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Dorine

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Re: The Desire of Ages--69--On the Mount of Olives
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2018, 07:31:47 AM »
I thank God this morning for the wealth of information He has given to us to protect us from Satan's delusions. Because the counterfeit lays so close to the truth it will be impossible to tell the difference except by reading, studying, believing and obeying His word. This chapter stirs many emotions in me. After reading so much of the warnings of the evil that is in the world and the professed Christian world I am revived by these statements.....

"When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

"In the prophecy of Jerusalem's destruction Christ said, "Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."

"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

Rev. 22:20 "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
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 #21 on: February 25, 2018, 10:52:35 AM »
Amen, Richard and Dorine! Jesus is coming again so soon, and we can hasten His return by living a life fully awake--not falling into the carnal temptations that pull us from the reality of the spiritual world that is all around us. Angels are right by our side. Jesus is ministering for us in the heavenly sanctuary. The Holy Spirit gives each truly converted soul (fully surrendered to Christ, as manifest in bearing all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing) power to live in Christ above the clamors of the fallen nature, to be kept from sinning. This is faith working by love.

We see so many we love and know around us who are "asleep." We can help them only as we personally remain wide awake, alert and in prayer for their salvation!

"The world, full of rioting, full of godless pleasure, is asleep, asleep in carnal security. Men are putting afar off the coming of the Lord. They laugh at warnings. The proud boast is made, 'All things continue as they were from the beginning.' 'Tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.' 2 Peter 3:4; Isaiah 56:12. We will go deeper into pleasure loving. But Christ says, 'Behold, I come as a thief.' Revelation 16:15. At the very time when the world is asking in scorn, "Where is the promise of His coming?" the signs are fulfilling. While they cry, 'Peace and safety,' sudden destruction is coming. When the scorner, the rejecter of truth, has become presumptuous; when the routine of work in the various money-making lines is carried on without regard to principle; when the student is eagerly seeking knowledge of everything but his Bible, Christ comes as a thief." {The Desire of Ages, page 635, paragraph 3}

I choose Jesus today anew. May we each realize our continual need of Jesus, who has power to keep us from the alluring deceptions and errors, the engrossing sins that are so pervasive, that our lives may be preserved in holiness to God for His purpose of glorifying His name!
"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: May 23, 2018, 07:43:48 AM »
Everything in the world is in agitation. The signs of the times are ominous. Coming events cast their shadows before. The Spirit of God is withdrawing from the earth, and calamity follows calamity by sea and by land. There are tempests, earthquakes, fires, floods, murders of every grade. Who can read the future? Where is security? There is assurance in nothing that is human or earthly. Rapidly are men ranging themselves under the banner they have chosen. Restlessly are they waiting and watching the movements of their leaders. There are those who are waiting and watching and working for our Lord's appearing. Another class are falling into line under the generalship of the first great apostate. Few believe with heart and soul that we have a hell to shun and a heaven to win.  {The Desire of Ages, page 636, paragraph 1}

May we choose to come close to Christ and receive the Holy Spirit by responding to His leading in these last days!


 
"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: May 23, 2018, 07:45:03 AM »
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." 

God always has a way of escape for those who believe and obey Him. May we never be pulled in by the culture that surrounds us. God is looking for a people that will reflect and vindicate His character. I cling by faith in Jesus this morning in His promises to help us live for Him through any and all circumstances.
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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Re: The Desire of Ages--69--On the Mount of Olives
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2018, 08:19:44 AM »
Amen, dear Sister. God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear, IF we will abide in Him and He in us.  We only have to wait a very short time before we see Jesus coming in the clouds of glory. He is even at the doors!

Jesus wants to come more than we want Him to come. It is not easy for God to watch the suffering in this world. Why has Jesus not come yet? We are told. It is because we have not done that which has been entrusted to us. We have not taken the gospel to the world. Instead we as a people have perverted the gospel truth.  Who has not heard contradicting truth being preached from pulpits and printed on presses? Many do not want to hear this truth. But, until we acknowledge this and correct the teaching, we shall continue to delay His second coming.

     In the prophecy of Jerusalem's destruction Christ said, "Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." This prophecy will again be fulfilled. The abounding iniquity of that day finds its counterpart in this generation. So with the prediction in regard to the preaching of the gospel. Before the fall of Jerusalem, Paul, writing by the Holy Spirit, declared that the gospel was preached to "every creature which is under heaven." Colossians 1:23. So now, before the coming of the Son of man, the everlasting gospel is to be preached "to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people." Revelation 14:6, 14. God "hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world." Acts 17:31. Christ tells us when that day shall be ushered in. He does not say that all the world will be converted, but that "this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord's return. We are not only to look for but to hasten the coming of the day of God. 2 Peter 3:12, margin. Had the church of Christ done her appointed work as the Lord ordained, the whole world would before this have been warned, and the Lord Jesus would have come to our earth in power and great glory. 


Let us hasten the coming of Christ. Let us not only teach the gospel, but live it. There are multitudes seeking truth. The harvest field is white and ready for the harvest!
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.