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Pastor Sean Brizendine

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Re: The Desire of Ages--41--The Crisis in Galilee
« Reply #60 on: March 18, 2020, 04:53:15 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon!

We can be thankful that Jesus prepares us for trials and times things perfectly. He knew that by declaring the deep spiritual truth of how His disciples were to eat His flesh and drink His blood as described in John 6, His hearers would reach a turning point. They would see that Christ was offering a spiritual kingdom instead of one of temporal aggrandizement. And so today Christ leads us to realize that we have the choice as to whether we will most value union and communion with Him by the Holy Spirit, or if we will allow other things to crowd out the presence of Jesus. As we sense our continual need of His abiding presence, we may be strengthened to go forward in faith, anticipating greater trials ahead, but fully conscious of the presence of Christ to guide us step by step in the way that He deems best.

"Compassionate Redeemer, who in the full knowledge of the doom that awaited Him, tenderly smoothed the way for the disciples, prepared them for their crowning trial, and strengthened them for the final test!" {The Desire of Ages, page 394, paragraph 3}

The trials we are facing now are preparation for greater trials, culminating in the time of trouble just before Jesus returns. Jesus is with us each step, and as we yield the whole heart to Him, He cleanses us by His atoning blood and imbues us with all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit so that not one is missing. This ever-deepening and maturing experience is what we need for each experience in life! Abide in Christ by receiving His word into your heart by the Holy Spirit, for this is what it means to eat His flesh and drink His blood in the fullest spiritual sense!
"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--41--The Crisis in Galilee
« Reply #61 on: March 18, 2020, 05:50:23 AM »
  This truly was a turning point for the followers of Jesus. Although the majority of his followers rejected Him I am so thankful for the record of His faithful disciples that stayed with Him. It's true what Peter said when Jesus asked them if they were going to leave Him also..."To Whom shall we go?"

"By looking constantly to Jesus with the eye of faith, we shall be strengthened. God will make the most precious revelations to His hungering, thirsting people. They will find that Christ is a personal Saviour. As they feed upon His word, they find that it is spirit and life. The word destroys the natural, earthly nature, and imparts a new life in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit comes to the soul as a Comforter. By the transforming agency of His grace, the image of God is reproduced in the disciple; he becomes a new creature. Love takes the place of hatred, and the heart receives the divine similitude. This is what it means to live "by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." This is eating the Bread that comes down from heaven."

We may be tempted and tried in our walk with God but we can be joyful through it all because we know that because of God's great love for us He is allowing smaller tests to come to help ease the larger ones yet to come. By faith in Jesus and through His word He strengthens us, He changes us, and pours out His most precious blessings. We become new creatures. How I love my Jesus.
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--41--The Crisis in Galilee
« Reply #62 on: March 18, 2020, 11:18:17 PM »
Amen! 

While we cannot now comprehend the works and ways of God, we can discern His great love, which underlies all His dealings with men. He who lives near to Jesus will understand much of the mystery of godliness. He will recognize the mercy that administers reproof, that tests the character, and brings to light the purpose of the heart. 
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.