"It can never be repeated too often, that under the reign of grace it is just as easy to do right, as under the reign of sin it is easy to do wrong. This must be so, for if there is not more power in grace than there is in sin, then there can be no salvation from sin. But there is salvation from sin. This no one who believes Christianity can deny.
Yet salvation from sin certainly depends upon there being more power in grace than there is in sin. Then, there being more power in grace than there is in sin, it cannot possibly be otherwise than that wherever the power of grace can have control, it will be just as easy to do right as without this it is easy to do wrong…..
Where the difficulty comes in, in all this, is that so many people try to serve God with the power of Satan. But that can never be done . "Either make the tree good and his fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt." Men cannot gather grapes of thorns nor figs of thistles. The tree must be made good, root and branch. It must be made new. 'Ye must be born again.' 'In Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.' Let no one ever attempt to serve God with anything but the present, living power of God that makes him a new creature, with nothing but the much more abundant grace that condemns sin in the flesh and reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Then the service of God will indeed be in 'newness of life.' Then it will be found that His yoke is indeed 'easy' and His burden 'light.' Then His service will be found indeed to be with 'joy unspeakable and full of glory.'"
"Abundant grace has been provided that the believing soul may be kept free from sin; for all heaven, with its limitless resources, has been placed at our command. We are to draw from the well of salvation. Christ is the end of law for righteousness to everyone who believeth. In ourselves we are sinners; but in Christ we are righteous. Having made us righteous through the imputed righteousness of Christ, God pronounces us just, and treats us as just. He looks upon us as His dear children. Christ works against the power of sin, and where sin abounded, grace much more abounds. 'Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God'” (Romans 5:1, 2).
Consider 1 Kings 19:4:
But [Elijah] himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
"However courageous and successful a man may be in the performance of a special work, unless he looks constantly to God when circumstances arise to test his faith he will lose his courage. Even after God has given him marked tokens of His power, after he has been strengthened to do God’s work, he will fail unless he trusts implicitly in Omnipotence."
- Sons and Daughters of God, p. 206
The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.
"We have before us in the Word of God instances of heavenly agencies working on the minds of kings and rulers, while at the same time satanic agencies were also at work on their minds. No human eloquence, in strongly set forth human opinions, can change the working of satanic agencies. Satan seeks continually to block the way, so that the truth shall be bound about by human devising, and those who have light and knowledge are in the greatest danger unless they constantly consecrate themselves to God, humiliating self, and realizing the peril of the times.
Heavenly beings are appointed to answer the prayers of those who are working unselfishly for the interests of the cause of God. The very highest angels in the heavenly courts are appointed to work out the prayers that ascend to God for the advancement of the cause of God. Each angel has a particular post of duty, and is not permitted to leave for any other place. If an angel should leave, the powers of darkness would gain an advantage....
Day by day the conflict between good and evil is going on.... As a people we do not understand as we should the great conflict going on between invisible agencies, the controversy between loyal and disloyal angels. Evil angels are constantly at work, planning their line of attack, controlling as commanders, kings, and rulers, the disloyal human forces....
Human instrumentalities under the control of fallen angels are seeking to gather in their harvest. Those who would find themselves under the protection of the angels of God must live wholly for God’s glory, prepared to stand in their lot and in their place....
Over every person good and evil angels strive. It is the person himself who determines which shall win. I call upon the ministers of Christ to press home upon the understanding of all who come within the reach of their voice the truth of the ministration of angels. Do not indulge in fanciful speculations. The written Word is our only safety. We must pray as did Daniel, that we may be guarded by heavenly intelligences. As ministering spirits, angels are sent forth to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. Pray ... pray as you have never prayed before."
- Christ Triumphant, p. 368 (Letter 209, 1899)
Reporting: Regina Avalos, Mesa Top News Examiner (December 9, 2014)
A Chinese newborn buried after her birth has managed to survive. This shocking story went viral this week. On Dec. 7, The Inquisitr shared this tiny infant's story of survival after her mother thought she was born stillborn.
Lu Xiayun was farming in the fields outside her home when she felt pain in her abdomen. She unexpected gave birth not long after, and she thought that the infant did not survive. She thought she was only four months pregnant, so thought she had miscarried. She called her husband, and he returned home to find his wife in a pool of blood. He checked on their infant, and he thought she was dead.
At that time, he called the paramedics for his wife, but he told them that the baby was indeed dead. They took his wife to the hospital, and his wife's mother stayed behind to do the sad task of burying the infant. She buried the tiny little girl in a shallow grave under a tree.
When Lu, and her husband, He Yong, arrived at the hospital, the doctors asked about the baby. Once again, the man tried to tell them that the baby had died, but the doctors insisted that the man bring the deceased infant to the hospital for a proper examination.
Yong returned home, and he discovered that his mother-in-law had already buried the infant. He went to the grave, and he dug up the baby's body. However, he made a shocking discovery. The baby was not stillborn as he and his wife thought. The little infant was breathing. He rushed her back to the hospital, and doctors determined that Lu had been six months pregnant and not four.
There is more to this shocking story, and it does show the good side of people. After her arrival at the hospital, the baby was kept in an incubator for three days. However, doctors were forced to release the infant at that time because her parents did not have enough money to pay for continued treatment. Her father said the following, according to Mail Online:
"My mother-in-law has chronic diseases, and I also have a 7-year-old daughter. My wife doesn't have a job. I am the only one who works."
Once the media picked up this tiny infant's story, donations began to arrive. The unnamed infant is now back in the hospital receiving treatment. This infant's story, and the fact that she was initially released from the hospital, has shocked people around the world. One commenter to the Inquisitr report said the following about the infant's survival:
"If that precious tiny being manages to survive all the horrific things that have happened to her i.e. very premature birth, being buried alive, being unburied and taken to the hospital; being sent home again because the parents ran out of money and then being returned to the hospital because people began to send money to help take care of her...all without any permanent mental or physical damage, she is truly a miracle baby and must have been sent to this troubled world of ours to do great things. What a strong will to survive she has!"
According to Christian Today, the infant was not buried due to the Chinese law that families are only allowed one infant. China has loosened up a bit with this law. If one or both of the parents have no siblings, they can have two children.
This is not the only story of a baby buried soon after birth recently, but an infant in Sydney was not found in time. According to The Huffington Post, an infant was found buried in the sand on a Sydney beach by two young boys. However, this was the second discovery of an infant in Sydney in November. A pair of cyclists heard the cries if an infant, and they found it at the bottom of a roadside drain. The infant survived five days in that location, according to police. The mother was charged with attempted murder.
As for the Chinese infant, she is now receiving treatment at the hospital. She is back inside an incubator. She is improving, and she is now being called a "miracle" baby. If she continues to improve, she will join her parents, older sister, and grandmother at home. What do you think of tiny Chinese newborn's story of survival?
"Through Christ, restoration as well as reconciliation is provided for man. The gulf that was made by sin has been spanned by the cross of Calvary. A full, complete ransom has been paid by Jesus, by virtue of which the sinner is pardoned, and the justice of the law is maintained. All who believe that Christ is the atoning sacrifice may come and receive pardon for their sins; for through the merit of Christ, communication has been opened between God and man. God can accept me as His child, and I can claim Him and rejoice in Him as my loving Father. We must center our hopes of heaven upon Christ alone, because He is our substitute and surety."
- Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 363
God has something to say to us (more than we want to hear it)! That's why there is always a WORD!