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January 2020
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By Lisa McMahon


 
HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

We wish you tremendous joy and good health in this New Year 2020, may the Lord sustain you and keep you in His loving arms.
The New Year is a time when many of us are setting order in our lives. We are planning and making new and different decisions.

Most of us want to make the New Year better than the previous one and so we make new resolutions and plans for changes that are bright and positive.
However, anyone who has lived the Christian life for a season knows that following Christ inevitably means walking into suffering, trials and discouragement. The twists and turns in our lives are often treacherous but our God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He will guide us and lead us in His designed way.

Every single one of us walks on our own pathway toward the eternal life. Each of us will have the same options that the Christians of old had. The One who heareth prayer and who is able to deliver to the utmost will be with us through it all. His wonderful promise that He is with us to the end must echo in our hearts every single day. He will not fail us.
Look to the horizon, there is a light coming to our days and we will soon see the dawn coming and obtain the promised land.

I am excited and look forward in faith.

Love, Lisa.

 
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Wenzel Goubej
President - QUO VADIS
Message From Our President
 
20/20 Vision in 2020

If you have 20/20 vision, it is considered to be the best eyesight possible. I believe the Lord wants us all to have 20/20 vision.  He especially wants to bolster our vision in this new year so that we can see where we are going in a world that has all too often lost its direction. 
So, what does it mean to have good vision? Solomon said: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18).  Would being obedient to the law make us happy? What does this have to do with vision?
 
In order to appreciate the relationship between vision and the law, we need to refer to God’s Word. Let’s look at what the Bible says about the law:
 
Romans 7:12 – “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”
Psalms 145:17 – “The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.”
 
These verses draw the comparison to God.
 
The law is all about the beautiful character of God. It reveals to us what God is all about. Only God, who is the embodiment of love, could have established a law that is also about love. His providence is amazing.
 
E.G. White expands on this point so beautifully in the Mount of Blessing when she says that “righteousness is actually love.”
 
The law bids us to love,
The law bids us to honour, bids us to respect
The law bids us to do righteously,
bids us to keep, to do good and not evil.
 
The law destroys selfishness. No wonder the enemy of souls has tried to destroy the law throughout the ages.  It has been trampled upon for centuries. It has been despised, broken, and destroyed. Its power has vanished from the vision of God’s people. It is only because the law has been broken that there is so much injustice, hatred, violence, and dishonesty.  We have all broken the law many times over, mainly because the law cannot be kept in our own strength!
 
So how do we keep the law?  We all want to give glory to God, but in order to please God and truly give Him the glory, we must LOVE GOD first and foremost. But, in order to love God, we must know him. There is something else we need, however. We must know how to live according to His commandments. Many of those who profess to be Christians today say that they love Jesus, but if you lovingly admonish them in any way with counsels from the Bible, they become irritated.  This is particularly true when you quote the law. They will insist that it is impossible to keep the law, despite the fact that Romans 3:31 bids us to establish the law.
 
Friends, we have all broken the law in our lives, but because of God’s great love for us He will forgive us if we would simply repent and place our lives on the altar before him.  It is only God who will give us victory over sin. God will make us free. The Gospel assures us that there is always hope and provides a way to overcome sin. It is sin for which no repentance has been offered that will keep us from Heaven. For there is a sin unto death and a sin that is not unto death. Which one will you choose? The answer seems clear. Of course, it is the one which is not unto death - the forsaken one, the one for which repentance was made. This is the one that is forgiven by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The question is, will we see the importance of repentance in the year 2020? Will our vision be clearer, or will we continue to stubbornly embrace the sin which so easily besets us.

Wenzel 




Erna McCann 
Prayer Ministries Canada
20\20 Vision


Dear Friends,

Being able to see clearly is a wonderful thing. 

I watched a video the other day of a colour-blind boy who was given special glasses that enabled him to see colours like the rest of us do. It was incredible to watch his amazement. He thought he was seeing okay before he put them on – even though he knew that people could see things he couldn’t – but having a life-long sight issue that didn’t disable him much, didn’t seem to be anything to worry about. When he put the glasses on, the explosion of colours that he couldn’t distinguish before opened up before him in their incredible array, and he was in tears of amazement over it. Quite the experience!

Because we grow up in a world of sin it is impossible for us to see sin and righteousness clearly. We are told this over and over in scripture:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jer. 17:9

“Buy of Me … eye-salve so you can see.” Rev. 3:18

“Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 2:5

“I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezek. 11:19

We dare not trust our own perception of ourselves and our condition, or others. It is faulty, at best.

We also don’t clearly see what true righteousness is. It is easy to read the Gospels and put our attitudes and vocal tones on Jesus and come away believing we’re okay when we’re not.

It is true that Jesus cleansed the temple and rebuked the Pharisees, but what came through more strongly – love or condemnation? Remember that He didn’t come into the world to condemn it. He was superior in righteousness, but His love for sinners is what had to come through, because it is the kindness (love) of God that leads us to truly repent, and that was Jesus’ goal in those things.

Our goal, as Christians in these end times, is to be like Jesus. We can’t make ourselves like Him, all we can do is allow Him to take out our stony hearts and put that heart of flesh in us; to let Him put the mind of Jesus in us; to let Him put the eye-salve in so we can see, clearly.  As we seek to truly know Him, He reveals Himself to us, and changes us. Jesus is 20/20 vision.

May seeking Him be our goal this year. I’m praying for you.

Erna
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