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Richard Myers

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Re: The Desire of Ages--31--The Sermon on the Mount
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2018, 05:34:36 AM »
Amen, Pastor Sean. The gospel has great power. I love this chapter. Jesus is preaching to a Laodicean people. They thought themselves rich and increased with goods, but knew not they were lost. So, it is a great light to us today.

     The world loves sin, and hates righteousness, and this was the cause of its hostility to Jesus. All who refuse His infinite love will find Christianity a disturbing element. The light of Christ sweeps away the darkness that covers their sins, and the need of reform is made manifest. While those who yield to the influence of the Holy Spirit begin war with themselves, those who cling to sin war against the truth and its representatives.

     Thus strife is created, and Christ’s followers are accused as troublers of the people. But it is fellowship with God that brings them the world’s enmity. They are bearing the reproach of Christ. They are treading the path that has been trodden by the noblest of the earth. Not with sorrow, but with rejoicing, should they meet persecution. Each fiery trial is God’s agent for their refining. Each is fitting them for their work as colaborers with Him. Each conflict has its place in the great battle for righteousness, and each will add to the joy of their final triumph. Having this in view, the test of their faith and patience will be cheerfully accepted rather than dreaded and avoided. Anxious to fulfill their obligation to the world, fixing their desire upon the approval of God, His servants are to fulfill every duty, irrespective of the fear or the favor of men.

     “Ye are the salt of the earth,” Jesus said. Do not withdraw yourselves from the world in order to escape persecution. You are to abide among men, that the savor of the divine love may be as salt to preserve the world from corruption.

We remember that it is the highest honor and the most weighty trust to partake in the sufferings of our Savior. Then let us today glory in our tribulation, that will come if we are colaborers with Him who gave all for us.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2018, 09:06:52 AM »
Amen, Richard! As we receive the truth of Christ into the soul, it claims the homage of our will. Christ requires a full-heart surrender, as nothing less than this will enable us to become partakers of the divine nature. Without a vital connection with Christ a living-faith experience of complete dependence upon God and putting forth all our efforts that He has imbued our soul with, we will be lost. God works in us to will and to do, but this will never be independent of our effort. We are to behold the loveliness of Jesus and allow the principles of His life to become ours in actual practice.

"The greatest deception of the human mind in Christ’s day was that a mere assent to the truth constitutes righteousness. In all human experience a theoretical knowledge of the truth has been proved to be insufficient for the saving of the soul. It does not bring forth the fruits of righteousness." {The Desire of Ages, page 309, paragraph 2}

The fruits of righteousness are true repentance leading to all of the fruits of the Spirit being manifest in the life without one missing. An assent is not the same thing as surrender of all we have and are to Him who gave all for us. Let us glory in tribulation and thank God that the full surrender is what is best for us, even though it will mean denial of our fallen nature at every step toward heaven. As we abide in Christ, we are enabled to keep the fallen nature under, so that every thought, motive, and purpose may be under the control of the Holy Spirit who has possession of the new heart and new mind given us at conversion. Let us trust God fully!
"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: April 15, 2018, 04:09:11 AM »
I love Jesus, and my favorite time of the day is the early morning when Jesus wakes me up and we get to spend precious time together. His loveliness shines brighter every day I behold Him, for He has made abundant promises to me and you, and He will not fail us as His children. As I contemplate the exceedingly high privilege of being a partaker of His divine nature and getting to put into practice the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), I am elated to know how the Savior cares for me, even as He graciously cares for you, too!

"All who have chosen God’s service are to rest in His care. Christ pointed to the birds flying in the heavens, to the flowers of the field, and bade His hearers consider these objects of God’s creation. 'Are not ye of much more value than they?' He said. Matthew 6:26, R. V. The measure of divine attention bestowed on any object is proportionate to its rank in the scale of being. The little brown sparrow is watched over by Providence. The flowers of the field, the grass that carpets the earth, share the notice and care of our heavenly Father. The great Master Artist has taken thought for the lilies, making them so beautiful that they outshine the glory of Solomon. How much more does He care for man, who is the image and glory of God. He longs to see His children reveal a character after His similitude. As the sunbeam imparts to the flowers their varied and delicate tints, so does God impart to the soul the beauty of His own character." {DA 313.2}

The beauty of Jesus' character is wrought in our lives by the Holy Spirit. Accepting His blood shed for us to forgive and cleanse us, we invite Him to indwell our hearts by a living-faith surrender to Him moment-by-moment, and we can know that His care for us is incessant. What joy we have (and all of the other fruits of the Spirit, so that not one is missing) as we keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus, the perfect Author and Finisher of our faith. He is making us into monuments of His mercy as children ransomed from the darkness and defilement of sin! What a value He places upon us! We are worth more to God than worlds, for He paid the very price of His life--the Creator died for us and overcame so we also, abiding in Him, may overcome! Hallelujah!!!!!!
"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: April 15, 2018, 07:35:41 AM »
"True character is not shaped from without, and put on; it radiates from within. If we wish to direct others in the path of righteousness, the principles of righteousness must be enshrined in our own hearts. Our profession of faith may proclaim the theory of religion, but it is our practical piety that holds forth the word of truth. The consistent life, the holy conversation, the unswerving integrity, the active, benevolent spirit, the godly example,—these are the mediums through which light is conveyed to the world. {DA 307.1}"

What a sermon in just this short paragraph. I love to picture myself sitting on the mountain side with the crowd, listening to the wonderful, life giving words of Jesus. I want to hang on to every word Jesus said so like the disciples I will be prepared to go forth today ready to share the light God has revealed. Each day light will be added to light as we commune with God through prayer and the study of His word.
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 #24 on: April 15, 2018, 07:56:53 AM »
This is so true. Jesus does so much for us.

 The Ladder of Life

When God brings us to Him
……and we start our walk with Him,
The Bible calls it Justification,
We find ourselves at the beginning
….of walking the ladder to heaven,
As we take one step after another
The Bible calls it Sanctification
It is the work of a lifetime
Learning to walk His Walk.

Oh but I can’t do this, sin too strong
But Jesus said, “It is my Power
……that will see you thru.”
I walked the walk of My Father
….and I will help you walk it too.
You’re not alone on this walk”.

So day by day, year by year we continue
Coming closer and closer to our Lord,
Sometimes we falter and take a step backwards,
But we repent and continue our journey,
God will bring us to what the Bible calls
Glorification.
Thru His Power we will make it
Thru His Love we will follow,
Thru His Gift we are saved.

He finds us in the muck of worldly mud
He excepts us then and there,
But praise His name,
He does not leave us there.
Like those He healed,
He extends His hand of healing to us
And says rise, rise to a Godly life
Rise to purity and readiness
For our Lord when He returns for us.


With Christian Love,
Marie

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« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2018, 08:02:39 AM »
Thank you for sharing that poem Sister Glass. Who is the author? It's so nice to have you join us. You have been on my mind lately wondering how you are.
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: April 15, 2018, 08:05:31 AM »
Amen!!  It is God's love, His grace that empowers us to keep His law of love. Our reading today makes this so very clear. Good to see your post Dear Sister Marie. We have missed you!

Sister Dorine, Sister Marie is the poet. Maybe she will share more with us.   :)
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« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2018, 08:07:13 AM »
I am the Author. I did it last night. It is what God does for us.....even purity. He will bring us to it.
I've been getting along. Married now to retired SDA Pastor who is going to be 91 this month.
He is on Hospic here at home at this time. How are you, Richard and Mini? Things seem a little slow here.
So glad to see all is up and still going. God is good. Update me
Oh, I thought we had a Poetry area. Don't see it anymore...or am I wrong?

Blessings,
Marie
With Christian Love,
Marie

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« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2018, 08:10:45 AM »
It is in abibleanswer.org.  We had to change servers and it is down until I find time to get it back up.
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« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2018, 08:17:43 AM »
Blessings Brother Richard,
So glad to hear from you. How are things going for you and also the site. It looks like many new things.
Life has been different for me. But I would love to spend more time here again. I recall a very active time
in the past. So much going on then. Much going on now. Are you still in the same area? I recall how kind you
were to us. I guess you know I have been here since 2008. My eldest stayed where there weather was more to
his liking. He is married now too. My youngest son lives here.
Blessings, Marie
With Christian Love,
Marie

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« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2018, 08:56:16 AM »
We will pray for you and your husband. It is sad to lose a spouse, but at the same time, there is joy to know the suffering will soon be over. We glory in our tribulation, but that does not make it easy. Sleeping until Jesus comes brings rest and safety from the evil in this world.

We would love to have you back working with us as we seek to hasten the soon coming of Jesus. The great change since you left is that there are more who understand the power of grace to transform the life, and our great need of it continually. We are finding some who are preaching the gospel truth. Jesus is coming so very soon!!

We look forward to you sharing in this forum particularly. Here we have unity of Spirit and doctrine as we behold our Savior.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.