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Written by Lee Hanks   

Advocate and Messenger, August 1934

"The Lord hath done great things for us whereof we are glad".

The love of the Father in choosing poor sinners in Christ before the foundation of the world that they should be holy and without blame before Him in love, predestinating them to be conformed to the image of His Son and giving them to Christ, and a sufficiency of grace in Him to redeem them, atone for all their sins and to justify them by His righteousness was all indeed a great work. The Holy Ghost regenerated all the heirs of promise, shedding abroad His love in their hearts, purging their conscience from dead works to serve the true and living God, is a great work. God has given a true, faithful ministry to His children, to comfort, strengthen, establish and educate them in spiritual things, and this is a great work. The ordinances of the church and all the good works that He has ordained we should walk in is indeed a great work. God calls and qualifies His ministers and prepares His poor little children to be taught by them and for His service in which they enjoy a sweet rest and comfort of soul for which they feel unworthy, but it is indeed a great work. The land of Canaan was prepared for His national chosen people. They did not have to plant the vineyard and olive yards, dig the wells nor build the house. They were all prepared for them and they were prepared for the land, but could not enjoy the good of that land without going into it and obeying the Lord. "If ye be willing and obedient ye shall eat of the good of the land, but they praised God for the blessing.

The Church of God is prepared here by God's grace with everything in faith and practice the church needs. They do not have any right to add anything more to the church. They should all be satisfied with the goodness of the Lord's house. It would be a reflection upon Him as an imperfect builder, if we try to add to or take from His church. It is a great thing indeed to have membership in His church. Israel could not fight the battle of the Lord with anything borrowed from Babylon. The land of Canaan was a land of hills and valleys. How fitly this represents the experience of God's little children. We spend much time in the valley, but our God will never leave us nor forsake us.

L. H.

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