Morning, February 7
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But the LORD is in his holy Temple;
        the LORD still rules from heaven.
He watches everyone closely,
        examining every person on earth.
When the foundations are shaking and you wish you could hide, remember that God is still in control. His power is not diminished by any turn of events. Nothing happens without his knowledge and permission.
When you feel like running away--run to God. He will restore justice and goodness on the earth in his good time.
Micah 2:10  Arise, and depart.

The hour is approaching when the message will come to us, as it comes to all--"Arise, and go forth from the home in which thou hast dwelt, from the city in which thou hast done thy business, from thy family, from thy friends. Arise, and take thy last journey." And what know we of the journey? And what know we of the country to which we are bound? A little we have read thereof, and somewhat has been revealed to us by the Spirit; but how little do we know of the realms of the future! We know that there is a black and stormy river called "Death." God bids us cross it, promising to be with us. And, after death, what cometh? What wonder-world will open upon our astonished sight? What scene of glory will be unfolded to our view? No traveller has ever returned to tell. But we know enough of the heavenly land to make us welcome our summons thither with joy and gladness. The journey of death may be dark, but we may go forth on it fearlessly, knowing that God is with us as we walk through the gloomy valley, and therefore we need fear no evil. We shall be departing from all we have known and loved here, but we shall be going to our Father's house--to our Father's home, where Jesus is--to that royal "city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." This shall be our last removal, to dwell forever with him we love, in the midst of his people, in the presence of God. Christian, meditate much on heaven, it will help thee to press on, and to forget the toil of the way. This vale of tears is but the pathway to the better country: this world of woe is but the stepping-stone to a world of bliss.

"Prepare us, Lord, by grace divine,

For thy bright courts on high;

Then bid our spirits rise, and join

The chorus of the sky."

Deuteronomy 8:10  "When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.

Deuteronomy 8:11  "Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;

Luke 17:15-18  Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, • and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. • Then Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine-- where are they? • "Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?"

1 Timothy 4:4,5  For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; • for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

Romans 14:6  He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.

Proverbs 10:22  It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.

Psalm 103:1-4  A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. • Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; • Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; • Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;

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