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Fear God

In the past, people have looked up into the night sky filled with stars and felt a sense of awe, of fear, at the vastness, the grandeur, the beauty of what was up there above them while they were so small, so little, so seemingly insignificant below all this. And today telescopes that reveal a cosmos so vast that we throw out such numbers as 20 billion light-years2 for these distances give us the illusion that we can grasp them when we can only shudder, in awe, in fear, at the infinitely starry magnificence that surrounds us. But if humans can be in awe of the creation itself, how much more so should we before the God who created it and who sustains it? That thought alone should be more than enough to get us to tremble before Him. But then, added to this, to realize our own unworthiness before Him and yet to know that despite this unworthiness?no, indeed, because of it?Christ sacrificed Himself for us?

Before such big ideas, before such cosmic love focused directly on us, how can we not cry out, Who is sufficient for these things? And also, how could we not ask: How are we supposed to respond? What response is worthy of what?s been given us? And how could anything that we do be of consequence in contrast to what?s been done for us in Jesus? The answer?and the first thing we?re told to do, after to fear God?is to ?give glory to Him? (Revelation 14:7).

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Overwhelming Gratitude

Everyone who has contact with Jesus and has been given a new lease on life, whether it is freedom from a crack house or peace in a 10,000-square foot house, should have overwhelming gratitude for God's amazing gift! Without Him, we would be doomed! Only Jesus can bless and sustain us. The response to God's amazing grace should be thankfulness. And that thankfulness is displayed in worship!

Thankfulness and worship do marvelous things for the believer. They assess a proper value for the astonishing gift of grace Jesus provided for us. No matter what type of sin we have been involved in, it created a debt we cannot pay. Only because of God's amazing grace can we still live and breathe--and that is deserving of our gratitude.

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Duty to Christ Alone

The soul that cherishes the love of Christ is full of freedom, light, and joy. In such a soul there are no divided thoughts. The whole man yearns after God. He does not go to men to know his duty, but to Christ, the source of all wisdom. He searches the Word of God, that he may find out what standard he must reach.

Can we ever find a surer guide than Jesus? True religion consists in being under the guidance of the Holy One in thought, word, and deed. He, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, takes the humble, earnest, wholehearted seeker, and says, Follow Me. He leads him in the narrow way to holiness and heaven. Christ has opened this path for us at great cost to Himself, and we are not left to stumble our way along in the darkness. Jesus is at our right hand, proclaiming, I am the way; and all who decide to follow the Lord will be led in the royal path cast up for the ransomed of the Lord to walk in.?Reflecting Christ, p. 114.

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God's Glory Revealed

The antichrist power that unites church and state will not have the last word; God will. The oppressors of God?s people will not be victorious in Earth?s last war. The candle of truth will not be blown out by the winds of deception and persecution. God?s truth will shine brighter and brighter until the earth is lightened with the glory of God. His plans, His purposes, and His people will succeed. The powers of evil will be defeated. Truth will triumph over error. Righteousness will overcome evil. Jesus will return as King of kings and Lord of lords, and we will live with Him forever.  

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We Become Like the God We Worship

 Of key interest to me were their recurring comments about increased levels of compassion in those who view God as loving, gracious, long-suffering, and eager to forgive. It matters greatly how we view God.

In other words, we become like the God we worship! If we worship a God of anger, vengeance, judgment, and condemnation, we tend to become more like that God. If, however, we worship a God of grace, love, forgiveness, and compassion, we will tend to reflect those characteristics in our lives.

It truly matters what sort of God we have in mind when we pray. Legalistic, angry, judgmental religion is toxic. Adherents to this form of Christianity see God as being angry, punishing, and critical. Praying with this picture of God in mind, according to the research, actually reduces neuroplasticity, increases levels of toxic hormones in the brain, increases levels of anger, and reduces levels of compassion.

The best prayers begin with a biblically accurate picture of God.

Who is God? What is God like? These questions are best answered by God Himself.

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Lesser Gifts

It seems to me that most of my life has been spent asking for lesser gifts. Instead of asking for spiritual treasures, I?ve asked only for financial assistance, safe journeys, deliverance from difficulties, and improved health. My focus should have been on the larger gifts. I should have craved spiritual growth more than physical health and comfort.

Don?t misunderstand. I still pray for health, financial issues, safe journeys, and many of the daily needs I have. It is not wrong to do this. We must continue to do these things. But it is of far greater importance that I place more emphasis on my prayers that God would give me a new heart?a heart like His.

To know God and to have His heart replicated in us are the primary objectives of all religious experience. If these things are accomplished by the believer, little else will matter.

God?s great heart of love is bigger and stronger than anyone has ever dared dream possible. God loves us immensely and He longs for us to know Him intimately.

The focus of my prayer life, my worship, and my study life should be to search for God. I am to seek to know God and to have His heart replicated in me! I am to be involved in a never-ending search to know God intimately.

Can God be found? Can He be known? Proverbs 8:17 records God saying, ?I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.?

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Why pray?

Over time, almost imperceptibly, prayer has changed me. When I prayed regularly to a God I viewed as loving, kind, and compassionate, my prayers changed me. When I prayed about the pain and concerns of others, something undeniable took place in my cold heart. I?ll tell you about it later in this book.

I believe that, among other things, prayer is the tool Heaven has given us so that we may seek to know the heart of God, and then, as His Spirit moves mysteriously in those who pray, prayer replicates the heart of the Father in us.

Many of us have viewed prayer as a means of getting things: a better job, a better marriage, more money in our bank account, a safe journey, a good parking spot close to the front door (or under a shady tree if you are in Texas during the summer), healing, and the list goes on. We?ve practiced formulas in hopes of finding the key that unlocks heaven?s storehouse, believing that the things we perceive we need are contained inside.

But is it possible that we?ve misidentified the riches of the storehouse? I?m not saying that we shouldn?t pray for the aforementioned items. I believe we should pray about everything. We should bring every need, large or small, to God in prayer. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for our list of needs.

What I am suggesting is that the value of our prayer life should not be measured by the number of things we get but by the spiritual growth we experience. A safe trip is important, and a good thing. Better yet is a heart that resonates with God?s heart. It is better to love as God loves than it is to have the job of our dreams. It is better to live a life of compassion toward all than it is to be healed of cancer.

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Jesus said that those at peace with God and their fellow humans are called ?the children of God.? He made this same statement about loving one?s enemies: ?That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven? (verse 45). One is truly of the ?family of God? when such harmony with God and their fellow humans is seen in the life.

The peacemakers are also those who seek to lead their fellow humans to be at peace with God through accepting Jesus Christ. One must first be at peace to truly become a peacemaker between God and humanity. David pointed this out when he wrote, ?Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee? (Psalm 51:13).

The desire to be a peacemaker is clear evidence of one?s own saving relationship with God. ?No sooner is one converted than there is born within him a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart? (The Desire of Ages, p. 141). It is an amazing privilege that God has ?committed unto us the word of reconciliation? (2 Corinthians 5:19).

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Holy Substitute

?He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.? ?Matthew 8:17

We should have no misgivings in regard to the perfect sinlessness of the human nature of Christ. Our faith must be an intelligent faith, looking unto Jesus in perfect confidence, in full and entire faith in the atoning Sacrifice. This is essential that the soul may not be enshrouded in darkness. This holy Substitute is able to save to the uttermost; for He presented to the wondering universe perfect and complete humility in His human character, and perfect obedience to all the requirements of God. ?Selected Messages, book 1, pp. 255, 256.

Further Reflection: How can I be as perfect in my sphere as Christ was in His?

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Into the Battlefield

The work of conquering evil is to be done through faith. Those who go into the battlefield will find that they must put on the whole armor of God. The shield of faith will be their defense and will enable them to be more than conquerors. Nothing else will avail but this?faith in the Lord of hosts, and obedience to His orders. . . . Living faith alone will make them invincible and enable them to stand in the evil day, steadfast, unmovable, holding the beginning of their confidence firm unto the end.?Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 182. 

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The Impending Conflict

The book of Revelation reveals that the coming conflict is over worship. Satan will challenge God?s authority by attempting to undermine His law. The Sabbath will become the center of a global conflict over worship. Satan hates the Sabbath because he hates the Creator. The prince of darkness despises the light shining from the law of God, and he will use coercion, pressure, and force to break our commitment to Christ. God?s final appeal is an appeal to faithfulness despite persecution, economic boycotts, imprisonment, and death decrees.  

We need not fear. Jesus is ?the author and finisher of our faith? (Hebrews 12:2). He will give us the strength to survive Earth?s final conflict. Al

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The Impending Conflict

The book of Revelation reveals that the coming conflict is over worship. Satan will challenge God?s authority by attempting to undermine His law. The Sabbath will become the center of a global conflict over worship. Satan hates the Sabbath because he hates the Creator. The prince of darkness despises the light shining from the law of God, and he will use coercion, pressure, and force to break our commitment to Christ. God?s final appeal is an appeal to faithfulness despite persecution, economic boycotts, imprisonment, and death decrees.  

We need not fear. Jesus is ?the author and finisher of our faith? (Hebrews 12:2). He will give us the strength to survive Earth?s final conflict. Al

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