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Pastor Sean Brizendine

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Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
« Reply #80 on: April 23, 2022, 04:09:45 AM »
Happy Sabbath! Let us allow the light of Christ shining from His loveliness to thoroughly convert our hearts and motivate us to live up to all the light He has revealed even as we abide in Him in true surrendered conversion whereby all of the fruits of the Spirit will be manifest in our lives without one missing!

"Our standing before God depends, not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have. Thus even the heathen who choose the right as far as they can distinguish it are in a more favorable condition than are those who have had great light, and profess to serve God, but who disregard the light, and by their daily life contradict their profession." {The Desire of Ages, page 239, paragraph 2} 

May we walk in the true consistency as we grow in God's amazing grace, truth and faithfulness! God bless you in living the law of love by the power of the indwelling Christ, who will abide in every truly converted soul as "the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27).
"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--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
« Reply #81 on: April 23, 2022, 05:24:42 AM »
"But it was not simply the absence of outward glory in His life that led the Jews to reject Jesus. He was the embodiment of purity, and they were impure. He dwelt among men an example of spotless integrity. His blameless life flashed light upon their hearts. His sincerity revealed their insincerity. It made manifest the hollowness of their pretentious piety, and discovered iniquity to them in its odious character. Such a light was unwelcome."  {DA 243.1}

It is no different today. When you enter a dark room and turn on the light the darkness disappears. Those living in the darkness of their sins can not tolerate being in the presence of Jesus. They flee or they attempt to destroy the influence of the light. As we reflect the character of Jesus there will be those who will hate us just as Jesus was hated but we are not to be distracted by the works of the enemy. We are sent to find those whose hearts yearn for a better way and will accept the beautiful plan of salvation presented to them.


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--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
« Reply #82 on: April 24, 2022, 07:40:17 AM »
Amen Sister Dorine!   Jesus wants us to be that light in the room. We are to be lights set on a hill that others might know Him in whose service we are. Some who hate the light will want to do to us as they  attempted to do to Jesus.

 When Jesus referred to the blessings given to the Gentiles, the fierce national pride of His hearers was aroused, and His words were drowned in a tumult of voices. These people had prided themselves on keeping the law; but now that their prejudices were offended, they were ready to commit murder. The assembly broke up, and laying hands upon Jesus, they thrust Him from the synagogue, and out of the city. All seemed eager for His destruction. They hurried Him to the brow of a precipice, intending to cast Him down headlong. Shouts and maledictions filled the air. Some were casting stones at Him, when suddenly He disappeared from among them. The heavenly messengers who had been by His side in the synagogue were with Him in the midst of that maddened throng. They shut Him in from His enemies, and conducted Him to a place of safety. 


As Pastor Sean has shared, in order to be a shining light in the world, we must be truly converted by the power of God's grace.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

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Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
« Reply #83 on: July 18, 2022, 08:09:25 PM »
"As they ( the People and Leaders of Israel ) opened the door to doubt, their hearts became so much the harder for having been momentarily softened.

"Satan was determined that blind eyes should not that day be opened, nor souls bound in slavery be set at liberty."


"With intense energy he worked to fasten them in unbelief."

"They made of no account the sign already given, when they had been stirred by the conviction that it was their Redeemer who addressed them."

They were stirred by "Conviction" that it was Their Redeemer who addressed them yet they did not yield to the calling of Grace, Mercy & Forgiveness. It is a Very Serious thing to Reject the call of the Holy Spirit for we know not what tomorrow may bring and we may never have that same conviction again.

Won't you come today while the door of mercy & grace is still open?

The Bible Says in Ezekiel 33:11  "Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

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I致e wandered far away from God,
  Now I知 coming home;
The paths of sin too long I致e trod,
  Lord, I知 coming home.
    Coming home, coming home,
  Nevermore to roam;
Open wide Thine arms of love;
    Lord, I知 coming home.
2
I致e wasted many precious years,
  Now I知 coming home;
I now repent with bitter tears,
  Lord, I知 coming home.
3
I知 tired of sin and straying, Lord,
  Now I知 coming home;
I値l trust Thy love, believe Thy word;
  Lord, I知 coming home.
4
My soul is sick, my heart is sore,
  Now I知 coming home;
My strength renew, my hope restore:
  Lord, I知 coming home.
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My only hope, my only plea,
  Now I知 coming home;
That Jesus died, and died for me;
  Lord, I知 coming home.
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I need His cleansing blood, I know,
  Now I知 coming home;
O wash me whiter than the snow;
  Lord, I知 coming home.

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Pastor Sean Brizendine

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Re: The Desire of Ages--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
« Reply #84 on: July 19, 2022, 04:55:47 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon!!

If it happened at the time of Christ, it can surely happen again. Prejudice, unbelief and misunderstanding can blind hearts and minds to the truth for this time so that it become nearly impossible for many to discern it. But we can look to God's word in sincerity for ourselves and let the Holy Spirit interpret spiritual things to us so we can walk humbly in truth with all of the fruits of the Spirit in the life like Jesus did. Let us walk even as He walked though many errors abound in our time, too.

"Because their understanding was darkened by selfish prejudice, they could not harmonize the power of Christ's convicting words with the humility of His life. They did not appreciate the fact that real greatness can dispense with outward show. This Man's poverty seemed wholly inconsistent with His claim to be the Messiah. They questioned, If He was what He claimed to be, why was He so unpretending? If He was satisfied to be without the force of arms, what would become of their nation? How could the power and glory so long anticipated bring the nations as subjects to the city of the Jews? Had not the priests taught that Israel was to bear rule over all the earth? and could it be possible that the great religious teachers were in error?" {The Desire of Ages, page 242, paragraph 3}
"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--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
« Reply #85 on: July 19, 2022, 06:01:28 AM »
Again as they listened to His words the Nazarenes were moved by the Divine Spirit. But even now they would not admit that this Man, who had been brought up among them, was other or greater than themselves. Still there rankled the bitter memory that while He had claimed for Himself to be the Promised One, He had really denied them a place with Israel; for He had shown them to be less worthy of God's favor than a heathen man and woman. Hence though they questioned, "Whence hath this Man this wisdom, and these mighty works?" they would not receive Him as the Christ of God. Because of their unbelief, the Saviour could not work many miracles among them. Only a few hearts were open to His blessing, and reluctantly He departed, never to return.

When hearts are so full of self and unbelief and the Holy Spirit is continually rejected, He eventually must leave because the heart has closed all doors to all invitations of the Holy Spirit. This is called the unpardonable sin; the only sin that can not be forgiven. Never let pride and unbelief take control. Keep looking up, beholding the graciousness of Jesus as He hangs on the cross for your sins and mine that we may have eternal life. Not out of curiosity do we look but with open hearts realizing our sinfulness and great need of a sin pardoning Saviour. How can anyone spurn such love.
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--24--"Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
« Reply #86 on: July 19, 2022, 06:53:51 AM »
It is such a blessing to see others sharing the things that the Holy Spirit has impressed upon my mind! Your posts are truths that I considered sharing also.  :)  The Spirit is bringing His church into unity of doctrine! He is opening the door of truth to all who are searching and praying for it. Jesus longs for us to want the truth.

  Oh, how Christ longed to open to Israel the precious treasures of the truth! But such was their spiritual blindness that it was impossible to reveal to them the truths relating to His kingdom. They clung to their creed and their useless ceremonies when the truth of Heaven awaited their acceptance. They spent their money for chaff and husks, when the bread of life was within their reach. Why did they not go to the word of God, and search diligently to know whether they were in error? The Old Testament Scriptures stated plainly every detail of Christ's ministry, and again and again He quoted from the prophets, and declared, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." If they had honestly searched the Scriptures, bringing their theories to the test of God's word, Jesus need not have wept over their impenitence. He need not have declared, "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. They might have been acquainted with the evidence of His Messiahship, and the calamity that laid their proud city in ruins might have been averted. But the minds of the Jews had become narrowed by their unreasoning bigotry. The lessons of Christ revealed their deficiencies of character, and demanded repentance. If they accepted His teachings, their practices must be changed, and their cherished hopes relinquished. In order to be honored by Heaven, they must sacrifice the honor of men. If they obeyed the words of this new rabbi, they must go contrary to the opinions of the great thinkers and teachers of the time.


As it was then, so it is today:

     Truth was unpopular in Christ's day. It is unpopular in our day. It has been unpopular ever since Satan first gave man a disrelish for it by presenting fables that lead to self-exaltation. Do we not today meet theories and doctrines that have no foundation in the word of God? Men cling as tenaciously to them as did the Jews to their traditions. 
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.