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Re: The Desire of Ages--5--The Dedication
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2017, 10:00:12 AM »
Amen, dear sister!! What love has been revealed! How can we not fall in love with our God! Yet some who are registered in Christian churches have not seen this great love.

These humble worshipers had not studied the prophecies in vain. But those who held positions as rulers and priests in Israel, though they too had before them the precious utterances of prophecy, were not walking in the way of the Lord, and their eyes were not open to behold the Light of life.
     So it is still. Events upon which the attention of all heaven is centered are undiscerned, their very occurrence is unnoticed, by religious leaders, and worshipers in the house of God. Men acknowledge Christ in history, while they turn away from the living Christ. Christ in His word calling to self-sacrifice, in the poor and suffering who plead for relief, in the righteous cause that involves poverty and toil and reproach, is no more readily received today than He was eighteen hundred years ago.


As Pastor Sean has pointed out, imagine a helpless baby being the King of Glory!! As we behold this love, our hearts go out to Him who gave all for us while we were yet sinners. Let us continue to behold this most wonderful love!
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« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2017, 05:03:00 AM »
Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. In the temple the Son of God was dedicated to the work He had come to do. The priest looked upon Him as he would upon any other child. But though he neither saw nor felt anything unusual, God's act in giving His Son to the world was acknowledged. This occasion did not pass without some recognition of Christ. "There was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ." 

What a thought... that the priest not only didn't recognize Christ but wasn't looking for Him either. Especially after the visit of the wise men. But then Anna and Simeon come on the scene to make sure this King of a babe didn't go unnoticed. This reminds me a few years ago walking out of a service at church where God had obviously moved the hearts of a lot of the people present. As the people the left the service barely a word was heard and most were quiet and pondering what the words they just heard meant for themselves, then someone next to me broke the silence and said.... "why is everyone so quiet?" They didn't notice anything special nor understood why others were behaving differently. Let's not be in that state, let's keep our hearts humble and open to God even if He comes with a rebuke. He loves us so!!
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« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2017, 07:19:51 AM »
Amen, Jim! We need to be in a continual attitude of prayer, of expectancy for God to reveal Himself to us, as was true for Anna and Simeon when Jesus was dedicated in Luke 2. We need to have a fuller, deeper appreciation of spiritual things! And we can clearly see how all things are revealed when we behold the cross of Christ:

    At the cross of Calvary, love and selfishness stood face to face. Here was their crowning manifestation. Christ had lived only to comfort and bless, and in putting Him to death, Satan manifested the malignity of his hatred against God. He made it evident that the real purpose of his rebellion was to dethrone God, and to destroy Him through whom the love of God was shown. {The Desire of Ages, page 57, paragraph 2}

We are either manifesting love or selfishness moment-by-moment. We are either abiding in Christ, by whose grace and divine power selfless love flows through the renewed heart and mind, or we are manifesting unbelief and walking in the selfishness of the flesh. It is our choice--who will we behold? Jesus, or self? Christ offers us His grace as freely as the air and sunshine, but only those who appreciate His character by beholding Him and being in continual communion with Him will experience the salvation that His grace offers us. I choose to behold Jesus, and in Him I find that God's ways are ways of pleasantness, and that His path is best!
"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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« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2017, 10:07:41 PM »
Amen, Pastor Sean. We can better understand why it is that God allowed Satan to live. We see a demonstration of Satan's evil nature and God's unfathomable love! What a contrast!!

Let's not be in that state, let's keep our hearts humble and open to God even if He comes with a rebuke. He loves us so!!

Jim, what you say here is something that I just discussed with a fellow Christian. We were discussing Moses' sin and repentance. I was seeking to better understand where his understanding was. I was pointing out Moses' repentance was quick and deep. I had asked what it was that brought Moses to repentance. He answered "God's reproof."  I replied condemnation of the broken law can save no one, it is grace that saves. I was the teacher, but I was being taught.  He said that the reproof was grace. I contemplated his statement and saw he was correct. The Holy Spirit opened my mind to the fact that Moses was only alive after his sin because of grace. That God would speak to Moses of his sin and not take his life is indeed grace.

Yes, God's love is revealed even when the Spirit comes with reproof!   Thank you for sharing. God has a way of confirming truth!

I was impressed with this truth this morning:

     By the life and the death of Christ, the thoughts of men also are brought to view. From the manger to the cross, the life of Jesus was a call to self-surrender, and to fellowship in suffering. It unveiled the purposes of men. Jesus came with the truth of heaven, and all who were listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit were drawn to Him. The worshipers of self belonged to Satan's kingdom. In their attitude toward Christ, all would show on which side they stood. And thus everyone passes judgment on himself. 


And, everyone will close their own probation if they deny Jesus His rightful place in the heart,  The life of Jesus is a call to self-surrender, and to fellowship in suffering. It is the most weighty trust and the highest honor to partake in the sufferings of Christ. Do we glory in our tribulation?

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« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2017, 06:11:45 AM »
Just and true are thy ways, Thou King of Saints! It is our joy to know and follow thy ways, for they are the best. There is a way which seemeth right unto man, but the ways thereof are the ways of death. We want life, and to give honor and glory to God.

As I read this morning, I noticed that the first born from the beginning were to be dedicated to God. I recalled that it was not any first born, but the first born male. Why? Why were women being set aside for this role? We may not understand, but it is written, so it is not for us to question God's ways. We may ask God why, but we are to understand that God's ways are "just and true", even if we do not understand why.

We may find an answer in Scripture, but if we do not, we are to understand it is God's way and we are to follow it.

    The dedication of the first-born had its origin in the earliest times. God had promised to give the First-born of heaven to save the sinner. This gift was to be acknowledged in every household by the consecration of the first-born son. He was to be devoted to the priesthood, as a representative of Christ among men.   


This first born son was to be the priest in the home, and a witness of our Savior. Why a witness? Because God's character has been maligned by Satan. We see the truth of who our God is at the cross.

    At the cross of Calvary, love and selfishness stood face to face. Here was their crowning manifestation. Christ had lived only to comfort and bless, and in putting Him to death, Satan manifested the malignity of his hatred against God. He made it evident that the real purpose of his rebellion was to dethrone God, and to destroy Him through whom the love of God was shown.   
     By the life and the death of Christ, the thoughts of men also are brought to view. From the manger to the cross, the life of Jesus was a call to self-surrender, and to fellowship in suffering. It unveiled the purposes of men. Jesus came with the truth of heaven, and all who were listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit were drawn to Him. The worshipers of self belonged to Satan's kingdom. In their attitude toward Christ, all would show on which side they stood. And thus everyone passes judgment on himself. 


Selfish we are by nature, but God has provided a remedy wherein we may be transformed in character. It is possible to keep the commands of God if we will make a full heart surrender to Christ. He will take possession of the sin polluted heart and cleanse it whiter than snow. We look forward to the day when He will give us new glorified bodies that are not composed of evil flesh. In the meantime, let us allow Christ to have the whole heart that we may keep the evil body (flesh) under as Paul taught. "I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Cor. 9:27.

Then, all, both male and female, may give honor and glory to God by being faithful witnesses of His character.
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« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2017, 06:39:52 AM »
Amen, Richard! God chose the first born son of each family to be a priest before Him (and which the Levites replaced after the apostasy at Sinai), and these were all to be typifying Christ; yet God also had consecrated women who served him in ministry in other ways--such as Anna, who was a prophetess. What a precious revelation we see in our reading today of the loveliness of Jesus, and how His love reigned in the heart of Anna, who longed to behold Him. We can praise God that each morning when we come to behold Jesus, read of His life and sacrifice, and meditate upon His loveliness of character that we also will be transformed, and our faces will shine with the light that streams from Calvary.

"Anna also, a prophetess, came in and confirmed Simeon's testimony concerning Christ. As Simeon spoke, her face lighted up with the glory of God, and she poured out her heartfelt thanks that she had been permitted to behold Christ the Lord." {The Desire of Ages, page 55, paragraph 4}

May we have our faces lighted up today with the glory of God, His unselfish character that is always manifest in all of the fruits of the Spirit being seen in the life without one missing. This will be our experience as long as we surrender the WHOLE heart to Him so He can cleanse it completely from sin and abide there as a heavenly Guest. He will more than satisfy the deepest longings of the soul, for Jesus is truly the "Desire of all nations" (Haggai 2:7). I desire to be in continual communion with Jesus this Sabbath, and I pray you will experience such a joy in that fellowship that you will realize the reality that "heaven begins in the soul." {Heaven, page 171, paragraph 4}
"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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« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2018, 04:57:15 AM »
Jesus loves us so much that He was willing to be treated as the lowest of humanity, to be born in a lowly manger, to live a self-sacrificing life of poverty, to sympathize and minister to suffering humanity, and then die an ignominious death. By His resurrection from the dead we are pledged with the power to obey God because Christ will live His resurrection life in us while also giving us the completeness of His death to sin in our place. We identify fully with Jesus and so become like Him in mind and character! We receive the perfect robe of His righteousness by faith--a faith that enters into our actual thoughts and feelings and allows us to be blessed with heaven's choicest blessings! Think of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden before sin--that is a picture of the kind of holy lives Jesus is creating in these last days because His children behold His agonized struggle the Garden of Gethsemane. Christ's garden of agony is the pledge of our being able to experience, even NOW through constant union and communion with Him in His opening providences and blessings, the joy of Eden's bliss! Let us thank God that He loves us SO SO SO MUCH! Now let us honor Him by walking in that blessing, and pressing heaven in humble, earnest, sincere prayer for the greatest blessings He desires to pour upon us! Praise God!

"'That the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.' In the light of the Saviour's life, the hearts of all, even from the Creator to the prince of darkness, are revealed. Satan has represented God as selfish and oppressive, as claiming all, and giving nothing, as requiring the service of His creatures for His own glory, and making no sacrifice for their good. But the gift of Christ reveals the Father's heart. It testifies that the thoughts of God toward us are 'thoughts of peace, and not of evil.' Jeremiah 29:11. It declares that while God's hatred of sin is as strong as death, His love for the sinner is stronger than death. Having undertaken our redemption, He will spare nothing, however dear, which is necessary to the completion of His work. No truth essential to our salvation is withheld, no miracle of mercy is neglected, no divine agency is left unemployed. Favor is heaped upon favor, gift upon gift. The whole treasury of heaven is open to those He seeks to save. Having collected the riches of the universe, and laid open the resources of infinite power, He gives them all into the hands of Christ, and says, All these are for man. Use these gifts to convince him that there is no love greater than Mine in earth or heaven. His greatest happiness will be found in loving Me." {The Desire of Ages, page 57, paragraph 1}

We find in Christ our greatest happiness by loving Him with the whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. It is only those who are truly happy in Christ that are ready for marriage, for raising children, and for living the principles of heaven while still physically on this earth. Without the joyful union and communion of the soul with Christ, every blessing Jesus would desire to give us would be spoiled by the miasma of selfishness. But a truly converted heart will only exude selfless love, which is always manifest in all of the fruits of the Spirit so that not one is missing. Already by faith we are seated in heavenly places in Christ when we are truly converted. Christ's dedication as an infant (for He was perfect at each stage of His development, as we may be once we are converted) is the pledge of our complete deliverance from sin and the power He gives us to live lives WHOLLY CONSECRATED to His service. Live in His will and IT WILL EXCEED YOUR HIGHEST EXPECTATIONS!

"Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God's ideal for His children. Godliness--godlikeness--is the goal to be reached. Before the student there is opened a path of continual progress. He has an object to achieve, a standard to attain, that includes everything good, and pure, and noble. He will advance as fast and as far as possible in every branch of true knowledge. But his efforts will be directed to objects as much higher than mere selfish and temporal interests as the heavens are higher than the earth." {Education, page 18, paragraph 3}

Praise the Lord!!!!!!! 
"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--5--The Dedication
« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2018, 08:48:32 AM »
Amen, Pastor Sean.  What a self sacrificing, loving God we serve!!

Once again in our reading we see the "great controversy" being revealed. There is a fierce battle that surrounds us. Satan is doing all he can to attract us to the world and distract us from seeing this battle. He surrounds us with nets to entrap us. But, even more dramatic is the work of our Savior as He directs the angels to help us see Him more clearly every day. He knows what it is like, for He is our elder Brother who endured much more than we shall ever have to face.

     At the cross of Calvary, love and selfishness stood face to face. Here was their crowning manifestation. Christ had lived only to comfort and bless, and in putting Him to death, Satan manifested the malignity of his hatred against God. He made it evident that the real purpose of his rebellion was to dethrone God, and to destroy Him through whom the love of God was shown.   
     By the life and the death of Christ, the thoughts of men also are brought to view. From the manger to the cross, the life of Jesus was a call to self-surrender, and to fellowship in suffering. It unveiled the purposes of men. Jesus came with the truth of heaven, and all who were listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit were drawn to Him. The worshipers of self belonged to Satan's kingdom. In their attitude toward Christ, all would show on which side they stood. And thus everyone passes judgment on himself. 


Such simple, but powerful truth. What are we living for? If for Christ, then our lives will be a continual surrender to Him, that we might be partakers in the sufferings of Christ. No one enjoys suffering, but we may glory in it since we know it works for our good and God's glory as we abide in Christ and He in us through the Holy Spirit.

Then, the all important question must be answered; How is it that we may learn to abide in Christ continually that we might be brave soldiers enduring the hardship that will come?
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.