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JimB

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Re: Difficult Biblical Questions
« Reply #120 on: October 19, 2016, 05:03:10 PM »
I don't mean to belabor this point but ever since this topic came up I've been trying to re-find this reference that I knew I had read a couple of years back and just tonight I've finally found it. This just shows me that this is trap that satan uses depending on the person.

A soul whom God had forsaken would never feel as you [FROM A LETTER OF COMFORT TO A TROUBLED HEART] have felt and would never love the truth and salvation as you have loved it. Oh, if God's Spirit ceases to strive with a soul it is left in an indifferent state, and all the time thinks that it is well enough off. . . . You must not gratify the enemy in the least by doubting and casting away your confidence. Said the angel, "God leaves not His people, even if they err. He turns not from them in wrath for any light thing. If they sin they have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."  {HP 119.2}
     This Advocate pleads for sinners and the Father accepts His prayer. He turns not away the request of His beloved Son. He who so loved you as to give His own life for you will not turn you off and forsake you unless you willfully, determinedly forsake Him to serve the world and Satan. Jesus loves to have you come to Him just as you are, hopeless and helpless, and cast yourself upon His all- abundant mercy and believe that He will receive you just as you are.  {HP 119.3} 
     You dwell upon the dark side. You must turn your mind away, and instead of thinking all the time upon the wrath of God, think of His abundant mercy, His willingness to save poor sinners, and then believe He saves you. You must in the name of God break this spell that is upon you. You must cry out, "I will, I do believe!" Jesus retains your name upon His breastplate and pleads for you before His Father, and if your eyes could be opened you would see heavenly angels ministering unto you, hovering about and driving back the evil angels that they should not utterly destroy. . . .  {HP 119.4} 
     God calls upon you to believe. Heed His voice. Cease talking of the wrath of God and talk of His compassion and His abundant mercy. Jesus sits as a refiner and purifier of silver. The furnace in which you may be placed may be very hot, yet you will come forth as gold seven times purified, reflecting the image of Jesus. Have courage. Look up, believe, and you shall see of the salvation of God.  {HP 119.5}
 
By communion with God in nature, the mind is uplifted, and the heart finds rest.  {DA 291.1}

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Re: Difficult Biblical Questions
« Reply #121 on: November 14, 2016, 08:34:41 AM »
Amen, Jim!  This message reminds me of the church in 1888, and the message God brought in order to bring about a reformation.  We, as Seventh-day Adventists understand the law has not been done away with, and it is still binding. But, the church had been preaching the law, the law, the law until it was as dry as the hills of Gilboa. The law does not save anyone, it condemns. Jesus saves! We need to behold the loveliness of Jesus in order to be changed (converted).

It is grace that transforms the character. And grace is around us as thick as the air we breathe. We must drink it in if we are to receive a benefit. We need to behold Jesus, and in so doing we shall want to give the whole heart to Him. If we lack faith, we need to learn of Him who gave all for us. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us that we might know Him. It would be well for us to spend some time each day contemplating His character!  Then we shall not lament our trials, but glory in them.

Thanks for sharing these encouraging statements, Jim.
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Re: Difficult Biblical Questions
« Reply #122 on: November 14, 2016, 12:27:58 PM »
What sweet assurance. Thank you Jim.
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