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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #40 on: September 18, 2019, 06:53:13 PM »
"Light comes to the soul through Godís word, through His servants, or by the direct agency of His Spirit; but when one ray of light is disregarded, there is a partial benumbing of the spiritual perceptions, and the second revealing of light is less clearly discerned. So the darkness increases, until it is night in the soul.

The importance of a DAILY walk with Jesus can not be over emphasized, for when we neglect to spend time with Him through His Word, In Prayer, and in Sharing with others the awesome story of Redeeming Love it is possible that our light may go out. We need to reinforce our commitment to spend at least a "Thoughtful Hour with Jesus, reflecting on His Great Love and Sacrifice on our behalf every day. Any human love relationship will not last unless reinforced on a regular basis---So then how much more true it is for a meaningful strong relationship with our Lord.     

"Thus it had been with these Jewish leaders. They were convinced that a divine power attended Christ, but in order to resist the truth, they attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan. In doing this they deliberately chose deception; they yielded themselves to Satan, and henceforth they were controlled by his power."
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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #41 on: September 19, 2019, 06:14:00 AM »
When Jesus is abiding in the heart, we are impregnable to the assaults of Satan to cause us to separate from Jesus. We may suffer and find difficult trials, but these can bring us even closer to Christ when we are realize Jesus' loveliness of character and receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

"When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one. We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light. If we do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place. The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end." {The Desire of Ages, page 324, paragraph 1}   

May we have that vital union and communion with Christ by a living faith surrender today and each movement! Look upon Christ no matter how great the struggles you are going through!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}


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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #42 on: September 19, 2019, 07:48:52 AM »
Christ loves the heavenly beings that surround His throne; but what shall account for the great love wherewith He has loved us? We cannot understand it, but we can know it true in our own experience. And if we do hold the relation of kinship to Him, with what tenderness should we regard those who are brethren and sisters of our Lord! Should we not be quick to recognize the claims of our divine relationship? Adopted into the family of God, should we not honor our Father and our kindred?

Only a converted heart can love and honor our heavenly Father and our brethren. When we understand and accept what Jesus has done for us, self will be laid aside and we will reach out in godly love for the happiness and well being of all. Christ will then work through us for the salvation of lost souls. What a partnership God has given to those who daily abide in Him.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press  toward the mark. Phil. 3:13,14