obedience and threatens wrath against all who transgress its precepts….But not one is made to suffer the wrath of God until the truth has been brought home to his mind and conscience, and has been rejected. There are many who have never had an opportunity to hear the special truths for this time. The obligation of the fourth commandment has never been set before them in its true light. He who reads every heart and tries every motive will leave none who desire a knowledge of the truth, to be deceived as to the issues of the controversy. The decree is not to be urged upon the people blindly. Everyone is to have sufficient light to make his decision intelligently.
The Sabbath will be the great test of loyalty, for it is the point of truth especially controverted. When the final test shall be brought to bear upon men, then the line of distinction will be drawn between those who serve God and those who serve Him not. While the observance of the false sabbath in compliance with the law of the state, contrary to the fourth commandment, will be an avowal of allegiance to a power that is in opposition to God, the keeping of the true Sabbath, in obedience to God’s law, is an evidence of loyalty to the Creator. While one class, by accepting the sign of submission to earthly powers, receive the mark of the beast, the other choosing the token of allegiance to divine authority, receive the seal of God….The Lord gives a special truth for the people in an emergency. Who dare refuse to publish it? He commands His servants to present the last invitation of mercy to the world. They cannot remain silent, except at the peril of their souls. Christ’s ambassadors have nothing to do with consequences. They must perform their duty and leave results with God.  
As the opposition rises to a fiercer height, the servants of God are again perplexed; for it seems to them that they have brought the crisis. But conscience and the word of God assure them that their course is right; and although the trials continue, they are strengthened to bear them. The contest grows closer and sharper, but their faith and courage rise with the emergency. Their testimony is: ‘We dare not tamper with God’s word, dividing His holy law; calling one portion essential and another nonessential, to gain the favor of the world. The Lord whom we serve is able to deliver us. Christ has conquered the powers of earth; and shall we be afraid of a world already conquered?'”

 

Great Controversy, pages 604-610