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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--50--Among Snares
« Last post by Richard Myers on September 17, 2020, 05:06:26 AM »
What a blessing it is to read in this forum daily. It is not just what is written in our reading, but what is being shared that is such an encouragement. Why? This chapter explains why. Brother Beacon, Sister Dorine, and Pastor Sean reveal what is written. They understand the truth that God is pouring out upon His church.

The perception and appreciation of truth, He said, depends less upon the mind than upon the heart. Truth must be received into the soul; it claims the homage of the will. If truth could be submitted to the reason alone, pride would be no hindrance in the way of its reception. But it is to be received through the work of grace in the heart; and its reception depends upon the renunciation of every sin that the Spirit of God reveals. Man's advantages for obtaining a knowledge of the truth, however great these may be, will prove of no benefit to him unless the heart is open to receive the truth, and there is a conscientious surrender of every habit and practice that is opposed to its principles. To those who thus yield themselves to God, having an honest desire to know and to do His will, the truth is revealed as the power of God for their salvation.


Let's look at what Brother Beacon has shared today.

"God does not compel men to give up their unbelief. Before them are light and darkness, truth and error. It is for them to decide which they will accept..

The human mind is endowed with power to discriminate between right and wrong..

Amen!  When Adam sinned in the Garden, he did not lose his ability to know right from wrong, he lost his ability to do what is right. He was aligned with Satan and at enmity with God. Thus, he and we must be born again of the Spirit (John chapter three) in order to do any good thing.

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Many are deceived today in the same way as were the Jews. Religious teachers read the Bible in the light of their own understanding and traditions; and the people do not search the Scriptures for themselves, and judge for themselves as to what is truth; but they yield up their judgment, and commit their souls to their leaders.

Amen!! Instead of spending a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ by studying inspired sources, like the Jews we as a people are reading man's thoughts and listening to what man has to say about what is written. How very sad, especially when we have been given great light. How many truly appreciate that light? How many have read all of it? How many have even read half of it?



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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--50--Among Snares
« Last post by Beacon on September 16, 2020, 04:24:29 PM »
"God does not compel men to give up their unbelief. Before them are light and darkness, truth and error. It is for them to decide which they will accept..

The human mind is endowed with power to discriminate between right and wrong..

God designs that men shall not decide from impulse, but from weight of evidence, carefully comparing scripture with scripture. Had the Jews laid by their prejudice and compared written prophecy with the facts characterizing the life of Jesus, they would have perceived a beautiful harmony between the prophecies and their fulfillment in the life and ministry of the lowly Galilean."


"Many are deceived today in the same way as were the Jews. Religious teachers read the Bible in the light of their own understanding and traditions; and the people do not search the Scriptures for themselves, and judge for themselves as to what is truth; but they yield up their judgment, and commit their souls to their leaders.

"The preaching and teaching of His word is one of the means that God has ordained for diffusing light; but we must bring every man's teaching to the test of Scripture. Whoever will prayerfully study the Bible, desiring to know the truth, that he may obey it, will receive divine enlightenment. He will understand the Scriptures.

God's Promise to us is this....

"If any man willeth to do His will, he shall know of the teaching." John 7:17, R. V."


Let us pray for an " Open Mind & Heart " that we may hear the Holy Spirit speaking the truth as we read God's Word and choose to obey from beholding the LOVE OF JESUS and His Great Sacrifice on our behalf. Let's copy the example of Jesus and learn to LOVE the sinner & Hate the sin! 
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--49--At the Feast of Tabernacles
« Last post by Richard Myers on September 16, 2020, 01:03:15 PM »
Amen Pastor Sean! I too love this paragraph. This world offers nothing that satisfies. But , the grace of God brings love, joy, and peace that passes all understanding.
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If what you are seeking is not satisfying, why not go to the only One who knows what you are really desiring? Christ offers us true satisfaction in union and communion with Him--and there is true joy in His presence!

"Jesus knew the wants of the soul. Pomp, riches, and honor cannot satisfy the heart. 'If any man thirst, let him come unto Me.' The rich, the poor, the high, the low, are alike welcome. He promises to relieve the burdened mind, to comfort the sorrowing, and to give hope to the despondent. Many of those who heard Jesus were mourners over disappointed hopes, many were nourishing a secret grief, many were seeking to satisfy their restless longing with the things of the world and the praise of men; but when all was gained, they found that they had toiled only to reach a broken cistern, from which they could not quench their thirst. Amid the glitter of the joyous scene they stood, dissatisfied and sad. That sudden cry, 'If any man thirst,' startled them from their sorrowful meditation, and as they listened to the words that followed, their minds kindled with a new hope. The Holy Spirit presented the symbol before them until they saw in it the offer of the priceless gift of salvation." {The Desire of Ages, page 454, paragraph 2}

The gift of salvation is above all other gifts--and it is found only by abiding in Christ! He alone knows the deepest need of our souls! Let us yield fully to Him so all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives without one missing!
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--49--At the Feast of Tabernacles
« Last post by Dorine on September 16, 2020, 06:12:34 AM »
"Under a variety of representations He warned His hearers of the calamity that would follow all who rejected the blessings He came to bring them. He had given them every possible proof that He came forth from God, and made every possible effort to bring them to repentance. He would not be rejected and murdered by His own nation if He could save them from the guilt of such a deed."

It was not God's plan that Jesus should die at the hands of His own people. Die He must but not this way. His heart longed to bring salvation to them but He did not conform to their mold. Many times they were touched and convicted but they allowed pride to become a great stumbling block to them. Humanity has not changed. We see the same conditions today in His last church.  And in love and long suffering He still beckons us to come to Him that He may give us the only water that can satisfy; His living water.
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--49--At the Feast of Tabernacles
« Last post by Beacon on September 16, 2020, 05:49:08 AM »
"The cry of Christ to the thirsty soul is still going forth, and it appeals to us with even greater power than to those who heard it in the temple on that last day of the feast. The fountain is open for all. The weary and exhausted ones are offered the refreshing draught of eternal life. Jesus is still crying out today...

"If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink." "Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." Revelation 22:17; John 4:14

Today the door of Salvation is Open to you and to me but, but the same question that Pilate asked is still valid..."What then shall I do with this man called Jesus" Each of us individually has to chose what our answer will be to that question and our answer will determine where we will spend eternity. It is my prayer that you and I will stand for the truth as it is in Jesus and when the battle is over we will stand on the Sea of Glass on the Heavenly Shore and hear His voice say....

"Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Mathew 25:21
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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--48--Who Is the Greatest?
« Last post by Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 15, 2020, 08:54:23 AM »
If we are humble and teachable from having been with Jesus and surrendered fully to Him, He can use us most efficiently to bless others! Let us keep our eyes on Jesus today!

"Before honor is humility. To fill a high place before men, Heaven chooses the worker who, like John the Baptist, takes a lowly place before God. The most childlike disciple is the most efficient in labor for God. The heavenly intelligences can co-operate with him who is seeking, not to exalt self, but to save souls. He who feels most deeply his need of divine aid will plead for it; and the Holy Spirit will give unto him glimpses of Jesus that will strengthen and uplift the soul. From communion with Christ he will go forth to work for those who are perishing in their sins. He is anointed for his mission; and he succeeds where many of the learned and intellectually wise would fail." {The Desire of Ages, page 436, paragraph 3}
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"Natural" Disasters / Re: Fires
« Last post by Richard Myers on September 15, 2020, 07:50:09 AM »
Life in prison, or if some died, the death penalty to any who start fires.  Lightning started most fires in California, but it appears that the fires in Oregon and Washington may tie into the ones who have been burning down building in cities in Washington and Oregon. If so, the mayors and DAs won't be prosecuting those who are responsible for these fires that are destroying their cities.
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Signs of the Times / Re: A World Gone Mad!!
« Last post by Richard Myers on September 15, 2020, 07:44:26 AM »
It appears that the mayors of some large cities in America have been suffering from the same illness that has infected what is called "higher education."
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Signs of the Times / Re: Global Warming?
« Last post by Richard Myers on September 15, 2020, 07:40:35 AM »
There is indeed climate change taking place in California.  Our springs go into June and our summers have been going into September and at times November as we saw when Paradise burned down. The issue is not so much that there are variations in climate as what causes a change. Democrats say it is carbon dioxide which they teach man has caused to increase by burning fossil fuels.

I have yet to hear that there is a supernatural power involved in climate change and the fires that are burning up California, Oregon, and Washington. And, the Coronavirus. And, yes, Satan works through those who are not fully surrendered to Christ. Like the fall of the Trade Towers, God is removing His hand of protection from the world. What we see today is just the beginning of the end. We will see more fires, more hurricanes, more tornadoes, more earthquakes, more murders, more calling good evil and evil good.

Facts are facts and science is science, but God is left out of the equation. And so is Satan who when God allows will destroy at will. Much of the world has been battling against God.
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