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Beacon

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Re: The Desire of Ages--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #80 on: January 28, 2022, 08:18:16 PM »
"When we pray for earthly blessings, the answer to our prayer may be delayed, or God may give us something other than we ask, but not so when we ask for deliverance from sin."

"It is His will to cleanse us from sin, to make us His children, and to enable us to live a holy life".

"Christ "gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father."

Galatians 1:4. "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hearth us: and if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." 1 John 5:14, 15.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.

My Dear Remnant Family. No one but Jesus can offer such wonderful promises of "Total Deliverance." Be of Good Courage. We have all sinned! But we are "ALL" invited to come to Jesus and and humbly ask for and receive forgiveness. Remember, Jesus went through the agony of Calvary so that He could have this privilege of offering us His mercy, forgiveness and restoring grace.

Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
  There’s mercy with the Lord;
And He will surely give you rest
  By trusting in His Word.
    Only trust Him! Only trust Him!
  Only trust Him now!
He will save you! He will save you!
    He will save you now!
2
For Jesus shed His precious blood
  Rich blessings to bestow;
Plunge now into the crimson flood
  That washeth white as snow.
3
Yes, Jesus is the Truth, the Way,
  That leads you into rest;
Believe in Him without delay,
  And you are fully blest.
4
Come then, and join the holy band,
  And on to glory go;
In Christ’s redemption take your stand,
  And all His goodness know.

Lyrics & Music by John Hart Stockton (1813-1877)
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Beacon

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Re: The Desire of Ages--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #81 on: January 28, 2022, 08:30:18 PM »
"When we pray for earthly blessings, the answer to our prayer may be delayed, or God may give us something other than we ask, but not so when we ask for deliverance from sin."
"It is His will to cleanse us from sin, to make us His children, and to enable us to live a holy life".

"Christ "gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father."

Galatians 1:4. "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hearth us: and if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." 1 John 5:14, 15.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.

My Dear Remnant Family. No one but Jesus can offer such wonderful promises of "Total Deliverance." Be of Good Courage. We have all sinned! But we are "ALL" invited to come to Jesus and and humbly ask for and receive forgiveness. Remember, Jesus went through the agony of Calvary so that He could have this privilege of offering us His mercy, forgiveness and restoring grace.

Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
  There’s mercy with the Lord;
And He will surely give you rest
  By trusting in His Word.
    Only trust Him! Only trust Him!
  Only trust Him now!
He will save you! He will save you!
    He will save you now!
2
For Jesus shed His precious blood
  Rich blessings to bestow;
Plunge now into the crimson flood
  That washeth white as snow.
3
Yes, Jesus is the Truth, the Way,
  That leads you into rest;
Believe in Him without delay,
  And you are fully blest.
4
Come then, and join the holy band,
  And on to glory go;
In Christ’s redemption take your stand,
  And all His goodness know.

Lyrics & Music by John Hart Stockton (1813-1877)
Look up and listen for the shout.

Beacon

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Re: The Desire of Ages--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #82 on: January 28, 2022, 08:31:35 PM »
"When we pray for earthly blessings, the answer to our prayer may be delayed, or God may give us something other than we ask, but not so when we ask for deliverance from sin."
"It is His will to cleanse us from sin, to make us His children, and to enable us to live a holy life".

"Christ "gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father."

Galatians 1:4. "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hearth us: and if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." 1 John 5:14, 15.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.

My Dear Remnant Family. No one but Jesus can offer such wonderful promises of "Total Deliverance." Be of Good Courage. We have all sinned! But we are "ALL" invited to come to Jesus and and humbly ask for and receive forgiveness. Remember, Jesus went through the agony of Calvary so that He could have this privilege of offering us His mercy, forgiveness and restoring grace.

Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
  There’s mercy with the Lord;
And He will surely give you rest
  By trusting in His Word.
    Only trust Him! Only trust Him!
  Only trust Him now!
He will save you! He will save you!
    He will save you now!
2
For Jesus shed His precious blood
  Rich blessings to bestow;
Plunge now into the crimson flood
  That washeth white as snow.
3
Yes, Jesus is the Truth, the Way,
  That leads you into rest;
Believe in Him without delay,
  And you are fully blest.
4
Come then, and join the holy band,
  And on to glory go;
In Christ’s redemption take your stand,
  And all His goodness know.

Lyrics & Music by John Hart Stockton (1813-1877)
Look up and listen for the shout.

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Re: The Desire of Ages--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #83 on: January 29, 2022, 05:33:58 AM »
Amen my dear brother!!  When we come to see our sinfulness and that we can do no good thing in and of ourselves, that we are captive to the law of sin and death, we seek for help from our Savior. How long do we have to wait for spiritual healing? How long did it take for Saul of Tarsus to receive and answer to his prayer: O wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from the  body of this death?"  According to what we just read, he did not have to wait. Jesus appeared to him then, on the road to Damascus.

Thus, we all need to understand this important truth.

     In some instances of healing, Jesus did not at once grant the blessing sought. But in the case of leprosy, no sooner was the appeal made than it was granted. When we pray for earthly blessings, the answer to our prayer may be delayed, or God may give us something other than we ask, but not so when we ask for deliverance from sin. It is His will to cleanse us from sin, to make us His children, and to enable us to live a holy life. Christ "gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father." Galatians 1:4. And "this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." 1 John 5:14, 15. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.
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--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #84 on: January 29, 2022, 05:25:23 PM »
Amen, Brother Beacon and Brother Richard!

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that what you asked for was God’s will?

“In some instances of healing, Jesus did not at once grant the blessing sought. But in the case of leprosy, no sooner was the appeal made than it was granted. When we pray for earthly blessings, the answer to our prayer may be delayed, or God may give us something other than we ask, but not so when we ask for deliverance from sin. It is His will to cleanse us from sin, to make us His children, and to enable us to live a holy life. Christ ‘gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.’ Galatians 1:4. And ‘this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.’ 1 John 5:14, 15. ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ 1 John 1:9.” {The Desire of Ages, page 266, paragraph 2}

God always wants us forgiven and restored from sin, and what a blessing it is to pray and know we are forgiven when we ask in faith. When we are in union and communion with Christ, all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing. Then we can gladly, affectionately and consistently obey God’s law of love from the heart!
"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--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #85 on: April 25, 2022, 09:11:51 PM »
"In the home of the healed paralytic there was great rejoicing when he returned to his family, carrying with ease the couch upon which he had been slowly borne from their presence but a short time before."

"They gathered round with tears of joy, scarcely daring to believe their eyes.

He stood before them in the full vigor of manhood.

Those arms that they had seen lifeless were quick to obey his will.

 The flesh that had been shrunken and leaden-hued was now fresh and ruddy. He walked with a firm, free step."

Glad thanksgiving went up from that home, and God was glorified through His Son, who had restored hope to the hopeless, and strength to the stricken one"

This man and his family were ready to lay down their lives for Jesus.

"No doubt dimmed their faith, no unbelief marred their fealty to Him who had brought light into their darkened home."

The Transforming Power both Spiritually and Physically is still available today!

Jesus said in Mathew 7:7,8  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

There are two questions that need to be asked..1. Are We willing to humble ourselves and ask Jesus to forgive our previous transgressions of His Law. 2. Do we believe that He that He has the power to restore both Spiritually & Physically?

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"One sat alone beside the highway begging,
  His eyes were blind, the light he could not see;
He clutched his rags and shivered in the shadows,
  Then Jesus came and bade his darkness flee.
    When Jesus comes the tempter’s pow’r is broken;
  When Jesus comes the tears are wiped away.
He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory,
    For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.
2
From home and friends the evil spirits drove him,
  Among the tombs he dwelt in misery;
He cut himself as demon pow’rs possessed him,
  Then Jesus came and set the captive free.
3
“Unclean! unclean!” the leper cried in torment,
  The deaf, the dumb, in helplessness stood near;
The fever raged, disease had gripped its victim,
  Then Jesus came and cast out every fear.
4
Their hearts were sad as in the tomb they laid him,
  For death had come and taken him away;
Their night was dark and bitter tears were falling,
  Then Jesus came and night was turned to day.
5
So men today have found the Savior able,
  They could not conquer passion, lust and sin;
Their broken hearts had left them sad and lonely,
  Then Jesus came and dwelt, Himself, within."

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Re: The Desire of Ages--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #86 on: April 26, 2022, 04:46:10 AM »
"The work of Christ in cleansing the leper from his terrible disease is an illustration of His work in cleansing the soul from sin. The man who came to Jesus was "full of leprosy." Its deadly poison permeated his whole body. The disciples sought to prevent their Master from touching him; for he who touched a leper became himself unclean. But in laying His hand upon the leper, Jesus received no defilement. His touch imparted life-giving power. The leprosy was cleansed. Thus it is with the leprosy of sin,--deep-rooted, deadly, and impossible to be cleansed by human power. "The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores." Isaiah 1:5, 6. But Jesus, coming to dwell in humanity, receives no pollution. His presence has healing virtue for the sinner. Whoever will fall at His feet, saying in faith, "Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean," shall hear the answer, "I will; be thou made clean." Matthew 8:2, 3, R. V.

Jesus is longing to set everyone free from the leprosy of sin if they will only come to Him in belief giving Him their all. There is no good thing in any of us but with Jesus dwelling in our hearts through the Holy Spirit our evil natures are dead. As we daily abide in Him the character of God is seen in the life through the fruits of the Spirit. Truly a miracle. It's a moment by moment walk with God that keeps us holy and righteous. When we fall our evil nature revives but when we repent we receive the righteousness of Christ again.
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--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #87 on: April 26, 2022, 07:38:47 AM »
Amen Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine!!  That all might hear your counsel!  That all might seek Jesus for healing from sin that they may be set free from the law of sin and death which holds all in bondage until the new birth. This chapter contains a truth that will help many to understand what true conversion is and how to obtain the new birth wherein they will become a partaker of  God's divine nature and witness to the power of grace to transform sinners into saints manifesting all of the fruits of the Spirit, not one missing.

The conversion of Saul of Tarsus is a blessing to understand. It reveals the true interpretation of Romans 7 which Satan has perverted to keep Laodiceans blind to their continual need of Jesus in order to do any good thing.  In today's reading we find an important piece of information that confirms Romans seven is Paul telling of the days when he was convicted of sin, but knew not how to achieve victory over it. He was captive to the law of sin which was in his members (flesh). He prayed as did the paralytic to be delivered from his captivity. Now, it is true that one may have been converted yet fall back into sin, but this is not true of Saul's captivity as revealed in Romans 7. When one has been truly converted, he knows who it is that gives him the power to obey and to do good works, it is Jesus. Saul had not the least knowledge of a Savior from sin when he cried out "O wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from the body of this death." Not only did he not know "who", but he was persecuting the followers of the only One who could help him.

What is it in today's reading that helps  us to share the truth about Romans seven not being Paul's experience after conversion? It is the truth regarding how long it takes God to answer a prayer to be delivered from sin. When we know that God answers the prayer immediately, we can know when it was that Paul prayed to know who  could deliver him from his own body (flesh) of death.

     In some instances of healing, Jesus did not at once grant the blessing sought. But in the case of leprosy, no sooner was the appeal made than it was granted. When we pray for earthly blessings, the answer to our prayer may be delayed, or God may give us something other than we ask, but not so when we ask for deliverance from sin. It is His will to cleanse us from sin, to make us His children, and to enable us to live a holy life. Christ "gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father." Galatians 1:4. And "this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." 1 John 5:14, 15. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.
     In the healing of the paralytic at Capernaum, Christ again taught the same truth. It was to manifest His power to forgive sins that the miracle was performed. And the healing of the paralytic also illustrates other precious truths. It is full of hope and encouragement, and from its connection with the caviling Pharisees it has a lesson of warning as well.
     Like the leper, this paralytic had lost all hope of recovery. His disease was the result of a life of sin, and his sufferings were embittered by remorse. He had long before appealed to the Pharisees and doctors, hoping for relief from mental suffering and physical pain. But they coldly pronounced him incurable, and abandoned him to the wrath of God. The Pharisees regarded affliction as an evidence of divine displeasure, and they held themselves aloof from the sick and the needy. Yet often these very ones who exalted themselves as holy were more guilty than the sufferers they condemned.
     The palsied man was entirely helpless, and, seeing no prospect of aid from any quarter, he had sunk into despair. Then he heard of the wonderful works of Jesus. He was told that others as sinful and helpless as he had been healed; even lepers had been cleansed. And the friends who reported these things encouraged him to believe that he too might be cured if he could be carried to Jesus. But his hope fell when he remembered how the disease had been brought upon him. He feared that the pure Physician would not tolerate him in His presence.
     Yet it was not physical restoration he desired so much as relief from the burden of sin. If he could see Jesus, and receive the assurance of forgiveness and peace with Heaven, he would be content to live or die, according to God's will. The cry of the dying man was, Oh that I might come into His presence!


He wanted to be delivered from sin more than being healed physically. Jesus healed him immediately from sin as well as from his physical affliction. So, when was Saul converted, on the road to Damascus. When did he then pray to know who could heal him from his captivity to sin? It would have been when he met the answer to his prayer and thus was converted. He had come to the point of full surrender and in response, Jesus revealed Himself in a most profound way. There was not one word of argument from the lips of Saul of Tarsus the Persecutor. He was set free from the law of sin which was in his flesh. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1,2.

The sermon and death of Stephen was the work of God working through Stephen to reveal grace to Saul. It was then that the Holy Spirit began to more powerfully to convict Saul of sin. As Jesus said, it was becoming harder and harder for Saul to kick against the pricks of the Holy Spirit who was convicting him of sin. He finally came to the point of praying to know who could deliver him from himself. It is then that God gives an immediate answer and Saul (Paul) was converted. Thus, we better understand that Romans 7 is Paul telling of his battle to overcome sin and self, he could not in and of himself. He needed a Savior whom  he did not know was calling him to Himself. Romans seven is believed by millions of professing Christians to be the experience after conversion. It may be that one sins and does not know how to cease sinning, but this is not Paul after conversion. He did not experience what many do today when many think they are converted, but are not. Conversion brings power to not sin. This is revealed in Romans 8 which Paul explains is the Christian experience.
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Re: The Desire of Ages--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #88 on: July 21, 2022, 08:00:14 PM »
"The palsied man was entirely helpless, and, seeing no prospect of aid from any quarter, he had sunk into despair."

"Then he heard of the wonderful works of Jesus."


"He was told that others as sinful and helpless as he had been healed; even lepers had been cleansed."

"The friends who reported these things encouraged him to believe that he too might be cured if he could be carried to Jesus."

"But his hope fell when he remembered how the disease had been brought upon him"

"He feared that the pure Physician would not tolerate him in His presence."

"Yet it was not physical restoration he desired so much as relief from the burden of sin.'

"If he could see Jesus, and receive the assurance of forgiveness and peace with Heaven, he would be content to live or die, according to God's will."


"The cry of the dying man was, Oh that I might come into His presence!"

If there is unconfessed sin in our life, then we too are " Dying " and need to come to Jesus for cleansing, Jesus is willing to do for us what he did for the palsied man. Are we humble enough to confess our great need? Jesus is longing for us to respond to His offer of Forgiveness and Promise of Eternal Life. This is a limited time offer while Jesus is still pleading for you and for me "BUT WE MUST NOT DELAY."

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"Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
  There’s mercy with the Lord;
And He will surely give you rest
  By trusting in His Word.
    Only trust Him! Only trust Him!
  Only trust Him now!
He will save you! He will save you!
    He will save you now!
2
For Jesus shed His precious blood
  Rich blessings to bestow;
Plunge now into the crimson flood
  That washeth white as snow.
3
Yes, Jesus is the Truth, the Way,
  That leads you into rest;
Believe in Him without delay,
  And you are fully blest.
4
Come then, and join the holy band,
  And on to glory go;
In Christ’s redemption take your stand,
  And all His goodness know."

Lyrics:John Hart Stockton (1813-1877)
Music:John Hart Stockton (1813-1877)
Look up and listen for the shout.

Pastor Sean Brizendine

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Re: The Desire of Ages--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #89 on: July 22, 2022, 04:47:33 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon!!

Let us accept all the spiritual help Christ offers us. He is willing to make us new in Him--with new motives, thoughts, feelings and character from His very "divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4), taking away the leprosy of sin!

"The work of Christ in cleansing the leper from his terrible disease is an illustration of His work in cleansing the soul from sin. The man who came to Jesus was 'full of leprosy.' Its deadly poison permeated his whole body. The disciples sought to prevent their Master from touching him; for he who touched a leper became himself unclean. But in laying His hand upon the leper, Jesus received no defilement. His touch imparted life-giving power. The leprosy was cleansed. Thus it is with the leprosy of sin,--deep-rooted, deadly, and impossible to be cleansed by human power. 'The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores.' Isaiah 1:5, 6. But Jesus, coming to dwell in humanity, receives no pollution. His presence has healing virtue for the sinner. Whoever will fall at His feet, saying in faith, 'Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean,' shall hear the answer, 'I will; be thou made clean.' Matthew 8:2, 3, R. V." {The Desire of Ages, page 266, paragraph 1}
"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--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #90 on: July 22, 2022, 06:35:00 AM »
The paralytic found in Christ healing for both the soul and the body. The spiritual healing was followed by physical restoration. This lesson should not be overlooked. There are today thousands suffering from physical disease, who, like the paralytic, are longing for the message, "Thy sins are forgiven." The burden of sin, with its unrest and unsatisfied desires, is the foundation of their maladies. They can find no relief until they come to the Healer of the soul. The peace which He alone can give, would impart vigor to the mind, and health to the body.

Is it possible that many today of even professed Christians are not healed when prayed for because they have unbelief in their hearts? In todays reading the physical healing came after the spiritual healing.  When all is said and done it's the spiritual healing that is most needed. We may have physical healing and still lose out on eternal life and with spiritual healing we may lose our physical lives here but will go to sleep in Christ assured of eternal life.
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--27--"Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
« Reply #91 on: July 22, 2022, 11:05:02 AM »
Amen dear sister!  When anointing the sick we who do so ought to always pray that if there is anything in the life of the sick one that would keep Jesus from healing, that He would reveal this. This affords the sick one the opportunity to confess all known sin that if it be for his good and God's glory to be healed, God could do so. It may be that being laid to rest would be the means that God's could work to save one who the sick one was praying for. God is working through us in many ways that we know nothing of. We always want to pray in a manner that reveals we understand saving one's life may not be for the very best.

Today's reading touches on this truth, that God is working in more than one way when He does something. We see this in the healing of the leper.


   Every act of Christ's ministry was far-reaching in its purpose. It comprehended more than appeared in the act itself. So in the case of the leper. While Jesus ministered to all who came unto Him, He yearned to bless those who came not. While He drew the publicans, the heathen, and the Samaritans, He longed to reach the priests and teachers who were shut in by prejudice and tradition. He left untried no means by which they might be reached. In sending the healed leper to the priests, He gave them a testimony calculated to disarm their prejudices.
     The Pharisees had asserted that Christ's teaching was opposed to the law which God had given through Moses; but His direction to the cleansed leper to present an offering according to the law disproved this charge. It was sufficient testimony for all who were willing to be convinced.


Knowing that ALL things work for our good when we love the Lord our God with all of the heart, makes it easier to suffer for God's cause. And to see others suffer. We do not see how far-reaching is every act of God.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.