Since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Isaiah 64:4.
Many have longed to penetrate into the glories of the future world and to have the secrets of eternal mysteries disclosed to them, but they knock in vain. That which is revealed is for us and for our children.... The Great Revealer hath opened to our intelligence many things that are essential in order that we may understand the heavenly attractions and have respect to the recompense of the reward....
The unfoldings of Jesus in reference to heavenly things are of a character that only the spiritual mind can appreciate. The imagination may summon its utmost powers in order to picture the glories of heaven, but “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). The heavenly intelligences are all around us.... Angels of light create a heavenly atmosphere about the soul, lifting us toward the unseen and eternal. We cannot behold their forms with our natural sight; only by the spiritual vision can we discern heavenly things. Our human powers would be extinguished by the inexpressible glory of the angels of light. The spiritual ear alone can distinguish the harmony of heavenly voices. It is not Christ’s plan to excite the emotions by brilliant descriptions.... He has with sufficient distinctness presented Himself, the way, the truth, and the life, as the only means whereby salvation is to be obtained. No more than this is really required.
He might bring the human soul to the threshold of heaven, and through the open door show us its inner glory flooding the heavenly sanctuary and shining out through its portals; but we must behold it by faith, not with the natural eyes. He does not forget that we are His human agents, to work the works of God in a world all seared and marred with the curse. It is in this world, that is clothed with moral darkness like the pall of death, where darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people, that we are to walk in the light of heaven.
If you'd like to learn how to get more out of your daily Bible study, we believe you will find the following tips helpful! This will not only help you think about what you read in a deeper way, but will also give you pointers for journaling! For downloadable document or bookmarks, click the links at the end of the resource.
One of the most outstanding appeals made by Ellen White for Revival and Reformation was published in the Review and Herald under the title "The Church’s Need." This much sought-after article has been reproduced in its entirety and is being shared here. We pray this inspires you as it has us!
Total Member Involvement
Many see the holidays as a time to get, but what if this could be an opportunity to learn to give in a new way, to help your family and children really be part of Total Member Involvement? The "Giving Calendar" created by the wives of Adventist Pastors, is designed to help families with children learn how to be more giving. This advent-style calendar counts down the days to Christmas by spending a little time each day focusing on one of twelve areas of service. Each day there is a special project or a special challenge of service. However, these daily calendar cards and projects are actually not Christmas specific, so while they are perfect for those that take part in the holiday season, they actually can be used by families during any month of the year. So however, you decide to use this calendar, we know your whole family will be very blessed by these inspiring devotionals and practical giving ideas. (Digital printable calendar is also available!)