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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
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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!!
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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! 
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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.


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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"

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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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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--53--The Last Journey From Galilee
« Last post by Beacon on July 15, 2019, 07:42:48 PM »
"When we have a realization of our weakness, we learn to depend upon a power not inherent. Nothing can take so strong a hold on the heart as the abiding sense of our responsibility to God. Nothing reaches so fully down to the deepest motives of conduct as a sense of the pardoning love of Christ.

We are to come in touch with God, then we shall be imbued with His Holy Spirit, that enables us to come in touch with our fellow men."


"Then rejoice that through Christ you have become connected with God, members of the heavenly family. While you look higher than yourself, you will have a continual sense of the weakness of humanity. The less you cherish self, the more distinct and full will be your comprehension of the excellence of your Saviour.

The more closely you connect yourself with the source of light and power, the greater light will be shed upon you, and the greater power will be yours to work for God. Rejoice that you are one with God, one with Christ, and with the whole family of heaven.
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May our prayer ever be:
Lord Lay Some Soul Upon My Heart
And Love that Soul Through Me
And May I Humbly Do My Part
To Win that Soul for Thee.
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Amen, Brother Beacon, Sister Dorine, and Brother Richard!

Jesus has personally sought us out, and the tender relationship He forms with us is unlike any other in the universe with any other being! We are so precious to Jesus and He desires us to experience ongoing grace and strength to be victorious, thus inviting others to come and abide in Jesus!

"As the shepherd leads his flock over the rocky hills, through forest and wild ravines, to grassy nooks by the riverside; as he watches them on the mountains through the lonely night, shielding from robbers, caring tenderly for the sickly and feeble, his life comes to be one with theirs. A strong and tender attachment unites him to the objects of his care. However large the flock, the shepherd knows every sheep. Every one has its name, and responds to the name at the shepherd's call." {The Desire of Ages, page 479, paragraph 1}

I so appreciate the tender connection Jesus forms with us in drawing us and saving us. And that connection with Him we have the joy of forming with others whom Jesus gives to us to help draw them to Christ. As we labor for souls around us, we come to experientially know the joy of Jesus--the joy that led Him to the cross--which is the joy of seeing souls eternally saved!!   
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Signs of the Times / News From the Past
« Last post by Richard Myers on July 15, 2019, 06:40:39 AM »
In a Rome clinic last week lay Myron Charles Taylor, 66, slowly convalescing from his second gallstone operation in a twelvemonth. Despite his efforts as special ambassador to Pope Pius XII, World War II had spread further than ever. Reports were persistent that Mr. Taylor would resign when he was well enough.

Mr. Taylor started with a strike against him when U. S. Protestants hotly protested his appointment, cried that it encroached on the historic separation of Church & State. Last week the U. S. Evangelical and Reformed Church added its official outcry to those of the Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Baptists...
July 8, 1940

How things have changed, just as the Bible said they would. Babylon has fallen.

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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--52--The Divine Shepherd
« Last post by Richard Myers on July 15, 2019, 06:28:25 AM »
Amen, Sister Dorine and Brother Beacon!  God is love!  What a Savior! It is by knowing Him that we are saved from self. It is by beholding Him that we remember who He is and who we are. If we are too busy to behold our Lord each day, then we are too busy to be transformed from evil to holiness. Then, we will not give honor and glory to our Lord. How sad to deny Jesus His reward!

What a blessing to have music, hymns that speak the truth!

     Christ is the door to the fold of God. Through this door all His children, from the earliest times, have found entrance. In Jesus, as shown in types, as shadowed in symbols, as manifested in the revelation of the prophets, as unveiled in the lessons given to His disciples, and in the miracles wrought for the sons of men, they have beheld "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29), and through Him they are brought within the fold of His grace.


Amen! But, there are others who have devised many false paths. They lead many away from Christ. When we know Jesus, it will be Him that motivates us to follow Him and His ways.

    It is not the fear of punishment, or the hope of everlasting reward, that leads the disciples of Christ to follow Him. They behold the Saviour's matchless love, revealed throughout His pilgrimage on earth, from the manger of Bethlehem to Calvary's cross, and the sight of Him attracts, it softens and subdues the soul. Love awakens in the heart of the beholders. They hear His voice, and they follow Him.   


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