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Amen, Sister Dorine!

 What a joy we may have in bringing the precious children to Jesus!

As a minister at a summer camp in Michigan with four boys in my cabin, it is a blessing to see how the Holy Spirit can shape their hearts and lives as they receive the impressions and truths of God’s word!

“The Saviour regards with infinite tenderness the souls whom He has purchased with His own blood. They are the claim of His love. He looks upon them with unutterable longing. His heart is drawn out, not only to the best-behaved children, but to those who have by inheritance objectionable traits of character. Many parents do not understand how much they are responsible for these traits in their children. They have not the tenderness and wisdom to deal with the erring ones whom they have made what they are. But Jesus looks upon these children with pity. He traces from cause to effect.” {The Desire of Ages, page 517, paragraph 5}

 The more we know about a child and their family as we are connected to Jesus, the more we can be understanding and patient with mercy like Jesus.  Because He knows what is shaped each child, He truly alone can fill us with His pity and compassion for each child. Let us pray for that Holy Spirit infilling today!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--56--Blessing the Children
« Last post by Dorine on Today at 06:19:20 AM »
"Let mothers come to Jesus with their perplexities. They will find grace sufficient to aid them in the management of their children. The gates are open for every mother who would lay her burdens at the Saviour's feet. He who said, "Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not," still invites the mothers to lead up their little ones to be blessed by Him. Even the babe in its mother's arms may dwell as under the shadow of the Almighty through the faith of the praying mother. John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit from his birth. If we will live in communion with God, we too may expect the divine Spirit to mold our little ones, even from their earliest moments."

I believe this includes conception. What blessings are promised to those who believe Jesus' words and come to Him in faith knowing that they will receive comfort and strength and wisdom to raise their little ones for Jesus.

Even if this didn't start in infancy it is never too late to bring them to Jesus. Admit the mistakes and determine to be consistent in depending on Christ from that moment on. In our reading it wasn't just the children that Mother's brought. Some were teenagers. He loved them all and blessed them all. He has not changed. Children know when they are loved and what a privilege it is for Mother's and teachers and godly women to reveal that love to them.
Amen, Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine!

If we truly desire to see the glory of God, we shall see it in beholding the humble, self-sacrificing life of Jesus. He invites us to lay aside the heavy burdens of self and sin and partake of the divine nature, abiding in Him as the source of true happiness and the only One who can make us true witnesses of His kingdom and character!

"The kingdom of God comes not with outward show. The gospel of the grace of God, with its spirit of self-abnegation, can never be in harmony with the spirit of the world. The two principles are antagonistic. 'The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.' 1 Corinthians 2:14." {The Desire of Ages, page 509, paragraph 1}

May we be wiling to be thought fools in the eyes of the world that we may be wise in the estimation of heaven!

The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--55--Not With Outward Show
« Last post by Dorine on July 18, 2019, 08:45:45 AM »
"Not by the decisions of courts or councils or legislative assemblies, not by the patronage of worldly great men, is the kingdom of Christ established, but by the implanting of Christ's nature in humanity through the work of the Holy Spirit. "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12, 13. Here is the only power that can work the uplifting of mankind. And the human agency for the accomplishment of this work is the teaching and practicing of the word of God." 

We may read this over and over. We may talk of it over and over but until we assimilate it into our very being through the Holy Spirit it will not accomplish it's work. We will be of non effect for God for if we are not completely for Him we will be against Him.

I like what Paul says for it shows that no matter how low we have fallen there is hope if we just believe and surrender, allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us into the image of God.

"Writing afterward to some of those who had been corrupted by the foulest sins, he could say, "But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ." 1 Cor: 6:11; 1:4
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--54--The Good Samaritan
« Last post by Richard Myers on July 17, 2019, 09:47:39 PM »

What must I do to be saved?
     The lawyer said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself." Jesus said, "Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live."   
     The lawyer was not satisfied with the position and works of the Pharisees. He had been studying the Scriptures with a desire to learn their real meaning. He had a vital interest in the matter, and had asked in sincerity, "What shall I do?" In his answer as to the requirements of the law, he passed by all the mass of ceremonial and ritualistic precepts. For these he claimed no value, but presented the two great principles on which hang all the law and the prophets. This answer, being commended by Christ, placed the Saviour on vantage ground with the rabbis. They could not condemn Him for sanctioning that which had been advanced by an expositor of the law.   
     "This do, and thou shalt live," Jesus said. He presented the law as a divine unity, and in this lesson taught that it is not possible to keep one precept, and break another; for the same principle runs through them all. Man's destiny will be determined by his obedience to the whole law. Supreme love to God and impartial love to man are the principles to be wrought out in the life
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--55--Not With Outward Show
« Last post by Beacon on July 17, 2019, 04:32:57 PM »
"It is as true now as in apostolic days, that without the illumination of the divine Spirit, humanity cannot discern the glory of Christ. The truth and the work of God are unappreciated by a world-loving and compromising Christianity. Not in the ways of ease, of earthly honor or worldly conformity, are the followers of the Master found. They are far in advance, in the paths of toil, and humiliation, and reproach, in the front of the battle "against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12, R. V. And now, as in Christ's day, they are misunderstood and reproached and oppressed by the priests and Pharisees of their time."

Jesus said in  John 15:4-5..."4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." [/u]

Are You, Am I,  Are "we" beginning each day with a prayer of total surrender to Jesus asking for a fresh daily supply of Holy Spirit Guidance & Power?  Jesus wants to " abide in us " He wants to be our strength, purpose and joy while living in this sin sick world. How can anyone resist or ignore this invitation and think that on our own power we can be effective witnesses for our master? Daniel was a great example of total commitment to God - He prayed at least 3 times a day and look what God accomplished through him!!
Amen, Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine!

May we remember how much grace we need continually to reflect Christ to those around us, living in constant union and communion with Jesus!

"'Ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness.' Galatians 6:1. By faith and prayer press back the power of the enemy. Speak words of faith and courage that will be as a healing balsam to the bruised and wounded one. Many, many, have fainted and become discouraged in the great struggle of life, when one word of kindly cheer would have strengthened them to overcome. Never should we pass by one suffering soul without seeking to impart to him of the comfort wherewith we are comforted of God." {The Desire of Ages, page 504, paragraph 4}

As we experience divine grace, we can help others because Jesus lives out His life in and through us! 
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--54--The Good Samaritan
« Last post by Dorine on July 17, 2019, 07:10:16 AM »
"For the spirit we manifest toward our brethren declares what is our spirit toward God. The love of God in the heart is the only spring of love toward our neighbor. "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" Beloved, "if we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us." 1 John 4:20, 12."

That first sentence says it all. No exceptions. The story of the good Samaritan has always amazed me. On the one hand the coldness of the Priest and Levite who could carry on their way knowing this man will die without intervention. On the other hand there was no hesitation on the part of the Samaritan to sacrificially do what he could for this poor dying man. Not only that but to foot the total bill of whatever it would cost to nurse him back to health not knowing if he would ever see that money returned. What deep lessons are here for us today.

The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--54--The Good Samaritan
« Last post by Beacon on July 16, 2019, 08:03:14 PM »
I must confess that as I sit here at my computer and share this thought with you just now--I feel a Trembling type of guilt! The words below are what I call " Straight Testimony " It's so evident that this has never been an integral part of my daily life and I feel like I've have missed the mark for soo long. How thankful I am that we can be forgiven and by the transformer power of the Holy Spirit , never say again, "This does not concern me."

"Unless there is practical self-sacrifice for the good of others, in the family circle, in the neighborhood, in the church, and wherever we may be, then whatever our profession, "WE ARE NOT CHRISTIANS!" "When we see human beings in distress, whether through affliction or through sin, we shall never say, This does not concern me."

Praise God for His great promise as found in 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness". God recommends and allows U-TURNS Praise His Precious Holy Name and for His Loving patience with such a one as I. Let's join together in prayer for one another each day that---"WE MAY BECOME MORE AND MORE LIKE JESUS"

Amen, Brother Beacon!

We can rejoice in the fullness of Christ's abiding presence in our souls no matter what the circumstances may be around us or within us (for we are fallen beings who need to find constant strength from Jesus, and not ourselves!). As we surrender the whole heart to Christ, the will is renewed to desire only God's glory--which was the one law of the Savior's life. God invites us to be "saviors" (Obadiah 21) by simply being branches connected to the Vine, Jesus, who do God's will regardless of the consequences!

 "The omnipotent power of the Holy Spirit is the defense of every contrite soul. Not one that in penitence and faith has claimed His protection will Christ permit to pass under the enemy's power. The Saviour is by the side of His tempted and tried ones. With Him there can be no such thing as failure, loss, impossibility, or defeat; we can do all things through Him who strengthens us. When temptations and trials come, do not wait to adjust all the difficulties, but look to Jesus, your helper." {The Desire of Ages, page 490, paragraph 5}   

Let us allow Jesus to work in our lives without any reserve, so that His pattern of life that He has planned for us will be wrought out in a beautiful and simple way--as simple as a child trusting a loving parent!
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