This has been a very interesting week for Ricky and I, to say the least! This testimony will be really two testimonies in one.
Earlier this week, on the New Moon, we were rebaptized. (I won’t go into the reasons here.) We chose to do it at a local lake that we saw from the satellite view on Google Maps had a small beach. On the way, we got to see a rainbow, the sign of God‘s covenant, which we saw as a sign of His approval and blessing. 🙂
There was an issue with the wind, though, so when we first arrived, we explored around to see if there was a better spot. There was! A short distance from the main beach there was another mini beach that was more sheltered from the wind, but still enjoyed some sunshine. It was perfect. It took a while for us to find it, though. In the process of this time, I lost our keys!
Because it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.2 Corinthians 4:6 (EMTV)
Where the light shines, darkness flees. Light and darkness cannot dwell together.
Therefore, can we have our hearts filled with the “light of the knowledge of the glory of God” if our thoughts are dwelling on the dark things of this world? I believe not. That is why the Lord commands to think on “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honourable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report” (Philippians 4:8 RV), which requires us to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
It takes diligent effort, in the strength of Christ, to accomplish this. I am still fighting this battle. I’m sure many of you are, too. We must win this battle in order to find true freedom in Christ and receive the fullness of His Spirit; for He cannot fill us if we still have trash piled up in our hearts.
I want to encourage you all, my brothers and sisters! We are promised full and complete victory so long as we dwell in Christ and have Christ dwelling in our hearts, for He has already won the victory in our behalf. Let’s claim this Bible promise together!
I can do all things in Christ who strengtheneth me.Philippians 4:13 (RV/Webster’s)
I love how the snow sparkles in the moonlight. Simply beautiful!
I used to have a LiveJournal account. Over a decade ago. I refuse to feel old over that.
I finally deleted it last week, but before I did, I found myself skimming over my old posts. There weren’t a whole lot; most of them were just short stories and poems that I had found and shared. But there was one post that stood out from the rest, one of the last I wrote. It was quite interesting to revisit. Clearly, simplicity is not a new interest for me! In fact, the name of my Livejournal was Ordinary Gold, which was a modification of a previous blog named Aureate Simplicity. Given the subject matter, I thought I’d share (most of) it here. And then I’ll share some additional thoughts afterward.
Firstly, I want to praise the Most High God for taking such wonderful care of us, always! This past Sabbath, we woke up to a frozen water intake pipe. We were certainly not happy about that, of course! But I crawled under our mobile home with my hair dryer and dealt with it. I went down with much prayer because the last time this happened, it took most of the day to thaw. It still took a while this time, but we serve a prayer-answering God! We are especially thankful that nothing has frozen since then. My husband figured out how to block the gap that was letting too much cold air get at the pipe. Praise God!
We cannot be truly effectual in our service to God unless we are wholly consecrated to Him in all areas of our lives. Every task, every word, even every thought, must be for His glory and not our own. This is probably one of the most difficult lessons to learn, particularly for myself; after all, it takes great presence of mind and a concerted effort. We must be sincere in our desire to serve Him and not double-minded. This takes a complete retraining of the mind.
Recently, my husband did a little studying, comparing the terms godliness and piety. The meanings are almost identical, yet the common usages led him to prefer piety. Although I am not sure that I generally prefer piety myself, it is a good word nonetheless! In the process of looking at what Sister White says about it, he came across these two quotes equating piety with power. I really loved them and decided to share. May they be a blessing to you!