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It was true then, and it is true now. When Jesus first came to the earth, Satan was doing everything possible to try to destroy God's image in humanity. In these closing moments before Christ returns the second time in power and great glory, Satan is again setting in operation every agency to destroy souls. But God is more powerful than Satan, and we can abide in Jesus as we behold Him in His infinite loveliness, yield fully to Him and let Him fill us with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing. Christ is able to fully restore His image in us and bring our lives into harmony with His law of love. We need to realize our continual need of Jesus to do any good thing and to rely completely upon His promises in every experience of life.

Satan was exulting that he had succeeded in debasing the image of God in humanity. Then Jesus came to restore in man the image of his Maker. None but Christ can fashion anew the character that has been ruined by sin. He came to expel the demons that had controlled the will. He came to lift us up from the dust, to reshape the marred character after the pattern of His divine character, and to make it beautiful with His own glory.

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18).


When our will is swallowed up in the will of God, we find true happiness to be the result of holiness. Look to Jesus and let Him shape you after the pattern of His character. God is faithful to finish what He started in your life!
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"With intense interest the unfallen worlds had watched to see Jehovah arise, and sweep away the inhabitants of the earth. And if God should do this, Satan was ready to carry out his plan for securing to himself the allegiance of heavenly beings. He had declared that the principles of God's government make forgiveness impossible. Had the world been destroyed, he would have claimed that his accusations were proved true. He was ready to cast blame upon God, and to spread his rebellion to the worlds above."

"But instead of destroying the world, God sent His Son to save it."

"Though corruption and defiance might be seen in every part of the alien province, a way for its recovery was provided. At the very crisis, when Satan seemed about to triumph, the Son of God came with the embassage of divine grace."

"Through every age, through every hour, the love of God had been exercised toward the fallen race."

"Notwithstanding the perversity of men, the signals of mercy had been continually exhibited. And when the fullness of the time had come, the Deity was glorified by pouring upon the world a flood of healing grace that was never to be obstructed or withdrawn till the plan of salvation should be fulfilled."

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16

God has done His part and shown such tremendous Love - Are we willing do our part and glorify His Holy Name??
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Amen Sister Dorine! Grace is more than a word, it is the power that transforms the character. By beholding His glory (character) we shall be transformed into His image (character). 2 Cor. 3:18. I too was impressed with this statement you have shared. Brother Philip has zeroed in on this also.

"...a flood of healing grace that was never to be obstructed or withdrawn till the plan of salvation should be fulfilled."      "...to reshape the marred character after the pattern of His divine character, and to make it beautiful with His own glory."



A "flood" of healing grace!  That means today we are surrounded by His grace. It is a thick around us as the air we breathe!
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"At the very crisis, when Satan seemed about to triumph, the Son of God came with the embassage of divine grace. Through every age, through every hour, the love of God had been exercised toward the fallen race. Notwithstanding the perversity of men, the signals of mercy had been continually exhibited. And when the fullness of the time had come, the Deity was glorified by pouring upon the world a flood of healing grace that was never to be obstructed or withdrawn till the plan of salvation should be fulfilled."

The truth of God's grace and love WOW's me continually. Satan doesn't want us to ponder the wondrous gift of God to save humanity. If we would deliberately keep these scenes in our mind the temptations of Satan would have no power over us. You can not be in the presence of God and fall into sin. If God's people would only take the time and energy to prayerfully spend with Him Satan's power would be broken. It's a beautiful loving and united relationship that the bible speaks of. Jesus the vine and we the branches. May our branch be securely rooted in the vine for Jesus has a great work for us to do. It takes total surrender to Jesus to accomplish His mission of saving all who will come to Him.
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 Satan was exulting that he had succeeded in debasing the image of God in humanity. Then Jesus came to restore in man the image of his Maker. None but Christ can fashion anew the character that has been ruined by sin. He came to expel the demons that had controlled the will. He came to lift us up from the dust, to reshape the marred character after the pattern of His divine character, and to make it beautiful with His own glory.


Satan debases the character of Jesus in man through sin, Jesus came to restore Gods Character in men through the plan of Salvation. The only way to repair the rupture of God's character through sin in our lives Is to turn to Jesus believing He can transform us into His character through the free gift of his grace. We need to reach out and claim it, then God can finish the work he has begun in us.
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Signs of the Times / Re: Europe's Green Certificate (Vax)
« Last post by Richard Myers on April 18, 2021, 01:17:05 PM »
Is there any indication yet that some conferences or churches are saying we need to take the vaccine?
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--2--The Chosen People
« Last post by Richard Myers on April 18, 2021, 01:11:04 PM »
Amen Pastor Sean!  If we take time to study Israel, we would recognize God's hand in all that happened. So it is today. God wants us to be His witnesses, good not evil. But, the church backslid shortly after its organization, and remains in a Laodicean condition. For those who have been mistaught, read in Rev. three what Jesus says. Don't go to others for an interpretation. If you do, there is a good chance you will be taught error.

Brother Beacon asks "Could it be that God's people in the last days will be like the unfaithful of Israel and God's purposes will be wrought out only through continued adversity and humiliation??"  I believe both personally and corporately, God does the same as He did with Israel, it is either exaltation or adversity and humiliation. We get to choose.

After reading today's lesson, I thought about the message of God's love in this chapter, and decided that was no the intent, yet Sister Dorine found it.  Yes, God's mercy is surely extended till there is no more God can do. Let none teach that God has turned His back on modern day "Israel." He has not. If we remember there were a couple of buildings burned to the ground. God loves us and wants to exalt us if we will allow Him to take possession of the heart, the whole heart.

Brother Philip asks if we do the same as Israel did, keeping the truth to ourselves?  Yes, Brother Philip, the Laodicean remains selfish. So, I doubt that many were converted when baptized. They remain alive to self and for selfish reasons do not take time to help lead others to Christ.

"...the Israelites fixed their hopes upon worldly greatness. From the time of their entrance to the land of Canaan, they departed from the commandments of God, and followed the ways of the heathen. It was in vain that God sent them warning by His prophets. In vain they suffered the chastisement of heathen oppression. Every reformation was followed by deeper apostasy." 


You would think we would have learned by now. But, after 2,000 years, man has become more dumb and needs more help. Jesus stands at the door of the heart asking for entrance that He might help. He has not changed, it is humanity that has. It is today as it was just before the great flood when God destroyed every living human except what was in the ark. Today, there are multitudes who shall be saved. They are seeking truth, but we have not been very good at finding them. Let us seek Jesus and ask for wisdom and grace to do His work.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--2--The Chosen People
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 18, 2021, 08:44:30 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon, Sister Dorine, and Brother Philip!

Will we choose to be true to God? If our eyes are kept fixed upon the loveliness of Jesus and we remember how God has led us in our past history and His teaching, we have nothing to fear for the future. Let us not forget what God has done for us, and let us realize that we need Jesus abiding in the heart by an affectionate surrender of the will to Him which encompasses the whole heart and mind, thus supernaturally producing in the soul all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing which is in harmony with God's law of love! When God's love fills the soul, we do not ask for the lowest standard, but seek to walk in faithfulness to the glory and honor of God. 

Had Israel been true to God, He could have accomplished His purpose through their honor and exaltation. If they had walked in the ways of obedience, He would have made them "high above all nations which He hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honor." "All people of the earth," said Moses, "shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee." "The nations which shall hear all these statutes" shall say, "Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people." Deuteronomy 26:19;  28:10; Deuteronomy 4:6. But because of their unfaithfulness, God's purpose could be wrought out only through continued adversity and humiliation. 

As you choose to surrender to God, remember that no matter how far you have fallen, if you truly repent, confess your sins, and look in simple faith to Jesus as the foot of the cross, Jesus will restore you to His image and complete His plan to sanctify you into His image. The Israelites chose "the hard way" and many of them apostatized from the true faith that acknowledged a continual need of God's grace, but we can choose the yoke of Christ (Matthew 11:28-30) and let Him lead us in the path of revival and reformation by receiving the message to the Laodicean church (Revelation 3:14-22). As we thus apply this counsel by spending a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ, letting each point be imagined and contemplated (especially the closing scenes), Jesus clothes us with His white raiment of righteousness, eye salve of spiritual discernment of our continual need of Him to do any good thing, and gold tried in the fire composed of faith working by love to purify the soul! What a privilege it is to be a witness of Christ!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--2--The Chosen People
« Last post by Philip T on April 18, 2021, 08:14:49 AM »
  By the Babylonish captivity the Israelites were effectually cured of the worship of graven images. During the centuries that followed, they suffered from the oppression of heathen foes, until the conviction became fixed that their prosperity depended upon their obedience to the law of God. But with too many of the people obedience was not prompted by love. The motive was selfish. They rendered outward service to God as the means of attaining to national greatness. They did not become the light of the world, but shut themselves away from the world in order to escape temptation to idolatry. In the instruction given through Moses, God had placed restrictions upon their association with idolaters; but this teaching had been misinterpreted. It was intended to prevent them from conforming to the practices of the heathen. But it was used to build up a wall of separation between Israel and all other nations. The Jews looked upon Jerusalem as their heaven, and they were actually jealous lest the Lord should show mercy to the Gentiles.

The love of God was not present in many of the Jewish people, the strived to keep the law for their own purposes, and wanted to keep the truth of God and its blessing to them so they shut themselves in by building walls around themselves and the Gentiles. Do we do the same, keeping the knowledge of enlightenment to ourselves once converted, using excuses to justify our practice, it frightened to step out, I need to learn more. God equips those he chooses, so as his disciples, we need to share Jesus with all around us.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--2--The Chosen People
« Last post by Dorine on April 18, 2021, 06:04:26 AM »
"After the return from Babylon, much attention was given to religious instruction. All over the country, synagogues were erected, where the law was expounded by the priests and scribes. And schools were established, which, together with the arts and sciences, professed to teach the principles of righteousness. But these agencies became corrupted. During the captivity, many of the people had received heathen ideas and customs, and these were brought into their religious service. In many things they conformed to the practices of idolaters."

I am continually amazed at the grace and longsuffering of our God. Have we learned anything from the experiences of God's people of long ago? Don't we see much of the same indifference to God's law today? Idolatry is rampant and hearts are cold and heartless. But it won't always be. Revival and reformation is coming and the closing events will have a glorious end on this earth. But it's not the end for God's people; a forever home in heaven awaits those who have their eyes fixed on Jesus and who have been transformed into God's character.
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