CAN QUIT ALCOHOL
THE SOLUTION IS SOMETHING BETTER
book has provided you with one of the most complete collections of information
on how to quit alcohol that you can find in printed form anywhere. But getting a
problem stopped is not the full solution; you also want to add a better way of
life in its place. This present chapter is going to tell you how there can be
brought into your life a far deeper happiness than you may ever have experienced
before. The information below is just as solid and useful as that which you have
already studied. You will want to read it carefully.
about us we see abundant evidence of the love of God. It is shown in the,
beautiful things He has made, and how carefully they have been adapted to supply
the needs and happiness of all His earthly creatures. Nature teaches us that it
is God. Who provides for us, and that, as we come to Him, He can give us that
which we need in order to love and obey Him. Back in the beginning, man was
perfectly happy, holy, and in harmony with God. There was no blight on nature,
and man talked face to face with His Maker.
sin entered, as man, tempted by Satan, ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of
Eden. It may seem a little thing, but it was disobedience to the express will of
God. Yet our heavenly Father continues to seek us. If you will but stop a moment
and think about it; He has been trying to reach you for years.
problem is that Satan tempts men to think that God is severe, harsh, and cruel.
Yet this is not true. Your heavenly Father loves you with the deepest love. For
years He has guarded you, though you did not know it.
was to reveal His love to man that God sent His own Son into the world.
Encouraging, healing, and helping people find a better life: this was the
earthly life of Jesus—a life obedient to the Will of His Father and
continually revealing the character of God to mankind. "He that hath seen
me hath seen the Father," He said (John 14:8-9).
mercy, and compassion were revealed in every act of His life, for His heart went
out in tender sympathy to the children of men. He took man's nature that He
might reach man's wants. The poorest: humblest, and most sinful were not afraid
to come to Him. Even little children loved to be near Him.
life was one of, self-denial and thoughtful care for others; because every soul
was precious in His eyes, He bowed with the tenderest regard to every member of
the family of God. In all men He saw fallen souls whose it was, His mission to
a Bible and open to one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John), and
begin reading. There you will find the character of Christ revealed in His daily
life. His godliness and kindliness is the character of God. The Bible contains
the principles of godliness, the pathway to heaven.
was to redeem us that Jesus lived and suffered and was Crucified. He became
"a Man of Sorrows," that He might be made partakers of everlasting
joy. God permitted His beloved Son to come from a world of indescribable
glory—to this dark world blighted with sin—so that we could be delivered
from sin and enabled, by His grace, to obey the laws of God.
YOU begin reading in the Bible, behold, Him in the wilderness, in Gethsemane,
upon the cross. The spotless Son of God took upon Himself the burden of sin. He
who had been one with God, felt in His soul the awful separation that sin makes
between God and man. This separation, and the burden of sin, broke His heart.
this great sacrifice was not made in order to create in the Father's heart a
love for man, so He would be willing to save us. No, no! "For God so loved
the world, that He gave His only begotten Son." John 3:16, The Father loves
us, not because of the great sacrifice, —but He provided the sacrifice of His
Son on Calvary because He loves us! Through Christ, God poured His love upon
mankind. To Christ we can come and seek forgiveness of sin, and enabling power
to obey. And by remaining with Him, day by day, we can look forward to eternal
life with Him in the glories of heaven.
it worth it for God to do this? Yes, it was worth it—even if only one person
would have accepted the great salvation. Though many others may refuse it,
just now you can come to Him and receive forgiveness, peace with God, and
strength to obey His Inspired Word, the Holy Scriptures.
Jesus could accomplish our redemption, but many do not realize why: For only One
equal to the Law of God—the Ten Commandments—could die to meet its claims
and enable man to obey it. Jesus is fully God, and equal with the Father. He
died so that you could live in eternal ages with Him. The Father loves Him the
more because He did it. And, beholding the depth of that love, men and women
down through history have wept as they found it. Coming to God, they have found
peace with God as they had their sins forgiven, have put away their bad habits,
and become servants of God. That love has enabled them not only to live clean,
honest lives, but to remain loyal to their God in the face of ridicule,
persecution, and even death.
is impossible for us, of ourselves, to escape from the pit of sin in which we
are sunken. Our hearts are evil and, without the help of God, we cannot change
them. There must be a power from above to work inside of us and strengthen our
resolves and our will. That power is Christ. His forgiving, enabling grace alone
can awaken the lifeless faculties of the soul, and attract them to God and
godlike living. Only He can strengthen us to stop sinning. But only we can make
the choice to come to Him day by day and let Him give us that strength.
new life begins with the New Birth. Jesus said, "Except a man be born from
above, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3. This means that unless
he shall receive a new heart, new desires, purposes, and motives, all leading
to a new life, a person cannot find peace with God, deliverance from sin, and
is not enough to see our condition, and even the love of God; we must bow in
agony of sorrow over our sins and how they cost the life of God's own Son. We
must come to Jesus in heartfelt grief, and plead with Him for forgiveness,
acceptance, and purity of heart.
resist the love of Christ and are lost. They are content with their own
condition. But if we do not resist the drawing power of that love, we will be
convicted of our own sinful condition—and will be drawn in love and sorrow for
sin, to the One who died and liveth again—that we might have eternal life. You
who in heart long for something better than this world can give, recognize this
longing as the voice of God to your soul. Ask Him to give you repentance, to
reveal Christ, in all His love and purity, to you. It is as we behold Him that
we see the sinfulness of our own hearts and come to Him in true repentance for
sin and a turning away from it.
do not make the mistake of many: If you see your sinfulness, do not wait to make
yourself better before coming to Christ! Come to Him now, just as you are. In
Him you will find the, answer to all your problems. Begin walking the journey of
life with Him and you will be continually astounded at the courage; comfort,
and help that He can give you day by day. But do not delay in coming. Satan will
tempt you to think that you need to wait a day or two; yet during the delay he
will present all kinds of reasons why you should not give your life to Christ.
if you are tired of your past life of sin and failure, if you want peace with
God. and forgiveness of sin, if you would rather serve God than live for
yourself, then you will come, now, to Jesus. And you will find that you have
entered upon a life of the deepest happiness you have ever experienced. There is
nothing on earth that can bring you the peace of heart that God can give you.
not imagine that you will not have problems. Satan will continue to bring them
through circumstances, friends, and associates, just as he has done before.
But you will find that you now have new help in coping with difficulties,
definite guidance in meeting them, fresh strength in recognizing and resisting
the approach of sin.
let no one tell you that it is all right to disobey God. It is never right and
it is never safe. Cling to Him, by faith, all through the day. The secret is in
finding Him in the morning, in prayer and study of the Sacred Scriptures. And
then in walking, hand in hand, with Him all through the day. The Bible says to
"pray without ceasing." That is a habit worth developing. But,
again, begin each day by coming anew to God, surrendering your life to Him, and
dedicating yourself and all you have and are to Him.
Satan will come arid tell you that you are a great sinner, but tell him that
Christ Jesus died to save sinners! Apart from Christ, you are lost; but
clinging to His hand, moment by moment, you can make it safely along the path of
life, strewn as it is with so many temptations.
come to God with a genuine sorrow for sin, and this sincere repentance is
followed by a reformation in the life. Many changes are made as we study God's
Word and bring our lives into conformity to it. For in giving ourselves to God,
we must necessarily give up all that would separate us from Him. But it is
really no sacrifice to yield our plans, our habits, our desires, and our lives
to Christ. Just think of the sacrifice that He made for you! And the only
things that we have to give up are things that can hurt us. God does not require
us to give up anything that it is for our best interest to retain. We do
ourselves the greatest injury when we think and act contrary to the will of
God. Following paths forbidden by Him can never bring joy or peace.
important question is this: How am I to make the surrender of my life to God?
You desire to give yourself to Him, but you are week in moral power, in slavery
to doubt, and controlled by the habits of your life of sin. Your promises and
resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts, your
impulses; your affections. The knowledge of your broken promises and forfeited
pledges weakens your confidence in your own sincerity and causes you to feel
that God cannot accept you. But you need not despair. What you need to
understand is the true force of the will. This is the power of decision, the
power of choice. It is the governing power in the nature of man. Everything
depends on the right action of the will. God has given you this power of the
will; you must use it. But you must realize that, without the help of God, you
cannot use your will aright.
you can choose to give your life, your affections, and your will to God. He will
then work in you, to strengthen you to resist Satan's temptations.
will enable you to overcome sin and come off conqueror, for He "is able
to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the throne of His
glory with exceeding joy." Jude 24.
will, by His Holy Spirit, work in you to will and to do according to His good
pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Submitting to God and resisting sin in His strength
will bring your whole nature under the control of His Spirit, and your
affections will be centered upon Him, and your thoughts will be in harmony with
Him. This is what you want for your life, is it not?
for goodness and holiness are right as far as they go; but if you stop here,
they will avail nothing. Many will be lost while hoping and desiring to be
Christians. They do not come to the point of yielding the will to God. They do
not now choose to be Christians.
the right exercise of the will, an entire change may be made in your life. By
yielding up your will to Christ, you ally yourself with the power that is above
all principalities and powers. You will have strength from above to hold you
steadfast, and through constant surrender to God you will be enabled to live the
new life, even the life of faith.
New Birth is a dying to sin and a living to Christ. The Apostle Paul died anew
every day ("I die daily" 1 Corinthians 15:31). Every morning he
His life to God and died anew to sin.
New Birth is experienced as you come to God. You cannot atone for your past
sins; you cannot change your heart and make yourself holy. But God promises to
do all this for you through Christ. You believe that promise. You confess your
sins and give yourself to God. You will to serve Him. Just as surely as you do
this, God will fulfill His word to you. If you believe the promise, believe
that you are forgiven and cleansed,—God supplies the fact; you are made whole,
just as Christ gave the paralytic power to walk when the man believed that he
was healed. It is so if you believe it.
not wait to feel that you are made whole, but say, "I believe it; it is so,
not because I feel it but because God has promised."
you are not your own; you are bought with a price,—the precious blood of
Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19). Through this simple act of surrendering and
believing, the Holy Spirit has begotten a new life in your heart. You are as a
child born into the family of God, and He loves you as He loves His Son.
that you have given yourself to Jesus, do not draw back, do not take yourself
away from Him, but day by day say, "I am Christ's; I have given myself to
Him;" and ask Him to give you His Spirit and keep you by His grace. As you
first found Him, so live in Him.
fail because they do not believe that Jesus will pardon them personally,
individually. They do not take God at His Word. But it is the privilege of all
who comply with the conditions to know for themselves that pardon is freely
extended for every sin.
not yield to doubt. Read the rich promises of Scripture and believe them.
Memorize them; repeat them to yourself and others through the day. Do not
doubt and tremble, but look up, for Jesus is making intercession for you in
the Sanctuary in heaven. Resist doubt with thanksgiving and an active helping of
others. Thank God every day for the gift of His dear Son. Come to Him
continually, cling to Him, praise Him. Share all your sorrows and joys with Him.
And obey Him.
do we love the most? If we love Jesus above every earthly thing, He will have
our sweetest thoughts, our warmest affections, and our best energies. We will
desire to speak to Him and speak about Him to others. He will have become the
center of our life.
we are with Jesus, every burden becomes light, duty becomes a delight, and
sacrifice a pleasure. We love to obey Him.
Bible reveals God's laws of right-living for mankind. Written with the finger of
God are the Ten Commandments. (Read Exodus 20:3-17.) Love is the principle of
action, and the concern of the heart is to obey the will of God.
is an error to trust in our own works for salvation, but the opposite and no
less dangerous error is that belief in Christ releases men from keeping the law
of God; that our works have nothing to do with our redemption.
we obey from the heart, because we love God, our obedience becomes the
fruit of the New Birth. It. is a service of love to our God. God writes His laws
in the hearts of those who have experienced the New Birth (Hebrews 10:16), and
that law, written in the heart, will change the whole life. Obedience to God is
the true sign of discipleship. If we will not obey Him, we are not really His.
"This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments." "He
that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments is a liar, and the
truth is not in him." 1 John 5:3; 2:4. Genuine faith in God does not
release us from obedience to Him. The truth is that it is faith alone that can
enable us to be partakers of the grace of Christ, and it is His grace that
enables us to render Him genuine, heartfelt obedience!
so-called faith in Christ Which professes to release men from obeying God, is
not real faith, but presumption. "I have kept My Father's commandments,
and abide in His love" (John 15:10) is what Jesus said. And He is our
example. We are to walk as He walked, and follow in His steps (1 John 2:3-6; 1
condition of eternal life is just what it always has been, just what it was
in the Garden of Eden before the fall of our first parents, perfect obedience
to the law of God. If eternal life were granted on any condition short of this;
then the happiness of the whole universe would be imperiled. The way would be
open for sin, with all its train of woe and misery, to be immortalized.
died on Calvary in order to become our great High Priest in the Sanctuary in
heaven. There He ministers to all who come unto God by Him. "We have such
an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the
heavens." "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for
them." Hebrews 8:1; 7:25. It is the concern of Jesus, right now in heaven,
to forgive you and enable you to obey the physical, moral, and health laws given
in the Bible. He wants you to partake of the divine nature as you grasp the
promises, for it is by faith in His promises that you are enabled, by His
Spirit, to render Him perfect obedience. "Whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious promises [of Scripture] ; that by these ye might be
partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the
world through lust." 2 Peter 1:4.
then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus
the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an High Priest
which can not be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all
points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:14-15. That is a
powerful promise for you just now, as you seek to learn more about God's plan
for your life. And look at this wonderful promise that goes with it:
us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and
find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16. We have been looking
into the depths of the rich, enabling grace of Christ, given to forgive us and
enable us to obey the Law of God. But now we want to understand more of that Law
itself. Everything that God gives is perfect.
is the MoraI Law of God; the Ten Commandments:
1: "Thou shalt have no
other gods before Me." Exodus 20:3. Only God is entitled to our supreme
reverence and worship. Nothing else is to have first place in our affections or
service. Anything else that lessens our love for and obedience to God, becomes
a god more important to us than our heavenly Father.
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of
anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in
the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve
them." Exodus 20:4-5. We are not to worship God by images or similitudes.
Representing Him by material objects lowers our conception of God, and can
only result in the degradation of ourselves.
"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord
will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain." Exodus
20:7. This commandment forbids false legal oaths and common swearing, and it also
forbids using His name in a light or careless manner. He is holy and reverend
(Psalm 119:19), and His faithful children will ever keep this in mind. His
person and name should be thought of and spoken of with reverence and
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and
do all thy work, but the Seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it
thou shalt not do any work; thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant,
nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them
is, and rested the Seventh day. Wherefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day,
and hallowed it." Exodus 20:8-11.
importance of the Sabbath is here shown to date back to the Creation of the
world, at which time God first gave the Seventh-day Sabbath to mankind as a day
set apart for divine worship. “And on the Seventh day God ended His work which
He had made; and He rested on the Seventh day from all His work which He had
made. And God blessed the Seventh day, and sanctified it, because that in it He
had rested from all His work which God created and made." Genesis 2: 2-3.
After creating this world and everything in it in six days, our God set aside
the seventh day as a day of rest. He rested, on it, blessed it, and sanctified
it, —that is, set it apart for our worship of Him.
Sabbath is a sign that we love Him, obey Him, and are sanctified by Him. It is a
sign of His creatorship and our sanctification and redemption. The Bible Sabbath
is a sign that God is our Creator (Exodus 31:17), that He is the Lord our God
(Ezekiel 20:20), and that He is the One who alone can sanctify us (Exodus
31:13). It is the sign or seal of the law. The only true Sabbath is the Bible
Sabbath—the one given us in the Bible, the one kept on the day of the week
that God set aside for us as the Sabbath day. This is the seventh day of the
week, Saturday. Astronomers tell us that, throughout history, time has never
been lost. Historians tells us that the weekly cycle can be traced back
thousands of years. The languages of man attest to' the fact that the Seventh
day is the true Sabbath. (More information on this is available free from this
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But astounding evidence of the true Sabbath is the
Jewish people. Of all the ancient races of mankind, only the Jews remain a
distinct people—in spite of the fact that they have not had a homeland for
most of two thousand years. Through the Jews we can trace back to the Sabbath
that Jesus (Luke 4:16), his disciples (Luke 23:56), and the apostles (Acts
13:14,42; 16: 13; 17 :1-2) kept. Jesus said that, after His death, His followers
must continue to keep the Sabbath (Matthew 24:20), and this they did (Luke
23:56, Acts 13: 14, 42; 16:13; 17:1-2). But also, through the Jews, we can trace
the weekly cycle and the true Sabbath all the way back to Moses, at which time
God gave the Ten-Commandments in written form.
is no doubt as to which day is the true Sabbath, and there is no doubt that Gad
wants us to keep it. He never did away with His Moral Law, and we should not try
to do so either. It is true that the "shadow laws" (Hebrews 10:1) were
abolished at the cross. These were the laws of animal sacrifices in the earthly
sanctuary. Type met antitype at the death of Christ on Calvary, and the statutes
and ordinances of the ceremonial law were taken away at that time. But the Moral
Law, contained in the Ten Commandments, is for us to reverently obey today. And
we are to do it in the strength of Christ. By grace we are saved (delivered from
sin), and by grace we are empowered to obey all that God has commanded in Holy
many do not understand is that “sin is the transgression of the law" (1
John 3:4), and that in order to be "saved from sin," we must be
enabled to keep that law. And this can be done alone in the strength of Christ's
enabling merits. Christ is our Righteousness: He alone is our Forgiver and our
Enabler. Christ died to uphold the law and make it possible far you to obey it;
He did not die, as some preach, in order to destroy the Moral Law! Christ did
not die to destroy morality, but to guard and uphold it. He died to enable
sinners to be forgiven and live godly, obedient lives (for godly living is what
the Ten Commandments is all about). He did not die to destroy right living—Ten
Commandment living,—and immortalize sin and take incorrigible sinners to
there to defile it forever. But all this must be so if Christ died to do away
with the Ten Commandments.
said in the Sermon an the Mount, "Think not that I am came to destroy the
law, or the prophets. I am not came to destroy, but to fulfill. Far verily I say
unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise
pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Matthew 5:17-18. The original
Greek ward for "fulfill" here is pleroo, which means "to
make full." It does not mean "to destroy or abolish." This same
word is used in 1 John 1:4; John 15:11; 16:24; 2 John 12 in the sense .of
"bringing to the fullest measure." Jesus said that He was sending
the Holy Spirit "that your joy may be full." He did not mean that it
would be abolished. This same Greek root ward is found in "fulfill
joy" (Philippians 2:2; John 17,:13), "preach fully" (Colossians
1:25), and "obey fully" (2 Corinthians 10:6). Jesus concludes the
above statement With a powerful warning not to disobey the Law of God:
"Whosever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall
teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but
whosoever, shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the
kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:19.
truth of the matter is that the Seventh day Sabbath is the only weekly sacred
day given in the Bible. It was kept all through Bible times, and afterward for
many centuries. But in the fourth century, A.D., the first Sunday Law was
enacted, requiring the worship of God on Sunday, the first day of the week.
Sunday sacredness began in Persia about 200 years before the time of Christ.
Worshipers of the Persian god, Mithra, gave Sunday its name, "The venerable
day of the Sun," and worshiped on that day. Because Mithra was the sungod,
they worshiped him by gathering on Sunday morning, and face east—toward the
sun—as they prayed. Very evangelistic, the Mithraites spread their faith all
through the vast Roman Empire (Europe, the Near East, and North Africa). By the
end of the third century, A.D., the majority of the people had been won to
Mithraism or Christianity. Early in the fourth century, Constantine became emperor.
Recognizing that the empire greatly needed strengthening, he counseled with the
leaders of the Christian church at Rome—and, with them, developed the plan of
uniting both religions into one—by having the people worship the God of the
Christians, but do it on the sacred day of the Mithraites.
plan of uniting the majority of the people into one religion succeeded
dramatically as a single State Church was formed. Now everyone could ,easily
become a Christian, and it was good politics to do so. Within a century the
Christian churches in the cities were corrupted. It was really paganism that
and the persecution of Bible-obeying Christians began in earnest. For
centuries, Sabbath keepers were proscribed, hunted, and slain.
in brief, is where Sunday keeping came from, and why we have it today. Yet God
predicted that this attempt would be made by the little horn power of Rome to
challenge God's holy law: "And he shall speak great words against the most
High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times
and laws." Daniel 7 :25. In one brief verse, we are warned of the amazing
blasphemies, persecutions, martyrdoms, and efforts to change God's law—that
would be attempted by this power. And timelaws are specifically mentioned.
Any Catholic catechism will tell you that it was the Roman Catholic Church
which changed the Seventh-day Sabbath to Sunday. And, elsewhere in the catechism
[Catholic lesson book], you will learn that the second commandment was taken
out (forbidding image worship), the fourth was changed (removing the
"seventh-day" from the Sabbath Commandment), and the tenth was then
split in two (making two "covet commandments") in an effort to
preserve the number ten.
also predicted that people would arise who would repair the torn-out place in
the law by again keeping the Sabbath Commandment. Carefully read Isaiah
58:12-14. And it was predicted that God's faithful believers in the last days
would keep God's law. The persecution of the true church by the apostate
church during the dark ages is predicted in Revelation 12:13-16, and then, in
the last days, would come the remnant—or last part—of the true church:
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the
remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony
of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:1.7.
14:12 provides additional identification of this final group of faithful
believers, just before the end of time: "Here is the patience of the
saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of
Jesus." By faith in Jesus they are enabled to obey the law of God. In the
midst of a law-breaking generation, they will uphold obedience to God, and will
stand faithful to the Ten Commandments.
22:14 describes the entrance of His people into the City of God: "Blessed
are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life,
and enter in through the gates into the city." Precious promise for those
who now are ridiculed and derided for keeping God's commandments by faith in
the future is bright for those who will stand loyal to God and His law; for
that future is full of Jesus. Through eternal ages the people of God will
worship Him on the Bible Sabbath: "For as the new heavens and the new
earth, which I will make, shall remain before Me, saith the Lord, so shall your
seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to
another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before
Me, saith the Lord." Isaiah 66:22—23.
"Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land
which the Lord thy God giveth thee." Exodus 20:12.
is the fifth commandment. Parents are entitled to a degree of love and respect
which is due to no other person. We are not to reject the rightful authority of
our parents, and we are to give them love and tender care all through their
lives, even to old age. We should also respect other authorities, as long as
their rules do not conflict with the laws of God.
"Thou shalt not kill” Exodus 20:1, 3. All acts of injustice that shorten
life; the spirit of hatred and revenge, or the indulgence of any passion that
leads to injurious acts toward others, or causes us to even wish them harm is a
violation of the sixth commandment. It also includes a selfish neglect of caring
for the needy and suffering, and all self-indulgence and intemperance that
injures the health of ourselves or others.
"Thou shalt not commit adultery." Exodus 20:14. This commandment
forbids not only impure actions, but also sensual thoughts and desires, and any
practice which tends to excite them. Christ taught that the evil thought or look
is as truly sin as is the unlawful action.
"Thou shalt not steal." Exodus 20:15. This commandment forbids
man-stealing, slave-dealing, and wars of conquest. It not only condemns theft
and robbery, but demands strict integrity in the minutest details of life. It
forbids overreaching in business and trade, and requires the payment of Just
debts or wages. No one is to advantage himself by the ignorance, weakness, or
misfortune of another.
"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." Exodus
20:16: Included here is false speaking: every attempt or purpose to deceive
person. Falsehood is not only the act of misleading; it is also the intention
to deceive. This can be done by a glance of the eye, a motion of the hand, or an
expression of the face. All intentional over statement, and even stating facts
in such a manner as to mislead, is falsehood". Also included is every
effort to injure thee reputation of another by misrepresentation, evil
surmising, slander, tale bearing, or intentional suppression of the truth.
10: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife,
nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything
that is thy neighbor’s." Exodus 20:17.
tenth commandment strikes at the very root of all sins, and prohibits the
selfish desire, from which springs the sinful act. Covetousness lies at the
heart of many of the iniquities of mankind.
old song says, "Grace, grace, God's grace; grace greater than all our
sins." And how truly great is the grace of God, for it is powerful enough
to enable us to overcome all our sins and live anew life in Christ Jesus our
Lord and Saviour. The law of God, written on our heart, means obedience to it in
the whole life. And this is not only what we want; it is also God's plan for us.
As we live noble, godly lives, we are prepared for heaven, for we have heaven in
our hearts. Matthew 1:21 predicted the objective of Jesus' life: "She shall
bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name. Jesus, for He shall save His
people from their sins. The word "Jesus" means "deliverer."
Jesus came to earth to deliver us—remove us from—our sins. He did not live
and die to save us in our sins, but, as the Bible says, from our sins.
Lord would have all His children happy, peaceful, and obedient. As we live and
work with Jesus in ministering to the needs of others, our own trials are
forgotten. There is joy in, the service of God; the Christian has no vain
regrets and disappointments. There is an eternity of happiness in the life
beyond, and even in this life we may have the comfort of Christ's presence.
Every step in life may bring us closer to Jesus, .may give us a deeper
experience of His love, and may bring us one step nearer to our eternal home
where everyone will be peaceful and happy. No more pain, no more sorrow; that is
what is in store for us.
let us not cast away our confidence and our precious Bible-based faith. But with
firmer assurance, let us recall to mind the many times our God has gone before
us and protected and guided us in the way. Let us keep fresh in memory all the
tender mercies He has shown us in our past. We still have farther to walk before
life's pilgrimage will close. But we can walk it with Jesus, and rejoice at each
step at the bright future in store for us in the land beyond.
cannot but look forward to new perplexities, but we may look on what is past
as well as what is to come, and say, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped
us," and "as thy days, so shall thy strength be." Deuteronomy
33:25. The trial will not exceed the strength given to bear it. Then let us take
up our duties and tasks where we find them, believing that whatever may come,
God will be with us all the way to the end.
by and by the gates of heaven will be thrown open to admit God's children, and
they will "inherit the kingdom prepared" for them "from the
foundation of the world." Matthew 25:34. Then the redeemed will be welcomed
to the home that Jesus has been preparing for them. There they will associate
with those who, like themselves, have overcome sin in the strength of Christ and
have formed pure, holy characters. Amid the glories of heaven, they stand with
Jesus before the great white throne, sharing the dignities and privileges of
view of such an inheritance, soon to be ours, what shall we say? You may be poor
in this world's goods; you may be despised and hated,—but you possess a
wealth and dignity that the world can never know. For you have the peace of
God's presence with you now, and you look forward to an eternity in heaven
bless and keep you. Stand true to God to the end. I want to meet you on the
other side. Remember: when things look dark, cry to Him in prayer. He will
comfort and help. If you fall, run right back to Him. Vance Ferrell
above chapter includes adapted material from "Steps to Christ,"
"Patriarchs and Prophets," and "Great Controversy. "
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