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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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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--46--He Was Transfigured
« Last post by Beacon on July 08, 2019, 09:09:41 PM »
"Through being overcome with sleep, the disciples heard little of what passed between Christ and the heavenly messengers. Failing to watch and pray, they had not received that which God desired to give them,--a knowledge of the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. They lost the blessing that might have been theirs through sharing His self-sacrifice. Slow of heart to believe were these disciples, little appreciative of the treasure with which Heaven sought to enrich them."

Could it be that we are in the same danger??

Let us take the time for deep personal introspection as we read this challenge from the book of Revelation.

Revelation 3:16-18...So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
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Amen, Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine!

As we contemplate the way Christ foretold the disciples of what was to come upon Him in His suffering and death, and yet how the disciples tried not to believe it would happen, we can see a lesson of the importance of taking God at His word and trusting Him who knows the end from the beginning. Jesus did not tell them about His sufferings because He wanted to overwhelm them with despair, but He shared with them the truth of His sacrifice so that they might be prepared for what was coming. Jesus is doing the same with us day by day. He reveals things of the future to us about the close of probation, the time of trouble, and the seven last plagues in His word not as a means of discouragement, but that our faith might be anchored in Him when what He foretold does come to pass. Let us not yield the temptation to be gloomy or sorrowful about the future when we have the promise that Jesus will be with us even to the end!

"They were even now journeying along the shores of the Sea of Galilee toward the city where all their hopes were to be crushed. They dared not remonstrate with Christ, but they talked together in low, sorrowful tones in regard to what the future would be. Even amid their questionings they clung to the thought that some unforeseen circumstance might avert the doom which seemed to await their Lord. Thus they sorrowed and doubted, hoped and feared, for six long, gloomy days." {The Desire of Ages, page 417, paragraph 2}

What a different experience the disciples could have had if they had heard His words, believed them to be true, and asked Jesus how they could pray with Him and how they could be in a spiritual state of surrendered, abiding trust to help them weather the trial. God would have us realize our continual need of Jesus to do any good thing, and when we do trust Him--no matter what He reveals to us about our future--we can know that it will be the way that we would choose if we could see the end from the beginning like our loving God does. We can be so thankful that Jesus DID go to the cross, and did die for our sins so we can find pardon and peace with God as we surrender the whole heart to Him. Let us not be moved from our mission in any way as we look upon Jesus continually! 
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--45--The Foreshadowing of the Cross
« Last post by Dorine on July 08, 2019, 04:22:19 AM »
"Jesus did not count heaven a place to be desired while we were lost. He left the heavenly courts for a life of reproach and insult, and a death of shame. He who was rich in heaven's priceless treasure, became poor, that through His poverty we might be rich. We are to follow in the path He trod."  {DA 416.3} 

What a blessing it is to know Jesus and walk with Him each day. We are learning to live the life He lived. I was impressed with the statement that He became poor so that through His poverty we might be rich. Added to that is the fact that we are to follow in the path He trod. Just like the disciples He is preparing us day by day through the little trials in preparation for the greater ones that are to come. Souls are suffering from want of Christ even though they do not know it. We are the means by which Christ uses to bring hope to the hearts of hurting and lost souls. Are we willing to follow in His footsteps? We each have a different journey but we all have the same Saviour and the same truth to live.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--45--The Foreshadowing of the Cross
« Last post by Beacon on July 07, 2019, 06:43:31 PM »
"It was to Peter a bitter lesson, and one which he learned but slowly, that the path of Christ on earth lay through agony and humiliation. The disciple shrank from fellowship with his Lord in suffering. But in the heat of the furnace fire he was to learn its blessing. Long afterward, when his active form was bowed with the burden of years and labors, he wrote,

"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
1 Peter 4:12, 13. 
{DA 416.2}

I have not met anyone during my earthly journey thus far that stated they were looking forward to suffering of any kind or for any reason. But the apostle Paul wrote these encouraging words to show what a privilege it is, if and when we are called upon to suffer for the cause of the Great Gospel Message...  

Romans 5:1-5 "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.[/u][/color]
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--44-The True Sign
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 07, 2019, 09:25:41 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon, Sister Dorine and Brother Richard!

True sincerity--the desire for God to be glorified and for His will to be done above our own, is beyond our own power to accomplish. By nature we are selfish and evil, and yet if we have some knowledge of God, we know that this cannot be seen in the open, so hypocrisy is that "fly under the radar" attempt to be seen as Christian while still retaining my way over God's way. But all this can supernaturally change when we behold the loveliness of Jesus, see our sin for what it is, come to hate it, and turn to Him in FULL SURRENDER so He can give us a new heart and a new mind imbued with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing. We need this not just at the beginning of the Christian experience, but every single moment! Hence, we are to keep Jesus ever before us that we will not be moved back to a state of selfishness and insincerity. Oh, may we more deeply feel how deep our CONTINUAL NEED of Jesus is!

"The religion of Christ is sincerity itself. Zeal for God's glory is the motive implanted by the Holy Spirit; and only the effectual working of the Spirit can implant this motive. Only the power of God can banish self-seeking and hypocrisy. This change is the sign of His working. When the faith we accept destroys selfishness and pretense, when it leads us to seek God's glory and not our own, we may know that it is of the right order. 'Father, glorify Thy name' (John 12:28), was the keynote of Christ's life, and if we follow Him, this will be the keynote of our life. He commands us to 'walk, even as He walked;' and 'hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.' 1 John 2:6, 3." {The Desire of Ages, page 409, paragraph 3}

May we walk with Jesus step by step towards our heavenly mission post of service, as our willingness to be anything or nothing in this short life for Him as His providence indicates for us enables God to use us in the winning of souls who are looking for "something better" than a mere profession of Christianity. What the world needs now is God's love wrought out in loving, lovable Christians who reflect Christ in character from one degree of glory to the next--ever onward in light that shines in the face of Jesus Christ and is reflected in all who love Him with the whole heart!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--44-The True Sign
« Last post by Richard Myers on July 07, 2019, 09:10:43 AM »
Amen, dear Sister. It is the Holy Spirit that opens our minds to the truth as we read that we might know God and His will that we may serve Him. Not knowing this makes it harder. As Brother Beacon has shared, false teaching is a serious problem that makes it hard to understand the truth. "These false principles, when once accepted, worked like leaven in the meal, permeating and transforming the character. It was this deceptive teaching that made it so hard for the people to receive the words of Christ."

Yet, we allow false teaching to continue unabated in the church. Paul stated a warning. "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8,9.

The gospel is not hard to understand unless one does not want to know it, or they have been deceived by false teachers. Those seeking truth will study the subject when faced with contradictory teaching if they are in a converted state. In a Laodicean church, this does not happen very often. So those teaching the gospel truth are often disrupting the peace of the unconverted.

    Enmity against Satan is not natural to the human heart; it is implanted by the grace of God. When one who has been controlled by a stubborn, wayward will is set free, and yields himself wholeheartedly to the drawing of God's heavenly agencies, a miracle is wrought; so also when a man who has been under strong delusion comes to understand moral truth. Every time a soul is converted, and learns to love God and keep His commandments, the promise of God is fulfilled, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you." Ezekiel 36:26.

Here we read of an important truth that many do not understand. The Holy Spirit speaks to the unconverted. He is the One who reveals grace to the sinner, otherwise none would be saved, transformed in character. But, to those who accept the grace into their hearts, the Holy Spirit does not remain outside the heart. He comes into the heart and takes possession of it as long as He is wanted. The new heart comes with the Holy Spirit that Jesus says "I will put within you." This is literal, not a figure of speech.

As long as the Holy Spirit is within, we will manifest all of the fruits of the Spirit, not one will be missing. Such a miracle!!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--44-The True Sign
« Last post by Dorine on July 07, 2019, 05:47:08 AM »
"The change in human hearts, the transformation of human characters, is a miracle that reveals an ever-living Saviour, working to rescue souls. A consistent life in Christ is a great miracle. In the preaching of the word of God, the sign that should be manifest now and always is the presence of the Holy Spirit, to make the word a regenerating power to those that hear. This is God's witness before the world to the divine mission of His Son."

As I read this again this morning I realized how powerful these words are. How many times have I tried to live a Christian life apart from Christ. How many are doing the same thing? Why? It is the hardest and most discouraging condition to be in. As our reading today reveals; it's the consistent life in Christ that reveals His great miracle working power. No wonder we are losing our youth and adult members. Hypocrisy is a deadly stumbling block to those who are weak in the faith. May we each day grow consistently in our walk with Christ by spending that hour each day with Him in humble, committed service. When we do that Christ's grace banishes all the self-seeking and hypocrisy from our lives. By God's grace I will be a true witness for Him each and every day. At the same time I know that if I do fall He is ever ready to pick me up and set my feet on the right path when I come to Him in confession and surrender. Praise God!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--44-The True Sign
« Last post by Beacon on July 06, 2019, 07:44:46 PM »
"The scribes and Pharisees were insinuating deceptive principles. They concealed the real tendency of their doctrines, and improved every occasion to instill them artfully into the minds of their hearers. These false principles, when once accepted, worked like leaven in the meal, permeating and transforming the character. It was this deceptive teaching that made it so hard for the people to receive the words of Christ."

What does Jesus say is the answer to this problem??  John 8:31-33 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

"The same influences are working today through those who try to explain the law of God in such a way as to make it conform to their practices. This class do not attack the law openly, but put forward speculative theories that undermine its principles. They explain it so as to destroy its force.The hypocrisy of the Pharisees was the product of self-seeking. The glorification of themselves was the object of their lives. It was this that led them to pervert and misapply the Scriptures, and blinded them to the purpose of Christ's mission. This subtle evil even the disciples of Christ were in danger of cherishing."

Jesus issued a warning which is still very applicable to our time....Matthew 7:14-16 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it,Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
 
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Happy Sabbath! Amen, Brother Beacon, for we can walk by faith as well!!

It's your choice--it's my choice--as to whether we will yield the whole heart to Jesus and in simple faith experience the salvation He so abundantly has supplied! It is heart work, but the woman whose daughter needed healing had a heart ready and willing to accept the help God so longed to impart! May we pray that we will ever sense our continual need of Christ to do any good thing, so that in living faith surrender He may reveal through us all of the fruits of His Spirit as a living witness of His power to transform sinners into saints by grace thorough faith!

"In faith the woman of Phoenicia flung herself against the barriers that had been piled up between Jew and Gentile. Against discouragement, regardless of appearances that might have led her to doubt, she trusted the Saviour's love. It is thus that Christ desires us to trust in Him. The blessings of salvation are for every soul. Nothing but his own choice can prevent any man from becoming a partaker of the promise in Christ by the gospel." {The Desire of Ages, page 403, paragraph 2}

I choose to surrender to Jesus with my whole heart, how about you?
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