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Re: The Desire of Ages--74--Gethsemane
« Reply #80 on: July 16, 2020, 08:21:21 AM »
Amen Pastor Sean and Brother Beacon!  It is the love of God, His grace towards us, that transforms sinners into saints. His great love is revealed in the sufferings and death of His innocent Son. In today's reading we are given such a powerful statement of what that was. What love God has for us while we were yet sinners!! God hates sin, do we? Are we still sinning? God wants us to hate it so we will cease sinning.

     But God suffered with His Son. Angels beheld the Saviour's agony. They saw their Lord enclosed by legions of satanic forces, His nature weighed down with a shuddering, mysterious dread. There was silence in heaven. No harp was touched. Could mortals have viewed the amazement of the angelic host as in silent grief they watched the Father separating His beams of light, love, and glory from His beloved Son, they would better understand how offensive in His sight is sin. 


Do we understand that there is no excuse for sin? That God's grace allowed into the heart protects us from sinning? Why do we not hear sermon after sermon telling us that Jesus cannot come until the church ceases to sin? When will we hear the statement "let him be holy still.    And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be( Rev 22:11,12)? Not until we as a people hate sin so much we quit sinning because of what it did and does to our God. It is the goodness of God that will lead us to true repentance where sin be hateful to us.


     All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service. When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us.

     
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 #81 on: October 11, 2020, 05:13:38 AM »
"Rising with painful effort, He staggered to the place where He had left His companions. But He "findeth them asleep." Had He found them praying, He would have been relieved. Had they been seeking refuge in God, that satanic agencies might not prevail over them, He would have been comforted by their steadfast faith. But they had not heeded the repeated warning, "Watch and pray." At first they had been much troubled to see their Master, usually so calm and dignified, wrestling with a sorrow that was beyond comprehension. They had prayed as they heard the strong cries of the sufferer. They did not intend to forsake their Lord, but they seemed paralyzed by a stupor which they might have shaken off if they had continued pleading with God. They did not realize the necessity of watchfulness and earnest prayer in order to withstand temptation.

Something stood out to me in this reading that I had not noticed before. Not only would Jesus have been strengthened by knowing the disciples were praying for Him but He would have been comforted knowing that they were steadfast in watchfulness and prayer for themselves for this would have kept them from temptation. What a lesson for us today. If we are not watching and praying we will be overcome with drowsiness and stupor and fall into overwhelming temptations. When God asks us to do something it is for our eternal good. May we take Him seriously. Looking to Jesus constantly, we will be protected from yielding to temptations.
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--74--Gethsemane
« Reply #82 on: October 11, 2020, 08:21:30 AM »
Amen sister dorine. It would be well to spend a thoughtfull hour a day contemplating the life of Christ, especially the closing scenes. Do we really believe this inspired statement? May God give us Grace to be serious about what we read. We here testify daily there are a great blessings when we walk in the light that we've been given.
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« Reply #83 on: October 11, 2020, 09:57:58 AM »
Amen, Sister Dorine and Brother Richard!

As we look upon Jesus' incredible sacrifice in Gethsemane, let us remember that He chose not to take the way of escape so we could have one in every time of need!

"The worlds unfallen and the heavenly angels had watched with intense interest as the conflict drew to its close. Satan and his confederacy of evil, the legions of apostasy, watched intently this great crisis in the work of redemption. The powers of good and evil waited to see what answer would come to Christ's thrice-repeated prayer. Angels had longed to bring relief to the divine sufferer, but this might not be. No way of escape was found for the Son of God. In this awful crisis, when everything was at stake, when the mysterious cup trembled in the hand of the sufferer, the heavens opened, a light shone forth amid the stormy darkness of the crisis hour, and the mighty angel who stands in God's presence, occupying the position from which Satan fell, came to the side of Christ. The angel came not to take the cup from Christ's hand, but to strengthen Him to drink it, with the assurance of the Father's love. He came to give power to the divine-human suppliant. He pointed Him to the open heavens, telling Him of the souls that would be saved as the result of His sufferings. He assured Him that His Father is greater and more powerful than Satan, that His death would result in the utter discomfiture of Satan, and that the kingdom of this world would be given to the saints of the Most High. He told Him that He would see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied, for He would see a multitude of the human race saved, eternally saved." {The Desire of Ages, page 693, paragraph 3}   

Now, when temptations assail us, and we know we are weak and cannot face the situation in our own strength, we can always turn to Christ who IS THE WAY of escape! "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).

What a blessing it is today to abide in Jesus so He can keep us from falling into sin, knowing that the way for us to be set free is by beholding Christ and remaining in continual union and communion with Him by grace through faith. Then all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing because we have 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 #84 on: October 11, 2020, 12:30:46 PM »
" In its hardest features Satan pressed the situation upon the Redeemer.."

"The people who claim to be above all others in temporal and spiritual advantages have rejected You."

They are seeking to destroy You,

"One of Your most zealous followers will deny You. All will forsake You..

Christ's whole being abhorred the thought. That those whom He had undertaken to save, those whom He loved so much, should unite in the plots of Satan, this pierced His soul. The conflict was terrible. Its measure was the guilt of His nation, of His accusers and betrayer, the guilt of a world lying in wickedness. The sins of men weighed heavily upon Christ, and the sense of God's wrath against sin was crushing out His life.

Yet He stayed there on the Cross of Calvary for You & for Me, for all Mankind. Do "WE" recognize what unfathomable love was displayed?? Today, Jesus is once again calling us, yea, pleading with us to come and  stand at the foot of the Cross and find Grace & Forgiveness. Won't you Come? 

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Re: The Desire of Ages--74--Gethsemane
« Reply #85 on: January 06, 2021, 07:05:25 AM »

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Brother Richard - So glad you were able to post yesterday PTL
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"The human heart longs for sympathy in suffering.

This longing Christ felt to the very depths of His being..

In the supreme agony of His soul He came to His disciples with a yearning desire to hear some words of comfort from those whom He had so often blessed and comforted, and shielded in sorrow and distress..

If He could only know that His disciples understood and appreciated this, He would be strengthened."

"Rising with painful effort, He staggered to the place where He had left His companions. But He "findeth them asleep." Had He found them praying, He would have been relieved. Had they been seeking refuge in God, that satanic agencies might not prevail over them,

HE WOULD HAVE BEEN COMFORTED BY THEIR STEADFAST FAITH."

"They did not intend to forsake their Lord, but they seemed paralyzed by a stupor which they might have shaken off if they had continued pleading with God. They did not realize the necessity of watchfulness and earnest prayer in order to withstand temptation.

 
How about us? Do "WE" recognize the necessity of watchfulness and earnest prayer in order to withstand temptation?

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13).

What a wonderful promise, but let us never forget --- it is based on our willingness to maintain a daily connection with Jesus and a willingness on our part to turn away from all evil as revealed in His Word and through the power of the Holy. Spirit.


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« Reply #86 on: January 06, 2021, 08:09:56 AM »
Three times has He uttered that prayer. Three times has humanity shrunk from the last, crowning sacrifice. But now the history of the human race comes up before the world's Redeemer. He sees that the transgressors of the law, if left to themselves, must perish. He sees the helplessness of man. He sees the power of sin. The woes and lamentations of a doomed world rise before Him. He beholds its impending fate, and His decision is made. He will save man at any cost to Himself. He accepts His baptism of blood, that through Him perishing millions may gain everlasting life. He has left the courts of heaven, where all is purity, happiness, and glory, to save the one lost sheep, the one world that has fallen by transgression. And He will not turn from His mission. He will become the propitiation of a race that has willed to sin. His prayer now breathes only submission: "If this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done."   
     Having made the decision, He fell dying to the ground from which He had partially risen. Where now were His disciples, to place their hands tenderly beneath the head of their fainting Master, and bathe that brow, marred indeed more than the sons of men? The Saviour trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him.
     But God suffered with His Son. Angels beheld the Saviour's agony. They saw their Lord enclosed by legions of satanic forces, His nature weighed down with a shuddering, mysterious dread. There was silence in heaven. No harp was touched. Could mortals have viewed the amazement of the angelic host as in silent grief they watched the Father separating His beams of light, love, and glory from His beloved Son, they would better understand how offensive in His sight is sin.
     The worlds unfallen and the heavenly angels had watched with intense interest as the conflict drew to its close. Satan and his confederacy of evil, the legions of apostasy, watched intently this great crisis in the work of redemption. The powers of good and evil waited to see what answer would come to Christ's thrice-repeated prayer. Angels had longed to bring relief to the divine sufferer, but this might not be. No way of escape was found for the Son of God. In this awful crisis, when everything was at stake, when the mysterious cup trembled in the hand of the sufferer, the heavens opened, a light shone forth amid the stormy darkness of the crisis hour, and the mighty angel who stands in God's presence, occupying the position from which Satan fell, came to the side of Christ. The angel came not to take the cup from Christ's hand, but to strengthen Him to drink it, with the assurance of the Father's love. He came to give power to the divine-human suppliant. He pointed Him to the open heavens, telling Him of the souls that would be saved as the result of His sufferings. He assured Him that His Father is greater and more powerful than Satan, that His death would result in the utter discomfiture of Satan, and that the kingdom of this world would be given to the saints of the Most High. He told Him that He would see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied, for He would see a multitude of the human race saved, eternally saved.
     Christ's agony did not cease, but His depression and discouragement left Him. The storm had in nowise abated, but He who was its object was strengthened to meet its fury. He came forth calm and serene. A heavenly peace rested upon His bloodstained face. He had borne that which no human being could ever bear; for He had tasted the sufferings of death for every man.


Amen brother Bacon.

Three times Jesus went to pray, three times Jesus had gone into his Father in heaven to get approval to come to earth to put the plan of redemption into action before being grated to come to earth. Interesting he went to his Father three times to begin his ministry and three times at the close of his ministry. It is through prayer that we gather strength from God, just as our example Jesus did.  Prayer and faith in Jesus is the only way to overcome temptation. This disciples chose to sleep, and not pray to give Jesus strength in his time of need and their time of need.  Jesus sees the desperate state of mankind and sees the millions that will be lost, as He takes on their sins from the past to the present, and into the future, he is slowly being separated from this Father for the first time. "Sin cannot stand before a Holy God"; The love shown by Jesus to suffer so for us. 
The Fathers love is seen here also as, " God suffered with His Son. We often talk of the pain Jesus suffered throughout His crucifixion, yet to we take time to realize the Father suffered it all with Him, every pain from Spiritual to Physical. I think as John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world he sent his only begotten son . . ."  This fact should not be forgotten God suffered right along with his Son.

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« Reply #87 on: January 06, 2021, 08:55:18 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon and Brother Philip!

Have you ever dealt with depression and discouragement? All of this Someone has already experienced more deeply than you can ever fully know. Let all the depression and discouragement that you may tempted to yield to today be rolled upon Jesus, fully, who bore it for us in Gethsemane and chose to save us from our wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked condition in sin to give us the cup of salvation. As we contemplate how much we are loved by God the Father who would send His Son to suffer and die for us, as we allow the Holy Spirit to transform our characters into the image of Christ by receiving all of the fruits of the Spirit in our lives without one missing in true conversion, let us remember the cost of our salvation and appreciate the love of God for a world that did not love Him. It is as we behold Him that love awakens in our hearts, for only by love is love awakened. "We love Him because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19).

"Christ's agony did not cease, but His depression and discouragement left Him. The storm had in nowise abated, but He who was its object was strengthened to meet its fury. He came forth calm and serene. A heavenly peace rested upon His bloodstained face. He had borne that which no human being could ever bear; for He had tasted the sufferings of death for every man." {The Desire of Ages, page 694, paragraph 1}   


As we taste and see that the Lord is good today, we can be encouraged to know that nothing is too great for Jesus to bear, for He has already passed through Gethsemane and He already died for us at Calvary. As we look away from self to Jesus, we find strength to resist evil in the aggressive service of pointing souls to the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
"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 #88 on: January 06, 2021, 09:34:40 AM »
The worlds unfallen and the heavenly angels had watched with intense interest as the conflict drew to its close. Satan and his confederacy of evil, the legions of apostasy, watched intently this great crisis in the work of redemption. The powers of good and evil waited to see what answer would come to Christ's thrice-repeated prayer. Angels had longed to bring relief to the divine sufferer, but this might not be. No way of escape was found for the Son of God. In this awful crisis, when everything was at stake, when the mysterious cup trembled in the hand of the sufferer, the heavens opened, a light shone forth amid the stormy darkness of the crisis hour, and the mighty angel who stands in God's presence, occupying the position from which Satan fell, came to the side of Christ. The angel came not to take the cup from Christ's hand, but to strengthen Him to drink it, with the assurance of the Father's love. He came to give power to the divine-human suppliant. He pointed Him to the open heavens, telling Him of the souls that would be saved as the result of His sufferings. He assured Him that His Father is greater and more powerful than Satan, that His death would result in the utter discomfiture of Satan, and that the kingdom of this world would be given to the saints of the Most High. He told Him that He would see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied, for He would see a multitude of the human race saved, eternally saved.

Christs experience should fill our hearts with hope and assurance that there is nothing we will face that He is not able and willing to do to see us through the most difficult of times. If He went through all of this to secure a place in heaven for us we can be assured that He will always be with us and give to us the power we need to endure. What a message of love and mercy we have to share with the world.
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--74--Gethsemane
« Reply #89 on: January 06, 2021, 05:49:58 PM »

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Brother Richard - So glad you were able to post yesterday PTL
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Thank you Brother  Beacon! It is good to be back in the land of the living! God is gracious!  The Coronavirus is diabolical, but greater is He who is in us!!


Could mortals have viewed the amazement of the angelic host as in silent grief they watched the Father separating His beams of light, love, and glory from His beloved Son, they would better understand how offensive in His sight is sin.


Don't think it was easy for God to hurt His Son! He risked losing Him. Brother Philip got it just right. "Three times Jesus went to pray, three times Jesus had gone into his Father in heaven to get approval to come to earth to put the plan of redemption into action before being granted to come to earth." It was not easy,  but He loves us and allowed Him to come to this dark spot in the universe a helpless  baby subject to the weakness of humanity to fight the battle of life as we must fight it at the risk of failure and eternal loss! Such love!!
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« Reply #90 on: April 03, 2021, 03:44:18 AM »
Happy Sabbath!

Have you ever battled through depression and discouragement? So has Jesus! And He was victorious, because He surrendered His will to the Father and went through with the crowning sacrifice and would go to Calvary to atone for our sins and make a way for us to be with Him for all eternity! Whatever you are feeling or going through right now, go to Jesus in every experience and surrender fully to Him so He can give you a new heart and a new mind imbued with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing! In order for us to have this experience, Christ became sin for us and made a way for the most sinful to have everlasting salvation! What amazing love and grace! Hallelujah!

"Christ's agony did not cease, but His depression and discouragement left Him. The storm had in nowise abated, but He who was its object was strengthened to meet its fury. He came forth calm and serene. A heavenly peace rested upon His bloodstained face. He had borne that which no human being could ever bear; for He had tasted the sufferings of death for every man." {The Desire of Ages, page 694, paragraph 1}

May you remember the cost of your salvation secured by Jesus and be of good courage as we approach the time of trouble which precedes His second coming to take us home to heaven! Let us share what Jesus has done to help as many go home on that day because the price has been paid--now we get to let Jesus live out His life 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 #91 on: April 03, 2021, 05:19:48 AM »
Happy Sabbath to all.

"Jesus said to him, "Friend, wherefore art thou come?" His voice trembled with sorrow as He added, "Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?" This appeal should have aroused the conscience of the betrayer, and touched his stubborn heart; but honor, fidelity, and human tenderness had forsaken him. He stood bold and defiant, showing no disposition to relent. He had given himself up to Satan, and he had no power to resist him. Jesus did not refuse the traitor's kiss."
Stubbornness, greed and pride unrepented of led Judas to where it was impossible for him to turn back. He was in Satan's clutches.  Judas had several opportunities when his heart was touched to give all to Jesus but he yielded to the strong temptations of Satan to reject the humble life of Jesus. He had a high opinion of himself and thought he was better qualified than Jesus in how to handle their affairs.

How grateful I am again for the sacrifice of Jesus. Because he was victorious we too may be victorious in resisting the temptations that Satan is constantly pressing upon us. We need to 'watch and pray' and keep our eyes on Jesus especially in these very last days. There is no time to sit idle and pamper self. We have an urgent work to do. May we stay focused on the mission Jesus left with us. The salvation of lost souls. "Others Lord, yes others, let this my motto be.
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 #92 on: April 03, 2021, 06:21:41 AM »
Amen Sister Dorine.  Here is an opportunity to consider the difference between the end of probation and possession by Satan. What is the difference? One is permanent, the other is not. Explain in more detail why.
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« Reply #93 on: April 03, 2021, 07:05:21 AM »
"God suffered with His Son. Angels beheld the Saviour's agony. They saw their Lord enclosed by legions of satanic forces, His nature weighed down with a shuddering, mysterious dread. There was silence in heaven..The worlds unfallen and the heavenly angels had watched with intense interest as the conflict drew to its close..

No way of escape was found for the Son of God.

"In this awful crisis, when everything was at stake, when the mysterious cup trembled in the hand of the sufferer, the heavens opened, a light shone forth amid the stormy darkness of the crisis hour, and the mighty angel who stands in God's presence, occupying the position from which Satan fell, came to the side of Christ. The angel came not to take the cup from Christ's hand, but to strengthen Him to drink it, with the assurance of the Father's love...

"Christ's agony did not cease, but His depression and discouragement left Him. The storm had in nowise abated, but He who was its object was strengthened to meet its fury. He came forth calm and serene. A heavenly peace rested upon His bloodstained face. He had borne that which no human being could ever bear; for He had tasted the sufferings of death for every man."

How can we ever fully comprehend the cost of our salvation? These words keep ringing in my ears this morning...

"Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow."

THANK YOU JESUS
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« Reply #94 on: April 03, 2021, 07:33:26 AM »
Amen Brother Beacon! We do not deserve what Jesus has done for us. As we behold His agony as He paid the price for the sins of the whole world, we better understand what grace is. It is more than a word. It is the divine love for us that transforms our character as we allow it into our hearts. In order to retain our salvation, we must drink of it daily.

   The disciples awakened at the voice of Jesus, but they hardly knew Him, His face was so changed by anguish. Addressing Peter, Jesus said, "Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak." The weakness of His disciples awakened the sympathy of Jesus. He feared that they would not be able to endure the test which would come upon them in His betrayal and death. He did not reprove them, but said, "Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation." Even in His great agony, He was seeking to excuse their weakness. "The spirit truly is ready," He said, "but the flesh is weak."   


Amazing grace!!  So it is with you and me today. "He was seeking to excuse their weakness." While there is no excuse for sin, Jesus is wanting to help us as He so wanted to help His disciples while they slept. He knows the flesh is weak, but this is not an excuse as many make it. Why? Because of what we read today. God has provided at great expense a remedy for my weakness. He offers us His grace that enables us to keep His law. And, this grace forgives our past sins if we will allow it to transform our character day by day. Jesus knows that we love Him, if we do. He knows that in our flesh we sin. He also knows that if we will learn of Him, if we will behold His character daily, we will by beholding His glory be transformed into His image by the Holy Spirit. "We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Cor. 3:18.

As Pastor Sean has shared, let us remember the cost which has been paid that we might be prepared for the days that are just ahead and even become now.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.