Items For Prayer And Praise
By Lois J. Stucky
The articles printed in this issue of Herald of His Coming cause us to marvel again at the wonderful salvation God has provided for us. Amazing is the love that would grant to us totally unworthy but repentant sinners, such a rich and full salvation as to make us partakers of the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4) and joint-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17), seating us with Him on His heavenly throne (Eph. 2:6), to reign in life through Him (Rom. 5:17). How unsearchable the wisdom of God who planned it! How unfathomable the sufferings of Christ whose atoning death provided it for us! How unlimited the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to make it operative in our lives daily!
The Father and the Son have perfectly accomplished their part. Will we allow the Holy Spirit to do His work of delivering us from sin’s reign within as we live life daily? God calls His people to live a supernatural life, made possible by cooperating with the indwelling Holy Spirit. We must not neglect, in fact, we must fervently seek the constant fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives and must learn more and more to yield to Him in things large and small encountered in our day-to-day living. This is the only way to live the crucified life.
To be crucified with Christ leads to something of sacrifice, service and suffering. Some of us will turn our backs on this. But are not these the things that conform us to the likeness of Christ? His was a life of sacrifice, service and suffering. Are not these the things that will win for us the final “Well done!” at the end of life’s way? God sets before His people the remarkable opportunity to walk in the blood-splattered footsteps of His Son. How many will be humble enough, and courageous enough to take up the call?
A hymn of A. B. Simpson says, “O Lord, breathe Thy Spirit on me, teach me how to breathe Thee in….” Can we make this a prayer one for the other as readers of Herald of His Coming? These perilous days require of us Christians that we walk in the full salvation He has provided for us if we are to accomplish the work He has given to us to do and to glorify His name. This can only be as the Holy Spirit fills us and has His way in us.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will enlighten the message of this issue to readers’ hearts and minds. But we need more than our head filled with knowledge and understanding. Pray for quickened faith to appropriate the fullness of what God has provided for us. Pray for a heart broken enough to willingly deny ourselves for His sake. True humility makes our lives a sweet smelling fragrance to God, no matter how man views us. Pride gives our lives a foul-smelling odor to Him, though the proud, self-sufficient one is often honored by the world.