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Re: The Desire of Ages--20--Except Ye See Signs and Wonders
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2018, 08:29:23 AM »
     Like a flash of light, the Saviour's words to the nobleman laid bare his heart. He saw that his motives in seeking Jesus were selfish. His vacillating faith appeared to him in its true character. In deep distress he realized that his doubt might cost the life of his son. He knew that he was in the presence of One who could read the thoughts, and to whom all things were possible. In an agony of supplication he cried, "Sir, come down ere my child die." His faith took hold upon Christ as did Jacob, when, wrestling with the Angel, he cried, "I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me." Genesis 32:26. 

We are saved by grace through faith. The evangelicals say, just believe. What we see here, is saving faith. We must believe with a whole heart not part of it. We must love the Lord thy God with all of my heart not part of it.
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« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2018, 10:21:27 AM »
Amen, Richard!!

When we give the whole heart to Jesus, He has the power to transform our sufferings to bring other souls to Jesus!

The nobleman longed to know more of Christ. As he afterward heard His teaching, he and all his household became disciples. Their affliction was sanctified to the conversion of the entire family. Tidings of the miracle spread; and in Capernaum, where so many of His mighty works were performed, the way was prepared for Christ’s personal ministry. – {DA 200.2}
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« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2018, 04:37:14 AM »
God answers prayer, but we are to trust His character as the highest evidence of our acceptance with Him, not mere circumstantial experiences. May we have an ever-deepening trust in God by surrendering fully to Him moment-by-moment!

"The nobleman wanted to see the fulfillment of his prayer before he should believe; but he had to accept the word of Jesus that his request was heard and the blessing granted. This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His promises. When we come to Him in faith, every petition enters the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the blessing will be realized when we need it most. When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered. God will do for us 'exceeding abundantly,' 'according to the riches of His glory,' and 'the working of His mighty power.' Ephesians 3:20, 16; 1:19." {The Desire of Ages, page 200, paragraph 4}
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« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2018, 03:01:44 AM »
Where alone can true peace and joy be found? They are only found in Christ, and He imputes and imparts His righteousness to all who are fully surrendered to Him, who experience conversion. The story of the nobleman in John 4 presents a beautiful picture of how we are converted. We initially come to Christ (before conversion) in a selfish way, for that is how our natural hearts are by nature--evil and selfish (see Jeremiah 17:9). But by beholding the loveliness of Jesus, and seeing that He reads our hearts with such tender love, we can be converted (a new heart He gives us: see Ezekiel 36:26), the fruit of which is that all of the fruits of the Spirit are seen in the converted, renewed heart and mind--not one will be missing. When in the Bible a person is described as receiving peace of joy, gentleness or any of the fruits of the Spirit, to truly possess one in its purity and completeness will bring all the others in its train, for it is impossible to have Christ in you and not also have His character. Christ in the law is seen, for we will gladly follow all the light of the law of God we know when our hearts are fully yielded to Jesus! What a joy to see how the nobleman moved from merely desiring the healing of his son, to allowing Christ's grace to redeem him from sin! May we give Christ full access to our hearts today in full surrender, that His love, joy and peace (along with all the other fruits of His Spirit) may be wrought out in us today!

"Like Jacob he prevailed. The Saviour cannot withdraw from the soul that clings to Him, pleading its great need. 'Go thy way,' He said; 'thy son liveth.' The nobleman left the Saviour's presence with a peace and joy he had never known before. Not only did he believe that his son would be restored, but with strong confidence he trusted in Christ as the Redeemer." {The Desire of Ages, page 198, paragraph 5}

 
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Re: The Desire of Ages--20--Except Ye See Signs and Wonders
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2018, 09:20:17 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean. I too was impressed with the truth that when we are unconverted, we often turn to Jesus because of a selfish need. When we turn to Him, and behold His loveliness, we see His grace and if it is allowed into the heart, we are converted.

He who blessed the nobleman at Capernium is just as desirous of blessing us. But like the afflicted father, we are often led to seek Jesus by the desire for some Earthly good; and upon the granting of our request we rest our confidence in his love. The Saviour longs to give us a greater blessing then we ask; and He delays the answer to our request that He may show us the evil of our own hearts, and our deep need of His grace. He desires us to renounce the selfishness that leads us to seek Him. Confessing our helplessness and bitter need, we are to trust ourselves wholly to His love.


We see here that the carnal heart (unconverted) is evil by nature. We come into the world with an evil heart that needs to be converted. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, we must be born again of the Spirit. It is by grace that we are saved. That grace surrounds us, but it must be taken into the heart in order to be born again. Love begets love. If we would spend a thoughtful hour a day learning of Him who gave all for us while we were yet sinners, we would by His stripes be healed.
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« Reply #25 on: September 25, 2018, 07:46:21 AM »
The nobleman wanted to see the fulfillment of his prayer before he should believe; but he had to accept the word of Jesus that his request was heard and the blessing granted. This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His promises. When we come to Him in faith, every petition enters the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it.

This reminds me of a story I heard just last evening. The story went something like this (shortened for length). One day a son went to his father (who was also a pastor) and asked his father for a bike. The father said ok son you're old enough, I'll buy you a bike on my way home tomorrow. Then boy pressed his father again can it be blue? and his father replied in the affirmative. Then the boy went flying out the door and started shouting to the neighborhood kids and telling them that he has a new bike and that it's blue. So the kids asked to see it, oh he said I won't have it until tomorrow afternoon. The point was the son needed nothing more from his father but to hear the words and he trusted his father to follow through with what he promised him.
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« Reply #26 on: September 25, 2018, 08:04:03 AM »
Amen Jim! Saving faith is  trusting  God with all we have   and all  we are. There is no greater sin than "unbelief." Why then do we not believe what God says? There are conditions to having God answer prayer. Maybe we know we have not met the  conditions? 
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« Reply #27 on: September 25, 2018, 09:22:34 AM »
Jesus sees the whole picture--and what is in every heart. Jesus knew that the nobleman who initially came with a faith based on conditions would come to full surrender, and that Christ would be able to have him and his family as living witnesses in an area where He would be doing much more ministry. We can be encouraged to know that as Jesus saves us, He also plans to reveal more of Himself to us so we and our families may be living witnesses for Him!

"The nobleman longed to know more of Christ. As he afterward heard His teaching, he and all his household became disciples. Their affliction was sanctified to the conversion of the entire family. Tidings of the miracle spread; and in Capernaum, where so many of His mighty works were performed, the way was prepared for Christ's personal ministry." {The Desire of Ages, page 200, paragraph 2}
"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 #28 on: December 21, 2018, 06:37:12 AM »
God answers prayer--but the way in which He answers prayer is always for our best good, and in His perfect timing. When the nobleman came to Christ desiring that his son be healed, in his own mind the nobleman was making conditions of belief as to whether Jesus really was the Messiah. If Jesus did heal his son, then he would believe. But when we come to Christ, let us remember that He reads our thoughts and hearts like an open book. He knows what we need. We can be fully honest with Jesus and say we are struggling to believe (if that is where we are really at), but we are to remember that He wants to do more than we ask. The physical blessings are not nearly as important as the faith-deepening experience that is gained by realizing His love, and trusting fully to His grace to renew our hearts from any selfish motives, so that we can be like Him in mind and character--fully trusting that He will do what is best in His perfect time and way! The way Jesus handled the situation did not just heal the son of the nobleman--it helped the nobleman and his whole family come to conversion and a full trust in Jesus as the Messiah! That trial was truly sanctified for a wonderful purpose!

    "The nobleman wanted to see the fulfillment of his prayer before he should believe; but he had to accept the word of Jesus that his request was heard and the blessing granted. This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His promises. When we come to Him in faith, every petition enters the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the blessing will be realized when we need it most. When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered. God will do for us 'exceeding abundantly,' 'according to the riches of His glory,' and 'the working of His mighty power.' Ephesians 3:20, 16; 1:19." {The Desire of Ages, page 200, paragraph 4}
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« Reply #29 on: December 21, 2018, 02:55:45 PM »
"He who blessed the nobleman at Capernaum is just as desirous of blessing us. But like the afflicted father, we are often led to seek Jesus by the desire for some earthly good; and upon the granting of our request we rest our confidence in His love. The Saviour longs to give us a greater blessing than we ask; and He delays the answer to our request that He may show us the evil of our own hearts, and our deep need of His grace. He desires us to renounce the selfishness that leads us to seek Him. Confessing our helplessness and bitter need, we are to trust ourselves wholly to His love."

What a loving Saviour we serve. He knows what is best for our eternal good. While we may think that our motives are good He sees the selfishness attached to our requests. He then goes to work to bring us to a realization of our true condition. How I love the statement; "The Saviour cannot withdraw from the soul that clings to Him, pleading its great need."
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« Reply #30 on: March 18, 2019, 04:55:51 AM »
"Like a flash of light, the Saviour's words to the nobleman laid bare his heart. He saw that his motives in seeking Jesus were selfish. His vacillating faith appeared to him in its true character. In deep distress he realized that his doubt might cost the life of his son. He knew that he was in the presence of One who could read the thoughts, and to whom all things were possible. In an agony of supplication he cried, "Sir, come down ere my child die." His faith took hold upon Christ as did Jacob, when, wrestling with the Angel, he cried, "I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me." Genesis 32:26.

" Oh for Grace to trust Him more!! - What great examples we find in the study of His Word - They are placed there for us to know that our faith is well placed in Him who said...." ALL POWER IS GIVEN UNTO ME IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH" Mathew 28:18. By " FAITH" that power is available to ALL OF US who will CRY OUT - LORD I BELIEVE ---HELP THOU MY UNBELIEF!
 

"Like Jacob he prevailedThe Saviour cannot withdraw from the soul that clings to Him, pleading its great need. "Go thy way," He said; "thy son liveth." The nobleman left the Saviour's presence with a peace and joy he had never known before. Not only did he believe that his son would be restored, but with strong confidence he trusted in Christ as the Redeemer. "

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« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2019, 07:26:03 AM »
Amen Brother Beacon.  Grace causes us to search our hearts to see if there be any evil thing hidden there. Grace brings it to light if we want to know it. It is an interesting fact that until converted we can do no good thing. And when we are converted, we do no evil thing from the heart.

An important truth is revealed into today's reading.

     Yet the nobleman had a degree of faith; for he had come to ask what seemed to him the most precious of all blessings. Jesus had a greater gift to bestow. He desired, not only to heal the child, but to make the officer and his household sharers in the blessings of salvation, and to kindle a light in Capernaum, which was so soon to be the field of His own labors. But the nobleman must realize his need before he would desire the grace of Christ. This courtier represented many of his nation. They were interested in Jesus from selfish motives. They hoped to receive some special benefit through His power, and they staked their faith on the granting of this temporal favor; but they were ignorant as to their spiritual disease, and saw not their need of divine grace.   
     Like a flash of light, the Saviour's words to the nobleman laid bare his heart. He saw that his motives in seeking Jesus were selfish.


So it always is until we make a full heart surrender to Christ. We are evil by nature and do no good thing. Here we see what happens to convert the sinner into a saint. Jesus does not turn away the sinner because he is selfish, but rather He is drawing sinners to Himself. "If I be lifted up, I will draw all unto me."
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« Reply #32 on: March 18, 2019, 07:36:24 AM »
Amen, Brothers Beacon and Richard!

Grace from Jesus reached the heart of the nobleman, and Christ was able to perform a miracle for his son in the same way that He works miracles today--by His divine word. As we cling to the promises of God and trust not to self, to circumstances, or to our own feelings, we can rely upon what He has promised and trust His word to bring us the "divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4) so we are not left to struggle in our fallen flesh without the power to live above its clamors. I am so thankful for Jesus and His word today!

 "Notwithstanding all the evidence that Jesus was the Christ, the petitioner had determined to make his belief in Him conditional on the granting of his own request. The Saviour contrasted this questioning unbelief with the simple faith of the Samaritans, who asked for no miracle or sign. His word, the ever-present evidence of His divinity, had a convincing power that reached their hearts. Christ was pained that His own people, to whom the Sacred Oracles had been committed, should fail to hear the voice of God speaking to them in His Son." {The Desire of Ages, page 198, paragraph 2}

If we want the evidence of Christ's divinity, we have it in His word. We need not wait for a certain miracle we may desire, or a certain situation to be resolved. We can come for the greatest of all blessings--the word of God's power to transform our hearts by grace as we trust in simple faith that God will do what He promises and that He loves us!   
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« Reply #33 on: March 18, 2019, 09:55:27 AM »
"Yet the nobleman had a degree of faith; for he had come to ask what seemed to him the most precious of all blessings. Jesus had a greater gift to bestow. He desired, not only to heal the child, but to make the officer and his household sharers in the blessings of salvation, and to kindle a light in Capernaum, which was so soon to be the field of His own labors. But the nobleman must realize his need before he would desire the grace of Christ. This courtier represented many of his nation. They were interested in Jesus from selfish motives. They hoped to receive some special benefit through His power, and they staked their faith on the granting of this temporal favor; but they were ignorant as to their spiritual disease, and saw not their need of divine grace."

The heart of Jesus for this nobleman is such an inspiration to me today. No matter how Jesus gets our attention He is ever ready to supply our need according to His will and much more than we even ask for. Why do we at times try to find answers ourselves before consulting the One who has all the answers?
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