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Hold On!

We may think it is hard to hold on right now, but Revelation tells us that it is going to get much worse. In our small groups, in our homes, alone with God's Word and face down on the carpet before Him, we must hold on to the fear of God and His worthy worship now so that we can hold on to those things under the pressure of the beast power tomorrow. Why? Because for a time, Babylon and the beast are going to have the upper hand, and what you believe is going to get you in trouble. This calls for patient endurance.

If you're not prepared to hold on to what you have and patiently endure life as it is right now in Laodicea, then it doesn't matter whether you know the meaning of 666 or who the beast is. Knowing the mark of the beast is irrelevant if you don't know how to hold on to your faith against the daily march of the beast into your soul. Hold on to what you have.

We don't have a say about the era into which we were born; we're here now. God is saying to each of us, "Wake up, and hold on to what you have. For a while, it will appear as if you are on the losing side; but hold on, for in just a little while, He who shall come, will come." If you don't have a relationship to hold on to, choose now!

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Calvary: the Focal Point of Everything

God's incredible deliverance of His people and the promise of victory hinge on the most significant event in human history--Calvary. Yes, two thousand years have passed, and we're still waiting for the Second Coming, but in a sense the Judgment Day we long for has already taken place at the cross. Calvary was Judgment Day for Satan. His fate was sealed when he sent Jesus to His death. That is why salvation history looks forward to the Cross and looks backward to the Cross. It is the focal point of everything. The Desire of Ages stumbled to Calvary and there, bearing the sins of the world, died for all human beings. Could there be a better, more concrete revelation of God's utter compassion and concern for the human race?

Since the Cross, we live in a time filled by the victory of that event. And whether we realize it or not, humankind does not move toward an uncertain future and a vague eternal destiny. On the contrary, every person can live with joy, knowing that Jesus will triumphantly return because He prevailed at Calvary. He came to His end so that we could enjoy a new beginning.

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Divine Strength

[Jesus] walked once a man on earth, His divinity clothed with humanity, a suffering, tempted man, beset with Satan's devices. . . . Now He is at the right hand of God, He is in heaven as our advocate, making intercession for us. We must always take comfort and hope as we think of this. He is thinking of those who are subject to temptations in this world. He thinks of us individually, and knows our every necessity. When tempted, just say, He cares for me, He makes intercession for me, He loves me, He has died for me. I will give myself unreservedly to Him

We . . . must commit the keeping of our souls to God as unto a faithful Creator. He ever lives to make intercession for the tried, tempted ones. Open your heart to the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness, and let not one breath of doubt, one word of unbelief, escape your lips, lest you sow the seeds of doubt. There are rich blessings for us; let us grasp them by faith. I entreat you to have courage in the Lord. Divine strength is ours, and let us talk courage and strength and faith.

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Have you ever noticed how your relationship with someone grows cold when you wrong that person? Even if you ask for forgiveness and the person you hurt forgives you, there seems to be a strain that hampers all of your subsequent interactions with that person. It's almost as if a wall has been built between you and the other person.

That is precisely the problem God faces. Sin has created a barrier between Him and us even though He has forgiven us and continues to forgive us. God wants complete "at-one-ment" with us, but too many times we're content with mere forgiveness. We want to have our legal standing with God changed; we want to have that check mark next to our name that entitles us to heaven; but we don't really want to get on the same page with Him.

It doesn't take much. All God is asking us to do is to allow Him to teach us how to say Yes to Him whenever He bids us to do something. He isn't asking us to make ourselves holy or sinless. He isn't demanding that we perfect ourselves by our own efforts. He simply invites us to look to His cross, appreciate His love, allow our hearts to melt, and learn how to take Him at His word. The more we allow our hearts to be moved by Calvary's love, the more fully they will be brought into harmony with God's heart, and our complete at-one-ment with Him will be inevitable.

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