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Pastor Sean Brizendine

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« 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.

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« Reply #63 on: June 13, 2020, 04:05:08 AM »
Happy Sabbath! May Jesus bless you with a sweeter experience than you have ever had before!

What we watch and think about changes us. What we behold is what we become like. By beholding we become changed. We can choose, even in this dark, sinful world, to look to Jesus and become like Him by the agency of His word and His Spirit. Each of us has the freedom to choose to look to Christ and yield the whole heart to Him, for He will then work in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure! What a joy it is to experience all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as the inevitable result of union and communion with God!

"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." {The Desire of Ages, page 391, paragraph 1} 

As we grow in grace, we hunger for more of Christ, and the more we receive and impart, the more our capacity for receiving and imparting grows. He gives "grace for grace" (John 1:16), and we are saved "by grace through faith" (Ephesians 2:8). Let us look away from self to Christ today and rest in His everlasting 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}

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Re: The Desire of Ages--41--The Crisis in Galilee
« Reply #64 on: June 13, 2020, 04:27:44 AM »
"A theoretical knowledge will do us no good. We must feed upon Him, receive Him into the heart, so that His life becomes our life. His love, His grace, must be assimilated."

"Christ became one flesh with us, in order that we might become one spirit with Him. It is by virtue of this union that we are to come forth from the grave,--not merely as a manifestation of the power of Christ, but because, through faith, His life has become ours. Those who see Christ in His true character, and receive Him into the heart, have everlasting life."

"It is through the Spirit that Christ dwells in us; and the Spirit of God, received into the heart by faith, is the beginning of the life eternal."


I encourage you on this wonderful Sabbath Day to ask for the presence of the Holy Spirit your life. You will then be guided into ALL TRUTH. Take the time to reflect on the words of this beautiful hymn and then ask Jesus for this special and unique insight and He will give it to you.

Hymn #269 – Come, Holy Spirit
1
Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove,
With all Thy quickening powers;
Kindle a flame of sacred love
In these cold hearts of ours.

2
O raise our thoughts from things below,
From vanities and toys!
Then shall we with fresh courage go
To reach eternal joys.

3
Awake our souls to joyful songs;
Let pure devotions rise;
Till praise employs our thankful tongues,
And doubt forever dies.

4
Father, we would no longer live
At this poor, dying rate;
To Thee our thankful love we give,
For Thine to us is great.

5
Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove,
With all Thy quickening powers;
Come, shed abroad a Savior’s love,
And that shall kindle ours.



"It is by beholding His love, by dwelling upon it, by drinking it in, that we are to become partakers of His nature. What food is to the body, Christ must be to the soul. Food cannot benefit us unless we eat it, unless it becomes a part of our being. So Christ is of no value to us if we do not know Him as a personal Saviour.
Look up and listen for the shout.

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Re: The Desire of Ages--41--The Crisis in Galilee
« Reply #65 on: June 13, 2020, 06:00:08 AM »
  "In His promises and warnings, Jesus means me. God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that I by believing in Him, might not perish, but have everlasting life. The experiences related in God's word are to be my experiences. Prayer and promise, precept and warning, are mine. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20. As faith thus receives and assimilates the principles of truth, they become a part of the being and the motive power of the life. The word of God, received into the soul, molds the thoughts, and enters into the development of character."

The first time I read these words and let them sink in, my heart overflowed with love to the one I had taken for granted for so long. Each time I read them they become even more precious to me. Growing up with a feeling of unworthiness I felt God's love was for everyone else. But that's a tragic conception of Jesus. Once I realized that it is my unworthiness that pulls on the heart of God in tender mercy towards me I never felt the same again. Once I claimed this promise for myself He was then able to work in my life to change my heart and understanding. I praise God for His patience and long suffering while He lovingly waited for me to 'get it'.
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 #66 on: June 13, 2020, 03:57:18 PM »
Amen, amen, and amen! In today's reading we find Christ is faced with a crisis. It is a turning point in His ministry on this Earth. So many who followed Jesus were not interested in truth. They were looking for worldly benefit from their Messiah. Like Judas, they were not looking for a Messiah who had no where to lay His head.

  "Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner." Matthew 3:12. This was one of the times of purging. By the words of truth, the chaff was being separated from the wheat. Because they were too vain and self-righteous to receive reproof, too world-loving to accept a life of humility, many turned away from Jesus. Many are still doing the same thing. Souls are tested today as were those disciples in the synagogue at Capernaum. When truth is brought home to the heart, they see that their lives are not in accordance with the will of God. They see the need of an entire change in themselves; but they are not willing to take up the self-denying work. Therefore they are angry when their sins are discovered. They go away offended, even as the disciples left Jesus, murmuring, "This is an hard saying; who can hear it?"


The Bible reveals there is need for us to have "an entire change."  We must be transformed from sinners into saints. How many are willing to enter into this work? Many are called, but few choose to make the sacrifice. And these many have an influence on others, especially if they are in the church. What we read today is that Jesus spoke words that He knew would turn many of these false believers away from Him.  The truth separates the sheep from the goats.

     When Jesus presented the testing truth that caused so many of His disciples to turn back, He knew what would be the result of His words; but He had a purpose of mercy to fulfill. He foresaw that in the hour of temptation every one of His beloved disciples would be severely tested. His agony in Gethsemane, His betrayal and crucifixion, would be to them a most trying ordeal. Had no previous test been given, many who were actuated by merely selfish motives would have been connected with them. When their Lord was condemned in the judgment hall; when the multitude who had hailed Him as their king hissed at Him and reviled Him; when the jeering crowd cried, "Crucify Him!"--when their worldly ambitions were disappointed, these self-seeking ones would, by renouncing their allegiance to Jesus, have brought upon the disciples a bitter, heart-burdening sorrow, in addition to their grief and disappointment in the ruin of their fondest hopes. In that hour of darkness, the example of those who turned from Him might have carried others with them. But Jesus brought about this crisis while by His personal presence He could still strengthen the faith of His true followers. 

Have a blessed Sabbath dear friends.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.