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September 12, 2001

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

Ching Co

In these past few weeks, I have felt the Holy Spirit bringing to my mind constantly the subject about "mercy" and the need for God's people to flow abundantly in this virtue.

Yes, we all know that our God is a God of justice and a day of judgment is at hand.

However, I have felt challenged that until God acts on our behalf as He has promised He will, we as God's children must continue to press in praying and exercising mercy in our lives.


Jonah failed in this respect. He was angry at the Lord's compassion towards Nineveh - "O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish, I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live."

But the Lord replied, "Have you any right to be angry?" (Jonah 4:2-4 )

Simon the Pharisee asked this question in his heart when he saw Jesus entertaining the sinful woman's act of pouring an alabaster jar of perfume on His feet, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is - that she is a sinner." (Luke 7:39)

When Jesus decided to stay at Zacchaeus house, the people who saw this began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a 'sinner'." (Luke 19:7)

The elder brother of the prodigal son became angry when he saw his father lavishly welcoming back his younger brother. (Luke 15:28)


I feel the Holy Spirit is challenging us-- His people to continue to check our hearts--especially our attitudes when praying and acting towards those people whom we perceive and consider as unrighteous.

When we find ourselves treated unrighteously or when we see unrighteousness flourish in our midst, We find it much easier to pray for God's judgment instead of His mercy and blessings.


However, God wants to create and develop in the heart of His people --a heart full of mercy and compassion especially towards those who deserve it the least.

As we choose to continually exercise mercy and compassion when we pray for those who come against us, as we face those that hurt us, as we respond and react to their words and actions-- These daily exercises will result in the growth and development of our spiritual muscles of mercy and compassion.


Until we see the Lord Himself execute judgment on our behalf, as He has promised us in His word, we must seek to desire and walk in mercy more than judgment.


"For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings" (Hosea 6:6)

"Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy." (Habakkuk 3:2)

"..judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment." (James 2:13)

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." (Matthew 5:7)

"Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: ' It is mine to avenge; I will repay, ' says the Lord." (Romans 12:19)

"But I tell you who hear me; Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you."

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ' sinners' lend to 'sinners' expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as Your Father is merciful." (Luke 6:27-36)


"Holy Spirit, create in us a heart full of Christ's mercy and compassion as we set our face in the journey that You've charted for us to walk this season."

Needing His mercy,

Sis. Ching Co
Cebu City

911 Call

Charisse Marie

Today's date is 9/11. May we look at this day as not only this tragic emergency in our physical realm, but as an emergency in the spiritual realm as well. May we all put aside our petty differences, our plans ( which are not God-ordained, even though we may believe they are), and our selfish desires, lusts of the flesh, and failure to live our lives in a manner which glorifies God.

There is an emergency in the land. People are dying. People are on their way to eternal damnation, and we as a body have got to get over our self-centered agendas and live our lives for the glory and the work of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We must live our lives,fulfilling His will, unto the death. Imagine, if everything we ever knew as "America" ended today, what would stand in your life. As I asked myself this question, I see areas in my life which need to be surrendered to Jesus Christ. I am sure that if you asked yourself this question, you would find similar answers. If we suddenly were plunged into war torn America, reminiscent of Bosnia, Sudan, or even Israel, I think we would all discover that for our great knowledge and wisdom as believers in Christ Jesus, that many of our priorities would change.

May the sirens of this "911" call never fail to dim in our ears. For as real as the victims on the doomed airplanes, and those who have met their fate buried underneath the symbols of power and economic strength which our country is founded upon, there are, for each day many victims who are waiting for each of us to extend our hands into the fiery flames of their realm and pull them out of the crumbling, rubble of their lives. It is 911! It is an emergency! We must interceede, we must take our places in the army of the Lord! We must pick up our weapons of warfare and battle the powers of darkness and set free those who are bound!


The Beginning of the Darkness

Jim Grayson

So...that which has been prophesied has begun. The darkness which has been on the horizon is now arriving in our land. The darkness has just begun, however, for there is much yet to come. Many are already dead but the loss of life, although horribly tragic and heart-rending, is not nearly what it will be before this world is through. It would be tempting for a believer to fall into despair right now. Indeed, my own heart has wept for those lost and for their families. There is something happening, though, which will offset the works of the enemy.

We are the light of the world. That's what Jesus said we are. It's high time we become that light. Over the next few months, the darkness will increase but the light will increase in direct proportion to the darkness and beyond. The darkening days of fall accompany the time of harvest, and the tools of reaping are the signs and wonders of the Holy Spirit, given through yielded believers. These are the days of the remnant, days in which the manifest Sons of God will be revealed. The whole earth has been groaning for this but now it cries out loud.

If you have been playing games with God and holding hands with the devil as I have been guilty of doing in the past, I urge you to draw close to you can. Your lukewarm attitude will kill you. A high price was paid for your salvation and now, it's time to show your allegiance to your Lord. This is a warning for believers. Our time of fun is over. Our country will never be the same again and more changes are to come over the next days and weeks. RUN to Him, my brothers and sisters. Stay in the shadow of His wing and fear not, for is of the enemy. Listen to His heart beat, which will tell you...

"Harvest time is here. Go out and call in the lost. The church has failed and become an icon unto itself. You, the individual, are now responsible for bringing in the harvest of souls. If you wait on your pastor to do it, you may be waiting a long time, and you have not a long time to wait. Trust in Me with all your heart and, above all right now, lean not to your own understanding, for if you do, you will perish from fear. Trust in Me and fear not, for I AM with you, always. Stay with me. Stay by My side and you shall very shortly see my glory. It's harvest time! This is what I have been waiting for...and now it is here."

You have my heart, beloved of God.
Strength and Honor,
Hail the Lamb!
Jim Grayson
A Freshening Wind
Lexington, KY USA

Perfect Timing

by Undrai Fizer

(For those of you who are in the middle of your process of perfection in a word received from God) Do you ever notice when you are in the midst of heavy contention of the Promise, your mind may go back to the confines of "home" ( a place of ease and familiarity?) When the struggles break out in your life as you contend for the finality of a promise of God, the temptation to quit and return to a familiar place often becomes an optional solution.

But do you also see how we forget the conditions of the familiar place? How it is easy to forget the conditions of the place that birthed a prophetic promise and release within our lives? Sometimes, in the midst of the pressing, we will not see the conditions of the past. It all seems calm, peaceful, and a net for safety in the midst of this prophetic storm. In the midst of contention we may forget even the voice of the Lord who spoke to our hearts and released us into this "fire of perfection" that was hidden in the midst of a better promise of anointing.

The Israelites were in utter bondage and frustration in Egypt. They could not "worship" the Lord in freedom and flow in the River of His Glory. Their moans to flow in Him caused Him to send a deliverer in their midst, and release them into an area of full worship in Him. However, in the midst of their process in the wilderness, their "natural hungers" won out. They despised the timings of God and His seasons of feeding (provision). They wanted to control what was provided and when it was provided (even how it was provided). They began to glorify what they were delivered from and they never mentioned the abuse and slavery. They never mentioned that in that land, their purpose would not be realized. It seems when you are in a spiritual rut, natural provisions do nothing for it. But when you are in natural rut, it seems that no prophetic word will bring substance. It seems like you are in no position to hear a "word." You desire natural answers and fulfilled provisions.

In the midst of our release to worship God in our destiny, we will get "hungry in the natural." We must realize that this is a new level of worship and offering unto Lord, and some of us are released to do that in another place in the spirit, and some in the natural. But we will get "hungry." Our needs will be exposed and the temptation to doubt and return to a previous place of normalcy when occur.

The Israelites compared God's timing and provision to their past situations. They were in need of natural provision. They could not hear His Voice by no means. They regarded Egypt very highly in its ways to provide. They felt that they were now in another "abusive"relationship with. They felt that they were left to die and dreamed of returning to the slavery of the past. At least what they wanted provision for would give provided for. FOOD! God tested their "heart" for Him, and found that they did not have one. It was all a lie. They had forgotten the horrors of the past and the reason for their prophetic word.

Do not forget the reason for your prophetic word. Do not see the "false calmness" of the previous history as you are surrounded in the "fiery environment" of your personal contention in the Spirit of Promise. Embrace the word that was spoken. Allow it to speak loud and clear in your soul and in your mind. Allow it to convict you as you seek to turn around and go back into the land of "onions, pomegranates, meats and fish." Allow it to guide you through these hard places and waitings upon God to provide, even past the deadlines! Allow it stir you up in the night seasons as you shake your head and wonder "what am I doing here?"

Do not allow the previous history to be placed in the highest esteem and looked at as a place of "rest" and strategy. God has not lied or played you for a fool. God is not getting a kick out of us being in a need He created in us. He has a season and a timing. He has a place. He has food and water. He has houses we did not build ("where are they Lord?").

Do not allow the past to be considered calm. Do not allow the enemy and your mind to say that this venture you are on was "self imposed." It seems that way sometimes, doesn't it? It may seem as though you decided to just be fed up with the previous life's circumstances and just "take off."

Just don't forget that God spoke a word into you and perfect timing does not make it better. It will still be pain in the midst of perfect timing. Everything is falling into place and falling out of place.

Perfect timing does not remove frustration.

It's just a timing to be perfected....

Undrai & Bridget Fizer

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You are MY Chosen

David Apel

I shall release my anointing in the days to come as never before. It shall come in new depths and in new ways. And the men of God shall not control it as they have in the past.

It shall come forth in full force. Those that have not seen and have not heard shall speak forth as mighty rushing waters. And those that have walked with me, I shall let them see my fullness as never before. And this shall come to those that walk in true humility and true love. And this move shall not be subdued nor shall it be controlled.

And the men of God of high exalting shall not stop it. For I do not seek to exalt the mighty, but the lowly. So do not think yourself too small. For you I shall exalt. And those that have walked before you and said I would do this and I would do that shall be brought low. And I shall raise up my army from nothingness. From those of a broken spirit and of a contrite heart. Those that are lowly in spirit and do not seek to exalt themselves.

So I call my people forth. Do not fear that you will miss me. It is I that shall not miss you. So speak forth. Speak my words. Subdue the nations before you. Conquer my enemies. So as Gideon hid himself, I found him and I brought him forth. So I shall find you and I shall bring you forth with a sword in your mouth. And those that have stood before you and caused you to tremble in fear they shall now flee from before you.

So fear not. You are MY chosen.

God Bless,

David Apel


Joy Key

The Aftermath of a message from very angry people.

The loudest message heard across America from the terrorist is their anger toward us and the power of that anger. I am reminded of Genesis in the days of Noah how that there would be tyranny again. People in power using their power to destroy the innocent.

I went to the Lord for a word on this matter and continually all day he gave me restoration. As the world was in horror and destruction was used by their mouths I heard a voice from heaven say, "Restoration was at hand". Why? Because unless something is destroyed it cannot be rebuilt. Although God would never want any of this to happen as his word says, he can turn what men have made bad into something good.

America for a long time now has with great pride felt that we are untouchable by our neighbors throughout the world with their grief and disaster. However, yesterday has proven that terror can attack anywhere at anytime. Now we can feel the horror of what people in other countries live with everyday.

I was also reminded of how many movies deal with such violence and how we can't wait for the bad guys to get blown to bits. But is this the answer? I think not. For the Lord says, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you pray for those who persecute you and for those who use you. The government is saying retaliate, but the heart of the Lord says restore, forgive, pray wait. Taking vengeance upon these people will not bring peace. People are going to have to deal with this through the Lord with much grace and prayer. We must hear the message of heaven and it's promises of great peace in times of persecution.

We must as the Christian people war in the spirit and not in the flesh. Anger is not our goal here, but perfection. For in the book of Matthew the Lord says that when we love those who do not deserve it we are the children of God. I would say in this hour that we pray for our enemies as the Lord has told us to do. For when we follow his ways peace real peace will come.

I feel great sorrow this morning for all that has happened and I know that as I obey the voice of restoration God's glory can be seen much clearer by the eyes who are blinded by the dust of yesterdays events.

I would also ask the we all pray for our President not to disregard anymore innocent parties. For if we act like the animal that attacked us we are no better, we are just like them showing that we have bigger guns. The word of God says a soft answer turns away wrath. Pray for our President not to take a Texas position. But rather a Godly one. For he at this moment is being lead by his own emotions to act violently to show the world we are big bad United States. How much more trouble can we get if we raise ourselves up this way?

The Lord is saying to us Repent and do the word of God. Restoration comes when we fight the good fight of faith!!! I believe God will bring forth those who have committed these crimes and bring them to justice. However his justice is not and will never be like man's. For man only knows how to kill and destroy, but God knows how to heal and set free, I will say to you America, "Repent and believe the good news, for the Lord our God knows our needs and he has allowed all of this to bring us out of ourselves into the reality of the needs of our neighbor. Let the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ cover this matter and put your hearts and minds to the need of prayers to comfort those who have lost and have need. Not only the Americans but those who have lost what God originally intended for man, LOVE.

May God give us all the courage to look inside and rejoice that he is about doing what is best on our account and look to the word of restoring and repentance. Let us look for the battle to be fought by our Father in heaven and not by men at war with themselves. There is a way that seems right to a man, but it leads to death. O Father let us look to the ways of life and follow them. Our fervent prayer is that the body of Christ might show the excellent spirit and rise above the violence of man and put their hearts and minds in the hands of God to show forth the light of true forgiveness and worship.

May your hearts be comforted knowing he is near. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth Amen.

The Process of Revelations

Undrai Fizer

Revelations are birthed from an appointed environment of pressure that God will assign to His present truth believers. This environment will reveal the truths of Christ that has been hidden in an ark of safety deep inside our spirit. As the pressing goes forth, your pursuit in Christ will reveal a truth needed for the foundations of our destiny.

The more intense the pressing, the more defined the revelation. The revelation of Christ is a hidden voice that is embedded in the spirit realm of your life. It will be released at the troddeness of the Holy Spirit. The wine of the Spirit will then be crushed out of the cluster of your process. You must then partake of that revelation for it to be true. If you do not, you only have a sincere philosophical view of God's destiny in your life and you will be afraid to speak it or live it.

Revelation is not just given on a whim. The unction of God is the introduction to deeper crushing, brought on by the desire to go further in Him. Revelation is the voice stream of the mind of God. It is the flow that comes after the crushing of the clusters of your spirit.

Individuals that live prophetic lifestyles will manifest a revelation that will flow from their life assignments and seasons.

Just as Elijah was made subject to his prophetic word of "no rain for three years," we will have to be subjected and submit to the prophetic word that comes forth from our spirit. The revelations of God must be attached to the priority of your life. In order for your life to produce the streams of God, you must allow the revelation to bond with your spirit.

The voice of revelation must be found and lived out. Present truth revelation are the children that godly intimacy and pressure will bring forth from a prophetic womb. The voices and identity of God's life has always been inside of us, but it needs the pressing of the Spirit to release the rivers of that life to others. The Father's revelation life must be pressed out of His children. The kingdom is built on the pressing Hand of God. It is built on the revelation that was pressed by divine circumstance and frustration.

Your life must be given away to the consequences of godly revelation to produce power, not just excellent speech or rhetoric, I Corinthians 2:4-5.

We cannot avoid the pressing Hand of the Spirit if we are to be the prophetic people we are destined to be. The crushing realm of the Spirit is the tool that will reveal the hidden person of Christ in all of us. Just as the woman's alabaster box was broken to release the fragrance of the ointment, our "box" must be broken to release the fragrance of prophetic revelation that will manifest the awesomeness of Christ.

Undrai & Bridget Fizer

"Release to the world what God has given You!"

Response To This Crisis

Joni Ames

I've cried to God as I've beheld
The world wrapped up in fear
Of lack and death and war that looms
To snatch lives held so dear

I said, "My God! - Have you not heard
The newsmen on TV?!
Do you not know the shape we're in?!
Do you not care for me?!"

"I'm scared, Dear Jesus! - Help us! - Please!
There's news of fear and war
And I'm afraid, Lord - I admit! -
Of what might be in store."

"Peace, be still, My child," He said
"And hear now what I say
For I have seen and heard the cries
Of those who, to Me, pray.

"Keep your eyes upon ME now
Not what you hear or see
And, as you do, you'll keep My peace -
IF your mind stays on ME!"

"It matters not what one man says
Or even many more
For I am God, and I decide
Each day what lies in store."

"I've told you there would be such times
When, of these things, You'd hear
I told you so you'd be PREPARED
And FULL OF PEACE, not fear."

"For all these things MUST be fulfilled
Yet MY WORD fails not
For I AM still your Hiding Place
As all the fires rage hot."

"You're hid beneath MY shadow now
And you can rest in Me
Yes you can trust My Words of LOVE
To last eternally."

"For I'm your Father, Counselor, Friend
Your Alpha and your End
And if this was the world's last day
Be sure, for you, I'd send."

"I've promised I'd save you a place
If you would stay in Me
Stay pure and faithful, eyes on Me
And, victory, you'll see."

"I can't tell you if it's 'the end' -
NO human man can know
But I CAN tell you, it IS close,
So be prepared to go."

"Each day I give you, reach in love
To save another soul
For snatching them from Me for Hell
Is truly Satan's goal."

"Occupy until I come
Live each day FULL in ME
Just keep your eyes upon MY face
And know that I DO see."

"I see the world, I see YOUR LIFE
And I DO care for YOU
And know, no matter WHAT occurs
My love for you stands TRUE."

"I'm Alpha and Omega - God -
I'm King and Lord of ALL
I'll be right near to care for you
As, on My name, you call."

"For I can change the hearts of Kings
And I, their hearts, do try
And I'M the one who formed this world
And says when it shall die."

"So, USE this time to SEEK THE LOST
And tell them of My Love
That they, too, may be saved and live
With Me, again, above."

"Don't listen to fear's voice - hear MINE!
Then STAND on what you've heard
Don't fear yours or the world's fate -
It's destined by MY WORD."

"Keep your eyes on ME, My Child,
And let Me wipe each tear
For I am God and IN CONTROL -
So live in peace, not fear."
Joni Ames

God's Word to His People in Volatile Times

Teresa Seputis

My child, look to Me, not to the circumstances. For I have put within you a peace that is independent of the volatile circumstances that surround you. Know this, the world is being shaken. The evil prince of this world has come to kill, steal and destroy. For a season, he is being loosed to reign in his terror and has been given authority to harm and to destroy in the nations of this world. But I am come that you might have life. When you made Me your Lord, I put My indwelling Spirit within you. This is your peace.. this is the provision that I have made for you that you might not be shaken in this time of shaking. For I have not left you to face this alone, I am ever with you. I have promised that I would never leave you nor abandon you, and child I will not do so. I am ever with you.

Child, look to Me. You are Mine and I care greatly for you. I desire to fill you with My peace when the circumstances around you would make a one anxious. If you look to only the circumstances and you look only to the news, sorrow will fill you and terror will fill your heart. It is ok to sorrow for those who suffer, for I also sorrow for them. My heart is greived for those who have been harmed and those who have been killed. My passionate desire is that all would come to me and accept the gift of life that I purchased at such a great price for them. My heart is that all would be filled with My peace and that they would know comfort, safety and joy in Me. I cannot comfort those who will not come to Me, for I will not violate their free will; I have set the choice before them, but they most choose.

But you, Child, you belong to Me and I am with you. Do not give way to fear and do not give way to despair, for I am your covering and your provision. My Holy Spirit is inside of you that I might fill you with My hope, so that despair will have no power over you. For a season I have been training you to hear My voice, that I might lead you clearly in the paths of safety. As you look to Me, I will direct you, even to the point of telling you "dont go there, it is not safe." I am going to lead you clearly and show you what path to walk in. For I am not a distant God, but one that is ever present with My Children, one that cares greatly for them and one that watches over them. So do no let your hearts be filled with fear... look to Me that My peace may pervail over you.

Have I not said in Psalm 91 that a thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Have I not promised to be with you in trouble and to deliver you. For it is My plan and My intention to lead and guide My people. I will warn them of danger as they look to Me and I will cause them to walk in safety.

I have made a provision for you, child of Mine, that you not be shaken in the time of great shaking. For I am faithful and I love you dearly. Look to Me for peace and you shall receive My peace that passeth all understanding. Put your trust in Me and you will see how faithful I am to My own dear ones. Even now present your heart to Me and I will fill it with a greater measure of My peace. Do not be anxious about the circumstances. Look to Me. I am your provision and I care greatly for you. Walk in My peace for I am with you.

Teresa Seputis


Jay Atkinson

There is not much that I can add to what happened. First I was shocked, and then outraged and angry, then the grief set in. In one murderous act of hatred, many thousands of people have died today. Many of them were Christians but all were born into this world just like us. We need to pray for them and their families and for all of the wounded that they may be healed. And share in the grief. God loves them all and if we can use our Bible as an example, He still loves them. If God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son to die for us, then we know that He does love us all. Every one. Sinner and saint. And we know that there is nothing that can separate us from that love but look at the delusions of men that can be so devoted to God as to mistake that love for evil and hatred and violence. This has got to be among the most demon possessed acts of history yet there is rejoicing in Palestine, they are making it into an excuse for a party because it was God's will. But man has not heard nor seen what love is bestowed to us from the Father and still, no matter what comes next, God is love.

It will not be hard for us to go on with whatever we were doing now that so many things will change. We knew it was coming and we know that there is also more to come. Can you imagine? No one can but we have known from the beginning. This is a foretaste and we still have a message to get out, we are in the midst of the feast of trumpets that signals the harvest. If we are the remnant and called to fulfill what God has for us then we know what all Christians know, that there will be wars and rumors of wars but we must go on. Something has just happened that caused us this grief. Rather than going on as if nothing has happened, we go on as if something has happened and we already understood it as coming. It serves to solidify us, to draw attention to the trials we knew would come. Jesus will somehow get His glory regardless. First of all, let us pray in our grief. Secondly, let us carry on.


Rise Up

Marsha Burns

Rise up, people of the Lord. Take your position in the kingdom and establish yourself in My purposes, and become single minded with your heart set on doing My will. Turn neither to the right nor to the left as you unite with one another to accomplish My goals, for surely I am knitting the hearts of My own people together. You will become a mighty army who will fight shoulder to shoulder and no longer face to face. I will lead and guide your every step, but you must quiet your thoughts and emotions to become acutely aware of My voice and directions. Do not be afraid, for I am with you.

At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or I might command locusts to devour your crops, or I might send plagues among you. Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land. I will listen to every prayer made in this place, for I have chosen this Temple and set it part to be my home. 2 Chronicles 7:13-15, (NLT)

Faith Tabernacle
Kremmling, CO 80459

Time Is Running Out

A. W. Tozer

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. --Romans 13:12
The absence of spiritual devotion today is an omen and a portent. The modern church is all but contemptuous of the sober virtues-- meekness, modesty, humility, quietness, obedience, self effacement, patience. To be accepted now, religion must be in the popular mood. Consequently, much religious activity reeks with pride, display, self-assertion, self-promotion, love of gain and devotion to trivial pleasures.

It behooves us to take all this seriously. Time is running out for all of us. What is done must be done quickly. We have no right to lie idly by and let things take their course. A farmer who neglects his farm will soon lose it; a shepherd who fails to look after his flock will find the wolves looking after it for him. A misbegotten charity that allows the wolves to destroy the flock is not charity at all but indifference, rather, and should be known for what it is and dealt with accordingly.

It is time for Bible-believing Christians to begin to cultivate the sober graces and to live among men like sons of God and heirs of the ages. And this will take more than a bit of doing, for the whole world and a large part of the church is set to prevent it. But if God be for us, who can be against us? We Travel an Appointed Way, 50-51.

"Lord, speak to me this morning as I pray slowly through that list of 'sober virtues'-and also that list of attitudes with which much religious activity reeks. Convict me; change me; cultivate within me the 'sober graces.' Amen."

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