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Re: The Desire of Ages--30--"He Ordained Twelve"
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2018, 07:05:55 AM »
What love Jesus has for the sinner!!  He did not want Judas in His inner circle, but He knew He could not refuse him without causing great harm to His work. But, how did He treat Judas once he was there? Such love! And, this He does for each of us! What patience!!

     The disciples had been much disappointed that Jesus had not tried to secure the co-operation of the leaders in Israel. They felt that it was a mistake not to strengthen His cause by securing the support of these influential men. If He had repulsed Judas, they would, in their own minds, have questioned the wisdom of their Master. The after history of Judas would show them the danger of allowing any worldly consideration to have weight in deciding the fitness of men for the work of God. The co-operation of such men as the disciples were anxious to secure would have betrayed the work into the hands of its worst enemies. 


On the other hand, Jesus knew the character of those who chose. Before they were ordained, they had much to undo. After they were ordained, they still had more to learn and overcome. But, there was a marked difference between Judas and the other eleven whom Jesus did choose.

What wisdom and grace we see in our Lord as we read of His work with the twelve. Are we are patient as Jesus? Not yet. :(  But, He works with us as He worked with the Sons of Thunder.
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« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2018, 08:30:01 AM »
Amen, Richard! Praise God for the patience of our Savior, who chooses us to be able to work with Him as He did for His disciples. We are not called because we are perfect, but because, by surrendering the whole heart to Christ, we may receive His perfection of character (a new heart and mind renewed by the Holy Spirit, bearing the ineffaceable marks of the divine nature, which is all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing). As long as this surrender is maintained by faith, the moral perfection of character that Christ imputes and imparts to us at conversion will be continued and matured. Every step in life we may be more like our Savior, but that does not mean that we need to separate from Him for a moment. Let us see our continual need of Jesus to do any good thing. Praise God for such a wonderful Savior as Jesus!!

"As His representatives among men, Christ does not choose angels who have never fallen, but human beings, men of like passions with those they seek to save. Christ took upon Himself humanity, that He might reach humanity. Divinity needed humanity; for it required both the divine and the human to bring salvation to the world. Divinity needed humanity, that humanity might afford a channel of communication between God and man. So with the servants and messengers of Christ. Man needs a power outside of and beyond himself, to restore him to the likeness of God, and enable him to do the work of God; but this does not make the human agency unessential. Humanity lays hold upon divine power, Christ dwells in the heart by faith; and through co-operation with the divine, the power of man becomes efficient for good."  {The Desire of Ages, page 296, paragraph 4} 
     "He who called the fisherman of Galilee is still calling men to His service. And He is just as willing to manifest His power through us as through the first disciples. However imperfect and sinful we may be, the Lord holds out to us the offer of partnership with Himself, of apprenticeship to Christ. He invites us to come under the divine instruction, that, uniting with Christ, we may work the works of God." {The Desire of Ages, page 297, paragraph 1} 
"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 #22 on: January 17, 2018, 09:36:38 AM »
     "He who called the fisherman of Galilee is still calling men to His service. And He is just as willing to manifest His power through us as through the first disciples. However imperfect and sinful we may be, the Lord holds out to us the offer of partnership with Himself, of apprenticeship to Christ. He invites us to come under the divine instruction, that, uniting with Christ, we may work the works of God." {The Desire of Ages, page 297, paragraph 1} 



What an inspiring and humbling thought Pastor Sean, that Jesus wants to partner with each of us so that His works will be seen in us. I am continually awed at the depths of love that is shown to mankind even if we like Judas are working for the enemy. How Jesus' heart must have broke to see Judas harden his heart against Jesus and truth.


As I read once again this chapter pointing out all the serious defects of the men Jesus chose it is so encouraging to see how by spending time with Jesus He was able to miraculously change their characters. He will do the same for anyone who will come to Him with a childlike faith desiring to know His will for their lives.


So why didn't Judas have the same experience as the others? We are told....
"Instead of walking in the light, Judas chose to retain his defects. Evil desires, revengeful passions, dark and sullen thoughts, were cherished, until Satan had full control of the man."


How very sad.
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

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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2018, 03:55:14 AM »
I love how Jesus unifies us in faith, doctrine, and spirit by the miracle of His grace! Not one of us as disciples today has the same background, but we can all become unified in truth by the Word, Jesus Christ, indwelling our hearts! Let us uplift His loveliness, let us experience the power of conversion (full surrender whereby Christ indwells the heart by His Spirit, revealing all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing)! Then we will see that God's organized church on earth, the Seventh-day Adventist Church (of which all are invited to become an active part through the proclamation and reception of the everlasting gospel, Revelation 14:6-12), will have power to reach souls! We can experience revival and reformation as we approach the great center, Jesus Christ!!!

The apostles differed widely in habits and disposition. There were the publican, Levi-Matthew, and the fiery zealot Simon, the uncompromising hater of the authority of Rome; the generous, impulsive Peter, and the mean-spirited Judas; Thomas, truehearted, yet timid and fearful, Philip, slow of heart, and inclined to doubt, and the ambitious, outspoken sons of Zebedee, with their brethren. These were brought together, with their different faults, all with inherited and cultivated tendencies to evil; but in and through Christ they were to dwell in the family of God, learning to become one in faith, in doctrine, in spirit. They would have their tests, their grievances, their differences of opinion; but while Christ was abiding in the heart, there could be no dissension. His love would lead to love for one another; the lessons of the Master would lead to the harmonizing of all differences, bringing the disciples into unity, till they would be of one mind and one judgment. Christ is the great center, and they would approach one another just in proportion as they approached the center.  {DA 296.2} 
"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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Re: The Desire of Ages--30--"He Ordained Twelve"
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2018, 09:12:53 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean. Once again we read of the omnipotent power of God to transform sinners into saints. Conversion is the end of a long protracted process of wooing by the Holy Spirit. But, after conversion the process of sanctification does not stop. By beholding Jesus, we are transformed more and more to reflect His character. In today's reading, we find that His character is "imparted" to repentant sinners.

    God takes men as they are, with the human elements in their character, and trains them for His service, if they will be disciplined and learn of Him. They are not chosen because they are perfect, but notwithstanding their imperfections, that through the knowledge and practice of the truth, through the grace of Christ, they may become transformed into His image.   
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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2018, 12:24:26 PM »
"There are souls perplexed with doubt, burdened with infirmities, weak in faith, and unable to grasp the Unseen; but a friend whom they can see, coming to them in Christ's stead, can be a connecting link to fasten their trembling faith upon Christ. 
     We are to be laborers together with the heavenly angels in presenting Jesus to the world. With almost impatient eagerness the angels wait for our co-operation; for man must be the channel to communicate with man. And when we give ourselves to Christ in wholehearted devotion, angels rejoice that they may speak through our voices to reveal God's love."


These words pull on my heart strings today. I want to be a labourer with Christ for the salvation of souls every day. This is a privilege that every child of God has.  We are ambassadors for Christ. What higher calling is there?
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

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« Reply #26 on: July 10, 2018, 02:42:04 AM »
Grace notes--they are those little notes in a score that just add a little "extra" beauty of sound, so to speak. As we behold the infinite loveliness of Jesus and speak of His exceedingly great power to save us and make us ambassadors of Him while we walk this earth, we will meet many a swamped soul. There are those around us that are dwelling in the swamps of this world, and their identity is wrapped up in their infirmity and sin. But Jesus has something better. As you take the hand of a friend and speak of His goodness to you, how He has healed you, blessed you, and caused you walk in His way with a new heart overflowing with all of the fruits of His Spirit, they might look at you and say, "Are you for real? Is that even possible?"

Then you throw in a few grace notes. "Oh yes, I say! I was once bipolar, depressed, medicated, and miserable beyond expression. My life was once a living hell. But Jesus saved me and revealed His grace to me! I have been set free!!" You need not overly elaborate. That "grace note" of your mention of how lost and hopeless you once were can help convince the soul of your brother or sister to realize that they need not remain as a "swamp manager" of their sinful problems, but can rather look to the Heavenly home where God manages all things well, and orchestrates all circumstances in a way that is best (Romans 8:28 is happening all the time). Then trust Him! Love Him who first loved you by beholding Jesus!! I love Him because He created me, purchased me back from a living death, and, as it is appropriate, I praise God for how His Spirit prompts me to share a few "grace notes" in the song of the redeemed--of Moses and the Lamb--that He is teaching me.

Jesus longs for you to learn of His love. He is pouring out love that is stronger than death (look to the cross for such infinite evidence) and is inviting you to trust Him. What do you have to lose? He invites you to yield your sin-polluted heart to Him so He can purify and renew it. Yes, there will be a cross, but it is the cross of Christ that binds us to Him, and that is a cross attended with the glory of God, whose self-sacrifice is the very essence of heaven's bliss (we can start enjoying that right now through constant union and communion with Christ).

In spending time with Jesus this morning, I was so encouraged by this thought:

     "'We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves.' 2 Corinthians 4:7, R. V. This is why the preaching of the gospel was committed to erring men rather than to the angels. It is manifest that the power which works through the weakness of humanity is the power of God; and thus we are encouraged to believe that the power which can help others as weak as ourselves can help us. And those who are themselves 'compassed with infirmity' should be able to 'have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way.' Hebrews 5:2. Having been in peril themselves, they are acquainted with the dangers and difficulties of the way, and for this reason are called to reach out for others in like peril. There are souls perplexed with doubt, burdened with infirmities, weak in faith, and unable to grasp the Unseen; but a friend whom they can see, coming to them in Christ's stead, can be a connecting link to fasten their trembling faith upon Christ.  {The Desire of Ages, page 297, paragraph 2}

Are you a great sinner? Then you are preeminently qualified for Jesus to use you if you will but surrender fully to Him so that He can write a story (or more like choreograph a movie) in your life that will testify of His matchless loveliness of character in a way that not even angels could better display. What could be better than this high calling? I pray you will join me today in such an experience of living faith with Jesus who transforms the weakest of the weak to become like Him in mind and character! Praise God!!
"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--30--"He Ordained Twelve"
« Reply #27 on: July 10, 2018, 09:36:52 PM »
Yes, indeed, I am a great sinner in constant need of a Savior!  He and He only can save me. If I will hold on to Him with all I have, then He will not let me go!  He reminds me of how He has helped me over the years. What a Savior is my Lord!!

  Jesus reproved His disciples, He warned and cautioned them; but John and his brethren did not leave Him; they chose Jesus, notwithstanding the reproofs. The Saviour did not withdraw from them because of their weakness and errors. They continued to the end to share His trials and to learn the lessons of His life. By beholding Christ, they became transformed in character. 


Praise God He reproves me! He loves me!!  By beholding Him daily, we are transformed into His image (2 Cor. 3:18)!!
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« Reply #28 on: July 11, 2018, 05:23:21 AM »
"Yet when Judas joined the disciples, he was not insensible to the beauty of the character of Christ. He felt the influence of that divine power which was drawing souls to the Saviour. He who came not to break the bruised reed nor quench the smoking flax would not repulse this soul while even one desire was reaching toward the light. The Saviour read the heart of Judas; He knew the depths of iniquity to which, unless delivered by the grace of God, Judas would sink. In connecting this man with Himself, He placed him where he might, day by day, be brought in contact with the out flowing of His own unselfish love. If he would open his heart to Christ, divine grace would banish the demon of selfishness, and even Judas might become a subject of the kingdom of God."

I understand that there is a chapter entirely about Judas, but in this one we just get some bits and pieces about him. Judas's life to many presents a certain difficult as many try to contemplate his act in betraying Jesus. Without venturing much into it though there is something astonishing i just read. Even tho our Saviour knew that Judas was going to betray Him, He gave him every necessary opportunity (if its not more) to repent. He did not treat him like he was destined to betray Him of which we wasn't. There was a possibility for Judas to repent "The Saviour read the heart of Judas; He knew the depths of iniquity to which, unless delivered by the grace of God, Judas would sink". Lesson, God have done everything possible for everyone and anyone to be saved, we must then choose to accept the Gift He offered and gifts cannot be enforced on anyone. I asked my friend this other day. "WHATS MORE DIFFICULT TO BE SAVED OR TO BE LOST??". The devil would have us think that its more difficult to be saved of which its a lie. With the extend that God has gone to seek the lost, its much easier to be saved than to be lost yet amazingly only few will choose to walk in the narrow way."If he would open his heart to Christ, divine grace would banish the demon of selfishness, and even Judas might become a subject of the kingdom of God"
As the mother watches for the smile of recognition from her little child, which tells of the dawning intelligence, so does Christ watch for the expression of grateful love, which shows that spiritual life is begun in the soul. DA 191.

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« Reply #29 on: October 05, 2018, 03:55:00 AM »
Amen, Chamu! Judas could have been changed if he would not only behold the loveliness of Jesus, but cooperate with the Holy Spirit in the transformation of his character. While it is easier to be saved than to be lost if we are beholding and abiding in Christ with a clear understanding of the gospel, the reason why it is hard for so many to be saved is because they have accepted a false idea of salvation. Judas is a case in point. He did not believe in Jesus as the kind of Messiah that He actually was (even though he could have known if he would yield up his own notions and ideas of worldly greatness connected with a Messiah who would rule the nations and give Israel temporal glory).

How is it today? Has deception stopped, even in the Seventh-day Adventist Church? No--in fact, the deceptions are greater. Many will even say, "It is easier to be saved than to be lost" while they are practicing known sins and neglecting known duties, hardening the heart against Christ whom they profess to love and obey. Thus, the character is being formed in a lost direction while professing acceptance of Jesus. This is not the genuine faith of Jesus that works by love and purifies the soul. The difficulty again is that the gospel has been perverted. That is why this time we spend beholding the loveliness of Jesus each morning, as we read the Bible and The Desire of Ages, is so important. Salvation means deliverance from sin, and salvation brings a transformation of character in Christ, so that the repentant soul who lives by faith on the Son of God will have manifest in the life all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing, gladly obeying all the light from God's law that is revealed and known. God is so merciful and longsuffering. But when Judas really saw that Jesus was not going to offer a temporal kingdom, Judas was determined to fulfill his own wayward will, as he would go on to betray Him. We need Jesus continually in order to do any good thing. Let us look to Jesus and live, and accept the truth that reproves our sins and calls us to a life of ever-deepening repentance because we are ever seeing how good God is to us in Christ!

May we become transformed, connecting links with Christ to seek and save the lost is my prayer this morning!

"'We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves.' 2 Corinthians 4:7, R. V. This is why the preaching of the gospel was committed to erring men rather than to the angels. It is manifest that the power which works through the weakness of humanity is the power of God; and thus we are encouraged to believe that the power which can help others as weak as ourselves can help us. And those who are themselves 'compassed with infirmity' should be able to 'have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way.' Hebrews 5:2. Having been in peril themselves, they are acquainted with the dangers and difficulties of the way, and for this reason are called to reach out for others in like peril. There are souls perplexed with doubt, burdened with infirmities, weak in faith, and unable to grasp the Unseen; but a friend whom they can see, coming to them in Christ's stead, can be a connecting link to fasten their trembling faith upon Christ." {The Desire of Ages, page 297, paragraph 2}
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Re: The Desire of Ages--30--"He Ordained Twelve"
« Reply #30 on: October 05, 2018, 10:49:04 PM »
Amen Pastor Sean.   Jesus great desire is that we work with Him for the salvation of souls. What a privilege!

  We are to be laborers together with the heavenly angels in presenting Jesus to the world. With almost impatient eagerness the angels wait for our co-operation; for man must be the channel to communicate with man. And when we give ourselves to Christ in wholehearted devotion, angels rejoice that they may speak through our voices to reveal God's love. 


The angles can speak through our voices if we will give ourselves in wholehearted devotion holding nothing  back.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.