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Pastor Sean Brizendine

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« Reply #60 on: December 21, 2020, 08:13:33 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine!

Try to imagine the scene. Jesus is standing before the tomb of Lazarus, and He speaks in such a clear, ringing voice: "Lazarus, come forth" (John 11:43). This is the test of Christ's divinity. Can He raise the dead?

"There is a stir in the silent tomb, and he who was dead stands at the door of the sepulcher. His movements are impeded by the graveclothes in which he was laid away, and Christ says to the astonished spectators, 'Loose him, and let him go.' Again they are shown that the human worker is to co-operate with God. Humanity is to work for humanity. Lazarus is set free, and stands before the company, not as one emaciated from disease, and with feeble, tottering limbs, but as a man in the prime of life, and in the vigor of a noble manhood. His eyes beam with intelligence and with love for his Saviour. He casts himself in adoration at the feet of Jesus." {The Desire of Ages, page 536, paragraph 3}

So it will be when Jesus raises ALL THE DEAD IN CHRIST when He returns VERY SOON! All who have surrendered their lives to Him fully and accepted His saving grace by faith need not fear death, for it is likened in the Bible to sleep, for "the dead know not any thing" (Ecclesiastes 9:5), but those whom Christ raises will know His power over death and be given new, immortal bodies!! Lazarus' resurrection is an ASSURANCE that Jesus can DO IT AGAIN and we can go forth today to be His witnesses by the life He gives us--a life that will manifest all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as long as Christ has ALL THE HEART!! What joy may fill our hearts as we approach the soon coming return of Christ and the resurrection of life of all His believing children! If we are privileged to be alive until that day, having passed through the time of trouble, we will be given the blessing of a new body even though we never died!! 
   
"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 #61 on: December 21, 2020, 09:22:06 PM »
Amen Pastor Sean! Christ had gained the victory over death!  It is interesting to know that Lazarus did not die from a disease, but like many "natural" disasters, he died from the power of the evil one.

     Had Christ been in the sickroom, Lazarus would not have died; for Satan would have had no power over him. Death could not have aimed his dart at Lazarus in the presence of the Life-giver. Therefore Christ remained away. He suffered the enemy to exercise his power, that He might drive him back, a conquered foe. He permitted Lazarus to pass under the dominion of death; and the suffering sisters saw their brother laid in the grave. Christ knew that as they looked on the dead face of their brother their faith in their Redeemer would be severely tried. But He knew that because of the struggle through which they were now passing their faith would shine forth with far greater power. He suffered every pang of sorrow that they endured. He loved them no less because He tarried; but He knew that for them, for Lazarus, for Himself, and for His disciples, a victory was to be gained. 


Christ allowed it that He might reveal His victory over Satan and in the process the believer's faith would grow stronger. What an amazing Savior is ours!!
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

Pastor Sean Brizendine

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« Reply #62 on: March 18, 2021, 04:28:15 AM »
Turn to Jesus in every situation, and let Him turn it into something beautiful in His time.

"To all who are reaching out to feel the guiding hand of God, the moment of greatest discouragement is the time when divine help is nearest" {The Desire of Ages, page 528, paragraph 3}

As we yield the whole heart to Christ, He cleanses us from sin by His atoning blood and fills us with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing!
"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: March 18, 2021, 04:44:44 AM »
"The cause of Christ needs careful, energetic workers. There is a wide field for the Marthas, with their zeal in active religious work. But let them first sit with Mary at the feet of Jesus. Let diligence, promptness, and energy be sanctified by the grace of Christ; then the life will be an unconquerable power for good."

No matter what our talents, no matter what our calling, the most important thing to remember is that Jesus must always come first and center in all our work and teaching. I sadly admit that many times I have been so busy 'doing' that I have forgotten to first sit at the feet of Jesus and consume every word and thought that comes from His mouth.
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 #64 on: March 18, 2021, 05:50:42 AM »
"He permitted Lazarus to pass under the dominion of death; and the suffering sisters saw their brother laid in the grave. Christ knew that as they looked on the dead face of their brother their faith in their Redeemer would be severely tried..

But He knew that because of the struggle through which they were now passing their faith would shine forth with far greater power..

He suffered every pang of sorrow that they endured. He loved them no less because He tarried; but He knew that for them, for Lazarus, for Himself, and for His disciples, a victory was to be gained."

This narrative reminds me of the words to the song - " Only Trust Him "

   "Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
  Thereís 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!
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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.
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Come then, and join the holy band,
  And on to glory go;
In Christís redemption take your stand,
  And all His goodness know."


What ever experience you may be going through today reach out and put you hand in the hand of Jesus. He understands your need.


 
Look up and listen for the shout.

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« Reply #65 on: March 18, 2021, 06:11:34 AM »
      Amen Brother Beacon!!  God loves us and sufferers as we suffer, but He allows it that we might grow in strength of character. This chapter reveals over and over that we are slow to understand how God is working for our good.

As Sister Dorine has pointed out, doing ministry is not as important as keeping our eyes upon the unseen world. We need fresh stores of grace daily that we might be filled with the Spirit to do the work entrusted to us.

"Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Mary was storing her mind with the precious words falling from the Saviour's lips, words that were more precious to her than earth's most costly jewels.
     The "one thing" that Martha needed was a calm, devotional spirit, a deeper anxiety for knowledge concerning the future, immortal life, and the graces necessary for spiritual advancement. She needed less anxiety for the things which pass away, and more for those things which endure forever. Jesus would teach His children to seize every opportunity of gaining that knowledge which will make them wise unto salvation. The cause of Christ needs careful, energetic workers. There is a wide field for the Marthas, with their zeal in active religious work. But let them first sit with Mary at the feet of Jesus. Let diligence, promptness, and energy be sanctified by the grace of Christ; then the life will be an unconquerable power for good.


There are those who teach that God does it all and we don't have to anything, just believe. It is true that we are saved by grace through believing with the whole heart. But, that does not mean we have no part in our salvation. We will be lost if we do nothing, but believe as do the devils. We must come to Jesus. We must learn of Him. We must take advantage of every opportunity we have of gaining knowledge which will make us wise unto salvation. And even after making a full surrender, God expects us to do what is set before us, giving us power to do what we cannot do without His divine aid.

 "Take ye away the stone." Christ could have commanded the stone to remove, and it would have obeyed His voice. He could have bidden the angels who were close by His side to do this. At His bidding, invisible hands would have removed the stone. But it was to be taken away by human hands. Thus Christ would show that humanity is to co-operate with divinity. What human power can do divine power is not summoned to do. God does not dispense with man's aid. He strengthens him, co-operating with him as he uses the powers and capabilities given him. 


As Pastor Sean has shared, when we cooperate with God, when we turn to Jesus, He will cleanse us from all sin and empower us to manifest all of the fruits of the Spirit, not one will be missing! The miracle of all miracles!!
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--58--Lazarus, Come Forth
« Reply #66 on: March 18, 2021, 08:30:08 AM »
When the Lord is about to do a work, Satan moves upon someone to object. "Take ye away the stone," Christ said. As far as possible, prepare the way for My work. But Martha's positive and ambitious nature asserted itself. She was unwilling that the decomposing body should be brought to view. The human heart is slow to understand Christ's words, and Martha's faith had not grasped the true meaning of His promise.
    Christ reproved Martha, but His words were spoken with the utmost gentleness. "Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" Why should you doubt in regard to My power? Why reason in opposition to My requirements? You have My word. If you will believe, you shall see the glory of God. Natural impossibilities cannot prevent the work of the Omnipotent One. Skepticism and unbelief are not humility. Implicit belief in Christ's word is true humility, true self-surrender.   


An important point made here is that when the Lord is about to work to further the Fathers kingdom Satan will work to plaice unbelief in those present, however; we see Jesus love shining through his reproof to Martha, showing us that even in correcting error we are to show God's love and mercy to the erring ones, that their faith may be restored. The true definition of humility is given here Implicit belief in Christ's word, and surrender and obedience to God's word is humility.