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"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you" John 15:7.

"To pray in Christ's name means much. It means that we are to accept His character, manifest His spirit, and work His works. The Saviour's promise is given on condition. If ye love Me, He says, keep My commandments. He saves men, not in sin, but from sin; and those who love Him will show their love by obedience" The Desire of Ages, 668.

"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love" John 15:7.

John 14:21
Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him."

John 14:23
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.

1 John 2:3
By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.

1 John 2:6
Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked.

"As you ask the Lord to help you, honor your Saviour by believing that you do receive His blessing. All power, all wisdom, are at our command. We have only to ask" Pr 16.

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The Holy Spirit was sent as the most priceless treasure man could receive. {ML 36.5}

[Godhead truth V/S Trinity Deception] The Personality of the Holy Spirit and Satan's lie: The Personality of the Holy Spirit and Satan's lie

A persons spirit is their mind, will and emotions. It is who you are. So a spirit is not and never can be a literal person in itself. If it were, it would cease to be a spirit.

For instance, in order for a spirit to be another person, it would also have to have its own spirit. In other words, for the Holy Spirit to be a person, it would have to have its own spirit in order to have its own mind, will and emotions. So you would end up with the Spirit of the Holy Spirit.

Along with this false theology introduced by Satan so he could achieve worship, man seems to have lost all touch with the reality of a what a spirit is.

However, while our spirit is within us, God's Spirit can do what ours can't. He can send His Spirit anywhere and is how He and His Son represent “Themselves” where “They” are not personally present.

In other words, the Holy Spirit is their presence and power in you.

Unless of course you have chosen Satan's creation called “god the spirit!” Then you have rejected the Spirit of the Father and Son and have Satan's creation instead!

This is what Satan planned when he created the Trinity doctrine long after the Bible was written.

PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We have a spirit and our spirit is our personality. 

God has a Spirit and His Spirit is His personality.

When our spirit speaks or grieves, it is us that is speaking or grieving. 

When God's Spirit speaks or grieves, it is God that is speaking or grieving.

It is the same whether it is our spirit or God's Spirit as Paul tells us. We should expect no less. But note Paul states man's spirit is within him while God can send His Spirit anywhere.

“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit WITHIN HIM? In the SAME WAY NO ONE knows the thoughts of God EXCEPT the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11

So when God gives us HIS Spirit, He gives us Himself. NOT ANOTHER PERSON!

These are words of CHRIST through HIS prophet! 

“In giving us HIS SPIRIT, God gives us HIMSELF,” — (E.G. White, 7T 273.1, 1902)

The Holy Spirit is His presence and power. The deceived who push the satanic doctrine of the Trinity claim those with truth teach that the Holy Spirit is a force or like an electric current. This is a disgraceful lie and is a dishonest means to try and discredit the truth which could only come from Satan as it is indeed a lie!

Again, here is the truth from the words of CHRIST through HIS prophet!

“The DIVINE SPIRIT that the world's Redeemer promised to send, is the PRESENCE and POWER of GOD.” — (E.G. White, ST, Nov 23, 1891)

So our spirit has a PERSONALITY which is our PERSONALITY but that does not make our spirit another person. Does it?

And God's Spirit has a PERSONALITY which is God's PERSONALITY as it is His Spirit.

And for even further evidence, below we see the “Holy Spirit” IS the “Spirit of the Father!”

Luke wrote, “take you no thought how or what thing you shall answer, or what you shall say: For THE HOLY GHOST shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:11-12

And below is the same account from Matthew and what he called the Holy Spirit.

“take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak. For it is not you that speak, but THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER which speaketh in you.” Matthew 10:19-20

Matthew called the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of your Father,” and so is not another being but God's Spirit, and why it is called the Spirit of God. It is not called “god the spirit.” His Spirit of course is Holy and why it is also called the Holy Spirit.

So why did Satan spread the idea of the Holy Spirit as another god? Who wants to be like the most High and be worshipped and prayed to as God? Isaiah 14:12-14 informs us that this is Satan's desire.

By Satan creating the Trinity doctrine, it creates a non-existent third being. Satan can then step into that position he has created and not only receives the worship he desires, but he would also effectively regain the position he lost as the third highest being in heaven. This is known as worship by representation and is what Satan has also done with Sunday worship.

Does it matter if we choose a non–existent god that is a creation of Satan to be the Holy Spirit so he can get worship and have us deny the real Holy Spirit? In other words, does it matter if we have the Spirit of the Father and Son or a creation of Satan and hence reject the real Holy Spirit?

The third person in the Trinity is actually Satan! It should be obvious that if you get this wrong you will not be in the kingdom!

So when the someone says the Holy Spirit has a personality so therefore it must be another person, know that you are being lied to and are trying to indoctrinate you into wrong thinking that will cost you your soul.

The Personality of the Holy Spirit and Satan's lie

A persons spirit is their mind, will and emotion...


"When the character [thoughts and feelings] of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own" COL 69.1.

The Holy Spirit is the Lord Jesus Christ's CHARACTER in us, the living law of God in us! The law of God lived our in our daily little choices, through our TEN fingers and TEN toes! We are to do the TEN Commandments with our TEN fingers, the Holy Spirit is the FINGER of God upon us Luke 11:19-20:

"19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you." Luke 11:19-20 KJV.

"27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." Matthew 12:27-28 KJV.

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" 2 Cor 3:17 KJV.

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" John 6:63 KJV.

"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit" 1 Corinthians 15:45.


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"The Holy Spirit is to be continually present with the believer. We have need more carefully to consider the fact that the Comforter is to abide with us. If we individually comprehended this truth, we should never feel alone. When assailed by the enemy, when overwhelmed by temptation, we are to repose our faith [obedience] in God; for we have his pledged word that we are never to be left to battle alone. Every soul, pardoned of sin, is precious in his sight,--more precious than the whole world. It has been purchased at infinite cost, and Christ will never abandon the soul for whom he has died. The soul may leave him, and thus be overwhelmed with temptation; but Christ can never turn from one for whom he has paid the ransom of his own life" The Faith I Live By, p. 57.6 (Ellen G. White).

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  • "With any kind of disease or just to improve your health I recommend to use the pulser frequently or regularly on any area where you suspect an inflammation or infection, be it acute or chronic, swollen lymph glands, on the tonsils and any tooth or jawbone positions that are not obviously completely healthy, e.g. where a tooth has been extracted or where there is a filling or a root pocket or receding gum. In addition pulse all the lymph glands in the neck, armpits and groins. When pulsing directly on a tumour I suggest that this is done only with a strong pulser , especially if the tumour is not close to the surface." Statement of Robert C. Beck: " All statements made by me are mine, and mine alone. I am expressing this as my opinion; I am expressing it as theoretical, although we have abundant proof; I am saying this information is given for your education and informational purposes only. I cannot make any medical claims, although we have hundreds of spontaneous remissions. Everything I say is copyrighted 1997 by Robert C. Beck."
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* An ax head that floats when sought by someone tossing a stick (2 Kings 6:4-6).

* A cruse of oil that never runs dry when blessed by the prophet (1 Kings 17:16).

* Manna that falls from heaven for six-day sessions, but not on the seventh day (Exodus 16).

* A child born from a virgin (Matthew 1 & 2).

* The feeding of 5,000 men from the lunch of a young boy (Matthew 14).

* The raising of Lazarus four days after his death (John 11).

Faith is the key - David Clayton, watch this sermon to help increase YOUR FAITH! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnHYG8sLDdA 
Many Christians today have stopped believing in miracles. They believe that God does not work in this way in our time. Prayer is like a raffle with no real expectation that God will answer. This sermon shows clearly that the only reason for the lack of God's intervention today, is a lack of faith.

Faith is believing (knowing) that God WILL do as he has already promised in the Bible!
Hebrews 11:6 "
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

"It is those who, with love for God and their fellow men, are striving to help others, that become established, strengthened, settled, in the truth." The true Christian ChS 106.4 Testimonies for the Church Volume 5, p. 393.2

How can you become settled in the TRUTH - if you don't study to KNOW what it IS? 
"The strongest man is he, who, while sensitive to abuse, will yet restrain passion and forgive his enemies." MYP 412.1

 Satan is the originator of disease.... There is a divinely appointed connection between sin and disease.... Sin and disease bear to each other the relationship of cause and effect.—Testimonies for the Church 5:443.

 Disease never comes without a cause. The way is first prepared, and disease invited by disregarding the laws of health.—How to Live, 70.

 Sickness is caused by violating the laws of health.—Testimonies for the Church 3:164.

 The majority of diseases which the human family have been and are still suffering under, have been created by ignorance of their own organic law.—The Health Reformer, October 1, 1866.

Causes of Disease  

Satan is the originator of disease.... There is a divinely appointed connection between sin and disease.... Sin and disease bear to each other the relationship of cause and effect.—Testimonies for the Church 5:443.
 Disease never comes without a cause. The way is first prepared, and disease invited by disregarding the laws of health.—How to Live, 70.
 Sickness is caused by violating the laws of health.—Testimonies for the Church 3:164.
 The majority of diseases which the human family have been and are still suffering under, have been created by ignorance of their own organic law.—The Health Reformer, October 1, 1866.

HEREDITY 
 Many are suffering in consequence of the transgressions of their parents; they cannot be censured for their parents’ sins, but it is nevertheless their duty to ascertain wherein their parents violated the laws of their being; and wherein their parents’ habits were wrong, they should change their course, and place themselves, by correct habits, in a better relation to health.—The Health Reformer, August 1, 1866. 
 Through disease transmitted to them from their parents, and an erroneous education in youth, they have imbibed wrong habits, injuring the constitution, affecting the brain, causing the moral organs to become diseased, and making it impossible for them to think and act rationally upon all points.—The Review and Herald, March 11, 1880.

IMPURE AIR 
 The effects produced by living in close, ill-ventilated rooms are these: The system becomes weak and unhealthy, the circulation is depressed, the blood moves sluggishly through the system because it is not purified and vitalized by the pure, invigorating air of heaven. The mind becomes depressed and gloomy, while the whole system is enervated; and fevers and other acute diseases are liable to be generated.... The system is peculiarly sensitive to the influence of cold. A slight exposure produces serious diseases.—Testimonies for the Church 1:702.

IMPERFECT BREATHING 
 Stomach, liver, lungs, and brain are suffering for want of deep, full inspirations of air.—Testimonies for the Church 2:67.

INDOOR LIFE 
 Close confinement indoors makes women pale and feeble, and results in premature death.—The Health Reformer, April 1, 1871. IMPROPER DIET 
 Indulging in eating too frequently, and in too large quantities, overtaxes the digestive organs, and produces a feverish state of the system. The blood becomes impure, and then diseases of various kinds occur.—Spiritual Gifts Volume 4a, 133. 
 The time women devote to studying how to prepare food in a manner to suit the perverted appetite is worse than lost; ... for they are only learning the most successful way to tear down and debase the physical, mental, and moral faculties by gluttony. Then, as a natural result, comes sickness.—The Health Reformer, October 1, 1866. 
 It is the wrong habit of indulgence of appetite, and the careless, reckless inattention to the proper care of the body, that tells upon the people. Habits of cleanliness, and care in regard to that which is introduced into the mouth, should be observed.—Unpublished Testimonies, July 10, 1896.

OVEREATING 
 What influence does overeating have upon the stomach?—It becomes debilitated, the digestive organs are weakened, and disease, with all its train of evils, is brought on as the result.—Testimonies for the Church 2:364. 
 And the dyspeptic—what has made him dyspeptic is taking this course. Instead of observing regularity, he has let appetite control him, and has eaten between meals.—Testimonies for the Church 2:374.


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Through the Holy Spirit (a fitting title for the divine attributes of Christ), His divine character/attributes/thoughts/feelings would be used to impart Christ's life and righteousness (truth=in Christ) to all those who accept Him as their Savior."The influence of the Holy Spirit is the life of Christ in the soul. We do not now see Christ and speak to Him, but His Holy Spirit is just as near us in one place as another. It works in and through every one who receives Christ. Those who know the indwelling of the Spirit reveal the fruits of the Spirit,-love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith'" (Bible Echo, June 17, 1901; par. 6)

O parents, for the sake of yourselves, and your children, I make this appeal to you. My heart is greatly burdened. I cannot sleep as I think of parental neglect and its fatal results. I pray that you may be impressed with the importance of the work on which so much depends. There is set before you “a blessing and a curse; a blessing if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, ... and a curse, if ye will not obey.” This is your day of trust. Soon will come your day of reckoning. Take up your work with earnest prayer and faithful endeavor. Let Christ find you his helping hand in carrying out his purposes. Prepare for the coming of the Lord. This is the preparation day. Set your own hearts in order, and work earnestly for your children. An unreserved surrender to God will sweep away the barriers that have so long defied the approaches of heavenly grace. When you take up the cross and follow Christ, when you bring your lives into conformity to the will of God, your children will be converted. The world will take knowledge of them that they have been with Jesus and have learned of him. In word and deed they will bear witness to the power of Christ’s grace. RH July 15, 1902, par. 13

Strength of character consists of two things,—power of will, and power of self-control. Many youth mistake strong, uncontrolled passion for strength of character; but the truth is that he who is mastered by his passions is a weak man. The real greatness and nobility of the man is measured by his power to subdue his feelings, not by the power of his feelings to subdue him. The strongest man is he, who, while sensitive to abuse, will yet restrain passion and forgive his enemies. MYP 412.1

God has given us intellectual and moral power; but to a great extent every one is the architect of his own character. Every day the structure more nearly approaches completion. The word of God warns us to take heed how we build, to see that our building is founded upon the eternal rock. The time is coming when our work will stand revealed just as it is. Now is the time for all to cultivate the powers that God has given them, that they may form characters for usefulness here and for a higher life hereafter. MYP 413.2
Faith in Christ as a personal Saviour will give strength and solidity to the character. Those who have genuine faith in Christ will be sober-minded, remembering that God’s eye is upon them, that the Judge of all men is weighing moral worth, that heavenly intelligences are watching to see what manner of character is being developed. MYP 413.1
The reason that so grave mistakes are made by the youth is that they do not learn from the experience of those who have lived longer than they have. Students cannot afford to pass off with jest or ridicule the cautions and instruction of parents and teachers. They should cherish every lesson, realizing at the same time their need of deeper teaching than any human being can give. When Christ abides in the heart by faith, His Spirit becomes a power to purify and vivify the soul. The truth in the heart cannot fail of having a correcting influence upon the life.... MYP 413.2


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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?"

FAITH IS AN ACT OF OBEDIENCE!

 

Faith is an action in yielding obedience to whatever God commands. In the individual experiences listed by Paul inHebrews Chapter 11 the expression “by faith” is followed by a verb – an action of obedience on the part of the individual involved.

 

Hebrews 11:1: -   “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

 

Paul illustrates this definition of faith by the many Scriptural examples he lists from the Old Testament writings.  Many of the godly patriarchs and prophets were not able to see the heavenly things that God had promised them with the natural eye; they could only behold them with the eye of faith.

 

By faith the Hebrew elders received a good witness with God.

Hebrews 11:2: -    “For by it the elders obtained a good report.”

           

 

Hebrews 11:3: -   “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

 

God spoke and it was so, because his Word is living and powerful.

Psalm 33:6 & 9: - “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. … For he spake, and it was [done]; he commanded, and it stood fast.

 

Hebrews 4:12: - “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

 

By faith Abel offered (a verb of action on Abel’s part) a better sacrifice than Cain. Abel by his obedience in offering an animal sacrifice received the witness that he was righteous. Abel saw by faith the bleeding Lamb of God in his animal sacrifice. 

Hebrews 11:4: - “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” 

 

Genesis 4:3 - 7: - “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” 

 

John 1:29: - “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

Enoch was translated to heaven so that he would not taste of death, because he had pleased God during his lifetime. He pleased God by walking with him. Enoch’s walk with God was by faith.

Hebrews 11:5: -   “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” 

 

Genesis 5:21 - 24: - “And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.

 

The prophet Micah records what the Lord requires of us to please him: - to do justly or righteously; to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God. Enoch would have fulfilled all these requirements for him to have pleased God.

Micah 6:8: - “He hath showed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”   

 

The Testimony of Jesus has recorded the truth, that Enoch’s character represents the character of the saints who will be alive to be translated without seeing death, at the 2nd Coming of Jesus.

Gospel Workers, 1892 Edition, p. 383: - “Enoch was a marked character. Many look upon his life as above what the generality of mortals can ever reach. But Enoch's life and character, which were so holy that he was translated to heaven without seeing death, represent what the lives and characters of all must be, if, like Enoch, they are subjects to be translated when Christ shall come. His life was what the life of every one may be who closely connects with God.” {GW92 383.1}

 

Hebrews 11:6: - “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

 

Paul brings this point in here, because of his use of the example of Enoch in VS. 5. Faith is essential to pleasing God. It must be a faith that God exists, in WHO HE IS, and that he will reward those who diligently seek him. We must ask in faith without any doubt or wavering.

Mark 11:22 - 24: - “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you,What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].

 

Noah by faith prepared the ark (a verb of action on Noah’s part) in obedience to all that the Lord had commanded him, and thus saved himself and his family from the floodwaters.

Hebrews 11:7: -   “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

 

Genesis 6:13 - 22: - “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this [is the fashion] which thou shalt make it [of]: The length of the ark [shall be] three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; [with] lower, second, and third [stories] shalt thou make it. And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life, from under heaven; [and] every thing that [is] in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every [sort] shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep [them] alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every [sort] shall come unto thee, to keep [them] alive.  And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather [it] to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

NOTE: - If Noah had possessed the “dead faith” of James 2:14 - 26 which is so popular among many professed Christians today, and had believed that God would bring a flood upon the world, but did not obey God’s command to build the ark, he would have perished with the rest of the wicked world. And because he was a righteous man in doing righteousness, he was chosen by the Lord to enter into the ark with his household. Righteousness by faith was the saving message in Noah’s day; it was righteousness performed by faith!

 

By faith Abraham obeyed (a verb of action on Abraham’s part) God’s call to leave his idolatrous family and go to a land unseen and unknown to him, which the Lord promised to him and his descendants would be an eternal inheritance. By faith he sojourned (a verb of action on Abraham’s part) in the Promised Land in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise. He obeyed God because he by faith looked for the Heavenly City – the New Jerusalem as his homeland. He understood by faith that he was to inherit the world made new with the New Jerusalem as its capital.

Hebrews 11:8 - 10: - “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as [in] a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker [is] God.” 

 

Genesis 12:1 - 4 & 7: - “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram [was] seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.  And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.”

 

Genesis 17:8: - “And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

 

Romans 4:13: - “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, [was] not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

 

By faith Sarah received strength to conceive a son in her old age (a verb of action on Sarah’s part), because she judged God to be faithful who had promised an heir to Abraham. From this old man Abraham (who was about 100 years old), came so many descendants as many as the stars in the sky and as the sand that is upon the sea shore.

Hebrews 11:11 & 12: - “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.”

 

Romans 4:17 - 22: - “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” 

 

All these godly patriarchs died in faith not having received the promise of an eternal inheritance yet, but they saw the fulfillment of this promise by faith, confessing that they were only strangers and pilgrims upon the earth, because they were looking for a Heavenly Country and a City, which God has prepared for them, the Heavenly City – the New Jerusalem. They were seeking for the place of “many mansions” that Jesus has gone to heaven to prepare for the righteous.

Hebrews 11:13 - 16: -  “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

 

John 14:2 & 3: - “In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.” 

 

Hebrews 12:22: - “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.” 

 

By faith when Abraham was tested, he offered up (a verb of action on Abraham’s part) his only promised son Isaac upon the altar. God had promised Abraham “That in Isaac shall thy seed be called”  that is, all God’s promises to Abraham and his seed were through Isaac. Yet Abraham had faith that if he obeyed God’s voice and sacrificed Isaac, God was able to raise him up from the dead.

Hebrews 11:17 - 19: - “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten [son]. Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God [was] able to raise [him] up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” 

 

Abraham’s faith had to be tried or tested by the Lord with this final test relating to God’s command for Abraham to sacrifice his only promised son Isaac to the Lord. Abraham’s faith produced obedience to God’s command, and thus by his works his faith was made perfect or complete. And because of his obedience by faith he was called the “Friend of God”.

James 2:21 - 23: - “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

 

By faith Isaac blessed (a verb of action on Isaac’s part) his two sons concerning their respective futures – things that they could at that point of time only hope for – things not yet seen.

Hebrews 11:20: -   “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.” 

 

Jacob’s blessing: -

Genesis 27:26 - 29: - “And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son [is] as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed: Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed [be] every one that curseth thee, and blessed [be] he that blesseth thee.” 

 

Esau’s blessing: -

Genesis 27:38 - 40: - “And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, [even] me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

 

By faith Jacob as he lay dying blessed (that is a verb of action on Jacob’s part) Joseph’s two sons concerning their respective futures – things that were yet unseen.

Hebrews 11:21: - “By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, [leaning] upon the top of his staff.”

 

By faith Joseph as he was dying gave commandment (a verb of action on Joseph’s part) concerning his bones to be taken into the land that God had promised to the patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He had faith in God’s promise.

Hebrews 11:22: - “By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.”

 

Genesis 50:24 & 25: - “And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.” 

 

By faith Moses’ parents hid him (a verb of action on their part) for three months, not being afraid of the king’s commandment, concerning the Hebrew children.

Hebrews 11:23: -   “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw [he was] a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. 

 

Exodus 1:22: - “And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”

 

Exodus 2:1 & 2: - “And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took [to wife] a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he [was a] goodly [child], she hid him three months.

 

By faith Moses when he was of age refused (a verb of action and of choice on Moses’ part) to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing (a verb of choice on Moses’ part) to suffer affliction with God’s people, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short lifetime. Moses had respect (a verb of action on Moses’ part) to the reward of the righteous, esteeming (a verb of action on Moses’ part) the reproach of Christ greater riches than the temporal treasures in Egypt.

Hebrews 11:24 - 26: - “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.”

 

By faith Moses forsook or left[1] Egypt (a verb of action on Moses’ part) at the time of the exodus of the children of Israel, not fearing the wrath of the king’s commandment to put him to death, if the king saw his face again, because Moses saw by faith the Invisible God.

Hebrews 11:27: - “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”

 

Exodus 10:27 - 29: - “But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. And Pharaoh said unto him,Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in [that] day thou seest my face thou shalt die. And Moses said, Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.”

 

Exodus 11:4 - 8: - “And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:  And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that [is] behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.

 

By faith Moses kept (a verb of action on Moses’ part) the Passover and the sprinkling of blood that spared the children of Israel from the Destroying Angel.

Hebrews 11:28: - “Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.” 

 

Exodus 12:21 - 23: - “Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip [it] in the blood that [is] in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that [is] in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite [you].” 

 

By faith the children of Israel passed through the Red Sea (a verb of action on their part), while the Egyptians who attempted to follow in their path were drowned. They obeyed God’s command to “go forward”.

Hebrews 11:29: - “By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry [land]: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.”

 

By faith the walls of Jericho came tumbling down, after the children of Israel had compassed (a verb of action on their part) the walls of the doomed city for seven days

Hebrews 11:30: - “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.”

 

By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with the rest of Jericho – those  “that believed not”, when she received (a verb of action on her part) the spies in peace. She had faith that Israel’s God was the God of heaven and earth, and that he would conquer the city of Jericho.

Hebrews 11:31: - “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them *that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”

NOTE: - The margin has “Or, that were disobedient.

 

 

Joshua 2:1 - 14: - “And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country. And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.  And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they [were]:  And it came to pass [about the time] of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.  And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof; And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that [were] on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard [these things], our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he [is] God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have showed you kindness, that ye will also show kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: And [that] ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

 

Hebrews 11:32: - “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and [of] Barak, and [of] Samson, and [of] Jephthae; [of] David also, and Samuel, and [of] the prophets.”

 

Hebrews 11:33 - 38: - “Who through faith subdued kingdoms,”

“wrought righteousness (truth),”  - they worked or performed righteousness BY faith - that IS righteousness by faith.

“obtained promises,”

“stopped the mouths of lions,”  - the prophet Daniel – Daniel 6:19 - 23. He would not violate the 10 Commandments, and was delivered from the lions’ mouths because he believed in his God.

“quenched the violence of fire,” - the 3 Hebrew worthies – Daniel 3:16 - 18 & 28. They would not violate the 10 Commandments, and they were delivered from the fire because they trusted (believed) in their God.

“escaped the edge of the sword,”

“out of weakness were made strong,”

“waxed valiant in fight,”

“turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” 

“Women received their dead raised to life again:” - See 1 Kings 17:17 - 23; 2 Kings 4:31 - 37.

“and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection.” - they looked forward by faith  to the time of the resurrection of the just.

And others had trial of [cruel] mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:” – Joseph -  Genesis 39:20 & 21; Jeremiah – Jeremiah 20:2 & 38:6.

“They were stoned,” – Naboth – 1 Kings 21:13.

“they were sawn asunder,”

“were tempted,”

“were slain with the sword:”

“they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;  (Of whom the world was not worthy:)” – Elijah -  2 Kings 1:8.

“they wandered in deserts, and [in] mountains, and [in] dens and caves of the earth.”  The faithful Obadiah hid the prophets of the Lord in caves – 1 Kings 18:4. David and Elijah also had to wander in the desolate places of the earth to escape their persecutors.

 

Hebrews 11:39 & 40: - “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” 



[1] This verse does NOT apply to Moses’ fleeing Egypt at 40 years of age when he killed an Egyptian, because he did  fear the king’s wrath – see Exodus 2:12 - 15.


The Need of Instruction on Health Principles

During my sickness I have thought much in reference to praying for the sick, and I believe that if prayer should be offered for the sick at any place (and it certainly should), it should be offered at the Sanitarium for the relief and restoration of the suffering.

But in this matter of praying for the sick, I should not move in exactly the same lines as have my brethren. I have been considering many things that have been presented to me in the past in reference to this subject. Suppose that twenty men and women should present themselves as subjects of prayer at some of our camp-meetings. This would not be unlikely, for those who are suffering will do anything in their power to obtain relief and to regain their health. Of these twenty, few have regarded the light on the subject of purity and health reform. They have neglected to practice right principles in eating and drinking, and in taking care of their bodies: and those who are married have formed gross habits, and indulged in unholy practices, while those who are unmarried have been reckless of life and health. In clear rays the light has shone upon them; but they have not had respect to the light, nor have they walked circumspectly; yet they solicit the prayers of God’s people, and call for the elders of the church. Should they regain the blessing of health, many of them would pursue the same course of heedless transgression of nature’s laws, unless enlightened and thoroughly transformed.

They solicit the prayers of God’s people, and call for the elders, of the church; but little is known of their private life. Sin has brought many of them where they are, to a state of feebleness of mind and debility of body. Shall prayer be offered to the God of heaven for His healing power to come upon them then and there, without specifying any conditions? I say No! decidedly no!

What then shall be done? Present their cases before Him who knows every individual by name. Present their cases to Him who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Present these thoughts to the persons who come asking for your prayers. We are human, we can not read the mind or heart or know the secrets of your life. These are known only to yourself and God. If you now repent of your sin, if you can see that in any instance you have walked contrary to the light given you of God, and have neglected to give honor to the body, the temple of God, and by wrong habits have degraded the body which is Christ’s property, make confession of these things to God.

Unless you are wrought upon by the Spirit of God in a special manner to confess your sins of a private nature to man, do not breathe them to any human soul. Christ is your Redeemer, He will take no advantage of your humiliating confessions. If you have a sin of a private character, confess it to Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man. “If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” If you have sinned by withholding from God His own in tithes and offerings, confess your guilt to God and to the church, and heed the injunction that has been given you, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Praying for the sick is a most solemn thing, and we should not enter upon this work in any careless, hasty way. Examination should be made as to whether those who would be blessed with health have indulged in evil speaking, alienation, and dissension. Have they sowed discord among the brethren and sisters in the church? If these things have been committed, they should be confessed, before God and the church. When wrongs have been confessed, the subjects for prayer may be presented before God in earnestness and faith, as the Spirit of God may move upon you.

But it is not always safe to ask for (un?) conditional healing. Let your prayer include this thought, “Lord, Thou knowest every secret of the soul. Thou art acquainted with these persons, for Jesus their advocate gave His life for them. He loved them better than we possibly can. If therefore it is for Thy glory, and the good of these afflicted ones to raise them up to health, we ask in the name of Jesus, that health may be given them at this time.”

In a petition of this kind, no lack of faith is manifested. There are cases that are clear, and the Lord works with His divine power in their restoration. The will of God is evidenced too plainly to be misunderstood. The Lord does not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. For He knoweth our frame, He remembereth what we are dust. He knoweth our hearts, for He reads every secret of the soul. He knows whether or not those for whom petitions are offered would be able to endure the trial and test that would come upon them if they lived. He knows the end from the beginning.

Many will be laid away to sleep in Jesus before the fiery ordeal of the time of trouble shall come upon our world. This is another reason why we should say after our earnest petition, “Nevertheless, not my will, but Thine, O Lord, be done.” Such a petition will never be registered in heaven as a faithless prayer. The Apostle was bidden to write: “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.” From this we can see that every one is not to be judged as unworthy of eternal life. If Jesus, the world’s Redeemer, prayed, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me,” and then added, “Nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt,” how very appropriate is it for poor, finite mortals to make surrender to the wisdom and will of God." Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 2.1-6


Through the Holy Spirit (a fitting title for the divine attributes of Christ), His divine character/attributes/thoughts/feelings would be used to impart Christ's life and righteousness to all those who accept Him as their Savior."The influence of the Holy Spirit is the life of Christ in the soul. We do not now see Christ and speak to Him, but His Holy Spirit is just as near us in one place as another. It works in and through every one who receives Christ. Those who know the indwelling of the Spirit reveal the fruits of the Spirit,-love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith'" (Bible Echo, June 17, 1901; par. 6)

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The Science of Faith and Prayer ?

The science of Redemption* (to ransom in full, Salvation, deliverance, separation, reversal, to loosen, atonement), is the science of all sciences; the science that is the study of the angels and of all the intelligences of the unfallen worlds; the science that engages the attention of our Lord and Saviour; the science that enters into the purpose brooded in the mind of the Infinite --“kept in silence through times eternal” Romans 16:25

     The science that will be the study of God's redeemed throughout endless ages. This is the highest study in which it is possible for man to engage. As no other study can, it will quicken the mind and uplift the soul.

“The excellency of knowledge is this, that Wisdom giveth Life to them that have it . . .” and, “The Words that I speak unto you,” said Jesus, “they are Spirit, and they are Life !” For “this is Life Eternal, that they might know Thee, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent !” Ecclesiastes7:12; John 6:63; 17:3

- Education p.126

Through faith in Christ, every deficiency of character may be supplied, every defilement cleansed, every fault corrected, every excellence developed. For “Ye are complete in Him !” Colossians 2:10.

Prayer and faith are closely allied, and they need to be studied together. In the prayer of faith there is a Divine science; it is a science that everyone who would make his lifework a success must understand. Christ says, “What things soever ye desire,when ye praybelieve that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24. He makes it plain that our asking must be according to God's will; we must ask for the things that He has Promised, and whatever we receive must be used in doing His will. The conditions met, the Promise is unequivocal !

For the pardon of sinfor the Holy Spirit, for a Christlike temper, for wisdom and strength to do His work, for any gift He has Promised, we may ask; then we are to believe that we receive, and return thanks to God that we have received !

We need look for no outward evidence of the Blessing. The gift is in the Promise, and we may go about our work assured thatwhat God has Promised He is able to perform, and that the gift, which we already possess, will be realized when we need it most. 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 . . . !” - Education p.258

The mind should be educated to exercise faith rather than to cherish doubt and suspicion and jealousy. We are too prone to look at obstacles as impossibilities.

To have faith in the Promises of God, to walk forward by faith, pressing on without being governed by circumstances, is a lesson hard to learn. Yet it is a positive necessity that every child of God learn this lesson. The Grace* of God through Christ is to be ever cherished; for it is given to us as the only way of approaching God.

For without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He Is, and that He Is (I Am) a Rewarder of all those that diligently seek Him . . . !” Hebrews 11:6

Faith in the Words of God, spoken by Christ enshrouded in the pillar of cloud, would have enabled the child-ren of Israel to leave a record of a very different character. Their lack of faith in God gave them a very checkered history.” - MS 43, 1898. {2MCP 533.4}

“This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His Promises. When we come to Him in faith, every petition enters the heart of God. When we have as-ked for His Blessingwe should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the Blessing will be realized when we need it most.

When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered. God will do for us “exceeding abundantly,” “according to the riches of His glory,” and “the working of His mighty power.” Ephesians 3:20, 16; 1:19. - Desire of Ages p.200

 

“How to exercise faith should be made very plain. To every Promise of God there are conditions. If we are willing to do His willall His strength is ours. Whatever gift He promises, is in the Promise itself.   “The Seed is the Word of God !” Luke8:11.

Begin at My Sanctuary -- "Here we see that the church—the Lord’s sanctuary—was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light (1844-1894 historical SDA's) and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people (modern SDA corporate body), had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God’s power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their UNBELIEF, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus “Peace and safety” is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God’s people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together." E. G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211.

Ezekiel chapter 8 enumerates some of the more dastardly abominations committed by the church. All the chapters building up to Ezekiel 9, are preludes as to why Ezekiel 9 LITERALLY OCCURS as a punishment to [Yahuwah]’s “chosen” people, spiritual Jerusalem, the professing Seventh-day Adventist church militant, while a faithful remnant escapes from that church and all other harlot sister churches including the mother of harlots—Rome.

"Those who think that the church militant is the church triumphant make a GREAT MISTAKE." The Upward Look, p. 152.3

“The Testimony For The Church—The Laodicean Church—What greater deception can come upon human minds than a confidence that they are right when they are ALL WRONG?” Testimonies, Vol. 3, pp. 253, 254.

"'They that forsake the law praise the wicked.' Proverbs 28:4. When those who are uniting with the world, yet claiming great purity, plead for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth, we should fear and shun them as decidedly as did Nehemiah. Such counsel is prompted by the enemy of all good. It is the speech of timeservers, and should be resisted as resolutely today as then. Whatever influence would tend to unsettle the faith of [Yahuwah]' people in His guiding power, should be steadfastly withstood." E.G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 660.

Drugs NEVER Cure Disease - Dr. Lorraine Day  "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the FALSE prophets." Luke 6:26

'Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.' ~Hippocrates

The Secret to Answered Prayer !
     Christ was continually receiving from the Father that He might communicate to us. "The Word which ye hear," He said, "is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me." John 14:24. "The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister." Matthew 20:28. 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 receiveda fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit !

     In the early hours of the new day the LORD awakened Him (Jesus) from His slumbers, and His soul and His lips wereanointed 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 (Yehuwah Elohim) 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." Isaiah 50:4.

     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. Seeming 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."
 
     In answer, Christ repeated the Lord's prayer, as He had given it in the sermon on the mount. Then in a parable He illustrated the lesson He desired to teach them.

     "Which of you," He said, "shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 

     And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed: I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity (persistence) he will rise and give him as many as he needeth."   Luke 11:5-13

     Here Christ represents the petitioner as asking (in order) that he may give again. He must obtain the bread, else he cannot supply the necessities of a weary, belated wayfarer. Though his neighbor is unwilling to be troubled, he will not desist his pleading; his friend must be relieved; and at last his importunity is rewarded, his wants are supplied.
     In like manner the disciples were to seek Blessings from God. In the feeding of the multitude and in the sermon on the Bread from heaven, Christ had opened to them their work as His representatives. They were to give the Bread of Life to the people. He Who had appointed their work, saw how often their faith would be tried. Often they would be thrown into unexpected positions, and would realize their human insufficiency.
 
     Souls that were hungering for the Bread of Life would come to them, and they would feel themselves to be destitute and helpless. They must receive Spiritual food, or they would have nothing to impart ! 
 
     But they were not to turn one soul away unfed. Christ directs them to the Source of supply. The man whose friend came to him for entertainment, even at the unseasonable hour of midnight, did not turn him away !
 
     He had nothing to set before him, but he went to one who had food and pressed his request until the neighbor supplied his need. And would not God, Who had sent His servants to feed the hungry, supply their need for His own work?
 

     But the selfish neighbor in the parable does not represent the character of God. The lesson is drawn, not by comparison, but by contrast. A selfish man will grant an urgent request, in order to rid himself of one who disturbs his restBut God delights to give. He is full of compassion, and He longs to grant the requests of those who come to Him in faith. He gives to us that we may minister to others and thus become like Himself.

     Christ declares, "Ask, and it shall be given youSeekand ye shall find;Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened unto come unto Him."

Note:   The Greek tense of these verbs (ask, seek, knock) reflect a persistence, and refusal to be turned away !  ref: Luke 18:1-8 & Matthew 15:21-28

 
     The Saviour continues: "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stoneor if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much moreshall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?"

     "And the Words that I speak unto you (these exceeding great and precious Promises), they are Spirit and they are Life. . . !"   John 6:63
 
     In order to strengthen our confidence in God, Christ teaches us to address Him by a new name, a name entwined with the dearest associations of the human heart. He gives us the privilege of calling the infinite God our Father. This name, spoken to Him and of Him, is a sign of our love and trust toward Him, and a pledge of His regard and relationship to us ! 

     Spoken when asking His favor or blessing, it is as music in His ears. That we might not think it presumption to call Him by this name, He has repeated it again and again. He desires us to become familiar with the appellation.
 
     God regards us as His children. He has redeemed us out of the careless world and has chosen us to become members of the Royal family, sons and daughters of the heavenly King. He invites us to trust in Him with a trust deeper and stronger than that of a child in his earthly father. Parents love their children,but the love of God is larger, broader, deeper, than human love can possibly be. It is immeasurable !

     Then if earthly parents know how to give good gifts to their children, how much more shall our Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?
Christ's lessons in regard to prayer should be carefully consideredThere 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 . . . !"

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But if we allow the Spirit of the Living God to write the Ten Commandments into our hearts, and we continue on to walk after this internal law, then we shall receive the answers to our prayers, simply because we are pleasing God through our obedience to Him.

When we speak of faiththere is a distinction that should be borne in mind. There is a kind of belief that is wholly distinct from faith. The existence and power of God, the Truth of His Wordare facts that even Satan and his hosts cannot at heart deny. The Bible says that "the devils also believe, and tremble;"   James 2:18-26. 
     But this is not faith. Where there is not only a belief in God's Word,
but a submission of the will to Him; where the heart is yielded to Him, the affections fixed upon Him, there is faith --faith that works by love and purifies the soul.
 
     Through this faith the heart is renewed in the image of God. And the heart that in its unrenewed state is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be, now delights in its holy precepts, exclaiming with the psalmist, "O how love I thy law! (Exodus 20:3-17)   It is my meditation all the day." Psalm 119:97. And the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us, "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1 & 8:6-11.
 
     Faith earns nothing for usit is the gift of God, which we may receive and cherish by making Christ our personal Saviour (Deliverer and Redeemer).

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1 John 3:21, 22 “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, "because" we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.


"The way in which Christ worked was to preach the Word, and to relieve suffering by miraculous works of healing. But I am instructed that we cannot now work in this way, [Miracles will accompany the ministry of God’s people under the loud cry (see Chapter 14), but they will not have the significance they did in Christ’s day. The performing of miracles will no longer be a proof of divine endorsement.] for Satan will exercise his power by working miracles. God’s servants today could not work by means of miracles, because spurious works of healing, claiming to be divine, will be wrought."—Selected Messages 2:54 (1904).

Remember? Moses performing miracles and the Egyptian King's people also duplicated the miracles??? Same for these last days.

God’s people will not find their safety in working miracles, for Satan will counterfeit the miracles that will be wrought.—Testimonies for the Church 9:16 (1909).

Obedience IS the ONLY proof of Faith. Your Faith will take you as far as you believe. Take the limits off of God. When God strips you - you wake up. God will silence an adversary. David did not have a future until an enemy entered his life. To be an overcomer. We will always have a battle - always be engaged in spiritual warfare. 

"Spiritualists claim superior light and power. They have opened the door and invited the prince of darkness in, and have made him their honored guest. They have allied themselves to the powers of darkness which are developing in these last days in signs and wonders, that if it were possible they would deceive the very elect. Spiritualists claim that they can do greater miracles than Christ did. Satan made the same boasts to Christ. Because the Son of God had linked himself to the weakness of humanity, to be tempted in all points like as man should be tempted, Satan triumphed over him, and taunted him. He boasted of his superior strength, and dared him to open a controversy with him.

Spiritualists are increasing in numbers. They will come to men who have the truth as Satan came to Christ, tempting them to manifest their power and work miracles, and give evidence of their being favored of God, and of their being the people who have the truth. Satan said to Christ, “If thou be the Son of God, command these stones that they be made bread.” Herod and Pilate asked Christ to work miracles when he was on trial for his life. Their curiosity was aroused, but Christ did not work a miracle to gratify them." RH April 1, 1875, par. 10


Believe the word of God and receive his blessings. If you're willing God will do the rest, but our "meat" is to DO the will of the one who sent us - Jesus.

Gal 6:7. Whatever you sow you will reap. 

WHY is there a delay in God answering our prayers sometimes?

He Who blessed the nobleman at Capernaum is just as desirous of Blessing us. But like the afflicted father, we are often led to seek Jesus by the desire for some earthly good; and upon the granting of our request we rest our confidence in His love. The Saviour longs to give us a greater Blessing than we ask; and He delays the answer to our request that He may show us the evil of our own hearts, and our deep need of His grace. He desires us to renounce the selfishness that leads us to seek Him. Confessing our helplessness and bitter need, we are to trust ourselves wholly to His love.

The nobleman wanted to see the fulfillment of his prayer before he should believe; but he had to accept the Word of Jesus that his request was heard and the blessing granted. This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His Promises !

When we come to Him in faith (trust in God=positive anticipation), every petition enters the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive itand thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the Blessing will be realized when we need it most.

When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered. God will do for us “exceeding abundantly,” “according to the riches of His glory,” and “the working of His mighty power.” “above all that we can ask or think . . . !” Ephesians 3:20, 16; 1:19. - Desire of Ages p.198-200


I can pray for the sick only in one way—“Lord, if it be in accordance with Thy will, for Thy glory and the good of the one who is sick, heal the sufferer, we pray. Not our will, but Thine be done.” 

Snow White Miriam: After Aaron asked Moses to intercede for her, Moses uttered a five-word prayer:“O Lord, make her well,” and she recovered within seven days. (Numbers 12) A passage in Micah suggests she had a legacy with significant regard among later prophets: “And I brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, and I sent before you Moses, and Aaron, and Miriam.” (Micah 6:4)

For two or three years my mind continued to be locked to an understanding of the Scriptures. In the course of our labors, my husband and I visited Father Andrews, [December 1850] who was suffering intensely with inflammatory rheumatism. We prayed for him. I laid my hands on his head, and said, “Father Andrews, the Lord Jesus maketh thee whole.” He was healed instantly. He got up, and walked about the room, praising God, and saying, “I never saw it on this wise before. Angels of God are in this room.” The glory of the Lord was revealed. Light seemed to shine all through the house, and an angel’s hand wasnlaid upon my head. From that time to this I have been able to understand them Word of God (Special Testimonies, Series B, no. 2, pp. 57, 58; 1904)


"And calleth those things which be not as though they already were." Romans 4:17

My personal game plan for health and to heal our bodies:

"Words are as seeds which are planted.Mind, Character, and Personality Volume 2, p. 518.2

Divine Power Awaits Those Who Want It—"You may have a deep and abiding sense of eternal things and that love for humanity which Christ has shown in His life. A close connection with heaven will give the right tone to your fidelity and will be the ground of your success. Your feeling of dependence will drive you to prayer, and your sense of duty summon you to effort. Prayer and effort, effort and prayer, will be the business of your life. You must pray as though the efficiency and praise were all due to God, and labor as though duty were all your own. If you want power you may have it; it is waiting your draft upon it. Only believe in God, take Him at His word, act by faith, and blessings will come."—(Testimonies for the Church 4:538, 539.)

"The Promise of the gifts is just as strong and trustworthy now as in the days of the apostles. “These signs shall follow them that believe.” . . . For faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God ! . . . . The gifts of Him Who has all power in heaven and in earth, are in store for His children, — gifts so precious that they come to us through the costly sacrifice of the Redeemer’s blood; gifts that will satisfy the deepest craving of the heart; gifts lasting as eternity.

Will you not come to God as little children, appropriate His Promises, plead them before Him as His Own Words? If you do, you will receive fulness of joy." Special Testimonies, March 15, 1910


"When wrongs have been righted, we may present the needs of the sick to the Lord in calm faith, as His Spirit may indicate. He knows each individual by name and cares for each as if there were not another upon the earth for whom He gave His beloved Son. Because God's love is so great and so unfailing, the sick should be encouraged to trust in Him and be cheerful. To be anxious about themselves tends to cause weakness and disease. If they will rise above depression and gloom, their prospect of recovery will be better; for "the eye of the Lord is upon them" "that hope in His mercy" (Psalm 33:18). MH 229

"In regard to the matter of prayer for the sick, many confusing ideas are advanced. One says, He who has been prayed for must walk out in faith, giving God the glory, and making use of no remedies. If he is at a health institute, he should leave it at once. I know that these ideas are wrong, and that if accepted, they would lead to many evils. {PH144 4.2}

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26:3, 4. {TDG 9.1}

I wish you a happy new year. Let us put away everything like distrust and want of faith in Jesus forever. Let us commence a life of simple child-like trust, not relying upon feeling but upon faith. {TDG 9.2}

Do not dishonor Jesus by doubting His precious promises. He wants us to believe in Him with unwavering faith. There is a class who say, "I believe, I believe," and claim all the promises which are given on condition of obedience. While they claim everything in the promises of God, they do not the works of Christ. God is not honored by any such faith, it is a spurious faith. Then we see a people trying to keep all of God's commandments, but there are many of these who do not come up to their exalted privileges and claim nothing. God's promises are to those who keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. . . . {TDG 9.3}

I have to fight the good fight of faith everyday. I have to put to the stretch the powers of faith and not rely upon feeling, and act as though I knew the Lord heard me, and would answer me and bless me. Faith is not a happy flight of feeling, it is simply taking God at His word and believing, because God said He would do this. . . . {TDG 9.4}

I hope you will not become in any way discouraged. . . . {TDG 9.5}

God wants you to be free, He wants you to be believing, to be trustful, and just cease to doubt and believe. May God help you. . . . A new year has opened upon us. Let it be a happy New Year. . . . Nestle in the sheltering arms of Jesus, and do not wrestle yourself out of His arms. Just believe and praise God and go forward. We are almost home. {TDG 9.6}

The Lord is coming. Look up and rejoice, for your redemption draweth nigh. I see in Jesus a compassionate, loving Redeemer, One who can save to the uttermost all who come unto Him. Bear your whole weight on the promises of God. Believe it is your privilege to believe.--Letter 31, Jan. 1, 1887, to Martha Bourdeau, wife of an early minister in Europe. {TDG 9.7}

A Delicate Situation

In regard to the matter of prayer for the sick, many confusing ideas are advanced. One says, “He who has been prayed for must walk out in faith, giving God the glory, and making use of no remedies. If he is at a health institute he should leave it at once.”

I know that these ideas are wrong, and that if accepted they would lead to many evils.

On the other hand, I do not wish to say anything that might be interpreted to mean a lack of belief in the efficacy of prayer.

The path of faith lies close beside the path of presumption. Satan is ever seeking to lead us into false paths. He sees that a misunderstanding of what constitutes faith will confuse and disappoint. He is pleased when he can persuade men and women to reason from false premises.

I can pray for the sick only in one way—“Lord, if it be in accordance with Thy will, for Thy glory and the good of the one who is sick, heal the sufferer, we pray. Not our will, but Thine be done.”

Nehemiah did not regard his duty as done when he had mourned and wept and prayed before the Lord. He did not only pray. He worked, mingling petition and endeavor.

It is no denial of faith to use rational remedies judiciously.—Manuscript 31, 1911.

“Faith is in no sense allied to presumption. Only he who has true faith is secure against presumption. For presumption is Satan's counterfeit of faith. Faith claims God's promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience. Presumption also claims the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to excuse transgression." The Desire of Ages, page 126.

Faith claims God’s promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience. Presumption also claims the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to excuse transgression. Faith would have led our first parents to trust the love of God and to obey His commands. Presumption led them to transgress His law, believing that His great love would save them from the consequences of their sin. It is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven without complying with the conditions on which mercy is to be granted. Genuine faith has its foundation in the promises and provisions of the Scriptures.

To abide in faith is to put aside feeling and selfish desires, to walk humbly with the Lord, to appropriate His promises, and apply them to all occasions, believing that God will work out His own plans and purposes in your heart and life.


Mark 5:34 (KJV) "And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."

1 Corinthians 2:5 (AMP) "So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God."

The Temptation of Christ

By Mrs. E. G. White

(Continued.)

Sin of Presumption

There are many who fail to distinguish between the rashness of presumption and the intelligent confidence of faith. Satan thought that by his temptations he could delude the world’s Redeemer, to make one bold move in manifesting his divine power, to create a sensation, and to surprise all by the wonderful display of the power of his Father in preserving him from injury. He suggested that Christ should appear in his real character, and by this masterpiece of power, establish his right to the confidence and faith of the people, that he was indeed the Saviour of the world. If Christ had been deceived by Satan’s temptations, and had exercised his miraculous power to relieve himself from difficulty, he would have broken the contract made with his Father, to be a probationer in behalf of the race.

It was a difficult task for the Prince of Life to carry out the plan which he had undertaken for the salvation of man, in clothing his divinity with humanity. He had received honor in the heavenly courts, and was familiar with absolute power. It was as difficult for him to keep the level of humanity as it is for men to rise above the low level of their depraved natures, and be partakers of the divine nature.

Christ was put to the closest test, requiring the strength of all his faculties to resist the inclination when in danger, to use his power to deliver himself from peril, and triumph over the power of the prince of darkness. Satan showed his knowledge of the weak points of the human heart, and put forth his utmost power to take advantage of the weakness of the humanity which Christ had assumed in order to overcome his temptations on man’s account.

God has given man precious promises upon conditions of faith and obedience; but they are not to sustain him in any rash act. If men needlessly place themselves in peril, and go where God does not require them to go, and self-confidently expose themselves to danger, disregarding the dictates of reason, God will not work a miracle to relieve them. He will not send his angels to preserve any from being burned if they choose to place themselves in the fire.

Adam was not deceived by the serpent, as was Eve, and it was inexcusable in Adam to rashly transgress God’s positive command. Adam was presumptuous because his wife had sinned. He could not see what would become of Eve. He was sad, troubled, and tempted. He listened to Eve’s recital of the words of the serpent, and his constancy and integrity began to waver. Doubts arose in his mind in regard to whether God did mean just as he said. He rashly ate the tempting fruit.

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Spiritualism

Spiritualists make the path to hell most attractive. Spirits of darkness are clothed by these deceptive teachers in pure robes of Heaven, and they have power to deceive those not fortified with Bible truth. Vain philosophy is employed in representing the path to hell as a path of safety. With the imagination highly wrought, and voices musically tuned, they picture the broad road as one of happiness and glory. Ambition holds before deluded souls, as Satan presented to Eve, a freedom and bliss for them to enjoy which they never conceived was possible. Men are praised who have traveled the broad path to hell, and after they die are exalted to the highest positions in the eternal world. Satan, clothed in robes of brightness, appearing like an exalted angel, tempted the world’s Redeemer without success. But as he comes to man robed as an angel of light he has better success. He covers his hideous purposes, and succeeds too well in deluding the unwary who are not firmly anchored upon eternal truth.

Riches, power, genius, eloquence, pride, perverted reason, and passion, are enlisted as Satan’s agents in doing his work in making the broad road attractive, strewing it with tempting flowers. But every word they have spoken against the world’s Redeemer will be reflected back upon them, and will one day burn into their guilty souls like molten lead. They will be overwhelmed with terror and shame as they behold the exalted one coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Then shall the bold defier, who lifted himself up against the Son of God, see himself in the true blackness of his character. The sight of the inexpressible glory of the Son of God will be intensely painful to those whose characters are stained with sin. The pure light and glory emanating from Christ will awaken remorse, shame, and terror. They will send forth wails of anguish to the rocks and mountains, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him who sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?”

Spiritualists claim superior light and power. They have opened the door and invited the prince of darkness in, and have made him their honored guest. They have allied themselves to the powers of darkness which are developing in these last days in signs and wonders, that if it were possible they would deceive the very elect. Spiritualists claim that they can do greater miracles than Christ did. Satan made the same boasts to Christ. Because the Son of God had linked himself to the weakness of humanity, to be tempted in all points like as man should be tempted, Satan triumphed over him, and taunted him. He boasted of his superior strength, and dared him to open a controversy with him.

Spiritualists are increasing in numbers. They will come to men who have the truth as Satan came to Christ, tempting them to manifest their power and work miracles, and give evidence of their being favored of God, and of their being the people who have the truth. Satan said to Christ, “If thou be the Son of God, command these stones that they be made bread.” Herod and Pilate asked Christ to work miracles when he was on trial for his life. Their curiosity was aroused, but Christ did not work a miracle to gratify them.

Spiritualists will press the matter to engage in controversy with ministers who teach the truth. If they decline, they will dare them. They will quote Scripture, as did Satan to Christ. “Prove all things,” say they. But their idea of proving is to listen to their deceptive reasonings, and to attend their circles. But in their gatherings, the angels of darkness assume the forms of dead friends, and communicate with them as angels of light.

Their loved ones will appear in robes of light, as familiar to the sight as when they were upon the earth. They will teach them, and converse with them. And many will be deceived by this wonderful display of Satan’s power. The only safety for the people of God is to be thoroughly conversant with their Bibles, and be intelligent upon the reasons of our faith in regard to the sleep of the dead.

Satan is a cunning foe. And it is not difficult for the evil angels to represent both saints and sinners who have died, and make these representations visible to human eyes. These manifestations will be more frequent, and developments of a more startling character will appear as we near the close of time. We need not be astonished at anything in the line of deceptions to allure the unwary, and deceive, if possible, the very elect. Spiritualists quote, “Prove all things.” But God has, for the benefit of his people who live amid the perils of the last days, proved this class, and given the result of his proving.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12: “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”


We should not think that Christ’s need of prayer in His human life lessens His dignity as our Redeemer. He came to be our Example in all things. He identified Himself with our weakness that we might identify ourselves with His strength. He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet He did not yield in a single instance to the sins that were proving the ruin of the sons of men. Thru prayer and communion with God, we, like Him, are to come forth refreshed and strengthened for the battles of lifeST July 15, 1908, par. 8

Unbelief greatly dishonors God ! 

     Our lack of faith is withholding from us precious Blessings which are hanging over us, and which God would have us receive and appreciate. When we practice the Word, we shall be perfect in Him Who is our righteousness. If the Word is believed by us, soberly, meekly, if It is received and appropriated, it will give us a precious experience, that will make us wise unto Salvation. But, like the children of Israel, we are in danger of indulging a spirit of unbelief and murmuring.

      The fruit of righteousness is quietness (Sabbath - Rest) and assurance forever. If we had exercised more faith, if we had trusted less to our own wisdom, God would have manifested His power on human hearts. “These signs shall follow them that believe:In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” 

Mark 16: 

     It is faith, an active faith (faith that works by love), that makes the gracious Promise of any avail. We have been losing faith, in the place of increasing it. Our lack of faith is the reason why we have not seen more of the power of God. We exercise more faith in our own working than in God's working for us." - Special Testimonies, October 4, 1899, RH. November 1, 1892 The Necessity of Co-operation with God.

"Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. . . . For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." It is essential to have faith in Jesus, and to believe you are saved through him; but there is danger in taking the position that many do take in saying, "I am saved." Many have said: "You must do good works, and you will live;" but apart from Christ no one can do good works. Many at the present day say, "Believe, only believe, and live." Faith and works go together, believing and doing are blended. The Lord requires no less of the soul now, than he required of Adam in paradise before he fell,--perfect obedience, unblemished righteousness. The requirement of God under the covenant of grace is just as broad as the requirement he made in paradise,--harmony with his law, which is holy, and just, and good. The gospel does not weaken the claims of the law; it exalts the law and makes it honorable. Under the New Testament, no less is required than was required under the Old Testament. Let no one take up with the delusion so pleasant to the natural heart, that God will accept of sincerity, no matter what may be the faith, no matter how imperfect may be the life. God requires of his child perfect obedience.

In order to meet the requirements of the law, our faith must grasp the righteousness of Christ, accepting it as our righteousness. Through union with Christ, through acceptance of his righteousness by faith, we may be qualified to work the works of God, to be co-laborers with Christ. If you are willing to drift along with the current of evil, and do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies in restraining transgression in your family, and in the church, in order that everlasting righteousness may be brought in, you do not have faith. Faith works by love and purifies the soul. Through faith the holy Spirit (Jesus victorious life - His own "Holy" Spirit - Remember Jesus said "I will come to you" I will not leave you comfortless!) works in the heart to create holiness therein; but this cannot be done unless the human agent will work with Christ. We can be fitted for heaven only through the work of the holy Spirit upon the heart; for we must have Christ's righteousness as our credentials if we would find access to the Father. In order that we may have the righteousness of Christ, we need daily to be transformed by the influence of the Spirit, to be a partaker of the divine nature. It is the work of the holy Spirit to elevate the taste, to sanctify the heart, to ennoble the whole man.

Let the soul look to Jesus. "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29. No one will be forced to look to Christ; but the voice of invitation is sounding in yearning entreaty, "Look and live." In looking to Christ, we shall see that his love is without a parallel, that he has taken the place of the guilty sinner, and has imputed unto him his spotless righteousness. When the sinner sees his Saviour dying upon the cross under the curse of sin in his stead, beholding his pardoning love, love awakes in his heart. The sinner loves Christ, because Christ has first loved him, and love is the fulfilling of the law. The repenting soul realizes that God "is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9. The Spirit of God works in the believer's soul, enabling him to advance from one line of obedience to another, reaching on from strength to greater strength, from grace to grace in Christ Jesus.

God justly condemns all who do not make Christ their personal Saviour; but he pardons every soul who comes to him in faith, and enables him to work the works of God, and through faith to be one with Christ. Jesus says of these, "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one [this unity brings perfection of character]; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me." John 17:23. The Lord has made every provision whereby man may have full and free salvation, and be complete in him. God designs that his children shall have the bright beams of the Sun of righteousness, that all may have the light of truth. God has provided salvation for the world at infinite cost, even through the gift of his only begotten Son. The apostle asks, "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Rom. 8:32. Then if we are not saved, the fault will not be on the part of God, but on our part, that we have failed to co-operate with the divine agencies. Our will has not coincided with God's will.

The Redeemer of the world clothed his divinity with humanity, that he might reach humanity; for it took the divine and the human to bring into the world the salvation that was needed by fallen man. Divinity needed humanity that humanity might afford a channel of communication between God and man. Man needs a power out of and above himself to restore him to the likeness of God; but because he needs divine aid, it does not make human activity unessential. Faith on the part of man is required; for faith works by love and purifies the soul. Faith lays hold upon the virtue of Christ. The Lord does not design that human power should be paralyzed; but by co-operating with God, the power of man may be efficient for good. God does not design that our will should be destroyed; for it is through this very attribute that we are to accomplish the work he would have us to do both at home and abroad. He has given to every man his work; and every true worker sheds forth light to the world, because he is united with God and Christ and heavenly angels in the grand work of saving the lost. From divine association he becomes more and more intelligent in working the works of God. In working out what divine grace works in, the believer becomes spiritually great. He who works according to his intrusted ability will become a wise builder for the Master; for he is under the apprenticeship to Christ, learning to work the works of God. He will not shun burdens of responsibility, for he will realize that each one must lift in the cause of God to the extent of his ability, and he places himself under the pressure of the work; but Jesus does not leave his willing and obedient servant to be crushed. It is not the man who carries heavy responsibilities in the cause of God who needs your pity; for he is faithful and true in co-operation with God; and through union of divine and human effort, the work is made complete. It is he who shuns responsibilities, who has no realization of the privilege to which he is called, who is an object of pity.

   Truth, uprightnessand purity, are pointed out as secrets of life's success. It is faith that puts us in possession of these. Every good impulse or aspiration is the gift of God; faith receives from God the Life (of Christ as our own) that alone can produce true growth and efficiency !


Note:   God hath said it, therefore I choose this day to simply believe it. And to walk forward in faith, knowing that He will do just as He has promised me . . . for He has spoken, and He cannot lie !
 
     When we speak of faiththere is a distinction that should be borne in mind. There is a kind of belief that is wholly distinct from faith. The existence and power of God, the Truth of His Wordare facts that even Satan and his hosts cannot at heart deny. The Bible says that "the devils also believe, and tremble;"   James 2:18-26. 
     But this is not faith. Where there is not only a belief in God's Word, but a submission of the will to Him; where the heart is yielded to Him, the affections fixed upon Him, there is faith --faith that works by love and purifies the soul.
 
     Through this faith the heart is renewed in the image of God. And the heart that in its unrenewed state is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be, now delights in its holy precepts, exclaiming with the psalmist, "O how love I thy law!    It is my meditation all the day." Psalm 119:97. And the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us, "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1 & 8:6-11.
 
     Faith earns nothing for usit is the gift of God, which we may receive and cherish by making Christ our personal Saviour (Deliverer and Redeemer).

Note:   Can we not Today, believe His Word unto Salvation (deliverance, freedom, and healing) ?  Can we not simply accept that in Christ every Promise is already fulfilled, and give ourselves without any reservation to Him Who has purchased us with His Own blood. And walk in the freedom from every sin which He has promised us in His Living Spirit-filled Word ?
  

- The Faith I Live By  p.90  & Steps to Christ p.   


The Gift of Faith ?
 
     "Faith is simply trusting in God -- believing that He loves us (because He has promised you), and knows what is for our best good. Thus, instead of our own way, it leads us to choose His way. In place of our ignorance, it (faith) accepts His wisdom; in place of our weakness, His strength; in place of our sinfulness, His righteousness. Our lives, ourselves, are already His; faith acknowledges His ownership, and accepts its Blessing !

     "That the Blessing of Abraham might come on the gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the Spirit through faith . . . And faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God !"   Galatians 3:14 & Romans 10:17

Faith - What really is it . . . ?
The Substance of Things Hoped For !

By Whom also we have access by faith into this grace* wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope (confidence and expectation) of the glory of God . . . . And hope maketh not ashamed ! For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be put to shame . . . !” Romans 5:1-5 & 10:11

The Word of the LORD declares that “whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” We desire that everyone should be in a position where he can believe the Word of God. How should I feel if my children should be constantly compla-ining to me, just as though I did not mean well, when my whole life's efforts have been to forward their interests and to give them comfort?

Suppose they should doubt my love; my heart would break. I couldn't endure it. How would any of you feel to be thus treated by your children? How can our heavenly Father regard us when we doubt His love, that has led Him to give up His Only Begotten Son that we might have Life? The apostle writes, “He that spared not His Own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give* (pardon, rescue, deliver, grant favor, forgive) us all things?” Romans 8:31-32

And yet we stand back, distrustful and suspicious, saying, “Well, He doesn't mean this for me. Perhaps He loves others, but He does not love me.” Why is it so difficult for you to believe in God? --It is because you have been educating your soul in doubt and unbelief all your life long. It makes my heart ache to hear your mournful testimonies, stating that your whole life has been a failure. Have there not been some bright spots in your experience? Have you not had some precious seasons when your heart throbbed in response to the Spirit of God?

Dear brethren, for Christ's sake cherish every ray of Light, every token of mercy and good, every Blessing that God has bestowed upon you. Although you see that you have not given glory to God, that you have not been grateful, let that not be a reason why you should be ungrateful still, and sink down into despondency and discouragement. Have you not praised God in the past when the warm rays of His love fell upon your heart? Have you not sought to do His will as an obedient child?

When you look back into the chapters of your experience, do you not find some pleasant pages? Is memory's hall filled only with pictures of neglect and sorrow? Are there only dark, forbidding, and unhappy representations there?Are there not some pleasant pictures, where you can see the providence of God? 

Confess your ingratitude of the past; but retain every pleasing memory, and every token of God's love that He has given to bind your heart to His great heart of infinite love. Oh, praise Him! Let us educate ourselves to speak the language of faith. If Satan has cast his dark shadow across your path, look up in faith, and God will let His Light shine upon you and dispel the darkness !

Satan would like to have you cherish that shadow. He would like to have you view God through a cloud of his own making; but we are to be in a position of faith and confidence in God, where we can cherish every bright beam of Light; having seen a token of God's love, we are to say, “Here is an evidence that God is Blessing me. I cherish this as a manifestation of His favor. I will gather up the precious jewels of His Truth.”. . Yea, Thy Word is Truth (Verity) ! . . . If you do this, you will be full of Light. If you have been in the shadow, confess your unbelief, and then claim the promises of God by living faith, and come into the Light of your Saviour.  ref: John 17:17

You are not to trust simply in pleasant emotions. Suppose that after you have been filled with joy, you should rise in the morning under a cloud, with the same train of shadowy thoughts as have troubled you in the past.

Would that be an evidence that God had left you during the night? Not at all. It would simply be an evidence that your mind has so long been trained in the line of unbelief, that it is from force of habit running in the doubt-ing channel. Dwell on the faith side of the questionEducate your thoughts in the line of God's mercy. Educate your tongue to speak of His goodness.

Train the whole mind and soul to act in faith. It is praising Satan when you talk so continuously of your doubts and darkness. You are glorifying the prince of darkness when you give up your thoughts and words to follow in the shadow he casts on your pathway. Let your first morning thought be, “How good is the LORD! He is full of goodness and tender mercy.” “For Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path !”   Psalm 119:105

Praise Him! Say, “LORD, Thou knowest that I love Thee.” When the darkness of the enemy begins to sweep over you, say, “I do love the Lord (Adoni). I know that I love Him, and I know that the Lord loves me, even me !”

A good way to disperse darkness is to talk faith and courage. We are admonished in the Word of God to fight the good fight of faith. Suppose that you take your stand under the banner of faith. If you have repented of your sins, and have confessed them to God, you need no longer go on in doubt and despondency. God does not want you to stand under a cloud. He wants you to come into the Light, and to have confidence in Him, knowing that you have committed your soul unto His keeping, as unto a faithful Creator.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithfulthat hath promised . . . !”     Hebrews 10:23

Satan will come to you after you have trusted in God, and will try to steal away the Victory that faith has gained. He will present your sins to you; but can you not tell him it is written, “The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin?” I John 1:7 and ref: Zechariah 3:1-4, Romans 8:31-34

Can you not tell him that God has Promised to remove your transgressions (rebellions) away from you as far as the east is from the west, and that they are to be remembered no more? ref: Psalm 103:12 & Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 8:12 & 10:17.

I see the necessity every day and every hour of exercising Living (active) faith. What is faith? It is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 & John 3:8. 

That is “Faith is the substance (support, assurance, confidence) of things hoped forthe evidence (proof) of things not seen ! . . . Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed (set in place and completed) by the Word of God, so that those things which are seen, were not made (not brought forth, generated, caused to be) by things which do appear !”

Living Faith . . . faith that is spoken out loud, is the evidence of that Divine power which is in every Word of GOD !    - Romans 10:6-13

There is a wonderful power in faith. It brings eternal things to view, and lays hold of the Arm of infinite power. If you have been educating your soul to gather up the dark chapters in your experience, turn over a new leaf and have new, bright, cheerful experience; put your will wholly on the Lord's side. We must exercise living faith if we would war successfully against the temptations of the enemy.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; but with the mouthconfession (to profess and speak aloud) is made unto Salvation (deliverance, freedom, rescue, healing and restoration whole!” Romans 10:10

There are on the walls of this house two mottoes, “Praise the LORD !” and, “Thy Word is Truth (Verity) !” These are good and pleasant words. Suppose that you hang your memory's hall all full of the remembrances of God's goodness, grace, and Truth, and let not one dark thought or shadow have a place in that hall.


     We are not to be so selfish as to simply desire a flight of happy emotions.We are to fix our faith on the Promises of God, which are sure and steadfast, and shall endure forever and ever ! The joyful feeling will come when we fully trust in God's Promises !

Jesus has said, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden.” This invitation is certainly for those who are burdened with unbelief; and His assurance is, “Ye shall find Rest unto your souls.” It is not, “May be you shall find rest.” Oh, no; it is positive and certain: “Ye shall find rest.” Why do we misinterpret our heavenly Father when He says “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I Am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find Rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:28-30 & Hebrews 4:1-12,

Take His yoke upon you, and He will bear the heaviest part Himself. Is He not good company? do you object to association with Him? He says, “I Am at thy right hand to help you,” “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Why not make up your mind that you will stand in your God-given manhood and womanhood, and, through Christ (The Anointed One, the Anointing), be overcomers?

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his (Satan’s) burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke (the ties which have bound you to him) from off thy neck . . . and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the Anointing . . . !” Isaiah 10:27, I John 2:27

"For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted,* and in the day of Salvation have I succoured thee . . . BeholdNow is the accepted time; Behold, now is the day of Salvation . . . !"   II Corinthians 6:2 & Isaiah 49:8 & Hebrews 3:7-19

Why not say, “God has Promised the Power, and I will win back the moral image of my Creator and Redeemer?” “For as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become* (come into being, cause to be, to generate new life) the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. Which are born (begotten), not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of (by the will of) God !” John 1:12-13 & Hebrews 10:10


Do not allow the mind to hold communion with the enemy. Do not talk of his power to discourage you. Talk of Christ, Who is able to Save (deliver, set free, and heal) to the uttermost all who come unto God by Him. Heb-rews 7:25. We have a whole Saviour, and let us have a whole faith in Him Who has died for the sins of men, and for my sins. When we take this position, we shall find rest and peace in our Saviour. Come with your burdens, and lay them down at the foot of the cross, put off the yoke of self and sin, and wear the yoke of Him Who is meek and lowly of heart. Let every soul come to the Fountain, and drink of the Waters of Life, that will be in him like a Well of Water springing up unto everlasting Life!

And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah), I will praise Theethough Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou Comfortedst me ! . . . Behold, God is my Salvation (Yehushua); I will trust, and not be afraid. For the LORD JEHOVAH is my Strength and my Song; He also is become my Salvation !

Therefore with joy shall ye draw Water out of the Wells of Salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Halleluyah, praise the LORD, call upon His name! declare His doings (works) among the people, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing unto the LORD . . . . Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst (heart) of thee !” Isaiah 12:1-6

When I talk of the subject of faithmy faith grows. I feel as though I could run through the troops of darkness, and rise above all barriers. It seems as though nothing could hinder me. By Living faith, I grasp the hand of Jesus, and I am all light in the Lord. I do not look at selfI look to Jesus, my High Priest, Who presents my case to the Father, offering up the merits (worthiness) of His Life and sacrifice.

Faith will keep the mind above the low level of earth, and direct the soul to Heaven in contemplation of the spiritual and Eternal. Let us lift up Jesus, the Saviour of men. Talk of His lovetell of His power, and the angels of God will be attracted to you. Will you have faith in God, Who “so loved the world, that He gave up His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life ?” - ST March 18, 1889, par. 9

Faith that works unto Salvation!

We need the riches of faith and love. But we can obtain these only by surrendering the will to Christ. When we take the Saviour at His Word, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight, complete unity will prevail. We shall constantly grow more like our Leader. His character has been clearly revealed, and we have been plainly told that we are to be like Him. 

     Our watchword is, "Go forward." Pressing onward to the Light of life means victory. We see in our hearts much that is dark and forbidding, and there is much we do not see at all, but God is greater than our hearts, and He knows all things (I John 3:20-24). 

     Do not deplore the crookedness of your past life; for this does not bring strength, but weakness. All unbelief is moral deformity. In bemoaning our past, there is no healing balm, but only sorrow and sin, that makes the heart sick and faint. Thus we become more and more discouraged. Might we not better look to the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world?

May Appear as Natural Course

God’s miracles do not always bear the outward semblance of miracles. Often they are brought about in a way which looks like the natural course of events. When we pray for the sick, we also work for them. We answer our own prayers by using the remedies within our reach. Water, wisely applied, is a most powerful remedy. As it is used intelligently, favorable results are seen. God has given us intelligence, and He desires us to make the most of His health-giving blessings. We ask that God will give bread to the hungry; we are then to act as His helping hand in relieving hunger. We are to use every blessing God has placed within our reach for the deliverance of those in danger.

Natural means, used in accordance with God’s will, bring about supernatural results. We ask for a miracle, and the Lord directs the mind to some simple remedy. We ask to be kept from the pestilence that walketh in darkness, that is stalking with such power through the world; we are then to cooperate with God, observing the laws of health and life. Having done all that we possibly can, we are to keep asking in faith for health and strength. We are to eat that food which will preserve the health of the body. God gives us no encouragement that He will do for us what we can do for ourselves. Natural laws are to be obeyed. We are not to fail of doing our part. God says to us, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12, 13).

We cannot disregard the laws of nature without disregarding the laws of God. We cannot expect the Lord to work a miracle for us while we neglect the simple remedies He has provided for our use, which, aptly and opportunely applied, will bring about a miraculous result.

Therefore, pray, believe, and work.—Letter 66, 1901.

A Case of Healing

A case was held up before me of_____, a minister; eighty miles he was sent for, to pray for a sick sister who sent for him in compliance with the teaching of James. He went and prayed in earnest, and she prayed; she believed the minister to be a man of God, a man of faith. Physicians had given her up to die of consumption. She was healed immediately. She arose and prepared supper, a thing she had not done for ten years. Now the minister was vile, his life was corrupt, and yet here was a great work. He took the glory all to himself.

Then again the scene mentioned above passed before me. I saw that the woman was a true disciple of Christ; her faith was that she should be healed. I saw their prayers: One was misty, dark, fell downward; the other prayer was mixed with light or specks which looked to me like diamonds, and arose upward to Jesus and He sent it up to His Father like sweet incense, and a beam of light was immediately sent to the afflicted one and she revived and strengthened under its influence. Said the angel, God will gather every particle of true, sincere faith; like diamonds shall they be gathered up and will surely bring a return or answer; and God will separate the precious from the vile. Although He bears long with the hypocrite and sinner, yet he will be searched out. Though he may flourish with the honest a while like the green bay tree, yet the time will come when his folly will be made manifest, and he be brought to confusion.—Letter 2, 1851.

When Restoration Would Not Be Best

We know of instances where the Lord has laid a case of diseased humanity upon the heart of His people and put within them a longing of soul, and they have prayed most earnestly for recovery and have supposed they had a right to claim the promise, and yet the sick died. The Lord, who sees the end from the beginning, understood that should He work by His power to heal, the divine will would be misunderstood.

At times, restoration would not be best, either for the friends or for the church, but would result in wild enthusiasm and fanaticism, leading some to the conclusion that impulse is the ground of our faith. The only safe course is to follow the written Word. After you have done all you can for the sufferer, place the case in the hands of the Lord. It may be that death will be for His glory. The Lord permits some to die who for months and years have lingered in sickness. He sees fit to give His suffering ones rest.—Manuscript 67, 1899SELECTED MESSAGES BOOK 2, PAGE 348


What is your character? "The thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character." 
 Messages to Young People, p. 92.1

As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief. (AA 35-36)

The sword of the Spirit, newly edged with power and bathed in the lightnings of heaven, cut its way through unbelief. Thousands were converted in a day. (AA 38)

The ambition of the believers was to reveal the likeness of Christ's character and to labor for the enlarge- ment of His kingdom. (AA 48)

It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. The same work, only in greater degree, must be done now. Then the human agent had only to ask for the blessing, and wait for the Lord to perfect the work concerning him. It is God who began the work, and He will finish His work, making man complete in Jesus Christ. But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain:

refreshing definition: revive former rain messages (1844-1894) = ask for the old paths once delivered to the saints = a refreshing change of pace = awake vs asleep = wise vs foolish virgins

Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it. (TM 507)

The angel inquired of Jacob, “What is thy name?” And when Jacob answered, he said, “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob [the supplanter], but Israel; for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Jacob received the blessing for which his soul had longed; his sin as a supplanter and deceiver was pardoned. The crisis in his life had passed. God shows, in his dealing with Jacob, that he will not sanction the least wrong in any of his children; neither will he cast off and leave to despair and destruction those who are deceived and tempted and betrayed into sin. Doubt, perplexity, and remorse had imbittered Jacob’s life; but now all was changed, and how sweet was the rest and peace in God, in the assurance of his restored favor.

It is the privilege of every one of us, like Jacob, to prevail with God. But the query arises, How can we believe that we shall receive the things we ask for, when we have no evidence that we shall? God’s word is pledged. Is not that sufficient evidence? If we grasp the promises by living faith, trusting entirely in Jesus, the blessing will come in due time. It may not come in the way we expect; but it will come in the way that God directs, and by the means that he chooses to employ. Satan may tempt you to think that the Lord has forgotten you; but tell him that the word of the Lord standeth sure, having this seal, “The Lord knoweth them that are his;” and keep on praying.

Again: Satan may try to tempt you by saying that God will not have pity upon you and hear your prayers, because you are such a sinner. Do not listen to his story; but throw right into his face the words of our Saviour, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” If we were not sinners, we would have no need of a Saviour. We are sick with sin from the crown of our head to the sole of our feet, and this is why we need a Physician. While we are not to approach the throne of God in self-righteousness and self-sufficiency, thinking that we have any goodness to recommend us to him; while we are not to forget our weakness and sinfulness, it is at the same time our duty to believe that Jesus will impart to us of his healing, strengthening power. Our faith must grasp the eternal. We must move from principle, looking not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen.

It is difficult to exercise living faith when we are in darkness and discouragement. But this of all others is the very time when we should exercise faith. “But,” says one, “I do not feel at such times like praying in faith.” Well, then, will you allow Satan to gain the victory, simply because you do not feel like resisting him? When he sees that you have the greatest need of divine aid, he will try the hardest to beat you back from God. If he can keep you away from the Source of strength, he knows that you will walk in darkness and sin. 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. The promise is, “Let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me, and he shall make peace with me.” We want to talk with our Saviour as though he were right by our side. We should have our minds stayed upon him. We should hold communion with him while we walk by the way, and while our hands are engaged in labor. If you will do this, you will not dishonor your Redeemer by talking to every one about your darkness and unworthiness. Go, tell it to Jesus; and he will lift up for you a standard against the enemy, and will cause the light of joy and gladness to come into your hearts." Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, p. 132.5


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16.

Christ is our pattern, the perfect and holy example that has been given us to follow. We can never equal the Pattern, but we may imitate and resemble it according to our ability. When we fall, all helpless, suffering in consequence of our realization of the sinfulness of sin; when we humble ourselves before God, afflicting our souls by true repentance and contrition; when we offer our fervent prayers to God in the name of Christ; we shall as surely be received by the Father as we sincerely make a complete surrender of our all to God. We should realize in our inmost soul that all our efforts in and of ourselves will be utterly worthless, for it is only in the name and strength of the Conqueror that we shall be overcomers.

If we believe in the power of Jesus’ name, and present our petitions to God in His name, we shall never be turned away.... Our help cometh from God, who holds all things in His own hands. Our peace is in the assurance that His love is exercised toward us. Faith grasps this assurance, we have gained all; if we lose this assurance, all is lost. When we surrender all we have and are to God and are placed in trying and dangerous positions, coming in contact with Satan, we should remember that we shall have victory in meeting the enemy in the name and power of the Conqueror. Every angel would be commissioned to come to our rescue when we thus depend upon Christ rather than that we should be permitted to be overcome.

But we need not expect to get the victory without suffering, for Jesus suffered in conquering for us. While we suffer in His name, while we are called upon to deny appetite, and to withdraw ourselves from lovers of pleasure, we should not murmur, but should rather rejoice that we are privileged in a very small degree to be partakers with Christ of the trial, the sacrifice, the self-denial, and the suffering that our Lord endured on our behalf that we might obtain eternal salvation.18The Review and Herald, February 5, 1895.


We can never see our Lord in peace, unless our souls are spotless. We must bear the perfect image of Christ. Every thought must be brought into subjection to the will of Christ. As expressed by the great apostle, we must “come into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” We shall never attain to this condition without earnest effort. We must strive daily against outward evil and inward sin, if we would reach the perfection of Christian character.

Those who engage in this work will see so much to correct in themselves, and will devote so much time to prayer and to comparing their characters with God’s great standard, the divine law, that they will have no time to comment and gossip over the faults or dissect the characters of others. A sense of our own imperfections should lead us to humility and earnest solicitude lest we fail of everlasting life. The words of inspiration should come home to every soul: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” If the professed people of God would divest themselves of their self-complacency and their false ideas of what constitutes a Christian, many who now think they are in the path to Heaven would find themselves in the way of perdition. Many a proud-hearted professor would tremble like an aspen leaf in the tempest, could his eyes be opened to see what spiritual life really is. Would that those now reposing in false security could be aroused to see the contradiction between their profession of faith and their every-day demeanor.

To be living Christians, we must have a vital connection with Christ. The true believer can say, “I know that my Redeemer liveth.” This intimate communion with our Saviour will take away the desire for earthly and sensual gratifications. All our powers of body, soul, and spirit should be devoted to God. When the affections are sanctified, our obligations to God are made primary, everything else secondary. To have a steady and ever-growing love for God, and a clear perception of his character and attributes, we must keep the eye of faith fixed constantly on him. Christ is the life of the soul. We must be in him and he in us, else we are sapless branches.

God must be ever in our thoughts. We must hold converse with him while we walk by the way, and while our hands are engaged in labor. In all the purposes and pursuits of life, we must inquire, What will the Lord have me to do? How shall I please Him who has given his life a ransom for me? Thus may we walk with God, as did Enoch of old; and ours may be the testimony which he received, that he pleased God.

To comprehend and enjoy God, is the highest exercise of the powers of man. This may be attained only when our affections are sanctified and ennobled by the grace of Christ: “No man knoweth the Father but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.” In Christ was “God manifested in the flesh, reconciling the world unto himself.” In Christ was the brightness of his Father’s glory, the express image of his person. Said our Saviour, “He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father.” In Christ is the life of the soul. In the outgoings of our hearts to him, in our earnest, affectionate yearnings for his excellence, in our eager searching into his glory, we find life. In communion with him we eat the bread of life.

When we allow objects of minor importance to absorb our attention, to the forgetfulness of Christ, turning away from him to accept other companionship, we set out feet in a path which leads away from God and from Heaven. Christ must be the central object of our affections, and then we shall live in him, then we shall have his spirit, and follow his example.

If we would walk in the light, we must follow Jesus, the light of life. What constitutes the brightness of Heaven? In what will consist the happiness of the redeemed? Christ is all in all. They will gaze with rapture unutterable upon the Lamb of God. They will pour out their songs of grateful praise and adoration to Him whom they loved and worshiped here. That song they learned and began to sing on earth. They learned to put their trust in Jesus while they were forming characters for Heaven. Their hearts were attuned to his will here. Their joy in Christ will be proportioned to the love and trust which they learned to repose in him here.

A living Christian will cultivate gratitude of heart. He will seriously, earnestly recount the blessings of his life and the precious results of all his afflictions. He will recall every occasion upon which the hand of Christ has lifted up a standard for him against the enemy. The great love of Jesus, the infinite sacrifice made for man’s redemption, will be an unfailing theme for grateful, humble praise.

Those who are learning at the feet of Jesus will surely exemplify by their deportment and conversation the character of Christ. Their spiritual life is sustained in the closet, by secret communion with God. Their experience is marked less with bustle and excitement, than with a subdued and reverent joy. Their love for Christ is a quiet, peaceful, yet all-controlling power. The light and love of an indwelling Saviour are revealed in every word and every act. Outward troubles cannot reach that life which we live by faith on the Son of God. Its richest, purest joys are felt when Christ is the theme of thought and conversation.

The life of the soul cannot be sustained, except by the right exercise of the affections Heavenward, Christward, Godward. Repentance and faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins are essential, but not all that is required. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.” “This is eternal life, to know the only true God, and Jesus Christ”—to know him by faith, to receive him into the affections. To accept Christ as our Saviour, we must see him in his work of atonement, and believe that he is able and willing to do what he has promised. The Christian’s life is now but just begun. He must, as exhorted by the apostle, “go on unto perfection.” He must bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. If we believe in Jesus, we will love to think of him, love to talk of him, love to pray to him. He is supreme in our affections. We love that which Christ loves, and hate that which Christ hates.

I have deep anguish of soul as I think that many who have great light and great knowledge of Bible truths, and some even who have taken the responsibility of presenting these truths to others, have yet so little of the love of Jesus in their own hearts. Like the religious teachers whom Christ reproved, they say and do not. They are fruitless branches. A mere profession of godliness is of but little account. A nominal, theoretical belief of the truth is of but little value. The devils also believe, and tremble. We must have that faith that works by love, and purifies the soul. Our experience in spiritual things must deepen and widen. We need more strength daily, and we may obtain it by constant communion with God.

The Christian life is never at a standstill. It is, it must be, progressive. Our love for Christ should become stronger and stronger. If the heart is devoted to Jesus, its love for earthly friends and worldly treasure becomes subordinate rather than supreme. As we by faith drink from the fountain of life, so will our joy and peace increase. Oh that we were more trustful, and firm, and true, that Christ might not be ashamed to call us brethren!

My brother, my sister, is your soul in the love of God? Many of you have a twilight perception of Christ’s excellence, and your soul thrills with joy. You long for a fuller, deeper sense of the Saviour’s love. You long to entwine your affections about him more closely. You are unsatisfied. But do not despair. Give to Jesus the heart’s best and holiest affections. Treasure every ray of light. Cherish every desire of the soul after God. Give yourselves the culture of spiritual thoughts and holy communings. Make haste to obtain a fitness for the mansions which Christ has gone to prepare for all that love him. The day is far spent, the night is at hand. Make haste to ripen for Heaven.

It is a great, a solemn work to obtain a moral fitness for the society of the pure and the blest. God’s word presents the standard to which we are to conform our life and character. We may choose to follow some other standard, which is more in harmony with our own hearts, but we can never thus gain the divine approval. Only by conforming to the word of God, can we hope to come to “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” But we must do this, or we shall never enter Heaven. Without purity and holiness of heart, we cannot win the crown of immortal glory.

Many who ought to be teachers, have hardly learned the alphabet of the Christian life. They need constantly that one teach them. They do not grow in holiness, in faith, in hope, in joy, in gratitude. Christ opened the way, at an infinite cost, that we might live a Christian life. He has told us just what that life must be,—consistent, uniform, Christlike,—that at its close we may say with Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith.” It was by faith in Christ that the great apostle maintained the consistency and beauty of his course. He suffered opposition, insult, persecution, imprisonment, with a firmness and meekness which none but Christ could impart. Our obligations are no less than were his. Our privileges are great, our opportunities abundant. Great light is shining upon us, but it will become darkness to those who refuse to follow its guidance.

Measuring ourselves by the Bible standard will give us no exalted view of our own goodness or greatness. The truths of the gospel and the teachings of the Holy Spirit, will produce in us brokenness of heart, hatred of sin, and an understanding of self. But wishing for holiness of heart and purity of life will not bring us into possession of these blessings. Mourning over religious delinquencies will never make one acquisition. There are thousands of sluggish hypocritical tears, of sighs and groans, that never bring to the soul one cheering beam of light, one manifestation of Christ’s approval.

It will cost us something to obtain a Christian experience, and to develop a true and noble character. It requires sacrifice and earnest effort, and this is why so little advancement is made by professing Christians. They do not go to the great source of wisdom, because they shrink from the toil, the cost, the inconvenience. They wish to have righteousness put upon them as a garment. But the white-robed throng of the redeemed ones, are those who have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Christ has presented the matter as it is: “Agonize to enter in at the strait gate; for many shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

We have each a daily work to do, to correct our natural defects of character, and to cultivate the Christian graces. Only by the accomplishment of this work, can we hope to share in the reward of the righteous. Said Christ, “To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”    RH May 30, 1882, par. 10

Conquer Through the Conqueror

By Mrs. E. G. White

Christ was tempted of Satan on our account. He saw that it was not possible for man in his own strength to overcome the powerful foe, therefore he came in person from the courts of glory, and bore the test that Adam failed to endure. Christ resisted the manifold temptations of Satan on man’s behalf, and through his name made it possible for man to overcome Satan on his own behalf.

When we are burdened, when we are pressed with temptation, when the feelings and desires of the natural heart are contending for the victory, we should offer up fervent, importunate prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of Christ; and this will bring Jesus to our help, so that, through his all-powerful and efficacious name, we may gain the victory and banish Satan from our side. But we should not flatter ourselves that we are safe while we make but feeble efforts in our own behalf. The words of Christ should have weight with us: “Strive [agonize] to enter in at the strait gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

Our danger does not arise from the opposition of the world; but it is found in the liability of our being in friendship with the world, and imitating the example of those who love not God or his truth. The loss of earthly things for the truth’s sake, the suffering of great inconvenience for loyalty to principle, does not place us in danger of losing our faith and hope; but we are in danger of suffering loss because of being deceived and overcome by the temptations of Satan. Trials will work for our good, if we receive and bear them without murmuring, and will tend to separate us from the love of the world, and will lead us to trust more fully in God.

There is help for us only in God. We should not flatter ourselves that we have any strength or wisdom of our own; for our strength is weakness, our judgment foolishness. Christ conquered the foe in our behalf, because he pitied our weakness and knew that we would be overcome and would perish if he did not come to our help. He clothed his divinity with humanity, and thus was qualified to reach man with his human arm, while with his divine arm he grasped the throne of the Infinite. The merits of Christ elevate and ennoble humanity, and through the name and grace of Christ, it is possible for man to overcome the degradation caused by the fall, and through the exalted, divine nature of Christ, to be linked to the Infinite. It is dangerous for us to think that by any easy or common effort we may win the eternal reward. Let us consider how much it cost our Saviour in the wilderness of temptation to carry on in our behalf the conflict with the wily, malignant foe. Satan knew that everything depended upon his success or failure in his attempt to overcome Christ with his manifold temptations. Satan knew that the plan of salvation would be carried out to its fulfillment, that his power would be taken away, that his destruction would be certain, if Christ bore the test that Adam failed to endure. The temptations of Satan were most effective in degrading human nature, for man could not stand against their powerful influence; but Christ in man’s behalf, as man’s representative, resting wholly upon the power of God, endured the severe conflict, in order that he might be a perfect example to us.

There is hope for man. Jesus says: “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” The work before us is to overcome as Christ overcame. He fasted forty days, and suffered the keenest pangs of hunger. Christ suffered on our account beyond our comprehension, and we should welcome trial and suffering on our own account for Christ’s sake, that we may overcome as Christ also overcame, and be exalted to the throne of our Redeemer. Let us consider the life and suffering of our precious Saviour in our behalf, and remember that if we are not willing to endure trial, toil, and conflict, if we are not willing to be partakers with Christ of his sufferings, we shall be found unworthy of a seat upon his throne.

We have everything to gain in the conflict with our mighty foe, and we dare not for a moment yield to his temptations. We know that in our own strength it is not possible for us to succeed; but as Christ humbled himself, and took upon himself our nature, he is acquainted with our necessities, and has himself borne the heaviest temptations that man will have to bear, has conquered the enemy in resisting his suggestions, in order that man may learn how to be conqueror. He was clothed with a body like ours, and in every respect suffered what man will suffer, and very much more. We shall never be called upon to suffer as Christ suffered; for the sins not of one, but the sins of the whole world were laid upon Christ. He endured humiliation, reproach, suffering, and death, that we by following his example might inherit all things.

Christ is our pattern, the perfect and holy example that has been given us to follow. We can never equal the pattern; but we may imitate and resemble it according to our ability. When we fall, all helpless, suffering in consequence of our realization of the sinfulness of sin; when we humble ourselves before God, afflicting our souls by true repentance and contrition; when we offer our fervent prayers to God in the name of Christ, we shall as surely be received by the Father, as we sincerely make a complete surrender of our all to God. We should realize in our inmost soul that all our efforts in and of ourselves will be utterly worthless; for it is only in the name and strength of the Conqueror that we shall be overcomers.

If we believe in the power of Jesus’ name, and present our petitions to God in his name, we shall never be turned away. The Lord says, “To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” The psalmist says, “He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.” Our help cometh from God, who holds all things in his own hands. Our peace is in the assurance that his love is exercised toward us. If faith grasps this assurance, we have gained all; if we lose this assurance, all is lost. When we surrender all we have and are to God, and are placed in trying and dangerous positions, coming in contact with Satan, we should remember that we shall have victory in meeting the enemy in the name and power of the Conqueror. Every angel would be commissioned to come to our rescue, when we thus depend upon Christ, rather than that we should be permitted to be overcome. But we need not expect to get the victory without suffering; for Jesus suffered in conquering for us. While we suffer in his name, while we are called upon to deny appetite, and to withdraw ourselves from lovers of pleasure, weshould not murmur, but should rather rejoice that we are privileged in a very small degree to be partakers with Christ of the trial, the sacrifice, the self-denial, and the suffering that our Lord endured on our behalf, that we might obtain eternal salvation.

Nothing can be more helpless, nothing can be more dependent, than the soul that feels its nothingness, and relies wholly upon the merits of the blood of a crucified and risen Saviour. The Christian life is a life of warfare, of continual conflict. It is a battle and a march. But every act of obedience to Christ, every act of self-denial for his sake, every trial well endured, every victory gained over temptation, is a step in the march to the glory of final victory. If we take Christ for our guide, he will lead us safely along the narrow way. The road may be rough and thorny; the ascent may be steep and dangerous; there may be pitfalls upon the right hand and upon the left; we may have to endure toil in our journey; when weary, when longing for rest, we may have to toil on; when faint, we may have to fight; when discouraged, we may be called upon to hope; but with Christ as our Guide, we shall not lose the path to immortal life, we shall not fail to reach the desired haven at last. Christ himself has trod the rough pathway before us, and has smoothed the path for our feet. The narrow path of holiness, the way cast up for the ransomed of the Lord to walk in, is illuminated by Him who is the Light of the world. As we follow in his steps, his light will shine upon us; and as we reflect the light borrowed from the glory of Christ, the path will grow brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.

We may think it pleasant at first to follow pride and worldly ambition; but the end is pain and sorrow. Selfish plans may present flattering promises, and hold out the hope of enjoyment; but we shall find that our happiness is poisoned and our life embittered by hopes that center in self. In following Christ we are safe; for he will not suffer the powers of darkness to hurt one hair of our heads. He will keep that which is committed to his trust, and we shall be more than conquerors through him that loved us. RH February 5, 1895, par. 8





I found this amazing statement:

"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

These days of preparation were days of deep heart searching. The disciples felt their spiritual need and cried to the Lord for the holy unction that was to fit them for the work of soul saving. They did not ask for a blessing for themselves merely. They were weighted with the burden of the salvation of souls. They realized that the gospel was to be carried to the world, and they claimed the power that Christ had promised.

The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship. (AA 37)

In every difficulty we are to see a call to prayer. There is no one living who has any power that he has not received from God, and the source whence it comes is open to the weakest human being. Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, said Jesus, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it. {DA 667.4}
"They (the Remnant) teach the observance of the Ten Commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight."

“We adore God for His wonderous love in giving us Jesus the Comforter” SD 124

 "The Saviour is our Comforter” 8 MR 49

 

“There is no Comforter like Christ” RH OCT 26, 1897

 

“He (Christ) is the comforter RH JAN 27, 1903

 

“The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be.” 19 MR 293

  

Answer; The Holy Spirit is certainly a living person. It is the person of Christ, His very life with His church. Jesus lives inside consecrated commandment keeping bodies. It is Jesus INVISIBLE, walking UNSEEN beside us and INSIDE us, helping us to be SIN-FREE!

 

While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth. He is withdrawn from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is fulfilled, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28:20. While He delegates His power to inferior ministers, His energizing presence is still with His church.  {DA 166.2}

 

This is why Jesus could promise;    

I will come to you.  

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I am with you always even unto the end of the world.

Where two or three are gathered in my name there am I in the midst of them.

 

Please tell me is Jesus with you now in the body (physically), or is He with you by His Holy Spirit?

If you still want to make the Holy Spirit someone else, then someone else is with you not Jesus?

Look at who inspiration says is the true comforter;

 

“The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.” DA 80

 

Christ gives them the breath of His own Spirit, the life of His own life.” MH 159

 

If you disbelieve the SOP, how do you answer Jn 20:22

 

John 20:22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

 

The Word of God here gives us a practical illustration of the impartation of the Spirit; which is the life of Christ, it is His very own breath.

It is a part of Him, Jesus, not someone else. Even young children get this.

 

Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be.” 8MR p. 49 July 16, 1892

“As by faith we look to Jesus, our faith pierces the shadow, and we adore God for His wondrous love in giving Jesus the Comforter.” 19MR No. 1405 Preston, Melbourne, July 26, 1892 p. 297;Sons and Daughters of God p.124

“There is no comforter like Christ, so tender and so true. He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. His Spirit speaks to the heart.” Review and Herald Oct 26, 1897

“He is coming to us by His Holy Spirit today. Let us recognize Him now; then we shall recognize Him when He comes in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” Review and Herald, April 30, 1901

"While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth." Desire of Ages p. 166

He gives them His Holy Spirit, the manifestation of His presence and favor.” Testimonies Vol 9, p. 230 1909

"Before the disciples could fulfill their official duties in connection with the church, Christ breathed His Spirit upon them." Desire of Ages p. 805

Jesus is waiting to breathe upon all his disciples, and give them the inspiration of his sanctifying spirit, and transfuse the vital influence from himself to his people… Christ is to live in his human agents.” Signs of the Times Oct 3, 1892

“The Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the only begotten Son of God, binds the human agent, body, soul, and spirit, to the perfect, divine-human nature of Christ." Review & Herald April 5, 1906

" 'The words that I speak are spirit and life' John 6:63. Christ is not here referring to His doctrine, but to His person, the divinity of His character.” 1 Selected Messages p. 249

Romans 8:9 speaks of the Father and Son as sharing the same Spirit referred to as the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.

“It is through the Spirit that Christ dwells in us; and the Spirit of God, received into the heart by faith, is the beginning of the life eternal.” Desire of Ages, page 388

“They are two in individuality, yet one in spirit”. Youth’s Instructor Dec 16, 1897

“What saith our Saviour? ‘I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.’ ‘He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father; and I will love him and will manifest myself to him’ When trials overshadow the soul, remember the words of Christ, remember that He is an unseen presence in the person of the Holy Spirit, and He will be the peace and comfort given you, manifesting to you that He is with you, the Sun of Righteousness, chasing away your darkness. 'If a man love me,' Christ said, 'he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him'” Letter 124, 1897 (Daughters of God p.185), John 14:16, 18, 23 Review and Herald Sept 23, 1902

“In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, to give health and life to the world.” Testimonies vol. 7, p. 273

"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." Ephesians 4:14-17

"God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts." Galatians 4:6

"For I know that this shall turn to my salvation, through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:19

“The reasons why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter” Review and Herald, August 26, 1890

“Let them study the seventeenth of John, and learn how to pray and how to live the prayer of ChristHe is the Comforter. He will abide in their hearts, making their joy full.” E.G. White, Review and Herald, January 27, 1903


 "It is the 'Son of man' who shares the throne of the universe. It is the 'Son of man' whose name shall be called, 'Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.' Isa. 9:6. The I AM is the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both[...]" (The Desire of Ages, page 21 paragraph 2, page 22 paragraphs 1-4, page 24 paragraph 3, and page 25 paragraph 3.)
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The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. They are one in purpose, in mind, in character, but not in person. It is thus that God and Christ are one." 8T, p. 269.

John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.



Revelation 12:17. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

"The woman is a symbol of the church (His People who obey & follow Jesus wheresoever He goeth), and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chapter 19:10, “is the spirit of prophecy.” Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the Ten Commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to heaven without seeing death, “ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,” then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them. Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, p. 26.2

"Those who feel called out to join the movement in favor of woman's rights and the so-called dress reform (the American Costume...pants for womenmight as well sever all connection with the third angel's messageThe spirit which attends the one cannot be in harmony with the other. The Scriptures are plain upon the relations and rights of men and women. Spiritualists have, to quite an extent, adopted this singular mode of dress. Seventh-day Adventists, who believe in the restoration of the gifts, are often branded as spiritualists. Let them adopt this costume, and their influence is dead. The people would place them on a level with spiritualists and would refuse to listen to them."  {1T 421.4}

"Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the hundred and forty-four thousand." ( RH March 9, 1905, par. 4). {S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 7, p. 970.10}

"The measure of the Holy Spirit (the Divine influences/presence of God and His Son) we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for itand the use we shall make of the light and knowledge (perfecting testing messages) that shall be given to us."--RH May 5, 1896.

"The storm is coming, the storm that will try every man's faith of what sort it is. Believers must now be firmly rooted in Christ or else they will be led astray by some phase of error."  --Evangelism, pp. 361, 362 (1905). Click here to learn more about growing up in Christ.

"The Spirit of Christ—true faith." ST April 7, 1887, par. 5


"There will be those who will come in at the eleventh hour, and they will receive an equal reward with those who have long known the truth. And why is this?--It is because they used all their talents to the utmost of their ability, and brought all their powers to bear on the work of advancing the light of the truth. When the truth was brought to their attention, they accepted it with joy, and God could trust them with a large measure of light and power.Advent Review and Sabbath Herald-1889, 21. Article Title: The Secret of Unity

Christ had no advantage over humanity, and we can, by uniting with God through Christ by faith, exercise the same powers which Christ had in order to live a pure spotless life out of love for God (DA 24, 664).

The musical voices of these angels seemed to reach every where. An exceeding bright and glorious light shone around those who had cherished the light which had been imparted to them. Their faces shone with excellent glory, and they united with the angels in the cry, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh! And as they harmoniously raised the cry among these
different companies, those who rejected the light, pushed them, and with angry looks, scorned and derided them. But the angels of God wafted their wings over the persecuted ones, while Satan and his angels were seeking to press their darkness around them, to lead them to reject the light from heaven.” {1SG 146.1}

“Then I heard a voice saying to those who had been pushed and derided, Come out from among them, and touch not the unclean. A large number broke the cords which bound them, and they obeyed the voice, and left those who were in darkness, and united with those who had previously broken the cords, and they joyfully united their voices with them. I heard the voice of earnest, agonizing prayer from a few who still remained with the companies who were in darkness. The ministers and leading men were passing around in these different companies, fastening the cords stronger; but still I heard this voice of earnest prayer. Then I saw those who had been praying reach out their hands for help towards that united company who were free, rejoicing in God. The answer from them, as they earnestly looked to heaven, and pointed upward, was, Come out from among them, and be separate. I saw individuals struggling for freedom, and at last they broke the cords that bound them. They resisted the efforts which were made to fasten the cords tighter, and would not heed the repeated assertions, God is with us, We have the truth with us. Individuals continued to leave the companies who were in darkness, and joined the free company, who appeared to be in an open field raised above the earth. Their gaze was upward, and the glory of God rested upon them, and they shouted the praises of God. They were united, and seemed to be wrapt in the light of heaven.”
{1SG 146.2}

"They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Mark 16:18 King James Version

Mark 16:18

Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.

I pray "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: Ephesians 1:17

I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works (because Jesus work would have been cut short if he'd done more, as will ours - be cut short in righteousness), because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” —John 14:12-14

Authority on Earth. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. (Mark 13: 34)

In feeding the five thousand, Jesus lifts the veil from the world of nature, and reveals the power that is constantly exercised for our good. In the production of earth's harvests God is working a miracle every day. Through natural agencies the same work is accomplished that was wrought in the feeding of the multitude. Men prepare the soil and sow the seed, but it is the life from God that causes the seed to germinate. It is God's rain and air and sunshine that cause it to put forth, "first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear." Mark 4:28. It is God who is every day feeding millions from earth's harvest fields. Men are called upon to co-operate with God in the care of the grain and the preparation of the loaf, and because of this they lose sight of the divine agency. They do not give God the glory due unto His holy name. The working of His power is ascribed to natural causes or to human instrumentality. Man is glorified in place of God, and His gracious gifts are perverted to selfish uses, and made a curse instead of a blessing. God is seeking to change all this.

"He desires that our dull senses shall be quickened to discern His merciful kindness and to glorify Him for the working of His power. He desires us to recognize Him in His gifts, that they may be, as He intended, a blessing to us. It was to accomplish this purpose that the miracles of Christ were performed." The Desire of Ages, p. 367.3

Dear Lord, please quicken my dull senses to discern what it is that we must do to prepare for your soon return so we can help others learn of you. In the name of Jesus we ask this for everyone who is yours, the Son of God, aka the Word of God. Rev 13:19. Ye are Christ's and Christ is God's.

"Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers .... Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand." (GC 612)

Christ never once used His own divine power while on earth (4T 45, CT 276-77, DA 119, 5BC 1124), not even for others (angels did the miracles--DA 143), but completely worked with and relied upon His Father for help to overcome the great temptations and to sustain Him in His work (DA 24, 147, 674-75, Ed 80, MYP 58).  Thus Christ had no advantage over humanity, and we can, by uniting with God through Christ by faith, exercise the same powers which Christ had in order to live a pure spotless life out of love for God (DA 24, 664).  Christ bore, suffered, and died upon the cruel cross, rose the third day, and ascended to heaven to minister as our High Priest before God in securing for humanity the choice to serve God or Satan.  Thus the "humanity of Christ means everything to us" (OHC 48), because if Christ did not take on Him our fallen sinful nature, but had an unfallen nature like Adam before the fall or of the angels, then He could not have suffered by being tempted, and would not know what you or I are going through when we are tempted.  Thus He could not know how to succor or help us out of the temptation!  But praise God this is not the case.  Christ did have our fallen sinful nature upon Him, and He did suffer by being tempted.  Thus He can help us in every time of need (Heb 2:10, 16, 18, 5:7-9, 5T 177).


Revelation 12:17. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chapter 19:10, “is the spirit of prophecy.” Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the Ten Commandments, and the revival of the gifts (Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8), and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to heaven without seeing death, “ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,” then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them. Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, p. 26.2

Christ's life was one of utter self-denial and self-sacrifice, full of achievements of divine mercy, goodness, and power. Disease fled at his touch, the blind saw, the deaf heard, demons were cast out, the dead were raised. The tempest-tossed waters were stilled at his command, and as he hung upon the cross, nature gave signs that she sympathized with her dying Author. The earth reeled and heaved beneath the feet of men; the sun clothed itself in sackcloth. When the mighty angel descended from heaven, parting the darkness from his track, the Roman guard fell as dead men before the resplendent glory, and Christ in his Godhead shone forth as he burst from the tomb, and rose triumphant over death and the grave. The disciples understood, when they saw him arisen from the dead, what he meant when he said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

Shall our faith ever falter again? What stronger evidence could God have given us that Jesus is the Son of God? What greater evidence could be given of the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ than that which has been given by those who were eyewitnesses of his Majesty? Will those who claim to believe in Christ as a personal Saviour, dishonor God by doubting that he to whose guardianship they have committed their souls will keep that which has been committed to his trust against that day? Jesus is a risen Saviour. He came forth from the grave to vindicate his previous claims, to confirm the faith of his followers, to establish the truth of his Godhead before men, to make doubly sure the assurance that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

--What is sin?  "Sin is the transgression of the law" of God, or the ten commandments (1 John 3:4, 2:7, Exodus 20:1-17).

--What is Justification?  Justificatio(made innocent) is the gift from God of full and complete pardon from passed acknowledged, confessed, and forsaken sins (Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:9, 1SM 391, 6BC 1071).  Justification is manifested by the transformation of character (6BC 1071), and is not given or retained while transgressing God's law (1SM 213, 366, James 2:24).  It is not "once justified (saved) always justified (saved)!"

--What is Sanctification?  Sanctification is the continual growing in grace (7BC 947) by daily studying God's word (1 Corinthians 6:11, 1 Timothy 4:5, John 17:19) and daily dying to self by conforming to God's will (4T 299).  We must keep God's law to attain and maintain sanctification (CH 69, GC 467, 2T 472).  Thus it means perfect love, perfect obedience, perfect conformity to God's will (Isaiah 5:16, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, AA 565).

--What does it mean to "fear God"?  To fear God means to love (Deuteronomy 10:12), reverence (Psalms 89:7), trust (Psalms 115:11), serve (Joshua 24:14, 1 Samuel 12:14, 24), hope (Psalms 33:18-22, 147:11), keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 31:12-13, 17:19, 5:29, Psalms 112:1), and depart from evil (Proverbs 3:7, 16:6, 2 Chronicles 19:7, Exodus 20:20, Psalms 34:11, 14, Job 28:28, Proverbs 8:13).

--What does it mean to "give glory to Him"?  To give glory to God means to reflect His righteous character in your own life and actions (Exodus 33:18-23, 34:5-8, Acts 10:35, 1 Corinthians 15:33-34, Psalms 29:1-2, 86:7-13).

SPEAK THIS TO YOURSELF OUT LOUD :

Please Lord, I beg and plead with you to bless every cell in my body with health and life,

Please prosper my family so all sickness and disease will flee from us,

The Lord shall release special favor upon me and my family,

The Holy Spirit of God shall anoint me for His service  and I shall be a blessing to others in Jesus name.

         

 

"And He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up;  and immediately

the fever left her, and she ministered unto them"    Mark 1:31

 

How did Peter's  mother-in-law  minister unto Jesus and His disciples ?  Did

she sit them down and preach to them ?  Certainly not. Yet sometimes people

think the only way we can minister to others is to admonish them with the

scriptures.  Peter's mother-in-law  apparently ministered to them by serving

them.  The word translated "minister" is the same word  that was translated

"deacon" twice  in the New Testament, and "serve", served, or serveth" eight

times.

 

We can minister for the Lord by doing some of the menial task that many

consider to be unimportant.  Jesus said that even a cup of  cold  water  given

in His name would not go unrewarded  (Matthew 10:42). Many people are

waiting for the important jobs to come along where they can make a big

impact or receive a lot of recognition, while they pass  by lesser

opportunities.  In the kingdom of God, we won't be given any great

opportunities until we are proven faithful in the small things 

(Luke 16:10). Today, ask the Lord to show you ways you can minister

to others by serving them. How would you like to be an INSTRUMENT 
or vessel for God to fill and use to heal people? It is a promise! 


Asking Him in Faith !

     Christ Jesus (Yehushua), desires His work to go forward and thousands of souls to be won to His Kingdom. And He desires this so much more than we can imagine! But He accomplishes this mighty work through us His human representatives, allowing us to be brought into trying, and difficult places that the glory may be given to His Father’s Almighty name; and in order to humble us and bring us to our knees, seeking His power to complete that which He has begun in our lives and the ministry!

I have over the last few years found myself often wondering about the life of Jesus, while He was here upon the earth in human flesh.What was His daily Life like? Did He often face the same human needs that each of us face? Food, shelter, clothing, friendship, and a Word of encouragement; the means to complete His mission while here upon the earth? And when He asked His Father for something, did The Father do it?
Yes ! Every time !


Because the Son always asks to glorify His Father's name. Read again aloud the story of our Redemption in the gospels, and listen to the Promises which Christ Jesus has given to you and I in His Word -

And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power (G1849 exousia - privilege, force, capacity, freedom, mastery, delegated influence, authority,, jurisdiction, liberty, right), against unclean spiritsto cast them outand to heal all manner of diseases . . . And commanded them saying, As ye go, preach, saying the Kingdom (Sovereign, Reign, King) of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out (evict) devils: freely ye have received, freely give in return !” Matthew 10:1-13
“And He commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save (except) a staff only; no scrip (a leather pouch for food), no breadno money in their purse: but be shod with . . . the sandals of peace . . . and not put on two coats . . . !” Mark 6:6-9, Luke 9:1-4, 10:1-11 & Ephesians 6:15
Then, just before His trial and crucifixion, listen to His Words; “And He said unto them, When I sent you without purse and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye anything? And they said, Nothing . . . !” Luke 22:35

Note
: The LORD desires us today, upon whom the ends of the world are come, to walk in that faith of our father Abraham, knowing that what He which has PromisedHe will fulfil !

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your lifesaying, What shall ye eat, or what shall ye drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. For is not the life more than meat (food), and the body more than raiment (clothing) ?” Matthew 6:25
“For Thou gavest also Thy good Spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not Thy manna (Bread from heaven) from their mouth, and gavest them Water for their thirst . . . for the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are Life ! . . . Yea, forty years didst Thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not . . . !” Nehemiah 9:20-21 & John 6:63

“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; Yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they ?     And which of you by taking thought (worry, anxious) can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of these !

Wherefore, if God (Jehovah, Yehuwah) so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the ovenshall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith ?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ? For after all these (temporal) things do the gentiles (unbelievers) seek: for your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

But seek ye first the Kingdom (Sovereign, Reign, King) of God, and His Righteousness . . . the righteousness of faith . . . and all these things shall be added unto you !” 
Matthew 6:26-33

Thus saith the LORD - “Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the Peace (Shalom) of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus !

For my God
 (Jehovah, Yehuwahshall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus !” Philippians 4:6-7, 19


“Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them. How much more are ye 
better than the fowls? . . . . And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit ? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why then take ye thought for the rest ?

. . . If then God so clothe the grass which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will He clothe youO ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things so the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things !

But rather seek ye the Kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom !

Sell that which ye have, and give alms (compassion, mercy toward the poor); provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither doth moth corrupt. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also . . . !” Luke 12:21-34

“Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you ! . . . For what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him ?” Matthew 7:7-11

Note
: So can we look to the Life of Jesus, for an example of this kind of living faith ?
Did He also live by the same Word which He has instructed us to believe and follow ?

“Jesus (Yehushua) saith unto her . . . Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the Glory of God ? . . . Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes . . . boldly to the throne of grace. . . and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me. And I know that Thou hearest Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they also may believe . . .” John 11:41-42 & Hebrews 4:16

And it shall come to pass, that before they callI will answerand while they are yet speaking, I will hear !”
Isaiah 65:24

Note:
 Jesus believed this Promise from His Father, and because He believed; because He had absolute faith and assurance in His Father’s spoken Word, His Father and ours granted His request.

Quote: “Christ lived a human life that He might be man's example in all things. He endured temptation even as every human being must endure. He believed God as we must believe ! He learned obedience even as we are required to learn obedience. And He overcame as we must overcome !” - Bible Echo, September 3, 1900

Quote: “We do not ask for enough of the good things God has Promised. If we would reach up higher and expect more, our petitions would reveal the quickening Influence that comes to every soul who asks with the full expectation of being heard and answered. . . .

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 petitions would ascend with earnestness, importunity, urgency. It would be as if we were at the gate of heaven, soliciting entrance.

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 Life. As 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." - Special Testimonies, August 7, 1901 par. 13

Because I go to My Father . . . Whatsoever ye shall ask in My namethat will I dothat the Father may be glorified (honoured) in the Son. If ye ask anything in My name, I will do it !” John 14:12-14

But is there a condition to this Promise ?

But let him ask in faithnothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind (spirits) and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the LORD.” 
James 1:5-7

For without faith it is impossible to please Him (Jehovah, Yehuwah): for he that cometh to God must believe that He is (I AM THAT I AM), and that He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him !” Hebrews 11:6

And in the morning, as they passed by, they (His disciples) sawthe fig tree dried up from the rootsAnd Peter calling to remembrance saith unto Him (Jesus), Master, behold, the fig tree which Thou cursedst is withered away.
And Jesus (Yehushua) answering saith unto them, Have faith in GOD !
For verily (of a Truth) I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heartbut shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith !

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye praybelieve that ye receive them, and ye shall have them !”Mark 11:20-24


“Verily I say unto you, If ye have faithand doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done ! And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive !” Matthew 21:21-22


Note
: All these miracles which Jesus did for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come, He did not do as just random acts of power. Each and every work He did was done by Living faith; faith in His Father’s Word!

For faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of GOD !” Romans 10:17

Search the Old Testament Scriptures and you will find that every Promise was spoken to Him. And that in Him (Christ Jesus), every Promise is both Yea, and Amen unto us His children ! ref: II Corinthians 1:20

 “Believest thou not that I Am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The Words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works !” John 14:10

“And if ye abide in Me, and My Words . . . which are Spirit and Life . . . abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. For herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; and so shall ye be My disciples !” John 15:7-8 & 6:63


Quote: “We should be much in secret prayer. Christ is the Vine, we 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 (of the LORD) 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! Believe ye receive the things ye ask for, and ye shall have them.” I was then pointed to Elijah. He was subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly. His faith endured the trial. Seven times he prayed before the LORD, and at last the cloud was seen.

I saw that we had doubted the sure Promises, and wounded the Saviour by our lack of faith. Said the angel, “Gird the armor about thee, and above all take the shield of faith; for that will guard the heart, the very life, from the fiery darts (lying words) of the wicked.” If the enemy can lead the desponding to take their eyes off from Jesus, and look to themselves, and dwell upon their own unworthiness, instead of dwelling upon the worthiness of Jesus, His love, His merits, and His great mercy, he will get away their shield of faith, and gain his object; they will be exposed to his fiery temptations. The weak should therefore look to Jesus, and believe in Him; they then exercise faith." - Christian Experience & Teachings p.125-127.

“And He (Jesus) spake a parable unto them to this end (for this purpose), that men ought always to pray . . . without ceasing . . . and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet, because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me!
And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith? And shall not God avenge His own elect which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth ?”
Luke 18:1-8

In the verses above, when the LORD tells us to Ask, Seek, and Knock . . . these Words in the original greek express persistence, perseverance, and diligence. Mrs. Ellen G. White spoke of this kind of Living Faith which refused to be turned away or denied; when she spoke of “the Kingdom of heaven suffering violence, and the violent taking it by force.” references: That I May Know Him p.137, Ye Shall Receive Power p.27 and Review & Herald, February 9, 1897 par. 11.


Quote: “He Who healed the sick and cast out demons when He walked among men, is the same mighty Redeemer todayFaith comes by the Word of God. Then grasp His promise, “Him that cometh to Me I will in nowise cast out.” Cast yourself at His feet with the cry, “Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.”

Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust His Promises. When we come to Him in faith every petition enters into the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it !” - Special Testimonies, January 20, 1904 par. 9


We must now, go boldly to the throne of Grace, and press our cases and petitions before Him. Not in our name, but in the Name above all names. We must ask in faith . . . Claiming by faith the merits (the worthiness and value) of His perfect Righteousness; His Life here on earth, and His blood shed for each of us upon Calvary, as the Pledge that our petitions will be heard and answered. For His Sacrifice and Offering was enough to purchase for us all the blessings of heaven.

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full !” John 16:24
This is the faith which brings the Almighty Father glory and joy. When we will expect Him to do for us great and mighty things, because we have that much faith in the value of His Son's infinite sacrifice!

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do;
and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12


Do you believe God tells the truth? Well then, believe it! Have Faith in His Word!

"Jesus is the WORD OF GOD! 
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." John 14:6

Are you tired of things as they are in your life ?  Are you frustrated that

your life seems to be going nowhere ? Have you been feeling depressed ? 

Un worthy ?    

 

God has a plan and a  purpose for your life. Ask the Lord Jesus to come

into your life and reveal Himself to you.  Ask Jesus to show you where

the problem is to solve your issues. Ask Him, "If your real, I want to

know you" Ask Him to lead you and guide  you into a better life, to

help you find your way.......your purpose for living.   If you open the

door, He will reveal Himself to you.

 

God loves you !  There is nothing you can do about that. Talk to  Him

today, He'd love to hear from you. You are an important part of God's

plan. 

 

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"I saw that none could share the "refreshing" unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action. We should, therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Let all remember that God is holy and that none but holy beings can ever dwell in His presence."   {EW 71.2} 

Note James 1:26. By God's grace we must have the experience in our homes. I cannot see why we should not the more earnestly try to bring the peace of Christ right into our family than to labor for those that have no living connection with us; but if we have religion in the home, it will extend outside of the home. You will have it everywhere. You will carry it with you to the church. You can carry it with you when you go out to your work. It will be with you wherever you shall be. What we want is religion in the home. What we need is the peace principle which shall control our spirit and our life and character after the Christlife He has given as His example.--MS 36, 1891. {1MCP 175.4}

Society is composed of families, and is what the heads of families make it. Out of the heart are "the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23); and the heart of the community, of the church, and of the nation is the household. The well-being of society, the success of the church, the prosperity of the nation, depend upon home influences.{MH 349.1} 

Fasting and Prayer - Key to Power -Brotherly Love Needed

The spirit of true fasting and prayer is the spirit which yields mind, heart, and will to God.-

Manuscript Releases Volume Three, p. 324

Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible, than the soul that feels its nothingness and relies wholly on the merits of the Saviour. By prayer, by the study of His word, by faith in His abiding presence, the weakest of human beings may live in contact with the living Christ, and He will hold them by a hand that will never let go.

James 5:15
  • Amplified Bible
    And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.


We are to be doers of the words of Christ; THEN our fasts and prayers will be effectual in bringing upon the church the Holy Spirit. Let there be decided work done to answer the prayer of Christ, that his disciples should be one as he is one with the Father. . . .

Advent Review and Sabbath Herald
10-31-93


For two or three years my mind continued to be locked to an understanding of the Scriptures. In the course of our labors, my husband and I visited Father Andrews, [December 1850] who was suffering intensely with inflammatory rheumatism. We prayed for him. I laid my hands on his head, and said, “Father Andrews, the Lord Jesus maketh thee whole.” He was healed instantly. He got up, and walked about the room, praising God, and saying, “I never saw it on this wise before. Angels of God are in this room.” The glory of the Lord was revealed. Light seemed to shine all through the house, and an angel’s hand wasnlaid upon my head. From that time to this I have been able to understand them Word of God (Special Testimonies, Series B, no. 2, pp. 57, 58; 1904)

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What Does the Bible Say About Doctors?

 Are They a Gift from God?

The word “Physician” is not mentioned in the Bible

Neither the word Physician nor the word Doctor is used in the Bible.  The word mistranslated as Physician is actually the word healer.  It is the translators who have presumptuously – and wrongly – defined a Physician – a present-day Doctor - as a healer.

But the Bible, in the original, says something quite different.

Who claims to be our Healer?

God says, “I am the Lord who heals you.”  Exodus 15:26

“I will take away sickness from among you. . .”  Exodus 23:25,26

“He forgives all my sins and heals ALL my Diseases.”  Psalm 103:3

“I will give you back your health again and heal your wounds.”  Jeremiah 30:17

“The Lord will remove from you all sickness. . .”  Deuteronomy 7:15

“My counsel shall stand, and I WILL do ALL my pleasure.:  Isaiah 46:10

“Yes, I have spoken it.  I will also bring it to Pass.  I have purposed it.  I will also do it.”  Isaiah 46:11

“God cannot lie.”  Titus 1:2

“I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass.  Ezekiel 12:25

When Jesus was on earth, He NEVER referred anyone to a Physician

God needs no middle men.  When Jesus was on earth, when someone came to Him for healing, He never referred the person to Luke, the “Physician.”  Jesus healed the person directly and personally.  And He healed him either with His Word – which we have today, in the form of the Bible – or He healed him with natural methods – clay, water, etc.

Jesus NEVER used drugs, although we know that some types of drugs were available in His time.  When Jesus was on the Cross, He was offered a type of drug to ease His pain, but He refused it.

Why did he refuse it? Because he did not want to subject his mind to be clouded or foggy; so when and if tempted by Satan, he might NOT sin, if he, because of taking a drug that would numb His mind, or cause Him not to think clearly, then all would be lost, there would be, no hope for you and me. (We should think about this, in drinking alcohol or taking mind altering drugs...like depression drugs....or many others or things that make your mind numb to realities. By doing this, we are leaving ourselves open to be tempted to sin, and then to sin. Be like Jesus in all things!)

"Jesus thirsted in His agony, and they gave Him vinegar and gall to drink; but when He tasted it, He refused it. The angels had viewed the agony of their loved Commander until they could behold no longer, and they veiled their faces from the sight. The sun refused to look upon the awful scene. Jesus cried with a loud voice, which struck terror to the hearts of His murderers, “It is finished.” Verse 30.Then the veil of the temple was rent from the top to the bottom, the earth shook, and the rocks rent. Great darkness was upon the face of the earth. The last hope of the disciples seemed swept away as Jesus died. Many of His followers witnessed the scene of His sufferings and death, and their cup of sorrow was full.

Satan did not then exult as he had done. He had hoped to break up the plan of salvation; but it was laid too deep. And now by the death of Christ he knew that he himself must finally die, and his kingdom be given to Jesus. He held a council with his angels. He had prevailed nothing against the Son of God, and now they must increase their efforts and with their power and cunning turn to His followers. They must prevent all whom they could from receiving the salvation purchased for them by Jesus. By so doing Satan could still work against the government of God. Also it would be for his own interest to keep from Jesus as many as possible. For the sins of those who are redeemed by the blood of Christ will at last be rolled back upon the originator of sin, and he must bear their punishment, while those who do not accept salvation through Jesus will suffer the penalty of their own sins."

Early Writings, pp. 175-178.


There was a radical defect in the characters of the chosen twelve, which must be pointed out and remedied. And Jesus "sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me." Verses 35-37. Those who possess the spirit of Christ will have no desire to occupy a position above their brethren; and those who are small in their own eyes are the ones who will be accounted great in the sight of God.

This lesson was not lost upon John. He saw his character in a new light. An act was brought to his mind which he had supposed was right, but which he now began to question. "Master," said he, "we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us; and we forbad him." Verse 38. James and John had thought that in forbidding this man to work miracles in the name of Christ, they had had their Lord's honour in view; but they began to see that they had been influenced by wrong apprehensions and a jealous desire for self-preferment. They acknowledged their mistake, and meekly accepted the mild reproof of Jesus: "Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part." Verses 39-40.

In the Bible, What was the consequence of seeking out anyone else except God for healing?

Asa, King of Israel sought out the physicians INSTEAD of depending on the Lord – and Asa DIED!

“And Asa, in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, was diseased in his feet (probably diabetes), until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought NOT to the Lord, but to the physicians (human “healers”)

“And Asa died . . . and rested with his fathers (ancestors).”  2 Chronicles 16:12,13

Ahaziah, King of Israel, and son of the wicked King Ahab (who was married to Jezebel), was ill and did not seek God, but sought the god of Ekron – sorcerers.  And Ahaziah DIED!

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“And Ahaziah was sick and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover of this disease.

“But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the King of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is NOT a God in Israel, that you go to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?

“Now, therefore, thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt NOT come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt SURELY DIE.” 2 Kings 1:2-4

God is our Healer and He doesn’t share that job with humanity.  The consequence of seeking out anyone except the Lord for healing – is death!

But HOW Does God Heal?

Jesus certainly did miraculous healings when He was on earth, but there was always ONE requirement.  The person wanting to be healed HAD TO BELIEVE.  He or she had to believe that Jesus WOULD do what He had already PROMISED to do – and that is to heal ALL our diseases.  (Psalm 103:3)

If a person BELIEVES in Jesus, then they will follow His ways, and not “man’s” (the doctors’) ways.

Jesus said, “If you LOVE Me, KEEP My Commandments.”  John 14:15

Here is the way God heals ALL our diseases:

“Thou shalt therefore keep the Commandments, and the statutes (laws – including God’s Ten Natural Health Laws) and the judgments (decrees) that I command thee this day, to do them.

“Wherefore it shall come to pass, if you hearken to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the Lord your God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy that He swore unto your fathers:

“And He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee; He will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, they grain, and they wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy cattle, and they flocks of they sheep, in the land that He swore unto they fathers to give thee.

“Thou shalt be blessed above all people; there shall not be male or female barren among you (the cure for infertility!) or among your cattle.

“And the Lord will take away from thee ALL sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt (symbolic for Sin), which thou knowest, upon thee: but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.”  Deuteronomy 7:11-15

Moses:

When God told Moses to build the sanctuary in the wilderness, God gave very specific directions for how it was to be built – down to the last tassel on the robes of the priests.  It was up to Moses to follow God’s plans explicitly and NOT to follow his own plans.  Moses was NOT ALLOWED to consult with the human  “experts” on sanctuary-building.  God gave the directions, and Moses carried out EXACTLY what God had told Him to do.

God not only made the PROMISE, God also gave the PROCESS by which His PROMISE was to be accomplished.

The ONLY one who can fulfill a PROMISE, is the ONE who made it.

Noah:

When God promised Noah He would save him and his family from the flood, God gave Noah very explicit instructions on how to build the ark – including what kind of wood, the specific dimensions of the boat, etc.  Noah was not allowed to consult the human “experts” on boat-building.  It was up to Noah to follow God’s plans explicitly and NOT to follow his own plans.  God gave the directions, and Noah carried out EXACTLY what God told Him to do.

It was by following God’s instructions explicitly that Noah and his family would be saved.

God not only made the PROMISE, God also gave the PROCESS by which His PROMISE was to be accomplished.

Disease is a Spiritual Problem

When God PROMISES to “heal ALL our diseases,” God also gives us the PROCESS by which His PROMISE is to be accomplished.  We are not allowed to consult human “experts” on healing, such as the orthodox medical doctors, but we must follow ONLY God’s way.

God not only has made the PROMISE, God also gives us the PROCESS by which His PROMISE is to be accomplished.

Disease, virtually ALL disease, BEGINS as a Spiritual problem.  It begins in our “thoughts = mind” because we want to live, eat, think, act, and handle stress our OWN way, rather than GOD’S way.  We are in rebellion against God, whether we realize and acknowledge it or not.  Only MUCH later do the physical symptoms appear - as a result our OWN bad decisions.

We believe we have Free Will and the right to exercise it, but Jesus said,

            “I came NOT to do My OWN will, but the WILL of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38

We give ourselves disease, one day at a time, by following OUR OWN will, rather than following GOD’S WILL for our life.

 

Shouldn’t I Pray for a Miraculous Healing?

Certainly God can perform a miraculous healing, but what good would that do in your life?  It would allow you to continue to live, eat, think, act, and handle stress your OWN way, rather than changing your heart/thoughts=mind.  It would just be another carnal wish for a “Quick Fix” and you would eventually develop your disease again because you would not have CHANGED the way you were living, eating, thinking, acting and handling stress.

Christians, particularly, are looking for a miraculous healing – a Quick Fix, even though miraculous healings do NOT change lives.  When Jesus healed the Ten Lepers, how many came back to thank Him?  Only one!  Their hearts were not changed.

The "Latter Rain" - How will we recognize it?  Is it Already Here?

The Christian churches are praising the Lord for what they consider to be the present-day "outpouring of the Holy Spirit" in signs and wonders, including speaking in tongues and miraculous healings just like the events that occurred with the apostles in the Upper Room at Pentecost fifty days after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, 2000 years ago.

Often quoted is the passage in Joel that refers to God's Spirit being poured out on all flesh.

"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. . . and I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth. . . before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come."  Joel 2:28-31

Two specific time periods for the "outpouring of the Holy Spirit" are spoken of in the Bible where they are referred to as the "Early rain" and the "Latter rain," symbolized by the early and latter rains of the harvest season.  Leviticus 26:1-14, Deuteronomy 11:14, Proverbs 16:15, Hosea 6:3, Matt 5:45, James 5:7.

As mentioned, the "Early Rain" is considered by most Christians to have been given to the apostles in the Upper Room at Pentecost.  In speaking of this occurrence, the Bible says the apostles were together in the upper room with over 100 other Christians.  "And they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak clearly (literal translation). . . and they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, 'Behold, are not all these which speak, Galilaeans?  And yet we hear in the dialect in which we were born, Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites. . . in Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the regions of Libya…We hear them speaking in our own language…"  Acts 2:7-11

Obviously, the languages (tongues) in which the apostles were speaking were known languages of the time.  Their languages were perfectly understood by those from the various respective countries.  What they were speaking was NOT an unknown tongue because everyone "understood in his own dialect (dialektos - in Greek)."  Acts 2:8

In the subsequent weeks and months, the apostles performed many miraculous healings (See Acts 3:1-13, 6:8) and spoke boldly about the resurrection of Jesus even after they were strongly warned against it, and even after they were imprisoned and beaten.

Characteristics of the "Early Rain" included:

1)    Miraculous, instantaneous healings
2)    Bold speaking for the Lord
3)    Speaking in known languages
4)    Preaching of the true Gospel
5)    The Spirit fell ONLY on those who had left the organized church.  We have NO record that it fell on ANYONE who was IN the organized church of those who considered themselves the "Chosen People."
6)    It not only fell ONLY on those who had LEFT that church, but it fell ONLY on those who were being PERSECUTED BY that very same "Church." (The apostles were hiding in the Upper Room "for fear of the Jews.")

We have reason to believe that the "Latter Rain" will have similar manifestations.  In fact, many Christians believe that this predicted "Latter Rain" is going on right now in the churches, exemplified by an exciting movement of "Spirit-filled" Christians who are speaking in unknown languages and are being miraculously "healed!"

But we must carefully search the Scriptures to understand the characteristics of the "Latter Rain" and how they relate to the "Early Rain", the apostles Day of Pentecost.

 

What are the "keys" in the analysis of the "Early Rain"
to unlock the understanding of the "Latter Rain"?

Jesus received a visitor one evening, Nicodemus, a respected religious leader, a Pharisee, inquiring about Jesus' teachings.  "You must be born again," Jesus told him.  "How can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" Nicodemus asked.

Jesus explained that the first birth, is physical, natural, but the second birth is a spiritual birth.  "That which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."  John 3:6  He went on to chide Nicodemus saying, "You are a master of Israel and you don't know these things?"  In other words, "You are one of the main leaders, one of the Biblical scholars, of the most religious people on earth and you don't understand this basic spiritual principle?"

The key is found in 1 Corinthians 15:44-49.  Here Paul speaks of two situations, first the natural or physical, and secondly the spiritual.

"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul (a physical, natural human being); the last Adam (Christ) was made a life-giving spirit (a spiritual being).

"However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.  

"The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven."

This passage gives a very important interpretive rule; the first is ALWAYS natural, or physical, and the second is ALWAYS spiritual.

Jesus was explaining this principle to Nicodemus when He said, "The first birth is physical, but the second birth, being born again, is spiritual.

First birth = physical
Second birth = spiritual

1 Cor 2:14 says, "The unspiritual man (the natural, or "soulish" man) does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him; and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned (understood)."

This text tells us that the natural man, the unspiritual man, cannot understand spiritual things.  "They are foolishness to him."

The original Greek word translated as "natural" in the King James Version, is more accurately translated "soulish."  The word "soul" is applied in the Bible to any creature that has the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch), such as birds, beasts, and man.  The word "soul" in the Bible is never used to describe plants and trees, etc. or non-living things, things which do NOT have the five senses.

Therefore, we can see that the "natural" man, also called the "soulish" man, CANNOT understand spiritual things.  In other words, spiritual things CANNOT be understood with the five senses.  They can only be discerned (understood) spiritually.  Spiritual understanding does NOT use the five senses.

We have already learned that the "first" is always natural or physical, such as the "first" birth (it's the natural birth of a child) but the "second" birth, or being "born again" is spiritual.  The natural birth of a child can easily be detected by the five senses.  It can be seen, heard and felt.

However, the "second" birth, being "born again" CANNOT be detected with the five senses.  God changes the heart quietly and slowly or quickly which cannot be detected by the senses.  Only the result can be seen, just like the working of the wind.  The wind itself cannot be seen, only the result of the wind.  John 3:8 (How quickly we change, depends on how quickly we study and implement what we find to be truth.)

The Lamb of God

The same principle operates for many things in the Bible.  The lamb sacrificed for sin in the temple in the Old Testament was the "first" - the physical.  But it looked forward to the "Lamb of God" who by His physical death would give us spiritual salvation.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, was the "second" - Spiritual fulfillment of the literal, physical sacrificial lamb in the Old Testament sanctuary service.

Manna - Bread from Heaven

The manna that rained down from heaven when the Israelites were in the wilderness was the "first" bread, looking forward to the "second" - the spiritual bread from heaven, Jesus Christ. (John 6:47-52).  But the Jews of Jesus' time ONLY understood it literally.  They could not understand the spiritual application because "spiritual things are (ONLY) spiritually discerned."

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments are written in stone, they don't change.  They were physical, they can be seen and touched.  And most importantly, humanity is unable to keep them under their own power. 

The SAME Ten Commandments, all ten of them, now written in stone, Jesus says, "I will write my law on the fleshy tables of your heart." (2 Cor 3:3)  Now humanity CAN keep them but ONLY through the power of Jesus living in you.

Some say that since Jesus died on the Cross, we're now living under grace, we are NOT under the law because the law was done away at the Cross.  However the law was NOT done away with at the Cross, it is still the very same law that is operating, but the NEW Covenant is Jesus' promise to write that very same law in our hearts, so we will do right because it IS right, not just because we are told to do it.

 

To those with whom the great Heavenly Father is in covenant relationship, He promises to be whatever His people need at that time. He will be their Provider, Comforter, Strengthener, Healer, Shepherd, Restorer – whatever His people need. His Name Jehovah thus brings Him much closer to us as He fulfills our needs on a personal level.

    The titles Eternal, God, and Lord lack this personal intimate relationship; instead they connote a far-off being who has no personal concern for His people. The pagans felt that way with their deities. The true One we worship is close and personal – because He has a Name!
 

The Father of Jesus is "Jehovah" or GOD ALMIGHTY, the Son of God is named: our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of GOD.


Jesus declared Jehovah’s Name in the New Testament, Hebrews 2:12. The confusion of tongues was upon those building the tower. The Hebrew Shemites who kept His Name were not involved in building. Jehovah dwelt with them, Genesis 9:27. “Shem” means name or renown and they have brought Jehovah’s Name down to us today. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were Shemites.


Name in 5 Commandments

    Are you one of those Sabbath-keepers who delight in the increased knowledge our Creator has given you in the keeping of His Sabbath? Yet are you neglecting the Third Commandment? All of the first five commandments either concern His Name Jehovah or contain it.

    Surely you know that if you offend His commands in one point you are guilty of breaking all (James 2:10). By calling upon His Name Jehovah, you keep the First Commandment. Was it just happenstance that the first of the Ten Commandments introduces Jehovah by His Name? His majesty is in His Name, which is above every name in heaven or earth.

    His glory He will not give to another nor His praise to graven images, Isaiah 42:8. Thus we keep the Second Commandment when we acknowledge the Mighty One of the heavens as the Highest over all the earth.

    We bring the great Creator to degradation by referring to Him by a mere title such as “god.” The title god is used for Satan and his demons, 1 Corinthians 4:4, as in the title lord, 1Corinthians 8:5. Revelation 14:1 says that His 144,000 will be sealed with His Name in their foreheads.

 

Up Close and Personal
    
What about you? Are you keeping ALL the Commandments? Do you hang back and try to circumvent any of the Commandments? Recognize that His Name Jehovah means, “I will become what I will, or I choose to be.” The Name Jehovah means more than self-inherent life. It signifies a close relationship with His people.

    To those with whom the great Heavenly Father is in covenant relationship, He promises to be whatever His people need at that time. He will be their Provider, Comforter, Strengthener, Healer, Shepherd, Restorer – whatever His people need. His Name Jehovah thus brings Him much closer to us as He fulfills our needs on a personal level.

    The titles Eternal, God, and Lord lack this personal intimate relationship; instead they connote a far-off being who has no personal concern for His people. The pagans felt that way with their deities. The true One we worship is close and personal – because He has a Name!
    As you set aside the seventh day for rest and spiritual renewal, draw closer to the Creator by calling on His revealed, personal Name Jehovah. He will draw near to you. How can you keep the Sabbath holy unless you observe it? How can you hallow His Name unless you use it?

The Sign

    The Bible reveals that the Sabbath is a sign between Jehovah and His people: “Hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you that you may know that I am Jehovah your Elohim,”Ezekiel 20:20 (see also Ex. 31:13-17; Ezek. 20:12). Keeping His Sabbaths is a witness or a sign to the world that we are His people. He will bring things about so that we will know that Jehovah is our Elohim.

 

The Seal

    We are also told that His people shall be called by His Name, 2Chronicles 7:14. We learn that at the end of the age His people will be “sealed with His name.” Revelation 7:2-4. In Revelation 14:1 we learn that the saints are sealed with “His name and His Father’s Name” in their foreheads.

    Jehovah’s people are those who keep His Commandments and have the faith of Jesus, Revelation 14:12. Paul says we are not to grieve or act contrary to the promptings of Jehovah’s Spirit, for by the power of the Holy Spirit we are sealed and kept: “And grieve not the holy Spirit of Jehovah, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30).

    Thus, the Sign of Jehovah’s people is keeping the Sabbath, and the Seal is His Name in the forefront of our thinking. Both of these truths are critical for True Worship. Jehovah says He will accept the son of the stranger providing he will “serve Him and love the Name of Jehovah, to be His servants, every one that keeps the Sabbath from polluting it, and takes hold of My covenant,” Isaiah 56:6. Notice that Jehovah simultaneously speaks of those who serve Him, love His Name, keep His Sabbath, and take hold of His covenant.

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truth, plainly show that they have no understanding of the truth, and know none of its effects; for if they knew any of the sanctifying power, they should yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness and be humbled under its sweet, powerful influence. They would bear fruit to the glory of God, and understand what the truth has done for them, and esteem others better than themselves.

I saw that the remnant were not prepared for what is coming upon the earth. Stupidity, like lethargy, seemed to hang upon the minds of most of those who profess to believe that we are having the last message. My accompanying angel cried out with awful solemnity, “Get ready! get ready! get ready! for the fierce anger of the Lord is soon to come. His wrath is to be poured out, unmixed with mercy, and ye are not ready. Rend the heart, and not the garment. A great work must be done for the remnant. Many of them are dwelling upon little trials.” Said the angel, “Legions of evil angels are around you, and are trying to press in their awful darkness, that ye may be ensnared and taken. Ye suffer your minds to be diverted too readily from the work of preparation and the all-important truths for these last days. And ye dwell upon little trials and go into minute particulars of little difficulties to explain them to the satisfaction of this one or that.” Conversation has been protracted for hours between the parties concerned, and not only has their time been wasted, but the servants of God are held to listen to them, when the hearts of both parties are unsubdued by grace. If pride and selfishness were laid aside, five minutes would remove most difficulties. Angels have been grieved and God displeased by the hours which have been spent in justifying self. I saw that God will not bow down and listen to long justifications, and He does not want His servants to do so, and

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The New Spiritual Second Birth, comes after the carnal fleshy nature dies to self!

The carnal "Adamic" sinful nature is in us when we are born.  As soon as a baby is born, its selfish, me, me me nature is evident.  The spiritual "death" according to 1 Cor 15:44-49, MUST be a spiritual death, dying to self.  That's the death Paul talks so much about:  "I die daily", (1 Cor 15:31), "I am crucified with Christ" (Gal 2:20), "putting off  the old man of sin" (Col 3:9).  This is obviously a spiritual, not a physical, death. 

The word "fire" is used literally, symbolically and spiritually repeatedly in the Bible.  We go through "fiery trials" (1 Peter 4:12).  "Buy of Me gold tried in the fire" (Rev 3:18).  "Heap coals of fire on his head. . ." (Romans 12:20). 

 

Faith based on miracles is NOT faith!

Simon (Magus) (Acts 8:9) was amazed at the power of the apostles.  His case is an example of "faith" founded on miracles, which is very different from the faith which is based on God's word, apart from the evidence of the senses.  Many believed in the Lord when they beheld the signs which He did, yet Jesus did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew what was in humanity (John 2:23-25) (Concordant Commentary pg 190).

Acts 8:19:  Among the nations in Paul's later ministries, the spirit is received on believing, without the intervention of apostles, or baptism, or laying on of hands (Eph 1:13). It is no longer manifested by signs and miraculous healings.

Signs and Wonder 

Paul performs miracles early in his ministry

The need for signs and wonders, in order to believe, is a sign of spiritual immaturity.  Early in his ministry Paul performed many miracles.  People were healed if they just touched his handkerchief.

"And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:  So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them."  Acts 19:11,12

Paul raised Eutychus from the dead.  Acts 20:9-12

"The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chap. xix, 10, 'is the spirit of prophecy.' Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the Devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to Heaven without seeing death, 'ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS, where is the good way, and walk therein,' then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them. "The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27.

 

Later in Paul's ministry, NO miracles are seen.

Healings are by NATURAL REMEDIES.

But later in Paul's ministry he tells Timothy to drink (unfermented) wine for his stomach troubles, a natural remedy, rather than sending him a handkerchief so he could be instantly healed  (1 Tim 5:23).  Also Paul does not miraculously heal his co-worker, Epaphroditus, who almost died.  He obviously got well the long, slow way.

"Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

"For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.

"For indeed he was sick nigh unto death:  but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow."  Philippians 2:25-27

Paul obviously did NOT heal Epaphroditus miraculously.

To Summarize:

The Early Rain, the "First of the two "Rains", was characterized by visible miracles, including resurrections and miraculous healings.  These could easily be detected by the 5 senses.  No one had to be "spiritual" in order to detect and understand these healings.  Even pagans were able to detect these signs.

According to 1 Cor 15:44-49, the "First" is always "natural or physical" so the "Early Rain" as we see, is able to be detected by the "natural" or "soulish" man, meaning it can be detected with the five senses.

But the "Second" is ALWAYS "Spiritual."  It CANNOT be detected with the five senses.

Some say that means that "healings" will not be a part of the "Latter Rain."  But that is NOT the correct conclusion.

Healings WILL be part of the "Latter Rain", but the healings characteristic of the "Latter Rain" will NOT be miraculous, they will occur slowly and imperceptibly, first by a change in the heart, and then by a slow progressive improvement in the disease by following God's totally natural Health Plan.  This is in accord with the way the Holy Spirit works in the Second Birth (being born again.)

This PROCESS will NOT be detectable with the five senses, only the result will be detected. The ability of God's Natural Health Plan to heal even the most advanced cancer will NOT be understood by those who are not spiritual, because "Spiritual things are spiritually discerned."

"The natural (soulish or unspiritual) man receiveth NOT the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because spiritual things are spiritually discerned."  1 Cor 2:14

This is the reason that doctors, scientists, Bible scholars, many theologians and most ministers CANNOT understand how people with advanced, life-threatening diseases can get well by following God's Natural Health Plan.  They are totally UNABLE to understand it because they can only obtain information through their five senses.   They are UNABLE to understand Spiritual things.

 

"And they preached the GOSPEL" boldly!

"It is only as the law of God is restored to its rightful position that there can be a revival of primitive faith and godliness among his professed people. “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” [Jeremiah 6:16.] {GC88 478.3}

 

The word "gospel" means GOOD NEWS!  

Before Jesus healed the paralyzed man whose friends let him down through the roof, Jesus said, "Your sins be forgiven you."  (Mark 2:5)  That was the PRELUDE to the man being healed.  Forgiveness of his own sins was necessary before his healing could take place.

Notice that Jesus did NOT say that the man was sick because he lived in a sinful world.  No, Jesus said, "YOUR sins be forgiven YOU!"

Christians often say that sickness is the inevitable result of living in a sinful world, and that it really has nothing to do with how we specifically live our own lives.  They believe that diseases just happen!  But they DON'T just happen.  Disease is the inevitable result of that individual violating God's ten natural laws of health.  Disease, in virtually ALL instances, is a result of our OWN sin.  It occurs because we refuse to give up our right to ourselves and we insist on making our own decisions, instead of giving EVERY decision over to the Lord and following HIS directions rather than our own.

Psalm 103:3 reveals the SAME sequence:  "He forgives ALL our sins, and (THEN) heals ALL our diseases."  The repentance FOR, and forgiveness OF, sins is absolutely necessary before complete healing can occur!

The healings will be the result of true repentance of sins, a change in the heart, and a desire to do God's will by following His Health Plan followed by slow/fast, progressive healing of the physical disease.

This process will NOT be perceptible to the five senses, nor will it be understood by those who are not spiritual.  It will not be perceptible nor understood by doctors, scientists, philosophers, scholars, including most Bible scholars, nor will it be understood by the vast majority of ministers and religious leaders.  In fact, they will deny that it can happen, and will even attack those who get well by that method.

Remember that the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the "Chosen people", wanted to kill Lazarus because He exhibited what Christ could do.  (John 12:10)

Miraculous healings don't change lives.  Look at the story of Jesus healing the Ten Lepers.  Only ONE came back to thank Jesus.  Obviously the hearts of the other nine were not changed.

In addition, miraculous healings do not bring about a change in diet and lifestyle so the body and mind can repair themselves.  Miraculous healings allow the person to eat and live as they did before, so they will just get sick again.

2)    The TRUE GOSPEL will be preached.  The GOSPEL means "Good News."  The knowledge that God is going to save those who repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus is truly Good News! Jesus & His Father will come to live inside us to enable us to obey His commandments.

Mark 1:14 says, "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God," "And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Mark 1:15"And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power." Mark 9:1

3)    The Gospel will be preached BOLDLY!  Those who know this Good News will share it with everyone who will listen.  They will not keep silent in proclaiming the wonderful character of God, and they will preach this Gospel WITHOUT fear!

Look at the difference between Peter's behavior towards the Pharisees BEFORE and AFTER the Day of Pentecost.

BEFORE Jesus was crucified, Peter denied Jesus three times, then later hid in the Upper Room "for fear of the Jews."

AFTER the Day of Pentecost, Peter had NO fear of the Pharisees.  Even though they beat him and put him in prison, he went right back to the synagogue boldly preaching the Good News!

4)    The Latter Rain will fall ONLY on those OUTSIDE the organized church, NOT those INSIDE the organized church.

5)    The Latter Rain will fall on those who are NOT ONLY OUTSIDE the organized church, but it will fall on those who are being PERSECUTED  by THAT VERY SAME CHURCH!

The Latter Rain will be silent, hidden and undetected by the vast majority of Christians who will be looking for a repeat of the Day of Pentecost with visible miracles and other obvious manifestations.  The Latter Rain will ONLY be received and recognized by those who are spending daily time with the Lord in DILIGENT Bible study and prayer and who understand the spiritual nature of the Latter Rain.

Is the Health Message the “Right Arm” of the Gospel?

Some Christians believe that the Health Message is the “Right Arm” of the Gospel.  By this, they mean that it can be used as an evangelistic “tool” – as an “opening wedge” – to attract the attention of the unbeliever who, as he or she develops an illness or is just in poor health, will be interested.  Once the person is attracted by the Health Message, then the Christian can witness to the Unbeliever about the Gospel.

But this is all wrong.

In truth, the Health Message IS the Gospel – the FULL Gospel.  Jesus said so, Himself.  When Jesus performed physical healings, such as the man with the withered hand – and even resurrections from the dead - such as Jairus’ daughter, He used the Greek word sozo, which means, “to make whole.”

Jesus also used the same word, sozo, when he spoke of salvation, because the word means, “to make whole.”  Jesus is making clear to us that when the “heart=mind” is right, when we have given up our right to ourself and have given it over to God,

when we have had a CHANGE of heart, when our heart is one with God, THEN we will want to follow GOD’S way of fulfilling HIS PROMISE of healing.  We will follow GOD’S PROCESS – His Natural Ten Step Health Plan - and we will abandon completely and permanently, any way that is devised by man – by doctors!

We will trust ONLY the Great Physician, Jesus Christ, who CREATED us, and wants to Re-Create us into His image – into a New Creation in Christ.

Sozo Means – Healed AND Saved!

The word sozo in the Greek was used by Jesus for both physical healing and spiritual salvation.  The Lord is sending us a very clear message:  When the heart/mind is right - - THEN healing will occur.  Disease begins in the heart/mind – in the attitudes and in the disposition.  Since that’s where disease begins, that is where it must first be addressed.  God does not look on the outward appearance.  He looks at the heart.  Doctors cannot look there, they cannot heal the spiritual nature, and that is why they cannot heal disease!

SOZO: Strong’s Concordance, #4982

HEALED:

Mark 5:23:  And besought Him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray Thee, come and lay Thy hands on her, that she may be healed (sozo), and she shall live.

Luke 8:26:  They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed (sozo).

Acts 14:9:  The same heard Paul speak, who steadfastly behold him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed (sozo).

 

 

SAVE  (36 entries)

Matt. 1:21:  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save (sozo) His people from their sins.

Matt 18:11: For the Son of man is come to save (sozo) that which was lost.

Luke 9:56:  For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save (sozo) them.

Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save (sozo) that which was lost.

John 12:47: And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I cam not to judge the world, but to save (sozo) the world.

Romans 10:9 (The text at hand.)  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt besaved (sozo).

1 Tim 1:15: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save (sozo) sinners, of whom I am chief.

Heb 7:25: Wherefore He is able also to save (sozo) them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.

James 2:14: What does it profit, my brethren, though a man say he has faith, and has not works?  Can faith save (sozo) him?

James 4:12: There is one lawgiver, who is able to save (sozo) and to destroy; who art thou that judgest another?

James 5:15: And the prayer of faith shall save (sozo) the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

 

SAVED
(57 entries, all but 4 of them are “SOZO”)

Matt 10:22: And you shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake; but he that endureth to the end shall be saved (sozo).

John 3:17: For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved (sozo).

Acts 2:21: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved (sozo).

Acts 4:12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (sozo).

Romans 10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (sozo).

Eph 2:5: Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved (sozo).

Eph 2:8: For by grace are ye saved (sozo) through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

1 Timothy 2:4: Who will have ALL mankind to be saved (sozo), and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1 Peter 4:17,18: For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved (sozo), where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Revelation 21:24: And the nations of them that are saved (sozo) shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

WHOLE

(In the New Testament, 90 entries: 11 entries are #4982 – sozo)

Matt 9:21,22; Mark 5:28, 34; Luke 8:48,50  the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years, and merely touched the hem of Christ’s garment was told her faith had made her whole (sozo).

Mark 6:56: And whithersoever He entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought Him  that they might touch if it were but the border of His garment: and as many as touched Him were made whole (sozo).

Mark 10:46-52  In Jericho, Jesus healed the Blind man Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, and said, “Go your way; your faith has made you whole (sozo).  And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Luke 17:12-19: Ten lepers came to Jesus, asking for healing.  Jesus healed them all, but only one returned to thank Him.  Jesus said to him, Arise, go your way; your faith has made you whole (sozo).

THE OLD TESTAMENT

In the Old Testament, HEAL (in all 21 entries, HEALED and HEALETH are #7495 – the Hebrew equivalent of sozo in the Greek?

HEAL

Hosea 14;4: I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.

Jer 30:17: For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

HEALED

2 Kings 2:21,22: And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.  So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.

HEALETH

Psalm 103:3: Who forgives all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.

Is there ANY use for present-day doctors?

There are three different categories of medical problems: 1) Trauma, 2) Congenital Deformities, and 3) Disease.

God’s Promise is to “Heal ALL our DISEASES.”  Psalm 103:3.  The text says nothing about Trauma or Congenital deformities.

Trauma means “injury” such as when one breaks a leg, or is in a motor vehicle accident, or is the victim of a gunshot wound.  Jesus had Trauma.  He was beaten before He was crucified and He was injured when a crown of thorns was placed on His head.  This is NOT “Disease.” 

Trauma is NOT caused by the way one eats, lives, and handles stress.  Trauma needs to be treated and repaired surgically by a Trauma Surgeon.

Congenital Deformities or Congenital Anomalies are in the category of Birth Defects.  A child may be born with a cleft palate, or an extra digit, or a club foot, or some other anomaly.  These are NOT caused by the way the child has been living, eating, and handling stress – although, in certain instances, it MAY have been caused by the way the mother was eating, living, and handling stress while she was pregnant.

This is NOT “Disease.”  Congenital Deformities need to be surgically corrected by an appropriately trained Surgeon.

Diseases ARE CAUSED by the way we live, eat, and handle stress.  In order to get well, we must CHANGE the way we live, eat and handle stress.  We must follow GOD’S way, and NOT the ways of “man” – the ways of doctors!

Doctors learn only TWO methods of treatment: 1) Give DRUGS, to cover up the symptoms by Poisoning or Burning the patient, or 2) Take out – or cut off – the “problem” organ by mutilating surgery.

Drugs never solve the underlying problem.  They only “treat” symptoms, and they ALL have side effects.  Drugs only change the form or location of the disease, they NEVER cure the disease.  That is why, in many instances, the doctor will tell you that you have to be ON the drugs for the rest of your life.

God tells us in Revelation 18:23 that He abhors the use of drugs, because when a person is sick, and has symptoms, it is supposed to be a Red Flag warning to Turn to the Lord for the answers.  Something is wrong with the life of the person who is sick, and ONLY the Lord’s Plan can make the person well.

Only GOD can show us how to live, how to eat, how to think and act, and how to handle stress.  “Man’s” ways – the ways of “science and medicine” NEVER work in the long run.  They may make a person FEEL better temporarily, they may temporarily appear to “shrink” a tumor, but they NEVER work to REVERSE the underlying disease, because NO doctor can address the problem of the “heart/mind.”

THAT is God’s domain.  Only God can reach down into your heart, and open up for you the things you need to CHANGE in your life, who you need to forgive, how to love your enemies, how to get the selfishness out of your life.  THAT is where DISEASES begin, and NO doctor can touch that area.

God did not give us an extra supply of organs.  And organ donations are certainly NOT God’s way.

God tells us that those who give out Drug Medications are an “Abomination to the Lord” and that the WHOLE WORLD will be DECEIVED by their  “sorceries.”

“. . . for by thy (the Beast power’s) sorceries were ALL NATIONS deceived.”  Revelation 18:23

The word “sorceries” in this text, is the word pharmakeia in the Greek – pharmacy - DRUGS - in English. 

The WHOLE WORLD will be deceived by the DRUG medications prescribed by doctors.  God defines them as Sorceries and Witchcraft.  Because Drug medications are essentially the same as street drugs.  They are given to make a patient FEEL better, or to make the lab test numbers LOOK better, but they are only a temporary “Quick Fix.”  They NEVER solve the underlying problem, - the actual CAUSE of the disease, which always begins in the “heart” because we want to live, eat, and handle stress OUR way, rather than GOD’S way.

The English words sorceries and witchcraft are the numbers 3784 and 3785 in Strong’s concordance.  These words are found in: Exodus 7:11, 2 Kings 9:22,2 Chronicles 33:6Jeremiah 27:9, Daniel 2:2, Malachi 3:5, Isaiah 47:9,12, Micah 5:12, Nahum 3:4.

The equivalent words in the Greek – sorceries, and witchcraft – are numbers 5331 and 5332 in Strong’s Concordance, as found in Galatians 5:20, Revelation 9:21; 18:23; 21:8; 22:15. 

That Greek word is pharmakeia, or pharmacy – drug medications – Sorceries and witchcraft, according to the Bible. 

The Bible terms drug medications, prescribed by doctors, as Sorceries and Witchcraft – because disease is a Spiritual problem.  It begins in the “heart” – in the attitudes and disposition because we want to live, eat and handle stress our OWN way, rather than learning to trust God.

So ANYTHING – including doctor-prescribed drug medications – that pulls us away from God and HIS wisdom - and towards the world and so-called “worldly wisdom” is anti-Christ.  God says, “The wisdom of man is foolishness with God.”

Those who prescribe drug medications – doctors, pharmacologists, and pharmacists, are termed witches and sorcerers and poisoners (pharmakos) in the Bible.  God is so much against drug medications, because they lead people away from Him, that in the Old Testament, God told Israel:

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch (#3784) to live.”  Exodus 22:18 (According to the Bible, a witch is one who dispenses drug medications.)

“There shall not be found among you anyone that makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or awitch (#3784),

“Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer

For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord.”  Deuteronomy 18:10-12

It is not surprising to see that the Greek root “Phar. . .” is in all of the following words that are associated with the enemies of God and Christ:

Strong’s Concordance number:

#5328 – Pharoah – enslaved and tried to destroy the Israelites, the followers of God.

#5329 – Pharisees – those who murdered Christ

#5331 – Pharmakeia – drug medications – sorceries, also often kill those who

              take them

#5332 – Pharmakeus – one who drugs or poisons people – druggist (and

              physicians who give out drugs.  Actual definition – poisoner or sorcerer

              – one who poisons or kills.

#5333 – Pharmakos – the same as #5332

“By their sorceries (#5332 – drug medications) were ALL nations deceived.”  Revelation 18:23

These five Greek words, all beginning with “Phar”, define those who, 1) have tried to enslave and destroy the followers of God, and 2) those who murdered Christ, and 3) those who are attempting to annihilate the rest of the population of the world with drug medications.

God states anyone who gives out Drug Medications (defined as witchcraft in the Bible), should NEVER be allowed to be a part of God’s people.  In today’s era, that would mean doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and anyone else who prescribes or administers Drugs.

Witch houses and Drug stores

In the guide book “Visitor’s Guide to Salem, Massachusetts”, written in 1895 about the town where the famous Witch Trials took place, the following quote appears on page 6:

“If a stranger inquires for a “Witch house” he will be directed to a dark scowling building which is set back far enough from the sidewalk for a drug store to stand in front of it.” (Published by Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.,1895)

Witchcraft and Drugs have been associated with each other in America for over a hundred years, and they have been associated in the Bible for thousands of years!

How long have DRUGS been around?

The origin of modern Drug medicine (“Quick Fix” medicine) in “treating” disease is considered to have begun in the 1930’s and 1940’s with the discovery of the first antibiotic, Penicillin, by Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928.  Subsequently, the Drug industry exploded, and today there are more drugs (ALL of which are harmful) than one can count.

But as long ago as the 17th century, the phrase patent medicine was known, and referred to the marketing of medical elixirs.  The “medicines” were not really patented but if a particular product found favor with royalty, a letter patent authorizing the use of the royal endorsement in advertising, was issued. 

The name stuck until well after the American Revolution made these endorsements by the crowned heads of Europe obsolete.  As noted, few if any of the nostrums were actually patented, as chemical patents came into use in the USA in 1925.  And in any case, attempting to monopolize a drug, medical device, or medical procedure was considered unethical by the standards upheld during the era of patent medicine.  Furthermore, patenting one of these remedies would have meant publicly disclosing its ingredients, which most promoters wanted to avoid.

Within the English-speaking world, patent medicines are as old as journalism.  The use of letters of patent to obtain exclusive marketing rights to certain labeled formulas and their marketing fueled the circulation of early newspapers. 

Please note, nothing has changed!

A number of American institutions owe their existence to the patent medicine industry, most notably a number of the older almanacs, which were originally given away as promotional items by patent medicine manufacturers.

Many patent medicines contained herbs, or were composed of Native American recipes, and others invoked the power of electromagnetism to heal ailments.  Toward the end of the period, a number of radioactive medicines, containing uranium or radium, (Radiation) were marketed.  These apparently actually contained the ingredients promised, and there were a number of tragedies among their devotees: most notoriously, steel heir Eben McBurney Byers was a supporter of the popular radium water “Radithor”.  He contracted fatal radium poisoning and had to have his jaw removed in an unsuccessful attempt to save him from bone cancer after drinking the “radium water.”  (Cancer is CAUSED by radiation!)  Water irradiators were sold that promised to infuse water placed within them with radon, which was thought to be healthy at the time.

Those who, even today, believe that Doctors and Scientists know what they are doing when it comes to treating disease, need only to look back at the last couple of paragraphs.  All doctors admit that Radiation CAUSES cancer.  Yet, when a patient already HAS Cancer, the doctors give that patient Radiation – a “treatment” that CAUSES Cancer!

This is outrageously stupid on the part of “modern” medicine and the doctors who practice it!

When journalists and physicians began focusing on the narcotic contents of the patent medicines, some of their makers began substituting acetanilide, a particularly toxic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, discovered in 1886, for the laudanum they used to contain.  This ingredient change probably killed more of the nostrum’s users than the narcotics did, since the acetanilide was toxic to the liver and kidneys.  This compound has largely been replaced by the use of the supposedly less toxic acetaminophen, a drug that is in the same category.

Those who sold or prescribed acetanilide-containing medicines in the 1800’s are now referred to as “Quacks.”  However, acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol (a truly “Patented” medicine), considered by the U.S. government and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as a generally safe and effective pain reliever, is responsible for 56,000 injuries, 25,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths every year. 

The use of acetaminophen for a period of more than 10 days has been shown to cause risk of severe liver damage, according to the FDA’s own advisory panel.  The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study Group found that acetaminophen poisoning is the leading cause of liver failure in the nation.  Some of these instances of liver failure occur even when following the dosage recommendations printed on the bottle.

The risk of liver failure is dramatically increased if a person is taking more than one acetaminophen-containing drug at a time, and there are more than 200 over the counter products that contain acetaminophen, including medicines for pain, fever, colds, and coughs.

So WHO are the present-day “Snake Oil Salesmen”?

The present day doctors and pharmacists prescribe and sell drugs that are just as harmful, or even more so, than the supposed “Snake Oil Salesmen” of a hundred years ago.

What is the difference?  The only difference is whether Organized Medicine endorses them.  If a medicine is not controlled by the pharmaceutical companies or by Organized Medicine, it, by (their) definition, is “Quackery” because it will cut into the profits of those two groups. 

If they cannot control it, they will brand it “Quackery”!

Patent medicines were supposedly able to cure just about everything.  Nostrums were openly sold that claimed to cure or prevent venereal diseases, tuberculosis, and cancer.  Clark Stanley the “Rattlesnake King” produced Stanley’s snake oil, publicly processing rattlesnakes at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  His liniment, when seized and tested by the federal government in 1917, was found to contain mineral oil, 1% fatty oil, red pepper, turpentine and camphor, similar to today’s capsaicin and camphor liniments.

Thus, the term “Snake Oil salesman” was born.

Who are the REAL “Quacks”?

In the late 19th century, a chemical compound named Calomel was frequently prescribed by orthodox physicians as a “tonic” – taken internally - to make one “healthy and energetic.”  Calomel is Mercury chloride, a highly toxic compound.  All mercury-containing compounds are toxic to the body. 

George Washington may have died prematurely at the age of 67 because his physicians treated a respiratory illness with bloodletting and calomel. (Vadakan, M.D. V.V., (Winter/Spring 2005) “A Physician Looks at the Death of Washington.”  Early America Review, Archiving Early America.

My paternal grandfather died in 1923 from bone cancer, his body wracked with pain caused by the horrifically toxic, mercury-containing Calomel “tonic” prescribed for him repeatedly by his physician.  He died at the age of 38 leaving a young widow and six children, the oldest (my father) was 16, and the youngest was 3 years old.

My father told me many times how he would visit his father in the hospital as he lay dying as a result of the doctor-prescribed death potion, and how, as he walked down the hospital corridor towards his father’s room, he could hear him screaming in pain every time he moved the slightest amount in his bed.


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Present-day doctors shake their heads about these supposedly “unintelligent” occurrences by doctors a hundred years ago.  They think that today’s science has advanced remarkably.  But they are doing the same stupid things today.  They give numerous mercury-containing vaccinations to tiny babies and young children and claim that they are good for them, even though they cause autism and other types of brain damage, dentists put mercury-containing amalgam fillings in everyone’s teeth and claim they are harmless in one’s mouth, even though the government demands that the material must be treated as highly toxic “hazardous waste” when the filling is removed from the patient’s mouth, and is in the dentist’s hand.

In 1943, my maternal grandmother (Dr. Day's) was sent to her death by doctors who gave her the poisonous chemotherapy treatments for her cancer, by the “world-renown experts” at Memorial Hospital in New York (now known as the “famous” Memorial-Sloan Kettering Hospital).  They continued the “treatments” as she became weaker and weaker, until she and my grandfather (a well-to-do dentist) were broke from the costs.  Then they referred her to Kings’ County Hospital for the indigents, to continue the horribly painful and life-destroying chemotherapy and radiation – until they finally were successful in killing her.

So, again, just WHO are the “Snake Oil Salesmen”?

More “Brilliance” in Orthodox Medicine

While working at the Vienna General Hospital in Austria, Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis discovered in 1847 that the incidence of puerperal fever, also known as childbed fever could be drastically reduced by the use of hand washing standards.  Up until that time, doctors delivered babies with their bare unwashed hands, having no idea that cleanliness was important to decrease disease.  Without the use of hand washing, 5-30 percent of mothers died after giving birth.  After the institution of hand washing, that figure was reduced to 1-2 percent.

At that time, diseases were attributed to many different and unrelated causes.  Each case was considered unique, but Semmelweis’ hypothesis was that there was only one cause – all that mattered was cleanliness.  This was an extreme assumption at the time, and was largely ignored, rejected and ridiculed.  Even though his patients’ survival was vastly increased over all the other doctors in the hospital, he was dismissed from the hospital and had difficulty finding employment as a medical doctor.

Semmelweis was outraged by the indifference of the medical profession and began writing open and increasingly angry letters to prominent European obstetricians, at times denouncing them as irresponsible murderers.  His contemporaries, including his wife, believed he was losing his mind and he was in 1865 committed to an insane asylum.  Semmelweis died there only 14 days later, possibly after being severely beaten by guards.

Semmelweis’ practice only earned widespread acceptance years after his death.  He is now, 150 years later, considered a pioneer of antiseptic procedures.

Nothing has changed!

Nothing has changed in modern medicine.  Those who do not conform to the corporately-endorsed medical norms of orthodox medicine, even if their modalities of treatment can be proven to be far superior to the establishment’s ways, are ignored, rejected and ridiculed – and their license to practice is often revoked.  That is the power of Organized Medicine.  Its power – and its practices - approach that of the Mafia!

Do it OUR way, or WE will destroy you!

It is just as true today as it was 150 years ago – a physician is not allowed to vary from the establishment in the treatment of any disease, even if he or she can prove it to be superior.  Yet that archaic, contemptible, and stifling attitude is described by those who have it, as “progressive” and “scientific.”

God help us all!

Drugs NEVER Cure Disease

But Drugs NEVER Cure Disease and Diseases DON’T Just Happen.  We GIVE them to ourselves by the way we live, eat, and handle stress.  This is Satan’s way to take us down.  God says to us, “Turn to Me.  I want to CHANGE your life in every way.”

But Satan whispers in our ear, “You don’t need to change anything.  You can keep living, eating, acting, thinking, and handling stress the way you always have.  Here, take a PILL.  It will make you FEEL better.”  And that it will, but your disease will continue to progress, and will eventually kill you.

That is why doctors Never Have, and Never Will, find a Cure for ANY disease, because they only “treat” symptoms – with innately harmful and poisonous drugs, or by burning radiation, or by cutting out organs, none of which can CURE anything.

And organ donations are NOT the answer, because in order to receive an organ donation, the physician will have to DESTROY what is left of your immune system by giving you POISON – chemotherapy – that, in this instance, they call “Immunosuppressive therapy.”  But the drugs used are the identical drugs that are used for “chemotherapy” when you have cancer. 

And please notice that they term it a “therapy” when they are DESTROYING the ONLY system in your body that can get you well.

And an organ recipient must stay on these drugs – ALL of which will eventually CAUSE cancer – permanently, or they may reject their donated organ.

That is why it is obvious that God does NOT approve of organ donations.  God has given us the way to GET WELL – by HIS Natural Ten Step Plan.  He does not want us to have our organs removed.  He has given us the way to get our sick organs well.  All we have to do is REBUILD our immune system by following GOD’S way.

But How About Alternative – “Holistic” – Doctors?

Many people are realizing that Orthodox Doctors and their use of Drug Medicine do NOT cure disease.  On the contrary, they often result in severe pain for the patient, and major damage to the patient’s body.  Because of this, many are turning to Alternative therapies and “Holistic” doctors who rarely, if ever, use Drug “medicines.”

Aren’t they the answer to this dilemma?

“Holistic” doctors claim to treat the mind, body, and “spirit.”  That certainly sounds good.  But what do they mean by that?

They believe that the way a person eats is important – and they are right, but the “diet” they promote is NOT God’s Ideal Diet.  In fact, the vast majority of these Alternative, “holistic” practitioners don’t even believe in God.  The majority of them don’t believe in God at all, and if they do, it’s a New Age god of Eastern Medicine – a combination of Hinduisum/Budhism/New Ageism. They promote yoga, Eastern meditation – a dangerous emptying of the mind, a “spirit force” that is NOT the God of the Bible.  And it is the antithesis of Jesus Christ.

When one develops a disease and experiences symptoms, those are blessings from God and should be recognized as such.  They should be generate huge RED FLAG WARNING to you that something is wrong in your life, and that you should turn to the Lord, and that you should follow HIS ways and His ways only – NOT the ways of “man” – whether they are orthodox doctors or alternative practitioners.

Orthodox doctors will prescribe harmful DRUGS to cover up your symptoms or mutilating SURGERY to cut off your body parts or cut out your organs, “therapies” that will NEVER address the root cause of your problem.  They will o turn you AWAY from the Lord, from learning what you really need to do to get well.  Everything they promote will seduce you AWAY from changing your life – from changing your habits – from learning to know God and HIS ways.

But Alternative doctors will do the same thing, even though what they promote may be less expensive and less damaging to your body.  They will prescribe bushel baskets full of man-made vitamins, minerals, and other types of supplements, and machines, devices and black boxes that they claim will measure intermediate end-points, such as pH, and they will try to manipulate those parameters artificially. 

But what they are doing is still directing you AWAY from turning to God and HIS ways – AWAY from learning GOD’S totally Natural Health Plan.  They, too, are only treating symptoms, rather than the “heart” – the root cause of the problem.  They are incapable of treating the “heart” - because that is God’s domain.

So, whether the doctor uses orthodox therapies or alternative therapies, they are treating you in “man’s” way – NOT God’s way.  They offer you a “Quick Fix” – a way to feel better fast without having to change your lifestyle, your habits, and your way of handling stress – a way to feel better fast without having to learn to know God, up close and personal. 

God wants you to get to know Him – that is the whole purpose of life.  God wants to straighten out everything in your life, so you will be healed (sozo) spiritually first – HIS way – and then, when you follow His Health Plan – and HIS Health Plan only, with 100% commitment – you will be healed (sozo) physically as well.

God’s Way is the ONLY Way

We are on this earth for one reason only – to learn to Know God and to learn to Trust Him – for everything, including our health, our life, and the lives of our family.  That’s whyDisease is such a blessing.  It is meant to show us that we are incapable of running our own life, to make us realize our need for God to run every aspect of our life, to turn us to God to learn HIS ways, to teach us that God’s ways are true and right and that man’s ways, including the ways of the doctors, can never solve the problems of humanity.

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is death.”  Proverbs 14:12

God says to us, “Turn to Me and LIVE!”

“And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.”  Deuteronomy 30:6

“In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”  Deuteronomy 30:16

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” Deuteronomy 30:19

God’s way to physical and spiritual health has been around for 6,000 years.  It is available to everyone on the face of the earth, rich or poor, educated or uneducated.  It consists ONLY of the things that God has made, in the exact form that God has made them.  It has NO harmful side effects and it is virtually FREE.  And it will make you completely WELL.  God GUARANTEES it!

Man’s ways (the ways of “modern” medicine) have only been available for the last 70 years, or so.  They do terrible harm to the body God has given you, they are excruciatingly painful in most instances, and they are exorbitantly expensive.  And they will NEVER make you well, they will only make you worse – much worse – in the long term, and NO doctor will ever guarantee that their “therapies” will make you completely well.

So why do the vast majority of people – including “Christians – choose MAN’S way over God’s way?  Because they do NOT trust in God.  They trust in “man” – they trust in “science” – instead of trusting in God and His Word.

But the Bible tells us, “We Ought to Obey GOD – rather than man.”  Acts 5:29   We ought to Obey GOD – rather than Doctors – and science (which is constantly changing) – and medicine (which is in total darkness) – and DRUGS (that cannot cure ANY disease)!

God has promised – “I am the Lord who HEALS YOU!”  Exodus 15:26

God has promised to “heal ALL our Diseases.”  (Psalm 103:3) And He doesn’t need any help from “modern” medicine, drugs, or the doctors who use them.  In fact, God refers to all of them as an “abomination.”

God needs NO help from “man” when it comes to healing disease!

The Greek word meaning both Saved and Healed is sozo.  God tells us that when our heart is truly and permanently changed so we want to follow Jesus and HIS ways, instead of following the world’s way – the way of the worldly “experts” (doctors, ministers, government leaders) - when we truly receive salvation, THEN our physical healing will begin.

Choosing your treatment is a matter of allegiance, “Will you serve God, or will you serve man (doctors)?”

God instructs us to, “Turn to Me and be Saved/Healed.”  Isaiah 45:22 

Turn to God – and Choose Life!

Make a commitment right now, to serve God for the rest of your days. Study the Bible & Pray. Buy a juicer, affordable here, go buy large carrots and apples, any apples. Take 3 carrots and a apple, (makes 8 oz of juice) wash them in water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, to help to rinse off and neutralize pesticides, if you can't afford "organic" veggies. Rinse the vinegar water off, then cut out both ends of the apple stem and bottom of the apple (to help get rid of more pesticides) run them thru your juicer, and you now have live food enzymes that your body can actually use. If you have cancer or any kind of disease that you want to help heal faster, strain the pulp out of your juice. This lets your body rest more, so it can work on repairing your diseased cells, so it does not have to digest the fiber pulp. Twenty minutes after drinking the live enzyme cocktail....it hits your bloodstream. Now this is what kind of food we should be eating.

Dead food, like all meats, anything out of a box or a can, or bottle, taxes your system to get rid of the poisons. Live food, raw, in a natural state as possible, which most of us rarely eat these days, gives life to our bodies. Do not eat anything white. Like White Sugar, White Flour or anything with it in it. White and Brown Sugar, and artificial sweeteners make cancer grow like lightning...so don't eat ANY!

For more info on what to eat and why click here.

 

The Holy Spirit is grieved and driven away by the self-sufficiency and rude traits of character which are cherished. These unhallowed elements must be burned out by the Spirit of God. In dealing with our brethren, we must remember that they are children of God, and that he will teach one of his faithful workers as readily as he will teach another. There is no respect of persons with him. He would not have any man receive the idea that God will teach him only, and that all must come to his light. Brethrengo to Jesus, fast and pray, and wrestle with GodLet every one know for himself what the will of the Lord is; then he will not move blindly.
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When the time shall come, in the providence of God, for the world to be tested upon the truth for that time, minds will be exercised by His Spirit to search the Scriptures, even with fasting and with prayer, until link after link is searched out, and united in a perfect chain. . . .

Difficult points of present truth have been reached by the earnest efforts of a few who were devoted to the work. Fasting and fervent prayer to God have moved the Lord to unlock His treasuries of truth to their understanding. . . .

For certain things, fasting and prayer are recommended and appropriate. In the hand of God they are a means of cleansing the heart and promoting a receptive frame of mind. We obtain answers to our prayers because we humble our souls before God.

It is in the order of God that those who bear responsibilities should often meet together to counsel with one another and to pray earnestly for that wisdom which He alone can impart. Unitedly make known your troubles to God. Talk less; much precious time is lost in talk that brings no light. Let brethren unite in fasting and prayer for the wisdom that God has promised to supply liberally.

Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 187 


Fasting is not only abstention; it is an exchange where we abstain from certain things in order to “feast” on God’s Word and prayer, whereby the abundance of His grace is made more readily available to us. Whether we are partaking or abstaining, everything should be for the glory of God.

Fasting: The Secret to Greater Power

Jesus said in John 14:12, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." 

"The remnant: They teach the observance of the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them." Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27.

"Pray is the answer to every problem in life. It puts us in tune with divine wisdom which knows how to adjust everything perfectly. So often we do not pray in certain situations, because from our stand point the outlook is hopeless. But nothing is impossible with God. Nothing is so-entangled that it cannot be remedied; no human relationship is too strained for God to bring about reconciliation and understanding; No habit so deep rooted that it cannot be overcome; no one is so weak that he cannot be strong; no one is so ill that he cannot be healed. No mind is so dull that it cannot be made brilliant. Whatever we need, if we trust God. He will supply itIf anything is causing worry and anxiety, let us stop rehearsing the difficulty and trust God for healing, love and power."

But only with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

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 ensnares. But we have reason to thank God that the Captain 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}
(1) "In regard to the matter of prayer for the sick, many confusing ideas are advanced. One says, He who has been prayed for must walk out in faith, giving God the glory, and making use of no remedies. If he is at a health institute, he should leave it at once. I know that these ideas are wrong, and that if accepted, they would lead to many evils. {PH144 4.2}
"On the other hand, I do not wish to say anything that might be interpreted to mean a lack of belief in the efficacy of prayer. The path of faith lies close beside the path of presumption. {PH144 4.3}
"It is no denial of faith to use rational remedies judiciously. Water, air, and sunshine, these are God's healing agencies. {PH144 4.4}

"The use of certain herbs that the Lord has made to grow for the good of man, is in harmony with the exercise of faith," --MS 31, 1911 (written June 3, 1888)

Only those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the holy city. But there are many who take upon themselves responsibilities in connection with the work of God, who are not wholehearted believers, and while they remain thus, can not receive the seal of the living God. They trust in their own righteousness, which the Lord accounts as foolishness and presumption. {PH149 69.1}
The workers at Washington (General Conference) and Mountain View (Printing Press) need a deep, earnest heart purification through the power and grace of the Holy Spirit or they will never enter the gates of the city of God. They need to realize their need of cleansing from everything like self-importance, or they will become confused in regard to the Lord's work that must go forth in truth and righteousness. Many are self-exalted, and are in
danger of taking up with spiritualistic views that are misleading, and that will in the great day of God be found valueless. Great light such as Christ gave to the people is to be given to you, and by you to others.. {PH149 69.2}
There has been marked presumption manifested by those who claim to be the children of God. O, how much better to pass the time of our sojourning here in fear,--not in fear that the power of God is not sufficient for us, not that one of his good promises may fail; but in fear of our own sinful hearts. "Fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." We must lift the standard higher, and still higher, and in and through the grace of Christ we must attain unto it. {PH089 19.2}
Satan is constantly seeking to divert the attention of the people from the Bible. The words of God to men, which should receive our first attention, are neglected for the utterances of human wisdom. How can He, who is infinite in power and wisdom, bear thus with the presumption and effrontery of men! {PH117 8.2}
Through the medium of the press, knowledge of every kind is placed within the reach of all; and yet, how large a share of every community are depraved in morals, and superficial in mental attainments. If the people would but become Bible readers, Bible students, we would see a different state of things. {PH117 8.3}
If all of those who come together for meetings of edification and prayer, could be regarded as true worshipers, then might we hope, though much would still remain to be done for us. But it is in vain to deceive ourselves. Things are far from being what the appearance would indicate. From a distant view much may appear beautiful, which, upon close examination, will be found full of deformities. The prevailing spirit of our time is that of infidelity and apostasy--a spirit of pretended illumination because of a knowledge of the truth, but in reality of the blindest presumption. There is a spirit of opposition to the plain word of God, and to the testimony of his Spirit. There is a spirit of idolatrous exaltation of mere human reason above the revealed wisdom of God. {PH117 61.3}
There are men among us in responsible positions who hold that the opinions of a few conceited philosophers, so-called, are more to be trusted than the truth of the Bible, or the testimonies of the Holy Spirit. Such a faith as that of Paul, Peter, or John, is considered old-fashioned, and insufferable at the present day. It is pronounced absurd, mystical, and unworthy of an intelligent mind. {PH117 61.4}
Again, do not let the idea prevail that the Health Retreat is a place where the sick are healed by the prayer of faith. There are instances when this will be done, and we need to have faith in God constantly. Let no one think that those who have abused themselves and taken no intelligent care of themselves can come to the Health Retreat and be healed by the prayer of faith, for this is presumption. I see so little wisdom, so little good common sense exercised by some of our brethren that my heart is sick, sore, and distressed. They do not have sensible ideas and do not honor God. They have need of a divine touch. If the idea should once prevail that the sick can come to the Institute to be cured by the prayer of faith, you will have such a state of things there that you cannot now discern even if I should point it out to you in the best English language I could command. We need more of God, brethren, greater humility.--Letter 57, 1886, PP. 2, 3. (To Brethren Rice and Gibbs, December 17, 1886.)
It is the greatest presumption for man to assume the right of dictation and control over his fellow men. God is the owner of man. To his Maker, man stands or falls. To God he is responsible, not to his fellow men. Every man has an individuality of his own, which is not to be submerged in any other human being. The life of each one must be hid with Christ in God. Men are under God's control, not under the control of weak, erring human beings. They are to be left free to be guided by the Holy Spirit, not by the fitful, perverse spirit of unsanctified men. {18MR 225.1}
The encroachments made by men on the liberty of their fellow men are condemned by God. These encroachments, which are not seen in their true bearing, are inspired by the enemy of God, to cut off the opportunity for God to work on minds by His Spirit. Those who do not know God, who refuse to hear His voice or to be ruled by Him, will stand with cord in hand, ready to bind the Lord's workers and trammel them in their efforts. {18MR 225.2}
The path of faith lies close beside the path of presumption. Satan is ever seeking to lead us into false paths. He sees that a misunderstanding of what constitutes faith will confuse and disappoint. He is pleased when he can persuade men and women to reason from false premises. {18MR 333.4}
Long to follow on to know the Lord, that I may know that His going forth is prepared as the morning. I desire the words of my lips to be right words, the meditations of my heart to be of God. I desire to be strengthened with genuine faith. I do not want one vestige of presumption or self-confidence to appear in my life. I want faith, simple, trustful faith. I am determined to rely wholly on the promise of God, asking Him to keep my lips from evil, and my tongue from speaking guile. {21MR 117.1}
In my home I must daily seek peace and pursue it. "The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." And although the body is suffering, and the nervous system enfeebled, we must not think that we are at liberty to speak fretfully or to think that we are not receiving all the attention we should have. When we give way to impatience, we drive the Spirit of God out of the heart, and give place to the attributes of Satan. When we frame excuses for selfishness, for evil thinking and evil speaking, we are educating the soul in evil, and if we continue to do this, it will become a habit to yield to temptation. We are then on Satan's ground, overcome, weak, and without courage. {21MR 117.2}
You will have severe enough battles to fight, even when you place yourself under the best influences possible. Would it not be presumption to place yourself unnecessarily in a school where the teachers do not have respect to the Lord's commandments, where the Sabbath is not recognized as His sign? ... {LLM 184.4}
James 4:7-11 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
Isaiah 57:14-18 .....Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls [which] I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
"Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." Rebellion originated with Satan, and all rebellion against God is directly due to satanic influence. Those who set themselves against the government of God have entered into an alliance with the archapostate, and he will exercise his power and cunning to captivate the senses and mislead the understanding. He will cause everything to appear in a false light. Like our first parents, those who are under his bewitching spell see only the great benefits to be received by transgression. {PP 635.1}
There is so much more counsel for us as the professed people of God! Can we not see the need of coming up to a HIGHER standard? Are we 'gaining new heights everyday'?? We are the only ones who can look into our individual hearts, and KNOW if we are right with God. Let us not get caught in the trap of PRESUMPTION any longer! NO time to loose! We must BE READY for Jesus' soon appearing. NONE of us want to be among those in Luke 13:23-30 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you [yourselves] thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and [from] the west, and from the north, and [from] the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
Again, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING....then we must act our part. COL 333 puts the promise this way...
As the will of man co-operates with the will of God, it becomes omnipotent. Whatever is to be done at His command may be accomplished in His strength. All His biddings are enablings. {COL 333}
Blessings as we strive to go through the strait gate!

During these days of prayer we recommend on the part of all a very abstemious and simple diet, Daniel 10:3; while some may more or less abstain from food as their health may permitor their feelings prompt.

The hours were to be spent in meditation, heart searching, and prayer. . . .

Ellen G. White Volume 2 The Progressive Years 1862-1876, p. 134
The Agonizing Year of Captivity
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Daniel 10:3 "I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled." 

My brethren, be not satisfied with a superficial knowledge of truth, with a surface view of the law of God. Dig deep in the Scriptures of truth, and with an understanding enlightened by the Holy Spirit, dwell upon the holy requirements of the law of Jehovah, until you can reveal to the people their spiritual and eternal character. Your researches have not been deep enough. You need the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to aid you to search into the truth with reverence and awe, bringing your mind to the task with intense desire, that will not be quenched until you see wondrous things out of the law. Dig deep into the mine of truth, and be not satisfied until you have a more perfect comprehension as to what constitutes the strength of the law of God. You need to search and search, and to weep and fast and prayin order that you may have revealed unto you such a view of the law of God that you will be fitted to go forth and watch for souls as they that must give an account.

The Signs of the Times
10-02-93 

There are some problems too large for our faith alone to handle. This is when we need to fast. Fasting enlarges the capacity for faith. Faith does not come by fasting, but fasting can open your heart wider to receive more faith. Faith comes only by hearing God's Word, but fasting can make you more sensitive to listening to God's Word. The result is more faith.

Fasting is a dirty word among us American Christians. We don't like to hear sermons on it...but deep down inside we know it is important.

Few understand the link between power and fasting.

After failing to drive out an evil spirit from a boy, the disciples asked the Lord why they were unable to cast it out. Jesus answered, "This kind of spirit can come out only by prayer and fasting " Prayer alone could not heal this boy; it would take fasting, too.

Someone may ask, "Tom, what is the point of fasting, since fasting doesn't change God?"

It's true that fasting does not change God, but neither does prayer. Fasting and Prayer, CHANGES US! God is always the same before and after we pray. Yet no one would suggest that we stop praying. Prayer, after all, causes God to do things for us that He would not have done without our praying. The same is true of fasting. Prayer with fasting will accomplish much more than simply praying.

“But the days will come when the Bridegroom (Jesus) will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.” — Matthew 9:15 

“Fasting begets prophets and strengthens strong men. Fasting makes lawgivers wise; it is the soul's safeguard, the body’s trusted comrade, the armor of the champion, the training of the athlete.” — Basil, Bishop of Caesarea (AD 330–379)

“Fasting . . . opens the way for the outpouring of the Spirit and the restoration of God’s house. Fasting in this age of the absent Bridegroom is in expectation of His return. Soon there will be the midnight cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ It will be too late then to fast and to pray. The time is now.” — God's Chosen Fast, Arthur Wallis

Philippians 3:20 (KJV) "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:" Psalm 82:3-4 (KJV)"Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked."

Nowadays, hardly anyone is fasting, and prayer remains powerful, but not as powerful as doing both: FASTING  PRAYING. Therefore nothing is happening. Not Jesus, but Satan is victorious. Therefore, wake up, sleeping people of God! The truth is, fasting and prayer are for today! In fact, now more than ever!

First, if the Bible teaches us to do something, I want to do it. I want to obey the Lord in every way that He commands me to obey Him. And second, if fasting and praying are means to a breakthrough that God has for me, I want to undertake those disciplines so I might experience that breakthrough!

Are you in tune with GOD? These are the types of things that you can expect when you are: Many healing miracles occurred in the name of Jesus Christ, demons were cast out, moonstruck people were healed, cancer disappeared, the blind could see, cripples could walk again, tumors dried out, lame people and those with tuberculosis were cured, smoking and drinking addictions were laid down and all kinds of diseases were removed.

Biblical reasons people fast:

  • To enhance depth in our prayers – Daniel 9:3
  • For self-denial and humility when seeking God – Joel 1:13-14
  • To return to the Lord – Joel 2:12-13
  • As an appropriate response to our forgiveness – Leviticus 16:29
  • To pray for the poor and give to the poor – Isaiah 58:6-8
  • In response to death, suffering, and disaster – 2 Samuel 1:12
  • To seek God in impending danger – Esther 4:6
  • To seek God’s protection – Ezra 8:21-23
  • To find and set forth leaders – Acts 14:23
  • To seek God’s direction and will – Acts 13:1-4
  • To create a deep hunger for God and feed that hunger – Matthew 4:1-4
  • Jesus said in John 14:12, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." 


  • Make your commitment and determine the length. You can fast in many different ways. Pray and ask God what he will give you faith for in terms of the duration of the fast
  • Daniel fast, with vegetables and water, is good for those carrying a heavy workload
  • fruit or vegetable juice fast allows you to enter into fasting but still gives enough energy to function. Many people have done a 40-day juice fast. (should be fresh squeezed juice if possible)  If you have sugar sensitivities or problems (e.g. diabetes), consult your doctor before attempting this (or any other) fast
  • water-only fast has been undertaken by many people. We would not encourage this without strong medical supervision, particularly in the case of young people. Depending on your weight and metabolism, you can go forty days on water alone
  • total fast is without food or water. Do not go beyond three days without water. Discuss your plans with your doctor, church leaders, and spouse or parents. We do not encourage this type of fast without specific confirmation from the Lord

THREE KINDS OF FAST

Before we consider why fasting works, we should first understand the different kinds of fast.

The first kind is a "complete fast." A complete fast is described in Esther 4:16: "...Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day..." A complete fast is abstaining from both food and water. Notice carefully that Esther proclaimed a complete fast for three days and nights. You should never go on a complete fast for more than three days. Three days is the limit, because you cannot go without water for more than four or five days.

The second kind of fast is a "regular fast." This is when you abstain from only food. You may drink as often as you like. Some find it helpful to drink juices. You can maintain a fairly long fast this way.

The third kind of fast is a "partial fast." This is found in Daniel 10:2-3: "At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over." Daniel said that he ate no choice food. This means he ate, but not tasty foods like enchiladas, tacos, chile rellenos, and all those good foods we like to eat. This is why Daniel could fast for three weeks--a long time. We should not attempt a lengthy fast without some food.

The only fasts that were longer were supernatural fasts. Moses on Mount Sinai, Jesus in the desert are the famous fasts we think of. But these were supernatural fasts, and we should not attempt these on our own.

WHY FASTING WORKS

Why does fasting work? The answer is found in understanding how God answers prayer.

Ephesians 3:20 clues us in: "Now to him [God] who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, ACCORDING TO his power that is at work within us."

This scripture does NOT promise that God answers our prayers immeasurably more than what we ask. It only says that God is ABLE to do more than what we ask or imagine. The key phrase to understanding this scripture is the phrase "according to."

The words "according to" suggest that prayer is answered in proportion to something. That "something" is "God's power that is at work within us." In other words, God will answer your prayers according to the amount of power that is currently at work within your spirit. God uses the power working within you to answer your own prayers!

If there is little power working in your spirit, then God does little for you. If there is a lot of power working in you, then God does a lot for you. It's that simple!

The key to answered prayer is having power working within your spirit!

What does this have to do with fasting?

Very simply this. Your spirit and your flesh are in opposition to each other. One will win and gain control and the other will lose and forfeit control. Either your flesh wins or your spirit wins. If your spirit wins, then you become stronger in spirit. This will enable more spiritual power to work within you. The result is obvious: your prayers are answered.

And how does your spirit get strength? The same way your flesh gets strength. By catering to it.

Your reborn spirit gets stronger when you furnish what the spirit desires. Your spirit desires the Word of God, prayer, holiness, Christian fellowship, etc. The more you give your spirit these things, the stronger the spirit will become. The same is true with your flesh.

The primary desires of the flesh are food, water, sleep--yes, even sex. Satisfy these cravings, and the body will want more.

The flesh gains strength when it gets what it wants. We call this result "habit." A habit is formed by repeating a behavior.

Let me illustrate. I have developed a certain habit of taking a nap at about two in the afternoon. At around that time I get sleepy. The ironic thing about this is that if I don't get my hour's nap I still feel refreshed at around three--as if I had taken my nap.

I have realized that my body has developed a habit of getting sleepy at this time because I have catered to it by giving it sleep. At times I have broken this habit and not taken a nap because I had too much work to do. After a few days of going without a nap my body no longer gets tired at two.

We can develop habits such as eating at a certain hour, sleeping at a specific time, smoking at a designated period, and so forth.

The reverse is also true. The flesh loses strength when it does not get what it wants. This is where fasting can aid you in defeating the power of the flesh.

Fasting deprives the flesh of its desires, thereby crippling its strength.

Fasting causes the flesh to lose ground. Add prayer to fasting, and you can readily see the result: The flesh loses ground while at the same time your spirit gains ground.

Imagine your flesh and spirit are in a race against each other. Every time you do something for them, they move forward. So here you are. You pray, read the Word, go to church--and as a result your spirit moves forward. Yet at the same time you feed your body food as usual. So your flesh races forward, keeping up with your spirit. This goes on continually in most people's lives. And we wonder why we are not making spiritual progress--growing in faith, love, grace, and power.

What's the solution? FAST. Fasting makes your flesh go backwards, while praying will rocket your spirit forward, leaving your flesh way behind.

YOUR STOMACH WILL GROWL

Finally, let me mention one important thing about fasting. YOU WILL GET HUNGRY!

People sometimes are surprised to find how hungry they get when they fast. Even Jesus got hungry when He fasted.

This is when Satan will come to tempt you to get off your fast. He'll say, "Now, why are you fasting? Isn't it to get your mind on God?! Well, what are you thinking of right now. F-O-O-D!!! This fast is not doing you any good, because your mind is on eating. I tell you what. Give your body a "Big Mac" and I'll let you read the Bible and pray twice as long."

Oh, those thoughts will be so enticing. But don't fall for them. Your ravishing appetite is only proof of how strong your flesh has become. The devil will fight you for the first three days. This is how long it takes for the body to lose most of its hunger. When this happens, WATCH OUT! There is no greater spiritual high than breaking the hunger barrier. And you will break it, if you will last longer than three days.

Your body becomes liberated after three days of fasting. Your spirit is free to worship God without the hindrance of the flesh. Your spirit is transformed like "Arnold Schwarzenegger," ready to "terminate" the works of hell and reach into heaven to effortlessly pull down every blessing belonging to you!

 Fasting is not magic, nor does it twist the arm of God. God wants to do many amazing things, but He looks for those willing to urgently make the corrections needed in their own lives to come into line with Him. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Successful fasting is also the fastest way to learn patience. It takes patience and endurance to fast for more than a day. Many of God's tests come quicker to us when we fast, and we have a better opportunity to pass them. If we want to go far with God we would have to face these tests anyway, but much later, and in a more time consuming and difficult way. We need to "bite the bullet" and embrace the correction God wants to apply to our souls.

Helpful Hints for Your Fast (Physical)

  • Drink plenty of non-tap water. (Drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces of water per day is a good rule of thumb whether you are fasting or not.) Distilled water is most beneficial, but filtered and purified water also work well
  • It is wise to abstain from strong stimulants such as caffeinated and sugary drinks during a fast, including the artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks. Also, avoid soy protein drinks, which have been known to cause health problems during a fast
  • If you are on a juice fast, drink raw fruit juices such as apple, grape and pineapple, which are excellent sources of necessary natural sugar to stabilize blood sugar and keep energy levels up. Orange and grapefruit juice are also good, but these are not recommended for arthritis or allergy sufferers. Monitor juice acidity carefully as it can cause canker sores (mouth ulcers). Raw vegetable juices such as carrot, celery, beet or green vegetable combinations are excellent as well. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices can be made in a juice extractor or purchased ready-made (be sure to buy juices without any added sugars). Some of the benefits of drinking raw juice versus bottled are that it does not stimulate digestion (hunger) and it maintains all of its enzymes and nutritional value
  • Expect some physical discomforts because of the detoxification process, especially on the second day. You may have fleeting hunger pains or dizziness. Withdrawal from caffeine and sugar may cause headaches, but it is a part of the detoxification process. Physical annoyances may also include weariness, tiredness, nausea and sleepiness
  • During a fast, four major areas of the body are going through a detoxification process. Take care to attend to each of these:
  • The bowels/colon/large intestines — During a fast of three days or more, taking an herbal laxative (inquire at your local health store) or an enema before bedtime will help eliminate solid waste products; these can cause headaches and sluggishness if left in the body during a fast. This should be done early during the fast and then intermittently throughout the rest of the fast. The body begins detoxifying during a fast, depositing the toxins into the intestines. If you do not take a laxative or an enema, the toxins can hurt your intestines or reabsorb into your bloodstream, making you feel nauseous 
  • The kidneys — Drinking fruit juices, vegetable juices, broth, or just plenty of water will remove many toxins via the kidneys
  • The lungs — If strength permits, walk half an hour during the day to help cleanse the lungs. Also do some deep breathing throughout the day by inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth
  • The skin — Since one-third of the waste products eliminated during a fast are removed via the skin, adequate bathing is essential. Use a natural bristle body brush or loofah sponge on your skin prior to bathing, to help cleanse the skin
 

Helpful Hints for Your Fast (Spiritual)

  • Seek advice and permission before the fast. Seek medical advice before the fast, especially if you have any existing medical concerns or conditions. If you are under 18 years of age, discuss your desire to fast with your parents. Spiritual covering, submission, and unity are important factors when fasting. Discuss your plans with your church leaders. Remember, fasting is an attitude of the heart! Ask them if they would consider fasting with you
  • Fast and pray in order to humble yourself and purify your worship. In fasting we are not trying to get something from God, but seeking to realign our hearts’ affections with His. In fasting we can more readily say, “We love you, Lord, more than anything in the world.” Lust of any kind is perverted worship, but fasting enables us to cleanse the sanctuary of our hearts from every other rival
  • Don’t boast about your fast. Let people know you won’t be eating only if necessary (Mt. 6:16–18)
  • Do the fast with someone else. Two are better than one! We encourage parents and kids to consider fasting together. Several generations fasting together has a powerful impact
  • Have a clear target as your prayer focus. Without a vision (a clear, prophetic prayer goal), the people perish. Write down your vision, so you can run with it (Hab. 2:2)
  • Take time to pray and read the Word. This may seem obvious, but busyness and distractions can keep you from devotions. Reading books with testimonies of victories gained through fasting will encourage you, too. Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting by Derek Prince, Fast Forward by Lou Engle, andGod’s Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis are just some of the books about fasting that are available
  • Expect to hear God’s voice in the Word, dreams, visions and revelations. Daniel prepared himself to receive revelation through fasting (Dan. 10:1–2). There is a fasting reward (Mt. 6:18)
  • Prepare for opposition. On the day of your fast you can bet that donuts will be at the office or in class. Your spouse (or your mom) will suddenly be inspired to cook your favorite meals. Press through. Many times you may feel more tension build at home. Satan tempted Jesus on the fast, and we must expect the same. Discouragement may come in like a flood, but recognize the source and take your stand on the victory of Christ
  • If you fail, don’t give in to condemnation. The “to fast or not to fast” dilemma can be a major tool of the enemy. Even though you may fail several times, God always extends grace. Just hit the “delete” button and continue on your fast
  • Feel free to rest a lot and continue to exercise with supervision
  • Breakthroughs often come after a fast, not during it. Do not listen to the lie that nothing is happening. It is our conviction that every fast done in faith will be rewarded

Examples of Fasting and Prayer and the Purpose God Had in It

Ezra the priest fasted for God's protection while carrying valuable things for God's temple. We too can fast for God's protection. (Ezra 8:21-23)

Daniel the prophet fasted for the fulfilment of God's promises, and received mighty revelations from God. (Daniel 10:3).

Jesus fasted and spoke the Word of God to overcome Satan (See Matthew 4:1-10; Luke 4:1-13).

Jesus fasted to begin his public ministry, and have the power of God and the anointing. (Luke 4:14).

Elijah needed to fast 40 days before he heard God's voice again. (1 Kings 19:8)

Moses fasted to receive the Ten Commandments and the Law of God, and to see God's glory and goodness.

The elders, prophets and teachers in Antioch fasted and ministered to God, which resulted in the launching of Paul and Barnabas' apostolic ministry to the Gentiles (Acts 13:2,3). Likewise we should fast and pray before getting involved in full time ministry and mission work.

Jesus says to us in Matthew 6:16, "When you fast..." not "If you fast". A true disciple of the Lord will fast at times.

God made it clear through the prophet Joel that the last days outpouring of the Spirit will be in proportion to our fasting and crying out to God in humility, hunger and repentance. (Joel 1:5; Joel 2:12).

Even wicked King Ahab's fast moved God so that he did not bring full judgment down on him in his own lifetime (1 Kings 21:27).

The Pain of Fasting

Fasting is not easy. There are degrees of fasting, of course. The pain of fasting is twofold. The physical pain is due to the detoxification of our bodies. All the accumulate poison and garbage starts to come into our blood and we feel dreadful. This can be alleviated by fasting on juice. With juice fasting you have some control on the speed of your body's detoxification.

The soulish pain is due to the conflict in the spiritual realm between your flesh and the Spirit of God. This goes behind the natural desire to eat. There is soulish pain because:

1. Most times our bodies are demanding food 3 times a day and complain that food is needed when they are denied. A little training in fasting soon clears up this misconception.

2. You cannot use food as an emotional crutch to give pleasure, drowsiness, satisfaction and escape. Instead you must depend on God for comfort.

3. You are brought face to face with other painful issues in your life. God reveals the need for you to forgive others, to repent of your wicked ways, to stop running from Him and start trusting Him. There is thus also a spiritual and soulish detoxification which happens when we fast.

4. You will be attacked by demonic forces seeking to induce you to give up the fast. Jesus experienced this in the wilderness with Satan (Matthew 4:1-10). Great spiritual victories are won or lost on our willingness to endure spiritual hardship and temptation out of love and faithfulness to the Lord.

5. You will experience weakness at times, and we like to feel strong and in control. Fasting teaches us dependence upon God.

Hebrews 12:23 "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,"

"The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chap. xix, 10, 'is the spirit of prophecy.' Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the Devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to Heaven without seeing death, 'ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS, where is the good way, and walk therein,' then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them. "The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27.

As a result of these experiences with fasting, which were unknown to me before, I can only advise everyone to train themselves in fasting and fervent prayer, to overcome sexual desires, criticizing, faultfinding, appetite, and any ans all besetting sins; as well as to revive deep spiritual blessings and power. You can be sure of success.

Before time is over, every single one of us will go through the very same test as the rich young ruler, and demonstrate which way we are going to go.  We will show the whole universe what we love the most.  Do you know why?  Because right at the end, Ellen White says God’s people are delivered, those people who sacrificed all for Christ will be secured.  (See The Great Controversy, 613, 314.)  You see, they will have done what Peter and John did, they left everything and followed Him. 

There is another way the sifting works.  The practical application of truth in the life, and this has to do with temptation too.  “The world is the instrument that sifts the church and tests the genuineness of its members.”  “Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 6, 1102.  The world!  How does the world sift God’s people?   The world holds out inducements.  Have you ever experienced that?  But you have to compromise something to get it.  So you get tested as to who and what you love the most

Fasting and prayer is one of the most powerful spiritual combinations on earth. True fasting brings humility and alignment with God. It breaks the power of flesh and demons. It kills unbelief and brings answers to prayer when nothing else works.

It has been well said that prayer is not preparation for the battle - prayer IS the battle. And of all the things we can do to enhance the power and focus of prayer, fasting is doubtless the most potent.

This is where the power is at, because fasting puts us in harmony with an All Powerful God who demands humility from those who wish to be close to Him. Fasting humbles the flesh. When it is done for that purpose, it pleases the Spirit of God.

You can go a certain distance in God, and experience many things, without fasting much, but the highest, richest and most powerful blessings always go to those who together with other disciplines, fast much unto God. The most significant Biblical characters, with the possible exception of Abraham, were all men of fasting and prayer. Jesus, the Son of God, was a man of fasting and prayer (Matthew 4:2). So was the apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 11:27). Moses fasted 80 days. Elijah fasted 40 days. The early church fasted before starting any major work. 



A Fast and Prayer Meeting

In 1946 a group of believers from various denominations gathered together in San Diego to get more information on the subject of fasting and prayer. Many of them started a consecrated fast. Some even fasted from 21 to 40 days without any break. They all cried out in prayer for a world-wide revival, for the salvation and healing of mankind and an out-pouring of the Holy Spirit with gifts just like at the time of the apostles.

The result of this convention was marvellous. Many healing miracles occurred in the name of Jesus Christ, demons were cast out, moonstruck people were healed, cancer disappeared, the blind could see, cripples could walk again, tumours dried out, lame people and those with tuberculosis were cured, smoking and drinking addictions were laid down and all kinds of diseases were removed. Crowds of people came to the front at the end of the meetings, to be baptised with the Holy Spirit.

However, before beginning a fast you have to consider whether your life with the one and ONLY TRUE God and man is in order, otherwise it is useless according to ISAIAH 58:1-7. Only if these conditions are fulfilled, and your life is clearly adjusted to the Word of God, can the 20 promises in verses 8-14 become reality.

John 8:42 "Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me."

John 20:17 "Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."

If one were to look at the scripture without any preconceived ideas, what is found is that prayer is addressed to GOD only, in the NAME of JESUS CHRIST of Nazarath. In Gal. 5:19-22, much of what is blamed on demons is really man's fallen nature, expressing itself through his flesh. Although demons can entice and exaggerate our flesh indulgences we can honestly blame ourselves for most of the activity we see today. The devil can tempt us, but he cannot MAKE us sin. Only by submitting to GOD in the name of Jesus, can we resist the Devil. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7.

If one is under attack by the enemy, James 4:7 tells us to submit to God, resist, and the devil will flee. Whatever we might be disobedient in, we then submit to God first, then resist, and the enemy will no longer have a foothold in our lives.

While we see in scripture Satan is the prince of this world, John 12:31 God of this world 2 Cor. 4:4 and the prince of power of the air. Eph. 2:2. Ephesians 2:2 (KJV) "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:"

Although we can greatly affect our physical and material well-being through exercising things like wisdom, prudence, planning, and wise and discerning stewardship, ultimately we are always dependent in every aspect of our lives on the sovereignty of God. In fact, the sovereignty of God is a most vital principle of Scripture, yet one frequently ignored or misunderstood today.

Matt. 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” All authority has not been passed on to us. We need to be under his authority to have any.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father.

We cannot stop other people from committing their sins by binding the demons. While prayer does move the hand of God to do miraculous things we do not have the authority to do what only God himself can do. Essentially each person has to make a choice on their own. If someone does not want to be delivered we cannot force deliverance over a person or a city. Spiritual warfare is a personal resistance for each of us against our own sinful desires which the enemy will use to his advantage. He will try to annul our effectiveness and tempt us to walk contrary to the word of God.

The authority to 'bind and loose' was given specifically to the original disciples in Matthew 18:18.

"When we speak His name, the resources of Heaven are loosed for us." Personal encounters with Jesus will 'ruin' us regarding the spirit of this world and render us desperate to "know Him more" and "intimately."

Have you ever wanted to be used by God to heal people in the name of Jesus Christ? I have news for you: He wants to use you too! Today I want to show you how simple it really is.

Confess aloud daily (1) Jesus was punished that I might be forgiven + (2) Jesus was wounded that I might be healed.
JOHN 17:11 (NIV)    "Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your NAME, the NAME You gave Me.
ACTS 4:29-30 (NIV)    29Enable Your servants to speak Your word with great boldness.  30Stretch out Your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.

Matthew 10:1 TPNT    After He (Jesus) summoned His 12 disciples, He gave them authority (power) over unclean spirits, so that they could cast them out and heal every disease and every sickness.
(Spiritual insight = Reminder, this was after they were born again, but before they had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.)

Fasting

Hardly anyone is aware of how much food the average person consumes during the period of one month, and how high the cost for this is. The drinker and the smoker do not think much about their consumption of alcohol and tobacco - they consider it as normal. On top of this there are costs for food and drink, living and clothing, maybe even intellectual training, leisure activities, sports, etc. Donations for other purposes; for the Kingdom of God, for the needs of his own soul, are left until last and are rarely, or never considered.

Most people eat too much. According to information released by Health Authorities, today's sophisticated society is suffering self-poisoning through too much eating, drinking and smoking. Who amongst the saints of today is giving heed to the following scriptures: "Giving all diligence... add to your faith... temperance..." (2 PETER 1:6); "Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul" (1 PETER 2:11) - Therefore, should not true believers seriously "turn to the Lord with fasting and prayer"? (JOEL 2:12)

Have the people of God (not to mention people in general) ever understood, why God sent us the times of famine right after the two World Wars? Was it not also because the commandment of abstinence and fasting had been badly neglected amongst the saints for centuries?

How destructive has the indulgence of people in the world affected the subject of sex! On the other hand, how blessed is a temporary fast, which contains the lusts of the flesh. William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, said: "Poor nourishment contributes much to temperance. Therefore, eat for the sake of living, but do not live for the sake of eating."

Jesus did not want His disciples to fast according to the worthless manner of the Pharisees, which is why He did not instruct them to do so. He only taught them about a more sincere way of prayer, once they themselves had realised with shock, how much prayer was lacking in their own lives. After He departed from them, they learned how to pray and fast in the right way; for then the whole responsibility of the Kingdom of God rested upon them.

We can assume that the 120 people praying for the out-pouring of the Holy Ghost, 10 days before Pentecost, also fasted at the same time, because they stayed at the same place throughout. This means they did not return to their houses to eat. The Lord's Ascension which they saw with their own eyes was so powerful that they forgot all earthly things. This brought forth all heavenly things in such a manner that their whole desire and longing was focused towards the power from Heaven; the Holy Spirit.

Whoever has the same attitude today, will be able to experience his own Pentecost, which is the baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire.

The apostles also fasted frequently afterwards, e.g., when the first missionaries were sent out (ACTS 13:2), and also when Elders were brought into their offices (ACTS 14:23). The centurion, Cornelius, was seeking the Lord with prayer and fasting (ACTS 10:30). Paul exhorts us to have times of abstinence in marriage, "that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer" (1 CORINTHIANS 7:5). He stresses therein, that he is proving himself in fasting to be a servant of God (2 CORINTHIANS 6:5).

Practical Points

In order to enhance the positive effect of fasting in the initial stages, it is recommendable to drink some salted water for the cleansing of the bowels. Add 2 level teaspoons of Glauber's salt to 1/4 litre of hot water and drink it. You can take this at any time, even when not in a fast, but with an empty stomach, in order to cleanse your body. During a fast, it should not be taken before the first day.

Fasting gets easy when you observe the following guidelines: When your feeling of hunger has gone after a few days, go into deep and intensive prayer. Then you will gain the right spiritual results. Without prayer your fasting is ineffective and in vain.

It is recommended to drink mineral water instead of ordinary domestic water. You should drink hot or warm water to avoid stomach cramps and other inconveniences. Never drink cold water, unless it is taken very slowly. This is advisable especially for slim people, and during a fast in cold weather. A certain hindrance are the well-meant persuasions of over anxious friends and relatives, who try to convince the patient believer to break the fast prematurely, as they fear for his physical well-being. Should you have fallen for these persuasions, take courage and at some time renew the fast again. By God's grace you will succeed.

You may feel tired during the early or final days of the fast. Nevertheless, you can continue to work and get your day's duties done if the work is not too hard. During this period however, your prayer will most likely not be as concentrated and effective.

Physical movements like getting out of bed, etc., should never be done suddenly and quickly, as this could cause disturbances in your blood circulation, followed by fainting. After your bodily poison has been secreted, you will feel better both spiritually and physically. Pain, dizziness, weakness, and other physical complaints will disappear. On the other hand the various physical organs as well as your sense and mental abilities will be stimulated. The result of this is the gaining of a certain spiritual authority, with prayers being answered and many other things that you previously thought impossible.

How long should you fast?

  1. Until we finally know that God has heard our prayer. For this you have to get the assurance whether to have a short (1-10 days) or a longer (20-40 day) fast.
  2. As long as our health and physical condition permits, without resulting in damage.

Four Cleansing Methods

  1. The pores of the skin are channels through which the body secretes much poison, and this happens particularly during a time of fasting. This is the reason why Jesus says: "Wash thy face" (MATTHEW 6:17). It helps a lot to bathe more frequently than usual.
  2. The kidneys are activated by drinking water frequently, therefore the urine is diluted and poison is flushed out.
  3. The lungs are there to secrete the body's poison through breathing. Therefore it is necessary to be out in the fresh air, to take deep breaths of fresh air, as well as often opening the windows.
  4. The bowels are also an important means of secretion. Do not worry if the bowels almost stop working altogether, as this is only because there is no supply of nourishment. In an emergency, a clyster would be of some help. It would also be good to do some physical activities, like sport.

Fasting is the best means to break physical disabilities. This applies especially to stomach complaints. During a long fast your stomach is virtually renewed. This is the reason why it is necessary to break the fast gently. You should not immediately start with too much food; but gradually, with fruit juices followed by some fresh fruit.

If you are in bad health, fasting will be of great benefit to your body. Fasting has a rejuvenating effect on the glands, kidneys, liver and the blood, as well as the throat and eyes, etc.

Considering all these points above, it is clear that fasting and prayer can only benefit your physical well-being. Jesus would never have recommended such temperance if it were to have a bad effect upon our body.

Of course you should sleep and rest as usual. If possible during a fast you should try to rest a little more often than usual.

Water Intake

Just as we apply water to cleanse our body outwardly, we need to do the same for our inner organs. Therefore we rinse out our mouth after eating, to remove food remains before they damage our teeth. Our stomach also needs to be cleansed by water. If we fail to drink water while we fast, the stomach will not be cleansed and will shrink, which can cause a slightly bent posture. Without drinking water, the inner organs will remain constipated and the body uncleansed. Therefore the secretion channels will not be able to function. Thus the consumption of water is all the more essential.

The drinking of water does not hinder the fasting person from drawing nearer to God. Water is pure and is used as a parable of salvation and of the Holy Spirit, of whom Jesus says:

"Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But 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." JOHN 4:13-14

Water evaporates upwards. Food remnants decompose back into the ground. Water does not have a stimulating effect like food, for the latter nourishes the desires. Water does not have this kind of effect.

During a fast, the pores of the skin, i.e., those of the face, are filled with the secreted poison of the body. This is the reason why we should wash or bathe as much as possible. After approximately 2 weeks of fasting the most poisonous factors in a healthy body will be secreted with the help of water. From the context of the scriptures you can see, that Jesus Himself also drank water during His 40-day fast. It is not said in MATTHEW 4:2-11 that He was thirsty, but that He fasted. Further, it is said that He hungered in the end, which means, the longing for solid food came through powerfully. Also, when Jesus miraculously fed the 4000 people (MARK 8:3), bread and fish were offered, not water, although the people had been fasting for 3 days. Water was plentifully available in the creeks nearby. To suffer thirst is much harder than to suffer hunger. Not one of the scriptures above mentions the need to drink. This shows that water was available.

Vanishing of Natural Desires

“In the sifting process, every cherished pleasure that diverts the mind from God must be sacrificed.” The church is going to be sifted.  It says in the book, Maranatha, page 48,  “Every true child of God will be sifted as wheat.”  So who is going to get sifted?  It is not just the world.  We read in Isaiah 30 they are going to get sifted, but God’s people are going to be sifted also.  Every child of God . . . that is you, that is me. The Spirit of Prophecy says the Lord is sifting His people right now.  (See Testimonies, vol. 4, 51.)

In Book 3 of Selected Messages, 384, it says “All the policy in the world cannot save us from a terrible sifting, and all the efforts made with high authorities will not lift from us the scourging of God, just because sin is cherished.  If as a people we do not keep ourselves in the faith and not only advocate with pen and voice the commandments of God, but keep them every one, not violating a single precept knowingly, then weakness and ruin will come upon us.” "I saw that they would have to be sifted and sifted, until they were freed from all their errors, or they could never enter the kingdom.”  Early Writings, 62, 63.

How does Jesus sift people?  Well, this is very interesting. Jesus sifts people with the truth.  You may ask, what are you talking about?  We were just talking about being sifted by fanaticism and heresy, and now you are saying I can be sifted by the truth?  That is right.  The difference is the heresy or the fanaticism sifts you, if you accept it.  Truth sifts you, if you do not accept it.  Again, Christ said that “he that is not for Me is against Me, and he that gathers not with Me scatters abroad.”  Matthew 12:30.  The plain words of truth, spoken by our Saviour, sifted His followers down to a few faithful ones who laid the foundation of the Christian church.

What did Jesus want?  He wanted people who were thoroughly converted.  He did not want somebody who is half-hearted.  So He applied a sifting test over and over again to sift out people who were half-hearted.  Here is what happened.  Many of the people who were wealthy, honorable, and educated, when they listened to the teachings of Christ, were charmed by them, and they had a desire to follow Him.  Then why did they not follow?  Because Jesus did something that sifted them out.  Do you know what He did to sift them out?  

There is a saying among preachers, at least there used to be, that it is when you make religion practical that you start stepping on people’s toes.  As long as you are dealing in theological theories, then it is all right.  But when you start making it practical, asking how does this work out in my every day life, then people get offended.  That is what Jesus did, and that is the way He applied the sifting test.  Many of the wealthy, honorable, noble ones of the world were charmed by His teachings, and they wanted to follow Him, but why didn’t they?  “When the truth in its practical bearings was brought home to their hearts and lives, they drew back, and walked no more with Jesus.”  Review and Herald, December 2, 1875.

Man has four different desires:

  1. The spiritual desire, the longing for God.
  2. The desire for food.
  3. The sexual desire.
  4. The covetousness for possession, power and luxury.

All these needs can be justified to a certain degree.

The first desire does not take any effect at all in most people because it is suppressed by the other three.

The second and third desires degenerated into major vices in ancient times, of which Paul warned severely in 1 Thessalonians, chapter 4: "abstain from fornication..." also, "that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such."

The fourth, covetousness for improvement of one's life, degenerates into greed for money, possession, power and luxury. It is a modern trump card in Satan's hand.

However, with fasting, a miracle occurs: first of all, the second desire - hunger - vanishes. After approximately 10 days of fasting the weakness is gone. Thereafter the sexual desire disappears too. If the person who is fasting continues in fervent prayer to be united with God, the fourth desire - covetousness, is taken from him; or at least so much diminished, that it is hardly noticeable.

To the same degree, as fleshly lusts decrease through fasting, the spiritual longing for God is increased:

"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God." PSALM 42:1

Now, the spirit of prayer becomes alive and an inner urge to pray arises, wherever you are. It is the Holy Spirit who is working by His moving force.

However, at times of such spiritual growth you have to be aware of satanic counter attacks and afflictions. At times there seems to be a wall in front of us which is a hindrance to our prayers. Dear reader, do not be discouraged! If you endure in spite of all, victory will be yours. Do not forget that you are standing in the middle of a fiery spiritual battle!

Breaking the Fast

The longer the fast lasts, the more attention is needed when the regular diet shall be resumed. Gradually, our stomach has to become active again. This takes some time. In the days of the Bible, Israel, the Prophets and Christ were familiar with the dietary-laws of Moses and the prophets. They all knew about the necessary hygiene involved in breaking a fast. After a long fast the stomach has become like a child's. Therefore it is not to have a normal, regular meal immediately after the end of the fast, even if it was for 2 or 3 days only. It could cause very severe physical repercussions. You should begin with fruit juices, fresh fruit (or canned fruit) and light soups, followed later by vegetables and milk, all in small quantities, until approximately the fourth day. You should not begin with your normal diet until a similar length of time as you actually fasted for has passed. The slower you proceed back to your normal diet, the healthier it is for your body and your nervous system.

The loss of weight during a fast is on average 1 lb. daily. This depends, however, on the weight of the person. A heavy person will lose more than 1 lb. at the beginning, whereas a slim person will lose less. In general, the loss of weight becomes less towards the end of a fast.

Consequences of Fasting

Dr. Tanner fasted on three occasions for 40 days at a time and explained that every time in the second half of the fast, the inexpressible glory of the heavenly world was revealed unto him. He reached the age of 92 and attributed his old age to the blessing of fasting. He proved that even today it is possible to fast as Jesus Christ did, for 40 days, without suffering any damage. Dr. Tanner was not only a doctor but also a determined Christian too.

Luther was fasting for days while translating the Bible. This might be the secret of his excellent Bible translation. Surely, his great faith and his immense victory by enforcing the Reformation have their origin in his prayer and fasting.

Nowadays, hardly anyone is fasting, and prayer remains powerless without fasting. Therefore nothing is happening. Not Jesus, but Satan is victorious. Therefore, wake up, sleeping people of God!

In the year 1932 God through His grace gave me the first blessed revival campaign. I only knew three families in the oil-town of Novata in Oklahoma. One of them had devoted themselves to praying and fasting. After a time, as we had prayed and fasted together before the beginning of meetings, we had the assurance that every member in our little group had clearly been born again. We then secured a large property for open-air meetings. This was during the warm season.

From the first meeting onwards, crowds of people came. The rush of people increased more and more. Then God began to work. A lady with broken ribs was driven to the meeting and brought to the front on a stretcher. She was instantly healed. The same happened to a deaf and dumb boy and a man whose arm was paralysed. Many people were baptised with the Holy Spirit.

Further Blessed Consequences of Fasting

in Battleford, Sask., Canada

The beginning of the revival when approximately 70 students gathered together to read the Bible and exercise themselves in fasting and prayer. About 3 months later a sudden revival broke out in a room where all the students met for their morning assembly. Day by day the glory of God fell by His wonderful power. Deep repentance and humility came upon every one of us. Some would fast for 1 or 2 weeks, others even longer. Some even 40 days.

Before all this happened, it was as if we were standing in front of a wall and could not offer anything of value to the Glory of God. While we continued with our quiet Bible studies, we received the book about "Fasting and Prayer" by brother Franklin Hall. We instantly started to fast and to pray. Until that moment we never experienced the effects of persevering fasting, in which we were about to partake. The revival would not have been possible without the teaching of this wonderful truth.

A further essential help for the preparation of our hearts was the arrival of brother Branham in Canada, with his healing ministry.

The Revival is still going and the Glory and the Power of God cover the entire area. There was no loud chattering or laughing, everyone went calmly in reverence of the workings of the living God.


This week, I received a question from a man named Jeff who asked, "How should I pray for healing?" This article is meant to answer that question. 

The first thing you need to know is that healing the sick doesn't require any special power or godliness on your part. Instead, it happens because Jesus dwells in you through faith.

Acts 3:1-8--One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 

Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
 (NIV)

A few verses later, we read: 

Acts 3:11-12, 16--While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon's Colonnade. When Peter saw this, he said to them: "Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?....By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see." (NIV, emphasis added)

First, Peter said he was healing the man with something he "had." Peter said, "What I have, I give you..." What did Peter have? He had the power of the Holy Spirit actively at work in his life! 

Second, Peter assured the crowd that this was not the work of his own power or godliness. Rather, it was the name of Jesus and the faith that comes through Him. If we want to heal people, then we need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ so that we can share in His authority. 

There is no formula for healing. The key is simply to walk by faith and remain sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Notice all the different ways Jesus healed blind people. Some he touched, some He spit in the dirt to make mud and put the mud on their eyes. Some He spit directly on their eyes. Some were healed instantly, some were ministered to a couple times before their healing was complete, and some He sent away to wash somewhere else.

Jesus was constantly changing up His methods, which proves that method has nothing to do with it. It's all about relationship with God. God will show you the right method through His Holy Spirit.

Naturally, we can be intimidated by the possibility of using the wrong method. "What if I spit in the person's eyes and nothing happens?" 

Don't be afraid of messing up. God will use whatever you give Him. If He tells you to do one thing and you do another, He may discipline you later, but it isn't going to have any adverse outcome for the person being healed.

In Numbers 20, God told Moses that if he spoke to a rock, He would pour out water for the Israelites to drink. Instead, Moses struck the rock. God disciplined Moses, and he didn't get to set foot in the Promised Land (at least until centuries later with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration). Moses was disciplined for using the wrong method, but water still came out of the rock!

Don't be afraid of using the wrong method to heal someone. God just wants to heal them! If you're not sure what to do, then just pray for the person. Again, the point is not the method but the God who is at work in you.

When it comes to typical healing prayer (meaning that God has not given me some other instruction to carry out), I simply place my hand on a person and thank Father God for His love toward them. Then I ask Him to heal the person completely. It's that simple. I usually don't spend more than 20 or 30 seconds praying for healing--otherwise it starts to become about me.

Occasionally I'll speak to the condition itself. For instance, I might say, "I command cartilage to grow in the name of Jesus."

Often times, I’ll even be silent and wait on the Lord, trying to sense when He has completed the healing.

I always ask the person if there's something they couldn't do before that they would be willing to try out. Then I ask if there's any improvement. Sometimes the healing is instantly complete, and other times it's like the blind man who Jesus had to minister to twice before he was completely healed. 

Mark 8:22-25--They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?" 

He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." 

Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
 (NIV)

If a person says, "It's a little better," I respond, "Good! That means it's working! Let's pray again!." Then I pray a second time. It's not uncommon to pray five or six times before the healing is complete. Remember, Jesus taught us to be persistent. 

If we truly believe that Jesus paid for the healing of every disease, then our actions should follow suit. We should pray for everyone. If you can honestly say that Jesus' sacrifice didn't pay for someone's healing, then you're not responsible to pray for them. Good luck finding that person because they don't exist! Jesus paid it all!

Kelley, Earthquake    Order book #1122 "Bound to Lose, Destined to Win"   http://earthquakekelleyministries.org/books/    
Chapter 6 Death and Rebellion - "I heard the Holy Spirit say, 'These are not human beings.  They are evil spirits from the kingdom of hell.  Their master, the devil, sent them...The weapons of your warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.  Use the name of Jesus.  Plead the blood'...Each time I became fearful, or each time I suffered intense pain, I called on the name of Jesus.  His presence came into my room and left peace in my spirit."

What is the Believer’s Authority

We see Jesus, Paul and seventy disciples casting out demons (not from Christians) in Luke 10: 19. Jesus gives the 70 disciples authority over serpents and scorpions and all the power of the enemy. This statement meant all the different workings of the enemy. (Examples of casting out demons Jesus Mk.5:1-20, the 12 apostles Mt.10:1, 70 disciples Lk.10:17, others Mk.9:38-39, Philip Acts 8:7 Paul Acts 19:11-12 .

Luke 10:19-20 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.20 “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Mark 9:28-29And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast him out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” They still did not have the power to cast a certain demon out. Jesus said these do not go out except by prayer and fasting.

The disciples clearly did not have all authority because some demons did not leave and Jesus told them these do not come out without prayer and fasting ,in other words they had to rely on God not the authority given to them.

In other words we are to pray to God. Not bind up or punch out the demon. We do not have ALL authority, Jesus does. But casting out demons was not the major theme of their ministry. After the disciples came back using the authority given to them Jesus said, instead they should rejoice over their names being written in the book of life. Their ministry was to have the Gospel preached, it alone is the power of God to set people free. When one has Christ living in them, the power of the enemy is broken. (I John 3:8) One can certainly cast out a demon, however Jesus said if the house that is swept clean is not filled it will be in worse shape since the enemy will come back with seven more demons making the latter state worse than the first. (Mt.12:43-45)

When someone blames a demon for whatever habit of sin they may have been entrapped in, they then depend on their deliverance by an anointed deliverer to have it remitted. They then go home with the impression that the problem is cured not realizing that most of their battle comes from the sin nature that still dwells within. Whether it is a smoking demon or one of bad eyesight or just plain lust it never goes away and then they are under the impression of having another satanic attack because it resurfaced. This is all a placebo which works form the power of suggestion only. They have never dealt with the real source of the problem. The scripture says otherwise that as long as we are in these bodies we will wrestle against our old nature which continually comes back to life . This is why Paul said reckon your old self as dead. A demon cannot ever make someone do something unless they gravitate toward that already Jm.1:14-16.

When Moses conquered the Egyptian gods by Jehovah’s hand , Israel was finally delivered from Pharaoh’s oppression they did not go back in and conquer the land and take it for God. They headed for the promised land and so should we. Our eyes should be on the heavenly land we are citizen’s of, not an earthly dominion. Also an important note is that it was when the blood of the lamb and the word of the Lord was instituted that they were set free. It was trusting in what God said to protect them.

1 Jn.3:18 it states “The Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the Devil.”

Notice it says his works not the Devil himself. Satan was defeated at the cross. Col.2:15 “Having disarmed principalities and powers He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” The devil and his angels fate is already sealed yet God allows them to continue. But they have no power over a Christian. He works in the sons of disobedience and will continue to do so until he is bound by God, not us.

What is Biblical binding and loosing

For us to understand its true meaning, we need to go to the text it was first used in Matt. 16:13-20. (Remember, all scripture is to be read in its context for us to understand the original intent of the author.)

Matt. 16:13-20 -- Jesus asked the disciples a direct question of who they say He is. Peter is then given a revelation from the Father calling Him the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.

Jesus then states He will build His Church on Peter's statement of who He is. (Meaning the deity of Christ is what the Church is built on -- this is the fundamental confession of faith.) And the gates of hell will not overcome it ever. In Vs. 19 We see the term we are looking into -- Jesus speaks to Peter and gives him the keys of the Kingdom. “Whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven”.

Giving keys to a person signified an entrusting with him to do an important task, in the scriptures they are used a symbol of authority and power, which is given specifically to Peter for his role in the beginning of the church.

Binding and loosing were used in two different manners judicially and legislatively. The traditional meaning was used in a -judicial sense “to bind” meant to punish, “to loose” meant to release from punishment.

Used legislatively “to bind” meant to forbid something, “to loose” meant to permit.

The terms of binding and loosing were used by the Rabbis as legislative authority in interpreting scripture. The Pharisees used this authority to permit laws that were forbidden and forbid laws that were permitted. By doing this they elevated their own authority to add onto the scriptures extra laws which were man-made and became tradition.

We see Peter using the keys beginning in the book of Acts, when the Church is born. He used his authority by opening the door to three groups to enter the body of Christ on three separate occasions, using the keys legislatively (loosing) to permit that which was formerly not permitted such as the gentiles to be part of Gods kingdom by faith.

In Acts 2:5-41 - In his first sermon to the Jews on Pentecost, 3,000 Jews were saved (although the Jewish people are given the Gospel first and are the natural branches in the olive tree, the church is beginning to be formed, it will consist of both Jews and gentiles as believers in one body). Eph. 2:14-17.

In Acts 8:14-17 - To the Samaritans, Philip preached, they believed, vs. 12 -- Peter then came and laid hands on them, vs. 17 -- (both Peter and John).

Peter used the keys in a judicial sense binding punishing Annanias and Sapphirra for their lying to the Holy Spirit.

Peter also uses these keys in a legislative sense of ‘loosing” something after he has the vision in Acts 10:9-48. The Lord was telling him to eat what was on the sheet. Peter refused because it was forbidden to eat unclean animals under the mosaic Law. After three times of the Lord saying to eat because they are now clean, Peter then begins to contemplate what the vision means. This had a two-fold meaning at now what was once forbidden as food is now permitted, from this Peter concludes as he sees that the Lord had cleansed all by his blood.

In Acts 10:44-48 - To the Gentiles - Peter used his authority to permit these into the body of Christ, by recognizing God's work that was done by Spirit baptism. (I Cor. 12:13)

Other Examples of Keys Used in the Scripture

Isaiah 22:22 -- Eliakim is given the key to the House of David. To Bind and loose” was the function of a gatekeeper” or “steward” (oikonomos) He would have the keys so he could go into the temple area having access to the presence of God.

Revelation 3:7 -- Jesus addresses the faithful church of Philadelphia. He, Jesus, has the Key of David (rulership - Isaiah 9:6-7). And is able to open and shut doors for His churches work in a legislative sense. Revelation 1: 18 Jesus has the keys of death and Hades. It is he who controls live and death and judges the intents of the heart.

Mt. 28:18 - All authority has been given to Him. He controls this in a judicial sense. He is the head of the Church as well as the universe.

Revelation 20:1-3 - Satan is bound after the second coming by an angel for one thousand years. This angel has the key to the bottomless pit. Today we are not able to bind his activity, this will not be possible until the second coming of Christ by the authority of a special angel, this is done in a judicial sense.

Matthew 18:15-20

There is also another text of binding and loosing found in Matthew 18:15-20. This text is used in the application of Church discipline. This particular use of binding and loosing is valid and current in today's church. Peter one of the chief elders was given this authority in his functional position in the church.

We are told in this text that when one brother commits a trespass to another brother, the one offended is to go to the offender alone the first time, v.16. If he does not listen, or agree with the offended brother, then the offended brother is to take one or two more as witnesses to work this out. If there is still no cooperation, the one who offended is to be placed under church discipline. (Excommunication until he comes into reconciliation.) This is a progression of steps to be taken toward reconciliation until there is no alternative. The goal is always to be restoration.

Verses 18-20, the two or three in agreement, asking the Father in Jesus' name is in the context of counseling brothers for reconciliation. Jesus is in the midst of them, as the Counselor-Peacemaker. If you are gathered in His Name, His will is to bring peace to all situations. (Whatever we touch and agree on, v.19.)

John 20:23

This too is authority given, it is a declaration the apostles issued as an agreement to the work of the Holy Spirit in a sinner. It is in reference to salvation, they could pronounce on the promise of Christ. That if one believed and repented they would have salvation. Then accepting those who receive Christ and are placed into his body to become part of the Church. Also, it's relative to church discipline, by receiving someone back who was excommunicated or to continue (retain) the disciplinary action it is a term of agreement.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

“Our weapons are not carnal (of flesh) but mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God”. Prayer and the word is our weapon if used correctly the walls will come tumbling down. strongholds are fortresses built to oppose the truth of Christ and the word. Walls are built with false ideologies and philosophies that have taken people captive. In other words it is untruth, false patterns of thinking, vain imaginations that hold people captive.

Ephesians 6:12

Speaks of a spiritual war that is taking place on earth for the heart and minds of everyone whether they know it or not. It is an influence from the spirit realm with deceiving spirits. The same spirit that can give a psychic insight by feelings and colors or thoughts can also move someone to suicide or false teaching. In other words what a spirit does, is not their name, it is their current activity. While mans spirit is dead in relationship to God until he is forgiven cleansed by Christ’s blood. He can be very much alive to spiritual experiences from other spirits who want us to believe that we are experiencing God.

Principality = (Archai) governing authority over nations. Positions over nations

Powers =(Gr.Dynameis) angels invested with authority and ability.

Rulers of the darkness of this age = expresses the powers of authority and influence over the world system.

Spiritual Hosts of wickedness= express their character and nature as an opposing army they have military organization.

The enemy studies us and stalks us by stealth, It is when he is uncovered and exposed for what he is doing that he loses his influence.

The devil will come at us at our weakest times. Look at the example of Jesus after 40 days he hungered, in other words he could have starved if he didn't eat. The Devil waited until at this time to launch his attack. When Jesus was tempted by the devil he resisted him by quoting scripture that was relevant to his situation. He destroyed the lie propagated by putting the truth next to it. We need to have a comprehensive working knowledge of scripture to be victorious. Jesus resisted the enemy three times by quoting relevant scripture to each temptation. When Jesus was challenged on doctrine such as the resurrection by the Sadducees. He responded by stating Scripture with authority saying “You are mistaken not knowing the scriptures nor the power of God ” (Mt.22:29). This is what is meant by Paul “to put on the armor.” We need to be consistent in our walk by practicing obedience otherwise when that evil day comes we will not be able to stand. No one learns to fight a battle in one day so their needs to be a consistent resistance against the enemy otherwise we will fold during the main battle. It states in the Old Testament in Jeremiah, “if you can’t walk well with the foot soldiers how will you run with the horsemen”.

1 Jn. 2:14 "because you are strong and the word of God abides in you and you have overcome the wicked one." If we continually abide we are being built up and our spiritual muscles are developed.

1 John 5:3-5 "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? "

 

Eph 6:10-18 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, havingput on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God18praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints."

The armor of God in Eph.6 speaks of Christ and the Scripture. We are to be completely dressed for battle not going in with just a few pieces but be fully dressed every day. Be strong in the Lord and the power of his might. Notice it is in him we are fortified not in ourselves. All these components are necessary for a soldier to be victorious in battle.V.11 "put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the Devil." He repeats our ability to stand that shows the weight of importance. V.13 "Take up the whole armor of God’ - to be aware of the strategies of the enemy. That you may be able to stand in that evil day. What evil day? (which day? The one when the Satan is attacking with temptations, the one you’re being assaulted in). V.14 Again "stand therefore" The wrestling in this passage is not to engage in the same activity we would with man except its with spirit. There are no spinning or body slams or death blows to demons. We fight by standing and resist is the key element by having the truth exalted over lies 1Pt.5:8 We speak the written word in our heart (Logos) or out loud if necessary. Which then becomes the ‘rhema," the word used for its immediate application.

Paul invokes the image of a Roman soldier relating to us an everyday picture of the 1st century Roman soldier ready to go into battle against an enemy. He is trying to give us the view of a real battle against an enemy that is trying to influence our lives. As the Roman soldiers went into battle they would not break rank and lock shield to shield advancing on the enemy. This tactic made them invincible in moving ahead in the battle. The Roman armor was used metaphorically of our spiritual armor as Christians. Some of the pieces of the Roman armor are omitted such as the lance. As Christians most of our battle in warfare is fought separately in our own private lives when their is no one around. God is concerned with our character as individuals

THE ARMOR OF GOD IS UNDERSTANDING AND APPLYING SCRIPTURE

1) The belt of Truth- Having an attitude of honesty and integrity, truth. Which is the Word and Jesus. This is our foundation, everything a Christian does is to be based on truth which is the Word applied in our lives. Knowledge applied = wisdom. The enemy cannot move us into his ways if we walk in truth. One must have the word in them to be ready to be used in any given situation that would be contrary to God’s ways.

2) The Breastplate of Righteousness- our protective gear. This protects our vital organs. Satan attacks this area often by condemning us for not being righteous. We are standing on his merit and work not our own. No one can be righteous on their own It is Christ’s righteousness we are clothed in (Isa.59:17, Phil.3:9, 2 Cor.5:21) We are positionally righteous, however we are daily conformed to the Son of God making us holy in a practical sense. If we do what is required of us even when we fail, the enemy cannot put a guilt trip on us. If we rest on Christ’s merits, His grace we don’t have to punish ourselves for failing.

3) Feet that are ready to go bring the gospel of peace- Speaks of our servanthood to our Lord, dying to self-motives and living for His will. The Roman soldiers had special sandals that gave them security on the battlefield. This relates to Rom.10:15 How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace who bring glad tidings of good things." This is one reason why none of this has anything to do with binding and loosing. We don’t bring the gospel to anyone but those who are in need of salvation. There is no witnessing to fallen angels. (Isa.52:7) We are to make the Gospel our ownership as Paul said according to my Gospel. We are ambassadors of Christ to have people make peace with God. (2 Cor.5:18-21).

4) The Shield of faith- Is our protection from the fiery darts (flaming arrows) of the enemy. This was a large shield big enough to protect the whole body. All the thoughts he sends prompts us to sin, and when we sin he brings condemnation making us think we cannot approach God because he won’t forgive us. Trusting in Christ- know that he is with us interceding on our behalf. That his promises are true and we should not let the lies of the enemy touch us.(Gen.15:1-6) Learn to face the shield in the right direction. This means to stand toward the enemy not turn your back. If you train yourself to trust when you see no way human way possible the enemy will not be able to have his seeds of doubt and despair take root, they will fall off your shield.

5) The Helmet of Salvation- Knowing where we came from and where we are going, a guaranteed future. It is to protect our minds with knowing we are in him and in the faith. If we are unsure in the mind it will affect our walk and battle. This is often attacked by condemnation from the enemy who makes us question our salvation or not being good enough. Having the correct knowledge of our relationship deters any questions that arise and bring on guilt.(Isa.59:17) We stand in the Gospel and his truth.

6) The sword of the Spirit -which is our defensive weapon to win in the battles. To remember his promises and word that is applicable to our immediate situation. God’s eternal truths are to be put alongside anything questionable or contrary to demolish arguments that masquerade as spiritual truths. The Word which can cut and expose everything (Heb. 4:12) will do its ministry in our lives if we use it skillfully and in faith. When we are challenged by the philosophies and culture of the world today it is the word that corrects. We have the whole word of God available for any and all situations. We are to be in the word daily to fight the battle that may come at any time. If you are an anemic reader and have a low understanding you will have a defeated walk. We must apply the knowledge we take in and walk in it.

7) Praying with all types of prayer- for others and ourselves being ready to request the Lord at the drop of a pin so that we do not rely on our own strength. This is our defense and if anyone tells you not to pray or not to be in a attitude of prayer, that’s exactly what you need to do. The solution Mt.26:41 "watch and pray lest you enter into temptation, prayerlessness is powerlessness it is the quick road to defeat. We must be in the attitude of prayer a training that makes us God dependent. There are all types of different prayers for our petitioning God. The terms may change but the principle stays the same, God being the focus and we being dependent on him.

Summary

I. Put on the whole armor each day. (Eph. 6:11-18) This is done by reading the word and knowing Christ and applying His teachings. When we stand in Christ we are victorious. He fights for us as we are steadfast in him.

2. Be sober and vigilant against Satan and his wiles. (2 Peter 5:8-9) Be aware of the enemy and his attacks as well as distractions.

3. Give Satan no place. (Eph. 4:27; James 4:7) fight his temptations as soon as they are discovered in thought. Know Satan's devices, his schemes and goal to deceive. (2 Cor. 2:11) Avoid areas you know you are weak in, train yourself to concentrate on Christ and his word.

4. We Overcome Satan by standing on the word of God and in the Spirits power who strengthens our weaknesses. (Matt.1:11; I Jn. 2:14)

5. We Overcome Satan by the blood of Jesus and our testimony. (Rev. 12:11) We cannot be removed if we hold onto Christ by faith. Be assured of what took place in your life, as well as Christ’s promise to cleanse.

6. We Overcome Satan in the name of Jesus Christ and his merits. (Eph. 2:20-22) Our position in Christ brings us the victory.

7. Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation. (Mt. 28:41; Mt. 6:13) We are to walk circumspectly knowing the evil around us that can influence and affect our spiritual life.

8. Know your position in Christ, don’t go on experiences for your spiritual walk. Walk by what he has said not by what he has not said.

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