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Beacon

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Re: The Desire of Ages--20--Except Ye See Signs and Wonders
« Reply #40 on: November 30, 2019, 04:44:44 PM »
The Saviour cannot withdraw from the soul that clings to Him, pleading its great need. "Go thy way," He said; "thy son liveth." The nobleman left the Saviour's presence with a peace and joy he had never known before. Not only did he believe that his son would be restored, but with strong confidence he trusted in Christ as the Redeemer. "

"The nobleman longed to know more of Christ. As he afterward heard His teaching, he and all his household became disciples. Their affliction was sanctified to the conversion of the entire family. Tidings of the miracle spread; and in Capernaum, where so many of His mighty works were performed, the way was prepared for Christ's personal ministry."

I felt very impressed with the statement that:  "The Saviour cannot withdraw from the soul that clings to Him, pleading its great need." Do we recognize our great need to the point that  "we" cling to Jesus" with that same earnestness?

If Not - Why Not?
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Pastor Sean Brizendine

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« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2019, 12:44:29 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon! We need Jesus continually to do any good thing! What a Savior we have who can change hearts!!

Our hearts are the issue when it comes to what God wants to do for us. He knows that by nature we are selfish and that we have no power of ourselves to change that--but He offers us a remedy in Jesus. Christ, coming in humanity and being tempted in all points like as we are has lived a perfectly unselfish life amid trial and tribulation, and offers us His heart of faith working by love as the new heart experience of the gospel. Will we allow Christ to do the heart surgery on us morning by morning, and moment-by-moment?

We could compare the time in the morning spending a "thoughtful hour" on the life of Jesus as the heart transplant in which we behold His loveliness of character and surrender all the heart to Him to purify and cleanse from all selfishness by His grace; then we are to abide in Him in a moment-by-moment walk of faith with the ongoing realization of His love much like how our hearts pulse out the blood to every part of the body. Let us allow Christ to work in us to will and to do of His good pleasure so that we may serve Him imbued with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing, for this is the fruit of true conversion to Christ! Then we gladly obey the law of God from hearts renewed with unselfish love!

"Like a flash of light, the Saviour's words to the nobleman laid bare his heart. He saw that his motives in seeking Jesus were selfish. His vacillating faith appeared to him in its true character. In deep distress he realized that his doubt might cost the life of his son. He knew that he was in the presence of One who could read the thoughts, and to whom all things were possible. In an agony of supplication he cried, "Sir, come down ere my child die." His faith took hold upon Christ as did Jacob, when, wrestling with the Angel, he cried, 'I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me.' Genesis 32:26." {The Desire of Ages, page 198, paragraph 4}

Jesus longs for us to SEE and REALIZE our deep need of Him (and vacillating faith indicates a great need!) so we may become transformed into His glorious image, His selfless character, from one degree of perfection to the next! "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48).   
"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--20--Except Ye See Signs and Wonders
« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2019, 08:29:23 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean. There is no greater sin than unbelief. The nobleman was selfish and Jesus helped him to see it. The trials in our life often what causes to stop and contemplate the reality of who we are and our need of God. The nobleman realized that his son's life was at stake, and he realized that his selfishness what's going to keep him from being healed. How is it that he could all of a sudden have faith to not only have his son healed, but for himself to obtain salvation? He had enough evidence to know that Jesus was the Messiah. But in his ignorance he judged Jesus based on how He appeared.

     Notwithstanding all the evidence that Jesus was the Christ, the petitioner had determined to make his belief in Him conditional on the granting of his own request. The Saviour contrasted this questioning unbelief with the simple faith of the Samaritans, who asked for no miracle or sign. His word, the ever-present evidence of His divinity, had a convincing power that reached their hearts. Christ was pained that His own people, to whom the Sacred Oracles had been committed, should fail to hear the voice of God speaking to them in His Son. 

And so it is today, we have been entrusted with God's sacred oracles and yet so many fail to hear Him speaking the words of life. So many have before them the evidence of the power of Christ to transform their lives, but they allow selfishness to stand between them and God.
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« Reply #43 on: February 26, 2020, 03:05:27 AM »
Everything Jesus does in our lives prepares for the next blessing He has in store. In passing through the trial of the affliction with the nobleman's son, and how Jesus miraculously healed him, bringing that whole family to saving faith, we see that God works all things together for our good. Let us rejoice in Christ and appreciate what He is able to do to turn our trials into triumph!

"The nobleman longed to know more of Christ. As he afterward heard His teaching, he and all his household became disciples. Their affliction was sanctified to the conversion of the entire family. Tidings of the miracle spread; and in Capernaum, where so many of His mighty works were performed, the way was prepared for Christ's personal ministry." {The Desire of Ages, page 200, paragraph 2}

As we yield the whole heart to Christ today so He can abide in us and bring forth all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing, we can rejoice in His love and seek to bless others with the testimony of what He has done in our lives!
"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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« Reply #44 on: February 26, 2020, 04:45:12 AM »
"He who blessed the nobleman at Capernaum is just as desirous of blessing us. But like the afflicted father, we are often led to seek Jesus by the desire for some earthly good; and upon the granting of our request we rest our confidence in His love. The Saviour longs to give us a greater blessing than we ask; and He delays the answer to our request that He may show us the evil of our own hearts, and our deep need of His grace. He desires us to renounce the selfishness that leads us to seek Him. Confessing our helplessness and bitter need, we are to trust ourselves wholly to His love."

This statement should give us great confidence in our Saviour and strengthen our faith in Him. We are not left in the dark as to why we must wait at times for the answer to our prayers. If we compare ourselves to other's we will not see the selfishness that resides in our hearts. But as we look to Jesus He reveals to us our true condition so that we will confess our great need of Him and by faith believe what He says and follow. The more I learn of Him the more joy and gratitude fills my soul.
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--20--Except Ye See Signs and Wonders
« Reply #45 on: February 26, 2020, 06:02:30 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean and Sister Dorine. When  we know Jesus as it is our privilege, we will trust Him to answer our prayers in the best possible way. Our faith does not depend upon what Jesus does, but what He has done. We have seen His character and we love and trust Him with the whole heart. Signs and wonders are not necessary for those who love Him supremely. We know that "all" things work for our good and His glory as we abide in Him

But, how about before we knew Him, before we trusted with all we have and all we are? A selfish heart seeks God that we might be receive from Him. That is how selfish man is converted. We can do no good thing before conversion, but we can seek God for selfish reasons that lead to conversion when we see our evil hearts and His grace towards us.

     He who blessed the nobleman at Capernaum is just as desirous of blessing us. But like the afflicted father, we are often led to seek Jesus by the desire for some earthly good; and upon the granting of our request we rest our confidence in His love. The Saviour longs to give us a greater blessing than we ask; and He delays the answer to our request that He may show us the evil of our own hearts, and our deep need of His grace. He desires us to renounce the selfishness that leads us to seek Him. Confessing our helplessness and bitter need, we are to trust ourselves wholly to His love. 


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« Reply #46 on: May 22, 2020, 08:27:20 PM »
"The nobleman left the Saviour's presence with a peace and joy he had never known before. Not only did he believe that his son would be restored, but with strong confidence he trusted in Christ as the Redeemer. " "The nobleman longed to know more of Christ. As he afterward heard His teaching, he and all his household became disciples. Their affliction was sanctified to the conversion of the entire family. Tidings of the miracle spread; and in Capernaum, where so many of His mighty works were performed, the way was prepared for Christ's personal ministry."

"When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the blessing will be realized when we need it most. When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered."

God will do for us "exceeding abundantly," "according to the riches of His glory," and "the working of His mighty power." Ephesians 3:20, 16; 1:19.

Like the words of the song says, " "Trust and Obey, For there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey."

Happy Sabbath my Brothers and Sisters in Jesus!
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« Reply #47 on: May 23, 2020, 04:22:54 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon! Happy Sabbath to all!

May we today know by a personal experience the blessedness of entrusting our souls entirely into the divine hands of Jesus who can shape and adjust everything perfectly in our lives! We can invite Him into our hearts to renew them by His grace, accept His will for us, and allow Him to reveal the miracle of His converting grace whereby we are enabled to seek and serve Him from all selfless motives as we realize the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit can do for us more than we ask or think because of the merits of Christ's shed blood! When we have an abiding faith experience in Christ, all of the fruits of the Spirit will be evident in our lives without one trait of the divine nature missing!

"The nobleman wanted to see the fulfillment of his prayer before he should believe; but he had to accept the word of Jesus that his request was heard and the blessing granted. This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His promises. When we come to Him in faith, every petition enters the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the blessing will be realized when we need it most. When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered. God will do for us 'exceeding abundantly,' 'according to the riches of His glory,' and 'the working of His mighty power.' Ephesians 3:20, 16; 1:19." {The Desire of Ages, page 200, paragraph 4} 

Let us trust God to guide us this day in a moment-by-moment adventure of union and communion with Christ! As we allow Him to bless and guide in the way that He knows to be best, we can let His perfect love cast out fear, and His strength be made manifestly perfect in our weakness!
"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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« Reply #48 on: May 23, 2020, 05:30:31 AM »
    "But He knew also that the father had, in his own mind, made conditions concerning his belief in Jesus. Unless his petition should be granted, he would not receive Him as the Messiah. While the officer waited in an agony of suspense, Jesus said, "Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe."    

........Like a flash of light, the Saviour's words to the nobleman laid bare his heart. He saw that his motives in seeking Jesus were selfish. His vacillating faith appeared to him in its true character. In deep distress he realized that his doubt might cost the life of his son. He knew that he was in the presence of One who could read the thoughts, and to whom all things were possible. In an agony of supplication he cried, "Sir, come down ere my child die." His faith took hold upon Christ as did Jacob, when, wrestling with the Angel, he cried, "I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me." Genesis 32:26.      Like Jacob he prevailed. The Saviour cannot withdraw from the soul that clings to Him, pleading its great need. "Go thy way," He said; "thy son liveth." "

How many souls will be lost because of the times I have doubted. A most solemn and dreadful thought. Our lives are an open book before God. He wants to bless us abundantly more than we could ever imagine but He needs our hearts to be open to HIm so that He may come in and fill us with His love and sanctifying power. At the same time the blessings we receive are extended to others along our way. When I have prayed the prayer of Jacob God has blessed me with such sweet peace. It is not a two second prayer. It may extend for hours just as it did for Jacob. He will not disappoint. All is well because God has answered the prayer according to His will. What a marvelous, merciful God we serve.
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--20--Except Ye See Signs and Wonders
« Reply #49 on: May 23, 2020, 09:14:33 AM »
Again, God reveals to us not only how selfish is the carnal heart of man, but that He loves us anyway. The man came because he wanted something from Jesus. So it is with all who are not converted. We are selfish. God did not come to save those who had no need, but to save the lost.

  Like Jacob he prevailed. The Saviour cannot withdraw from the soul that clings to Him, pleading its great need. "Go thy way," He said; "thy son liveth." The nobleman left the Saviour's presence with a peace and joy he had never known before. Not only did he believe that his son would be restored, but with strong confidence he trusted in Christ as the Redeemer. 


We all have sinned and are in continuous need of a Savior in order to do any good thing. Lord take my heart for I cannot give it. I believe, take away all of my wretched miserable unbelief! What a God we love and serve! Have a blessed Sabbath dear friends!
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.