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Richard Myers

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Re: The Desire of Ages--53--The Last Journey From Galilee
« Reply #60 on: March 30, 2020, 09:37:56 PM »
Amen Brother Beacon.

     The True Witness says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock." Revelation 3:20. Every warning, reproof, and entreaty in the word of God or through His messengers is a knock at the door of the heart. It is the voice of Jesus asking for entrance. With every knock unheeded, the disposition to open becomes weaker. The impressions of the Holy Spirit if disregarded today, will not be as strong tomorrow. The heart becomes less impressible, and lapses into a perilous unconsciousness of the shortness of life, and of the great eternity beyond. Our condemnation in the judgment will not result from the fact that we have been in error, but from the fact that we have neglected heaven-sent opportunities for learning what is truth.


I recall this statement: "God will not condemn any at the judgment because they honestly believed a lie, or conscientiously cherished error; but it will be because they neglected the opportunities of making themselves acquainted with truth. The infidel will be condemned, not because he was an infidel, but because he did not take advantage of the means God has placed within his reach to enable him to become a Christian.  Testimony to Minister pg 437.

There is no excuse for sin because has provided for all us a remedy in His Son.
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« Reply #61 on: June 25, 2020, 06:34:55 AM »
..."The less you cherish self, the more distinct and full will be your comprehension of the excellence of your Saviour. The more closely you connect yourself with the source of light and power, the greater light will be shed upon you, and the greater power will be yours to work for God. Rejoice that you are one with God, one with Christ, and with the whole family of heaven."

What a profound truth that is revealed in these few words. We need to be connected with Jesus moment by moment so that self will die and Jesus become our all in all. There is no room in the heart for self and Jesus. It's one or the other and it is plainly revealed to us the joy that comes when we are part of the family of God.
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--53--The Last Journey From Galilee
« Reply #62 on: June 25, 2020, 07:15:11 AM »
""The omnipotent power of the Holy Spirit is the defense of every contrite soul. Not one that in penitence and faith has claimed His protection will Christ permit to pass under the enemy's power. The Saviour is by the side of His tempted and tried ones."

'With Him there can be no such thing as failure, loss, impossibility, or defeat; we can do all things through Him who strengthens us. When temptations and trials come, do not wait to adjust all the difficulties, but look to Jesus, your helper."

"The impressions of the Holy Spirit if disregarded today, will not be as strong tomorrow. The heart becomes less impressible, and lapses into a perilous unconsciousness of the shortness of life, and of the great eternity beyond. Our condemnation in the judgment will not result from the fact that we have been in error, but from the fact that we have neglected heaven-sent opportunities for learning what is truth."

Today's reading points out very strongly that Sins of Omission can be just as devastating as Sins of Commission. I pray that we all may become more sensitive to both and that our only safety is to look to Jesus.
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Re: The Desire of Ages--53--The Last Journey From Galilee
« Reply #63 on: June 25, 2020, 09:57:03 AM »

"The impressions of the Holy Spirit if disregarded today, will not be as strong tomorrow. The heart becomes less impressible, and lapses into a perilous unconsciousness of the shortness of life, and of the great eternity beyond. Our condemnation in the judgment will not result from the fact that we have been in error, but from the fact that we have neglected heaven-sent opportunities for learning what is truth."

Amen Brother Beacon!  I love these truths. What happens when we ignore the Spirit's prompting? He speaks in a still small voice that we need to be aware of. When we understand we are to do something, or not do something, we need to obey. When we do not yield, then we are creating a habit of disobedience which makes it harder to obey the next time. When we obey we are creating a habit of obeying. Of course this is not the end of the story. At first before conversion we do this even when self is alive. Thus, we still need to be converted in order to do it from the heart.

I like the statement that as the heart becomes less impressible, it lapses into a perilous unconsciousness of the shortness of life and of the great eternity beyond. Think on that! It is not that we cannot understand, but that there is an unconsciousness of these two realities that are so very important.

    As the close of His ministry drew near, there was a change in Christ's manner of labor. Heretofore He had sought to shun excitement and publicity. He had refused the homage of the people, and had passed quickly from place to place when the popular enthusiasm in His favor seemed kindling beyond control. Again and again He had commanded that none should declare Him to be the Christ. 


There were other changes also. How He dealt with people changed. He was still loving, but as it was in the temple when He overthrew the table and cursed the fig tree, He knew the end of His time on Earth was coming to an end. We too are coming to the end. What we do with our time and how we do it changes. There is no time to do what we think we ought to do, we need to follow that still small voice that our work will be more successful at leading others into truth.


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« Reply #64 on: June 26, 2020, 04:39:53 AM »
Amen, Sister Dorine, Brother Beacon, and Brother Richard!!

Amen, Sister Dorine, Brother Beacon, and Brother Richard!!

When everything in your life may seem to be going wrong, just look up. Up? Yes! Up to Jesus! He has promised that "ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD, TO THEM WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE" (Romans 8:28, all caps for EMPHASIS and ENCOURAGEMENT). We are so prone to forget that EVERYTHING God allows He has a plan to WORK FOR GOOD--not that all things ARE GOOD, but that God is always working by the Holy Spirit to win our hearts to Him, draw us into a deeper intimacy with God, and bless the world as He did in Christ. As soon as we simply yield the whole heart to Christ in simple faith because we are beholding His infinite grace, we see that while we may not understand all at this time, God is always good, has never lost a soul that turned to Him in full surrender, and is well able to not only save us but to exceed our highest expectations as He uses us for the praise of the glory of His grace! All of the fruits of the Holy Spirit's presence will be revealed in every converted Christian who surrenders unreservedly the entire heart to Christ so His miracle of transformation may reveal to the universe His power to renovate sinners into saints, and then furthermore His power (grace) to keep His saints from ever falling again into sin--all by the power of the word of God through the Holy Spirit!

"The omnipotent power of the Holy Spirit is the defense of every contrite soul. Not one that in penitence and faith has claimed His protection will Christ permit to pass under the enemy's power. The Saviour is by the side of His tempted and tried ones. With Him there can be no such thing as failure, loss, impossibility, or defeat; we can do all things through Him who strengthens us. When temptations and trials come, do not wait to adjust all the difficulties, but look to Jesus, your helper." {The Desire of Ages, page 490, paragraph 6}   

What is the enemy's power? Sin! Only by sin are we separated from God--and God sent Jesus to become sin for us so we could be COMPLETELY SET FREE from sin and restored to His image! Why do so many continue to sin? Could it be we are not looking to Jesus CONTINUALLY? Oh, let us look MUCH HIGHER than this poor, dark speck of a world where the MAJORITY POSITION of the universe resounds that "God is love" (1 John 4:8), and while many in this tiny planet have not grasped this, as we taste and see that the Lord is good, how can we keep silent of what He has done for us??? I cannot be silent! Jesus saved me from a living death of depression, bipolar disorder, moral degradation, and hopeless confusion--and He has given me a commission to preach the gospel to the world! What is your story? What is your song? Share with the universe what God has done by starting right where you are--with your family, your neighbors, and those God brings in your path. The Holy Spirit is already preparing DIVINE APPOINTMENTS for you so you may encourage others by sharing the testimony of your own experience!! Look upon Jesus and LIVE!!! AND THEN LIVE FOREVER WITH HIM!!!!
"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 #65 on: June 26, 2020, 06:28:55 AM »
"Many who profess His name have lost sight of the fact that Christians are to represent Christ. Unless there is practical self-sacrifice for the good of others, in the family circle, in the neighborhood, in the church, and wherever we may be, then whatever our profession, we are not Christians.."

"God's counsel to us is this..."Doing, and not saying merely, is expected of the children of God. 'He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked." 1 John 2:6."
   
"The work that Christ did on this earth His followers are to do. With the power and efficiency brought by the Holy Spirit they are to carry forward His plan for the restoration of the divine image in humanity. The Lord will do great things for them when they work under the Holy Spirit’s guidance. But they must place their entire dependence on God.—Manuscript 13, June 8, 1902, “God’s People to Be Light Bearers.”
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