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Thursday: Blessings of Righteous Living — 11 Comments

  1. Some of the most peaceful times in my life in recent years are the times I spent on the Boys' Walk on the Avondale University Campus. (Its name derives from when Ellen White was involved in setting up the school and men and women students were given separate walking areas. I could lots of stories about that too but perhaps now is not a good time.) It is a very peaceful walk following Dora Creek from the Avondale Cemetery to the Swing Bridge - about 1.5km. It meanders through Grey Myrtle, Paper-bark Melaluca, Eucalypts, Tobacco Bush, a couple of old swamps, and a few paddocks. Its mood changes depending on the weather from a hot summer day, to a cool misty winter morning.

    And, there are always birds. I have photographed over 150 species of birds on or near this track. Sometimes there are other people on the track, but mostly the times I walk the track are less popular with other people. I love the peace of this track. Just 400m away lies Avondale University where I spent over 40 years of my life as a student and lecturer. It is somewhat fitting that peace lies so close to where I worked.

    The Psalmists use the metaphor of streams of water and trees planted nearby to invoke a message of peace within our relationship with Jesus. It is an illustration that resonates with me.

    Jesus talks about peace:

    “I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you—I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, for now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am. John 14:27,28 TLB

    Jesus talks about peace now in the context of a discussion about Heaven and the New Earth. It is not just a hope for the future, but peace now in the midst of the battle between good and evil.

    I will let you into a little secret. Some of my best ideas for Sabbath School Net come to me while I am walking on Boys' Walk.

  2. Conforming to God’s image is living righteously,
    Allowing God to transform our life is living righteously,
    Daily dying to self is living righteously,
    Humbly asking God to create in us a clean heart is living righteously,
    God has a special place prepared for those who live righteously.
    May we accept His grace and invitation to live righteously while waiting for His soon coming.

  3. God always tried to show favor to those who obey Him. But the world has gone so mad that He had to take extreme measures. The most potent and significant unique act God had to take to show the Universe that He is LOVE and can save us from ourselves is demonstrated on the cross! The cross divides not only this planet's history but the Universe's. There is nothing more important than what God did for His fallen creatures.

  4. The "blessed hope" spurs us on amidst the vicissitudes of life, may we strive to anchor ourselves in Christ on a daily basis, that His blessings, to include peace, will attend to us until He returns to take us home!!!

  5. In 1 Kings 13, the story of a prophet who went from wise to unwise in moments. It was humbling to read that even though you may be wise in one aspect, you can be unwise in others. I praise God because He sits upon His throne of Mercy. Wisdom is ever growing into the image of God where we walk...then stumble..and often fall. BUT GOD! knowing our fragility..picks us up and starts us again! Praise God from whom all blessings and wisdom flow.

  6. Reflections on Psalm 112:1-9:
    "Blessed is the man who honors the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments. As I read this, I consider: the blessing is that man is enabled to delight greatly as he walks with his God. The true blessing is the ability to reflect the Goodness of the LORD from within.

    "Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous." I consider the blessing to be that man is enabled to experience the LORD’s qualities within himself. The true blessing is the ability to experience the LORD’s character qualities within his newly formed, born-again nature.

    "He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD." I read this to mean the blessing is with his new heart he can trust the LORD explicitly throughout the experiences in life. The true blessing is the ability to trust that by living in Christ Jesus man is protected from evil' – Gal.2:19-21.

    Man can do nothing of his own; all good is given to man because the Lord loves His creation. It is not that when we revere the Lord that we will be blessed, the blessing is evident in that we are able to revere the Lord! God’s Spirit within man enables him to do the ‘right thing’ - that is the blessing.

    The Father calls man unto Himself to reflect His Goodness - unceasingly, faithfully! As long as we live, He will cover with Grace and Mercy those who's life is in His Son. Yes – “God’s people, so long pilgrims and wanderers, shall find a home.” - Ellen G. White.

  7. My brother Matthew and brother Luke texted me and said we can't be saved by good works, but we are saved for good works. And we do our good works in thanks for being saved.

    Yes they are right.

    Also ellequently said are some of my favorites:

    "No outward observances can take the place of simple faith and entire renunciation of self. But no man can empty himself of self. We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work. Then the language of the soul will be, Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul." Christ's Object Lessons p. 159.3

    Christ sacrifice of dying on the cross for our sins, is a guarantee of our salvation, if we realize and act on the thought that, "we cannot earn salvation, but we are to seek for it with as much interest and perseverance as though we would abandon everything in the world for it." Christ's Object Lessons, p. 117.2

    These gems, and todays lesson are sweet words that give us confidence in our wonderful Saviour, and allow us to grasp His promises thus being some of the happiest Christians alive.


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