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Title: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Mimi on April 23, 2008, 07:27:54 PM
 
Days of Conflict


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     From its earliest years the Jewish child was surrounded with the requirements of the rabbis. Rigid rules were prescribed for every act, down to the smallest details of life. Under the synagogue teachers the youth were instructed in the countless regulations which as orthodox Israelites they were expected to observe. But Jesus did not interest Himself in these matters. From childhood He acted independently of the rabbinical laws. The Scriptures of the Old Testament were His constant study, and the words, "Thus saith the Lord," were ever upon His lips. 
     As the condition of the people began to open to His mind, He saw that the requirements of society and the requirements of God were in constant collision. Men were departing from the word of God, and exalting theories of their own invention. They were observing traditional rites that possessed no virtue. Their service was a mere round of ceremonies; the sacred truths it was designed to teach were hidden from the worshipers. He saw that in their faithless services they found no peace. They did not know the freedom of spirit that would come to them by serving God in truth. Jesus had come to teach the meaning of the worship of God, and He could not sanction the mingling of human requirements with the divine precepts. He did not attack the precepts or practices of the learned teachers; but when reproved for His own simple habits, He presented the word of God in justification of His conduct. 
     In every gentle and submissive way, Jesus tried to please those with whom He came in contact. Because He was so gentle and unobtrusive, the scribes and elders supposed that He would be easily influenced by their teaching. They urged Him to receive the maxims and traditions that had been handed down from the ancient rabbis, but He asked for their authority in Holy Writ. He would hear every word that proceeds from the mouth of God; but He could not obey the inventions of men. Jesus seemed to know the Scriptures from beginning to end, and He presented them in their true import. The rabbis were ashamed to be instructed by a child. They claimed that it was their office to explain the Scriptures, and that it was His place to accept their interpretation. They were indignant that He should stand in opposition to their word.
     They knew that no authority could be found in Scripture for their traditions. They realized that in spiritual understanding Jesus was far in advance of them. Yet they were angry because He did not obey their dictates. Failing to convince Him, they sought Joseph and Mary, and set before them His course of noncompliance. Thus He suffered rebuke and censure.   
     At a very early age, Jesus had begun to act for Himself in the formation of His character, and not even respect and love for His parents could turn Him from obedience to God's word. "It is written" was His reason for every act that varied from the family customs. But the influence of the rabbis made His life a bitter one. Even in His youth He had to learn the hard lesson of silence and patient endurance. 
     His brothers, as the sons of Joseph were called, sided with the rabbis. They insisted that the traditions must be heeded, as if they were the requirements of God. They even regarded the precepts of men more highly than the word of God, and they were greatly annoyed at the clear penetration of Jesus in distinguishing between the false and the true. His strict obedience to the law of God they condemned as stubbornness. They were surprised at the knowledge and wisdom He showed in answering the rabbis. They knew that He had not received instruction from the wise men, yet they could not but see that He was an instructor to them. They recognized that His education was of a higher type than their own. But they did not discern that He had access to the tree of life, a source of knowledge of which they were ignorant.
     Christ was not exclusive, and He had given special offense to the Pharisees by departing in this respect from their rigid rules. He found the domain of religion fenced in by high walls of seclusion, as too sacred a matter for everyday life. These walls of partition He overthrew. In His contact with men He did not ask, What is your creed? To what church do you belong? He exercised His helping power in behalf of all who needed help. Instead of secluding Himself in a hermit's cell in order to show His heavenly character, He labored earnestly for humanity. He inculcated the principle that Bible religion does not consist in the mortification of the body. He taught that pure and undefiled religion is not meant only for set times and special occasions. At all times and in all places He manifested a loving interest in men, and shed about Him the light of a cheerful piety. All this was a rebuke to the Pharisees. It showed that religion does not consist in selfishness, and that their morbid devotion to personal interest was far from being true godliness. This had roused their enmity against Jesus, so that they tried to enforce His conformity to their regulations. 
     Jesus worked to relieve every case of suffering that He saw. He had little money to give, but He often denied Himself of food in order to relieve those who appeared more needy than He. His brothers felt that His influence went far to counteract theirs. He possessed a tact which none of them had, or desired to have. When they spoke harshly to poor, degraded beings, Jesus sought out these very ones, and spoke to them words of encouragement. To those who were in need He would give a cup of cold water, and would quietly place His own meal in their hands. As He relieved their sufferings, the truths He taught were associated with His acts of mercy, and were thus riveted in the memory. 
     All this displeased His brothers. Being older than Jesus, they felt that He should be under their dictation. They charged Him with thinking Himself superior to them, and reproved Him for setting Himself above their teachers and the priests and rulers of the people. Often they threatened and tried to intimidate Him; but He passed on, making the Scriptures His guide.   
     Jesus loved His brothers, and treated them with unfailing kindness; but they were jealous of Him, and manifested the most decided unbelief and contempt. They could not understand His conduct. Great contradictions presented themselves in Jesus. He was the divine Son of God, and yet a helpless child. The Creator of the worlds, the earth was His possession, and yet poverty marked His life experience at every step. He possessed a dignity and individuality wholly distinct from earthly pride and assumption; He did not strive for worldly greatness, and in even the lowliest position He was content. This angered His brothers. They could not account for His constant serenity under trial and deprivation. They did not know that for our sake He had become poor, that we "through His poverty might be rich." 2 Corinthians 8:9. They could understand the mystery of His mission no more than the friends of Job could understand his humiliation and suffering. 
     Jesus was misunderstood by His brothers because He was not like them. His standard was not their standard. In looking to men they had turned away from God, and they had not His power in their lives. The forms of religion which they observed could not transform the character. They paid "tithe of mint and anise and cummin," but omitted "the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith." Matthew 23:23. The example of Jesus was to them a continual irritation. He hated but one thing in the world, and that was sin. He could not witness a wrong act without pain which it was impossible to disguise. Between the formalists, whose sanctity of appearance concealed the love of sin, and a character in which zeal for God's glory was always paramount, the contrast was unmistakable. Because the life of Jesus condemned evil, He was opposed, both at home and abroad. His unselfishness and integrity were commented on with a sneer. His forbearance and kindness were termed cowardice. 
     Of the bitterness that falls to the lot of humanity, there was no part which Christ did not taste. There were those who tried to cast contempt upon Him because of His birth, and even in His childhood He had to meet their scornful looks and evil whisperings. If He had responded by an impatient word or look, if He had conceded to His brothers by even one wrong act, He would have failed of being a perfect example. Thus He would have failed of carrying out the plan for our redemption. Had He even admitted that there could be an excuse for sin, Satan would have triumphed, and the world would have been lost. This is why the tempter worked to make His life as trying as possible, that He might be led to sin.
     But to every temptation He had one answer, "It is written." He rarely rebuked any wrongdoing of His brothers, but He had a word from God to speak to them. Often He was accused of cowardice for refusing to unite with them in some forbidden act; but His answer was, It is written, "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:28. 
     There were some who sought His society, feeling at peace in His presence; but many avoided Him, because they were rebuked by His stainless life. Young companions urged Him to do as they did. He was bright and cheerful; they enjoyed His presence, and welcomed His ready suggestions; but they were impatient at His scruples, and pronounced Him narrow and strait-laced. Jesus answered, It is written, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word." "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee." Psalm 119:9, 11. 
     Often He was asked, Why are you bent on being so singular, so different from us all? It is written, He said, "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways." Psalm 119:1-3. 
     When questioned why He did not join in the frolics of the youth of Nazareth, He said, It is written, "I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways. I will delight myself in Thy statutes; I will not forget Thy word." Psalm 119:14-16. 
     Jesus did not contend for His rights. Often His work was made unnecessarily severe because He was willing and uncomplaining. Yet He did not fail nor become discouraged. He lived above these difficulties, as if in the light of God's countenance. He did not retaliate when roughly used, but bore insult patiently.   
     Again and again He was asked, Why do You submit to such despiteful usage, even from Your brothers? It is written, He said, "My son, forget not My law; but let thine heart keep My commandments: for length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: so shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man." Proverbs 3:1-4.   
     From the time when the parents of Jesus found Him in the temple, His course of action was a mystery to them. He would not enter into controversy, yet His example was a constant lesson. He seemed as one who was set apart. His hours of happiness were found when alone with nature and with God. Whenever it was His privilege, He turned aside from the scene of His labor, to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to hold communion with God on the mountainside or amid the trees of the forest. The early morning often found Him in some secluded place, meditating, searching the Scriptures, or in prayer. From these quiet hours He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil. 
     The life of Christ was marked with respect and love for His mother. Mary believed in her heart that the holy child born of her was the long-promised Messiah, yet she dared not express her faith. Throughout His life on earth she was a partaker in His sufferings. She witnessed with sorrow the trials brought upon Him in His childhood and youth. By her vindication of what she knew to be right in His conduct, she herself was brought into trying positions. She looked upon the associations of the home, and the mother's tender watchcare over her children, as of vital importance in the formation of character. The sons and daughters of Joseph knew this, and by appealing to her anxiety, they tried to correct the practices of Jesus according to their standard. 
     Mary often remonstrated with Jesus, and urged Him to conform to the usages of the rabbis. But He could not be persuaded to change His habits of contemplating the works of God and seeking to alleviate the suffering of men or even of dumb animals. When the priests and teachers required Mary's aid in controlling Jesus, she was greatly troubled; but peace came to her heart as He presented the statements of Scripture upholding His practices. 
     At times she wavered between Jesus and His brothers, who did not believe that He was the Sent of God; but evidence was abundant that His was a divine character. She saw Him sacrificing Himself for the good of others. His presence brought a purer atmosphere into the home, and His life was as leaven working amid the elements of society. Harmless and undefiled, He walked among the thoughtless, the rude, the uncourteous; amid the unjust publicans, the reckless prodigals, the unrighteous Samaritans, the heathen soldiers, the rough peasants, and the mixed multitude. He spoke a word of sympathy here and a word there, as He saw men weary, yet compelled to bear heavy burdens. He shared their burdens, and repeated to them the lessons He had learned from nature, of the love, the kindness, the goodness of God. 
     He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear.   
     Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul. He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing balm. None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue--the healing power of love--went out from Him to the sick and distressed. Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from His very childhood. And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly.
     Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men. 


Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Mimi on April 26, 2008, 05:58:23 AM

     At a very early age, Jesus had begun to act for Himself in the formation of His character, and not even respect and love for His parents could turn Him from obedience to God's word. "It is written" was His reason for every act that varied from the family customs. But the influence of the rabbis made His life a bitter one. Even in His youth He had to learn the hard lesson of silence and patient endurance.  86.1


There are times I am glad this subject moves at a snail's pace. Contemplating Jesus' early life, discovering new details given to us through Inspiration is such a blessing. I have not been able to get past His experience in the temple when He realized His calling. What a moving moment - and a twelve-year-old at that. God, at twelve, realizing His mission. Just astounding!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Sister Marie on April 26, 2008, 10:24:41 AM
It also shows that in most cases, if a child wants to be baptized we should listen. Often if they are not allowed then, they don't later. God can work through children and we should not hinder them. It also shows that it is truly amazing what a mothers teachings will do for your children and how it makes them sincere to study for themselves.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on April 27, 2008, 09:06:50 PM
There is so much we do not understand!  But, the idea that the truth of His mission was opened to His mind is a rather amazing thing to know. What a thought!!  Just imagine when it dawned on Jesus that He was the Lamb!!  Those surrounding Him did not understand. No one did. John the Baptist did not understand. Mary and Joseph did not understand. But, Jesus understood!!  What a mess He found Himself in!  His local church would try and kill Him and finally the leadership would succeed. At 12 He did not see it all, but He knew the Lamb would die and He was that Lamb!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Mimi on April 27, 2008, 09:18:08 PM
It is beyond comprehension the experience of that realization. Oh, what a Savior, realizing He was the Savior.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Mimi on May 12, 2008, 06:15:50 PM
His brothers, as the sons of Joseph were called, sided with the rabbis. They insisted that the traditions must be heeded, as if they were the requirements of God. They even regarded the precepts of men more highly than the word of God, and they were greatly annoyed at the clear penetration of Jesus in distinguishing between the false and the true. His strict obedience to the law of God they condemned as stubbornness. They were surprised at the knowledge and wisdom He showed in answering the rabbis. They knew that He had not received instruction from the wise men, yet they could not but see that He was an instructor to them. They recognized that His education was of a higher type than their own. But they did not discern that He had access to the tree of life, a source of knowledge of which they were ignorant. 

     Christ was not exclusive, and He had given special offense to the Pharisees by departing in this respect from their rigid rules. He found the domain of religion fenced in by high walls of seclusion, as too sacred a matter for everyday life. These walls of partition He overthrew. In His contact with men He did not ask, What is your creed? To what church do you belong? He exercised His helping power in behalf of all who needed help. Instead of secluding Himself in a hermit's cell in order to show His heavenly character, He labored earnestly for humanity. He inculcated the principle that Bible religion does not consist in the mortification of the body. He taught that pure and undefiled religion is not meant only for set times and special occasions. At all times and in all places He manifested a loving interest in men, and shed about Him the light of a cheerful piety. All this was a rebuke to the Pharisees. It showed that religion does not consist in selfishness, and that their morbid devotion to personal interest was far from being true godliness. This had roused their enmity against Jesus, so that they tried to enforce His conformity to their regulations.  86.3
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Mimi on May 12, 2008, 06:19:09 PM
Jesus worked to relieve every case of suffering that He saw. He had little money to give, but He often denied Himself of food in order to relieve those who appeared more needy than He. His brothers felt that His influence went far to counteract theirs. He possessed a tact which none of them had, or desired to have. When they spoke harshly to poor, degraded beings, Jesus sought out these very ones, and spoke to them words of encouragement. To those who were in need He would give a cup of cold water, and would quietly place His own meal in their hands. As He relieved their sufferings, the truths He taught were associated with His acts of mercy, and were thus riveted in the memory.

     All this displeased His brothers. Being older than Jesus, they felt that He should be under their dictation. They charged Him with thinking Himself superior to them, and reproved Him for setting Himself above their teachers and the priests and rulers of the people. Often they threatened and tried to intimidate Him; but He passed on, making the Scriptures His guide. 

     Jesus loved His brothers, and treated them with unfailing kindness; but they were jealous of Him, and manifested the most decided unbelief and contempt. They could not understand His conduct. Great contradictions presented themselves in Jesus. He was the divine Son of God, and yet a helpless child. The Creator of the worlds, the earth was His possession, and yet poverty marked His life experience at every step. He possessed a dignity and individuality wholly distinct from earthly pride and assumption; He did not strive for worldly greatness, and in even the lowliest position He was content. This angered His brothers. They could not account for His constant serenity under trial and deprivation. They did not know that for our sake He had become poor, that we "through His poverty might be rich." 2 Cor. 8:9. They could understand the mystery of His mission no more than the friends of Job could understand his humiliation and suffering.

     Jesus was misunderstood by His brothers because He was not like them. His standard was not their standard. In looking to men they had turned away from God, and they had not His power in their lives. The forms of religion which they observed could not transform the character. They paid "tithe of mint and anise and cummin," but omitted "the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith." Matt. 23:23. The example of Jesus was to them a continual irritation. He hated but one thing in the world, and that was sin. He could not witness a wrong act without pain which it was impossible to disguise. Between the formalists, whose sanctity of appearance concealed the love of sin, and a character in which zeal for God's glory was always paramount, the contrast was unmistakable. Because the life of Jesus condemned evil, He was opposed, both at home and abroad. His unselfishness and integrity were commented on with a sneer. His forbearance and kindness were termed cowardice.  88.1
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on May 19, 2008, 06:27:11 AM
     All this displeased His brothers. Being older than Jesus, they felt that He should be under their dictation. They charged Him with thinking Himself superior to them, and reproved Him for setting Himself above their teachers and the priests and rulers of the people. Often they threatened and tried to intimidate Him; but He passed on, making the Scriptures His guide. 


     Jesus was misunderstood by His brothers because He was not like them. His standard was not their standard. In looking to men they had turned away from God, and they had not His power in their lives. ....The example of Jesus was to them a continual irritation. He hated but one thing in the world, and that was sin. He could not witness a wrong act without pain which it was impossible to disguise. Between the formalists, whose sanctity of appearance concealed the love of sin, and a character in which zeal for God's glory was always paramount, the contrast was unmistakable. Because the life of Jesus condemned evil, He was opposed, both at home and abroad. His unselfishness and integrity were commented on with a sneer. His forbearance and kindness were termed cowardice. 

And so it is today. Those who live for Christ will be treated in the same manner.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Mimi on July 04, 2008, 06:53:50 PM
 Of the bitterness that falls to the lot of humanity, there was no part which Christ did not taste. There were those who tried to cast contempt upon Him because of His birth, and even in His childhood He had to meet their scornful looks and evil whisperings. If He had responded by an impatient word or look, if He had conceded to His brothers by even one wrong act, He would have failed of being a perfect example. Thus He would have failed of carrying out the plan for our redemption. Had He even admitted that there could be an excuse for sin, Satan would have triumphed, and the world would have been lost. This is why the tempter worked to make His life as trying as possible, that He might be led to sin.

     But to every temptation He had one answer, "It is written." He rarely rebuked any wrongdoing of His brothers, but He had a word from God to speak to them. Often He was accused of cowardice for refusing to unite with them in some forbidden act; but His answer was, It is written, "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:28. 

     There were some who sought His society, feeling at peace in His presence; but many avoided Him, because they were rebuked by His stainless life. Young companions urged Him to do as they did. He was bright and cheerful; they enjoyed His presence, and welcomed His ready suggestions; but they were impatient at His scruples, and pronounced Him narrow and strait-laced. Jesus answered, It is written, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word." "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee." Ps. 119:9, 11. 

     Often He was asked, Why are you bent on being so singular, so different from us all? It is written, He said, "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways." Ps. 119:1-3. 

     When questioned why He did not join in the frolics of the youth of Nazareth, He said, It is written, "I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways. I will delight myself in Thy statutes; I will not forget Thy word." Ps. 119:14-16. 

     Jesus did not contend for His rights. Often His work was made unnecessarily severe because He was willing and uncomplaining. Yet He did not fail nor become discouraged. He lived above these difficulties, as if in the light of God's countenance. He did not retaliate when roughly used, but bore insult patiently.  89.4
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Mimi on July 04, 2008, 07:00:10 PM
 Again and again He was asked, Why do You submit to such despiteful usage, even from Your brothers? It is written, He said, "My son, forget not My law; but let thine heart keep My commandments: for length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: so shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man." Prov. 3:1-4. 

     From the time when the parents of Jesus found Him in the temple, His course of action was a mystery to them. He would not enter into controversy, yet His example was a constant lesson. He seemed as one who was set apart. His hours of happiness were found when alone with nature and with God. Whenever it was His privilege, He turned aside from the scene of His labor, to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to hold communion with God on the mountainside or amid the trees of the forest. The early morning often found Him in some secluded place, meditating, searching the Scriptures, or in prayer. From these quiet hours He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil. 

     The life of Christ was marked with respect and love for His mother. Mary believed in her heart that the holy child born of her was the long-promised Messiah, yet she dared not express her faith. Throughout His life on earth she was a partaker in His sufferings. She witnessed with sorrow the trials brought upon Him in His childhood and youth. By her vindication of what she knew to be right in His conduct, she herself was brought into trying positions. She looked upon the associations of the home, and the mother's tender watchcare over her children, as of vital importance in the formation of character. The sons and daughters of Joseph knew this, and by appealing to her anxiety, they tried to correct the practices of Jesus according to their standard. 

     Mary often remonstrated with Jesus, and urged Him to conform to the usages of the rabbis. But He could not be persuaded to change His habits of contemplating the works of God and seeking to alleviate the suffering of men or even of dumb animals. When the priests and teachers required Mary's aid in controlling Jesus, she was greatly troubled; but peace came to her heart as He presented the statements of Scripture upholding His practices. 

     At times she wavered between Jesus and His brothers, who did not believe that He was the Sent of God; but evidence was abundant that His was a divine character. She saw Him sacrificing Himself for the good of others. His presence brought a purer atmosphere into the home, and His life was as leaven working amid the elements of society. Harmless and undefiled, He walked among the thoughtless, the rude, the uncourteous; amid the unjust publicans, the reckless prodigals, the unrighteous Samaritans, the heathen soldiers, the rough peasants, and the mixed multitude. He spoke a word of sympathy here and a word there, as He saw men weary, yet compelled to bear heavy burdens. He shared their burdens, and repeated to them the lessons He had learned from nature, of the love, the kindness, the goodness of God. 

     He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear. 

     Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul. He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing balm. None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue--the healing power of love--went out from Him to the sick and distressed. Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from His very childhood. And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly. 

     Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men.  92.2
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on July 04, 2008, 07:43:23 PM
What a God we serve!!  How much we miss by not contemplating His life!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: JimB on February 16, 2014, 06:23:14 AM
I didn't go back and read the previous 12 pages so I don't know if what I post about is behind or ahead of the current discussion. But here it goes anyway.

Speaking of getting ourselves into needless temptation...

But they did not discern this, and in consequence strong temptations would come to them, which it would be difficult for them to recognize as temptations. Without the Holy Spirit to enlighten the mind and enlarge the comprehension the faith of the disciples would fail. {DA 379.1}

Now here is the remedy...

The disciples had that day witnessed the wonderful works of Christ. It had seemed that heaven had come down to the earth. The memory of that precious, glorious day should have filled them with faith and hope. Had they, out of the abundance of their hearts, been conversing together in regard to these things, they would not have entered into temptation. But their disappointment had absorbed their thoughts. The words of Christ, "Gather up the fragments, . . . that nothing be lost," were unheeded. Those were hours of large blessing to the disciples, but they had forgotten it all.  {DA 380.2} 

Now I don't post because I think I'm better than the disciples. Unfortunately I can be just as or more forgetful than they. I learned this yet again yesterday (Sabbath). And knowing human nature I'm sure I'm not the only one to experience this. So I hope some will gain encouragement and maybe some will learn from this painful lessons that Christ's own disciples went through and spare themselves some pain and heart ache.
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Post by: Richard Myers on February 16, 2014, 10:34:39 AM
Amen, Jim.  This act of Christ in dealing with His unthankful disciples is an important one. Let's look at this a little closer so that all may see what led to their failure.

Jesus had performed a miracle in feeding feeding a multitude with five barely loves and two small fishes (Matthew 14). The disciples and people decided to place Jesus on the throne by force. Jesus strongly rebuked their attempt and broke up the effort, commanding His disciples to leave in their boat. The disciples were unhappy with Jesus and forgot their blessings witnessed that day. Listen to the cause of the storm that came up that caused them to fear for their lives. "A violent tempest had been stealing upon them, and they were unprepared for it. It was a sudden contrast, for the day had been perfect; and when the gale struck them, they were afraid. They forgot their disaffection, their unbelief, their impatience. Everyone worked to keep the boat from sinking."  "The disciples had that day witnessed the wonderful works of Christ. It had seemed that heaven had come down to the earth. The memory of that precious, glorious day should have filled them with faith and hope. Had they, out of the abundance of their hearts, been conversing together in regard to these things, they would not have entered into temptation. But their disappointment had absorbed their thoughts. The words of Christ, "Gather up the fragments, . . . that nothing be lost," were unheeded. Those were hours of large blessing to the disciples, but they had forgotten it all. They were in the midst of troubled waters. Their thoughts were stormy and unreasonable, and the Lord gave them something else to afflict their souls and occupy their minds. God often does this when men create burdens and troubles for themselves. The disciples had no need to make trouble. Already danger was fast approaching."
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Post by: JimB on February 16, 2014, 10:59:43 AM
"...the Lord gave them something else to afflict their souls and occupy their minds. God often does this when men create burdens and troubles for themselves."

Richard, that was something else I chewed on for a while this morning. Then I began to wonder how one knows if God brings the trouble or if satan does. I could be wrong but I decided it doesn't matter since the remedy is the same. Turn your eyes back to Christ and His blessings that He freely gives.
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Post by: colporteur on February 16, 2014, 11:21:09 AM

     A Lesson From Christ's Attitude Toward Judas.  {PH151 85.4}
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     Among the chosen disciples of Christ there was a representative of Satan. At heart Judas was not a disciple. Often he led the other disciples to form opinions contrary to the teachings of the Master. He criticized Christ's words, and asked questions that led the minds of the disciples away from the subjects that the Saviour brought before them. It was because of the influence that Judas exerted to deceive the disciples that Christ had to repeat so many of His lessons. Judas did not come out boldly in opposition to Christ; and therefore he was the better able to deceive the eleven.  {PH151 86.1}
 
     Christ knew, when he permitted Judas to connect with Him as one of the twelve, that Judas was possessed of the demon of selfishness. He knew that this professed disciple would betray Him, and yet He did not separate him from the other disciples, and send him away. He was preparing the minds of these men for His death and ascension, and He foresaw that, should He dismiss Judas, Satan would use him to spread reports that would be difficult to meet and explain. The leaders of the Jewish nation were watching and searching for something that they could use to make of no effect the words of Christ. The Saviour knew that Judas, if dismissed, could so misconstrue and mystify His statements that the Jews would accept a false version of His words, using this version to bring terrible harm to the disciples, and to leave on the minds of Christ's enemies the impression that the Jews were justified in taking the attitude they did toward Jesus and His followers.  {PH151 86.2}
 
     Christ did not, therefore, send Judas from His presence, but kept him by His side, where He could counteract the influence that he might exert against His work.  {PH151 87.1}
 
     
  Had not Christ borne with Judas as He did, His followers would have been in great peril after His resurrection and ascension. But when men thought of the fate of the betrayer of innocent blood, they were afraid to lay hands on the disciples. They could not but remember the final confession of the traitor, and his terrible death. "I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood" (Matthew 27:4), he exclaimed, when he had cast at the feet of the high priest the pieces of silver that had been the price of his Lord's betrayal. Then in despair he went and hanged himself.
That same day, as the wicked throng who were leading Jesus to the place of crucifixion passed a retired spot, they saw at the foot of a lifeless tree the body of Judas. His weight had broken the cord by which he had hanged himself, and, in falling, his body had been horribly mangled. His remains were immediately buried out of sight; but there was less mockery among the throng; and many a pale of face revealed the thoughts within.  {PH151 87.3} 

     The death of Judas and the resurrection and ascension of Christ placed the disciples on vantage ground, and gave them courage. But if Christ had not borne with Judas until the end, the results of the betrayer's course would not have been sufficiently impressive to stay the hands of the persecutors, and after Christ's ascension the most terrible scenes would have been witnessed. But God worked by His Spirit, and five thousand were converted in a day. Let God be true, and every man a liar. Christ Jesus is at the helm. "Lo," He declares, "I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matthew 28:20.  {PH151 88.1}   St. Helena, Cal., Oct. 11, 1902.

Desire of Ages 294.1
"The disciples were anxious that Judas should become one of their number. He was of commanding appearance, a man of keen discernment and executive ability, and they commended him to Jesus as one who would greatly assist Him in His work. They were surprised that Jesus received him so coolly.   

 Allowing Judas to be one of the 12 was a strategic move on the part of Christ.  Unfortunately we do not have the prophetic insight that Jesus had. Therefore to make what Jesus did with Judas our protocol and ordain everyone that wants to be ordained even if we know they are a crook is not a good idea.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on February 16, 2014, 12:17:09 PM
Yes, cp, Christ's dealing with Judas is left on record that we would learn how important it is to choose consecrated leaders.

On the other hand, there may be situations very similar to what Jesus had to deal with. That is, we would not want to select a Judas, but at times it may be best to allow such a thing to move forward considering the disastrous results of attempting to block it. I have been in that position and chose to not resist what the others wanted. The church will reap what it has sown. Time will reveal the error. We see the very same situation in God leaving Satan alive. It was the very best way to deal with the sin problem. So, it can be with us today. There is no arbitrary decision to be made.
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Post by: Richard Myers on February 16, 2014, 12:19:50 PM
I began to wonder how one knows if God brings the trouble or if satan does. I could be wrong but I decided it doesn't matter since the remedy is the same. Turn your eyes back to Christ and His blessings that He freely gives.

Amen!  There are times when we can know, but it really makes no difference in our own life. The solution is always the same, we need Jesus. He is quick to accept us back.
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Post by: JimB on October 30, 2014, 10:50:32 AM
This has no bearing on our discussion but recently I had a friend tell me that he has gotten to the point that he almost doesn't want to read any other book other than the Desire of Ages. I can't disagree with him.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on October 30, 2014, 11:14:34 AM
He loves Jesus!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on January 28, 2016, 07:59:07 AM
Have you noticed that the world is opposed to God and His truth? Have you noticed that even in professing Christian churches people play church? Have you noticed the teaching of human wisdom often supplants the Word of God? If so, God has blessed you with Spiritual discernment. Jesus learned the same as He grew.

     As the condition of the people began to open to His mind, He saw that the requirements of society and the requirements of God were in constant collision. Men were departing from the word of God, and exalting theories of their own invention. They were observing traditional rites that possessed no virtue. Their service was a mere round of ceremonies; the sacred truths it was designed to teach were hidden from the worshipers. He saw that in their faithless services they found no peace. They did not know the freedom of spirit that would come to them by serving God in truth. Jesus had come to teach the meaning of the worship of God, and He could not sanction the mingling of human requirements with the divine precepts. He did not attack the precepts or practices of the learned teachers; but when reproved for His own simple habits, He presented the word of God in justification of His conduct. 
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Post by: Richard Myers on April 27, 2016, 07:14:09 AM
Have you ever been alone, where no one understood why you do what you do when you are walking in the light of God's love and counsel? Be encouraged Jesus understands, He has been there frequently.

 Often He was asked, Why are you bent on being so singular, so different from us all? It is written, He said, "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways." Psalm 119:1-3.  Pg 89.
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Post by: Richard Myers on July 23, 2016, 06:42:53 AM
  They knew that no authority could be found in Scripture for their traditions. They realized that in spiritual understanding Jesus was far in advance of them. Yet they were angry because He did not obey their dictates. Failing to convince Him, they sought Joseph and Mary, and set before them His course of noncompliance. Thus He suffered rebuke and censure.   

This is true today also. It is why they murdered Christ, and it is why apostates will want to kill those who are walking in the light of Truth. They are angry because their "dictates" which are contrary to Bible truth will not be followed. There are religions that will kill and have killed those who speak badly about their religion. We see this today, do we not? And has not history revealed this? And does not the Bible prophesy we shall see it again when those who keep the commandments of God are persecuted because they will not yield to those who dictate they ought to keep the sun day?
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 23, 2016, 11:02:34 AM
I appreciate the point you brought out, Richard! We realize the same spirit of antagonism to truth will continue until Jesus comes, but I rejoice that God has revealed how Christ met situations so we can follow His lead. I gained encouragement from this thought:

As the condition of the people began to open to His mind, He saw that the requirements of society and the requirements of God were in constant collision. Men were departing from the word of God, and exalting theories of their own invention. They were observing traditional rites that possessed no virtue. Their service was a mere round of ceremonies; the sacred truths it was designed to teach were hidden from the worshipers. He saw that in their faithless services they found no peace. They did not know the freedom of spirit that would come to them by serving God in truth. Jesus had come to teach the meaning of the worship of God, and He could not sanction the mingling of human requirements with the divine precepts. He did not attack the precepts or practices of the learned teachers; but when reproved for His own simple habits, He presented the word of God in justification of His conduct. 

We have a sure foundation for how to deal with challenges in the church and society that contradict God's word--allow Jesus to abide in your heart and share His loveliness from His word.

I really love this chapter because it so clearly reveals Christ's character principles--that are also for us in Him!
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Post by: JimB on October 18, 2016, 05:39:22 AM
At a very early age, Jesus had begun to act for Himself in the formation of His character, and not even respect and love for His parents could turn Him from obedience to God's word. "It is written" was His reason for every act that varied from the family customs. But the influence of the rabbis made His life a bitter one. Even in His youth He had to learn the hard lesson of silence and patient endurance.

 But to every temptation He had one answer, "It is written." He rarely rebuked any wrongdoing of His brothers, but He had a word from God to speak to them. Often He was accused of cowardice for refusing to unite with them in some forbidden act; but His answer was, It is written, "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:28

This reminds of the chapter on the temptations of Christ. His foundation to every objection and to every answer was the Word of God. It said earlier in the chapter...  Jesus seemed to know the Scriptures from beginning to end, and He presented them in their true import. So it would seem that we can also find our answers in the Word also. Reminds of the text that goes something like... thy word have I hid in my heart so I might not sin against thee...  It's much easier for the Holy Spirit to bring things to our memory if we are reading Word. This should be an encouragement that we answers to readily near by.
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Post by: Richard Myers on October 18, 2016, 06:51:31 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean and Jim.  I too, like that verse you quote, Jim. Let's look at it in context. It points us to the power of a full surrender of the whole heart, not part of it. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy Word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalms 119:9-11. Many have been deceived by false pastors who teach that we can be saved (justified) when we have given part of the heart to Christ. This influence causes great problems in the church and in the family.

Jesus had many days of conflict because He lived out what was written in Scripture from an early age. Why was there so much conflict, even in His family? Mimi quoted the answer.


     At a very early age, Jesus had begun to act for Himself in the formation of His character, and not even respect and love for His parents could turn Him from obedience to God's word. "It is written" was His reason for every act that varied from the family customs. But the influence of the rabbis made His life a bitter one. Even in His youth He had to learn the hard lesson of silence and patient endurance.  86.1

If we would study the Bible as Jesus did, we too would have power to form characters after the divine similitude. The Bible is a revelation of Christ. "The Word was made flesh." By beholding His glory (character) we will be changed into the same image (character). Then we may take to the world the gospel and proclaim "fear God and give glory to Him." And, "here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."

We too, will face many conflicts if we are faithful to obey God's Word. Even in families there are great conflicts because of the influence of pastors, as it was in the days of Christ. We thank God there are also faithful pastors in our day, as there were some faithful priests in the days of Jesus.
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 18, 2016, 08:43:55 AM
I appreciate your post, Richard, and it is so true that what guides in the formation of character is Scripture. But if you think about it, if all were to conform their lives to God's word and to form characters after the similitude of Christ, there would still be different kinds of character! I marvel that the experience of forming character is an individual work, and that God desires us to apply ourselves to form our own convictions from His word, rather that depending upon counsel from humanity. Character is the means whereby we glorify God. A character such as Christ formed we do not have, but we may begin forming such a character RIGHT NOW with A NEW HEART when we surrender our heart, mind, and will entirely to Him. I appreciate how Jesus encourages us in the work of character building because He Himself, by His Holy Spirit, comes to indwell our hearts and minds so that we will bear all of the fruits of His Spirit without one missing! Jesus Christ is our Savior, and our perfect Example. But if we do not consent to His work to entirely transform us after His divine similitude, we cannot be saved. We must come to Christ with a willingness to have Him empower us to live a new life altogether. I love how Jesus was simple in His habits, so He could effectively minister to as many as possible with the healing virtue of love.

The following paragraph has been a great encouragement to me in my life and ministry:

Jesus did not contend for His rights. Often His work was made unnecessarily severe because He was willing and uncomplaining. Yet He did not fail nor become discouraged. He lived above these difficulties, as if in the light of God's countenance. He did not retaliate when roughly used, but bore insult patiently. {DA 89.4}

I am struck by these words--since Jesus "lived above these difficulties" I see that we also, in time of trial, can realize that so long as we have a living connection with our Father in heaven, it matters not how uncomfortable the trial, for we can have the assurance that He is with us and will continually guide and help us to reveal His character to those around us. In our trials we have great opportunity to reveal God to others who know Him not, and have not the sense of His sustaining presence in their times of trial and difficulty. We can reveal the peace of heaven in our faces, which can only be obtained through communion with God in every situation. Praise the Lord for Jesus as we see Him in this beautiful chapter!
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 13, 2017, 08:02:27 AM
What a beautiful revelation of Jesus we see in this chapter!

Jesus loved His brothers, and treated them with unfailing kindness; but they were jealous of Him, and manifested the most decided unbelief and contempt. They could not understand His conduct. Great contradictions presented themselves in Jesus. He was the divine Son of God, and yet a helpless child. The Creator of the worlds, the earth was His possession, and yet poverty marked His life experience at every step. He possessed a dignity and individuality wholly distinct from earthly pride and assumption; He did not strive for worldly greatness, and in even the lowliest position He was content. This angered His brothers. They could not account for His constant serenity under trial and deprivation. They did not know that for our sake He had become poor, that we "through His poverty might be rich." 2 Corinthians 8:9. They could understand the mystery of His mission no more than the friends of Job could understand his humiliation and suffering.

Jesus' contentment revealed His willingness to be anything or nothing as His Father led the way, that we might be saved. He suffered more than Job suffered, but there is a parallel drawn in that His brothers did not understand what He was going through much like how Job's friends did not understand. Yet we can be thankful that in both Jesus' and Job's experience, we can see how God worked His purpose out. Jesus never sinned, and lived a perfect life to save us and die as our Sacrifice and Example. Job, though "perfect" (Job 1:1) when the controversy opens in the beginning of the Scripture narrative, did fall under the strong temptation to justify himself, and for this Elihu and God reproved him. He deeply repented, and God could then bless him more, for he was "perfect" but in a more mature sense than before he had fallen. Character we are building day by day in each choice and trial we face. Jesus chose to cling to God His Father in all times and circumstances. We need this connection today, and we can have it by beholding the loveliness of Jesus and yielding all our heart to Him! Praise the Lord!
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Post by: Richard Myers on January 13, 2017, 07:41:24 PM
Amen!!

Jesus was constantly under attack from the time He came into this world a helpless babe. Satan hated him and was intent on gaining the victory over Jesus, but he could not. It is sad to read about what happened to Jesus.

    Because the life of Jesus condemned evil, He was opposed, both at home and abroad. His unselfishness and integrity were commented on with a sneer. His forbearance and kindness were termed cowardice. 

Do we not see the same today when those who reflect Christ's character are treated in the same manner? Forbearance and kindness to those who are great sinners is indeed termed "cowardice." It is contrary to the world to show mercy to one who is readily seen to be unacceptable. Who would do such a thing? Only a coward fearful of the consequences of not being loving and tolerant.  :(  It is sad when this comes from within God's church.
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 10, 2017, 06:50:17 AM
I love the consistent picture of the loveliness of Jesus that emerges as we read from The Desire of Ages. Jesus came to point souls to the only remedy, not debate them:

    From the time when the parents of Jesus found Him in the temple, His course of action was a mystery to them. He would not enter into controversy, yet His example was a constant lesson. He seemed as one who was set apart. His hours of happiness were found when alone with nature and with God. Whenever it was His privilege, He turned aside from the scene of His labor, to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to hold communion with God on the mountainside or amid the trees of the forest. The early morning often found Him in some secluded place, meditating, searching the Scriptures, or in prayer. From these quiet hours He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil. 

Jesus would not permit Himself to be drawn into controversy--that was not the purpose of His mission. He came to reach hearts that were willing to be drawn. May we follow His lovely example, by experiencing the use of our time the way He did--meditating, searching the Scriptures, and going to His Father in prayer. As we thus commune with God, we will find that controversy and the spirit of debate is foreign to the religion of Christ, and we will pray for those who oppose the truth, but not enter into the same spirit. We may love all as did Jesus by having the experience He had through faith!
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Post by: Richard Myers on April 10, 2017, 06:53:41 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean. What an example Jesus is to all who will look unto Him!

If we will give the whole heart to Christ, we shall be changed in character. We will follow the example of Christ in helping others, and following the law of God instead of the wisdom of man. This will cause us the very same difficulties it caused Jesus.

     To those who were in need He would give a cup of cold water, and would quietly place His own meal in their hands. As He relieved their sufferings, the truths He taught were associated with His acts of mercy, and were thus riveted in the memory.
     All this displeased His brothers. Being older than Jesus, they felt that He should be under their dictation. They charged Him with thinking Himself superior to them, and reproved Him for setting Himself above their teachers and the priests and rulers of the people. Often they threatened and tried to intimidate Him; but He passed on, making the Scriptures His guide.   

Notice why it is the "right arm" of the gospel works. Acts of mercy enable the truth to be "riveted in the memory."
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Post by: JimB on July 06, 2017, 05:31:41 AM
All this displeased His brothers. Being older than Jesus, they felt that He should be under their dictation. They charged Him with thinking Himself superior to them, and reproved Him for setting Himself above their teachers and the priests and rulers of the people. Often they threatened and tried to intimidate Him; but He passed on, making the Scriptures His guide.   

I find this interesting in a couple of ways. One, in that it doesn't take much to ruffle the feathers of the opposition. Two, He didn't let it bother Him. He just made the Scriptures His guide and went on about His duties. And this reminds me of the coming chapter about His temptation in the wilderness. Where knowing scripture kept Christ from being deceived and in relying on the Word won the victory over temptation.

One side thought, I know some Christians who want nothing to do with the Old Testament. Yet, this was where Christ Himself found comfort and truth and a weapon to fend off satan.
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Post by: Richard Myers on July 06, 2017, 06:14:57 AM
Amen, Jim.  The world is not converted. The world was in the church.

I saw something this morning that is interesting also.  Who reared His brothers?  Yet, what a difference between them!

     Jesus was misunderstood by His brothers because He was not like them. His standard was not their standard. In looking to men they had turned away from God, and they had not His power in their lives. The forms of religion which they observed could not transform the character. They paid "tithe of mint and anise and cummin," but omitted "the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith." Matthew 23:23. The example of Jesus was to them a continual irritation. He hated but one thing in the world, and that was sin. He could not witness a wrong act without pain which it was impossible to disguise. Between the formalists, whose sanctity of appearance concealed the love of sin, and a character in which zeal for God's glory was always paramount, the contrast was unmistakable. Because the life of Jesus condemned evil, He was opposed, both at home and abroad. His unselfishness and integrity were commented on with a sneer. His forbearance and kindness were termed cowardice. 
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 06, 2017, 07:52:14 PM
Amen, Richard and Jim! I was so blessed reading this morning, and wanted to share a thought that blessed me today in beholding the loveliness of Jesus:

   But to every temptation He had one answer, "It is written." He rarely rebuked any wrongdoing of His brothers, but He had a word from God to speak to them. Often He was accused of cowardice for refusing to unite with them in some forbidden act; but His answer was, It is written, "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:28. 

Jesus lived a life of spotless purity. When we have Christ living in us, we may also cultivate an experience in which we minister to souls by our lives, and have a word from God to speak to them, for to educate is to redeem. Jesus was after their hearts--and when we see that as the essential work, we will also seek to reach hearts with Christ's love that softens and wins those who are willing. There is still a place for rebuke and reproof, but having a character like Christ is the place we must start--by beholding Him, we are being changed!
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 01, 2017, 09:26:55 AM
I love Jesus and I love being able to have the privilege to follow His example in character building through His continual help by the Holy Spirit!

"From the time when the parents of Jesus found Him in the temple, His course of action was a mystery to them. He would not enter into controversy, yet His example was a constant lesson. He seemed as one who was set apart. His hours of happiness were found when alone with nature and with God. Whenever it was His privilege, He turned aside from the scene of His labor, to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to hold communion with God on the mountainside or amid the trees of the forest. The early morning often found Him in some secluded place, meditating, searching the Scriptures, or in prayer. From these quiet hours He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil." {The Desire of Ages, page 89, paragraph 6}

By holding continual communion with God we are enabled to form perfect characters through the imputed and imparted righteousness of Christ! What an incredible opportunity we have in Christ today!
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 27, 2017, 06:20:11 AM
“Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul. He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing balm. None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue—the healing power of love—went out from Him to the sick and distressed. Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from His very childhood. And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly. “– {The Desire of Ages, page 92, paragraph 1}

I am so thankful that Jesus’ love will flow out through us as long as we abide in Him by a full surrender of all our heart—and His love is always accompanied by all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing!
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Post by: Richard Myers on December 28, 2017, 09:53:43 PM
Amen!  If we will learn of Him, if we will receive His love, then we will love Him supremely, for He is worthy to be loved. And, if we will live by a "thus saith the Lord," then we will find ourselves pressing together with others who love God supremely. The sheep are being separated from the goats by the truth. "It is written" is what we are to live by. Then, we shall be looked upon as Jesus was looked upon by all who do not love God with the whole heart. His brothers were offended, as were the priests.

     In every gentle and submissive way, Jesus tried to please those with whom He came in contact. Because He was so gentle and unobtrusive, the scribes and elders supposed that He would be easily influenced by their teaching. They urged Him to receive the maxims and traditions that had been handed down from the ancient rabbis, but He asked for their authority in Holy Writ. He would hear every word that proceeds from the mouth of God; but He could not obey the inventions of men. Jesus seemed to know the Scriptures from beginning to end, and He presented them in their true import. The rabbis were ashamed to be instructed by a child. They claimed that it was their office to explain the Scriptures, and that it was His place to accept their interpretation. They were indignant that He should stand in opposition to their word.
     They knew that no authority could be found in Scripture for their traditions. They realized that in spiritual understanding Jesus was far in advance of them. Yet they were angry because He did not obey their dictates. Failing to convince Him, they sought Joseph and Mary, and set before them His course of noncompliance. Thus He suffered rebuke and censure.   
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Post by: Richard Myers on March 23, 2018, 10:35:55 PM
As there was conflict over the actions of Jesus, so it will be with all who accept Bible truth and walk in the light.

    In every gentle and submissive way, Jesus tried to please those with whom He came in contact. Because He was so gentle and unobtrusive, the scribes and elders supposed that He would be easily influenced by their teaching. They urged Him to receive the maxims and traditions that had been handed down from the ancient rabbis, but He asked for their authority in Holy Writ. He would hear every word that proceeds from the mouth of God; but He could not obey the inventions of men. Jesus seemed to know the Scriptures from beginning to end, and He presented them in their true import. The rabbis were ashamed to be instructed by a child. They claimed that it was their office to explain the Scriptures, and that it was His place to accept their interpretation. They were indignant that He should stand in opposition to their word.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 24, 2018, 03:32:00 AM
"From the time when the parents of Jesus found Him in the temple, His course of action was a mystery to them. He would not enter into controversy, yet His example was a constant lesson. He seemed as one who was set apart. His hours of happiness were found when alone with nature and with God. Whenever it was His privilege, He turned aside from the scene of His labor, to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to hold communion with God on the mountainside or amid the trees of the forest. The early morning often found Him in some secluded place, meditating, searching the Scriptures, or in prayer. From these quiet hours He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil." {The Desire of Ages, page 89, paragraph 6}

When we surrender fully to Jesus, we will also go where He did to find happiness--to be with our Heavenly Father in nature, in His word, and in prayer. We will seek to find every possible opportunity for turning aside to go be with the One we love, and thus we shall also be transformed in character, that even in all we do the impress of His character--the unmistakable manifestation of all of the fruits of His Spirit without one missing--will be revealed in our lives. Jesus loves us and invites us to follow Him this Sabbath day! Praise God for a whole day set apart for communion with God!!! 
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Post by: Richard Myers on March 24, 2018, 05:18:09 AM
Amen!! And when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, our lives will be a witness of the God we love. We will have great joy, but we shall also suffer greatly. We become partakers of what Christ suffered.

Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men. 
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on June 19, 2018, 02:22:37 AM
I love--words fail to describe how much I love--spending time with Jesus in the early morning hours of the day. Before the sun rises, and before the birds even begin their song, it is a joy and blessing to follow Jesus to the quiet place, far from the rapid pace, where transformation of character is wrought--in the audience chamber with God, beholding the loveliness of Jesus, and getting to know His heart in a way that gives me the freedom to know who I truly am. Such awareness of His infinite love for me in spite of my weakness and sinfulness encourages me to realize my continual need to have Him abiding in my heart by faith to make and keep it pure by His presence! I love how Jesus was focused on the important thing: character building, and helping others to build character!

"He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear." {The Desire of Ages, page 91, paragraph 1}

Jesus was safe to go to. He loved everyone. He looked on people in a way that caused them to know they were valued, and had an infinite purpose in God's great plan. I am so thankful for how He weeded vanity from my life--movies, music, and lawlessness--but I love how Jesus laid down good things (heaven, his own food, and his own reputation) in order to bless as many as possible, to reach as many hearts with the Father's tender, paternal love. May I have such an experience is my prayer; may we each have such an experience--which is gained day by day in this "thoughtful hour" beholding, yielding to, and being changed by the loveliness of the character of God in Christ! This is the greatest miracle this side of heaven, and can be consistently lived by constant surrender of the will to Him who lives to make intercession for us, and to prepare us for His imminent return in glory! 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Ann B on June 19, 2018, 09:05:16 AM
Pastor Sean you have painted a most beautiful word picture of the experience that comes to the person that spends that special time early in the morning with Jesus. That is where He received His strength to meet the day. If He needed it, we need it much more.

I'm encouraged today as I read how Jesus handled temptations and trials. We can meet them just as He did. 

"But to every temptation He had one answer, "It is written." He rarely rebuked any wrongdoing of His brothers, but He had a word from God to speak to them. Often He was accused of cowardice for refusing to unite with them in some forbidden act; but His answer was, It is written, "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:28. 

And then there is this familiar text that I love so much.....

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee" Ps. 119:11
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on June 19, 2018, 10:58:26 PM
Amen, dear Sister Ann. It is such a blessing to have you posting in our little fellowship!   What a difference knowing Jesus makes in our lives!!. Thank you for your thoughts on today's reading.

     Jesus loved His brothers, and treated them with unfailing kindness; but they were jealous of Him, and manifested the most decided unbelief and contempt. They could not understand His conduct. Great contradictions presented themselves in Jesus. He was the divine Son of God, and yet a helpless child. The Creator of the worlds, the earth was His possession, and yet poverty marked His life experience at every step. He possessed a dignity and individuality wholly distinct from earthly pride and assumption; He did not strive for worldly greatness, and in even the lowliest position He was content. This angered His brothers. They could not account for His constant serenity under trial and deprivation. They did not know that for our sake He had become poor, that we "through His poverty might be rich." 2 Corinthians 8:9. They could understand the mystery of His mission no more than the friends of Job could understand his humiliation and suffering. 

Such love! That the King of Kings would come to our dark spot in the universe a helpless babe!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: JimB on September 14, 2018, 06:08:58 AM
There is so much in today's chapter to share but I'm going to stick to just this one simple sentence.

Of the bitterness that falls to the lot of humanity, there was no part which Christ did not taste.

It would be good for us to remember this in that He knows personally what it's like to be in this world. This should encourage us. Christ even experienced what it's like to have a divided home. I had never thought of that until now as I type this out. We can look to Him for strength and as one who personally understands our struggles.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 14, 2018, 07:36:26 AM
Amen, Jim! Jesus understands our weaknesses and infirmities, and He knows just what we need. While He walked this earth some 2,000 years ago, He is still the same tender, merciful Savior today, and He can provide for us in so many ways as we turn our lives over to Him in full surrender. I love the picture of Jesus presented in The Desire of Ages, as it draws my heart to Him!

"Jesus worked to relieve every case of suffering that He saw. He had little money to give, but He often denied Himself of food in order to relieve those who appeared more needy than He. His brothers felt that His influence went far to counteract theirs. He possessed a tact which none of them had, or desired to have. When they spoke harshly to poor, degraded beings, Jesus sought out these very ones, and spoke to them words of encouragement. To those who were in need He would give a cup of cold water, and would quietly place His own meal in their hands. As He relieved their sufferings, the truths He taught were associated with His acts of mercy, and were thus riveted in the memory." {The Desire of Ages, page 87, paragraph 1}

May we speak words of encouragement and seek to relieve the suffering around us in the way Jesus did. He loved others because the love of the Father was in Him. When His love reigns in our hearts, we have peace with God and are enabled to go about doing good like Jesus, for He lives out His life in us by the Holy Spirit. 
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Post by: Dorine on September 14, 2018, 08:31:35 AM
"As the condition of the people began to open to His mind, He saw that the requirements of society and the requirements of God were in constant collision. Men were departing from the word of God, and exalting theories of their own invention. They were observing traditional rites that possessed no virtue. Their service was a mere round of ceremonies; the sacred truths it was designed to teach were hidden from the worshipers. He saw that in their faithless services they found no peace. They did not know the freedom of spirit that would come to them by serving God in truth. Jesus had come to teach the meaning of the worship of God, and He could not sanction the mingling of human requirements with the divine precepts. He did not attack the precepts or practices of the learned teachers; but when reproved for His own simple habits, He presented the word of God in justification of His conduct." 

What a chapter. Like Jim I had a hard time deciding which gem stood out more than the others this morning. This paragraph spoke to me in a specific way. When we don't know the best way to deal with a particular challenge we just only need to watch and listen to Jesus.

This whole chapter in particular opens a window of understanding into my own life and how I respond to situations that I don't agree with. As I read I hear the Holy Spirit speaking to me (through my thought processes) the areas I am most weak in and need surrendering to Him. It's a most humbling and convicting revelation.  Sometimes it just a small thing to us but it could cost us our eternal life if not dealt with. I thank God for the times He must step on my toes. It hurts but it's for my eternal good.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on September 14, 2018, 09:52:59 AM
Amen, dear Sister.  If we want to bed a blessing to others, then we need to be fully surrendered. We have an example of how we are to walk. If we will learn of Him who gave all for us, then we will have power to walk as Jesus did. I was impressed with the truth that Jesus had to walk alone not only when He began His formal ministry, or when He was a youth, but also in His childhood. We do not half understand what Jesus endured for our sake.

And, we are to have the same burden as Jesus had. When His witnesses we are to be the light in this world that is soon to perish. We have been given the light that we might do as Jesus did, lead sinners to physical and spiritual health.

   Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul. He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing balm. None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue--the healing power of love--went out from Him to the sick and distressed. Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from His very childhood. And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly.
     Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men.

What a blessing it is to have this little fellowship that daily enjoys sharing about our Savior. We pray that our little group will grow quickly as we near the end.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Dorine on December 10, 2018, 06:21:31 AM
"He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear."

Oh what a beautiful example of what Jesus wants me to be. And He has promised to produce these same attributes in me if I continue to submit to Him and abide in Him. He takes my ugliness and dresses me in His beautiful garments of righteousness which will reveal the fruits of the Spirit without one missing.  Just like Jesus.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 10, 2018, 11:24:51 AM
Amen, Sister Dorine! I also was impressed by the same paragraph today! What blessed unity we see here as we behold Jesus' loveliness of character!

Do we realize our value? It is infinite! We cost the Son of God His very life at the cross of Calvary, and His whole life was a sacrifice to save souls from sin and ruin! We see how Jesus valued souls, and I love how He inspired them with faith and hope to be victorious in overcoming!

"He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear." {The Desire of Ages, page 91, paragraph 1}

All of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing are revealed in the life of a converted Christian; in practical terms, this looks like living as Jesus did in His sphere. How? By beholding the loveliness of His character, we yield the whole heart and mind to Him, and He transforms us into His image! This experience will widen and deepen, so we will become even more fruitful the more we learn of Him, for it is a joy to obey Him to the extent that He has revealed the light of the path we are to traverse. God is so good to us, and I love being able to look at people like Jesus did--with their infinite potential as they experience His character!   
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on March 06, 2019, 08:29:29 PM
"In every gentle and submissive way, Jesus tried to please those with whom He came in contact. Because He was so gentle and unobtrusive, the scribes and elders supposed that He would be easily influenced by their teaching. They urged Him to receive the maxims and traditions that had been handed down from the ancient rabbis, but He asked for their authority in Holy Writ. He would hear every word that proceeds from the mouth of God; but He could not obey the inventions of men.[/color]

Here is given to us an example of the importance of clinging to a " Thus Saith The Lord. " as we share God's wonderful plan of salvation in a gentle loving compassionate way with others.

"Jesus worked to relieve every case of suffering that He saw. He had little money to give, but He often denied Himself of food in order to relieve those who appeared more needy than He. His brothers felt that His influence went far to counteract theirs. He possessed a tact which none of them had, or desired to have. When they spoke harshly to poor, degraded beings, Jesus sought out these very ones, and spoke to them words of encouragement. To those who were in need He would give a cup of cold water, and would quietly place His own meal in their hands. As He relieved their sufferings, the truths He taught were associated with His acts of mercy, and were thus riveted in the memory."

The above paragraph is a basic outline given to us by Jesus for effective outreach when sharing the gospel story with others. There is a saying that goes like this... "IF YOU WERE ON TRIAL FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN --WOULD THERE BE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT YOU??"... By God's Grace let us determine to... "Be like Jesus, this my song,,In the Home and in the Throng; Be like Jesus all day long! - I would be like Jesus
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 07, 2019, 02:03:29 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon! As we dwell upon the life and character of Jesus, we are inspired with faith and hope to have His love brought into our souls, and to let His love flow out in healing streams to others. But where did Jesus get the experience with God that blessed the world?

"From the time when the parents of Jesus found Him in the temple, His course of action was a mystery to them. He would not enter into controversy, yet His example was a constant lesson. He seemed as one who was set apart. His hours of happiness were found when alone with nature and with God. Whenever it was His privilege, He turned aside from the scene of His labor, to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to hold communion with God on the mountainside or amid the trees of the forest. The early morning often found Him in some secluded place, meditating, searching the Scriptures, or in prayer. From these quiet hours He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil." {The Desire of Ages, page 89, paragraph 6}

Jesus loved to be with His Father, and when He could, He went into the quiet places of nature to commune with God. As we have quiet hours with God in which He speaks to us personally and individually, how can we not be happy because we have a God that loves us and wants to spend time with us? Then as we find duty a delight and sacrifice a pleasure in our day-to-day responsibilities because our lives are elevated and transformed by His grace! We can remember that Christ is right by our side, and through a full, continual surrender to Him allow Him to abide on the throne of our hearts! He will be graciously weaving out the pattern of life in our experience that will be to His own glory each moment as we enjoy the union and communion of the soul with Him like Jesus did! Praise God!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on March 07, 2019, 02:35:36 PM

Amen Pastor Sean!  If we would be like Jesus, we would spend time with Him as He spent time with His Father. And if we spend time beholding their grace, we would be like them in character and would not make excuses for sin as so many do. Even among ultra conservative Christians we find excuses being made for sin, when there is no excuse for sin. I often hear that God does not account sin to those who do not pre-meditate their sin. Or, that their sin was not "willful." These are not excuses that will keep one in harmony with God and allow one to retain their salvation. Again, there is no excuse for sin, willful or not, pre-meditated or not. When one is filled with the Holy Spirit, he does not sin a known sin. Murder is murder no matter that one did not pre-meditate it.

Of the bitterness that falls to the lot of humanity, there was no part which Christ did not taste. There were those who tried to cast contempt upon Him because of His birth, and even in His childhood He had to meet their scornful looks and evil whisperings. If He had responded by an impatient word or look, if He had conceded to His brothers by even one wrong act, He would have failed of being a perfect example. Thus He would have failed of carrying out the plan for our redemption. Had He even admitted that there could be an excuse for sin, Satan would have triumphed, and the world would have been lost. This is why the tempter worked to make His life as trying as possible, that He might be led to sin.
"IF YOU WERE ON TRIAL FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN --WOULD THERE BE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT YOU??"...

Amen, Brother Beacon!

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on June 01, 2019, 03:23:46 PM
"As the condition of the people began to open to His mind, He saw that the requirements of society and the requirements of God were in constant collision. Men were departing from the word of God, and exalting theories of their own invention. They were observing traditional rites that possessed no virtue. Their service was a mere round of ceremonies; the sacred truths it was designed to teach were hidden from the worshipers. He saw that in their faithless services they found no peace. They did not know the freedom of spirit that would come to them by serving God in truth.

"Jesus had come to teach the meaning of the worship of God, and He could not sanction the mingling of human requirements with the divine precepts. He did not attack the precepts or practices of the learned teachers; but when reproved for His own simple habits, He presented the word of God in justification of His conduct."


Is it not true today also.."The Social Gospel of the world is having a horrible effect on our church in many divisions around the world. Have we lost our courage to stand TALL?The requirements of society and the requirements of God were...and ( are ) in constant collision with the requirements of God?? Like Daniel who would rather be thrown to the lions and risk immediate death than to disobey 1 of God's requirements. i.e. John the Revelator who was willing to be thrown into a pot of boiling oil rather than  recant any of his teachings about Jesus. I am praying for myself and for all you, and our church leadership. Remember the words to the little chorus " No Turning Back "? ---Though None Go with Me...Still I will Follow, Though none go with me ...Still I Will Follow. NO TURNING BACK - NO TURNING BACK. May God bless and grant to us, as we seek His forgiveness, a renewed commitment to" STAND LIKE THE BRAVE.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on June 02, 2019, 03:21:25 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!! The true everlasting gospel is Jesus Christ and Him crucified living out His life in and through us as we are 100% surrendered to Him so He can give us supernaturally pure and new hearts and minds! Thus, in our lives He will manifest through us all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as we obey the law of God from the heart to the degree that we know it as Christ develops our characters by the Holy Spirit!

We can be bold to stand like Jesus did as we know him like He knew His Father! Let us abide in Jesus today and not be afraid to walk alone--knowing though that as in the days of Elijah, there are others who are faithful and we can be encouraged to meet them and help them in their earnest, determined, and fully consecrated heavenward march!

"Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men." {The Desire of Ages, page 92, paragraph 2}

Let us realize that the world needs more "Jesus" characters walking around, living as He did, singing praises to God as He did, and ministering as He did. Let us embrace the humble path Jesus has for us today and walk by faith, beholding the unseen universe that is LONGING to see the full revelation (fully mature, that is) of Christ's character in us. As we abide in Christ today, all of the fruits of the Spirit will continue to be manifest in our lives and we will gladly obey God's law--but that experience deepens and matures each day to mold us to become more and more like our great Exemplar, Jesus Christ!! And when God sees the character is able to bear the time of trouble, when He knows His people CORPORATELY are united as Christ was one with the Father, then we will manifest such scenes in this world that the universe has never before beheld. Globally, the devil, evil angels, and confederate human beings will do their UTMOST to stamp out God's faithful Seventh-day Adventist people, but we have nothing to fear for the future as we remember how God has led us. We can remember that trials mean benefit because they give us a shared experience with Christ as long as we are abiding in Him by a living faith surrender. Christ is LONGING to FINISH THIS MYSTERY and to be able to say from the completed ministration in the heavenly sanctuary "It is done" (Revelation 16:17). Will you let Christ finish His work in you? Let us grow in grace today even as Jesus did--by looking continually to our heavenly Father and abiding in His love! The Holy Spirit will lead you step by step to heaven!!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on June 02, 2019, 04:10:39 AM
Amen Pastor Sean and Brother Beacon!  It is Jesus that we need. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us that we might know the character of God. Why? That He can them reproduce that character in us. This was the work of the prophets to explain. It is the Spirit of Prophecy that points us to Jesus and our mission to develop a character more and more in likeness to our Savior! That is only possible when we have the Holy Spirit residing in a heart that loves God supremely before all other things or people. Jesus looks upon the heart. He wants it fully given to Him, then we will be partakers of His divine nature through the indwelling of the Spirit. This we may have today. It happens when we behold His wonderful love, grace. For it by beholding this grace that we are transformed, converted, saved. It must be a daily matter, a continuous longing after Jesus.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Dorine on June 02, 2019, 08:42:44 AM
"In every gentle and submissive way, Jesus tried to please those with whom He came in contact. Because He was so gentle and unobtrusive, the scribes and elders supposed that He would be easily influenced by their teaching. They urged Him to receive the maxims and traditions that had been handed down from the ancient rabbis, but He asked for their authority in Holy Writ. He would hear every word that proceeds from the mouth of God; but He could not obey the inventions of men. Jesus seemed to know the Scriptures from beginning to end, and He presented them in their true import. The rabbis were ashamed to be instructed by a child. They claimed that it was their office to explain the Scriptures, and that it was His place to accept their interpretation. They were indignant that He should stand in opposition to their word."

I appreciate the simple life of Jesus. Deep but simple. But most of all the genuine love for others is what appeals to me the most. I want that to be the motive of my life. But first I must know Jesus personally and His love for me before I can have that love that is willing to lay down my own life for another if required or be willing to stand by God's word though the heavens fall.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on November 19, 2019, 04:27:49 PM
"Jesus worked to relieve every case of suffering that He saw. He had little money to give, but He often denied Himself of food in order to relieve those who appeared more needy than He. His brothers felt that His influence went far to counteract theirs. He possessed a tact which none of them had, or desired to have. When they spoke harshly to poor, degraded beings, Jesus sought out these very ones, and spoke to them words of encouragement. To those who were in need He would give a cup of cold water, and would quietly place His own meal in their hands. As He relieved their sufferings, the truths He taught were associated with His acts of mercy, and were thus riveted in the memory."

 "Jesus sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood."

Without Jesus being enthroned in our lives, it is impossible for us to " Love the Unlovable ". What a wonderful Role Model Jesus was and is for those who would become Leaders and Members of His church on Earth always pressing forward together, sharing and demonstrating faithfully the Good News until the Second Coming of Jesus. I pray that this will be the goal of everyone who reads these posts. First Jesus says " Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest" -- Then having received that PEACE and NEW PURPOSE, He says...Go Ye into all the world. I want to be that kind of representative for Jesus - How about You? .
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on November 20, 2019, 01:56:16 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!

How did Jesus live the life He lived? Are we able to have an experience like His of humble, willing and affectionate obedience to God? Absolutely! And the source of strength is offered us in His word and made strong by earnest prayer and the joy of ministering to others. Let us experience Jesus' life by the very sources of strength He sought. His early years were spent in a little mountain village and He constantly studied the Scriptures. He loved to commune with God and lived to bless others. This becomes our experience as we by faith make Christ's life our own. What a joy it is to have Him work out in us personally in connection with His church on earth the pattern of life that will be to His own glory!

 "From its earliest years the Jewish child was surrounded with the requirements of the rabbis. Rigid rules were prescribed for every act, down to the smallest details of life. Under the synagogue teachers the youth were instructed in the countless regulations which as orthodox Israelites they were expected to observe. But Jesus did not interest Himself in these matters. From childhood He acted independently of the rabbinical laws. The Scriptures of the Old Testament were His constant study, and the words, 'Thus saith the Lord,' were ever upon His lips." {The Desire of Ages, page 84, paragraph 1}

I love how Jesus prayed, and gives us His example for us to emulate and experience:

"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed" (Mark 1:35).

My testimony is that as I allow Jesus' love to heal my soul, His experience becomes my own. He woke me up this morning before 2 A.M with energy and desire to commune with Him in prayer and in His word, and the morning is not over! I am realizing how Jesus' lived the life He lived by receiving His experience.

May you find in Jesus that restful experience in His word and in prayer that launches you to minister as He did:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19).

All around us are those who need the tender love of Jesus, a love that sees them for who they can become in Christ. May this statement I recently read be a blessing to you as we manifest the love of Jesus:

"If a man will not exercise his arm, it becomes weak and deficient in muscular strength. Unless the Christian exercises his spiritual powers, he acquires no strength of character, no moral vigor. Love is a very precious plant and must be cultivated if it flourishes. The precious plant of love is to be treated tenderly (practiced), and it will become strong and vigorous and rich in fruit-bearing, giving expression to the whole character. A Christlike nature is not selfish, not unkind, and will not hurt the souls of those who are struggling with Satan’s temptations. It will enter into the feelings of those who are tempted that the trials and temptations shall be so managed as to bring out the gold and consume the dross. This is the practice which God appoints to all. In this, Christ’s school, all may learn their lessons daily, both teachers and pupils, to be patient, humble, generous, noble. You will all have to seek God most earnestly in prayer mingled with living faith, and the molding hand of God will bring out His own image in your character. Temptations will come, but not overcome. But through grace found in opening the heart to the knock and voice of Jesus, Christian character and experience are growing more and more beautiful and heavenly. Let us bear in mind that we are dealing with souls that Christ has purchased with infinite cost to Himself. O tell the erring, God loves you, God died for you. Weep over them, pray with them. Shed tears over them, but do not get angry with them. They are Christ’s purchased possession. Let every one seek a character that will express love in all his actions. 'Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depths of the sea.' It were better not to live than to exist day by day devoid of that love which Christ has revealed in His character, and has enjoined upon His children. Said Christ, 'Love one another as I have loved you.' We live in a hard, unfeeling, uncharitable world. Satan and his confederacy are plying every art to seduce the souls for whom Christ has given His precious life. Every one who loves God in sincerity and truth, will love the souls for whom Christ has died. If we wish to do good to souls, our success with these souls will be in proportion to their belief in our belief in, and appreciation of, them. Respect shown to the struggling human soul is the sure means through Christ Jesus of the restoration of the self-respect the man has lost. Our advancing ideas of what he may become is a help we cannot ourselves fully appreciate. We have need of the rich grace of God every hour, then we will have a rich, practical experience, for God is love. He that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God. Give love to them that need it most. The most unfortunate, those who have the most disagreeable temperaments need our love, our tenderness, our compassion. Those who try our patience need most love. We pass through the world only once; any good thing we can do, we should do most earnestly, untiringly, with the same spirit as is stated of Christ in His work. He will not fail nor be discouraged. The rough, stubborn, sullen dispositions are the ones who need help the most. How can they be helped? Only by that love practiced in dealing with them which Christ revealed to fallen man. Treat them, you may, as they deserve. What if Christ had treated us thus? He, the undeserving, was treated as we deserve. Still we are treated by Christ with grace and love as we did not deserve, but as He deserved. Treat some characters, as you think they richly deserve, and you will cut off from them the last thread of hope, spoil your influence and ruin the soul. Will it pay? No, I say no, a hundred times no. Bind these souls who need all the help it is possible for you to give them close to a loving, sympathizing, pitying heart, overflowing with Christlike love, and you will save a soul from death and hide a multitude of sins. Had we not better try the love process?" {Fundamentals of Christian Education, page 280, paragraph 1}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on November 20, 2019, 06:05:19 AM
Amen Pastor Sean. What a God we serve!  Today's reading ties in with the Sabbath School lesson this week. As we study the covenants, we are to understand it is impossible to do what we are reading in today's reading unless we are filled with God's love. We must be fully surrendered because we have beheld His grace so that we can love the unlovable. We can do no good thing no matter what we promise to do unless we first are wholly surrendered to Christ.

    He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear.   

What a blessing we have set before us! But, we first must give the whole heart to Christ that we might have His love within our hearts. We cannot give this love to others unless we first obtain it from Jesus. Grace surrounds us, but we must first see it and then allow it into the heart. Then we can love the unlovable.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Dorine on November 20, 2019, 09:50:46 AM
Jesus did not contend for His rights. Often His work was made unnecessarily severe because He was willing and uncomplaining. Yet He did not fail nor become discouraged. He lived above these difficulties, as if in the light of God's countenance. He did not retaliate when roughly used, but bore insult patiently.   

O, to be like Jesus is my hearts desire. It''s wonderful to know that that's exactly what He is doing in each surrendered and abiding life in Him.  As we look into the divine mirror and see our sinful reflection we are invited to come and be washed clean. As we stay surrendered and connected to Jesus He will produce all the beautiful fruit of the Spirit that is proof of our connection with Him. And yes, not one of them will be missing.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Dorine on February 15, 2020, 05:48:51 AM
"At a very early age, Jesus had begun to act for Himself in the formation of His character, and not even respect and love for His parents could turn Him from obedience to God's word. "It is written" was His reason for every act that varied from the family customs. But the influence of the rabbis made His life a bitter one. Even in His youth He had to learn the hard lesson of silence and patient endurance."

I love how the Holy Spirit reveals eternal issues just at the time you are most open to receive them.

The internet world is a marvelous thing but as I read of the life of young Jesus I've come to realize that I have taken on burdens that God never intended me to carry. Through the internet we are hearing some shocking  :o and unbelievable things that are happening in the world and in God's precious church. I was encouraged with the attitude of Jesus. By beholding we become changed into His image and character. Thank you Jesus.

"He did not attack the precepts or practices of the learned teachers; but when reproved for His own simple habits, He presented the word of God in justification of His conduct."

"At all times and in all places He manifested a loving interest in men, and shed about Him the light of a cheerful piety."

"He hated but one thing in the world, and that was sin."






Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on February 15, 2020, 06:04:41 AM
Amen dear Sister Dorine. Here we find the character of our God clearly revealed.

     He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear.   

What a God we serve!! Lord help me today to reflect this great love you have for fallen humanity.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on February 15, 2020, 08:48:29 AM
Amen, Sister Dorine and Brother Richard!! What a wonderful Savior we have in Jesus, who offers us His character in place of our own, and His true happiness in the way that He found it! Happy Sabbath!!

"From the time when the parents of Jesus found Him in the temple, His course of action was a mystery to them. He would not enter into controversy, yet His example was a constant lesson. He seemed as one who was set apart. His hours of happiness were found when alone with nature and with God. Whenever it was His privilege, He turned aside from the scene of His labor, to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to hold communion with God on the mountainside or amid the trees of the forest. The early morning often found Him in some secluded place, meditating, searching the Scriptures, or in prayer. From these quiet hours He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil." {The Desire of Ages, page 86, paragraph 6}

May we go to Jesus in the quiet of nature and when alone to find that sweet communion with God at all times and in all places, that the light of His character--all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing--may bless all God brings across our life path!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on February 15, 2020, 12:20:12 PM
"In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost.

"With intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men..Jesus had come to teach the meaning of the worship of God, and He could not sanction the mingling of human requirements with the divine precepts.

He did not attack the precepts or practices of the learned teachers; but when reproved for His own simple habits, He presented the word of God in justification of His conduct."


Oh that we might be made willing and enabled to follow in the footsteps of Jesus...The following verse is an example.

Matthew 5:43-48 says.
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."



Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Dorine on May 12, 2020, 06:24:14 AM
"Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul. He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing balm. None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue--the healing power of love--went out from Him to the sick and distressed. Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from His very childhood. And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly."

Jesus is teaching us to bring the same kind of love to all we come in contact with. Especially those who are under heavy burdens. He is our example. I love to dwell upon the daily activities of Jesus. Even as a youth He would deprive Himself of food or rest to help someone in more need than Himself. He changes hearts of cold indifference into a compelling desire to follow His example.  May we be faithful in revealing His love to others today and every day.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on May 12, 2020, 07:44:28 AM
"In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory."

Luke 4:18 says,, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Today Jesus is inviting you and I to be His Ambassadors of Hope to a world bound in Sin, Sorrow and Suffering -- Do we really realize the privilege and responsibility entrusted to us - to join up with our Savior? What will "OUR" response be??
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on May 12, 2020, 08:47:38 AM
Amen, Sister Dorine and Brother Beacon!!

Jesus sees your real value, even when you may not see it. In Him we may have a life that measures with the life of God--a life that may be a blessing to others as we become partakers of the divine nature that Christ manifested by faith in the word of God!

"He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear." 

Let us be gracious and like Jesus in our interactions with others. How? By yielding the whole heart to Him to purify from sin, by inviting the Holy Spirit to come and live in us, and then He will manifest through us all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing in a consistent way in all our life experiences!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on May 12, 2020, 10:52:30 AM
Amen! What a blessing to read what you all are being blessed by! I was impressed with the subject matter we all ought to consider of great importance. It is what many neglect, but what God says is important.

   Jesus was misunderstood by His brothers because He was not like them. His standard was not their standard. In looking to men they had turned away from God, and they had not His power in their lives. The forms of religion which they observed could not transform the character. They paid "tithe of mint and anise and cummin," but omitted "the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith." Matthew 23:23. The example of Jesus was to them a continual irritation. He hated but one thing in the world, and that was sin. He could not witness a wrong act without pain which it was impossible to disguise. Between the formalists, whose sanctity of appearance concealed the love of sin, and a character in which zeal for God's glory was always paramount, the contrast was unmistakable. Because the life of Jesus condemned evil, He was opposed, both at home and abroad. His unselfishness and integrity were commented on with a sneer. His forbearance and kindness were termed cowardice. 

What does it mean "law, judgment, mercy, and faith"?  Do we overlook these and concentrate on matters of less importance?
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on August 07, 2020, 06:20:58 AM
He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God..

Just think what a Grand and Sacred thing it is to know that Jesus invites us to be His Ambassadors. To share with others the story of our redemption and give hope to those who feel like they are living an "empty meaningless life"

 
Matthew 28:18-20 King James Version "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen"

"Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on August 07, 2020, 07:47:20 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!

What a blessing it is to realize how Jesus walked on this earth, and how His life may become our life experience by grace through faith, yielding the whole heart to Him and allowing Him to reflect through us all of the attributes of the divine nature, so not one of those precious fruits of His Spirit will be lacking from our lives!

"Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men." {The Desire of Ages, page 92, paragraph 2}

God calls us to let our light shine. Today, as you keep your eyes fixed by faith on Jesus, look away from self to the bright beams of His righteousness! May this promise be your experience today: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).


Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on August 07, 2020, 10:37:39 PM
Amen Pastor Sean!  That we might be like Jesus!

Amen Brother Beacon! I too was impressed with the fact that what we do with our time is so very important!

He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes.

Every moment! 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on August 08, 2020, 02:14:30 PM
Sister Claudia, I moved your post on the fruits of the Spirit to the appropriate topic. Let Not Your Heart be Troubled (https://remnant-online.com/smf/index.php?topic=6590.msg198908#msg198908)
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Dorine on November 02, 2020, 04:14:05 AM
"He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear."

My heart is touched this morning as I read these words. He treated all with dignity, compassion, encouragement and love; just as we are to do. When I think of the times that I have been cold or uncaring towards those I thought were hopeless, shame fills my heart. Praise God for His forgiveness and new opportunities to correct our selfish ways. May we live in the presence of Jesus today bringing hope and salvation to all that cross our path.   This statement spoke loudly to me. "He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on November 02, 2020, 05:47:21 AM
Amen Sister Dorine!    We are accountable for our time. God's ways are best. There may be things we are doing that would be better to substitute the work of God. We are told that we need to take a break from our every day work. But, that "vacation" is a little different from the vacations of the worldly. We see in our readings that Jesus took His disciples apart for a "vacation."    How different from what we see in the world. There were no games.  Many cannot bear to hear this, but some will consider what you have shared, that "every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes."

How is it possible for us to make these changes? It is by beholding the life of Christ. When we see what He gave up for us, we will be encouraged to be faithful witnesses for Him.

   Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on November 02, 2020, 07:28:57 AM
Amen, Sister Dorine and Brother Richard!

What a blessing it is to contemplate the life of Christ and let His character become ours by surrendering to Him fully and appropriating His words to become what we think upon, act upon, and share with the world who needs to see a living revelation of His loveliness of character!

Mary also had to learn to trust Jesus' divine character and let Him act for Himself in the formation of His character as the Holy Spirit was leading Him. Here is a lesson for parents in that if a child learns more truth from the Bible, it would be well for the whole family to apply it and live it out in humble, surrendered trust.

"At times she wavered between Jesus and His brothers, who did not believe that He was the Sent of God; but evidence was abundant that His was a divine character. She saw Him sacrificing Himself for the good of others. His presence brought a purer atmosphere into the home, and His life was as leaven working amid the elements of society. Harmless and undefiled, He walked among the thoughtless, the rude, the uncourteous; amid the unjust publicans, the reckless prodigals, the unrighteous Samaritans, the heathen soldiers, the rough peasants, and the mixed multitude. He spoke a word of sympathy here and a word there, as He saw men weary, yet compelled to bear heavy burdens. He shared their burdens, and repeated to them the lessons He had learned from nature, of the love, the kindness, the goodness of God." {The Desire of Ages, page 90, paragraph 3}

As we learn of Christ, we also unlearn the distrust, worry and fear so common in our world today. Our lives may be living witnesses of all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing like Jesus' life was, as long as He has full possession of the heart and we walk in the path that He has for us day by day!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on November 02, 2020, 09:33:18 AM
"Often He, ( Jesus ) , met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory...

..Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear.["


Luke 4:18 says,, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Today Jesus is inviting you and I to be His Ambassadors of Hope to a world bound in Sin, Sorrow and Suffering -- Do we really realize the privilege and responsibility entrusted to us - to join up with our Savior? What will "OUR" response be??
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Dorine on January 28, 2021, 05:28:15 AM
"His brothers felt that His influence went far to counteract theirs. He possessed a tact which none of them had, or desired to have. When they spoke harshly to poor, degraded beings, Jesus sought out these very ones, and spoke to them words of encouragement. To those who were in need He would give a cup of cold water, and would quietly place His own meal in their hands. As He relieved their sufferings, the truths He taught were associated with His acts of mercy, and were thus riveted in the memory."

He walked the talk in all things. Can the same be said of us? While on earth Jesus brought the warmth of God's love and grace into all His interactions with others. By faith many believed on Him and He brought peace to their hearts. May we go forth today with these truths burning within us to seek those who are hurting and lost.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Philip T on January 28, 2021, 07:15:36 AM
Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men.

We often think of the pain Jesus experienced just before and during his crucifixion. He suffered for us through every phase of His life to fulfill the plan of salvation and redemption for us. He does not require anything of us He did not experience Himself here on earth. He loved us so He wanted none to be lost. Should we not be willing to care out His design for our lives. What love He has for mankind his creation.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on January 28, 2021, 07:19:53 AM
"Harmless and undefiled, He walked among the thoughtless, the rude, the uncourteous; amid the unjust publicans, the reckless prodigals, the unrighteous Samaritans, the heathen soldiers, the rough peasants, and the mixed multitude. He spoke a word of sympathy here and a word there, as He saw men weary, yet compelled to bear heavy burdens."

"He shared their burdens, and repeated to them the lessons He had learned from nature, of the love, the kindness, the goodness of God."

If we claim to be followers of Jesus should we not be looking for opportunities to be doing the same type of compassionate outreach? When Jesus comes the 2nd time what will He say to us...


Matthew 25:
 
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.






Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on January 28, 2021, 07:54:39 AM
What an example Jesus has left for us! As Brother Philip has pointed out, not just in the cross, but all through His life. How sad that He trod the wine press alone!! The last paragraph sums up the chapter and the character of our Savior. Such love!!!

 Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 28, 2021, 08:58:50 AM
Amen, Remnant family!! What a joy to see the unity the Holy Spirit is bringing as we behold the loveliness of Jesus!!

If we feel alone in walking the path of truth, may we look upon Jesus and know that He understands better than we can imagine the trials of our hearts and lives when we sincerely desire to do His will and choose to follow where He leads in purity and self-denial. As we yield fully to Christ, we come to fellowship with Him in His sufferings by partaking of the divine nature, and then all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing, gladly going in the path of character He has directed for us to bring other souls to Him, too!

"Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men." {The Desire of Ages, page 92, paragraph 2}

As the light of Jesus' character shines upon us and we allow it to shine out to others, they also may be filled with the intense purpose to hasten Christ's return by giving the pure gospel truth that Christ has power to transform sinners into saints and keep us from falling by His grace! Nothing is too hard for the Lord, so we can remember the path Jesus trod and be encouraged for the path He has for our lives, too!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 25, 2021, 05:37:25 AM
He was the kind of Friend that wouldn't tell others your struggles and was always willing to listen. He encouraged others to be all God could make them as He Himself fulfilled the design of His life. Jesus, the lowly Savior, was fulfilling His heaven-ordained mission even in His youth and invites us all, at every season of life, to be in the center of God's will by beholding His true character in its infinite purity and loveliness, yielding the whole heart to Him, and letting all of the fruits of the Spirit be manifest in the life without one missing in true, affectionate obedience to the Ten Commandments--the definition of selfless, relational love!

He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear.   

When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we can allow Him to manifest through us the same beauty of character. May the experience of abiding in Jesus be a constant one for you today, for we need Jesus continually to do any good thing!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on April 25, 2021, 06:53:25 AM
"Jesus taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes.

..He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul..

..In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God."

Just think what a Grand and Sacred thing it is to know that Jesus invites us to be His Ambassadors. To share with others the story of our redemption and give hope to those who feel like they are living an "empty meaningless life"

He gives us the promise of Divine Empowerment. Matthew 28:18-20 King James Version "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen"

"Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on April 25, 2021, 07:57:04 AM
What an example is Jesus for us. It was a hard lesson to learn to be silent, but He would walk in the light given rather than please others. Have you noticed that we were born into a world at enmity with God and His ways? Have we not learned that the trials God allows to come to us is for our good and His glory as we abide in Him? Praise God that we have peace that passeth all understanding in the middle of these great trials.

     As the condition of the people began to open to His mind, He saw that the requirements of society and the requirements of God were in constant collision. Men were departing from the word of God, and exalting theories of their own invention. They were observing traditional rites that possessed no virtue. Their service was a mere round of ceremonies; the sacred truths it was designed to teach were hidden from the worshipers. He saw that in their faithless services they found no peace. They did not know the freedom of spirit that would come to them by serving God in truth. Jesus had come to teach the meaning of the worship of God, and He could not sanction the mingling of human requirements with the divine precepts. He did not attack the precepts or practices of the learned teachers; but when reproved for His own simple habits, He presented the word of God in justification of His conduct.
     In every gentle and submissive way, Jesus tried to please those with whom He came in contact. Because He was so gentle and unobtrusive, the scribes and elders supposed that He would be easily influenced by their teaching. They urged Him to receive the maxims and traditions that had been handed down from the ancient rabbis, but He asked for their authority in Holy Writ. He would hear every word that proceeds from the mouth of God; but He could not obey the inventions of men. Jesus seemed to know the Scriptures from beginning to end, and He presented them in their true import. The rabbis were ashamed to be instructed by a child. They claimed that it was their office to explain the Scriptures, and that it was His place to accept their interpretation. They were indignant that He should stand in opposition to their word.

The Christian life is full of joy, yet we will find ourselves at conflict continually with the world in which we live. It is our joy to help others who have not yet discovered the way of love, joy, and peace.  "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways." Psalm 119:1-3
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Philip T on April 25, 2021, 07:59:20 AM
    Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul. He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing balm. None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue--the healing power of love--went out from Him to the sick and distressed. Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from His very childhood. And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly.


Jesus sought and seeks to heal our body and spirit. There is not a pain or worry in our lives that the does not know and seek to help, if we will but surrender to Him, and allow him to transform and finish the good work he has begun in us.  As such he set an example to us of how we are to present his word to those around us, we need to be attuned to the needs of those around us, if they need physical help we should supply it along with addressing their spiritual needs.  This is how we get others to listen to and attune themselves to God. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on July 21, 2021, 03:00:18 AM
"Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood."

"Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory."


"Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear. He did not attack the precepts or practices of the learned teachers."

"When reproved for His own simple habits, He presented the word of God in justification of His conduct."

Oh that we might be made willing and enabled to follow in the footsteps of Jesus...The following verse is an example.

Matthew 5:43-48 says.
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."


"From the time when the parents of Jesus found Him in the temple, His course of action was a mystery to them. He would not enter into controversy, yet His example was a constant lesson. He seemed as one who was set apart.


His hours of happiness were found when alone with nature and with God.

"Whenever it was His privilege, He turned aside from the scene of His labor, to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to hold communion with God on the mountainside or amid the trees of the forest. The early morning often found Him in some secluded place, meditating, searching the Scriptures, or in prayer. From these quiet hours He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil."

Here we see a perfect example of balance between work and quite time. Jesus recognized that He could not give what He had not received and we need to follow His example.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Philip T on July 21, 2021, 03:42:49 AM
But to every temptation He had one answer, "It is written." He rarely rebuked any wrongdoing of His brothers, but He had a word from God to speak to them. Often He was accused of cowardice for refusing to unite with them in some forbidden act; but His answer was, It is written, "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:28.

It is important for us to see the importance of knowing scripture as here demonstrated by Jesus our intercessor in heaven, He always replied to Satan's trials and testing with it is written, We can see this  in his life. During the 40 days in the wilderness Jesus responded to Satan's temptations in the same way "It is written", to accomplish this we need to be putting scripture into our minds through memorization, so we can stand in the last days, pointing out why be believe what we do.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Dorine on July 21, 2021, 05:45:34 AM
"Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul. He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing balm. None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue--the healing power of love--went out from Him to the sick and distressed. Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from His very childhood. And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly."

Jesus is our example and just as He went about helping others we too may do the same. We do what we can to relieve the suffering ones but Jesus does the healing. Souls will come to know and accept Jesus through his love shining through us.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on July 21, 2021, 06:11:40 AM
Amen Sister Dorine.  I noticed that He always helped those in need that came to His attention.

  Christ was not exclusive, and He had given special offense to the Pharisees by departing in this respect from their rigid rules. He found the domain of religion fenced in by high walls of seclusion, as too sacred a matter for everyday life. These walls of partition He overthrew. In His contact with men He did not ask, What is your creed? To what church do you belong? He exercised His helping power in behalf of all who needed help. Instead of secluding Himself in a hermit's cell in order to show His heavenly character, He labored earnestly for humanity. He inculcated the principle that Bible religion does not consist in the mortification of the body. He taught that pure and undefiled religion is not meant only for set times and special occasions. At all times and in all places He manifested a loving interest in men, and shed about Him the light of a cheerful piety. All this was a rebuke to the Pharisees. It showed that religion does not consist in selfishness, and that their morbid devotion to personal interest was far from being true godliness. This had roused their enmity against Jesus, so that they tried to enforce His conformity to their regulations. 

   Jesus worked to relieve every case of suffering that He saw. He had little money to give, but He often denied Himself of food in order to relieve those who appeared more needy than He. His brothers felt that His influence went far to counteract theirs. He possessed a tact which none of them had, or desired to have. When they spoke harshly to poor, degraded beings, Jesus sought out these very ones, and spoke to them words of encouragement. To those who were in need He would give a cup of cold water, and would quietly place His own meal in their hands. As He relieved their sufferings, the truths He taught were associated with His acts of mercy, and were thus riveted in the memory. 

Do we seek to help those who come to our attention?
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 21, 2021, 09:24:08 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon, Brother Philip, Sister Dorine, and Brother Richard!

Every soul has infinite value because of the infinite price paid for the soul by the life, death and resurrection of Christ. Even now He is ministering in the heavenly sanctuary to blot from the record books all of the sins of His truly converted people who by grace through faith have experienced true repentance leading to confession and renunciation of every sin that the Spirit of God reveals. We need Jesus continually to do any good thing, and when He is in us, the experiences of His earthly life will be wrought out in our experience by abiding in Him. May this the way Jesus lived His early be a living invitation to go and do likewise by the power of the Holy Spirit!

"He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear." {The Desire of Ages, page 91, paragraph 1} 

When a child realizes that they can choose Jesus' plan for their life over Satan's plan, it is amazing! Each of us has a choice--God's will, or the deceptive path of selfishness which leads to death. Only as we realize that Christ has something infinitely better for us by receiving His thoughts, which lead to actions, which lead to habits, which lead to character will there be a lasting change in our life heavenward. May we ask people, "How are you thinking today?" because they can receive God's thoughts from His word--and then the entire life experience can be brought into harmony with God's divine plan to repopulate heaven with beings who know and love to do His will!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Dorine on October 16, 2021, 06:34:58 AM
"There were some who sought His society, feeling at peace in His presence; but many avoided Him, because they were rebuked by His stainless life. Young companions urged Him to do as they did. He was bright and cheerful; they enjoyed His presence, and welcomed His ready suggestions; but they were impatient at His scruples, and pronounced Him narrow and strait-laced. Jesus answered, It is written, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word." "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee." Psalm 119:9, 11.

I love Jesus' answer to his friends. What a lesson we as adults can take from this young boy who loved God with all His heart and would not consider for a moment anything that would separate Him from His Father for the sake of pleasing His friends.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on October 16, 2021, 10:37:52 PM
Amen dear sister! What an example for us!

    From the time when the parents of Jesus found Him in the temple, His course of action was a mystery to them. He would not enter into controversy, yet His example was a constant lesson. He seemed as one who was set apart. His hours of happiness were found when alone with nature and with God. Whenever it was His privilege, He turned aside from the scene of His labor, to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to hold communion with God on the mountainside or amid the trees of the forest. The early morning often found Him in some secluded place, meditating, searching the Scriptures, or in prayer. From these quiet hours He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on January 10, 2022, 08:07:50 PM
"In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances."

"He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God."

"Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare."

"To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood."
"Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls."

"These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory."

"Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence."

"He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear.He labored earnestly for humanity."

"He inculcated the principle that Bible religion does not consist in the mortification of the body."

"He taught that pure and undefiled religion is not meant only for set times and special occasions."

"At all times and in all places He manifested a loving interest in men, and shed about Him the light of a cheerful piety."


Oh, my brothers and sisters in Christ, may His spirit fill our hearts as we deal with all we come in contact with, so that they may see Jesus in us and be drawn to Him, because, no one cares how much we know until they know how much we care. This is why the crowds were so eager to in his presence. I want to be like Jesus, how about you?

Earthly pleasures vainly call me,
  I would be like Jesus;
Nothing worldly shall enthrall me,
  I would be like Jesus.
    Be like Jesus, this my song,
  In the home and in the throng;
Be like Jesus, all day long!
    I would be like Jesus.
2
He has broken every fetter,
  I would be like Jesus;
That my soul may serve Him better,
  I would be like Jesus.
3
All the way from earth to glory,
  I would be like Jesus;
Telling o’er and o’er the story,
  I would be like Jesus.

Lyrics:James Rowe (1866-1933)
Music:Bentley DeForest Ackley (1872-1958)


Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Dorine on January 11, 2022, 06:45:39 AM
"Of the bitterness that falls to the lot of humanity, there was no part which Christ did not taste. There were those who tried to cast contempt upon Him because of His birth, and even in His childhood He had to meet their scornful looks and evil whisperings. If He had responded by an impatient word or look, if He had conceded to His brothers by even one wrong act, He would have failed of being a perfect example. Thus He would have failed of carrying out the plan for our redemption. Had He even admitted that there could be an excuse for sin, Satan would have triumphed, and the world would have been lost. This is why the tempter worked to make His life as trying as possible, that He might be led to sin."

I am so grateful for the revelation of the life of Christ. He shows us that we are not alone in our battle with sin and that there is victory over each and every one. The more we read and behold His life the clearer our understanding of this truth. There is never any excuse for yielding to the smallest temptation. We may not plan to take our eyes off of Jesus but when we in a weak moment are pulled away by the lusts of our flesh we fall. But praise God He does not turn His face from us. He woos us back to Him and when we surrender our lives once more He forgives and views us as if we had never sinned. What a Savior! Let's take our eyes off of self and our weaknesses and focus them on Jesus. He will lead us from victory to victory each day and fill us with the peace and joy that Jesus knows and gives.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Beacon on April 07, 2022, 08:05:52 PM
Jesus met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare."

To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood.

"Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls."

"These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory."


"Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence."

Are " WE " Convicted & Convinced that Jesus is the one we can trust with perfect confidence?

======================

      "My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
    On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
  All other ground is sinking sand.
2
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
3
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
4
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
In Him, my righteousness, alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Lyrics:Edward Mote (1797-1874)
Music:William Batchelder Bradbury (1816-1868)


 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Dorine on April 08, 2022, 05:24:26 AM
"He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches. He weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances. He sought to inspire with hope the most rough and unpromising, setting before them the assurance that they might become blameless and harmless, attaining such a character as would make them manifest as the children of God. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood. Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory. Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear."

My heart yearns to be just like Jesus. When I read of His beautiful traits of character my own come up before me as they really are. We don't realize the extent of our own deficiencies until we come into the presence of Jesus and spend time with Him. I have so many favorite chapters but I have to say that this one tugs at my heart strings differently than the rest. I am filled with such gratitude for the grace that has been extended to all.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 08, 2022, 07:14:57 AM
Are we intensely in earnest for the salvation of those around us? If we are imbued with the Holy Spirit, the same godly character we see in Christ will be our character through constant union and communion with Him! All of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing will be manifest in our lives without one missing as long as we are united to Christ by living faith surrender of all we have and are! Then we can gladly obey God from the new heart He gives us and keeps pure by His presence!

"Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men." {The Desire of Ages, page 92, paragraph 2} 

Jesus calls us to be the light of the world by having His light of selfless love shine through us! "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16).
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--9--Days of Conflict
Post by: Richard Myers on April 08, 2022, 08:52:32 PM
Amen my brothers and sister! We want to be like Jesus, and He too wants us to be like Him in character. In our Sabbath School lesson this week, we are pointed to the "everlasting covenant" in Gen. 3:15. Few understand that here is a promise (it has conditions for God and us). Jesus promises us that He will give us hatred toward Satan and sin. This we do not have until we love the Lord our God with all of the heart. That is our condition. Jesus has fulfilled His part in being bruised by Satan.

In today's reading we find something important if we desire to be like Jesus. The religion of Jesus' brothers could not transform them, their character.

   Jesus was misunderstood by His brothers because He was not like them. His standard was not their standard. In looking to men they had turned away from God, and they had not His power in their lives. The forms of religion which they observed could not transform the character. They paid "tithe of mint and anise and cummin," but omitted "the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith." Matthew 23:23. The example of Jesus was to them a continual irritation. He hated but one thing in the world, and that was sin. He could not witness a wrong act without pain which it was impossible to disguise. Between the formalists, whose sanctity of appearance concealed the love of sin, and a character in which zeal for God's glory was always paramount, the contrast was unmistakable. Because the life of Jesus condemned evil, He was opposed, both at home and abroad. His unselfishness and integrity were commented on with a sneer. His forbearance and kindness were termed cowardice. 

The forms of religion of His brothers and much of Israel was a false religion. How is it today? Do we want to hate sin so much we will stop sinning, hurting others and Jesus? Gen 3:15 says God wants to give hatred for sin, just Jesus hated sin. If we do not believe we can stop sinning, then how is it possible to stop sinning, hurting others?