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When I was a little boy, my dad said, "Johnny, did you see the man I baptized today?"

     "Yes," I replied, wanting more food on my plate.

     "At the top of the baptismal tank he turned and said, 'Hey preacher, the water didn't hurt my money,' and turning around, he showed me his money. 'Why did you bring your money into the baptistry?' I asked. 'I wanted my money converted,' he said. Johnny, never forget, your money must be converted."

     That man wanted to be revived and reformed in his whole life, with no part of it left out. There truly is a need for revival and reformation.

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Faith is trusting God - believing that He loves us and knows best what is for our good. Thus, instead of our own, it leads us to choose His way. In place of our ignorance, it accepts His wisdom; in place of our weakness, His strength; in place of our sinfulness, His righteousness. Our lives, ourselves, are already His; faith acknowledges His ownership and accepts its blessing. Truth, uprightness, purity, have been pointed out as secrets of life's success. It is faith that puts us in possession of these principles.

     Every good impulse or aspiration is the gift of God; faith receives from God the life that alone can produce true growth and efficiency.

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Throughout Scripture, the picture of God is presented as a seeking, pursuing, searching God. He is the Good Shepherd seeking the lost sheep until He finds it. He is the woman persistently searching for her lost coin. She will not give up until the entire house is swept clean and she has done everything she can to find it. God is like that. He searches through the rubble to find His lost children, who are much more valuable than a lost coin.

     He is the heartbroken father who gives his son the freedom to walk away and daily longs for his return. He is the lonely father, who every day waits, eagerly gazing down the road for the faintest glimpse of his son. When he eventually sees him making his way home, the father is overwhelmed with joy. He cannot hold himself back and runs to meet him, throws his arms around his son, and celebrates his return with a magnificent welcome party. In the same way our Heavenly Father loves us, His precious children.

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Is it possible to do good things for bad reasons? Yes, it is. When a person is focused on the attention and praise they get for helping others, God is not impressed. Those who live for the praise of others are only pretending to be Christians.

     But when a person shows genuine kindness to another, the praise goes to God. In fact, Jesus' words indicate that there is a double blessing in a good deed, one not just for the person who is helped but also for the person who does the helping. And every time we help someone in need, we grow closer to Jesus and more like Him.

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Of this you can be certain: the Father will not reject you after giving His only Son to redeem you. The Cross boldly declares the good news that there is no reason to feel uncertain as you stand before the Judge. You can face your eternal future with no doubt.

     For the sacrifice of Jesus has been complete. "Christ purchased you at an infinite cost," writes Ellen White. "He says to the Father, 'Here is a poor sinner. I have given My life for him. He is saved by My grace. Receive him as Your child.' Do you think the Father will refuse?" We can have confidence, that as we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we will be saved (1 John 5:12, 13). Paul writes, "It is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  

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Arise and eat. —1 Kings 19:5

The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable. He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat. If we were never depressed, we would not be alive— only material…

Arise from the dead… —Ephesians 5:14

Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard— just do what needs to be done!” That is what we mean by ordinary human initiative.…

None of us lives to himself… —Romans 14:7

Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people? For instance, if I allow any turning away from God in my private life, everyone around me suffers. We “sit together in the heavenly places…” (Ephesians 2:6). “If one member suffers, all the members suffer…

Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. —Matthew 10:27

Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and God puts us into “the shadow of His hand” until we learn to hear Him (Isaiah 49:2). “Whatever I tell you…

Samuel answered, "Speak, for Your servant hears." —1 Samuel 3:10

Just because I have listened carefully and intently to one thing from God does not mean that I will listen to everything He says. I show God my lack of love and respect for Him by the insensitivity of my heart and mind toward what He says. If I love…