SCRIPTURE 4 TODAY
Mat_5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Luk_6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
Luk_6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
QUOTE 4 TODAY:
The Blood of the Lamb
“ See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Mingled sorrow and love flow down;
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?”
“ Behold the Saviour o f mankind
Nailed to the shameful tree,
How vast the love that He inclined
To bleed and die for m e!’’ —
Helen D. Bagby
Right Or Wrong? ---- Reprinted from Faith and Victory November 1934 --- Erle E Forbes
My soul is burdened, and my heart’s sympathy goes out for lost souls, and especially those who are, or might become deceived.
A great part of the Bible is written to lead us up to salvation, and then a great part is used in warning us to not become deceived.
The world never saw an age when more stress needs to be put upon what is right and what is wrong than now. The edge of the sword must NOT be dulled. There IS a dividing line.
The enemy is bringing up many new and cunning devices to deceive the “ very elect,” things which from the outside have the appearance of being1 4‘ no harms ’ ’.
“ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Prov. 14: 12
“ If any lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him.”
Oh, that all would seek God earnestly for guidance, and not become persuaded by unfaithful men and women. “ A righteous man falling down before the wicked, is as a troubled fountain and a corrupt spring.” Prov. 25: 26.
Anything that will help us and others to live right is right, and any thing that will hinder us or others in living right is wrong, and it does not matter what name it goes by. If we fail, to surrender ALL, “ one thing thou laekest” will send us to the regions of despair. “ He that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not,” or he that knoweth he should do no evil, and doeth it, to him it is sin. Most of us are reasonably intelligent, and know. “ The wayfaring man, though a fool, need not err therein.” If we cannot learn, God does not, and the saints should not, expect us to measure up. “ Be not deceived; God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” “ None is so blind as he who won’t see.”
“ Ye SHALL know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Praise the Lord for this freedom which comes by knowing the truth. Things which are wrong should be called by their right names, and in love warned against— in conversation, in preaching, and by the press, so that no one who attends the saints’ meetings and reads the Bible with an honest heart need become entangled with double marriage, the use of tobacco (although the word tobacco does not appear in the Bible) ; entangling our body which is Gods’ temple, nor our life which God gave and which God takes, by bartering, pawning or otherwise contracting same by valuation specified in terms of “ filthy lucre” through the agency of ungodly men; by conforming to the world in dress; by trying to set up two standards of living, one for the young and one for the old; by using musical instruments in order to attract people to our meetings; by using sectarian methods of supplying temporal needs for our meetings, etc. We as the saints must be on the alert, as the enemy will not cease to bring up some of these or other things from time to time. We should say with Paul, “ None of these things move me.”
One of the most deceptive things which the enemy would like to pan off on the saints is this attitude : that, although we have heard the truth on this or that for years, we have not as yet received the light on the subject. Does the thing in question hinder you or any other saint in having confidence or fellowship? If so, the thing is wrong, and for our own sake, our brother’s sake, and the sake of the cause, we should quickly and gladly give it up. If we could only comprehend the immensity of the power of God in saving, sanctifying, healing, and in supplying our every need, both while we live and when we die, it would not be hard for us to trust God. If God and his store house is no larger than this earth, this earth in God’s sight is no larger than a dime. What are we as individuals when it comes to using the temporal things which God has so graciously made us stewards over? Saints, let us not doubt God who is able to supply ALL our needs according to His riches in glory.
We are told to not only behold the goodness, but also the severity of God. “ Fear to do evil and learn to do well.” Humility is the only avenue for the troubled soul. In much Christian love, —
-------Erle E. Forbes -------
Christ Has Risen
With heavy hearts, and doubtful minds,
The disciples looked to see
The body of the Son of God
Taken from the cruel tree.
He had been crucified and slain;
Two thieves had met their doom;
And then the body of the Lord
Was buried in the tomb.
With blasted hopes, and saddened hearts
The disciples went away,
And certain women who were there,
To rest the sabbath day.
And when the sabbath day was gone,
Scarce had the shadows flown,
The women came with spices sweet,
But found the Lord had gone.
“He is not here,” the angel said,
Turn, look, and see;
Go tell Peter and the rest
He has gone to Galilee.
Oh, how quickly they departed,
What great joy had filled their heart,
As they ran to the disciples,
To them the good news to impart.
He has risen! Christ has risen!
He hath conquered death, and hell;
And the angels bid us hasten
The good news to others tell.
But they scarcely did believe it,
Filled with doubt and joy combined
Until they ran into the garden,
And the empty tomb did find.
But their doubts were soon relinquished,
When they the Lord Himself did see,
At the place he had appointed
In the land of Galilee.
Oh, dear people, Christ has risen!
He has risen in my soul,
All my doubts and fears have vanished,
He hath blessed, and made me whole. —
Faith and Victory April 1959
"TIS SWEET TO KNOW"
’TIS sweet to know as here I stay
That with my soul God has His way.
0 what a blessing! the joy it brings
When His blessed assurance within me rings.
’TIS sweet to know when I do a task
That I am doing what the Saviour did ask.
It brings such rejoicing, no time to repine;
I do it with pleasure, the blessings are mine.
’TIS sweet to know I’m doing His will
While the Father and Son abide in me still;
And His Spirit can show me and teach me to live, While all of my talents to Jesus I’ll give.
’TIS sweet to know in the heavens above
That my name is written and sealed with His love; That He watches o’er me and cares for His own;
He’ll never forsake me nor leave me alone.
WHEN life is thru and my work here is done,
My harvest is over and the battle is won,
’Tis sweet to know that He’s waiting for me;
I’ll be with Him ever in eternity. — Leslie Busbee
When the hours pass so slowly
As you wait on the relief,
And life’s burdens seem so heavy,
And your heart is filled with grief.
Do not then become discouraged,
Neither give up in despair,
Just remember that the Saviour
Always hears and answers prayer.
Perhaps you have need of patience
And must wait a little while
Till the cloud of trouble passes
And the sun begins to smile.
Christ has said, “ I will go with thee”
When thou pass through fire and flood
There shall nothing come upon thee
Only what is for thy good.
Sometimes we’re tried as by fire,
Then again deep waters flow:
But remember Christ to follow,
Where he leadeth let us go. —
Ulysses Phillip -- Faith & Victory 1936
“Say, Daddy! can all of these churches be right? Wherein some are all colored, and in others all white?
Where the Mexican and the Japanese each worship alone?
Will God have them separate around His White Throne?
“If we’re too proud to meet with them here,
Do you think He’ll permit us to gather up there?
How many fair heavens has He gone to prepare?
Can we each have a Heaven? and a Jesus, up there?
“Please tell me wherein God’s Word we can find
We may fix up a church to suit our own mind?
If we are a part of His Family on earth—
Have really been born of a spiritual birth;
“When He comes for His Bride, just whom will He take?
What color will He like? or selection will make?
Will God have a heaven for each race of its own?
And those who are half-breeds, share half time in each zone?” —Erle E. Forbes --Faith & Victory--March 1939
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Thirsting For God
“I heard the voice of Jesus say,
Behold, I freely give
The living water thirsty one,
Stoop down, and drink, and live.
“I came to Jesus and I drank
Of that life giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in Him.” —Ulysses Phillips.
Is there a hope can pierce the gloom o f mortal night : And reach the soul that now in sin doth dwell?
No hope?" the saddest story tongue could ever tell!
A- precious, soul designed for Heaven’s light
Is doomed to an eternal burning hell!
But Hope, at first a spark and then a gleaming light! Behold the Savior weep and agonize.
Glad Hope, as on an angel’s wings we see Him rise To conquer death; and then to realms of light
He plants our hope secure beyond the skies.
Blest Hope, abounding joy and glory in the soul;
An anchor holding firm in every storm.
Sweet Hope that on the wings of love to man is borne A guiding light to lead us toward the goal.
And there we’ll gather on that golden morn. , —
Clifford W. Wilson Faith and Victory - 1949