GET READY FOR MIRACLE TODAY

GET READY FOR MIRACLE TODAY

ANCHOR QUOTE: " No matter the rejection you are passing through now , never give a dawn with Jesus Christ on the board you will soon cross over the other side , keep calm "- Adewale Osunsakin

Hope it blesses someone as it blessed me: After the September 11 attack, one company invited the remaining members of other companies who had been decimated by the attack on the Twin Towers to share their available office space. At a morning meeting, the head of security told stories of why these people were alive… and all the stories were just about the 'LITTLE' things. The head of a company survived that day because his son started kindergarten. Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts. One woman was late because her alarm clock didn't go off in time. One of them missed his bus.One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change. One's car wouldn't start.One went back in to answer the telephone. One had a child that dawdled and didn't get ready as soon as he should have. One couldn't get a taxi. The one that struck me most was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. That is why he is alive today!Now when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone... all the little things that annoy me.:I think to myself, this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment._And next time your morning seems to be going wrong; the children are slow getting dressed; you can't seem to find the car keys; you hit every traffic light, _don't get mad or frustrated.God is at work watching over you. May God continue to bless you with all those annoying little things and may you remember their possible purpose.In the words of Rhonda Byrne, "Look for the gifts in everything, especially when you are facing what appears to be a negative situation. Everything that we attract causes us to grow, which means that ultimately everything is for our own good." Live life always being thankful to GOD for every situation, with an attitude of gratitude.CHOOSE TO BE EXCELLENT: That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ (Philippians 1:10).As a child of God, excellence should be the watchword and hallmark of your life. The Bible says about Daniel: _“Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation”_ (Daniel 5:12). Daniel was so excellent, that the unbelievers around him noticed it. Approve and prize excellence in all that you do, and represent. Everything about you must be top-class. Excellence must be your only option. Excellence doesn’t come by itself, you’ve got to work for it. You make the choice to be excellent. If you don’t decide for it, it’ll never happen. You can’t blame anybody for your personal life; you can’t say because of what your parents did, that’s the reason you failed; that won’t fly with God. Jesus said, _“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”_ (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit is in you to guide you in excellence and cause you to exude excellence. He’s the Spirit of excellence, and He lives in you. As long as you yield to Him and do the things He tells you, your life will be excellent and full of glory. You’ll have significant attainments. Glory to God! PRAYER:Dear Father, I thank you, for the Spirit of excellence is at work in me, both to will and to do of your good pleasure. I exude divine excellence, therefore, I produce luxuriantly, expressing the perfections of God in all that I do, in Jesus’ Name. Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure. Philippians 4:8 NIV Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 1 Peter 2:9 AMP But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God's] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. KNOWING GOD: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you... James 4:8 It is possible to be a church member and to do great things but not know God. There are people in my church who do wonderful works in the name of the church or on my behalf. However, the reality is that I do not know them personally because they do not interact with me. Earlier on, when someone would ask me how they could do better in the ministry, I would give them twenty-five principles for church growth and then I would show them eighteen strategies for effective evangelism. I might show them seven steps to an excellent ministry. Now, if you ask me that same question I would say just draw closer to God and know Him personally. You see, there is no point in running around on His behalf when you do not know Him personally. It is said that pastors worldwide pray an average of seven minutes a day. If the pastors are spending less than ten minutes with their Heavenly Father, then perhaps the ordinary members are spending a few seconds every week with their Lord. It is no wonder the Church is the way it is. It is time to know Him personally. The only way is to have a regular daily reading of the Bible. This may actually be your passport to Heaven. To All Women: Be an *Esther*, bold and courageous enough to stand for the truth, to voice your opinion and fight for the good of others, even when it means to sacrifice yourself. If God has put you in a position, it is for a purpose. Never be afraid to heed to that inner voice. Be a *Ruth*, loyal in all your relationships, walk the extra mile and don’t quit when things get tough. Someday, you’ll see why it was all worth the effort. Be a *Lydia*, let your homes be open, let your hands be generous, let your hearts be big enough to help anyone in need. Joy is greatest when shared. Be a *Hannah*, never cease to pray. It will never be in vain. Be a *Mary*, humble and submissive. You don’t have to be great for God to use you, you just need to obey. Be a *Dorcas*, use your talents, however small it may seem to bring a smile on someone’s face. You’ll never know how much it can mean to someone. Be an *Abigail*, remember how each decision can turn your life around for good or bad. Be wise.Be an *Elizabeth*, never doubt what God can do. Miracles do happen. Be a *Mary Magdalene*, never let your mistakes and judgments of other people stop you from experiencing true joy in Jesus. Be a *Rebekah*, never forget that true beauty lies within. Draw your man closer to God through your character. GREATER RICHES: "Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward"_ (Heb 11 : 26).This is a very great revelation that Moses received by faith. By faith Moses counted the reproach of Christ as greater riches than the treasures in Egypt. At that time, the Egyptian empire was the greatest empire in the world; from almost all over the world, treasures flowed into Egypt. In other words, the palace of Egypt had the greatest riches of that time. To reject all those riches and joyfully choose reproaches is something unimaginable. Even in this Grace Period, when some saints face reproaches that spoil their name or fame, they get thoroughly discouraged and some even give up their ministry and spiritual life. But here is a man of God who did not have the privilege of possessing the Bible and who had not seen in his time or heard from past history anyone choosing to embrace reproaches, rejecting the riches of the world. It was faith that enabled Moses to do it.How many saints can testify along with Moses that they are able to take reproach as great riches? While the people of the world hate reproaches, those who have the riches of faith take them to be true treasures. "He had respect unto the recompence of the reward."_ When hated and reproached for the sake of Christ, people with faith rejoice and leap for joy for they see that their reward is great in heaven.
The Early and the Latter Rain: Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. Joel 2:23.There is to be in the churches a wonderful manifestation of the power of God, but it will not move upon those who have not humbled themselves before the Lord, and opened the door of their heart by confession and repentance. In the manifestation of that power which lightens the earth with the glory of God, they will see only something which in their blindness they think dangerous, something which will arouse their fears, and they will brace themselves to resist it. Because the Lord does not work according to their expectations and ideal, they will oppose the work. "Why," they say, "should we not know the Spirit of God, when we have been in the work so many years?" Because they did not respond to the warnings, the entreaties, of the messages of God, but persistently said, "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing."Talent, long experience, will not make men channels of light unless they place themselves under the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness, and are called, and chosen, and prepared by the endowment of the Holy Spirit. When men who handle sacred things will humble themselves under the mighty hand of God, the Lord will lift them up. He will make them men of discernment--men rich in the grace of His Spirit. Their strong, selfish traits of character and their stubbornness will be seen in the light shining from the Light of the world. "I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." If you seek the Lord with all your heart, He will be found of you.There must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain. Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.

SAINTS’ REWARD
Life on earth is but a vapor,
Soon we’ll lay these bodies down;
But if we continue faithful,
We shall wear the victor’s crown—
Brighter than the stars of heaven,
Brighter than the dazzling sun,
We shall shine among the ransomed,
When our work on earth is done.

We shall not abide forever
In this gloomy vale of tears,
For our life shall, at the longest,
Only last a few short years;
Then we’ll fly away to glory,
At our Father’s own right hand,
Help to sing redemption’s story
With the blood-washed angel band.

I would not give up my title
To that future world of bliss
For the shining gold and silver
Of a thousand worlds like this;
I would rather bear affliction,
Be a hated pilgrim here,
Miss the diadems terrestrial,
And obtain a crown up there.

Let us then be up and doing,
We have but a few more days,
Priceless souls of men to rescue
From their dark and sinful ways;
Courage, brother, work and suffer,
Till this fleeting life is past;
God will recompense our labors
With a great reward at last.

A TRUE PROPHET Versus A FALSE Prophet: It Is Written in 2nd. Chronicles 20:20...20:20b "Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; BELIEVE HIS PROPHETS, So shall ye prosper."Again we have "THUS SAITH THE LORD!" in Psalms 105:15...105:15 ...Saying, touch not mine anointed, and DO MY PROPHETS NO HARM.To distinguish between the TRUE and the False is becoming increasingly more difficult for the people of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Century to do. WHY??? Because they have, and are becoming more and MORE COMPLEX IN THEIR THINKING. The people have become so set in their own ideas as to HOW a prophet should come, and WHAT he will be like, and WHAT he will say and HOW he will act. But according to Scripture God always does it contrary to the human way of thinking.HE ALWAYS DOES THINGS ACCORDING TO HIS WORD BUT CONTRARY TO MAN'S INTERPRETATION OF THAT WORD. The human being tends to 'TAKE PRIDE' in his seeming knowledge and understanding of the Bible. They have it all figured out (BASED ON TRADITIONAL TEACHING OF THE CHURCHES). YET WHEN GOD COMES ON THE SCENE AND FULFILLS HIS WORD, man fails to recognize it. It's happened in every age. IT HAPPENED WHEN JESUS CAME THE FIRST TIME AND ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE, IT WILL HAPPEN AT THE TIME OF HIS SECOND COMING. The Bible says, "WHEN A MAN 'THINKS HE KNOWS' SOMETHING, HE KNOWS NOTHING AS YET AS HE OUGHT TO KNOW IT." (1st. Corinthians 8:2). Ask yourself this question: If YOU were living in the days of John the Baptist, WOULD YOU have recognized him as a TRUE Prophet of God? John came apart from EVERY school of religious thought. He was not a priest, though he was entitled by birth to be one. He was not a Pharisee, nor was he a Sadducee. There is no record that he belonged to the Essenes. He was NOT EDUCATED EITHER FORMALLY OR RELIGIOUSLY BY MEN. He was however, filled with the HOLY GHOST FROM HIS MOTHER'S WOMB, and that same Spirit that filled him taught him. His aims were so different from those around him that he was NOT ONLY misunderstood but VIOLENTLY repudiated. He was not truly understood by his own disciples, and much less understood by the groups who came to question him. His COMING, his ACTIONS, his PREACHING - all seemed to cause more confusion than illumination. He seemed more against men than for men. In all realms, except that of the Spirit, he was a non-conformist. EXCEPT for the Very Elect of that day he was either repudiated or held in doubt. Surely we must credit Bible History when it shows profusely that EVERY MAJOR PROPHET and Messenger of God was both MISUNDERSTOOD and finally REJECTED by ALL except a bare minority in whom was the Spirit of the Living God. Regarding the True Prophet versus the False Prophet, Jesus said, "BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM" (Matthew 7:15-20). BUT then the Question can be asked, "WHAT fruit?" The Same Bible which warns of false prophets and how to identify them, also tells us HOW TO RECOGNIZE a TRUE PROPHET SENT FROM GOD. Many times people will FOCUS in on the GIFTS and MIRACLES produced in the different ministries. BUT according to the Bible a "TRUE Prophet" is not to be vindicated by his gifts and miracles alone. He can have these things and still be a "False Prophet". Remember! The Gift and the Miracle aren't false, yet there is an aspect of the man's ministry that is false.
It is written in Matthew 7:22-23...7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy Name? And in the Thy Name have cast out Devils? And in thy Name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Mark in his Gospels says: 13:22 For false christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect .Moses in Deuteronomy also warns about, NOT the signs and wonders, but the "TEACHING" of false prophets. There's always a VOICE or MESSAGE that FOLLOWS EVERY SIGN GOD SENDS. Here, Moses is warning about the "VOICE" or "MESSAGE - TEACHING" WHICH FOLLOWS THE SIGN SHOWN BY THE PROPHET. 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. FALSE PROPHETS WILL PREVENT THE PEOPLE FROM FOLLOWING ON TO KNOW THE LORD IN THE HIGHER HEIGHTS and DEEPER DEPTHS OF HIS WORD. They will teach the People to follow after the 'gods' of denominations, non-denominational and independent groups. A TRUE PROPHET will always point to GOD and the Absolute Authority of the Word of God, NOT to a church creed (written or unwritten), and not to any ism or cult. False prophets will look like sheep (Matthew 7:15). False prophets will be WIDELY ACCEPTED MEN, LIKED, ADMIRED AND WELL SPOKEN OF BY ALL! Luke says: "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets" (Luke 6:26). False prophets make the people to trust in a lie: "THEN said THE PROPHET JEREMIAH, UNTO Hananiah, the Prophet, 'HEAR NOW, Hananiah, THE LORD HATH NOT SENT THEE, BUT THOU MAKEST THIS PEOPLE TO TRUST IN A LIE" (Jeremiah 28:15) Here we have "TWO" prophets - ONE TRUE and one false. Hananiah, the FALSE Prophet was wide accepted and recognized by the King, the Church and the people. JEREMIAH, the TRUE PROPHET was considered ODD and FANATICAL - according to the Jewish Church of the day, he wasn't to be taken serious in his teachings.In the end it was discovered that Hananiah and four hundred Jewish Church leaders of that day, had a "LYING SPIRIT" on them. Even so today - according to the Bible (2nd. Thess. 7-12), God has sent a STRONG DELUSION UPON THE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE of the GENTILE WORLD, to cause them to believe "THE LIE" and be damned, because they receive not the love of the TRUTH REVEALED in their day, by His VINDICATED PROPHET. Rather than accept Truth the vast majority will believe the lie of church tradition, thinking that they'll be saved without lining up with ALL OF THE WORD OF GOD (Matthew 4:4). See also Jeremiah 23:16-17; Ezekiel 13:10a. Jesus said: "IF YE CONTINUE IN MY WORD, then are ye my disciples indeed..." (John 8:31). "AWAKE! Thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee LIGHT" (Ephesians 5:14). False Prophets will pervert the ways of the Lord for their own purposes, as shown in Acts 13:6-12 and Exodus 7:8-12. They will have power BUT it will be nothing compared to the POWER MANIFESTED IN GOD'S TRUE PROPHET. Yet the ways of the False prophet are extremely deceptive as revealed in Jeremiah 23:9-32 and Exodus 13. It is the THOUSANDS OF FALSE PROPHETS STANDING BEHIND CHURCH PULPITS today who are leading the people astray - to believe a lie and think that they can live in sin, adultery and fornication; fashion themselves after the rest of the world and still be saved. IN ALL OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL MESS IN THE WORLD TODAY, ONLY THE ELECTED SEED OF GOD WILL NOT BE DECEIVED ( Matthew 24:24, 2nd Chronicles 18 and Jeremiah 28). And they won't be indentifying with any denomination or non-denominational group(s), they will be identifying with the WORD FOR THEIR DAY. Praise the Lord! "ONE FINAL TEST" God said: "And if thou say in thine heart, how shall we know the word which the LORD hath NOT spoken? When a PROPHET SPEAKETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath NOT spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt no be afraid of him," (Deuteronomy 18:21-22). THAT IS HOW TO TELL A TRUE PROPHET - When he prophesies in the Name of the Lord and the thing comes to pass. Jeremiah 28:9 says: "The prophet who prophesieth of peace, WHEN THE WORD OF THE PROPHET SHALL COME TO PASS, THEN SHALL THE PROPHET BE KNOWN, THAT THE LORD HATH TRULY SENT HIM." To deliberately reject and/or mis-represent what the prophet says, is to be found guilty of "rejecting the counsel of God" against yourself, as did the Pharisees when they rejected John's Message (Luke 7:30). A TRUE PROPHET WILL NOT TAKE THE PEOPLE AWAY FROM THE WORD OF GOD. He will always be pointing the people, not to a church, BUT to THE WORD, even when it is contrary to the 'traditional teachings' of the Churches of the day. EVERY AGE HAS HAD IT'S MESSENGER. This Age has had a Messenger-Prophet. But in every Age when the Messenger came on the scene, there was always something in their teaching which was contrary to the accepted teachings of the church of that Age. Aside from the fact that William Branham's ministry was accompanied by the "PILLAR OF FIRE", an Angel from the Presence of God, a Cloud of Seven Angels in 1963, he came with an "Open Vision" ministry, manifesting the "sign" of the Son of Man and NOT ONE TIME did his visions fail. When discerning the thoughts and intents (pass, present and future) of the hearts of the people, NOT ONE TIME did it fail. Surely, the same God that was so able to control a man to do these things, was also able to control what he was teaching. William Branham himself confessed saying that the "SAME GOD" who does these things through him is the "SAME ONE" who tells Him what to TEACH. BUT of course, man being the nature that he is, wishes to acknowledge God in the Signs and Wonders BUT deny Him in the teaching. SURELY, we see now, that if we were to reject this ministry and call William Branham a false prophet, then without a doubt we would have judged the Ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ the same way if we were living in the days when He walked among us in flesh, doing the SAME signs and wonders as was manifested in the ministry that had been presented. Remember - Your attitude today would have been your attitude in Jesus' day. Any SERIOUS investigator of THE WORD will have no recourse (unless he/she be BLINDED by tradition) , but to acknowledge that God has indeed visited this Age in the Life and Ministry of a Mighty Prophet. The William Branham ministry will show that William Branham was VINDICATED by God, RECOGNIZED by his contemporaries as a major prophet, THEN REJECTED by a wayward and arrogant Laodicean generation. Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, [and by] all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments [and] my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. (2nd Kings 17:13). False Prophets undermine the authority of God; draws the people to himself; makes the Word of God of no effect in the people's lives and teaches for doctrine the commandments of men. Such was not the case with God's prophet to the twentieth century. Don't take what someone else is saying about it. "Come and See." Study it for yourself and may the GOD OF ALL GRACE ENLIGHTEN YOUR WILLING HEART AND EYES to see WHAT HE HAS DONE IN THIS AGE TO PREPARE US FOR THE SECOND COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS, THE RESURRECTION AND RAPTURE.God has vindicated by HIS WORD, A PROPHET TO THE GENTILES. GOD DON'T NEED ANY INTERPRETER.HE IS HIS OWN INTERPRETER.THIS WORD VINDICATED MESSAGE IS NOT TO OFFEND ANYONE OR ANY MINISTERS OR MINISTRIES, BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, TO SHARE THE TRUTH THAT IS "EXISTING" AND EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO KNOW THE TRUTH, THEN TO MAKE A DECISION TO ACCEPT OR TO REJECT. FREE MORAL AGENCY. TO GOD BE THE GLORY, GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE IN THIS GENERATION.ALL PRAISES, HONOUR AND GLORY TO LORD JESUS CHRIST.
The Angel of Revelation : And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. Revelation 18:1. The prophecies in the eighteenth of Revelation will soon be fulfilled. During the proclamation of the third angel's message, "another angel" is to "come down from heaven, having great power," and the earth is to be "lightened with his glory." The Spirit of the Lord will so graciously bless consecrated human instrumentalities that men, women, and children will open their lips in praise and thanksgiving, filling the earth with the knowledge of God, and with His unsurpassed glory, as the waters cover the sea.  Those who have held the beginning of their confidence firm unto the end will be wide-awake during the time that the third angel's message is proclaimed with great power. During the loud cry, the church, aided by the providential interpositions of her exalted Lord, will diffuse the knowledge of salvation so abundantly that light will be communicated to every city and town. The earth will be filled with the knowledge of salvation. So abundantly will the renewing Spirit of God have crowned with success the intensely active agencies, that the light of present truth will be seen flashing everywhere.   There is to be, at this period, a series of events which will reveal that God is Master of the situation. The truth will be proclaimed in clear, unmistakable language. As a people, we must prepare the way of the Lord, under the overruling guidance of the Holy Spirit. The gospel is to be given in its purity. The stream of living water is to deepen and widen in its course. In all fields, nigh and afar off, men will be called from the plow and from the more common commercial business vocations that largely occupy the mind, and will be educated in connection with men of experience. As they learn to labor effectively, they will proclaim the truth with power. Through most wonderful workings of divine providence, mountains of difficulties will be removed, and cast into the sea. The message that means so much to the dwellers upon the earth will be heard and understood. Men will know what is truth. Onward, and still onward the work will advance, until the whole earth shall have been warned. And then shall the end come.

Your Three Best Weapons: Through careful strategy and cunning deceit, Satan attempts to wage war against you and keep you in a mindset of defeat. But God has given you spiritual weapons to use against him. Here are the main three spiritual weapons you can use to fight off the enemy:1. God's Word: Receive it through preaching, teaching, reading and private Bible study. Continue in the Word until it becomes revelation given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.2. Praise: This defeats the devil faster and more efficiently than any other battle plan, but it must be genuine heart-praise, not just lip service or a religious ritual. 3. Prayer: Prayer is relationship with the Godhead. It is communication with God, asking Him for help or talking with Him about whatever is on your heart. To have an effective prayer life, we must develop an intimate, personal relationship with the Father. Know that He loves you and that He wants to help you. There is a war going on, but God is fighting on your side and has given you the weapons you need. Use them to send Satan running! Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You so much for giving me the spiritual weapons I need to fight my enemy. With Your help, I know that I can win the battle today!. 2 Corinthians 10:3.

High Time to Awake! :
 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:11, 12.  The great controversy is nearing its end. Every report of calamity by sea or land is a testimony to the fact that the end of all things is at hand. Wars and rumors of wars declare it. Is there a Christian whose pulse does not beat with quickened action as he anticipates the great events opening before us? The Lord is coming. We hear the footsteps of an approaching God. This knowledge of the nearness of Christ's coming should not be allowed to lose its force, and we become careless and inattentive, and fall into slumber--into an insensibility and indifference to realities. In slumber we are in an unreal world, and not sensible of the things which are taking place around us. There are those who have the blazing light of truth shining all around them, and yet are insensible to it. They are enchanted by the enemy, held under a spell by his bewitching power. They are not preparing for that great day which is soon to come to our world. They seem utterly insensible to religious truth. Are there not some youth who are awake? Those who see that the night cometh, and also the morning, should work with untiring energy to arouse their sleeping associates. Can they not feel their peril, pray for them, and show them by their own life and character that they believe themselves that Christ is soon to come? . The rapidly diminishing space of time between us and eternity should more deeply impress us. Every day that passes makes one less left us to complete our work of perfecting character. As long as there are many asleep, many sporting away the precious hours in careless indifference, as it were, upon the very brink of the eternal world, those who do believe must be sober, must be awake, must be earnest and diligent, and watch unto prayer. Have you, dear youth, your lamps trimmed and burning?  
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