“Every word that I am commanding YOU is what YOU should be careful to do.
YOU must not add to it nor take away from it.”
“That is why it is necessary for us to pay more than the usual attention
to the things heard by us, that we may never drift away.”
Mankind has an innate desire to worship God, but he wants to be free to do it according to the dictates of his own mind. The result is a wide variety of religions–in actuality, mass confusion as to which is the true religion–and a world in which true values are lost in an ocean of conflicting opinions about how to live. This, in turn, has helped persuade many people to reach the conclusion that all gods are equally good, or its counterpart, that everybody is worshipping the same god.
We all know God is not pleased with this situation, but He allows it to continue. However, even while allowing it to continue, He is calling people out of it. He has shown His called-out ones that they have been redeemed from the bondage to traditions, described in I Peter 1:18 as “vain,” “aimless,” or “futile,” depending on the translation. However, in the vast majority of cases, someone, presumptuously taking it upon himself to inaugurate a tradition, began practicing them, sincerely thinking he was improving his life. We have all followed these traditions, but the Christian is responsible not to allow the world to squeeze him into its mold of conduct, character, and attitude.
Proverbs 21:16 describes the way many presumptuous sins begin: “A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the congregation of the dead.” Like this man, most people do not deliberately set out to depart from God. Nevertheless, carelessness invariably enters the picture, and a person drifts from his former sure fix on his goal. Once his focus on the goal is blurred, he is more easily deceived into foolishly assuming certain things. An especially sad part of this is that the result is the same as if he were deliberately presumptuous.
The author of Hebrews uses a metaphor in Hebrews 2:1-3, portraying a boat slipping from its moorings and drifting away. A person “neglect[s] so great salvation” by allowing himself to be caught in the current of the world’s attitudes and conduct. Presumption frequently begins with careless drifting, but the drifting quickly advances from neglect to presumption unless one carefully checks whether he actually has God’s permission to behave as he does.
In Proverbs 8, wisdom is personified as a woman crying out to people along the way–to God’s Kingdom?–to take heed to her instruction. In verse 36, she utters a profound warning: “But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.” None of us likes to think of himself as foolishly loving death. However, the Bible consistently shows that those who do not consciously, purposefully, and carefully direct their lives toward obedience to God do indeed love death rather than life! Such a person is in effect presuming that all is well with him in relation to God. God does not like being taken for granted–just as you and everyone else don’t like to be taken for granted!
*John W. Ritenbaugh*
♥ “Thou hast shewed thy people hard things” (Psalms 60:3). ♥
I have always been glad that the Psalmist said to God that some things were hard.
There is no mistake about it; there are hard things in life.
Some beautiful pink flowers were given me this summer,
and as I took them I said, “What are they?”
And the answer came, “They are rock flowers; they grow and bloom
only on rocks where you can see no soil.”
Then I thought of God’s flowers growing in hard places;
and I feel, somehow, that He may have a peculiar tenderness for
His “rock flowers” that He may not have for His lilies and roses.
♣ Margaret Bottome ♣
The tests of life are to make, not break us.
Trouble may demolish a man’s business but build up his character.
The blow at the outward man may be the greatest blessing to the inner man.
If God, then, puts or permits anything hard in our lives,
be sure that the real peril, the real trouble, is what we shall lose if we flinch or rebel.
♠ Maltbie D. Babcock ♠
“Heroes are forged on anvils hot with pain,
And splendid courage comes but with the test.
Some natures ripen and some natures bloom
Only on blood-wet soil, some souls prove great
Only in moments dark with death or doom.”
by Mrs. Charles Cowman – Streams in the Desert
“God gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”
Ω ♣ ♣ ♣ Ω Ω ♣ ♣ ♣ Ω
“Children, obey your parents in the Master: for this is right. Honor thy father and thy mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the [new] earth.” (Ephesians 6:1). Children who dishonor their parents, and disobey them, and disregard their advice and instructions, can have no part in the earth made new. The purified new earth will be no place for the rebellious, the disobedient, the unthankful, ungrateful son or daughter. Unless such learn obedience and submission here, they will never learn the lesson hereafter; and the peace of the ransomed will never be marred by the disobedient, unruly, unsubmissive children. No commandment-breaker can inherit the kingdom of heaven. Will all the youth please read the fifth commandment spoken by Jehovah from Sinai, and engraven with his own finger upon tables of stone. “Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Master thy Yahuwah giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12). “Children, obey your parents in all things; for this is well-pleasing unto the Master.”
There are many passages of Scripture that are plain, instructing the young, showing them clearly the will of Yahuwah concerning them. These plain teachings they must meet in the Judgment. Yet there is not one young man or woman in twenty who professes the present truth, who heeds these Bible teachings. They do not read the word of Yahuwah enough to know its claims upon them, and yet these truths will judge them in the great day of Yahuwah, when young and old will be judged according to the deeds done in the body.
Says John, “I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of Yahuwah abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of Yahuwah abideth forever.” (1 John 2:14-17).
This exhortation to young men extends also to young women. Their youth does not excuse them from the responsibilities resting upon them. The youth are strong. They are not worn down with the weight of years, and with cares. Their affections are ardent, and if they are withdrawn from the world, and placed upon Yahushua and heaven, doing the will of Yahuwah, they will have a hope of the better life that is enduring, and they will abide forever, being crowned with glory, honor, immortality, eternal life. If the youth live to gratify the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, they are seeking for the things of the world, are pleasing their great adversary, and separating themselves from the Father. And when these things that are sought after pass away, their hopes are blighted and their expectations perish. Separated from Yahuwah, then they will bitterly repent their folly of serving their own pleasure, of gratifying their own desires, and for a few frivolous enjoyments, of selling a life of immortal bliss that they might have enjoyed forevermore. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world,” says the inspired apostle. Then the warning, “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” It is an alarming fact that the love of the world predominates in the minds of the young. They decidedly love the world and the things that are in the world, and for this very reason the love of Yahuwah finds no room in their hearts. Their pleasures are found in the world, and in the things of the world, and they are strangers to the Father and the graces of his Spirit. Frivolity and fashion, and empty, vain talking and laughing, characterize the life of the youth generally, and Yahuwah is dishonored. Paul exhorts the youth to sobriety: “Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” (Titus 2:6-8).
I entreat the youth for their souls’ sake to heed the exhortation of the inspired apostle. All these gracious instructions, warnings, and reproofs, will be either a savor of life unto life or of death unto death. Many of the young are reckless in their conversation. They choose to forget that by their words they shall be justified, or by their words be condemned. Take heed to the words of our Saviour: “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; and an evil man out the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of Judgment; for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12:35-36). How little regard is paid even to the instructions of the heavenly Teacher! The word of Yahuwah is either not studied at all, or if it is, its solemn truths are not heeded, and these plain truths will rise up in Judgment and condemn them.
Words and acts testify plainly what is in the heart. If vanity and pride, love of self and love of dress, fill the heart, the conversation will be upon the fashions, the dress, and the appearance, but not upon Yahushua or the kingdom of heaven. If envious feelings dwell in the heart, the same will be manifested in words and acts. Those who measure themselves by others, and do as others do, and make no higher attainments, and excuse themselves over the wrongs and faults of others, are feeding on husks, and will remain spiritual dwarfs as long as they gratify the Devil by thus indulging their own unconsecrated feelings. Some dwell upon what they shall eat and drink and wherewithal they shall be clothed. Their hearts are filled with these thoughts, and they flow out from the abundance of the heart, as though these things were their grand aim in life, their highest attainment. They forget the words of Yahushua,”Seek ye first the kingdom of Yahuwah and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33).
Satan is gratified to have the attention of youth attracted by anything to divert their minds from Yahuwah, so that the deceiver can steal a march upon them, and they, unprepared for his attacks, be ensnared. They are not aware that the heavenly Artist is taking cognizance of every act, every word, and their deportment; and that even the thoughts and intents of the heart stand faithfully delineated. Every defect in the moral character stands forth revealed to the gaze of angels, and they will have the faithful picture presented to them in all its deformity at the execution of the Judgment. Those vain, frivolous words are all written in the book. Those false words are written. Those deceptive acts, with the motives concealed from human eyes, but discerned by the all-seeing eye of Jehovah, are all written in living characters. Every selfish act is exposed. The young generally conduct themselves as though the precious hours of probation, while mercy lingers, were one grand holiday, and that they are placed in this world simply for their own amusement, to be gratified by a continued round of excitement.
Satan has been making special efforts to lead the youth to find happiness in worldly amusements, and to justify themselves in thus doing, by endeavoring to show that these amusements are harmless, innocent, and even important to health. The impression has been given by some physicians that spirituality and devotion to Yahuwah are detrimental to health. This suits the adversary of souls well. There are persons with diseased imaginations who do not rightly represent the religion of Yahushua; such have not the pure religion of the Bible. Some are scourging themselves all through their life because of their sins; all they can see is an offended Yahuwah of justice. Yahushua and his redeeming power, through the merits of his blood, they fail to see. Such have not faith. This class are generally those who have not well-balanced minds. Through disease transmitted to them from their parents, and an erroneous education in youth, they have imbibed wrong habits, injuring the constitution, affecting the brain causing the moral organs to be diseased, and making it impossible for them upon all points to think and act rationally. They have not well-balanced minds. Yahuwahliness and righteousness are not destructive to health, but are health to the body and strength to the soul. Says Peter: “He that will love life, and see good days, . . . let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it: for the eyes of the Master are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers; but the face of the Master is against them that do evil.” (1 Peter 3:10) “But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye; and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled.” (1 Peter 3:14).
The consciousness of right doing is the best medicine for diseased bodies and minds. The special blessing of Yahuwah resting upon the receiver is health and strength. A person whose mind is quiet and satisfied in Yahuwah is in the pathway to health. To have a consciousness that the eyes of the Master are upon us, and his ears open to hear our prayers, is a satisfaction indeed. To know that we have a never-failing Friend in whom we can confide all the secrets of the soul, is a privilege which words can never express. Those whose moral faculties are beclouded by disease, are not the ones to rightly represent the life of Yahushua, or the beauties of holiness. They are often in the fire of fanaticism, or the water of cold indifference or stolid gloom.
The words of Yahushua are of more worth than the opinions of all the physicians in the universe. “Seek ye first the kingdom of Yahuwah and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” This is the first great object–the kingdom of Heaven, the righteousness of Yahushua. Other objects to be attained should be secondary to these.
By: Ellen White
Review & Herald
March 30, 1886
We have taken out from the original article all pagan names and titles of the Father and Son, and have replaced them with the original given names. Furthermore, we have restored in the Scriptures quoted the original names of the Father and Son, as they were originally written by the inspired writers of the Bible.
PROVERBS CHAPTER 8
The Discourse of Wisdom
1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates leading into the city,
at the entrances, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O men, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, gain understanding.
6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have understanding and power.
15 By me kings reign
and rulers make laws that are just;
16 by me princes govern,
and all nobles who rule on earth.
17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing wealth on those who love me
and making their treasuries full.
The Eternity of Wisdom
22 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
23 I was appointed from eternity,
from the beginning, before the world began.
24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth,
when there were no springs abounding with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the earth or its fields
or any of the dust of the world.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was the craftsman at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.
The Blessings of Wisdom
32 “Now then, my sons, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not ignore it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and receives favor from the LORD.
36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself;
all who hate me love death.”
∞ The Two Seas ∞
Ever visited Israel? If you did, then you know that Israel has two lakes. The one up
in the North is the Kinneret, also known as the sea of Galilee, because it is up in the
area called the Galilee. From this lake comes most of the water in the tiny state.
The ancient city of Tiberias, located on its shores, is today a flourishing city.
Here the delicious St. Peter’s fish is caught by the local fishermen and prized as a
From the Kinneret, the water is purified and pumped into large pipelines that bring
the life-giving water to the towns and cities all over the country. From the Kinneret,
the Jordan river winds it’s way down to the Dead Sea. It is much smaller now than
in the times of the Bible, but still enough to give life and green to the plants all along
The second of Israel’s lakes is the Dead Sea. The dead sea is an area of desolation.
Even though the sweet waters of the Jordan flow into it, yet the salty mineral water
is too heavy to be diluted. No plants grow around the banks of the dead sea, and no
fish or plant life exist in the heavily salty waters. The salt concentrate is not like that
of the average oceans of the world. It is so great that when a bather walks into the
water, at a point approximately at his chest, the dense water lifts him up and he will
float. Indeed no one is able to swim in the water. The salt and mineral content is so
great that it burns the eyes and any open wound. After being in the water, a bather
must wash to cleanse himself from the salt and mineral residue.
What a contrast! Compare the life-giving water of the Kinneret in the North to the
deathly parched area around the Dead Sea.
Yet we are told that this is similar to two basic types of people:
There is the giver, the person who gives generously whether of his time or his money.
And there is the taker, the person who only takes, and any giving on
his part is only in his own self interest, to promote more taking.
The giver, gives, and life grows around him.
The taker only takes and death is around him, nothing sprouts.
Yes, there are contributory rivers that flow into the Kinneret, but their waters are
not kept there, but distributed to other needy sources. The giver is the sustainer
of life. The Dead Sea is located in the lowest part of Israel and one of the lowest
parts of the world. The Dead Sea keeps all of it’s water to itself. Similarly, the taker,
only takes and keeps it only for himself. No one else benefits from him. Nothing is
lower that this.
Even from the geography of the Holy Land of Israel, we learn deep lessons on
how to conduct our lives. Let’s be a giver. Let’s concern ourselves with the other
person. Remember, even smiling at the next person is an act of giving. Let’s go
beyond our needs and see what we can do to help the next person.
by S. Wasserman
Life is Like a Multifaceted Prism
Life is like a multifaceted prism,
which gives different colored images,
when viewed from different angles.
Look how it appears to different people:
a. Life is a struggle, face it.
b. Life is a brief intermission, between birth and death, enjoy it.
c. Life is a lesson, learn it.
d. Life is not a joke, take it seriously.
e. Life is work, work is life.
f. Life is a dream, to be realized.
g. Life is to be lived, enjoy it.
h. Life, without a wife, is no life.
i. Life is not a bed of roses.
j. Life is an ocean, fathom it.
k. Life is an opportunity, don’t miss it.
l. Life without love is desolate.
m. Life is a goldmine, exploit it.
n. Life is what you make it.
o. Life lies in optimism. Be a positive thinker.
p. Life is like a game of snakes and ladders; one faces many pitfalls before one reaches the top.
q. Life will be a pleasure, if you love your work.
r. Life without goals, is groping in darkness.
s. Life without trust is a life in turmoil.
t. Life is a journey; make it as pleasant as possible.
u. Life doesn’t mean bread alone.
v. Life is meaningful, only if there is a mission.
w. Life is enriched by good friendship.
x. Life doesn’t mean years alone: “IT IS THE LIFE IN THOSE YEARS”
y. Life is useful, if you contribute something that will outlive it.
z. Life lies in diversity, not in monotony.
by M. K. Soni
∞ ♥ ∞ ♥
“From dust we are formed and so to dust shall we return;
Yet we prolong our fate of death for it is everlasting life we yearn.”
∞ ♥ ∞ ♥
Humanity suffers eternal damnation from sins of Adam and Eve; a bad decision
on account of the influential sweet-talking-promising-the-world Devil aka Satan.
Eve’s weakness on juicy temptations clearly signifies how we as humans make
poor judgment most of the time and suffer the ramifications of our choice for
a long time. Men must always remember and take note also that women are
powerfully innocent creatures by subtle ways of influence because Eve by
persuasion alone has gotten Adam to sin as well with a forever-stuck-proof
of an “Adam’s apple” and eternally laboring for needs and wants.
By disobeying God and listening to smooth-oiled words of Satan, they chose
the tree of knowledge rather than the tree of life and humanity has been
sweating and toiling their fruits of disobedience till now and still will
go on infinitely. The irony of it is that mankind with their expansive
knowledge haven’t a clue where the elixir of eternal life lies; they with
their arrogant ways attempt and endeavor on all sorts of variety of cures
of magical wonder drug to delay and prolong a mortal soul; which in fact
God had already set in motion a plan to grant humans an everlasting life
to begin with. This was a gift given freely by God Himself when He first
created Mankind. And that gift had charred and went up in smoke; just
by two souls who weren’t strong enough to resist temptation and their
disobedience to God’s commands.
So, at the end of everyone’s journey on earth, one still die and sleep in
one’s grave till ‘the way to eternal life’ Jesus Christ comes the
second time around. When we die, our body and soul dies in sleep
but our spirit is taken back by God. Some of us will be resurrected
to everlasting immortal life and some will be to eternal damnation
and extermination, come God’s judgment day; that is the
Day of Jehovah, the Day of the Wrath of GOD.
There is life following death after all, and that is the transformation
from a mortal and bodily soul to an immortal spiritual one on condition
that we accept Jesus Christ as our Messiah and also acknowledging
him as the son of God. Jesus is the only one and true way, the elixir
of life to Jehovah God and without him as our redeemer, mankind
and their unrepentant evil wicked ways will cease to exist.
We cannot be reconciled with God if not for the intervention of Jesus
on our behalf; a Mediator and Savior for our lives.
“BELIEVE IN ME AND ALSO BELIEVE IN HIM WHO SENT ME;
FOR YOU SHALL GAIN EVERLASTING LIFE.
ANYONE THIRSTING, COME FOLLOW ME
AND I SHALL TAKE YOU TO MY FATHER’S HOUSE
AND TO THE RIVER OF WATER OF LIFE
FOR IT IS FREE TO ANYONE WHO WISHES TO DRINK FROM IT.”
© keziah boey 13th June 2008