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Beacon

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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #80 on: February 03, 2022, 08:07:32 PM »
"If we do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place."

"The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness."

"Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin."

Do we recognize our great need of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our daily journey?

May the words of this song, "Breathe on Me, Breath of God" be our prayer for today.
 

1
Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

2
Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

3
Breathe on me, breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

4
Breathe on me, breath of God,
So shall I constant be,
And live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

Words by Edwin Hatch
Music  by Joseph Harker
Look up and listen for the shout.

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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #81 on: February 04, 2022, 06:59:48 AM »
"Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
Great harm has been done through the careless use of words. Not just for this life but for eternity. When we spend precious time with Jesus every day and abide in Him continually our words will be sweet, gentle, caring, and encouraging to all we come in contact with. Yet we will also be unmovable in our stand for truth found in God's word and spoken from hearts that love God supremely and our neighbour as ourselves.
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

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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #82 on: February 04, 2022, 07:11:04 PM »
Amen my dear brother and sister!! What wonderful truths God has given to the children of man! What a loving and wise God is He whom we serve!!

     When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one. We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light. If we do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place. The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end. 
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

Beacon

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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #83 on: May 01, 2022, 08:01:47 PM »
"The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own."

"A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan."

We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world.

It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion.


"We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light."

"If we do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place.

The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness.

Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin.


"Are" You" , " Am I" willing to become "Vitally Connected"
 with God??  Will you join with me in singing this song of consecration?


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All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
    I surrender all,
  I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
    I surrender all.
2
All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.
3
All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.
4
All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.
5
All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory to His name!

Lyrics:Judson W. Van de Venter (1855-1939)
Music:Winfield Scott Weeden (1847-1908)
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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #84 on: May 02, 2022, 07:10:00 AM »
Amen Brother Beacon! I too was impressed with these truths!

   When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one. We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light. If we do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place. The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end. 
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

Pastor Sean Brizendine

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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #85 on: May 02, 2022, 10:14:54 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon and Brother Richard!!

What are you looking for? And to whom are you looking to give you true relational fulfillment? We have One who is already closer to us than any earthly relationship ever can be--and His name is Jesus! Surrendering the whole heart to Him to cleanse and purify, accepting His divine grace to implant enmity in our hearts against sin, and empowering us to live affectionately obedient lives manifesting all of the fruits of the Spirit, we can be happy in His presence wherein is fullness of joy!

"Closer than father, mother, brother, friend, or lover is the Lord our Saviour. 'Fear not,' He says, 'for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine.' 'Since thou wast precious in My sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.' Isaiah 43:1, 4." {The Desire of Ages, page 327, paragraph 3} 

Oh, what a blessing it is to be accepted in the Beloved by yielding all we have and are to Him and His blessed service to seek and save souls!! Will you choose complete surrender to Christ?
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #86 on: July 27, 2022, 08:06:01 PM »
"The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own."

"A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan."

"But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one"

"The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousnes
s."

 "Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan..."

" ...But without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end."


Are we willing to surrender ALL to Jesus??

=======================

1
All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
    I surrender all,
  I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
    I surrender all.
2
All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.
3
All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.
4
All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.
5
All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory to His name!

Lyrics:Judson W. Van de Venter (1855-1939)
Music:Winfield Scott Weeden (1847-1908)
Look up and listen for the shout.

Pastor Sean Brizendine

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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #87 on: July 28, 2022, 04:43:05 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon!!

Where can we find relief? Where can we find rest? Jesus navigated this earthly life experience pain, misunderstanding and misapprehension in His own home and He understands what it feels like for us to face those experiences that can be very difficult. He knows the thorny path, for He travelled it--but never sinned while He walked it. Let us look to Him to find strength and grace to travel the path He knows is best and go to our heavenly Father to find true relief and joy as we commune with Him!!

"These things made His path a thorny one to travel. So pained was Christ by the misapprehension in His own home that it was a relief to Him to go where it did not exist. There was one home that He loved to visit,--the home of Lazarus, and Mary, and Martha; for in the atmosphere of faith and love His spirit had rest. Yet there were none on earth who could comprehend His divine mission, or know the burden which He bore in behalf of humanity. Often He could find relief only in being alone, and communing with His heavenly Father." {The Desire of Ages, page 326, paragraph 4}   

In such sweet communion with God as we surrender all we have and are to Him, all of the fruits of the Spirit flow into our hearts and lives as we gladly obey God from the new heart He gives us by the supernatural power of the divine nature at work in and through us by His word!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}

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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #88 on: July 28, 2022, 06:17:48 AM »



"Christ loves the heavenly beings that surround His throne; but what shall account for the great love wherewith He has loved us? We cannot understand it, but we can know it true in our own experience. And if we do hold the relation of kinship to Him, with what tenderness should we regard those who are brethren and sisters of our Lord! Should we not be quick to recognize the claims of our divine relationship? Adopted into the family of God, should we not honor our Father and our kindred?"

Jesus has given us a beautiful example of what it means to be part of the family of God. His love for us is greater than any human relationship. The love, joy, peace and unity is beyond any earthly experience. Even through trials we retain the heavenly attributes that come from knowing God. He supplies our every need and gives us an abundant capacity to love Him and our brethren.

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

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Re: The Desire of Ages--33--Who Are My Brethren?
« Reply #89 on: July 28, 2022, 06:21:54 AM »
Amen my dear friends!! Such important truths!!!

If we want to help those who are blind to their condition, we find much in today's reading that will help those seeking truth. Like with Israel of Old, the foundation of our faith has been perverted so that many do not understand what it means to be saved, converted, justified. Here we see plainly where the deception is and what it means to be fully surrendered to Christ.

Then He added a warning to those who had been impressed by His words, who had heard Him gladly, but who had not surrendered themselves for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It is not only by resistance but by neglect that the soul is destroyed. "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man," said Jesus, "he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there."
     There were many in Christ's day, as there are today, over whom the control of Satan for the time seemed broken; through the grace of God they were set free from the evil spirits that had held dominion over the soul. They rejoiced in the love of God; but, like the stony-ground hearers of the parable, they did not abide in His love. They did not surrender themselves to God daily, that Christ might dwell in the heart; and when the evil spirit returned, with "seven other spirits more wicked than himself," they were wholly dominated by the power of evil.
     When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one. We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light. If we do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place. The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end. 
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.