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Re: The Desire of Ages--31--The Sermon on the Mount
« Reply #60 on: June 03, 2020, 06:47:02 AM »
"Christís first words to the people on the mount were words of blessing. Happy are they, He said, who recognize their spiritual poverty, and feel their need of redemption. The gospel is to be preached to the poor. Not to the spiritually proud, those who claim to be rich and in need of nothing, is it revealed, but to those who are humble and contrite. One fountain only has been opened for sin, a fountain for the poor in spirit." {DA 299.4}

The beatitudes present the steps of conversion in such a positive, promising way. The first step is not what the proud heart wants to accept. Jesus is looking for those that feel their great need of redemption and with a humble contrite spirit accept His way for their lives. As we respond to the call of Christ He will make us fit vessels for the Holy Spirit to work through us to influence those who are poor in spirit and share with them what the Lord has done for us.
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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« Reply #61 on: June 03, 2020, 07:34:47 AM »
It is so sweet to trust in Jesus and to take Him at His word in the most trying moments of our lives! As we learn of Christ, our anxiety and fear are replaced with His self-sacrificing love that seeks to bless others in all situations!

"Christís first words to the people on the mount were words of blessing. Happy are they, He said, who recognize their spiritual poverty, and feel their need of redemption. The gospel is to be preached to the poor. Not to the spiritually proud, those who claim to be rich and in need of nothing, is it revealed, but to those who are humble and contrite. One fountain only has been opened for sin, a fountain for the poor in spirit." {The Desire of Ages, page 299, paragraph 4}

We need Jesus--continually. Apart from Him, our fallen nature inevitably sprouts right back like a weedy garden. Only in Christ can we find the true fruit of holiness--the overflow of abiding in His will and plan for us day by day! As we learn of Him, He not only imbues us with all of the fruits or attributes of His character by the Holy Spirit, but He empowers us to desire to sacrifice and be strong for His sake and to consider it a privilege to partake of fellowship with Him in His sufferings for the salvation of those around us! Moses chose the better way when He decided to forsake the pleasures of sin for a season and live a life fully consecrated to God. If Moses would have never lost sight of Jesus, remaining humble and teachable even in the heated moment of temptation, Moses need not have struck the rock and marred the record of his life in ministry. While the consequence was the Moses did not enter the promised land immediately with the children of Israel at that time in their wilderness sojourn, God showed Him mercy in not only resurrecting Him but giving Him the privilege of being one of the witnesses with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration to encourage Jesus before going to die for us on the cross! God loves to go above and beyond what we can ask or think! God is just and merciful, freely pardoning us as we only acknowledge our iniquity, so we may be victorious in Christ by a living faith surrender!
"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--31--The Sermon on the Mount
« Reply #62 on: June 03, 2020, 10:18:33 PM »
Perfection of Christian character is not well understood in churches. Defects of character reveal a need to surrender the heart to Christ.
God reveals our defects of character through affliction.

And for those also who mourn in trial and sorrow there is comfort. The bitterness of grief and humiliation is better than the indulgences of sin. Through affliction God reveals to us the plague spots in our characters, that by His grace we may overcome our faults. Unknown chapters in regard to ourselves are opened to us, and the test comes, whether we will accept the reproof and the counsel of God. When brought into trial, we are not to fret and complain. We should not rebel, or worry ourselves out of the hand of Christ. We are to humble the soul before God. The ways of the Lord are obscure to him who desires to see things in a light pleasing to himself. They appear dark and joyless to our human nature. But Godís ways are ways of mercy and the end is salvation. Elijah knew not what he was doing when in the desert he said that he had had enough of life, and prayed that he might die. The Lord in His mercy did not take him at his word. There was yet a great work for Elijah to do; and when his work was done, he was not to perish in discouragement and solitude in the wilderness. Not for him the descent into the dust of death, but the ascent in glory, with the convoy of celestial chariots, to the throne on high.

God wants the heart, the whole heart. Many are holding back things that will keep them out of heaven. God's grace will forgiven all who will give up their pride and surrender the heart. It is by seeing God's grace that transforms the heart. Jesus tells us that we need to drink His blood and eat His flesh. It is when we spend the thoughtful hour a day that we see His great love for us and our great sinfulness.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.