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« Reply #40 on: August 24, 2010, 01:52:17 PM »
Afflictions are God's Workmen, Especially in These Last Days


When he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 2 Chronicles 33:12.



"In the world ye shall have tribulation" (John 16:33), says Christ; but in Me ye shall have peace. The trials to which Christians are subjected in sorrow, adversity, and reproach are the means appointed of God to separate the chaff from the wheat. Our pride, selfishness, evil passions, and love of worldly pleasure must all be overcome; therefore God sends us afflictions to test and prove us, and show us that these evils exist in our characters. We must overcome through His strength and grace, that we may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. "For our light affliction," says Paul, "which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18). Afflictions, crosses, temptations, adversity, and our varied trials are God's workmen to refine us, sanctify us, and fit us for the heavenly garner.

Many of your afflictions have been visited upon you, in the wisdom of God, to bring you closer to the throne of grace. He softens and subdues His children by sorrows and trials. This world is God's workshop, where He fashions us for the courts of heaven. He uses the planing knife upon our quivering hearts until the roughness and irregularities are removed and we are fitted for our proper places in the heavenly building. Through tribulation and distress the Christian becomes purified and strengthened, and develops a character after the model that Christ has given.
 
Let the afflictions which pain us so grievously become instructive lessons, teaching us to press forward toward the mark of the prize of our high calling in Christ. Let us be encouraged by the thought that the Lord is soon to come. Let this hope gladden our hearts.    


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« Reply #41 on: August 28, 2010, 06:57:59 AM »
Justified by Faith



Satan will come in many ways to tempt the soul away from Christ. He will first tell you that you are good enough of yourself; that you do not need a work of reformation wrought for you. He will suggest to you that you have made but few mistakes in your life, and that these will be overbalanced by the good you have done. If you have lived such a life as he would make you believe you have, it would be like a chain with unsound links in it, wholly worthless. One sin unrepented of is enough to close the gates of heaven against you. It was because man could not be saved with one stain of sin upon him, that Jesus came to die on Calvary's cross. Your only hope is to look to Christ and live. He came to save to the uttermost all who came unto him; and he is fully able to do all that he has undertaken to do for you. He will lift us up from the degradation into which we have fallen because of sin. 

We should exercise living faith in Christ. When our hopes of life seem to be slipping away, Jesus is ready to put his everlasting arms beneath us, and to draw us to his heart, and to comfort, encourage, and bless us. As soon as you surrender wholly to Christ, he will accept you. Christ has said that it was his will that your joy should be full. Why should you not have fullness of joy, when through Christ you have the prospect of eternal life at his coming? Why should we not every day show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light? "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? He wants us to grow better in his love every day. As we follow on to know the Lord, we shall know that his goings forth are prepared as the morning. The sun rises in dimness; but as it begins to climb the heavens, its rays become more and more bright. Thus it is with the Christian in his life. He catches the bright beams of light from Christ, and by trusting in him he becomes better acquainted with his Saviour. It is a difficult matter for human nature to have perfect confidence in divine power, but the Lord will strengthen our faith, and we may have a precious experience in the knowledge of Jesus. We do not have the simplicity we should have in coming to our heavenly Father. We are sinners, but Christ has died for us, and it is our privilege to place ourselves upon the platform of his promises. If we have the love of Jesus in our hearts, we shall express it in our actions toward others. We shall proclaim to those who are out of Christ the beauty of faith and religion. It is not our place to inquire whether we shall have trials if we walk in the path of obedience; we are to search for the truth as for hidden treasures, and to accept it whatever may be its cost.
 
Christ prayed that his disciples might be sanctified through the truth. It is not error but the truth of God that sanctifies the soul. When we follow in the humble path of obedience, we leave a bright track heavenward for others to walk in. It is our privilege to have a deeper experience in the things of God. Will you review your past life, will you see where your defects and mistakes have been, and when you see that they are many, will you remember that Jesus lives to make intercession for you, and not sink down in discouragement? Jesus pleads his blood before the Father, and says, "I am he that blotteth out thy transgressions as a thick cloud." Let this be the language of your heart: "Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." Do not even for a moment distrust your Saviour's power to save you. Fall in your helplessness at the foot of the cross; today believe the promise of God. Jesus loves us with a love that is infinite. Oh, what love, what matchless love, he has shown for the children of men! Jesus does not desire you to wait to make yourself better; he desires you to take him today as your Saviour. This very day say: "He is mine, and I am his. I will give my soul into his keeping, and he will keep that which I have committed to his trust against that day. Through faith he will give me victory over the temptations of the enemy."   


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« Reply #42 on: August 28, 2010, 07:37:06 AM »
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Afflictions are God's Workmen, Especially in These Last Days


When he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 2 Chronicles 33:12.

As they increase in manifold intensity, God gives us the strength to endure them. He will NEVER place upon us greater trials than we can possibly pass through, coming out of them brighter and more refined than we were before they were given.

A little testimony: Two days ago there was a trial of such magnitude that I was sure was created to test me to the very limits of endurance and maybe a little bit beyond. Just as it was building to its full manifestation, a brother "in Christ, indeed," called and we ended that conversation in prayer. Providence? Oh, yes! God sent me the voice of one who helped me see beyond the immediate situation. The trial lasted a full night and into the morning. Without the spiritual preparation to meet it head-on, my hope could have been crushed and failure of that test, assured. Instead, Jesus heard all and implanted within my soul  peace and a calm assurance, coupled with a sense to remain silent, letting a fiendish evil fully expose itself. When all was over the voice of a child filled the room with love and wisdom beyond its years. It was something to behold and the question was asked: "Where did that come from?"

The answer: God alone.

Although sleep deprived and mentally exhausted, I left home to work a full day of hard physical labor, leaving the trial just passed through with our Eternal Father. Peace was mine because of Him. What wondrous love that He watches over us through the very trials presented to refine, purify - sanctify!      
  For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89 

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« Reply #43 on: August 28, 2010, 07:53:34 AM »
Amen!  This is the Christian experience and is so far different from the nominal Christian's experience. Many professing Christians believe that Romans 7 is all that they can hope for. But, your testimony, dear sister, is that God will allow great trials and at the same time will so fill us with His Spirit that we shall not be overcome, but rather He will manifest Himself through the one who is fully surrendered to Him.

God did not tell us it would be easy. He said He would give us grace to endure. He would make us partakers of His divine nature and not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. When we look at the story of Job, we see that God is in control and that He allows great trials. They are for our good and for His glory. There is nothing good in man unless we have Christ. Paul was thankful for the thorn in his side. He tells us why. It kept him dependent upon the Lord. If Paul needed a thorn in his side, how much more I.

Thank you for sharing, Sybil. This is the experience we all are to go through as we prepare to receive Jesus at His soon coming. We are His witnesses and we are to tell of His goodness. We are to sing praises to His holy name as we go through the fires of affliction.
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« Reply #44 on: August 29, 2010, 07:48:34 PM »
Do not even for a moment distrust your Saviour's power to save you.

Sigh. That lets me breathe.
Amen.
Faith is the living power that presses through every barrier, overrides all obstacles, and plants its banner in the heart of the enemy’s camp. 4T 163.3

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« Reply #45 on: August 30, 2010, 11:17:10 AM »
Yes, we all can sigh and breathe.   If we question His power to save us, we should be undone. We know ourselves better than anyone else, except God and Satan. And we know our sinfulness after the Holy Spirit has shown us.  We cannot save ourselves and are at the mercy of Christ. He longs to save us. He is continually calling to us, speaking to us, drawing us, revealing His love to us!

The Sabbath Day was given to us that we might know of His creative power. Such power! He spoke and it was!!!  And, He has that same power at work to re-create us!!! The promise He makes is that He will finish what He has begun in us!  Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.  Phillipians 1:6. Our part is to feed upon Jesus, to drink His blood and eat His flesh, to behold Jesus! By beholding Him we shall be changed into the same image from glory to glory. (See 1 Cor. 3:18).
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« Reply #46 on: September 05, 2010, 07:16:23 AM »

Reflecting Christ



Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. Daniel 12:10.



The world is a theater. The actors, the inhabitants of the world, are preparing to act their part in the last great drama. God is lost sight of. There is no unity of purpose, except as parties of people confederate to gain their ends. God is looking on. His purposes in regard to His rebellious subjects will be fulfilled. The world has not been given into human hands, though God is permitting the elements of confusion and disorder to bear sway for a season. A power from beneath is working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in those who are binding themselves together in secret societies. Those who are yielding to the passion for confederation are working out the plans of the enemy. The cause will be followed by the effect.

Transgression has almost reached its limit. Confusion fills the world, and a great terror is soon to come upon human beings. The end is very near. We who know the truth should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise.
 
The wicked have chosen Satan as their leader. Under his control, the wonderful faculties of the mind are used to construct agencies of destruction. God has given the human mind great power, power to show that the Creator has endowed human beings with ability to do a great work against the enemy of all righteousness, power to show what victories may be gained in the conflict against evil.
 
But when those to whom God has entrusted capabilities give themselves into the hands of the enemy, they become a power to destroy. When people do not make God first and last and best in everything, when they do not give themselves to Him for the carrying out of His purposes, Satan comes in and uses in his service the minds that, given to God, could achieve great good. Under his direction they do an evil work with great and masterly power. God designed them to work on a high plane of action, to enter into His mind, and thus acquire an education that would enable them to work the works of righteousness. But they know nothing of this education. They are helpless. Their powers do not guide them aright, for they are under the enemy’s control.

The way to holiness and heaven is found in the path of obedience. "
“God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

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« Reply #47 on: September 06, 2010, 01:51:59 AM »
What a solemn warning. It reminds me of a sermon I heard many years ago - "Whose Side Are You On?"
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« Reply #48 on: September 17, 2010, 12:08:10 PM »
Liberty (of conscience)



"Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that from evil maketh himself a prey." Isaiah 59:14, 15.


Christ was loyal to God's commandments, setting aside the human traditions and requirements which had been exalted in their place. Because of this He was hated and persecuted. This history is repeated. The laws and traditions of men are exalted above the law of God, and those who are true to God's commandments suffer reproach and persecution. Christ, because of His faithfulness to God, was accused as a Sabbathbreaker and blasphemer. He was declared to be possessed of a devil, and was denounced as Beelzebub. In like manner His followers are accused and misrepresented. Thus Satan hopes to lead them to sin, and cast dishonor upon God.

Today, the Orange Order in Ireland has called on its members to protest the Pope's current visit to England. It says that anyone welcoming Pope Benedict XVI should be warned that they are acknowledging "his primacy and universal supremacy as Vicar of Christ on earth."  While some in England protest the papal visit, they forget that England followed in the path of Rome. Almost every century furnishes examples of what bigotry and malice can do under a plea of serving God by protecting the rights of Church and State. Protestant churches that have followed in the steps of Rome by forming alliance with worldly powers have manifested a similar desire to restrict liberty of conscience. In the seventeenth century thousands of non-conformist ministers suffered under the rule of the Church of England. Persecution always follows religious favoritism on the part of secular governments.

We also see other religions that do not covet religious liberty, but rather by their religion are set to enforce their beliefs on others. This is not without success when the church uses the arms of the state to enforce her dogma. Praise God for America and her Constitution that protects her citizens from such abominations as the world has witnessed through long centuries.
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« Reply #49 on: September 21, 2010, 08:35:25 AM »
Liberty Removed



"Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that from evil maketh himself a prey." Isaiah 59:14, 15.


As religious aggression subverts the liberties of our nation, those who would stand for freedom of conscience will be placed in unfavorable positions. For their own sake, they should, while they have the opportunity, become intelligent in regard to disease, its causes, prevention, and cure. All those who do this will find a field of labor anywhere. There will be suffering ones, plenty of them, who will need help, not only among those of our own faith, but largely among those who know not the truth. The shortness of time demands an energy that has not been aroused among those who claim to believe the present truth.
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« Reply #50 on: October 04, 2010, 05:00:48 PM »
Behold, What Manner of Love



"God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.



Only as we contemplate the great plan of redemption can we have a just appreciation of the character of God. The work of creation was a manifestation of His love; but the gift of God to save a guilty and ruined race alone reveals the infinite depths of divine tenderness and compassion. "God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." While the law of God is upheld, and its justice vindicated, the sinner can be pardoned. The dearest gift that Heaven itself had to bestow has been poured out, that God "might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."  

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." What love, what matchless love, that, sinners and aliens tho we are, we may be brought back to God, and adopted into His family! We may address Him by the endearing name, "Our Father," which is a sign of our affection for Him, and a pledge of His tender regard for us. And the Son of God, beholding the heirs of grace, is not ashamed to call them brethren. They have even a more sacred relationship to God than have the angels who have never fallen.  

Human love may change, but God's love knows no change. "The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee." Circumstances may separate friends; the broad waters of the ocean may roll between them; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the love of God. "I am persuaded," Paul declares, "that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."


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« Reply #51 on: October 19, 2010, 08:17:30 AM »
Jesus, Our Example



Satan represents God's law of love as a law of selfishness. He declares that it is impossible for us to obey its precepts. The fall of our first parents, with all the woe that has resulted, he charges upon the Creator, leading men to look upon God as the author of sin, and suffering, and death. Jesus was to unveil this deception. As one of us He was to give an example of obedience. For this He took upon Himself our nature, and passed through our experiences. "In all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren." Hebrews 2:17. If we had to bear anything which Jesus did not endure, then upon this point Satan would represent the power of God as insufficient for us. Therefore Jesus was "in all points tempted like as we are." Hebrews 4:15. He endured every trial to which we are subject. And He exercised in His own behalf no power that is not freely offered to us. As man, He met temptation, and overcame in the strength given Him from God. He says, "I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart." Psalm 40:8. As He went about doing good, and healing all who were afflicted by Satan, He made plain to men the character of God's law and the nature of His service. His life testifies that it is possible for us also to obey the law of God. 


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« Reply #52 on: November 04, 2010, 05:31:33 AM »
The "Lamb" Without Blemish



"This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John 17:3



Jesus came to plant the cross between heaven and earth, between divinity and humanity. There he offered himself to God as a lamb without blemish, a spotless sacrifice for the sins of men. What means it that the divine Victim hangs there in dying agony?--It means that not one jot or tittle of the law could be set aside to save the transgressor of law, for whom Christ became substitute and surety. Christ consented to become man's sacrifice on Calvary's cross, and in him divine justice and mercy met together, so that God could pardon the transgressor, and vindicate his justice, and uphold his throne in righteousness.  
  
It is by beholding the innocent "Lamb of God" upon the cross of Calvary that the sinner is drawn to his Saviour; and as he realizes that Christ has died for him, his heart is melted into contrition and tenderness. He repents toward God because he has transgressed the divine law, and he has faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ as his substitute and surety.  

Jesus was the "Lamb without blemish and without spot." 1 Peter 1:19.  His physical body was without defect. Spiritually He was without sin. He was the only Sinless One. But, He was an example of what we all may become spiritually through Him. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. 


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« Reply #53 on: November 04, 2010, 02:09:02 PM »
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Jesus was the "Lamb without blemish and without spot." 1 Peter 1:19.  His physical body was without defect. Spiritually He was without sin. He was the only Sinless One. But, He was an example of what we all may become spiritually through Him. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. 

Glory! and Hallelujah! 
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« Reply #54 on: November 04, 2010, 03:18:59 PM »
His human nature was without sin, also.  Inspiration tells us that His human nature was created -- made like us "except for the sin."  We are born in need of a Savior -- He was born "God with us" -- the Lamb without spot or blemish or any such thing.  As a divine being He could not die, it was His sinless humanity that died for us that day, but His divinity experience everything that His humanity was going through.  That is how He can not only be our sinless Substitute, but our sympathetic elder Brother -- our Redeemer and our example.

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« Reply #55 on: November 04, 2010, 09:44:15 PM »
I'll tell you, Tim, it is an amazement to consider God in human form upon this earth with one purpose. I cannot comprehend that kind of love. It will forever baffle my imperfect mind that He should love us so. This afternoon that thought became almost overwhelming and all I could do was weep while considering, "Do I love Him enough, do I consider Him enough?" Will we ever comprehend the cost of the death of God on our behalf? I'm not sure we can.

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« Reply #56 on: November 05, 2010, 06:13:29 AM »
The closer we get to Him, the better our vision of who we are and how far removed we are from the perfection of character we see in Him. But, He does not require some mighty work we cannot attain to. He wants the evil heart. And then He will cleanse it.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7,9.

By faith we believe this. We do not doubt His Word nor His power to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. He says Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.  Isaiah  1:18-20.

Today is the day of salvation. If we will come to Jesus, if we will learn of Him, He will change our lives. His Spirit will live within each of us......now!  :) Not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but today!! Why would we wait? What must we give up? An evil sin polluted heart!  God loves us just as we are!! But, He will not leave us just as we are. He will pick us up and sit us down with Him on His throne!!!

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.  Rev. 3:20, 21.
  What a friend we have in Jesus!!
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« Reply #57 on: November 11, 2010, 09:25:43 AM »

Be Ready for the Soon Appearing of Jesus!



For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Tim  6:10-14  



Jesus is soon coming, and our position should be that of waiting and watching for his appearing. We should not allow anything to come in between us and Jesus. We must learn here to sing the song of heaven, so that when our warfare is over we can join in the song of the heavenly angels in the city of God. What is that song? It is praise, and honor, and glory unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. We shall meet opposition; we shall be hated of all men for Christ's sake, and by Satan, because he knows that there is with the followers of Christ a divine power, which will undermine his influence. We cannot escape reproach. It will come; but we should be very careful that we are not reproached for our own sins and follies, but for Christ's sake.  

We should not allow our time to be so occupied with things of a temporal nature, or even with matters pertaining to the cause of God, that we shall pass on day after day without pressing close to the bleeding side of Jesus. We want to commune with him daily. We are exhorted to fight the good fight of faith. It will be a hard battle to maintain a life of earnest faith; but if we cast ourselves wholly upon Christ, with a settled determination to cleave only to him, we shall be able to repulse the enemy, and gain a glorious victory. The apostle Paul exhorts us, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.” Again he says, “Now the just shall live by faith.”  

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« Reply #58 on: November 11, 2010, 10:01:10 AM »
Amen! especially this part:

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... if we cast ourselves wholly upon Christ, with a settled determination to cleave only to him, we shall be able to repulse the enemy, and gain a glorious victory. The apostle Paul exhorts us, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.” Again he says, “Now the just shall live by faith.” 
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« Reply #59 on: November 11, 2010, 01:41:10 PM »
Amen!!  I think that we are to learn this lesson daily until we figure it out!  :)   And then we are to keep learning more about the God who created us and His love that is past our ability to know fully! It is by beholding this great love that our trust (faith) in Him will grow. His promises are sure and will not fail us as  we submit and trust in Him.
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