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« Reply #60 on: September 13, 2020, 06:08:57 AM »
"Through being overcome with sleep, the disciples heard little of what passed between Christ and the heavenly messengers. Failing to watch and pray, they had not received that which God desired to give them,--a knowledge of the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. They lost the blessing that might have been theirs through sharing His self-sacrifice. Slow of heart to believe were these disciples, little appreciative of the treasure with which Heaven sought to enrich them."

Our intent and desire may be strong and sincere but the flesh is so very weak. Praise God He does not give up on us. He is so kind and gentle. He doesn't scold or condemn. And as we behold His beauty of character and love for us we can't help but wake up to the fact that we are in the presence of the King of the universe. I thank God this morning for His patience with me as He molds and melts my character into His.
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: September 13, 2020, 07:08:04 AM »
"In the hour of His greatest need..."Heaven had sent its messengers to Jesus; not angels, but men who had endured suffering and sorrow, and who could sympathize with the Saviour in the trial of His earthly life. Moses and Elijah had been colaborers with Christ. They had shared His longing for the salvation of men. Moses had pleaded for Israel: 'Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written.' Exodus 32:32...

Elijah had known loneliness of spirit, as for three years and a half of famine he had borne the burden of the nation's hatred and its woe. Alone he had stood for God upon Mount Carmel. Alone he had fled to the desert in anguish and despair. These men, chosen above every angel around the throne, had come to commune with Jesus concerning the scenes of His suffering, and to comfort Him with the assurance of the sympathy of heaven.

The hope of the world, the salvation of every human being, was the burden of their interview."



In the Bible we read these comforting, encouraging and supportive words......

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

As I read these words from this chapter I found it so comforting to be reminded that my Heavenly Father knows "EXACTLY WHAT I NEED --- WHEN I NEED IT MOST" and just like He did for Jesus, He is more than capable of sharing the reinforcement we need. In a world that is filled with Anxiety & Fear about many things we have the ASSURANCE that our God can and will provide to lead us safely home.
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« Reply #62 on: September 13, 2020, 08:14:19 AM »
Amen, Sister Dorine and Brother Beacon!

The kingdom is being set up even now. All of the righteous on the earth are being assembled. Those who die before Jesus comes will be resurrected like Moses! Those who live until Jesus comes will be translated without seeing death, redeemed from among the living, like Enoch and Elijah! Let us be found faithful in Christ so we may fulfill our appointed destiny!

"Moses upon the mount of transfiguration was a witness to Christ's victory over sin and death. He represented those who shall come forth from the grave at the resurrection of the just. Elijah, who had been translated to heaven without seeing death, represented those who will be living upon the earth at Christ's second coming, and who will be 'changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;' when 'this mortal must put on immortality,' and 'this corruptible must put on incorruption.' 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. Jesus was clothed with the light of heaven, as He will appear when He shall come 'the second time without sin unto salvation.' For He will come 'in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.' Hebrews 9:28; Mark 8:38. The Saviour's promise to the disciples was now fulfilled. Upon the mount the future kingdom of glory was represented in miniature,--Christ the King, Moses a representative of the risen saints, and Elijah of the translated ones." {The Desire of Ages, page 421, paragraph 4}

When we live by faith on Jesus as the Son of God, not only does He bring all of the fruits of the Spirit into our lives (Galatians 5:22-23), but He leads us to affectionately obey the law of life as revealed in Christ and proclaimed in glory from Sinai in the Ten Commandments! All His invitations are evidence of His power to make it happen in our lives, so we may be courageous witnesses of Christ to the glory of God!!
"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 #63 on: September 13, 2020, 09:53:36 AM »
Amen, amen, and amen!! It is a battle and a march. Poor Jesus walked alone amid those He came to save. They were dull of mind. We, 2000 years later are far worse than they. Yet, we have seen so very much having their example and the life of Christ.  Let us continue to commune with our God and be faithful each day that we might hasten the soon coming of our Lord.
     Not the inauguration of Christ as king, but the decease to be accomplished at Jerusalem, is the subject of their conference with Jesus. Bearing the weakness of humanity, and burdened with its sorrow and sin, Jesus walked alone in the midst of men. As the darkness of the coming trial pressed upon Him, He was in loneliness of spirit, in a world that knew Him not. Even His loved disciples, absorbed in their own doubt and sorrow and ambitious hopes, had not comprehended the mystery of His mission. He had dwelt amid the love and fellowship of heaven; but in the world that He had created, He was in solitude. Now heaven had sent its messengers to Jesus; not angels, but men who had endured suffering and sorrow, and who could sympathize with the Saviour in the trial of His earthly life. Moses and Elijah had been colaborers with Christ. They had shared His longing for the salvation of men. Moses had pleaded for Israel: “Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written.” Exodus 32:32. Elijah had known loneliness of spirit, as for three years and a half of famine he had borne the burden of the nation’s hatred and its woe. Alone he had stood for God upon Mount Carmel. Alone he had fled to the desert in anguish and despair. These men, chosen above every angel around the throne, had come to commune with Jesus concerning the scenes of His suffering, and to comfort Him with the assurance of the sympathy of heaven. The hope of the world, the salvation of every human being, was the burden of their interview. 


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« Reply #64 on: December 09, 2020, 06:26:37 AM »
Such a short but powerful chapter! How is it that Peter James and John after hearing the voice of God from heaven, and seeing Moses and Elijah, and seeing Christ glorified, could forsake Jesus on that fateful night when He was taken captive? Knowing truth is not enough. We must remember the things that we've been Sean. Is it not possible that Peter James and John, forgot what they saw on the Mountaintop?

Yes, it was not kept fresh in their minds and thus they forsook their Messiah. And, even the mother of Jesus did not think Him to be the Messiah, the Son of God, when He hung on the cross. We who have been given so much light ought not forget what we have seen. But, we shamefully do all to often. When we sin a known sin, it is because we do not understand how much we hurt the One who gave all that we might not forget His love and power to keep us from sin.

How can we keep from forgetting God? It would be well to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ. That is not enough, but it is a good beginning. We must remain in an attitude of prayer continually in order that we forget not what Christ has done for us. Daniel understood. He removed himself from the world three times a day that He would forget not what He had been shown. If we consider Elijah and Moses, we understand that at times they also forgot what they knew and sinned grievous sins. They had a Mediator to forgive them. And, so do we. But, very soon there will no more Mediator to forgive sins. The heavenly sanctuary will soon close forever never more to pardon sinners.

     Through being overcome with sleep, the disciples heard little of what passed between Christ and the heavenly messengers. Failing to watch and pray, they had not received that which God desired to give them,--a knowledge of the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. They lost the blessing that might have been theirs through sharing His self-sacrifice. Slow of heart to believe were these disciples, little appreciative of the treasure with which Heaven sought to enrich them.
     Yet they received great light. They were assured that all heaven knew of the sin of the Jewish nation in rejecting Christ. They were given a clearer insight into the work of the Redeemer. They saw with their eyes and heard with their ears things that were beyond the comprehension of man. They were "eyewitnesses of His majesty" (2 Peter 1:16), and they realized that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, to whom patriarchs and prophets had witnessed, and that He was recognized as such by the heavenly universe.
     While they were still gazing on the scene upon the mount, "a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him." As they beheld the cloud of glory, brighter than that which went before the tribes of Israel in the wilderness; as they heard the voice of God speak in awful majesty that caused the mountain to tremble, the disciples fell smitten to the earth. They remained prostrate, their faces hidden, till Jesus came near, and touched them, dispelling their fears with His well-known voice, "Arise, and be not afraid." Venturing to lift up their eyes, they saw that the heavenly glory had passed away, the forms of Moses and Elijah had disappeared. They were upon the mount, alone with Jesus.
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« Reply #65 on: December 09, 2020, 06:28:37 AM »
"Moses and Elijah had been colaborers with Christ. They had shared His longing for the salvation of men. Moses had pleaded for Israel: “Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written.” Exodus 32:32. Elijah had known loneliness of spirit, as for three years and a half of famine he had borne the burden of the nation’s hatred and its woe. Alone he had stood for God upon Mount Carmel. Alone he had fled to the desert in anguish and despair. These men, chosen above every angel around the throne, had come to commune with Jesus concerning the scenes of His suffering, and to comfort Him with the assurance of the sympathy of heaven. The hope of the world, the salvation of every human being, was the burden of their interview."

For any that may be feeling alone in their walk with God and their work for Him may take great courage in this event. There is joy coming in the morning but until then the cross must come before the crown. When the morning comes there is joy beyond measure because what God has in store for His faithful ones no man can describe or imagine except for what has already been revealed. There is more. While we work and wait there are many that need to hear the saving gospel of Jesus. We all have loved ones and friends that have not accepted Jesus as their personal Saviour but we must never give up hope. May our lives be a witness to the love and mercy of God for 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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« Reply #66 on: December 09, 2020, 06:45:02 AM »
Amen dear Sister Dorine. There are many even in the church who have yet to understand the true mission of Jesus. And, like Him, we are to accept the cross before the crown that awaits us. It is our privilege to share in the sufferings of Christ that we might give glory to Him and be strengthened in our character. We are to be His witnesses not only to this world, but the unfallen world also. Let us glory in our opportunity to give glory to God. It brings great joy to all who rest in Christ.
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« Reply #67 on: December 09, 2020, 09:09:10 AM »
One cannot read this account without feeling strong empathy for Jesus....He longed for support and encouragement from His own Disciples. Alas, they were asleep!! Can we begin to understand the horrible loneliness that bore down on the heart of Jesus?

"But before the crown must come the cross. Not the inauguration of Christ as king, but the decease to be accomplished at Jerusalem, is the subject of their conference with Jesus. Bearing the weakness of humanity, and burdened with its sorrow and sin, Jesus walked alone in the midst of men. As the darkness of the coming trial pressed upon Him, He was in loneliness of spirit, in a world that knew Him not. Even His loved disciples, absorbed in their own doubt and sorrow and ambitious hopes, had not comprehended the mystery of His mission.

He had dwelt amid the love and fellowship of heaven; but in the world that He had created, He was in solitude."



The comfort that this experience  provided for Jesus when Moses and Elijah came to Him demonstrates to all of us how we too can be assured that when we are called upon to stand up for Jesus , even if it were to cause us separation from all earthly ties, that heaven will supply all the reinforcement required to help us stay true and bring us safely to our eternal destination. Praise the Lord.
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« Reply #68 on: December 10, 2020, 07:45:59 AM »
Amen, Brother Richard, Sister Dorine, and Brother Beacon!!

Are you open to the blessing? God wants to give us something better than we can ask or think--a character like Christ's--and yet character is formed through experience. As the three closest disciples of Jesus went up to the mount with Jesus as He was transfigured, they slept through a good portion of the conversation Christ had with Elijah and Moses; had they heard those key words, they would have been better prepared for the trial just before them in witnessing Christ's crucifixion. We are in a similar position, as Jesus is about to return and the time of trouble will transpire before Jesus comes. Let us learn now to receive all the blessings God wants to give us in gaining a character experience like Christ's so that all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing will be seen in our lives and we will be enabled to suffer and be strong for His dear sake. Then the power of the gospel will be so evidently seen that it will recommend itself to the hearts and minds of those who are watching to see if indeed we are like Jesus.

"Through being overcome with sleep, the disciples heard little of what passed between Christ and the heavenly messengers. Failing to watch and pray, they had not received that which God desired to give them,--a knowledge of the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. They lost the blessing that might have been theirs through sharing His self-sacrifice. Slow of heart to believe were these disciples, little appreciative of the treasure with which Heaven sought to enrich them." {The Desire of Ages, page 425, paragraph 1}

When we appreciate the salvation offered us in Christ, we will gladly be WIDE AWAKE to watch and pray and learn of Christ each precious lesson, recognizing that fellowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and the highest honor.
"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 #69 on: March 06, 2021, 03:33:14 AM »
Happy Sabbath! Jesus wants to bless each of us with a deeper knowledge of His character, so that we may be prepared to enter into fellowship with Him in His sufferings and manifest all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as we affectionately obey His law of love because we have chosen to yield the WHOLE HEART to Him so He can make it white as snow! May we be wide awake to do His will because Jesus is reigning on the throne of our hearts!

"Through being overcome with sleep, the disciples heard little of what passed between Christ and the heavenly messengers. Failing to watch and pray, they had not received that which God desired to give them,--a knowledge of the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. They lost the blessing that might have been theirs through sharing His self-sacrifice. Slow of heart to believe were these disciples, little appreciative of the treasure with which Heaven sought to enrich them." {The Desire of Ages, page 425, paragraph 1}

God wants to bless us with a deeper experience in the path of humble self-sacrifice in which we are willing to be anything or nothing as His providence shall direct. Christ was transfigured before His disciples, but they could have been so much more aware of the depths of His love had they been awake for the entire experience. So it is with us. It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour upon the life of Christ each day, letting the imagination grasp and appreciate each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus meditate upon His great sacrifice for us, we shall receive the remedies to the Laodicean condition and be filled with a true faith working by love (gold tried in the fire), be clothed with His righteousness (white raiment), and be given true spiritual discernment (eye salve) to discern our continual need of Jesus to do any good thing! May we never lose sight of Jesus in the trials of this life, and be looking upon His loveliness so He may reproduce His character in us!
"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 #70 on: March 06, 2021, 05:24:04 AM »
After reading todays chapter I asked my self the question....what do I take from our reading that will strengthen me today and bring me into a closer communion with Christ?  Out of all that I could have taken from this chapter it was the last few sentences that kept impressing me.

"While they were still gazing on the scene upon the mount, "a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him." As they beheld the cloud of glory, brighter than that which went before the tribes of Israel in the wilderness; as they heard the voice of God speak in awful majesty that caused the mountain to tremble, the disciples fell smitten to the earth. They remained prostrate, their faces hidden, till Jesus came near, and touched them, dispelling their fears with His well-known voice, "Arise, and be not afraid." Venturing to lift up their eyes, they saw that the heavenly glory had passed away, the forms of Moses and Elijah had disappeared. They were upon the mount, alone with Jesus."

It was the touch of Jesus that stood out to me this morning. I was reminded of the times that I struggled with fear and torment and heaven seemed so far away. I remember how in my agony I felt the touch of Jesus and found myself alone with Him on my spiritual mountain top. It's a very humbling place to be and one of the most comforting because you realize that you are in the presence of Jesus the Messiah. You are on holy ground. At the bottom of the mountain lies the real world with all it's strife and difficulties. If we have not spent that 'alone' time with Jesus first we would not be ready to face what was waiting for us. Are we experiencing that 'alone time with Jesus' everyday?
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« Reply #71 on: March 06, 2021, 06:23:07 AM »
One cannot read this account without feeling strong empathy for Jesus....He longed for support and encouragement from His own Disciples. Alas, they were asleep!! Can we begin to understand the horrible loneliness that bore down on the heart of Jesus?

"But before the crown must come the cross. Not the inauguration of Christ as king, but the decease to be accomplished at Jerusalem, is the subject of their conference with Jesus. Bearing the weakness of humanity, and burdened with its sorrow and sin, Jesus walked alone in the midst of men. As the darkness of the coming trial pressed upon Him, He was in loneliness of spirit, in a world that knew Him not.

Even His loved disciples, absorbed in their own doubt and sorrow and ambitious hopes, had not comprehended the mystery of His mission.


He had dwelt amid the love and fellowship of heaven; but in the world that He had created, He was in solitude."


The comfort that this experience provided for Jesus when Moses and Elijah came to Him demonstrates to all of us how we too can be assured that when we are called upon to stand up for Jesus , even if it were to cause us separation from all earthly ties, that heaven will supply all the reinforcement required to help us stay true and bring us safely to our eternal destination. Praise the Lord.
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« Reply #72 on: June 01, 2021, 04:17:55 AM »
  "Upon Mount Pisgah fifteen centuries before, Moses had stood gazing upon the Land of Promise. But because of his sin at Meribah, it was not for him to enter there. Not for him was the joy of leading the host of Israel into the inheritance of their fathers. His agonized entreaty, "I pray Thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon" (Deuteronomy 3:25), was refused. The hope that for forty years had lighted up the darkness of the desert wanderings must be denied. A wilderness grave was the goal of those years of toil and heart-burdening care. But He who is "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20), had in this measure answered His servant's prayer. Moses passed under the dominion of death, but he was not to remain in the tomb. Christ Himself called him forth to life. Satan the tempter had claimed the body of Moses because of his sin; but Christ the Saviour brought him forth from the grave. Jude 9.

When reading this section I was reminded of the consequences of only one sin in the life. Even though Moses repented of his sin he still had to live with the consequences of his actions. Then I see the wondrous grace of God in giving to Moses something greater than going into the promised land. He entered the true promised land. Again we see the justice of God's love mingled with the mercy of His love. What a Saviour we serve. I know no other love than this.
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 #73 on: June 01, 2021, 07:36:33 AM »
"In the hour of His greatest need...

"Heaven had sent its messengers to Jesus; not angels, but men who had endured suffering and sorrow, and who could sympathize with the Saviour in the trial of His earthly life. Moses and Elijah had been colaborers with Christ. They had shared His longing for the salvation of men.
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Moses had pleaded for Israel: 'Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written.' Exodus 32:32...

"Elijah had known loneliness of spirit, as for three years and a half of famine he had borne the burden of the nation's hatred and its woe. Alone he had stood for God upon Mount Carmel. Alone he had fled to the desert in anguish and despair. "

"These men, chosen above every angel around the throne, had come to commune with Jesus concerning the scenes of His suffering, and to comfort Him with the assurance of the sympathy of heaven."

The hope of the world, the salvation of every human being, was the burden of their interview."

In the Bible we read these comforting, encouraging and supportive words......

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

As I read these words from this chapter I found it so comforting to be reminded that my Heavenly Father knows "EXACTLY WHAT I NEED --- WHEN I NEED IT MOST" and just like He did for Jesus, He is more than capable of sharing the reinforcement we need. In a world that is filled with Anxiety & Fear about many things we have the ASSURANCE that our God can and will provide to lead us safely home.
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« Reply #74 on: June 01, 2021, 07:48:21 AM »
  Through being overcome with sleep, the disciples heard little of what passed between Christ and the heavenly messengers. Failing to watch and pray, they had not received that which God desired to give them,--a knowledge of the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. They lost the blessing that might have been theirs through sharing His self-sacrifice. Slow of heart to believe were these disciples, little appreciative of the treasure with which Heaven sought to enrich them.

This paragraph caused me to pause and contemplate, do I miss the blessings God wishes to pour out so richly by not failing to watch and pray, spend time in Gods' word, while praying not pausing a listening for what God is telling me, or hurry to finish.  Do I truly understand the suffering Jesus did for me on the cross and is still suffering for me every time I fall short of the Glory of God through sin. Do we all make the same mistakes the Disciple did? And thus miss the blessings God wishes to impart on us.

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« Reply #75 on: June 01, 2021, 10:47:11 AM »
Amen, Sister Dorine and Brother Beacon! And those are excellent points of reflection you brought out, Brother Philip! May we watch and pray and appreciate what Christ wants to give us!

Jesus made a choice for us. He chose the cross before the crown. May we also choose to take up the cross as He leads the way and in complete heart surrender be truly converted so we affectionately obey God's law from the heart and allow the Holy Spirit to manifest through us all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing!

"But before the crown must come the cross. Not the inauguration of Christ as king, but the decease to be accomplished at Jerusalem, is the subject of their conference with Jesus. Bearing the weakness of humanity, and burdened with its sorrow and sin, Jesus walked alone in the midst of men. As the darkness of the coming trial pressed upon Him, He was in loneliness of spirit, in a world that knew Him not. Even His loved disciples, absorbed in their own doubt and sorrow and ambitious hopes, had not comprehended the mystery of His mission. He had dwelt amid the love and fellowship of heaven; but in the world that He had created, He was in solitude. Now heaven had sent its messengers to Jesus; not angels, but men who had endured suffering and sorrow, and who could sympathize with the Saviour in the trial of His earthly life. Moses and Elijah had been colaborers with Christ. They had shared His longing for the salvation of men. Moses had pleaded for Israel: 'Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written.' Exodus 32:32. Elijah had known loneliness of spirit, as for three years and a half of famine he had borne the burden of the nation's hatred and its woe. Alone he had stood for God upon Mount Carmel. Alone he had fled to the desert in anguish and despair. These men, chosen above every angel around the throne, had come to commune with Jesus concerning the scenes of His suffering, and to comfort Him with the assurance of the sympathy of heaven. The hope of the world, the salvation of every human being, was the burden of their interview." {The Desire of Ages, page 422, paragraph 2}

May we ever keep the salvation of souls through the work of Jesus on the cross and His final intercessory work in the heavenly sanctuary prominent before the hearts and minds of those with whom we associate, that we may all live in readiness for heaven by having the truth of the gospel in our souls through the living presence of Christ in us, the hope of glory!
"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 #76 on: August 27, 2021, 07:22:49 AM »
  "The disciples do not venture to ask Christ whither He is going, or for what purpose. He has often spent entire nights in the mountains in prayer. He whose hand formed mountain and valley is at home with nature, and enjoys its quietude. The disciples follow where Christ leads the way; yet they wonder why their Master should lead them up this toilsome ascent when they are weary, and when He too is in need of rest."

May we each be willing to follow where Jesus is leading us. We may be weary, feeble, and wondering why Jesus is leading us in the direction that makes no sense to us. There is a reason for everything and just imagine what the disciples would have missed if they had not trod that toilsome path. Jesus wants to bestow great blessings to each of us. Even in our weakness and sleepiness Jesus does not forsake us but brings about circumstances to wake us to full conscientiousness that we may be strengthened and reminded again of His tender love and pity for finite man.
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 #77 on: August 27, 2021, 07:27:35 AM »
"One cannot read this account without feeling strong empathy for Jesus....He longed for support and encouragement from His own Disciples. Alas, they were asleep!! Can we even begin to understand the horrible loneliness that bore down on the heart of Jesus?

"He had dwelt amid the love and fellowship of heaven; but in the world that He had created, He was in solitude."

Have you ever felt lonely and that no one cared whether you lived or died ? Take courage , Jesus knows just how you feel, He know your pain and fears and He says....

Matthew 11:28  "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"

The comfort that this experience  provided for Jesus when Moses and Elijah came to Him demonstrates to all of us how we too can be assured that when we are called upon to stand up for Jesus , even if it were to cause us separation from all earthly ties, that heaven will supply all the reinforcement required to help us stay true and bring us safely to our eternal destination. Praise the Lord

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Re: The Desire of Ages--46--He Was Transfigured
« Reply #78 on: August 27, 2021, 07:52:18 AM »

    Through being overcome with sleep, the disciples heard little of what passed between Christ and the heavenly messengers. Failing to watch and pray, they had not received that which God desired to give them,--

     Yet they received great light. They were assured that all heaven knew of the sin of the Jewish nation in rejecting Christ. They were given a clearer insight into the work of the Redeemer. They saw with their eyes and heard with their ears things that were beyond the comprehension of man. They were "eyewitnesses of His majesty" (2 Peter 1:16), and they realized that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, to whom patriarchs and prophets had witnessed, and that He was recognized as such by the heavenly universe.


While being overcome by weariness and falling asleep failing to watch and pray the disciples failed to receive that which God wished to give them. We see God's great love and mercy as the received greater light. They were assured that all heaven knew of the Jewish nations sin and rejection of Christ. They saw Jesus transfigured, the were spoken to by the Father so they knew beyond a shadow of doubt Jesus was the Messiah, as was recognized as such by all the heavenly universe.  We should gather the same information and know Jesus is our redeemer and coming in the clouds of glory.

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Re: The Desire of Ages--46--He Was Transfigured
« Reply #79 on: August 27, 2021, 10:29:19 AM »
"Through being overcome with sleep, the disciples heard little of what passed between Christ and the heavenly messengers. Failing to watch and pray, they had not received that which God desired to give them,--a knowledge of the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. They lost the blessing that might have been theirs through sharing His self-sacrifice. Slow of heart to believe were these disciples, little appreciative of the treasure with which Heaven sought to enrich them." {The Desire of Ages, page 425, paragraph 1}

Let us not be asleep spiritually but wide awake by receiving a living union and communion with Christ so we can grow more like Him constantly! 

Choose to be all in for Jesus! Surrender all and let Him lead you continually! All of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing will be in the life truly converted by His grace as God leads us in obedience to His law of love! 
"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}