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Amen, Brother Beacon!! We have the joy and privilege of being able to keep our eyes of faith focused on the center of attraction--Jesus Christ--and to become like Him in mind and character! On this date 11 years ago I was rebaptized in the Canoga Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in California during the middle of my first summer of evangelistic canvassing. My sinful unbelief and worldliness that had characterized my profession as a Christian was so out of harmony with who Jesus had recreated me to be by His grace that I yearned to respond to His call! Jesus so transformed my life that He called me to rebaptism--to respond to the inner transformation He had wrought in me that caused me to be "all in" for Him, for the Seventh-day Adventist Church is not simply a church, but a global missionary movement for heaven! As we contemplate eternal realities, let us encourage others to be "all in" for Jesus!!

"Standing thus, the center of attraction to that vast throng, Jesus addressed them as no man had ever done. His words showed a knowledge of the laws and institutions of Israel, of the sacrificial service and the teachings of the prophets, far exceeding that of the priests and rabbis. He broke through the barriers of formalism and tradition. The scenes of the future life seemed outspread before Him. As one who beheld the Unseen, He spoke of the earthly and the heavenly, the human and the divine, with positive authority. His words were most clear and convincing; and again, as at Capernaum, the people were astonished at His teaching; 'for His word was with power.' Luke 4:32. Under a variety of representations He warned His hearers of the calamity that would follow all who rejected the blessings He came to bring them. He had given them every possible proof that He came forth from God, and made every possible effort to bring them to repentance. He would not be rejected and murdered by His own nation if He could save them from the guilt of such a deed." {The Desire of Ages, page 452, paragraph 3}

Jesus longs to save us to the uttermost, and as we yield the whole heart to Him to cleanse and purify by His blood and the infilling of the Holy Spirit, there is no limit to where God can take us. The greatest joy we can ever has is in being totally surrendered to Christ so He can reveal the fruits of His character through us--love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, goodness, faith and temperance--without one missing as long as we choose to remain in union and communion with Him!! What infinite blessings He has for us in covenant relation to Himself!!!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--49--At the Feast of Tabernacles
« Last post by Beacon on July 11, 2019, 07:03:18 PM »
Have you ever felt like a person that Jesus could not use in His service due to a lack of what we call " Higher Education" at some prestigious University or Seminary??   Read these inspiring words again from today's chapter....

"They were humble and unlearned men, those fishers of Galilee; but Christ, the light of the world, was abundantly able to qualify them for the position for which He had chosen them. The Saviour did not despise education; for when controlled by the love of God, and devoted to His service, intellectual culture is a blessing. But He passed by the wise men of His time, because they were so self-confident that they could not sympathize with suffering humanity, and become colaborers with the Man of Nazareth. In their bigotry they scorned to be taught by Christ.

The Lord Jesus seeks the co-operation of those who will become unobstructed channels for the communication of His grace. The first thing to be learned by all who would become workers together with God is the lesson of self-distrust; then they are prepared to have imparted to them the character of Christ. This is not to be gained through education in the most scientific schools. It is the fruit of wisdom that is obtained from the divine Teacher alone. "

From the Book "Sanctified Life" We have these thoughts...The conflict still goes on between the children of light and the children of darkness. Those who name the name of Christ should shake off the lethargy that enfeebles their efforts, and should meet the momentous responsibilities that devolve upon them. All who do this may expect the power of God to be revealed in them. The Son of God, the world’s Redeemer, will be represented in their words and in their works, and God’s name will be glorified. {SL 41.1}

Jesus is simply waiting for us to heed His call to be His ambassadors and when we come and humbly avail ourselves to Him - He will "Qualify" and "Empower"  us through the power of the Holy Spirit  to proclaim His message of Grace to a world that is soon to pass away.  I encourage you to come without delay and experience the joy that comes by serving the One who gave His Life - That we may have Eternal Life.
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--48--Who Is the Greatest?
« Last post by Dorine on July 11, 2019, 06:05:25 AM »
"But it is to the wrongdoer himself that we are to present the wrong. We are not to make it a matter of comment and criticism among ourselves; nor even after it is told to the church, are we at liberty to repeat it to others. A knowledge of the faults of Christians will be only a cause of stumbling to the unbelieving world; and by dwelling upon these things, we ourselves can receive only harm; for it is by beholding that we become changed. While we seek to correct the errors of a brother, the Spirit of Christ will lead us to shield him, as far as possible, from the criticism of even his own brethren, and how much more from the censure of the unbelieving world. We ourselves are erring, and need Christ’s pity and forgiveness, and just as we wish Him to deal with us, He bids us deal with one another."

Oh how much damage is done by disregarding this counsel. What a beautiful, compassionate and loving Saviour we serve. A thought that stood out to me in this reading is the fact that when we dwell upon the faults of others, not only are others harmed but we ourselves are harmed.

".......Trembling souls, who have many objectionable traits of character, are their (angels) special charge. Angels are ever present where they are most needed with those who have the hardest battle with self to fight, and whose surroundings are the most discouraging. And in this ministry Christ's true followers will cooperate."

What a privilege is ours. And what joy it brings when we are working with Christ for the uplifting of souls. Even when they seem to us, hopeless. If angels are always near to those that have the hardest battles, who are we to think we can walk the other way.

Help us O, Lord to be true to you by taking up our responsibility of showing your love to others.
Amen, Brother Beacon! Jesus invites us all to be willing channels of blessing to those around us!

"The fact that one does not in all things conform to our personal ideas or opinions will not justify us in forbidding him to labor for God. Christ is the Great Teacher; we are not to judge or to command, but in humility each is to sit at the feet of Jesus, and learn of Him. Every soul whom God has made willing is a channel through which Christ will reveal His pardoning love. How careful we should be lest we discourage one of God’s light bearers, and thus intercept the rays that He would have shine to the world!" {The Desire of Ages, page 438, paragraph 1}

Let us encourage those around us to surrender fully to what the Holy Spirit has planned for their life! We have the joy of being used by God as we behold Jesus in His infinite loveliness and surrender the whole heart to Him so He comes to live in us as an abiding Guest--one who will draw others to His love as He manifests through us His character: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance! What a joy to be a co-laborer with Christ in uplifting others and then encouraging those around us to trust God that He also has incredible plans for them in His service!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--48--Who Is the Greatest?
« Last post by Beacon on July 10, 2019, 07:12:37 PM »
"Before honor is humility. To fill a high place before men, Heaven chooses the worker who, like John the Baptist, takes a lowly place before God. The most childlike disciple is the most efficient in labor for God. The heavenly intelligences can co-operate with him who is seeking, not to exalt self, but to save souls. He who feels most deeply his need of divine aid will plead for it; and the Holy Spirit will give unto him glimpses of Jesus that will strengthen and uplift the soul. From communion with Christ he will go forth to work for those who are perishing in their sins. He is anointed for his mission; and he succeeds where many of the learned and intellectually wise would fail."

We must come to understand that we "WE CANNOT GIVE WHAT WE DO NOT HAVE" We need to plead for the infilling of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis so that when the opportunity comes to minister to others we will have been filled by the Holy Spirit to share the wonderful Story of Redemption with power and strong conviction to those we meet and mingle with in all our daily interactions.

A moment like that happened just today when my wife and I stopped at a tourist attraction and met a man who was responsible for this site. As I talked with him I just felt an overwhelming urge to share a copy of " Steps to Christ'" with him and by the power of God the conversation came to an appropriate place when I could make the offer to him and he gladly accepted it. Looked at it briefly and said something to the effect of "we could all benefit from a book like this." Praise be to God....I hope and pray he will follow through on the contact information that I wrote on the last page.
  I encourage you to read the words of the song " Take Time To Be Holy # 500 in the SDA Hymnal

"Angels of glory, that do always behold the face of the Father in heaven, joy in ministering to His little ones. Trembling souls, who have many objectionable traits of character, are their special charge. Angels are ever present where they are most needed, with those who have the hardest battle with self to fight, and whose surroundings are the most discouraging. And in this ministry Christ’s true followers will co-operate."
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--47--Ministry
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 10, 2019, 06:59:30 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine!!

Seeds--you just have to love them! They can be so small, but with all the things God provides, that mysterious germinating principle can be activated and that little seed can grow into a mighty tree, or whatever God designed it to be! And so it is with us! God designed us to be a seed--a seed that serve Christ and reflect His character. A good farmer knows that you harvest things when they are ripe. So Jesus is ripening His character in us--all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing--to the point that He sees His reflection in us as His seed. Then Jesus comes to harvest us with the holy angels and we will be able to spend eternity sharing this amazing story of what God has done for us, for we are part of the lesson book of the universe! Rejoice evermore!! This is incredible!!!

"'If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,' said Jesus, 'ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove.' Though the grain of mustard seed is so small, it contains that same mysterious life principle which produces growth in the loftiest tree. When the mustard seed is cast into the ground, the tiny germ lays hold of every element that God has provided for its nutriment, and it speedily develops a sturdy growth. If you have faith like this, you will lay hold upon God's word, and upon all the helpful agencies He has appointed. Thus your faith will strengthen, and will bring to your aid the power of heaven. The obstacles that are piled by Satan across your path, though apparently as insurmountable as the eternal hills, shall disappear before the demand of faith. 'Nothing shall be impossible unto you.'" {The Desire of Ages, page 431, paragraph 3} 

I am "off the charts" elated at what Jesus has done, is doing, and will do for all of us who simply take Him at His word based on the evidence of His love towards us (grace)! Hallelujah!!!
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--47--Ministry
« Last post by Dorine on July 10, 2019, 06:00:30 AM »
"The words of Christ pointing to His death had brought sadness and doubt. And the selection of the three disciples to accompany Jesus to the mountain had excited the jealousy of the nine. Instead of strengthening their faith by prayer and meditation on the words of Christ, they had been dwelling on their discouragements and personal grievances. In this state of darkness they had undertaken the conflict with Satan.       In order to succeed in such a conflict they must come to the work in a different spirit. Their faith must be strengthened by fervent prayer and fasting, and humiliation of heart. They must be emptied of self, and be filled with the Spirit and power of God."

Much food for thought in these words. There is no room for self in the life of a professed Christian. Here is a vivid description of the results of harboring negative and evil thoughts. Jesus was constantly opening to the minds of individuals His divine power and His compassionate love and revealing to them that faith in Jesus brings healing and victory. If gloomy, doubtful thoughts crowd our minds we must come to Jesus in faith believing that He will do what He says He will do.

How do I find faith?

Faith comes by the word of God. Then grasp His promise, "Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37. Cast yourself at His feet with the cry. "Lord, I believe: help Thou mine unbelief." You can never perish while you do this - never.
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--47--Ministry
« Last post by Beacon on July 09, 2019, 01:31:03 PM »
"In Christ, God has provided means for subduing every sinful trait, and resisting every temptation, however strong. But many feel that they lack faith, and therefore they remain away from Christ. Let these souls, in their helpless unworthiness, cast themselves upon the mercy of their compassionate Saviour. Look not to self, but to Christ. He who healed the sick and cast out demons when He walked among men is the same mighty Redeemer today. Faith comes by the word of God. Then grasp His promise, 'Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.' John 6:37. Cast yourself at His feet with the cry, 'Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.' You can never perish while you do this--never.""

We must not listen to Satan. From the book "Steps to Christ" we find these encouraging words....

Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. He who numbers the hairs of your head is not indifferent to the wants of His children. “The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” James 5:11. His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3. The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watchcare, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son. {SC100.1}
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--46--He Was Transfigured
« Last post by Dorine on July 09, 2019, 09:04:38 AM »
  "The disciples do not venture to ask Christ whither He is going, or for what purpose. He has often spent entire nights in the mountains in prayer. He whose hand formed mountain and valley is at home with nature, and enjoys its quietude. The disciples follow where Christ leads the way; yet they wonder why their Master should lead them up this toilsome ascent when they are weary, and when He too is in need of rest."

The disciples were weak and slow to learn many things Christ taught but they loved their Master and were willing to follow Him where ever He would lead. As I walk with Jesus today and follow His lead I want to do it with a heart of trust and joy no matter what my body and mind may tell me. The way may seem difficult and even dangerous at times but He is leading us 'home' and I don't want to miss out.
Amen, Brother Beacon! We need true self-sacrificing love in our hearts from Jesus!!

The glory the disciples beheld on the mount when Jesus was transfigured was "off the charts" glorious! And so will be the second coming of Jesus!! Let us behold Him continually by faith in His exceedingly great glory and go forth to illuminate the world with His light shining in and through us by an abiding realization of our need of Him to live out His life in us: all of the fruits of the Spirit will be manifest without one missing in affectionate obedience to all the light of His law of love that He has revealed!!

"His prayer is heard. While He is bowed in lowliness upon the stony ground, suddenly the heavens open, the golden gates of the city of God are thrown wide, and holy radiance descends upon the mount, enshrouding the Saviour's form. Divinity from within flashes through humanity, and meets the glory coming from above. Arising from His prostrate position, Christ stands in godlike majesty. The soul agony is gone. His countenance now shines 'as the sun,' and His garments are 'white as the light.'" {The Desire of Ages, page 421, paragraph 1}

Let us abide in Christ and He will reveal that light through us as He is coming SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SOON!!!
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