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Beacon

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Re: The Desire of Ages--17--Nicodemus
« Reply #80 on: October 24, 2021, 02:19:34 AM »
"The light shining from the cross reveals the love of God. His love is drawing us to Himself."

"If we do not resist this drawing, we shall be led to the foot of the cross in repentance for the sins that have crucified the Saviour. Then the Spirit of God through faith produces a new life in the soul.

"The thoughts and desires are brought into obedience to the will of Christ. The heart, the mind, are created anew in the image of Him who works in us to subdue all things to Himself. "

Then the law of God is written in the mind and heart, and we can say with Christ, 'I delight to do Thy will, O my God.' Psalm 40:8."[/size

We should never be discouraged in our work with Christ for the redemption of our family & friends, but let us remember that special sequence of... 1st. Planting the Seed. 2nd. Watering the Seed, 3.Weeding around the Seed. This is how Jesus worked and He is our number #1 example. So let us pray for wisdom as we work in the Lord's vineyard and be an example of love, and compassion for the lost. Let us not forget what Jesus has done and is doing for us. The true conversion of Nicodemus was a huge blessing to the early church after the ascension of Jesus   
Look up and listen for the shout.

Dorine

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Re: The Desire of Ages--17--Nicodemus
« Reply #81 on: October 24, 2021, 03:51:34 AM »
"But Jesus was acquainted with the soil into which He cast the seed. The words spoken at night to one listener in the lonely mountain were not lost. For a time Nicodemus did not publicly acknowledge Christ, but he watched His life, and pondered His teachings. In the Sanhedrin council he repeatedly thwarted the schemes of the priests to destroy Him. When at last Jesus was lifted up on the cross, Nicodemus remembered the teaching upon Olivet: As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. The light from that secret interview illumined the cross upon Calvary, and Nicodemus saw in Jesus the worlds Redeemer."

As we look and live as Nicodemus did our hearts will be ready to carry the same truth to all who will listen. We can not explain the details of how it happens. We just know it does because we have put it to the test. Hearts have been softened, convicted, repentant by the impressions of the Holy Spirit. God's transforming power is experienced by all who come to Jesus.  The new birth consists in having new motives, new tastes, new tendencies and in all their habits and practices, they will give evidence of their relationship to Christ.
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

Pastor Sean Brizendine

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Re: The Desire of Ages--17--Nicodemus
« Reply #82 on: October 24, 2021, 09:06:45 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine!!

Someone is drawing you to Himself. Who is it? It is Jesus! He yearns over you with a longing that is incomprehensible! His love does not grow cold and His efforts to win your heart do not cease! May we ever keep our hearts tender and receptive to Jesus' love so that the converting power of His grace may restore us into His image by making us partakers of the divine nature whereby all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in the life without one missing! We are to look to Him, surrender the whole heart, and allow Him to work in us to will and to do of His good pleasure!

"The wind is heard among the branches of the trees, rustling the leaves and flowers; yet it is invisible, and no man knows whence it comes or whither it goes. So with the work of the Holy Spirit upon the heart. It can no more be explained than can the movements of the wind. A person may not be able to tell the exact time or place, or to trace all the circumstances in the process of conversion; but this does not prove him to be unconverted. By an agency as unseen as the wind, Christ is constantly working upon the heart. Little by little, perhaps unconsciously to the receiver, impressions are made that tend to draw the soul to Christ. These may be received through meditating upon Him, through reading the Scriptures, or through hearing the word from the living preacher. Suddenly, as the Spirit comes with more direct appeal, the soul gladly surrenders itself to Jesus. By many this is called sudden conversion; but it is the result of long wooing by the Spirit of God,a patient, protracted process." {The Desire of Ages, page 172, paragraph 3}

God sees that IT IS WORTH IT to draw us to Himself. He knows that He can provide a love that will satisfy the soul that can be found in no other source in the universe. Simply put, trying to find meaning and purpose in life without Jesus is IMPOSSIBLE! Look to Him and let Him do the greatest miracle in your life--making you a new creature who loves Jesus and loves others unselfishly!
"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}