Christ Our Righteousness - The 1888 message that was rejected

HOW do we STOP doing those things that "so easily beset us" and that cause so much HARM to those around us? HOW do we Stop hurting and disappointing our Lord? HOW do we REPENT of the things that we are doing and "Go in another direction" (which is the actual Definition of Repentance)? HOW DO WE REPENT?

One Christian writer has made a couple of very Revealing and very Comforting statements concerning all this. Here is one of them: "There are those who have known the pardoning love of Christ and who really desire to be children of God, yet they realize that their character isimperfect, their life faulty, and they are ready to doubt whether their hearts have been renewed by the Holy Spirit. To such I would say, Do not draw back in despair. We shall often have to bow down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings and mistakes, but we are not to be discouragedEven if we are overcome by the enemywe are not cast off, not forsaken and rejected of God...He desires torestore you to Himself, to see His own purity and holiness reflected in you. And if you will but yield yourself to Him, He that hath begun a good work in you will carry it forward to the day of Jesus Christ. Pray more fervently; believe more fully. As we come to distrust our own power, let us trust the power of our Redeemer, and we shall praise Him who is the health of our countenance." (Steps to Christ, p. 64).

In another place, this same writer says: "We should carefully consider what is our relation to God and to one another. We are continually sinning against God, but his mercy still follows us; in love he bears with our perversities, our neglect, our ingratitude, our disobedience.He never becomes impatient with us. We insult his mercy, grieve his Holy Spirit, and do him dishonor before men and angels, and yet His compassions fail not." (That I May Know Him, p. 181). Now PLEASE do NOT take this statement as some kind of LICENSE to KEEP ON SINNING! It was never made in that Context! It was made in the context of the person who has Committed Themselves To Godbut have found their walk ROCKY and DISCOURAGING. It was made concerning those who have EXPERIENCED THE DIFFICULTY OF THECONTINUING WALK WITH GOD and who have found out how HARD it can be to try to do this ON YOUR OWN!

REPENTANCE is NOT coming to God and PROMISING TO DO BETTER! Have you ever tried that? I have -- hundreds of times -- and EVERY ONE of those times I have FAILED! Let me tell you that ALL our promises are like ropes of sand. ALL our promises are BOUND TO FAIL. NO, Repentance is not based on OUR PROMISES -- it is based on HIS"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil?" (Jer. 13:23).. If you areTRYING to do BETTER in your own strength and in your own Power, then you are DOOMED TO FAILURE! There MUST be a POWERworking from ABOVE before we can be CHANGED from unrighteousness into Holiness! There MUST be a TRANSFORMATION OF OUR MINDS(Rom. 12:2) Before we can perform what is GOOD and ACCEPTABLEand RIGHT in the eyes of God!

And in order for that Transformation to take place, we must COME TO GOD - Just as we are and we must lean upon, and claim, HIS PROMISES to TRANSFORM US and to RECREATE us in His image!

"The Christian's life is NOT a modification or improvement of the old, but a TRANSFORMATION of nature." (Desire of Ages, p. 172). WE have NOTHING to commend ourselves to God - except HIS MERCY"Althoughour sins have merited condemnation, He does not condemn us...Godrejoices to bestow HIS GRACE upon us, NOT BECAUSE WE ARE WORTHY, but because we are so utterly unworthy. Our ONLY CLAIMto His mercy is our GREAT NEED." (Ministry of Healing, p. 160,161) --- "We have NOTHING to recommend us to God; but the plea that we mayurge now and ever is our UTTERLY HELPLESS CONDITION that makesHIS redeeming POWER a necessity." (Desire of Ages, p. 317).

What is that "GRACE" that God wishes to bestow on us? Is it ONLY FORGIVENESS? NO! God's "GRACE" involves His IMPARTING HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS upon, and within us. 1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, HE is faithful and just (righteous) to forgive us our sins AND toCLEANSE US from all unrighteousness." That little three letter word "AND" may be the MOST POWERFUL WORD in ALL the Bible! "AND to CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!" You may go to almost ANY CHURCH in this great country of ours, and you WILL hear about how God is willing to FORGIVE you sins, How He is anxious to FORGIVE your sins, How Christ came and died in ORDER to FORGIVE YOUR SINS --- But you will hardly ever hear the "Rest of the Story". You will almost NEVER hear the preacher stand up and tell you the "AND" of the verse. You will almost NEVER hear it spoken that God CAN DELIVER YOU from ALL your Sin! You will not hear the Plain Word of God which declares that there is VICTORY in the person of Jesus Christ! Instead, you will hear a message that pretty much goes along this line: "You can have FORGIVENESS for you sins, but you can NEVER STOP SINNING". But I am here to tell you that this is NOT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!This is NOT THE WORD OF GOD! This is NOT THE GOOD NEWS that Christ came to deliver to you.

You see, to RECEIVE HIS FORGIVENESS, is to receive HISRIGHTEOUSNESS, HIS POWER, and HIS Character! "To learn of Christmeans to receive His Grace, which IS HIS CHARACTER"! Repentance is NOT just asking for Forgiveness - it is asking (AND CLAIMING) HisPOWER to OVERCOME whatever sin may have had CONTROL over us! And THAT is why "REPENTANCE" is such a POWERFUL thing. That is why the Devil would rather keep you thinking that Repentance means staying in that PITY POT of REMORSE, instead of MOVING INTO THE POWEROF GOD'S GRACE which IS "The Power of GOD unto Salvation"!

You see, REPENTANCE is NOT our going to God and TRYING TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT! Repentance is NOT our paying some kind of PENANCE- we can NEVER MAKE RIGHT that which we have done WRONG against God OR our fellow man. You can TRY all you want to try to make something you have already done right, but you can NEVER DO IT! NO amount of Money, or Time, or Effort, or Gifts, or anything else can ever make a WRONG right! ONLY the GRACE OF GOD can CHANGE US from what we have been (and what we are now) into that which is RIGHT, and HOLY, and GOOD in the sight of God. Only HIS Grace, HIS CHARACTER, translated into our hearts can move us from the decrepit creatures that we ARE -- into that which He wishes us to be, His Children! "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God"!

If You want to TRULY REPENT then you must COME TO GODjust as you are (for if you are trying to change the very nature of your character, you might just as well be trying to change the color of the sky!). And then, you MUST TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD! There isTREMENDOUS POWER in the "WORD of GOD"! When God "SPOKE", there was Light. When God "SPOKE" there was Land and Ocean and all manner of life. When God "SPOKE", the very elements of matter JUMPED to OBEY His Command! It didn't take a thousand years. It didn't take MILLIONS OF YEARS! When God "SPOKE" -- it HAPPENED! When God "SPOKE", it WAS! And when God speaks TODAY, to YOU, through His Word, that same CREATIVE POWER attends His Word as it did when He was bringing the Universe into being. That SAME POWER is available to you and to me. It doesn't take a YEAR, or a MONTH, or a DAY. It IS -RIGHT NOW! It IS yours, RIGHT NOW, IF you will have it. It is BECAUSE God has SPOKEN it that we may CLAIM FORGIVENESS! It is BECAUSE God has SAID that we may become a NEW CREATURE that we may become just that! If we are but willing to TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD, we may have ALL the blessing that He has promised us! If we would but have the "FAITH" as of a grain of mustard seed, WONDERFUL TRANSFORMATIONS would take place in us, that neither the world or we ourselves could adequately explain. GOD IS WILLING!

ARE YOU?!

Do you think that you are too "UNWORTHY" to be noticed by God, or to be lifted up into the FULLNESS of CHRIST? Then you have only to look to the men and women of the Bible who have stood exactly where you are standing right now! The great apostle PAUL was once the person ofSAUL and persecuted the Church of Christ as few others ever had. He stood by, holding the cloths of Stephen and consenting to his death, PRIOR to his conversion on the road to Demascus! Moses KILLED a man and was PROUD of his standing in the community - until he was humbled, rebuilt and used of God. The Bible is FULL of examples of people (from Abraham, to Jacob, to Joseph, Esther, to Rahab, to Elijah, to Peter, to ...) who came to know the POWER OF REPENTANCE and the Power ofCLAIMING THE PROMISES OF GOD - despite their past, or their shortcomings, or their outright sin and rebellion against God -- and just look at what They BECAME through the Power of Christ!

The BIBLE declares that it is through the PROMISES OF GOD that we may become like Him"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of thedivine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world" (2 Pet. 1:4). It matters NOT what you have done, or where you have come from, it matters only WHERE YOU STAND TODAY!

Where are YOU STANDING? Are you standing on the side of DOUBT and FEAR? Are you standing there believing that there is NO HOPE for you? Are you standing there trying to figure out HOW you can MAKE THINGS RIGHT with God? There is only ONE WAY, and that way is to come to God RIGHT NOW, JUST AS YOU ARE, and to ASK HIM to give you a clean slate AND to CHANGE YOU (through the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ) so that you may serve Him in the way that you know you WANT to serve Him. The question is before you: Will you Surrender ALL to Him, or will you keep on trying to do things YOUR WAY? The CHALLENGE has been squarely placed before you, not by me, but by GOD HIMSELF, and it is a challenge that neither you nor I can take lightly."Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Josh. 24:15)

REPENTANCE is NOT as HARD a thing as we have made it out to be! And the reason that it is NOT as hard as we have been led to believe it is, is because the burden is upon GOD to perform that which HE HAS PROMISED THAT HE WILL DO -- IF we will only let Him. Won't youLET HIM do this for you TODAY? You can be a TOTALLY NEW PERSON, in just a moment from now, if you will simply ask God to do for you what He has already promised to do -- if you will only REPENT and let HIM!

GOD's promises will NEVER FAIL -- WE are the only one's who Fail in clinging to and believing them. And even when we DO FAIL, God still has His hand outstretched to reach us, and to LIFT US UP INTO HIS GLORY! Jesus doesn't say: "If you become Better then I will Accept you". Jesus says: "IF YOU WILL ACCEPT ME, THEN I WILL MAKE YOU BETTER!" Won't you thank Him for His Mercy and for His Grace right now?


Forgiveness, Biblical Forgiveness, is NOT having your slate wiped clean and forgetting about it. Biblical forgiveness involves someone elsebearing the cost of my sins and paying the penalty for them - without requiring retribution from me.

If you stole 100 million dollars from me, spent it all, ended up broke and then came to me and asked for my "forgiveness" - you would, in effect be asking me accept my loss and not hold you accountable for it. You might try to make some arrangements to make reconciliation, but if I "forgave you" that would mean that I would not require you to pay me back. I would be the one who suffered the loss (at your hands) but I would not require you to reimburse me. The fact is that you could not possibly reimburse me, and asking you to do so would be requiring something from you that you could not do. The 100 million that you took from me, in essence, becomes my "gift" to you. In the case of our sins against God we are in this exact position.

The thing that we have taken from Him, as the result of our sins, is the Life of His Son, Jesus. The just wages of our sin is our death (Rom. 6:23). But when we come to God and ask Him to forgive us, He agrees to incur the loss and not only "gifts" us freedom from the wages (or punishment) of our sins but piles on top of that the gift of eternal life. Whether we accept this gift or not is totally up to us.

Sins have inevitable consequences. They harm others, they harm me, and they most assuredly harm God. If they are not stopped somehow this vicious cycle simply continues. So if God is going to get me to truly repent (change my behavior), He has got to do three things. First, He has got to provide a way for my past sins to be removed - meaning that He must provide a way for the consequences and penalties of my sins to be paid without MY having to pay them (God cannot simply wipe them from the record for that would not be Just). Second, He has got to get me to see the errors of my ways and want to change them. Third, He has got to provide a way for me to keep from sinning.

To "For-give" means to "give-for". This is why you cannot earn your forgiveness or merit it in any way. Acts of penitence, self-abrogation and self-denial can do nothing towards commending God's forgiveness of you. Forgiveness is the sole responsibility of the person "giving" it. It is their "gift" to you. It is God's gift to you!

Oh, how often I have come to God asking Him to forgive me, for thesame sin! How often I have begged and pleaded with God to forgive me, when He has already done it! Oh, how much time we waste trying toconvince God that He should forgive us, when He already has!

How do I know that God has forgiven me (and you)? What proof do I have? I need only look at the Cross and see Jesus, God's only begotten Son, hanging there dead in my place. This is the proof that God has given me that He loves me and has forgiven me. And it is your proof too. "For God so loved the world [that is, God so loved you], that He gave [gave for you] His only begotten Son, that whoever [anyone who will] believes in Him [accepts Christ as God's gift to you] shall not perish [shall not be held guilty and under the curse of death], but have eternal life [have LifeNOW, free from all the guilt and penalties your sins have caused - a LifeNOW, free from the burden of the cares and mistakes of this world - a Life NOW, not as a child of this world, but as the adopted child of God. A child who is NOW entitled to Life existing above sin and guilt]" (John 3:16). Such is the Love that God has for you! So GREAT is His Love for you that He has forgiven you [given for you] even before you have asked: "God demonstrates his love for us by the fact that Christ died for us while we were still sinners" (Rom. 5:8 ISV). This is a love that surpasses our human understanding, yet this is the love that God has for you! [If you would like to know more about why Christ had to die in order for you and me to be forgiven, click on this link: Why Jesus Had to Die , or for a more in-depth study of "Forgiveness" go to More on Forgiveness .

But if I am already forgiven, why do I need to go to Him and confess my sins and ask for His forgiveness? I must confess my sins to Him because it is not until I realize my condition and predicament - not until I accept my responsibility for my own actions - that I will be ready to come to Him for the solution. I must realize what it has cost God to provide forgiveness for me, or I will not appreciate the gift. And I must "ask" Him for His gift of forgiveness; first, as a way of acknowledging the gift itself; and second, as a way of expressing my need and acceptance of the gift. A "gift" must be received before it, in reality, becomes mine. But the gift has already been given and is freely offered to each of us. And this is why we may "draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16 NASB) - and return free from our guilt and empowered to live a new life free from guilt and sin.

It doesn't matter what you may have done or how often you may have done it. Go to God, admit what you have done, ask for His forgiveness [accept His gift] and get up with a grateful and confident heart [atpeace], and determine to allow Christ to live in you "For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him" (Phil. 2:13 ISV). And "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rom. 8:31).

Your forgiveness, and mine, is as sure and as real as the blood pumping through your veins right now. You don't need to hang on to your guilt. You may be free from it the very moment that you acknowledge both His willingness to take your guilt, and the reality of His having already taken it: "All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him" (Isa. 53:6). Give Him your guilt [it's the only thing that you can really give Him] and accept what God has given you, His for-given-ness.

I am free from my guilt today, and you can be also. It is yours, today, if you will only accept it.

"That He [the Father] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith." Eph. 3:14-17

Micah 5:2 NCV
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are too small to be among the army groups from Judah, from you will come one who will rule Israel for me. He comes from very old times, from days long ago."

 The Father & God of Jesus was the literal parent of Jesus in the flesh as well as in the spirit:

"As Christ was twice born, once in eternity, the only begotten of the Father, and again here in the flesh, thus uniting the divine with the human in that second birth, so we, who have been born once already in the flesh, are to have the second birth, being born again of the Spirit, in order that our experience may be the same, the human and the divine being joined in a life union." W.W. PRESCOTT Review and Herald, April 14, 1896 p. 232.

"He was born of the Holy Ghost. In other words, Jesus Christ was born again. He came from heaven, GOD's first- born, to the earth, and was born again, But all in Christ's work goes by opposites for us: he, the sinless one, was made to be sin, in order that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. He, the living one, the prince and author of life, died that we might live. He whose goings forth have been from the days of eternity, the first-born of GOD, was born again, in order that we might be born again."

"If Jesus Christ had never been born again, could you and I have ever been born again? No. But he was born again, from the world of righteousness into the world of sin; that we might be born again, from the world of sin into the world of righteousness. He was born again, and was made partaker of the human nature, that we might be born again, and so made partakers of the divine nature. He was born again, unto earth, unto sin, and unto man, that we might be born again unto heaven, unto righteousness, and unto God." Review and Herald, Aug. 1, 1899 (Lessons on Faith p. 154.)

The Holy Spirit IS Christ (is "Christ's Spirit"):

We can use the Bible alone to show that the "Spirit" is Christ's Spirit. In Proverbs 8 we see that it is "Wisdom" that was "brought forth." We know that this refers to Christ and can refer to no one else. So "Wisdom" is Christ. Then we find references to the "Spirit of Wisdom" (see Isa. 11:2; Acts 6:3 and Eph. 1:17). If "Wisdom" is Christ, then the "Spirit of Wisdom" must be the "Spirit of Christ." This same truth is expressed in the Holy Spirit's title of the "Spirit of Truth." Christ said: "I am…the Truth." So if the Christ is the Truth, then the "Spirit of Truth" must be the "Spirit of Christ."

In John 14:16-17, Jesus referred to the other "Helper" as "the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but [Christ told his disciples] you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you" (John 14:17). If you believe the Spirit of Prophecy (and I hope you do), there can be no doubt that this "other Helper" - the "Spirit of Truth" - is, in fact, Jesus Christ (Christ's Holy Spirit).

"Christ was the spirit of truth. The world will not listen to His pleadings. They would not accept Him as their guide. They could not discern unseen things; spiritual things were unknown to them. But His disciples see in Him the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And they shall have His abiding presence. They shall have an experimental knowledge of the only true God and of Jesus Christ whom He hath sent. To them He says: You will no more say, I cannot comprehend. No longer shall you see through a glass darkly; you shall comprehend with all saints what is the length and depth and breadth and height of the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. The honor of God, the honor of Jesus Christ, is involved in the perfection of your character. Your work is to co-operate with Christ, that you may be complete in Him. In being united to Him by faith, believing and receiving Him, you become a part of Himself. Your character is His glory revealed in you. And when you shall appear in His presence, you will find the benediction awaiting you, 'Well done, 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'" (Southern Watchman; October 25, 1898; par. 2).

"There are many things that we ought to be able to understand, that we do not comprehend because we are so far behind our privileges. Christ said to his disciples, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now." This is our condition. Would they not have been able to understand what he had to say to them, if they had been doers of his word--if they had improved point after point of the truth which he had presented to them? But although they could not then understand, he told them that he would send the Comforter, who would lead them into all truth. We should be in a position where we can comprehend the teaching, leading, and working of the Spirit of Christ. We must not measure God or his truth by our finite understanding, or by our preconceived opinions….Is Christ abiding in your hearts by faith? Is his Spirit in you? If it is, there will be such a yearning in your soul for the salvation of those for whom Christ has died, that self will sink into insignificance, and Christ alone will be exalted. Brethren and sisters, there is great need at this time of humbling ourselves before God, that the Holy Spirit may come upon us" (RH: October 8, 1889; par. 2) .

Jesus not only described the Holy Spirit as the "Spirit of Truth," but also as the"Comforter" ("Helper" and "Comforter" are used synonymously and come from the same Greek word): "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (Jn. 14:26 KJV. See also: Jn. 15:26 & 16:7) . Jesus is our comforter: "I, even I, am He who comforts you" (Isa. 51:12). The Spirit of Prophecy leaves us no doubt as to the identity of the "Comforter."

Jesus said that He would not leave us "comfortless" and said: "I will come to you" (John 14:18). Jesus also said "where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst" (Mat. 18:20). He assured us; "lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world" (Mat. 28:20 KJV)How is Jesus to "come" to us? How is He "in our midst"? How can He bewith us "to the end of the world"? He tells us how in John 14:16 where He says that the "comforter/helper" would "abide with you forever." Jesus, in His humanity cannot be in all places at all times - He cannot "abide" with everyone, everywhere, "forever." "Cumbered with humanity Christ could not be in every place personally, therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them to go to His Father and send the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth" (MS #1084 [MR: vol. 14, p. 23]). "The Son of God, now at the Father's right hand, still pleads as man's intercessor. He still retains His human nature, is still the Saviour of mankind" (ST: July 15, 1908; par. 7). In the person of His "Holy Spirit" form, Christ could be in all places at all times and "abide with us forever." "While Jesus, our Intercessor, pleads for us in heaven, the Holy Spirit works in us, to will and do of His good pleasure" (MS #99 [MR: vol. 2, p. 37]). "Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin. In the gift of the Spirit, Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow" (RH May 19, 1904; par. 1,2).

When Christ said "I will not leave you comfortlessI will come to you," it is readily apparent that He was speaking of Himself as the "Comforter," the Spirit of Truth that will "abide with you forever." Jesus was speaking of His Spirit - "the soul of his life" which He has given to us"John calls upon the world to 'Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God.' It is a love that passeth knowledge.In the fullness of the sacrifice nothing was withheld. Jesus gave himself" (The Paulson Collection; p. 339, par. 3).
The inspired Apostles understood and taught that the Holy Spirit is Christ's Spirit"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2Cor. 3:17) - And that, "if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him." (Rom. 8:9). They taught that it is only through our acceptance of Christ (expressed in our baptism) that His Spirit is given to us: "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). The Bible states that Christ is "He who comforts you." (Isa. 51:12). And Ellen White has clearly demonstrated that the "Comforter" -- the Spirit of Truth -- the Holy Spirit, is none other than Christ: "Christ was the spirit of truth" (Southern Watchman; October 25, 1898; par. 2). "He is the Comforter" (RH January 27, 1903; par. 13). She even tells us that the Holy Spirit is "the soul of His life" (RH: May 19, 1904; par. 1) which has been given to us that we may become a "partaker of the [His] divine nature" (Ibid, par. 3). This really ought to be argument enough to establish this fact - but apparently it isn't, for we continue to deny this Truth! So, let's dig a little deeper.

What We've Learned Here
  1. Christ taught that the Holy Spirit is, in fact, His Spirit - but because the disciples hadn't even understood fully that He was indeed the Messiah - He had to teach this truth in ways that were somewhat obscure and abstract. Concerning the Holy Spirit He told them I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now" (Jn. 16:12)Christ would tell them later, but He would have to do so through the person of His Holy Spirit - after He had ascended into heaven.

  2. The Disciples learned and taught the truth that the Holy Spirit is "the Spirit of Christ"(Rom. 8:9; Phil. 1:19) and they did this quite clearly. Their understanding of the full significance of this truth may have been limited, but they knew and they experienced this truth when Christ baptized them with His Holy Spirit.

  3. Unfortunately for us, some of the texts recorded in the Bible have been corrupted over time and have introduced fallacious views of the Holy Spirit. These views have been propagated largely by the Catholic Church and have been accepted by the majority of Protestants as well (SDA's included).

  4. Satan does not want the people of God to understand the truth about the Holy Spirit because he knows that if we understood it clearly and appropriated Christ's Spirit fully, that his power over us would be broken and his end would come.

  5. Satan has been successful in encouraging us to make limited use of Mrs. White's writings concerning the identity of the Holy Spirit and has gotten many of us to use only a few of her statements - sadly, mostly the one's which seem to support the traditional doctrine of the Trinity. When we compile all of her writings on this subject and couple them with what the Apostles taught, we find that they are in agreement and that they clearly reveal that the Holy Spirit is Christ's Spirit and not someone other than Christ.
We are, however, encouraged to study the incarnation and to "dig deep for hidden truth": "As the worker studies the life of Christ, and the character of His mission is dwelt upon, each fresh search will reveal something more deeply interesting than has yet been unfolded. The subject is inexhaustibleThe study of the incarnation of Christ, His atoning sacrifice and mediatorial work, will employ the mind of the diligent student as long as time shall last " (Gospel Workers, p. 251. [SDA BC vol. 7A; p. 444, par. 1]). "We should come to this study with the humility of a learner, with a contrite heart. And the study of the incarnation of Christ is a fruitful field, which will repay the searcher who digs deep for hidden truth" (The Youth's Instructor, Oct. 13, 1898. (SDA BC vol. 7A; p. 443, par. 1). But we are to be ever mindful that in so doing we do not make Christ out to be "altogether human," a sinner such as we are, and thereby lose our Savior.  http://www.enjoying-the-spirit-filled-life.com/9-difficult-bible-texts.html#

"If we believe in Godwe are armed with the righteousness of Christ; we have taken hold of his strength."  Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, p. 132.5 Who is God? See: https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/thr

Christ "OUR" Righteousness (truth)! The Lord, OUR Righteousness! Jesus the Son of God is EVERYTHING to us! He is our all in all! Does your eyes glaze over when you hear this term? Is it not understood? I felt the same way - but it is finally clear - and getting more clear each day. I've asked God and His dear Son to teach me more clearly about them. I claim Jer 33:3 each day, with amazing results! 

  • I asked the angel why there was no more faith and power in Israel. He said, “Ye let go of the arm of the Lord too soon. Press your petitions to the throne, and hold on by strong faith. The promises are sure.” (Early Writings, 73.)
  • "THERE IS NO SIN GREATER THAN UNBELIEF."---My Life Today, p. 14.2

ONLY BELIEVE!!!! (Of course when you believe - you obey) Believe what?

Believe that Christ's victories over sin IS your own victory...claim the very life of Jesus as your own! His death is just as if you'd died the death for your sin - His victory over appetite (lust of the flesh - means more than just food!) His victory over presumption (like cast yourself down and the angels will bear thee up in their hands lest thou dash thy foot against a stone) Like going somewhere the angels of God cannot go with you and thinking you'll be "OK". that is presumption.... like sending your kids to public school and thinking they are not going to be changed by beholding the wicked habits around them......presumption. (pride of life)
Synonyms for presumption:
assumption - supposition - arrogance - surmise

Love of the world.... this is a sin and must be put behind us.

Remember, Christ was tempted 3 times? Satan is actually questioning whether Jesus is God's unique Son!
IF thou be the Son of God....the devil still is on the same deceiving track of saying "IF" thou be the Son of God! One little tiny word "IF" will keep us out of Heaven...if we do not believe that Jesus is truly the literal Son of God sent down from Heaven to become a babe in Bethlehem....

Matthew 4:3 "The tempter came to him and said, "If (if=doubt=unbelief) you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
Matthew 4:6 "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"

Matthew 4:8-9 "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me."

Matthew 27:40-42 "If Thou be the Son of God, save Thyself and come down from the Cross."


If thou be the Son of God - If thou art God's own Son, then thou hast power to work a miracle, and here is a suitable opportunity to try thy power, and show that thou art sent from God.

Command that these stones ... - The stones that were lying around him in the wilderness. No temptation could have been more plausible, or more likely to succeed, than this. He had just been declared to be the Son of God Matthew 3:17, and here was an opportunity to show that he was really so. The circumstances were such as to make it appear plausible and proper to work this miracle. "Here you are," was the language of Satan, "hungry, cast out, alone, needy, poor, and yet the Son of God! If you have this power, how easy could you satisfy your wants! How foolish is it, then, for the Son of God, having all power, to be starving in this manner, when by a word he could show his power and relieve his wants, and when in the thing itself there could be nothing wrong!"

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.


John 3:16 is the gospel in miniature. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God had to have a Son to be able to GIVE a son, right?

1 John 4:9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son intothe world that we might live through him.

Mindy, this truth is what the majority of people deny today. Most do not understand that they are believing a lie...the Anti-Christ - Anti means against - against Christ.... so we can DENY Christ in many ways...but this is a huge deception of the devil....that Christ was in Heaven but IS the one God who is role playing and became a son of God by birth in bethlehem....still role playing...and they teach that Christ did not COMPLETELY die - that a part of him did not die....SDA's ALSO teach this....TODAY. The early pioneers had it right - and that's what I believe - the Bible - that God truly and literaly had a son prior to Bethlehem and God sent him to become a son - he became a Son in a new sense....as a human birth - Christ will always bear the form of a human = we are made in God's image.....but we were created beings - created from dust - Christ was BEGOTTEN from the bosom of the Father - or brought forth from His Father - He inherited his Father's GODlike traits - just as we inherit our parents human traits.....God sent his son to redeem us back to himself......as a free gift....all we need to do EVERYDAY is surrender our will to him. HOW? By faith, believing that Christ IS our only righteousness...meaning - this is what I am doing every morning - first thing when I wake up... I say, Lord Jesus, take me as yours...my unChristlike self...make me like you. I claim YOUR victory over sin as my own, YOUR death as my own and YOUR risen sinless life as my own, YOUR FAITH as MY own..... this is the best I can explain it to you right now.

ALL of everyone's sins were put upon - given to- imputed to Christ at the cross....it is not sin that destroy's us today - but rather unbelief - not believing and claiming Jesus merits as our own...Jesus victory, his death, his risen life, his faith as OUR VERY OWN. THis is how we PUT ON CHRIST.... he covers our sins, nothing about us is good, but when we do this - claim his righteousness as our own - He comes into us and starts to make us like himself....sinfree!!!! we can instantly be sinfree - and not sin anymore by a daily - moment by moment surrender to Christ - asking him to help us if we even start to think a bad thought - just say - Jesus SAVE me...keep saying that until it goes away - and it always does for me.

I love you dear baby.  Please do this every morning. it will work - if you sincerely do this...read the Bible for it all points to Jesus.

Love you!

Your mother.

Genesis 22:2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love--Isaac--and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you."  (example of God and His Son)
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
John 1:18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on them.
John 6:40 For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day."
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Ephesians 2:4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
2 Thessalonians 2:16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
Hebrews 2:9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 4:9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 
Christ your Strongtower in the day of Trouble !

     "Some of our brethren have expressed fears that we shall dwell too much upon the subject ofJustification (righteousness) by faith, but I hope and pray that none will be needlessly alarmed; for there is no danger in presenting this doctrine as it is set forth in the Scriptures. If there had not been a remissness in the past to properly instruct the people of God, there would not now be a necessity of calling a special attention to it.... 

The exceeding great and precious Promises given us in the Holy Scriptures have been lost sight of to a great extent, just as the enemy of all righteousness designed that they should be. He has cast his own dark shadow between us and our God, that we may not see the true character of God . . . God is love ! . . . The LORD has proclaimed Himself to be "merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and Truth (Verity) !"    ref: Exodus 33:13-23 & 34:1-7 

Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel's message, and I have answered, 
"It is the third angel's message, in verity."


    "Jesus is the only Hope of the soulBy faith every soul may say with the Psalmist, "Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee." Psalm 73:25 . . . 

"And faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God . . . !"   Romans 10:17, 8-10

     The moment the sinner lays hold of Christ by faith, his sins are no longer upon him ! 
Christ stands in the sinner's place, and declares, "I have borne his guilt, I have been punished for his transgressions, I have taken his sins, and put My righteousness upon him."  . . . "And this is the name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS !"   Jeremiah 23:6

     "For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of GOD in Him !"    II Corinthians 5:21 & Isaiah 53:3-6

    "For if any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; Behold all things are become new . . . !"   II Corinthians 5:17 & Galatians 6:15

In Christ the sinner stands guiltless before the law. But how vain is the hope of entering heaven if we have no present faith in Christ, no delight in spiritual things, no joy in anticipating the joys of heaven. The child of God finds his comfort and peace in Christ. He delights to dwell upon the holiness of his future, immortal home. The LORD commands, "Be ye holy, for I Am holy."   I Peter 1:16 & Leviticus 19:2 . . . (this is a Promise !)

The Christian's constant endeavour should be to come into perfect conformity to the Life of Christ; we must look away from the darkness, and face the Light. Do not, by your attitude of unbelief, charge God with partiality or unfaithfulness. Your doubt casts reflections upon the verity of His PromisesWhen in living faith (active, faith that works by love) you come to Jesus, and become doers of His Word, you will taste and see that the Lord is good. ref:Psalm 34:8

You will say to all, "By His stripes we are healed" Isaiah 53:5. You will think of Jesus, you will talk of Jesus, as One Who is willing and able to save (deliver, set free, rescue, heal and make whole) to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him. If you believe in Christ as your Saviour, His perfect obedience is set to your account. You are pardoned as you look to Jesus as your Substitute and Surety. The Promise of God is, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."   I John 1:9


-- The Review and Herald, April 1, 1890  &  1 Selected Messages p.372
and The Present Truth, January 30, 1890 par. 6
with added Scripture references in italics

Matthew 4

King James Version (KJV)

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. ("The DIVINE SPIRIT that the world’s Redeemer promised to send IS the PRESENCE and POWER of God." ST November 23, 1891, par. 1, Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 39.5)

And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

11 Then the devil leaveth him, (resist the devil and he shall flee from you!) and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:

At Capernaum

"At Capernaum Jesus dwelt in the intervals of His journeys to and fro, and it came to be known as "His own city." It was on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and near the borders of the beautiful plain of Gennesaret, if not actually upon it." --{Desire of Ages, Chapter 26}

"And thou, Capernaum [
Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." E. G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 3, p. 69, col. 3. Brackets are by Ellen White. 

"When once the restraints of God's Word and His Spirit are REJECTED, no man knows to what depths of degradation he may sink. Secret sin or master passion may hold him a captive as helpless as was the demoniac of Capernaum. (Capernaum=Modern Corporate SDA church)Yet his condition is not hopeless!" 
 The Desire of Ages, p. 258.4 What must we do? REPENT INDIVIDUALLY and COME OUT to Follow the Son of God! “Are we hoping to see the whole church revived? THAT TIME WILL NEVER COME.” Selected Messages Vol. 1 p. 122. Ellen White's pen warns us today, "The GREAT APOSTASY, which is DEVELOPING and INCREASING and waxing stronger, and WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout." (E.G. White, Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, p. 57). “And thou, Capernaum [Seventh day Adventists, who have had great light], which are exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], SHALT BE BROUGHT DOWN TO HELL…” Review and Herald p. 69, August 1, 1893 

14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;

16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up (in Jesus day AND in 1844-1894).

The law of God should be loved and prized by God's true people now, more than ever before. There is the most urgent necessity of enforcing the words of Christ upon the mind and heart of every believer, both men and women, youth and children: "Search the Scriptures." Examine your Bibles as you have never done before. Unless you arise to a higher, holier attitude in your religious life, you will not be ready for the appearing of our Lord. There are many who are not purifying their souls by obeying the truth. As great light has been given them, God expects proportionate zeal, devotion, and faithfulness upon the part of his people. But there will be proportionate darkness, unbelief, and blindness as the truth is not appreciated and acted upon.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 2}

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

THIS IS OUR COMMISSION ALSO! 

Matthew 10:6-10

King James Version (KJV)

But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. ("I saw that our message was not to the shepherds who have led the flock astray, but to the poor hungry, scattered sheep." RH March 1, 1850, par. 3)

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (How to Heal People in the NAME of JESUS)

Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.


When Satan fails to lead men into sin by the first two temptations, those of appetite and presumption, he besets them with the third, the love of the world; and in almost every case he leads them into apostasy by this means. It is the glory of this world that attracts and ensnaresBut we have reason to thank God that theCaptain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering, and came off conqueror in our behalf. Every son and daughter of Adam may have this divine strength.The promise of the Comforter has been given us. "He that believeth on me," said Jesus, "the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." The power that came to Christ as a representative of the human race will come to every member of the human family who will make God his strength{YI, December 28, 1899 par. 8}

Daily morning prayer consecrating ourselves to God through His Son:
 
"Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul. Lord Jesus, I claim by YOUR FAITH, your blood sacrifice, your victory over every besetting sin, your risen life and YOUR FAITH as my own today. Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever! Lord Jesus, What wilt thou have me to do today? Take me Oh Lord, as wholly thine, I lay all my plans at thy feet. Use me today in thy service. Abide with me and let all my work be wrought in thee. Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, and that thine hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil! We ask that our flight be not on the Sabbath Day. We Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring my whole man from my dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. I pray for all people and those in authority asking that "we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." I give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endures forever! I present my petition to Thee. I put my trust in Thee, and I ask for the Blessing that Thou seest will be for my present and future usefulness and my eternal good. I pray most earnestly that we may be prepared for the struggles of the great day of God’s preparation. Lord, I do not want to be surprised at the end. If there is anything that needs to be changed in my life, please show me what it is. I want to be revived and reformed. Help me to make the changes in my life that you would have me to make quickly. Let the latter rain come into my vessel. Let the light of the glorious angel which unites with the third angel shine upon me. Give me a part in the work. Let me sound the proclamation. Let me be a co-laborer with Jesus Christ. Please I pray to you for these blessings not only for myself and those in my house and family but for all those who are yours and will be yours. Please forgive me of all my sins and especially help my unbelief. I claim the faith of Jesus as my own today. Please give me clear understanding of your will for my life today. We ask for wisdom - as much is needed to make it to Heaven, and we ask for a love of the truth like no other person has ever been given. Please save our family, and help us to walk in your paths of righteousness. Forgive our trespasses and input your Spirit and power to us. Give us the strength and power to make it to Heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ your only begotten Son we ask these things for today and each day henceforth."

If we believe in God, we are armed with the righteousness of Christ; we have taken hold of His strength.... We want to talk with our Saviour as though He were right by our side... My Life Today, p. 14.3

It is our privilege to carry with us the credentials of our faith,—love, joy, and peace. When we do this, we shall be able to present the mighty arguments of the cross of Christ. When we learn to walk by faith and not by feeling, we shall have help from God just when we need it, and His peace will come into our hearts. It was this simple life of obedience and trust that Enoch lived. If we learn this lesson of simple trust, ours may be the testimony that he received, that he pleased God.

If we commit the keeping of our souls to God in the exercise of living faith, His promises will not fail us; for they have no limit but our faith. My Life Today, p. 14.2





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It is now that we are to learn this lesson of prevailing prayer, of unyielding faith.

Daily morning prayer consecrating ourselves to God through His Son:
 
"Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul. Lord Jesus, I claim by YOUR FAITH, your blood sacrifice, your victory over every besetting sin, your risen life and YOUR FAITH as my own today. Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever! Lord Jesus, What wilt thou have me to do today? Take me Oh Lord, as wholly thine, I lay all my plans at thy feet. Use me today in thy service. Abide with me and let all my work be wrought in thee. Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, and that thine hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil! We ask that our flight be not on the Sabbath Day. We Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring my whole man from my dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. I pray for all people and those in authority asking that "we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." I give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endures forever! I present my petition to Thee. I put my trust in Thee, and I ask for the Blessing that Thou seest will be for my present and future usefulness and my eternal good. I pray most earnestly that we may be prepared for the struggles of the great day of God’s preparation. Lord, I do not want to be surprised at the end. If there is anything that needs to be changed in my life, please show me what it is. I want to be revived and reformed. Help me to make the changes in my life that you would have me to make quickly. Let the latter rain come into my vessel. Let the light of the glorious angel which unites with the third angel shine upon me. Give me a part in the work. Let me sound the proclamation. Let me be a co-laborer with Jesus Christ. Please I pray to you for these blessings for myself, my house and all those who are yours. Please forgive me of all my sins and especially help my unbelief. I claim the faith of Jesus as my own today. Please give me clear understanding of your will for my life today. We ask for wisdom - as much is needed to make it to Heaven, and we ask for a love of the truth like no other person has ever been given. Please save our family, and help us to walk in your paths of righteousness. Forgive our trespasses and input your Spirit to us. Give us the strength and power to make it to Heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ your only begotten Son we ask these things for today and each day henceforth."


The Lord is not glorified by the tame supplications which show that nothing is expected. He desires every one who believes, to approach the Throne of Grace with earnestness and assurance. Do we realize the magnitude of the work in which we are engaged? If we did, there would be more fervency in our prayers. Our entreaties would rise before God with convincing earnestness. We would plead for power as a hungry child pleads for bread. If we realized the greatness of the Gift, if we desired the attainment of the Blessing, our petit-ions would ascend with earnestness, importunity, urgency. It would be as if we were at the gate of heaven, soliciting entrance.

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!

I do not understand the tameness in the requests offered to God. We are to urge our way into the very Presence of God, into the Holy Place of the Most High. We are to plead for that which we most need, -- the Bread of Life, the leaf from the Tree of LifeAs Jacob wrestled with the angel, saying, “I will not let Thee go, except thou Bless me,” so we are to wrestle in prayer until we prevail. We are to ask with an urgency that will not be turned away, that expects God to bestow His blessings with a liberality that is an assurance to all fear.

Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and His Maker, Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it. I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” Isaiah 45:11. This is the Word of the LORD, which is Yea and Amen !

Then let your prayers be more fervent, more heavily weighted with faith and hope. Let the intensity of your desire be proportionate to the value of the object you wish to obtain. The greatness of the Gift and our need of It should fill us with a hungering desire for it . . . !"  - Special Testimonies, August 7, 1901 par. 13

The Spirit of Prayer

Christian Service, pp. 41-42 “A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work.

The TIME HAS COME for a thorough reformation to take place. When this reformation begins, the spirit of prayer will actuate every believer, and will banish from the church the spirit of discord and strife.

A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from the spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend.”

 “Prayer from the humble, contrite heart is the vital breath of the soul hungering for righteousness.”—(The Signs of the Times, December 3, 1896.)

Do you feel compelled to stop your truck while driving down the road, to get out and kneel before God and plead, beg for His direction and help for yourself, your family and everyone? Do you feel compelled to pray more often? This is God wooing you to Himself! Are you seeking a closer relationship with our great living God of Heaven through His dear Son? Plead for His presence and power as if you were at the gate of Heaven begging for entrance – because you are!

  • Pray without ceasing (Colossians 1:9). To me this means to seek God’s council for each circumstance that arises. Like, how should I answer my children or husband on this matter – ask, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”

·        Pray at All Times—Cultivate the habit of talking with the Saviour when you are alone, when you are walking, and when you are busy with your daily labor. Let the heart be continually uplifted in silent petition for help, for light, for strength, for knowledge. Let every breath be a prayer.—(Temperance, 135.)

·        The way to the throne of God is always open. You cannot always be on your knees in prayer, but your silent petitions may constantly ascend to God for strength and guidance. When tempted, as you will be, you may flee to the secret place of the Most High. His everlasting arms will be underneath you.—(Counsels on Health, 362.)

  • Secret Prayer Is Appropriate Anywhere, Anytime—Pray in your closet, and as you go about your daily labor let your heart be often uplifted to God.
  • It was thus that Enoch walked with God. These silent prayers rise like precious incense before the throne of grace. Satan cannot overcome him whose heart is thus stayed upon God.
  • There is no time or place in which it is inappropriate to offer up a petition to God. There is nothing that can prevent us from lifting up our hearts in the spirit of earnest prayer. In the crowds of the street, in the midst of a business engagement, we may send up a petition to God and plead for divine guidance, as did Nehemiah when he made his request before King Artaxerxes. A closet of communion may be found wherever we are. We should have the door of the heart open continually and our invitation going up that Jesus may come and abide as a heavenly guest in the soul.—(Steps to Christ, 98, 99).
  • Prayer Brings Us Into the Presence of God Himself—Prayer, whether offered in the public assembly, at the family altar, or in secret, places man directly in the presence of God. By constant prayer the youth may obtain principles so firm that the most powerful temptations will not draw them from their allegiance to God.—(My Life Today, 18.)
  • Prayer Keeps Us Connected With Christ—We should be much in secret prayer. Christ is the vine, ye are the branches. And if we would grow and flourish, we must continually draw sap and nourishment from the Living Vine; for separated from the Vine we have no strength.
  • I asked the angel why there was no more faith and power in Israel. He said, “Ye let go of the arm of the Lord too soon. Press your petitions to the throne, and hold on by strong faith. The promises are sure.”(Early Writings, 73.)
  • Private Prayer Sustains the Soul—To live thus by the word of God means the surrender to Him of the whole life. There will be felt a continual sense of need and dependence, a drawing out of the heart after God. Prayer is a necessity; for it is the life of the soul. Family prayer, public prayer, have their place; but it is secret communion with God that sustains the soul life.—(Education, 258.)
  • Private Prayer Is Needed in Order to Become Personally Acquainted With God—Oh, do we know God as we should? What comfort, what joy, we should have if we were to learn daily the lessons He desires us to learn! We must know Him by an experimental knowledge. It will be profitable for us to spend more time in secret prayer, in becoming personally acquainted with our heavenly Father.—(Medical Ministry, 102.)
  • God’s People Neglect Secret Prayer—I have frequently seen that the children of the Lord neglect prayer, especially secret prayer, altogether too much; that many do not exercise that faith which it is their privilege and duty to exercise, often waiting for that feeling which faith alone can bring. Feeling is not faith; the two are distinct.—(Early Writings, 72.)
  • Our Creator demands our supreme devotion, our first allegiance. Anything which tends to abate our love for God, or to interfere with the service due Him, becomes thereby an idol. With some their lands, their houses, their merchandise, are the idols. Business enterprises are prosecuted with zeal and energy, while the service of God is made a secondary consideration. Family worship is neglected, secret prayer is forgotten.—(SDA Bible Commentary 2:1011, 1012.)
  • Neglect of Prayer is Progressive—Beware how you neglect secret prayer and a study of God’s word. These are your weapons against him who is striving to hinder your progress heavenward. The first neglect of prayer and Bible study makes easier the second neglect. The first resistance to the Spirit’s pleading prepares the way for the second resistance. Thus the heart is hardened, and the conscience seared.—(Messages to Young People, 96.)
  • Sporadic Prayer Will Cause You to Lose Your Hold on God—Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted and the health of the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate contact with the Wellspring of life, and strengthens the sinew and muscle of the religious experience. Neglect the exercise of prayer, or engage in prayer spasmodically, now and then, as seems convenient, and you lose your hold on God. The spiritual faculties lose their vitality, the religious experience lacks health and vigor.—(Messages to Young People, 249, 250.)
  • Private Prayer Should Be Private—In private prayer all have the privilege of praying as long as they desire and of being as explicit as they please. They can pray for all their relatives and friends. The closet is the place to tell all their private difficulties, and trials, and temptations. A common meeting to worship God is not the place to open the privacies of the heart.—(Testimonies for the Church 2:578.)
  • In secret devotion our prayers are to reach the ears of none but the prayer-hearing God. No curious ear is to receive the burden of such petitions.
  • “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet.” Have a place for secret prayer. Jesus had select places for communion with God, and so should we. We need often to retire to some spot, however humble, where we can be alone with God.
  • “Pray to thy Father which is in secret.” In the name of Jesus we may come into God’s presence with the confidence of a child. No man is needed to act as a mediator. Through Jesus we may open our hearts to God as to one who knows and loves us.
  • In the secret place of prayer, where no eye but God’s can see, no ear but His can hear, we may pour out our most hidden desires and longings to the Father of infinite pity, and in the hush and silence of the soul that voice which never fails to answer the cry of human need will speak to our hearts.
  • “The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” James 5:11. He waits with unwearied love to hear the confessions of the wayward and to accept their penitence. He watches for some return of gratitude from us, as the mother watches for the smile of recognition from her beloved child. He would have us understand how earnestly and tenderly His heart yearns over us. He invites us to take our trials to His sympathy, our sorrows to His love, our wounds to His healing, our weakness to His strength, our emptiness to His fullness. Never has one been disappointed who came unto Him. “They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.” Psalm 34:5.
  • Those who seek God in secret telling the Lord their needs and pleading for help, will not plead in vain. “Thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly.” As we make Christ our daily companion we shall feel that the powers of an unseen world are all around us; and by looking unto Jesus we shall become assimilated to His image. By beholding we become changed. The character is softened, refined, and ennobled for the heavenly kingdom. The sure result of our intercourse and fellowship with our Lord will be to increase piety, purity, and fervor. There will be a growing intelligence in prayer. We are receiving a divine education, and this is illustrated in a life of diligence and zeal.
  • The soul that turns to God for its help, its support, its power, by daily, earnest prayer, will have noble aspirations, clear perceptions of truth and duty, lofty purposes of action, and a continual hungering and thirsting after righteousness. By maintaining a connection with God, we shall be enabled to diffuse to others, through our association with them, the light, the peace, the serenity, that rule in our hearts. The strength acquired in prayer to God, united with persevering effort in training the mind in thoughtfulness and care-taking, prepares one for daily duties and keeps the spirit in peace under all circumstances.—(Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, 84, 85.)

·        Jesus’ Disciples Were Impressed by His Prayer Habits—“The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” Not for Himself, but for others, He lived and thought and prayed. From hours spent with God He came forth morning by morning, to bring the light of heaven to men. Daily He received a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit. In the early hours of the new day the Lord awakened Him from His slumbers, and His soul and His lips were anointed with grace, that He might impart to others. His words were given Him fresh from the heavenly courts, words that He might speak in season to the weary and oppressed. “The Lord God hath given me,” He said, “the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.”

·        Christ’s disciples were much impressed by His prayers and by His habit of communion with God. One day after a short absence from their Lord, they found Him absorbed in supplication. Seemingly unconscious of their presence, He continued praying aloud. The hearts of the disciples were deeply moved. As He ceased praying, they exclaimed, “Lord, teach us to pray.”(The Review and Herald, August 11, 1910.)

·        The Lord’s Prayer Exhibits Beauty in Simplicty—Jesus taught His disciples that only that prayer which arises from unfeigned lips, prompted by the actual wants of the soul, is genuine, and will bring heaven’s blessing to the petitioner. He gave a brief, comprehensive prayer to His disciples. This prayer, for its beautiful simplicity, is without a parallel. It is a perfect prayer for public and private life; it is dignified and elevated, yet so simple that the child at its mother’s knee can understand it. The children of God have repeated this prayer for centuries, and yet its luster has not dimmed. Like a gem of value it continues to be loved and cherished. This prayer is a wonderful production. None will pray in vain if in their prayers are incorporated the principles contained therein. Our prayers in public should be short, and express only the real wants of the soul, asking in simplicity and simple trusting faith for the very things we need. Prayer from the humble, contrite heart is the vital breath of the soul hungering for righteousness.—(The Signs of the Times, December 3, 1896.)

·        Private Prayer Is Essential—It is impossible for the soul to flourish while prayer is not a special exercise of the mind. Family or public prayer alone is not sufficient. Secret prayer is very important; in solitude the soul is laid bare to the inspecting eye of God, and every motive is scrutinized. Secret prayer! How precious! The soul communing with God! Secret prayer is to be heard only by the prayer-hearing God. No curious ear is to receive the burden of such petitions. In secret prayer the soul is free from surrounding influences, free from excitement. Calmly, yet fervently, will it reach out after God. Secret prayer is frequently perverted, and its sweet designs lost, by loud vocal prayer. Instead of the calm, quiet trust and faith in God, the soul drawn out in low, humble tones, the voice is raised to a loud pitch, and excitement is encouraged, and secret prayer loses its softening, sacred influence. There is a storm of feeling, a storm of words, making it impossible to discern the still, small voice that speaks to the soul while engaged in its secret, true, heartfelt devotion. Secret prayer, properly carried out, is productive of great good. But prayer which is made public to the entire family and neighborhood is not secret prayer, even though thought to be, and divine strength is not received from  it. Sweet and abiding will be the influence emanating from Him who seeth in secret, whose ear is open to answer the prayer arising from the heart. By calm, simple faith the soul holds communion with God and gathers to itself divine rays of light to strengthen and sustain it to endure the conflicts of Satan. God is our tower of strength.—(Testimonies for the Church 2:189, 190.)

·        Private prayer, family prayer, prayer in public gatherings for the worship of God—all are essential. And we are to live our prayers. We are to co-operate with Christ in His work.—(Testimonies for the Church 7:239.)

·        All Need to Watch and Pray continually—The very beginning of the evil was a neglect of watchfulness and secret prayer, then came a neglect of other religious duties, and thus the way was opened for all the sins that followed. Every Christian will be assailed by the allurements of the world, the clamors of the carnal nature, and the direct temptations of Satan. No one is safe. No matter what our experience has been, no matter how high our station, we need to watch and pray continually. We must be daily controlled by the Spirit of God or we are controlled by Satan.—(Testimonies for the Church 5:102.)

 

 

Jesus Knelt When He Prayed—Both in public and in private worship, it is our privilege to bow on our knees before the Lord when we offer our petitions to Him. Jesus, our example, “kneeled down, and prayed.” Of His disciples it is recorded that they, too, “kneeled down, and prayed.” Paul declared, “I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In confessing before God the sins of Israel, Ezra knelt. Daniel “kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God.”(Messages to Young People, 251.)

 

Carefully Consider Jesus’ Lessons About Prayer—Christ’s lessons in regard to prayer should be carefully considered. There is a divine science in prayer, and His illustration brings to view principles that all need to understand. He shows what is the true spirit of prayer, He teaches the necessity of perseverance in presenting our requests to God, and assures us of His willingness to hear and answer prayer.—(Christ’s Object Lessons, 142.)

 

Are you following the Lamb wherever He goes? Even if it is out of the church you’ve gone to forever? Remember Lot’s wife and do not look back – but rather follow Jesus straight into the Kingdom of God.

  • Follow the Lamb wherever He goes (Revelation 14:4).
  • Let us pray, “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).

 

"THERE IS NO SIN GREATER THAN UNBELIEF."---My Life Today, p. 14.2

There is no sin greater than unbelief. And when there is unbelief in the heart, there is danger that it will be expressed. The lips should be kept in as with bit and bridle, lest by giving expression to this unbelief you not only exert an injurious influence over others, but place yourselves upon the enemy’s ground.

If we believe in God, we are armed with the righteousness of Christ; we have taken hold of His strength.... We want to talk with our Saviour as though He were right by our side....

It is our privilege to carry with us the credentials of our faith,—love, joy, and peace. When we do this, we shall be able to present the mighty arguments of the cross of Christ. When we learn to walk by faith and not by feeling, we shall have help from God just when we need it, and His peace will come into our hearts. It was this simple life of obedience and trust that Enoch lived. If we learn this lesson of simple trust, ours may be the testimony that he received, that he pleased God.

If we commit the keeping of our souls to God in the exercise of living faith, His promises will not fail us; for they have no limit but our faith. My Life Today, p. 14.2

 

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