Learn the Language of Heaven! Speak ONLY the Words of Jesus

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

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

Is God the CENTER of YOUR thoughts?  – The Bible says in Proverbs 3:27, "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he." You will eventually become what you think about. Your eternal destiny is determined by what you think about!

"It is character alone that God values."  Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 362.1 

“You know I cannot do this work in my own strength. You must work in me, and by me and through me, sanctifying my tongue, sanctifying my spirit, sanctifying my words, and bringing me into a position where my spirit shall be susceptible to the movings of the Holy Spirit of God upon my mind and character.” (Manuscript Release, Vol.7, pgs. 267, 268 (Ms 95, 1906, pp. 8-12, 14-17; "Lesson from Romans 15," October 20, 1906.)

Proverbs 22:24-25 (KJV) "Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul."

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." -  Psalms 100:4

Psalm 92:13
planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.

Jeremiah 33:11 "the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying, "Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever." For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,' says the LORD.

Psalm 39:1
I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked."

Psalm 105:1
Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

1 Chronicles 16:7-22 Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD …

Ezra 3:11
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: "He is good; his love toward (Spiritual Israel=all persons who love and obey God) Israel endures forever." And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2 Chronicles 5:13
The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: "He is good; his love endures forever." Then the temple of the LORD was filled with the cloud,

Revelation 15:8
And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

Exodus 40:35
Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

1 Chronicles 16:41
With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and designated by name to give thanks to the LORD, "for his love endures forever."

1 Chronicles 16:42
Heman and Jeduthun were responsible for the sounding of the trumpets and cymbals and for the playing of the other instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun were stationed at the gate.

1 Chronicles 25:3
As for Jeduthun, from his sons: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah and Mattithiah, six in all, under the supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied, using the harp in thanking and praising the LORD.

1 Chronicles 25:7
Along with their relatives--all of them trained and skilled in music for the LORD--they numbered 288.

2 Chronicles 7:6
The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the LORD's musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the LORD and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, "His love endures forever." Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.

2 Chronicles 29:27
Hezekiah gave the order to sacrifice the burnt offering on the altar. As the offering began, singing to the LORD began also, accompanied by trumpets and the instruments of David king of Israel.

1 Chronicles 16:41
With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and designated by name to give thanks to the LORD, "for his love endures forever."

1 Chronicles 6:33
Here are the men who served, together with their sons: From the Kohathites: Heman, the musician, the son of Joel, the son of Samuel,

1 Chronicles 25:1
David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:

2 Chronicles 7:3
When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, "He is good; his love endures forever."

2 Chronicles 20:21
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: "Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever."

Psalm 9:11
Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.

Psalm 74:2
Remember the nation you purchased long ago, the people of your inheritance, whom you redeemed-- Mount Zion, where you dwelt.

Psalm 76:2
His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.

Psalm 107:22
Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.

Isaiah 8:18
Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.

Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

Psalm 9:10
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

1Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 2Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the LORD, Or can show forth all His praise?…

Psalm 100:5
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 96:2
Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.

Psalm 95:2
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Ezekiel 40:14
He measured along the faces of the projecting walls all around the inside of the gateway--sixty cubits. The measurement was up to the portico facing the courtyard.

Psalm 116:17
I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD.

Psalm 106:1
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 107:1
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 42:4
These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God (the Father) under the protection of the Mighty One (Jesus) with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.

Hebrews 13:15
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

Leviticus 7:12
"'If they offer it as an expression of thankfulness, then along with this thank offering they are to offer thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in, thin loaves made without yeast and brushed with oil, and thick loaves of the finest flour well-kneaded and with oil mixed in.

1 Chronicles 16:8
Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

Psalm 116:13
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.

Psalm 145:12
so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.


 
James 4:11 
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.

  "As we near the close of earth's history, Satan redoubles his efforts to cast his hellish shadow over us, in order that he may cause us to turn our eyes away from Christ. If he can prevent us from beholding Jesus, we shall be overcome; but we must not permit him to do this; for "we all, with open (unveiled) face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."    SSW, July 1, 1894 par.5

     "Satan is ever seeking to destroy; he is casting his hellish shadow between our souls and the Light of the Sun of righteousness. When you talk doubtsand distrust your Heavenly Father's love, Satan comes in, and deepens the impression, and that which was only a shadow is made the blackness of despair. Your only hope is to cease talking darkness. 

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9. Debating and the Ministry

I was led from room to room occupied by our brethren at that meeting [the 1888 G.C. Session at Minneapolis], and heard that of which every one will one day be terribly ashamed, if it is not until the judgment, when every work will appear in its true light. In the room occupied by you there was a Witness, and in the rooms of others there was a Witness to every remark made, --the ungodly jest, the satire, the sarcasm, the wit; the Lord God of heaven was displeased with you, and with every one who shared in the merriment, and in the hard, unimpressible spirit. An influence was exerted that was Satanic. Some souls will be lost in consequence.--Letter 61, 1893, pp. 3, 4. (To Elder I. D. Van Horn, January 20, 1893.)

The enemies of the truth know that they have not strong arguments to sustain their position; therefore they will try the mettle of the one who presents the truth. In the position where you are placed to vindicate the truth, keep self out of sight, make no boast of knowledge, place your feet upon the Word, the eternal Word of truth. Make no reference to any sly thrusts of your opponent. Do not manifest a spirit of retaliation. But ever maintain the gentleness of Christ. Put on Christ. Your physical infirmities urge you to hasty feelings and hasty words, which give your opponent an advantage. Abide in Christ. For the truth's sake, for Christ's sake, preserve the dignity, the elevated and ennobling character of the truth. Your zeal will need to be controlled by the Holy Spirit of God, lest it quicken into impatience as you see the Scriptures wrested and fables and human assertions presented as truth. Men who know that they have the truth can have power only as they present the truth as it is in Jesus. . . .

Dwell as little as possible upon your opponents' objections, but press in the truth, new and convincing, arguments to cut away and undermine error. Keep your own spirit ever calm, even against personal abuse. Never retaliate. Let the spirit of kindness, Christian courtesy, rule your every action. The Holy Spirit will help your infirmities. People will pass judgment upon the men. Those in error have learned that their strength is to maintain self-control, while the fires of hell may be stirring every fiber of the being.

Your opponent will say words which will irritate a sensitive mind. Pass these by unheeded. Do not once forget that you are speaking for God's truth. Your spirit, if kept gentle under provocation, will speak louder than any force of argument. Do not imperil the truth by an unwise word. Remember how, when provoked, Moses once spoke unadvisedly, and dishonored God. You need larger experience as a student in the school of Christ, in copying His meekness and lowliness.--Letter 9a, 1894, pp. 2, 4. (To Elder J. O. Corliss, December 8, 1894.)

We are praying for you that the Lord may give you largely of His Holy Spirit, and that as His human agent you may represent the likeness of Christ's character, by manifesting the practical power of the truth in the manner in which you treat your opponent. Give him not the least semblance of an excuse to become irritated over any personal thrusts that may be given in the debate. On this occasion you are representing the Author of truth. You are to show that the truth is sacred, and not to be made a scourge to those who oppose it. In handling the words of the infinite God, you are not to manifest a sharp, cruel spirit. The Lord will be your teacher and enable you to carry the controversy through with Christ-like dignity. Your opponent will seek to make the truth appear unimportant, but to many he will not be successful in this design. You are Christ's instrumentality, and should clothe your words with sacred, reverential dignity. This attitude will not be without effect on human minds.--Letter 113, 1894, pp. 2, 3. (To Elder J. O. Corliss, December 16, 1894.)

They [J. O. Corliss's opponents] were resolved at all hazards to stir you up, and make capital of your hastily uttered words; for they wanted to find occasion against you. The desire on their part for a discussion was not a desire to obtain light, but to evade the light and to confuse those who were ignorant of the Scriptures.--Letter 21a, 1895, p. 2. (To Elder J. O. Corliss, August 20, 1895.)

Unless we know that we have a commission from on high, we are to refuse to enter into controversy with any one, because this is not our work.--Letter 96, 1900, pp. 1, 2. (To Elder and Mrs. S. N. Haskell, July 5, 1900.) Released May 20, 1977.

James 1:19 "Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger:"

Proverbs 10:19
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

Proverbs 14:29
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

Proverbs 16:32
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 17:27
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

Proverbs 29:20
Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

Ecclesiastes 7:9
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

Acts 1:15
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty)

James 1:2
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

James 1:16
Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.

James 2:1
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.

James 2:5
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

James 3:1
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

James 3:10
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

James 4:11
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

James 5:12
Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear--not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple "Yes" or "No." Otherwise you will be condemned.

James 5:19
My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,

1 John 2:21
I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.



     In dwelling on the dark side, you cast away your confidence in God, and this is just what Satan wants you to do. He wants to sift you as wheat; but Jesus is making intercession for you. His love is broad and deep. Perhaps you will say, "How do you know He loves me?" I look where you may look, to the cross of Calvary. The blood shed upon the cross cleanseth from all sin. When tempted to go in the dark cave of doubt and despair, sing:--

"Arise, my soul, arise, 
Shake off thy guilt fears; 
The bleeding Sacrifice In my behalf appears; 
Before the throne my Surety stands; 
My name is written on his hands
."    
                 
Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems, 1742.
Review & Herald, August 25, 1891 par 4


Arise, my soul, arise, 
Shake off thy guilty fears; 
The bleeding Sacrifice 
In my behalf appears: 
Before the throne my Surety stands; 
My name is written on his hands. 

He ever lives above, 
For me to intercede, 
His all redeeming love, 
His precious blood, to plead; 
His blood atoned for all our race, 
And sprinkles now the throne of grace. 

Five bleeding wounds he bears, 
Received on Calvary; 
They pour effectual prayers, 
They strongly speak for me: 
"Forgive him, O forgive", they cry, 
"Nor let that ransomed sinner die!" 

The Father hears him pray, 
His dear Anointed One; 
He cannot turn away 
The presence of his Son: 
His Spirit answers to the blood, 
And tells me I am born of God. 

My God is reconciled, 
His pardoning voice I hear, 
He owns me for his child, 
I can no longer fear, 
With confidence, I now draw nigh, 
And, Father, Abba (Daddy), Father, cry!
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11. Our Responsibility to Encourage Others

If the doctor [J. H. Kellogg] fails in doing his duty and being an overcomer at last, those brethren who failed in their want of wisdom and discernment to help the man when and where he needed their help, will be in a large measure responsible.--Letter 21, 1888, p. 16. (To G. I. Butler, October 14, 1888.)

If ever a people have need of clearer and increased light from heaven, it is the people whom God has made the repository of His law. The men to whom God has committed sacred trusts need to be spiritualized, elevated, vitalized by the sacred truth they profess to believe. When the history of our cause and work reveals that men who have occupied positions of sacred trust, who have been teachers of the truth to others, are found unfaithful and turn away from the holy commandment delivered unto them, what carefulness should it lead us to! What distrust of self! How it should strip us of self-sufficiency and spiritual pride! What humble views we should have of our wisdom and our own insufficiency! How we should sense the fact that we are kept by the power of God through faith!--Ms 16, 1889, pp. 5, 6. ("The Discernment of Truth," circa January, 1889.)

This was a precious day to our souls, a season long to be remembered, never, never to be forgotten. Praise and thanksgiving ascended from the hearts and lips of many to the glory of God. "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth God." The Lord would have His people a bright, cheerful, gladsome

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people, light-bearers to the world. Light, precious light, represents the cheerfulness and happiness which should be reflected to the world. --Ms 29, 1890, pp. 8, 9. (Diary, November 20, 1890.)

Be of good courage in the Lord. He has wrought for you in the past, and He will continue to prepare the way before you. I cannot but feel assured that you have found the very place [Berrien Springs] in which to begin your school work.--Letter 89, 1901, p. 1. (To P. T. Magan and E. A. Sutherland, July 21, 1901.) Released May 20, 1977.

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


A.G. Daniels' letter to Willie White 

"He [Dr. Kellogg] then stated that his former views regarding the trinity had stood in his way of making a clear and absolutely correct statement; but within a short time he had come to believe in the trinity, and could now see pretty clearly where all the difficulty was, and believed that he could clear the matter up satisfactorily. He told me that he now believed in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost; and his view was that it was God the Holy Ghost, and not God the Father, that filled all space, and every living thing. He said that if he had believed this before writing the book, [The Living Temple] he could have expressed his views without giving the wrong impression the book now gives." Letter of A.G. Daniels to Willie White, Oct. 29, 1903


Chap. 12 - The Result of a Failure to Heed
God's Warnings

Ellen White felt constrained or pressured by God not to enter into controversy (See: Do NOT enter into Controversy) about the trinity of gods:

meaning of constrained: to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression) <constrained his anger at the needless interruption>
                 Sanitarium, Cal., Jan. 1, 1904. 

     We have now come to a period in our history when there is great necessity of more than human wisdom. I carry a burden night and day. I dare not move by impulse. I dare not remain passive, and do nothing. Yet I am forbidden to engage in controversy with men whom the Lord has distinctly represented to me as being in great danger of misinterpreting their own spiritual condition. They are spiritually blind--as verily blind as were the men who in Christ's day claimed to be able to see, but who could 
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not discern their true condition. Many are being led astray. The blind are leaders of the blind. And unless these deluded souls, both the leaders and their followers, are converted and transformed, they will not, can not, be laborers together with God.  {SpTB07 51.2}  
     We are now in a perilous position. Our only hope is to follow on earnestly, determinedly, and to leave the events for the Lord to manage. I tremble for the men who have not walked in the footsteps of the self-denying, self-sacrificing Redeemer. I greatly fear that they will become lost in the fog and the quicksands, and never be overcomers. I can not endure the thought of their remaining deceived. And although they have greatly erred by not following in the footsteps of our heavenly Leader, Christ Jesus, some refuse to confess their errors. They persist in trying to make it appear as if they have made no mistakes, and have not been led by seducing spirits, when I know that they have; for thus saith the One who is truth,--and no lie is of the truth.  {SpTB07 52.1}  
     The ways and works that have been developed in Battle Creek since the General Conference of 1901, cause me to tremble for those who are there; for many have been acting as if blinded by satanic agencies. Little do these men know of the bearing that their leading position of influence has had on the minds of men who should never have had a trace of the experience and the example that they have had with the one who has long stood in the position of physician-in-chief. No dependence can be placed in a man whose words and actions reveal that he is spiritually blind. The leading physician of our medical work maintains that he has never departed from the truth, and yet the testimonies state that he is not familiar with the Bible foundation of truth. What can be said regarding a man who claims to have walked in the path of righteousness, in accordance with the Lord's guidance, ever since he has been old 
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enough to understand God's will, and yet who in his life-practise disregards a plain "Thus saith the Lord"? He has a bewildered mind, an uncertain experience.  {SpTB07 52.2}  
     Encouragement has often been given him,--a word here and a word there,--to show him a way of escape from his peril. He has been represented as one who is slipping over a precipice, and the hand of Christ is the only one outstretched to save. Notwithstanding these plain warnings of danger, he sees not his peril. He does not realize his condition. But God knows all things; He is infinite in knowledge and in all wisdom concerning the real condition of every man. Our thoughts are open before Him. And as God knows all things, He knows the mind of every man that He has created. We are the work of His own mind, through Christ Jesus.  {SpTB07 53.1}  
     Man's mind, although divinely created, may be worked by another power, as was the mind of Adam, a man who had walked and talked with God. He who foresees all things, could, in His providence, have kept and directed Adam and Eve, if they had heeded the warning against evil. But they allowed themselves to be allured by the seductive influence of Satan's voice. The enemy, speaking through the serpent, lied against God, and bore false witness of the Creator. Satan exalted himself in preference to God. The sinless pair were beguiled, and believed the false statements made regarding God. So fully were they seduced, that they could not discern the power that was leading them into apostasy.  {SpTB07 53.2}  
     And thus it has been in the case of the one who has long stood at the head of our medical work. He often declares that he has always believed the messages God has given through Sister White; and yet he has done very much to undermine confidence in the validity of the testimonies. Many have accepted so fully his version of plain messages, that the testimonies 
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have come to have no effect on them. As a result, not a few have gone into infidelity. O, how many he has influenced to view things as he has viewed them! How often he has led others to think, "Somebody has told Sister White"!  {SpTB07 53.3}  
     I leave this matter as it now stands; for I am pained beyond measure because our brother's spiritual views are not founded on a solid basis. The man can never be relied upon in the future, unless heart and soul, mind and strength, are entirely changed, revamped. As matters now stand, I can not see how there can be Christian unity between the medical missionary work as led by those in error, and the gospel ministry. There can be no unity without a decided change in the one who has stood as leader of our medical work. If he yields fully, and is born again through the agency of the Holy Spirit, he may have imputed to him the character of Christ. But I can not see any safety in his continuing to bear the responsibilities he has borne, in the supposition that all his ideas are sound, when I know for a certainty that the conditions now existing reveal another state of affairs.  {SpTB07 54.1}

SOME WAYS  TO  FOLLOW  A  CHRISTIAN  LIFESTYLE

 

·       Listen without interrupting (Proverbs 18:13).

·       Speak without accusing (James 1:19).

·       Give without holding back (Proverbs 21:26).

·       Pray without ceasing (Colossians 1:9).

·       Search the Scriptures (John 5:39)

·       Find eternal life by worshiping the only true God and Jesus Christ (John 17:3).

·       Answer without arguing (Proverbs 17:1).

·       Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

·       Do things without grumbling (Philippians 2:14).

·       Trust without wavering (1 Corinthians 13:7).

·       Forgive without keeping grudges ((Colossians 3:13).

·       Promise without forgetting (Proverbs 13:2).

·       Be kind to everyone (Micah 6:8).

·       Treat all as you want to be treated (Matthew 7:12).

·       Be pure and undefiled before God (James 1:27).

·       Visit orphans and widows in their affliction (James 1:27).

·       Keep yourself unstained from the world (James 1:27).

·       Be humble and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).

·       Feed the hungry (Matthew 25:35).

·       Give water to the thirsty (Matthew 25:35).

·       Clothe the naked (Matthew 25:35).

·       Welcome strangers when you meet them (Matthew 25:35)

·       Visit and comfort the sick (Matthew 25:35).

·       Visit and comfort those in prison (Matthew 25:35).

·       Do not love the world and worldly things (1 John 2:15).

·       Shun the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).

·       Fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 11:13).

·       Remember God sees everything, every secret thing, whether good or evil (Proverbs 15:3, Ecclesiastes 12:14)

·       If you love Jesus, keep His commandments (John 14:23).

·       Have the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14:12, Genetivus possessivus, Revised Standard Bible).

·       Have faith in Jesus (Revelation 14:12, Genetivus obiectivus, New International Bible, and

the English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament).

·       Follow the Lamb wherever He goes (Revelation 14:4).

·       Let us pray, “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).

             William Van Grit, Ph.D., Retired Professor of Languages, March 2013

"God does not want us to place ourselves upon the judgment-seat, and judge each other. But how frequently this is done! Oh! how careful we should be lest we judge our brother. We are assured that as we judge, we shall be judged; that as we mete to others, it shall be measured to us again. Christ has said: “I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” In view of this, let your words be of such a character that they will meet the approval of God. When we see errors in others, let us remember that we have faults graver, perhaps, in the sight of God, than the fault we condemn in our brother. Instead of publishing his defects, ask God to bless him, and to help him to overcome his error. Christ will approve of this spirit and action, and will open the way for you to speak a word of wisdom that will impart strength and help to him who is weak in the faith." RH June 5, 1888, par. 7

"It is impossible for those who indulge the appetite to attain to Christian perfection." Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 57.5Testimonies for the Church Volume 2, p. 399.3

Impossible means "Not able to occur, exist, or be done: "an impossible task"; "impossible to keep up".

Our eternal destiny is determined by what we EAT or DRINK and the WORDS we speak!!


"From some the knowledge of their true state seems to be hidden. They see the truth, but perceive not its duties or its claims; or they hear the truth, but do not fully understand it, because they do not conform their lives to itYet they rest as unconcerned and self-satisfied as if the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, as tokens of God’s favor, went before them. How great is the darkness of such! yet they know it not. No stronger delusion can deceive the human mind than that which makes them believe that they are right and accepted of God, when they are sinning against him. They mistake the form of godliness for the spirit and power thereof. They believe that they are rich and have need of nothing, when they are poor, wretched, blind, and naked, and need all things. The people of God should be careful to depart from all iniquity. Christ is denied in many ways. WE MAY DENY HIM by speaking contrary to truth, or by speaking evil of others, or by foolish talking or jesting, or by words that are idle. In these things we manifest little wisdom. We make ourselves weak. Then with our feeble efforts we cannot resist the great enemy, and we are conquered. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh, and through lack of watchfulness we confess that Christ is not in us." –{SW September 8, 1908, par. 4}

In all you do, let your thought be, “Is this the way of the Lord? Will this please my Saviour? He gave His life for me; what can I give back to God? I can only say, ‘Of Thine own, O lord, I freely give Thee.’” Unless the name of God is written in your forehead,—written there because God is the center of your thoughts,—you will not be meet for the inheritance in light. It is your Creator who has poured out to you all heaven in one wondrous gift,—His only-begotten Son...." Counsels on Stewardship, p. 46.2

"Let your words, your spirit, your actions, be a living testimony to Jesus, and the Lord will take care that the testimony for his glory, furnished in a well-ordered life and a godly conversation, shall deepen and intensify in power. Its results may never be seen on earth, but they will be made manifest before God and angels." ST June 16, 1890, par. 1

God’s promises are all made upon conditions. If we do his will, if we walk in truth, then we may ask what we will, and it shall be done unto us. ST June 16, 1890, par. 1

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

"In order to gain the victory over every besetment of the enemy, we must lay hold on a power that is out of and beyond ourselves. We must maintain a constant, living connection with Christ, who has power to give victory to every soul that will maintain an attitude of faith and humility."
Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 365.4

When he comes he is NOT to cleanse us of our sins, to remove from us the defects in our characters, cure us of the infirmities of our tempers and dispositions--this work is DONE before He comes! We will THEN receive the finishing touch of immortality! 

 2 Corinthians 5:2 For He made Him who knew no sin [to be] sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him..

.Titus 3:5 (NIV) He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

Rom 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

“Christ does not drive but draws men unto Him. The only compulsion which He employs is the constraint of love. When the church begins to seek for the support of secular power, it is evident that she is devoid of the power of Christ—the constraint of divine love.

But the difficulty lies with the individual members of the church, and it is here that the cure must be wrought. Jesus bids the accuser first cast the beam out of his own eye, renounce his censorious spirit, confess and forsake his own sin, before trying to correct others. For “a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” Luke 6:43. This accusing spirit which you indulge is evil fruit, and shows that the tree is evil. It is useless for you to build yourselves up in self-righteousness. What you need is a change of heart. You must have this experience before you are fitted to correct others; for “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 12:34.

When a crisis comes in the life of any soul, and you attempt to give counsel or admonition, your words will have only the weight of influence for good that your own example and spirit have gained for you. You must be good before you can do good. You cannot exert an influence that will transform others until your own heart has been humbled and refined and made tender by the grace of Christ. When this change has been wrought in you, it will be as natural for you to live to bless others as it is for the rosebush to yield its fragrant bloom or the vine its purple clusters.

If Christ is in you “the hope of glory,” you will have no disposition to watch others, to expose their errors. Instead of seeking to accuse and condemn, it will be your object to help, to bless, and to save. In dealing with those who are in error, you will heed the injunction, Consider “thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1. You will call to mind the many times you have erred and how hard it was to find the right way when you had once left it. You will not push your brother into greater darkness, but with a heart full of pity will tell him of his danger.

He who looks often upon the cross of Calvary, remembering that his sins placed the Saviour there, will never try to estimate the degree of his guilt in comparison with that of others. He will not climb upon the judgment seat to bring accusation against another. There can be no spirit of criticism or self-exaltation on the part of those who walk in the shadow of Calvary’s cross.

Not until you feel that you could sacrifice your own self-dignity, and even lay down your life in order to save an erring brother, have you cast the beam out of your own eye so that you are prepared to help your brother. Then you can approach him and touch his heart. No one has ever been reclaimed from a wrong position by censure and reproach; but many have thus been driven from Christ and led to seal their hearts against conviction. A tender spirit, a gentle, winning deportment, may save the erring and hide a multitude of sins. The revelation of Christ in your own character will have a transforming power upon all with whom you come in contact. Let Christ be daily made manifest in you, and He will reveal through you the creative energy of His word—a gentle, persuasive, yet mighty influence to re-create other souls in the beauty of the Lord our God.” Thoughts on the Mount of Blessing pg. 127


Delivered in Battle Creek, March 6, 1869, and reported by U. Smith.

"KNOW ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? for ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Cor. vi, 19, 20.
        We are not our own. We do not belong to ourselves. But we have been purchased with a dear price. We have cost an immense sum, even the sufferings and death of the Son of God. If we can understand this, and fully realize it, then shall we feel great responsibility resting upon us to keep ourselves in the very best condition of health, that we may render to God perfect service.
        But when we take any course which decreases our strength, expends our vitality, beclouds the intellect, and destroys the powers of the mind, we sin against God. In pursuing this course we are not glorifying him in our bodies and spirits which are his; but are committing a great wrong in his sight.
        Has Jesus given himself for us? Has this dear price been paid to redeem us? And is it so, that we are not our own? Is it true that all the powers of our being, our bodies, our spirits, all that we have, and all we are, belong to God? Is this so? It certainly is. And when we realize this, what obligation does it lay us under to God to preserve ourselves in that condition that we may honor him upon the earth in our bodies and in our spirits which are the Lord's.
        We believe without a doubt that Christ is soon coming. This is not a fable to us. It is a reality. We have no doubt, neither have we had a doubt for years, that the doctrines we hold to-day are present truth, and that we are preparing for the Judgment. We are preparing to meet Him who is to appear in the clouds of heaven with the holy retinue of angels, to escort Him on his way, to give the faithful and the just the finishing touch of immortality. When he comes he is not to cleanse us of our sins. He is not then to remove from us the defects in our characters. He will not then cure us of the infirmities of our tempers and dispositions. He will not do this work then. Before that time this work will all be accomplished, if wrought for us at all. Then those who are holy will be holy still. They are not to be made holy when the Lord comes. Those who have preserved their bodies, and their spirits, in holiness, and in sanctification, and honor, will then receive the finishing touch of immortality. And when he comes, those who are unjust, and unsanctified, and filthy, will remain so forever. There is then no work to be done for them which shall remove their defects, and give them holy characters. The Refiner does not then sit to pursue his refining process, and remove their sins, and their corruption. This is all to be done in these hours of probation. It is now that this work is to be accomplished for us." ST September 18, 1879, par. 5http://www.earlysda.com/testimony/testimony-18.html


"To Moses, the character of God was revealed as His glory. In like manner, we behold the glory of Christ by beholding His character. Paul says: “We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory [from character to character] even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18)." Manuscript Releases Volume Nine [Nos. 664-770], p. 296.2 

"Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD." Ezekiel 1:28

See, the source of our Power is God, our source of the great white light of truth, sent to us through His Son. When we receive Him, we receive His gifts of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.



Think of the colors of the rainbow as the character traits of God: 

Red = Love
Orange = Joy
Yellow = Peace
Green = Longsuffering
Blue = Gentleness
Violet = Goodness
Red = Faith
Orange = Meekness
Yellow = Temperance


"When someone asks how you are feeling, do not try to think of something mournful to tell in order to gain sympathy. Do not talk of your lack of faith and your sorrows and sufferings. The tempter delights to hear such words. When talking on gloomy subjects, you are glorifying him. We are not to dwell on the great power of Satan to overcome us. Often we give ourselves into his hands by talking of his power. Let us talk instead of the great power of God to bind up all our interests with His own. Tell of the matchless power of Christ, and speak of His glory. All heaven is interested in our salvation. The angels of God, thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand, are commissioned to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. They guard us against evil and press back the powers of darkness that are seeking our destruction. Have we not reason to be thankful every moment, thankful even when there are apparent difficulties in our pathway?" {MH 253.3}

"We [Satan and his angels] must cause distraction and division. We must destroy their anxiety for their own souls, and lead them to criticise, to judge, and to accuse and condemn one another, and to cherish selfishness and enmity. For these sins, God banished us from His presence; and all who follow our example will meet a similar fate." TM 475


THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT- THE WORD OF GOD

OUR NEED OF THIS SPIRITUAL WEAPON!

Why is it so important to the Christian that he carry with him in his heart and mind the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT? Answer- The Christian is at WAR with the devil and his agents on the earth.

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

Ephesians 6:11-17 “Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with the truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Psalm 144:1 “Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.”

Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged 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.”

CHRIST’S BATTLE – OUR EXAMPLE

When Jesus came to this earth, He entered onto the battlefield with the Devil, and He left us an example of how victory may be achieved in our warfare with the great enemy of souls. Jesus had within His heart and mind the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT and He came forth from the wilderness of temptation as VICTOR! IF we claim to follow Christ, we must follow His steps. It is ONLY by arming ourselves with the Word of God- like our Saviour, that we too shall have victory in our individual battles.

1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us and example, that ye should follow His steps.”

1 John 2:6 “He that saith he abideth in Him ought also so to walk, even as He walked.”

Matthew 4: 1- 11 “Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge over concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto Him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth Him and behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.”

Jesus as our only True example, did not choose to use His own words to fight the tempter, He used the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT in His battle with Satan, this is the only weapon in the Spiritual armour, which has been preserved for this generation, so that we, like Jesus, will be armed and ready to fight the devil when he comes walking toward us, seeking to devour us.


GET READY FOR THE BATTLE CHRISTIAN!


How do I get hold of the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT?

BY INDIVIDUAL STUDY AND PRAYER!

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Take Note, We are to rightly divide or interpret the Word of truth, Not by learning Greek or Hebrew, but by “RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH!”

By using the Bible to interpret it’s self, we shall become a workman that will not be ashamed, when we are asked to witness for God, before the world’s leaders.

Psalm 119:46 “I will speak of Thy Testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.”

Individual study, will prepare us to be able to answer for our faith.

Proverbs 15:28 “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.”

1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

2 Timothy 3:16, 17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

ESSENTIAL FOR SPIRITUAL STRENGTH!

Good, healthy food taken EVERY DAY is essential to keep the soldier of Christ in physical strength. How much more ought we to DAILY nourish our soul with the Word of God for spiritual strength. What use is it to us if we have a strong physical body, when we have a weak and malnourished spirit? Is this profitable for the spiritual battles ahead of us? Of course not! We would be rapidly devoured by the devil. So therefore we see in Scripture the importance of feeding upon the Word of God daily.

Matthew 4:4 “But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall NOT live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”See also Deuteronomy 8:1-3

Job 23:12 “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”

1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”


Hebrews 5:13, 14 “For every one that useth milk is unskillful on the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT- THE WORD OF GOD
        OUR NEED OF THIS SPIRITUAL WEAPON!
 
   IN-DEPTH STUDY NEEDED

We must diligently work at obtaining the most out of the Scriptures. This way, we will be well able to hold the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT in hand and be able to defend ourselves and the Lord’s truth successfully! The noble Bereans in the book of Acts, give us an example of diligent study.
 
Acts 17:10-12 “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went in to the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed…”
 
As we have already seen in 2 Timothy 2:15, that we are to “study to shew thyself approved unto God”, and we are to be “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” when we open our Bibles. The Scriptures tell us how to study them correctly. God has left us in NO doubt as to what course we must take to rightly divide the Word of Truth.
2 Peter 1:20, 21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any PRIVATE interpretation. For the Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
 
We must ask the Holy Spirit to be present every time we open the Scriptures to read or study, for He is the only one able to guide us into ALL truth. Jesus promised this heavenly guide and teacher to His disciples, when He walked with them.

John 14:16, 17, 26 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know him for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. …But the Comforter, which IS the Holy Ghost, who the Father will send in my name (sent through His Son Jesus), He Shall teach you ALL THINGS, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
 
The diligent and earnest student of the Scriptures, will recognize his absolute dependence upon God, for all wisdom and knowledge and interpretation of Scripture. Read
1 Corinthians 1:17-31 “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:That no flesh should glory in his presence.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
 
 
 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
 
These passages are vital to acknowledge if we are to become sound Bible students. Also Ephesians 1:17-19 “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:
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
 
It is not enough to just read through passages of Scripture, reading large volumes of material at a time, taking very little in. Quantity reading is not the issue. Quality reading, earnest, sincere in-depth study is the only study which will bring the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT into our hearts and minds.
Nehemiah 8:8, 9 “So they read the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah, … and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.” (Moses’ law- verse 1)
 
 
Our Saviour lays as much stress upon the reading of the Scriptures as on understanding what they actually mean. When a certain lawyer came to Jesus, asking the question, “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus responded by asking him a question. Luke 10:26-28 “He said unto him, what is written in the Law? How readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself. And He said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do and thou shalt live.”
 
Paul instructed Timothy, that he was to consider, or take the time to think over the doctrines he was writing about. Good advice for us also.

2 Timothy 2:7 “Consider what I say: and the Lord give thee understanding in all things”
 
HIDE THE WORD OF GOD IN YOUR HEART

Great King David, who was a mighty ruler and soldier for Christ, who defeated many an enemy, including the evil Goliath, has shown us in intimate detail how he obtained the strength to conquer the greatest problem of mankind –sin. He wanted the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT hidden within his heart.
THIS IS THE GREATEST BATTLE WE HAVE: FIGHTING AGAINST SIN AND SELF!
Psalm 119:11 “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”
 
So like David’s example, the Word of God must be written or engrafted into our hearts and minds, for the purpose that we might not sin against the Lord our God.
James 1:21, 22, 25 “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. … But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
 
Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.”
 
Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, is the living God who spoke and wrote the Ten Commandments – See Deuteronomy 5:22, 26 “These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.
26 For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?”

1 Timothy 4:10 “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”
He will fulfill the new covenant promise by writing His law, in our hearts, by His Spirit, if we ask Him to. In this way will all men know that we are Christ’s, when they see the Ten Commandment Law being fulfilled in us.
2 Corinthians 3:2, 3 “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”
 
The Spirit of the Living God is present in the person who fulfills the law of God, which has been written in his heart.
1 John 3:24 “And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.”
 
Romans 8:1, 4 “There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. … That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
 
Those who refuse to allow the Spirit of the Living God to write the Ten Commandment law in their hearts so that they might fulfill it, will never be able to please God. They will remain carnal, continuing to walk after the flesh.
Romans 8:6-8 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
 
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.
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.”

Take the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, THE WORD OF GOD! SET IT WITHIN YOUR HEART, AND IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, GO FORTH UNTO VICTORY!


The Shadow of the Cross !

      When you are deeply shadowed, it is because Satan has interposed himself between you and the bright rays of the Sun of Righteousness. In times of trouble the brightness is eclipsed, and we do not understand why the assurance seems to be withdrawn. We are led to look at self and the shadow of the cross, and this prevents us from seeing the consolation there is for us. We complain of the way and withdraw the hand from the hand of Christ. But sometimes God's favor breaks suddenly upon the soul, and the gloom is dispelled. Let us live in the sunlight of the cross of Calvary. Let us no longer dwell in the shadow, complaining of our sorrows, for this only deepens our trouble.

Let us never forget, even when we walk in the valley . . . of the shadow of death . . . that Christ is as much with us when we walk trustingly there as when we are on the mountaintop. The voice said to us, "Will you not roll your burden upon the Burden Bearer, the Lord Jesus Christ? Will you not live on the sunny side of the cross? saying, ‘I know [Him] Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.’ “Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the Salvation of your souls” (1 Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 1:8, 9).

I have indeed been halting under the shadow of the cross. It is not a common thing for me to be overpowered and to suffer so much depression of spirits as I have suffered for the last few months. I would not be found to trifle with my own soul and thus trifle with my Saviour. I would not teach that Jesus is risen from the tomb and that He is ascended on high and lives to make intercession for us before the Father unless I carry out my teach-ings by practice and believe in Him for His Salvation (deliverance, freedom, healing), casting my helpless soul upon Jesus for His grace, for righteousness, for peace, and love !

I must trust in Him irrespective of the changes of my emotional atmosphere. I must show forth the praises of Him Who has called me “out of darkness into His marvelous Light” (1 Peter 2:9). My heart must be steadfast in Christ, my Saviour, beholding His love and gracious goodness. I must not trust Him now and then, but always, that I may manifest the results of abiding in Him Who has bought me with His precious blood. We must learn to believe the Promises, to have an abiding faith so that we may take them as the sure Word of God.

Many who love God and who seek to honor God fear that they have no right to claim His rich Promises. They will dwell upon their painful struggles and the darkness which encompasses their path, and in so doing they lose sight of the Light of the love that Jesus Christ has shed upon them. They lose sight of the great Redemption that has been purchased for them at infinite cost.

Many are standing afar off as if they were afraid to touch even the hem of Christ's garment, but His gracious invitation is even extended to them, and He is pleading, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you Rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).--MS 61, 1894.

Mind, Character & Personality p.811-812  The Author's Personal Experience 

Personality of God

Before it is possible to have that deeper, personal experience with God, we must start with a knowledge of God.

In Christ’s prayer, recorded in John 17,

Christ addresses His Father as a separate person.

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. Verse 21

He goes on to say in what sense He and the Father are “one.”

This unity does not destroy their individuality.

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: Verse 22

They are one in the same sense that we are to be one with other believers.

Isaiah 20:5 Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be afraid and put to shame. (the trinity started with Nimrod the Son of Cush - God called his own Son out of Egypt...Matthew 2:15, the text "Out of Egypt, I called My Son". = out of apostate protestantism - all 501c3 churches today - God also calls us. Rev 18:4)

To Know & UNDERSTAND God, We Must First Believe that He Exists

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. Hebrews 11:6.

Nature reveals the existence of God and His Son. We cannot honestly examine the least creature with its intricate detail, without acknowledging the existence of an intelligent designer, an intelligent Creator. But the creature is not the Creator, any more than the painting is the artist. Yet, something more than mere belief in His existence is needed, even the devils believe. We must not just know about Him, Jesus tells us that we must know and understand God and His Son Jesus Christ. Our eternal life depends on it.

This is a life and death issue - our eternal life depends upon our KNOWING and UNDERSTANDING God and His Son.

"And this IS life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John 17:3

The Bible says let him that glorieth glory that he UNDERSTANDS and KNOWS GOD!

God says we MUST KNOW and UNDERSTAND HIM - that it IS life eternal that we do! This is HOW we can speak ONLY the words of Jesus or learn the language of the soul and of Heaven!

This is true about the "Nature" of the Holy Spirit....

"... The NATURE of the Holy Spirit is a mystery.  Men cannot explain it, because the Lord has not revealed it to them.  Men having fanciful views may bring together passages of Scripture and put a human construction on them, but the acceptance of these views will not strengthen the church.  Regarding such mysteries, which are too deep for human understanding, silence is golden." 

"But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 9:24

"But let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD." Jer 9:24 New American Standard Bible (©1995)

"If they want to brag, they should brag that they understand and know me." (Jer 9:24) GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)

Letter from a friend of mine, answered below:

Hi Cindy,

The relationship between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit is something we will never throughout eternity completely understand. We need to be very careful to not go beyond what is revealed and accept by faith what we can never fully understand. The very fact that we cannot understand everything proves that God is infinite. We are told in A.A. p. 51-52; 

"It is not essential for us to be able to define just what the Holy Spirit is. Christ tells us that the Spirit is the Comforter, "the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father."... The nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery. Men cannot explain it, because the Lord has not revealed it to them. Men having fanciful views may bring together passages of Scripture and put a human construction on them, but the acceptance of these views will not strengthen the church. Regarding such mysteries, which are too deep for human understanding, silence is golden."

Please consider this in the spirit in which it is intended. My only concern is for yours and mine, and everyone else's salvation. Please let me know your thoughts, perhaps I am missing something here. We need to search these things out and help each other because Jesus is coming and we need above all things to be able to meet Him in peace.


God bless you always, 


******name removed for privacy reasons*****


11/18/2012

Answer to my Berean friend:

****, my friend, you are right to have a respectful concern about going beyond what is revealed about our heavenly Father, His Son, and the Spirit of God. Your selected quote from Ellen White is also appropriate. We are not to concern ourselves with just “what” the Holy Spirit is or the “nature” of the Holy Spirit. How Christ can dwell in us and yet be invisible to the world was a mystery to the disciples and it is a mystery to us. 

“That Christ should manifest Himself to them, and yet be invisible to the world, was a mystery to the disciples. They could not understand the words of Christ in their spiritual sense. They were thinking of the outward, visible manifestation. They could not take in the fact that they could have the presence of Christ with them, and yet He be unseen by the world. They did not understand the meaning of a spiritual manifestation.” This Day with God p. 142 (Manuscript 44, May 13, 1897).

She is, of course, referring to the words of Jesus in John 14:16-21. He was speaking about the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth that would not be received by the world because they could not see him, but that they knew him because he dwells with them, and that Jesus would come to them, and would be in them and manifest himself to them. They ask him how is he going to manifest himself to them and not to the world (verse 22) indicating that they clearly understood that he was speaking about himself when he used the terms Comforter and Spirit of Truth. 

But Jesus didn't answer their question of “how.” He would not discuss “what” the Spirit was or its “nature” of its “spiritual manifestation.” But he answered by making very clear “WHO” the Spirit of truth, the Comforter, was: He and his Father would come and abide in them (verse 23).

This is what I believe about the Holy Spirit: Christ is the Son of GOD, who by some Divine Act was brought forth from the Father before creation. And the "Holy" Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present. Jesus gave up His omnipresence when He took human nature. So now He must dwell in us through His Holy Spirit. But Jesus still possesses, he still “has” omnipresence in his “spiritual manifestation”: Revelation 3:1; 5:6. So now he dwells in us as His Holy Spirit. 1Peter 1:10,11Desire of Ages p. 671.

Let’s use Scripture to answer for us. Christ is the eternal Son of God whose goings forth (goings forth is translated in many Bible's as "origin") from God the Father was from ancient times, from the days of eternity, before ever the world was:

  • Matthew 16:16; Isaiah 9:6; John 8:42; 16:27,28; 17:8; Proverbs 8:22-24; 30:4; 1John 4:9,14; Hebrews 1:6; Micah 5:2.
  • The Spirit of God proceeds from the Father who is a Spirit: John 15:26; 4:24.
  • The Father gives His Spirit, His life, to His Son without measure: John 3:34; 5:26.
  • The Father sheds the Holy Spirit of His Son on us abundantly through Jesus Christ: Gal 4:6; Titus 3:5,6.
  • Jesus in his humanity cannot be everywhere and this is an eternal sacrifice he made for us. As our mediator between the Father he is the man Christ Jesus: 1Tim 2:5.
  • As our Advocate (paracletos) with the Father he is our Comforter (paracletos): 1John 2:1.
  • But Jesus still possesses, he still “has” omnipresence in his “spiritual manifestation”: Revelation 3:1; 5:6.
  • So now he dwells in us as His Holy Spirit. 1Peter 1:10,11; Desire of Ages p. 671.

The "THEOS" magazines I sent you prepared by Dr. Gary Hullquist - are extremely enlightening. 
Here are the magazines I sent you - in PDF format: 


Theos - Battle Over Begotten Series:
Theos - Battle Over Begotten # 1
Theos - Battle Over Begotten # 2
Theos - Battle Over Begotten # 3
Theos - Battle Over Begotten # 4
Theos - Struggle Over Spirit # 5
Theos - Into My Heart
Theos - Struggle Over Begotten Issue #6 Theos Issue 6: Theos The Book. 124 pages. Digitial PDF. 
These magazines are a review of the belief in the begotten Son of God from apostolic days to the present with special focus on the slow change that evolved within the Seventh-day Adventist church.


Here is a sermon David Clayton gave at a camp meeting - also on the subject of the Godhead:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12jjMbbR8cU <WONDERFUL PRESENTATION!

Ever wondered what Ellen White meant when she said the Righteousness of Christ will swallow up every other subject? It's explained in the video above....worth watching for sure!

Here is the quote for your review:

For Mrs. White, the emphasis on salvation by faith during the 1888-1895 period embodied the “third angel’s message,” especially as this message related to Christ’s work in the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary. It was more than a mere recovery of “righteousness by faith” as proclaimed by the Reformers.

The increased light that Bible study had presented to the 1888 Minneapolis General Conference confirmed the linkage between the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus in an inseparable union, a union as efficient and interdependent as two poles of a battery, in the dynamic transformation of human lives.

In the 1888 emphasis, linkage was further made between the results of a personal application of salvation by faith and the closing work of Christ in the Most Holy Place. For Ellen White, the church will languish until its members understand and experience the truth that seeing Christ in the law enables men and women to be obedient to that law. When people see how Christ truly removes the guilt the law condemns, they will see how He truly enables men and women to become what the law describes. In so doing, such people become what John predicted would exist in the generation that proclaims the third angel’s message (Rev. 14:12). Thus, “Christ Our Righteousness” becomes that “one subject that will swallow up” all others. Review and Herald Extra, Dec. 23, 1890, p. 2; A. G. Daniells, Christ Our Righteousness (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1941) 128 pages.

New wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. Luke 5:38.

We should earnestly seek to know and appreciate the truth, that we may present it to others as it is in Jesus. We need to have a correct estimate of the value of our own souls; then we would not be as reckless in regard to our course of action as at present. We would seek most earnestly to know God's way; ... and our constant prayer would be that we might have the mind of Christ, that we might be molded and fashioned after His likeness. It is in looking to Jesus and beholding His loveliness, having our eyes steadfastly fixed upon Him that we become changed into His image....

The end is near! We have not a moment to lose! Light is to shine forth from God's people in clear, distinct rays, bringing Jesus before the churches and before the world.... The instrumentalities to be used are those souls who gladly receive the light of truth which God communicates to them. These are God's agencies for communicating the knowledge of truth to the world. If through the grace of Christ His people will become new bottles, He will fill them with the new wine. God will give additional light, and old truths will be recovered, and replaced in the frame-work of truth; and wherever the laborers go, they will triumph. As Christ's ambassadors, they are to search the Scriptures, to seek for the truths that have been hidden beneath the rubbish of error. And every ray of light received is to be communicated to others. One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other,—Christ our righteousness.... Sons and Daughters of God, p. 259.3The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 765.6

What IS the "GRACE" of Christ? Grace (G5485) = the Divine Influence (Holy Spirit) upon the heart, and It's reflection as seen in the life! "The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit." CHRIST’S OBJECT LESSONS, PAGE 407

"A knowledge of God is the foundation of all true education and of all true service." (The Acts of the Apostles, p. 530.3)

Jesus is God’s complete revelation of Himself. God sent His dear Son to us so we could see what He is like. He withheld not His most prized possession from us - but sent His only Son to show us what God is like and what WE can be like by following His example.

Christ is the Son of GOD, that by some Divine Act Christ was brought forth from the Father before creation. And the Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present. We must remember that Jesus gave up His omnipresence when He took human nature.  So now He must dwell in us through the Holy Spirit.  

It is Satan who constantly questions the divine son-ship of Christ. Satan said, "The Devil said to Him,
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If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread." See more here...interesting...

Who 
we worship, what kind of a God we 
adore and praise, has tremendous consequences to our understanding of 
God’s love, the integrity of His character, and the power of His salvation.

Christ was Twice Born, once in Heaven of the Spirit and Once on Earth of the Flesh. Just as we must be twice born, only in opposites for us. We are Born of the flesh first, then we must be born of the Spirit or born again of GOD before we can enter the kingdom of Heaven.

Ever think of why the  Jews wanted to kill Jesus? It was for blasphemy. Because Jesus said He was the Son of God reincarnated into a human body. So if people want to kill you or call you a heretic - you are in good company. They killed Jesus for the same thing.
 
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!" ....before Abraham was, I have been. The Jews were about to stone Jesus for blasphemy, but he withdrew; ....even because you, although being a man, make yourself a mighty god. The God and Father of Jesus had already said he was a "mighty God" in Hebrews 1:2, 8-10.

Take some time to seek the truth, for the traditions of men cannot save your soul.


Man was Made in the Image of God

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:26-27.

Man was made in the image of God, but this does not include certain attributes such as inherent immortality, for God “only hath immortality.” (1 Timothy 6:16) We can receive immortal life only as a “gift of God.” (Romans 6:23)

Notice in the following text, that the life; the spirit of man; what makes us who we are; was breathed into us by God.

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7

"But unto the Son he (God the Father) saith, Thy throne, O God, (God is calling His own Son "Oh God" Jesus has His Father's nature - just as we can be partakers of this same Divine Nature - only God the Father is above all - even Jesus is subject unto His Father as are all things) is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom." Hebrews 1:8 


"For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." 1 Corinthians 8:5-6

1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father." "And he (God the Father) is before all, and all things subsist together by him." Colossians 1:17 "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven." Hebrews 1:3

John 14:6 "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."


Who is Jesus? The Son of GOD, the Father of Christ who was twice born, is IMMORTAL, meaning He cannot die (everything would fall apart if He died) and GOD is a Spirit (John 4:24) who is INIVISIBLE to us after Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden: "Now unto the King eternal, immortalinvisiblethe only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Timothy 1:17. "But to us there is but one God, the Father, OF whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, BY whom are all things, and we by him." 1 Corinthians 8:6 


. Rom 1:20

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead [RSV: “deity”; NIV: “divine nature”], so that they are without excuse. 


God is the Head of Christ - the GodHEAD. 

Matthew 11:27 "All things have been handed over to me by My Father..."

After the plan of Salvation is completed, Jesus will give the Authority God gave Him BACK to His Father and His God...so will we give the Authority Jesus gave us back to Jesus:

"And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." 1 Corinthians 15:28 (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:24 "Then the end will come, when he (Jesus) hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he (Jesus) has destroyed all dominion, authority and power." King James Version (KJV) "Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." Amplified Bible (AMP) "After that comes the end (the completion), when He (Jesus) delivers over the kingdom to God the Father after rendering inoperative and abolishing every [other] rule and every authority and power."

Whatever man is, then, was received from God. This should inspire us with a sense of closeness with God, for He is not some mysterious entity out in space, but a person, someone that we can fellowship with and know. The Scripture records many people who knew, or saw God as a personal God.

They Knew God as a Personal God.

And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Genesis 5:24

These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:9.

More than this, Scripture shows evidence that God has a body, He has a form.

The 70 Elders at the very beginning of their commission and work were given a view of God as a personal God.

And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. Exodus 24:10.

God was Seen on Various Occasions

Though no man can see the glory of the face of God and live, yet many have seen the form of God.

And he [the prophet Micaiah] said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. 1 Kings 22:19.

I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. Daniel 7:9.

God Has a Dwelling Place

When God brought Israel out of Egypt and established them as a nation, He first wanted to impress upon them that He was a personal God, and that He had a specific dwelling place. He told them:

And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. Exodus 25:8.

This sanctuary was to be made after the pattern of God’s literal dwelling place.

A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. Hebrews 8:2.

Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. Hebrews 8:5.

This Place is in Heaven AND ALSO in our fleshy bodies. Jesus lives INSIDE us here if we ask Him to make us willing to be made willing. Watch this great video on this topic here: Who is Your High Priest? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW0ovB3RHpY

Christ dwells inside us by His Spirit: Christ is the Son of GOD, that by some Divine Act Christ was brought forth from the Father before creation. And the Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present. We must remember that Jesus gave up His OWN omnipresence when He took human nature.  So now He must dwell in us through the Holy Spirit. We can be partakers of this Divine Nature also! 

Scripture shows us God in a specific place; heaven and our bodies here. Furthermore, in a specific place in heaven and in our bodies made without hands

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1 Corinthians 6:19 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" 

1 Corinthians 3:17 "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.").

If He had no form or body, He would need no physical dwelling place. That would make the sanctuary in heaven, and in fact heaven itself, nothing but fiction.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the lord, and Satan came also among them. Job 1:6.

The lord is in his holy temple, the lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. Psalms 11:4.

This Knowledge Changes Cold, Formal Religion to Genuine Worship

We need to see God, to know and understand Him as a real personal God. This was such a vital experience for many that it prepared them for their work. For Isaiah, the experience of seeing God, a real physical presence, in a real dwelling place, changed his experience.

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Isaiah 6:1-4.

This vision inspired Isaiah with awe and reverence. It brought conviction of sin, and changed his religion from one of cold formality to one of genuine worship.

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Isaiah 6:5.

See how this vision affected Isaiah’s view of God and of himself! He had denounced the sin of others; but now he sees himself exposed to the same condemnation. How little now appears his wisdom and talents as he looks on the sacredness and majesty of the sanctuary. How unworthy he is! how unfitted for sacred service! We can hear his cry, like that of the apostle Paul, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” This prepared him for his work:

Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:6-8.

Revelation’s Testimony

From Genesis to Revelation, God has sought to reveal Himself as a real tangible being, with a body and a form; a personal God with whom we can communicate. One whom we can trust. In the following passages from the last book of the Bible, He is shown sitting on a throne, with a real hand that holds something.

And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. Revelation 4:2.

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. Revelation 5:1.

"That we might know Thee" John 17:3

I recently heard a missionary story of a boy who got malaria. The widowed mother had already lost her husband to the same terrible fever. She was given instructions by the witch doctor, of how to get her son well. The prescriptions included building a fire on the boy's chest, beating him, forcing him to swallow terrible mixtures, and finally required knocking out all of the boy's teeth. For all of this the witch doctor was paid richly. The widow's water buffalo, her only means of plowing and earning a living; her last bit of rice, even a beam holding up her house had to be removed to pay the “doctor’s” bill.

Perhaps we don't do the things mentioned above, but still our lives are shaped by our beliefs about God. Who is God? What is He like? How can we know Him?

Christ Revealed the Personality and Character of the Father - “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” 1 Peter 3:18 KJV

God is above Christ ("the head of Christ is God." 1 Corinthians 11:3)

"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." 1 Cor 8:6

Deuteronomy 4:39 Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Moses “spoke face to face” with God, yet even he was not allowed to see the glory of the face of the divine person, but only the “back parts.” Others have seen His hair, hands, feet, and form, but since sin entered the world and brought about a separation between man and his Creator, no man has ever been able to penetrate the surpassing glory of the face of God. (John 1:18) For this reason Christ, the Light of the world, the Son of God who was twice born, once in Heaven of the Spirit and once on earth of the human flesh so that we might become partakers of their Divine nature, the true literal only begotten Son who was born, brought forth from the bosom of the Father and then again here on earth born of a virgin from the Kingly line of David, veiled the dazzling splendor of His divinity and came to live as a man among men. He did so that men might become acquainted with their Creator 

(God created everything through His Son for His Son - and Jesus shares His inheritance with US, the adopted Sons and daughters of God! We can be partakers of Divine Nature - a GODLY nature!  

"God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him" John 1:3; 

"For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him." Colossians 1:16; 

John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

John 1:10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.).

Nehemiah 9:6 You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.


John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
Romans 9:5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
Ephesians 1:10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.  
Ephesians 1:20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
Ephesians 1:21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
Colossians 1:20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Hebrews 1:2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

 He who is in the “express image of His person” (Hebrews 1:3) is our “one mediator between God and man.” (1 Timothy 2:5)

“I and My Father are one,” Christ declared. “No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.” (John 10:30; Matthew 11:27)

Christ came to teach human beings what God desires them to know about Himself. In the heavens above, in the earth, in the broad waters of the ocean, we see the handiwork of God. All created things testify to His power, His wisdom and His love. But God saw that a clearer revelation was needed to portray both His personality and His character. He sent His Son into the world to reveal, so far as could be endured by human sight, the nature and the attributes of the invisible God. “That they might know thee.” (John 17:3)

Christ’s identity was preserved in His humanity. In the gift of Christ, a channel of communication was opened, between God and us. When Christ laid down His divine form, His power and His glory and became a helpless babe in Bethlehem, did He lose His identity? Did He cease being the divine Son of God? No! He was “Immanuel,” God with us. He said, “if you've seen me, you've seen the Father.” He was still the divine Son of God, bearing the express image of His Father's character, even though He had divested Himself of His divine form, which was in the express image of His Father's person.

Thus when we see Christ, who of Himself “can do nothing” (John 5:30) in the varied circumstances, trials, and temptations, “that are common to man”?(1 Corinthians 10:13), we are seeing the mind of the Father. When He was being tempted in the wilderness and would rather die than commit sin we are seeing the abhorrence with which God views sin. When He was nailed to the cross, and prayed, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” or when we see Him telling Mary Magdalene, “Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more,” we are seeing the forgiving heart of God. He spoke and acted just as His Father would have.?

…but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. John 8:26.

Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. John 8:28.

When we see His life, one of constant self denial, hardly stopping to eat or rest, constantly healing the afflicted and speaking encouraging words, we are seeing the loving, self-sacrificing heart of God.

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.” John 5:19-20.

We are seeing the orderly mind of God when Christ, paying attention to details, folded with His own hand His grave clothes before leaving the tomb. And we see the compassion of God when Christ ministered to the physical wants of the people in feeding the 5,000, and when He thought of the emotional needs of His mother at the cross.

In all of this we are seeing the great heart of God. When having such a close personal friendship with John who leaned on His breast, or when being so humble as to wash His disciples feet, calling them "friends" (John 15:15), in all of this we are seeing the personal, friendly, humble ministering traits of our Father. We are seeing just what the Father would do in the same situation.

In the life of Christ we see the character of God manifested in the very same circumstances we are placed in, with the very same capabilities and liabilities. It is thus that we can get to know Him intimately. Only by studying the life of Christ, can we know the heart of God. And it is by contemplating and appreciating His character, that we are transformed into the same image.

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

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:1-3.

When we truly have this fellowship with our Father and His Son, we will come to love him with all our hearts, love Him for what He is and who He is. And we will become like Him.

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2.

Then we shall receive answers to our prayers, and we will know that they are heard. Then we shall understand how His going forth is prepared as the morning.

And thus we will find the truthfulness of Christ's words,

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3.

"In his second letter the apostle Peter sets forth the divine plan for developing Christian character. He writes: God “has granted to us His precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature.”

Become partakers of the divine nature: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

“Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”

The apostle presents before the believers the ladder of Christian progress. Every step represents advancement in the knowledge of God. We are saved by climbing round after round to the height of Christ’s ideal for us. God desires to see men and women reaching the highest standard; and when by faith they lay hold of Christ, when they claim His promises as their own, when they seek for the Holy Spirit, they will be made complete in Him.

Having received the faith of the gospel, the believer is to add to his character virtue, and thus prepare the mind for the knowledge of God. This knowledge is the foundation of all true service and the only real safeguard against temptation. This alone can make one like God in character. No good gift is withheld from him who sincerely desires the righteousness of God." From Trials to Triumph, p. 278.4

Keep Off Satan’s Enchanted Ground --You should keep off Satan’s enchanted ground and not allow your minds to be swayed from allegiance to God. Through Christ you may and should be happy and should acquire habits of self-control. Even your thoughts must be brought into subjection to the will of God and your feelings under the control of reason and religion. Your imagination was not given you to be allowed to run riot and have its own way without any effort at restraint or discipline. If the thoughts are wrong, the feelings will be wrong; and the thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character. When you decide that as Christians you are not required to restrain your thoughts and feelings, you are brought under the influence of evil angels and invite their presence and their control. If you yield to your impressions and allow your thoughts to run in a channel of suspicion, doubt, and repining, you will be among the most unhappy of mortals, and your lives will prove a failure.—Testimonies for the Church 5:310 (1885).

"Pray much, talk less, meditate more. Rid yourselves of every jealous thought and feeling." Sermons and Talks Volume Two, p. 76.2

"No unpleasantness comes from their lips or from the atmosphere surrounding the soul, for they do not feel that they are better than others.Lift Him Up, p. 185.2

"Never tear down the reputation of a fellow being." RH November 10, 1910, par. 12

"Make it a rule never to utter one word of doubt or discouragement." Steps to Christ, p. 119.3 (1892).

"Every word of doubt you utter is inviting Satan's temptations" Steps to Christ, p. 119.1

Do not find fault and criticizeThus you spend your energies in Satan's causeDo not give way to anger because you think that you are misunderstood. Was not your Master misunderstood? Speak no word of doubt or unbelief. The more you talk of the difficulties in the way, the larger will they appear. Do not accuse your brethren. Rather accuse yourselvesAn untold amount of mischief is done by words of faultfinding and slander. Never tear down the reputation of a fellow being.  {RH, November 10, 1910 par. 12}

"This questioning, criticizing, denouncing, passing judgment on others, is not an evidence of the grace of Christ in the heart." 2 SM p.79

"It is the spirit of Satan that is revealed in anger and accusing." DA p. 353

"Let no accuser of others credit himself with discernment; for in so doing he clothes the attributes of Satan with the garments of righteousness. I call upon you, my brethren, to purify the soul-temple of all these things that defile; for they are roots of bitterness." RH March 12, 1895, par. 8

When Irritated, Refuse to Speak.--Let those who are easily irritated refuse to retaliate when words that vex them are spoken. Let them seek the Lord in prayer, asking Him to show them how to work for souls perishing in sin. He who keeps busy in this work will be so thoroughly imbued with the Spirit of God that his manners, his voice, his whole life, will be a revelation of Christ. Try it, brethren, try it. Crucify self, in the place of seeking to crucify your brethren. "If any man will come after Me," Christ said, "let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" (Matthew 16:24).--Lt 11, 1905.  {2MCP 522.2}

"Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." Matthew 12:36

"Thou God seest me." Genesis 16:13

"Let the Christian bridle his tongue, firmly resolving not to speak harsh, impatient words. With the tongue bridled, he may be victorious in every trial of patience through which he is called to pass." --RH, Oct 31, 1907. (MYP 135, 136.)  {2MCP 522.3}  

"Hard words beat upon the heart through the ear, awakening to life the worst passions of the soul and tempting men and women to break God's commandments.... Words are as seeds which are planted."--Lt 105, 1893. (AH 439.)  {2MCP 518.2}  


"Do not find fault and criticize."  RH November 10, 1910, par. 12

Meaning of criticize: to find fault with : point out the faults of - to say what you think is wrong or bad about someone.

Synonyms: blamecensurecondemndenouncedis (also diss) [slang], dispraisefaultknockpanreprehendslag [chiefly British], come down hard (on)find fault (with)take to task.


"Do not tell your troubles to your fellow mortals but carry everything to God in prayerMake it a rule NEVER to utter one word of doubt or discouragement. You can do much to brighten the life of others and strengthen their efforts, by words of hope and holy cheer."-- SC 119, 120 (1892). {2MCP 575.1}

When in trouble, many think they must appeal to some earthly friend, telling him their perplexities, and begging for help. Under trying circumstances unbelief fills their hearts, and the way seems dark. And all the time there stands beside them the mighty Counselor of the ages, inviting them to place their confidence in Him. Jesus, the great Burden Bearer, is saying, “Come unto Me, and I will give you rest.” Shall we turn from Him to uncertain human beings, who are as dependent upon God as we ourselves are? 

Let the language of our soul be the words of Jesus. God says "Listen to my son!" He tells you the truth in all things! When the words that come out of our mouth match the words of the Bible then we have the language of Heaven upon our tongue. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. The words of your mind are defining the course of your life right now.

A Breath of GOD are YOU!
What happens when we die? Learn more about our soul here.

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7

Breathe on Me, Breath of God1 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

2 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will Thy will,
To do and to endure.

3 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Till all this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

4 Breathe on me, Breath of God, So shall I never die (the second death), But live with Thee the perfect life Of Thine eternity.  --{Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #334}



"Even those whose course has been most offensive to Him He freely accepts. When they repent, He imparts to them His divine Spirit, and sends them forth into the camp of the disloyal to proclaim His mercy. Souls that have been degraded into instruments of Satan are still, through the power of Christ, transformed into messengers of righteousness and are sent forth to tell how great things the Lord hath done for them and hath had compassion on them. "My Praise Shall Be Continually of Thee."

Our thoughts and words "exhale" the breath of God that was given to each of us. In a very real sense they are "prayers" or "creating power" given to us by God through His Son that we are constantly offering...

Without the breath of God we could not speak a word. Let's claim the promise found in 2 Chron 20:21, to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever." And then "they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house (our bodies/temple today) of the LORD;" 2 Chronicles 5:13

John 5:21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” 1 Peter 2:9 KJV


"The gratitude which flows from our lips is the result of the Spirit’s striking the cords of the soul in holy memories, awakening the music of the heart." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 344.1 

You may not think you have much to praise God for right now - but sometimes God brings us to places to 
make us do things we would never have done otherwise - in the end it saves our soul. We must learn to thank Him for our trials. Because God will never give us more than we can bear.

There is a verse that promises if we praise Him that He WILL go before us and fight our battles before us. I don't know if you've ever read it, but here it is: 2 Chon 20:21 "And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever."

Sing, say and pray this constantly - and GOD PROMISES TO FIGHT YOUR BATTLES FOR YOU!!! :)

This is HOW "TRUE" Christians can be up to their necks in boiling water and still singing!!! 


"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:31-32

"Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God." 1 Corinthians 4:5
"For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." James 3:2

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29KJV


Proverbs 12:13
 "The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble."


“Everyone who has a realizing sense of what it means to be a Christian, will purify himself from everything that weakens and defiles. All the habits of his life will be brought into harmony with the requirements of the Word of truth, and he will not only believe, but will work out his own salvation with fear and trembling, while submitting to the molding of the Holy Spirit.”—The Review and Herald, March 6, 1888.

Jesus Accepts Our Intentions

“When it is in the heart to obey God, when efforts are put forth to this end, Jesus accepts this disposition and effort as man’s best service, and HE MAKES UP FOR THE DEFICIENCY WITH HIS OWN DIVINE MERIT. But He will not accept those who claim to have faith in Him, and yet are disloyal to His Father’s commandment. We hear a great deal about faith, but we need to hear a great deal more about works. Many are deceiving their own souls by living an easygoing, accommodating, crossless religion. But Jesus says, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”—The Signs of the Times, June 16, 1890.

"There is before the church (individual people who love God and keep His commandments) the dawn of a bright, glorious day, if she will put on the robe of Christ’s righteousness, withdrawing from all allegiance to the world. God calls upon His faithful ones, who believe in Him, to talk courage to those who are unbelieving and hopeless. Turn to the Lord, ye prisoners of hope. Seek strength from God, the living God. Show an unwavering, humble faith in His power and His willingness to save. When in faith we take hold of His strength, He will change, wonderfully change, the most hopeless, discouraging outlook. He will do this for the glory of His name." PROPHETS AND KINGS, PAGE 260

"I turn my face to the Sun of Righteousness, and dwell with pleasure upon the Saviour’s willingness to pardon my sins and sanctify my soul. It is by beholding that we may reflect Christs image. The transforming power of grace can make me a partaker of the divine nature. On Christ the glory of God has shone, and by looking upon Christ, contemplating His self-sacrifice, remembering that in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, the believer is drawn closer and closer to the Source of power. His love in our hearts leads us to seek for lost sheep. By working to win souls to Christ, believers give evidence of their love for Him. The path that He trod is the one in which His children will choose to follow." MANUSCRIPT RELEASES VOLUME NINETEEN [NOS. 1360-1419], PAGE 295.

"Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it." Ephesians 4:29 Amplified Bible (AMP)



The colors in the rainbow are a sign of God's favor. Like the coat of many colors that Jacob gave his son Joseph (Gen 37). Each color of the rainbow stands for a trait of God's character. Such as 

love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.  

Character of the Lord = lovejoypeacelongsufferinggentlenessgoodnessfaithmeeknesstemperance

HIS righteousness (His merits) will be our coveringlovejoypeacelongsufferinggentlenessgoodnessfaithmeeknesstemperance


He outfitted me in a robe of righteousness. Put on the wedding garment. 

What label are you wearing? HIS righteousness (His merits) will be our coveringlovejoypeacelongsufferinggentlenessgoodnessfaithmeeknesstemperance

We live by labels, whether we know it or not.

Have you heard the phrase "The label makes the clothes?"


Labels give information-- quality, design, appearance, longevity to name a few.
A label is a piece of paper or fabric attached to an object giving information about the product.

Spiritually speaking we all have labels we are suppose to be wearing.

GOD HAS A SERIOUS CLOTHING LINE FOR US TO WEAR, IT NEVER WEARS OUT!


Isaiah 61: 10-11
He dressed me up in suit of salvation
He outfitted me in a robe of righteousness


HE IS THE MASTER DESIGNER!

I have never been a label girl, but I try hard to surrender self so I can always wear God's label.
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The only hope for us if we would overcome is to unite our will to God's will and work in co-operation with Him, hour by hour and day by day. We cannot retain self and yet enter the kingdom of God. If we ever attain unto holiness, it will be through the renunciation of self and the reception of the mind of Christ. Pride and self-sufficiency must be crucified. Are we willing to pay the price required of us? Are we willing to have our will brought into perfect conformity to the will of God? Until we are willing, the transforming grace of God cannot be manifest upon us.

transforming = Make a thorough or dramatic change in the character (The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual). Our thoughts and feelings.

"No person can give to another his own mold of character (The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.)."  RH September 17, 1895, par. 10 

"No unpleasantness comes from their lips or from the atmosphere surrounding the soulfor they do not feel that they are better than others.Lift Him Up, p. 185.2

The next event is the enactment of the Sunday Law and the close of your probation. There are no more warnings to look out for before you perfect your character in Jesus. At the Sunday Law, the Loud Cry goes forth with unmeasured power, and you will either give that cry or be lost. And NOW is the time God is choosing and sealing those without spot or blemish to give that Loud Cry. (SDA'S especially = "For to whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:" Luke 12:48) They will be judged, not by what they have, but by what they COULD have been had they lived up to the light they were so graciously given.



This is what it means to PUT ON CHRIST! Put on his nature! The merits of Christ! Which is HIS lovejoypeacelongsufferinggentlenessgoodnessfaithmeeknesstemperance

"If we humble ourselves and have His converting power every moment, His righteousness will be our covering. "Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; and the glory (character) of the Lord shall be thy rereward" (Isa. 58:8)."Christ Triumphant, p. 62.7

Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny. What does the Bible say about the mind?

Renewing, changing, transforming it like Romans 12:2 says we should. 

Thoughts, words, actions, habits, character, destiny. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:27, "as a man thinks in his heart (mind), so is he." You will eventually become what you think about.
 
"Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth." Colossians 3:2

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 The battle which we have to fight--the greatest battle that was ever fought by man--is the surrender of self to the will of God, the yielding of the heart to the sovereignty of love. The old nature, born of blood and of the will of the flesh, cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The hereditary tendencies, the former habits, must be given up.

He who determines to enter the spiritual kingdom will find that all the powers and passions of an unregenerate nature, backed by the forces of the kingdom of darkness, are arrayed against him. Selfishness and pride will make a stand against anything that would show them to be sinful. We cannot, of ourselves, conquer the evil desires and habits that strive for the mastery. We cannot overcome the mighty foe who holds us in his thrall. God alone can give us the victory. He desires us to have the mastery over ourselves, our own will and ways. But He cannot work in us without our consent and co-operation. The divine Spirit works through the faculties and powers given to man. Our energies are required to co-operate with God.

The victory is not won without much earnest prayer, without the humbling of self at every step. Our will is not to be forced into co-operation with divine agencies, but it must be voluntarily submitted. Were it possible to force upon you with a hundredfold greater intensity the influence of the Spirit of God, it would not make you a Christian, a fit subject for heaven. The stronghold of Satan would not be broken. The will must be placed on the side of God's will. You are not able, of yourself, to bring your purposes and desires and inclinations into submission to the will of God; but if you are "willing to be made willing," God will accomplish the work for you, even "casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then you will "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.

But many are attracted by the beauty of Christ and the glory of heaven, who yet shrink from the conditions by which alone these can become their own. There are many in the broad way who are not fully satisfied with the path in which they walk. They long to break from the slavery of sin, and in their own strength they seek to make a stand against their sinful practices. They look toward the narrow way and the strait gate; but selfish pleasure, love of the world, pride, unsanctified ambition, place a barrier between them and the Savior. To renounce their own will, their chosen objects of affection or pursuit, requires a sacrifice at which they hesitate and falter and turn back. Many "will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Luke 13:24. They desire the good, they make some effort to obtain it; but they do not choose it; they have not a settled purpose to secure it at the cost of all things.

The only hope for us if we would overcome is to unite our will to God's will and work in co-operation with Him, hour by hour and day by day. We cannot retain self and yet enter the kingdom of God. If we ever attain unto holiness, it will be through the renunciation of self and the reception of the mind of Christ. Pride and self-sufficiency must be crucified. Are we willing to pay the price required of us? Are we willing to have our will brought into perfect conformity to the will of God? Until we are willing, the transforming grace of God cannot be manifest upon us.

Godliness: Train yourself to be godly

Ephesians 5:1 and 2
(1)
 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
(2) and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Knowing is never enough, we have to do - enabled by the blood of Jesus Righteousness, covered by His Coat - a life coat of sinlessness - he covers our sins when we believe in Him and ask for His help. He covers our past sins with his sinless coat so His Father and God can accept us because of His Son's sacrifice! He then enables us to be SIN-FREE! Yes. It's true! Do you think anything is too hard for God?!

God would not ask us to do something we couldn't do. Of course, like Jesus, (John 5:19 and John 5:30), we can of ourselves do nothing. God will ENABLE us to be "Holy" and "Perfect" and "sin-free"

BE YE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY 

I Peter 1:13-16.

1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

1:14  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

1:15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1:16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.


Romans 12:1-2.

12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.

12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


If you want your destiny to be Heaven we must have a new mind. We must ask God to create a new mind and renew a right Spirit within us in the name of His Son, Jesus.  What we need is a mind transplant! We need the mind or character of God put into us. 

Upon an ENTIRE surrender to God, Christ gives them (us) the breath of His own Spirit, the life of His own life.” MH 159

By giving us his Son, sending him down to Bethlehem, God gives us his traits, his robe of righteousness, the white raiment, a sign of God's favor, this honor and .... [he gave the privilege and] power to become the sons of God” (John 1:11)

Gen 37:1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
Just as we are strangers in this world, this world is not my home, we are strangers here, waiting temporarily for a better land.

When Jacob made Joseph “a coat of many colors,” this honor and distinction incited further jealousy in Joseph’s brethren. When you wear the coat of God's favor -the white raiment-the robe of  righteousness - the coat of many colors - the coat of many colors = the coat of God's traits as depicted in the rainbow...the rainbow is a sign of God's glory (his character).

"Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD." Ez 1:28

The rainbow and God's glory (his Character) and the coat of many colors means much more than a surface study. For more details on this, download this PDF here: http://omega77.tripod.com/rainbowofgodsglory.pdf





"Be ye holy in all manner of conversation" (1 Peter 1:15). One seed of doubt sown, and it is beyond the power of man to kill it. God alone can pluck it from the soul. . . . {HP 106.4}














When Satan casts his hellish shadow athwart my pathway, I do not look at it or talk of it and glorify the devil by talking of him and his power and what a hard time I am having. No, I cleave right through the shadow, and by faith take hold of Jesus Christ. By beholding we "are changed into the same image from glory to glory." Talk faith. Every doubt you express is a seed sown, and that seed will take root in some heart. We do not want to speak one word of doubt and thus praise the devil for his wonderful power to keep you in subjection. No, Christ has purchased me and redeemed me. Satan has no power over me.-- MS 16, 1894.  {2MCP 675.1}










One Word of Doubt Makes Room for More -- One word of doubt, one word of evil thinking and evil speaking, makes room for more of the same kind. It is seed-sowing that will prepare for a harvest that few will care to garner. -- Lt 117, 1896.  {2MCP 676.4}







We are to CALL THOSE THINGS THAT DO NOT EXIST AS THOUGH THEY DID! Call forth those things which be not as though they were.

Why Speak? - Speak Faith

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

Our thoughts and words "exhale" the breath of God that was given to each of us. Put simply, the Spirit or breath is basically the BREATH of life from God.

Our WORDS are creating power given to us by God through HIS SON. The inexhaustible supplies of heaven are at our command.

Do we want to avail ourselves of heavens resources??? USE THE PROMISES OF GOD! USE THEM! TO PERFORM MIRACLES! It's like having a brand new car in the driveway and we choose to walk everywhere we go!

All who consecrate soul, body, and spirit to God will be constantly receiving a new endowment of physical and mental power. Through co-operation with Christ they are complete in Him, and in their human weakness they are enabled to do the deeds of Omnipotence.

God created through His Son.  

Christ gives them (us) the breath of His own Spiritthe life of His own life.” MH 159, The Desire of Ages, p. 827.3



What do you want to create? What you complain about? Speak Faith! 

Call those things which be not as though they already wereRomans 4:17

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear!”
Isaiah 65:24

After you ask, BELIEVE!

Unbelief vs Faith

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

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

John 6:29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

“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

"But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Rev 21:8

What is Faith? “Faith is trusting God.” (Education, p. 253)  "To each was given according to his faith." (Caleb and Joshua) (PATRIARCHS AND PROPHETS, PAGE 513)   We Expect too little of our Father? "According to your faith be it unto you . . . !" Matthew 9:29.  “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4.  

"Faith is the gift of God, but the power to exercise it is yours. A single earnest expression of faith strengthens faith; but every expression of doubt confirms doubt, and helps to gather about your soul the dark shadows of unbelief." ST March 5, 1885, par. 12

Those who exercise true faith in Christ make it manifest by holiness of character, by obedience to the law of God. They realize that the truth as it is in Jesus reaches heaven, and compasses eternity. They understand that the Christian’s character should represent the character of Christ, and be full of grace and truth. 

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).

Christ ALONE was able to represent the Deity to mankind. He who had been in the presence of the Father from the beginning, He who was the express image of the invisible God, was alone sufficient to accomplish this work. No verbal description could reveal God to the world. Through a life of purity, a life of perfect trust and submission to the will of God, a life of humiliation such as even the highest seraph in heaven would have shrunk from, God Himself must be revealed to humanity. In order to do this, our Saviour clothed His divinity with humanity. He employed the human faculties, for only by adopting these could He be comprehended by humanity. Only humanity could reach humanity. He lived out the character of God through the human body which God had prepared for Him. He blessed the world by living out in human flesh the life of God, thus showing that He had the power to UNITE humanity to divinity.

“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 powerIt was as difficult for Him to keep the level of humanity as for men to rise above the low level of their depraved natures and be partakers of the divine nature.”

Christ’s life on this earth was like the born again Christian’s must be—a life of perfect trust in God. He trusted Himself to His Father; we trust ourselves to Him. He lived without depending upon His perfect nature which He had set aside before He left heaven. We must live, realizing as He did, that of ourselves we can do nothing. We die to our old nature and live by Christ who dwells within us. Christ refused to use His divine (natural) nature!

We must never revert to using our human (natural) nature which is dead, which we must keep dead continuously. 2 Cor. 4: 10 -12

Satan tempted both Christ and us in the same way, by trying to break our relationship or dependence upon God. This is why we must constantly think positionally and not conditionally. Being justified, we are members of God’s family—a fact we must never forget. Whenever we do wrong Satan tries to use our failure as evidence that our position is not real but only imaginary. He also tried to force Christ to think the same way.

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

HOLY SPIRIT. Jesus said "And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" John 17:23 "I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me

"Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally; therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them, go to His father, and send them Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth.The Holy Spirit is Himself divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit, as the Omnipresent. "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall (although unseen by you), [THIS PHRASE WAS ADDED BY ELLEN WHITE.] teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" [John 14:26]. "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will come not unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you" [John 16:7]. {14MR 23.3} 

“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 beheld Him ‘whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.’ John 14:17. The only way in which we can gain a more perfect apprehension of truth is by keeping the heart tender and subdued by the Spirit of Christ.”  The Desire of Ages, p. 494.4

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make OUR abode with him. (Notice it's the Father and the Son who makes their home INSIDE US? Not three, only two beings live inside us by their Spirit.) 

Romans 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

The disciples had a hard time understanding the "Holy" Spirit also, as do many today. The disciples did not believe the "Holy" Spirit was anyone other than Christ.

God desires that we believe in Him, that we trust in Him and His promises. His perfect love has cast out fear. All of our faith will be placed in His hands for the purpose of progressing His kingdom and His will and to stand as evidence of His victory. Our faith is the confident expectation of our hope in Him. He expects that in all things we seek His purpose and His will and give all our worries to Him. He protects us and cares for us.

Faith and Hope means positive expectation in our God!

--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).

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

I believe the biggest thing for those who are striving to be Saints, perfect, blameless, so Jesus can present us without fault before the Father - is our words we speak. By our words....we are sanctified or condemned....Jesus says He judges by what he HEARS. 

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. John 5:30
Isn't that amazing? He judges by what He HEARS!
I want no trace of self, not one speck of ambition, self-respect, self-esteem, self-will. Just as Jesus did not have these, neither do I want these traits. I want no agenda, no plans for myself, no path for success other than what would please our Heavenly Father in every step, every decision, every thought and word. I want to empty myself, lay aside, make of none effect, my own carnal fleshly wants and desires. I want to be able to perform all of my duties by the power of God through the ministration of angels.

Christ's life was one of utter self-denial and self-sacrifice, full of achievements of divine mercy, goodness, and powerDisease 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.

"So it may be now. Instead of man’s speculations, let the word of God be preached. Let Christians put away their dissensions, and give themselves to God for the saving of the lost. Let them in faith ask for the blessing, and it will come. The outpouring of the Spirit in apostolic days was the “former rain,” and glorious was the result. But the “latter rain” will be more abundant. Joel 2:23.

All who consecrate soul, body, and spirit to God will be constantly receiving a new endowment of physical and mental power. The inexhaustible supplies of heaven are at their command. Christ gives them the breath of His own spirit, the life of His own life. The Holy Spirit (
the Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present) puts forth its highest energies to work in heart and mind. The grace of God enlarges and multiplies their faculties, and every perfection of the divine nature comes to their assistance in the work of saving souls. Through co-operation with Christ they are complete in Him, and in their human weakness they are enabled to do the deeds of Omnipotence.

The Saviour longs to manifest His grace and stamp His character on the whole world. It is His purchased possession, and He desires to make men free, and pure, and holy. Though Satan works to hinder this purpose, yet through the blood shed for the world there are triumphs to be achieved that will bring glory to God and the Lamb." The Desire of Ages, p. 827.3

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

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

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21

"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." Genesis 12:3


"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" Matthew 5:44

"Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you." Luke 6:28

Who 
we worship, what kind of a God we 
adore and praise, has tremendous consequences to our understanding of 
God’s love, the integrity of His character, and the power of His salvation.

Christ IS the Son of GOD, by some Divine Act Christ was brought forth from the Father before creation. And the Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present.

God created through His Son. 
Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Isaiah 3:10

Just as God CREATED the world through His Son, we can create things by our creative word too, all through the Son of the living God of Heaven. 

How can we do this? IF WE BELIEVE! Believe in WHAT? That Christ IS the real and literal Son of GOD! 
Christ IS the Son of GOD, by some Divine Act Christ was brought forth from the Father before creation. And the Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present.

If you say no to this, then you are denying Him and HIS POWER! You have to know the source of your power to be able to use it! "
And this IS life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John 17:3


"But let him that glorieth glory in thisthat he UNDERSTANDETH and knoweth ME."Jeremiah 9:24

Who 
we worship, what kind of a God we 
adore and praise, has tremendous consequences to our understanding of 
God’s love, the integrity of His character, and the power of His salvation.

"Christ (is) the power of God, and the wisdom of God." 1 Corinthians 1:24

"And he is before all things, and by him all things consist (even Jesus)." Colossians 1:17 God has appointed/setup Jesus to be in charge of ALL things until this great plan of Salvation is completed. THEN Jesus will give all of His authority BACK to His Father.

Who is Jesus? "For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life."

Matthew 11:27 "All things have been handed over to me by My Father..."

After the plan of Salvation is completed, Jesus will give the Authority God gave Him BACK to His Father and His God...so will we give the Authority Jesus gave us back to Jesus:

"And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." 1 Corinthians 15:28 (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:24 "Then the end will come, when he (Jesus) hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he (Jesus) has destroyed all dominion, authority and power." King James Version (KJV) "Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." Amplified Bible (AMP) "After that comes the end (the completion), when He (Jesus) delivers over the kingdom to God the Father after rendering inoperative and abolishing every [other] rule and every authority and power."

John 8:28
Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that do nothing of myself ; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

John 5:30: By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
John 8:16 But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.

John 4:34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
John 6:57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
John 5:19 Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
Matthew 26:39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
John 6:29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."


(Colossians 1:17=all things consist because of the God and Father of Jesus. See Heb 1:9)

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Do you want to be a part of God's family? God is like the last name of God...There is ONLY ONE GOD who we are part of Him and His family through His Son - a partaker of His Divine NATURE. God want's to make us all God's...not THE ONE AND ONLY, but he wants to give us HIS LAST NAME. To be a god, means much. We are adopted sons and daughters of God... The way to be a god, or like God, is to be like HIM. Perfect. Loving. Merciful, longsuffering, gentle, kind, not willing that any should perish.


"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

Galatians 3:28
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

Not many bodies with one head, but a copy of the God and Father of Jesus. Just like Jesus is in the express image of His Father and one in thought, word, deed and purpose. Just as we need to become if we want to be Saints.

God is declaring whom He had appointed His only unique Son heir of all things, a God, and that God, even Jesus God had anointed Jesus with the oil of gladness above everyone else.

For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 1 Corinthians 8:5

Hebrews 1

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

But unto the Son he (the Father and God of Jesus) saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:


"Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel's message and I have answered, "It is the third angel's message in verity."--1SM 372 (1890).

--What is Justification?  Justification 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)!"



Unbelief vs Faith

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

John 6:29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

"But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Rev 21:8

What is Faith? “Faith is trusting God.” (Education, p. 253)  "To each was given according to his faith." (Caleb and Joshua) (PATRIARCHS AND PROPHETS, PAGE 513)   We Expect too little of our Father? "According to your faith be it unto you . . . !" Matthew 9:29.  “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4.  

"Faith is the gift of God, but the power to exercise it is yours. A single earnest expression of faith strengthens faith; but every expression of doubt confirms doubt, and helps to gather about your soul the dark shadows of unbelief." ST March 5, 1885, par. 12

Those who exercise true faith in Christ make it manifest by holiness of character, by obedience to the law of God. They realize that the truth as it is in Jesus reaches heaven, and compasses eternity. They understand that the Christian’s character should represent the character of Christ, and be full of grace and truth. 

God desires that we believe in Him, that we trust in Him and His promises. His perfect love has cast out fear. All of our faith will be placed in His hands for the purpose of progressing His kingdom and His will and to stand as evidence of His victory. Our faith is the confident expectation of our hope in Him. He expects that in all things we seek His purpose and His will and give all our worries to Him. He protects us and cares for us.

Faith and Hope means positive expectation in our God!

--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).

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

I believe the biggest thing for those who are striving to be Saints, perfect, blameless, so Jesus can present us without fault before the Father - is our words we speak. By our words....we are sanctified or condemned....Jesus says He judges by what he HEARS. 

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. John 5:30
Isn't that amazing? He judges by what He HEARS!
I want no trace of self, not one speck of ambition, self-respect, self-esteem, self-will. Just as Jesus did not have these, neither do I want these traits. I want no agenda, no plans for myself, no path for success other than what would please our Heavenly Father in every step, every decision, every thought and word. I want to empty myself, lay aside, make of none effect, my own carnal fleshly wants and desires. I want to be able to perform all of my duties by the power of God through the ministration of angels.




Judged by our Words

It is a common theme that the wicked snare themselves, falling into their own pit, judged by their own words, rather than God specifically snaring them (e.g. Ps. 7:15; 9:15; 57:6; Prov. 26:27; 28:10; Ecc. 10:8).  From their own mouth and words men will be judged (Mt. 12:37; Lk. 19:22 cp. 2 Sam. 1:16; 1 Kings 20:40). It could even be that the Lord cites the condemnatory words of the rejected uttered during their lifetimes and leaves these as their condemnation. Woe, therefore, to he or she who has said unrepentantly that they don’t want to be in the Kingdom if brother x or sister y are going to be there. “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life; but he that openeth wide his lips [in this life] shall have destruction” at judgment day (Prov. 13:3). The link between the final verdict and the words we use today is that clear. When the Jews spoke out the judgment they thought should come on those who killed the Master’s Son, the Lord cited their words back to them as description of their own forthcoming condemnation (Mt. 21:41,43). This is just as David was invited to speak words of judgment on a sinner, and was told: “thou art the man”.








We can bite and devour one another in gossip and slander (Gal. 5:15).









“We are in this world to lift the cross of self-denial. As we lift this cross we shall find that it lifts us.” — Ellen G. White, T8

We MUST THANK GOD for every single problem. Thank Him even more for our problems, than for the good things, but they are ALL, our individual  BLESSINGS!

No Mortal Ear Should Hear Any of Our Problems. There will be a growing intelligence in prayer. We are receiving a divine education, and this is illustrated in a life of diligence and zeal.

These are quotes from Jesus, this is my message to you for us and our families. WE MUST OBEY to BE HAPPY:

  1. Do NOT tell your troubles to your fellow mortals, [even if true] but carry everything to God in prayer
  2. Make it a rule never to utter one word of doubt or discouragement.
  3. We may keep so near to God that in every unexpected trial our thoughts will turn to Him as naturally as the flower turns to the sun."
  4. Let no murmurs or complaints come from your lips; remember that angels hear these words.
  5. Prayer moves the arm of Omnipotence.
  6. The revelation of Christ in your own character will have a transforming power upon all with whom you come in contact.
  7. Those who prayerfully study the Bible go from each search wiser than  they were before. Thus they will find the hidden treasure; for the Lord will quicken their understanding.

  8. If you love the Scriptures, and search them whenever there is opportunity, that you may come into possession of their rich treasures, then you may be assured that Jesus is drawing you to Himself.
  9. Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly produced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.
  10. Everyone who enters the pearly gates of the city of God will enter there as a conqueror, and his greatest conquest will have been the conquest of self.
  11. When the darkness is deepest, the light of a God like character will shine the  brightest.
  12. Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible, than the soul that feels its nothingness, and relies wholly on God.
  13. Whatever may be our situation, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexities, we have a sure counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend.
  14. Repentance is turning from self to Christ; and when we receive Christ so that through faith He can live His life in us, good works will be manifest.

  15. If we draw near to God, He will put a word in our mouth to speak for Himeven praise unto His name. He will teach us a strain from the song of the angels, even thanksgiving to our heavenly Father.


    Christ desires us to make His service appear attractive, as it really is. Let your self-denials and the secret heart trials be revealed to the compassionate Saviour. Let your burdens be left at the foot of the cross, and go on your way rejoicing in His love who first loved you.


    Men may never know of the work going on secretly between the soul and God, but the result of the Spirit's work upon the heart will be manifest to all, for He "which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."

DO NOT think to situate yourself, so you will not be tempted to sin, (<<<EW says this, because it may work for a time, but Satan knows just where to find these souls and WILL) (by retaliation, by gossip, by faultfinding, by complaining, by criticizing, by accusing, by telling others of our problems, lying lips, these are ALL VAIN religion, whoever indulges in these sins are unfit for heaven) 

Who is the accuser of the brethren? When we tell others any of our problems, other than GOD, in the name of Jesus Christ, we are sinning. Think it through. We are always trying to JUSTIFY SELF. Accusing someone, when we complain. DO NOT MURMUR AND COMPLAIN! This message is for not just you, but our whole family. If you go onto endtimewarning.com under shareable downloads, you will find a newsletter I have put together about HOW TO BE PERFECT! It only touches on a few things.....but it's a start. 

Only PRAYERS and PRAISE TO GOD should be on our lips, EVER.

“Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted to others, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue.” — Ellen G. White, T8 

By our thoughts, words & actions, our fruits reveal who lives inside us. We reveal who we are an ambassador for by our words, looks & actions.

Ask GOD, in the name of Jesus to help you. He will, as you by faith, determine to do this, it will transform your mind. I can do ALL things through Christ who STRENGTHENS me! Just pray, whenever bad thoughts/words start to flow, JESUS! SAVE ME or I perish! he will. God thru Jesus is doing it for me.... I am working on this big time.

THE biggest thing to remember is to ABIDE IN JESUS, MOMENT BY MOMENT. Pray continually...Help me God, in the name of your dear Son to do YOUR will and NOT MINE!

"Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,--one in nature, in character, and in purpose,--the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God." (GC 493)

Firstborn of every creature (Col 1:15-16) Before creation.

Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (This is why the Jews killed Jesus - for "blasphemy" saying that before Abraham "I am" or that he existed was born of God prior to Bethlehem. If you believe and share this = you will be hated and persecuted also - perhaps beheaded, just as Jesus suffered persecution.

John 6:42 They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"

The words "going forth" actually means "Origins" and is translated in many bibles that way. So his origin was in eternity, from everlasting, just as Proverbs 8 says.

“Before Christ came in the likeness of men, he existed in the express image of his Father.” (Ellen White, Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900)

“The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind. “(Ellen White, Review and Herald, July 9, 1895, par. 13)

“Christ is the Son of God in deed and in truth and in love, and is the representative of the Father as well as the representative of the human race.” (Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, page 83)

"As to when He was begotten, it is not for us to inquire, nor could our minds grasp it if we were told. The prophet Micah tells us all that we can know about it in these words, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2, margin. There was a time when Christ proceeded forth and came from God, from the bosom of the Father (John 8:42; 1:18), but that time was so far back in the days of eternity that to finite comprehension it is practically without beginning" (E. J. Waggoner—Christ and His Righteousness, pp. 21, 22).

Waggoner: The Father must not be ignored. "Let no one image that we would exalt Christ at the expense of the Father." "We honor the Father in honoring the Son. We are mindful of Paul's words, that 'to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him" 1 Cor. 8:6. He then concludes,

"All things proceed ultimately from God, the Father; even Christ Himself proceeded and came forth from the Father; but it has pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell, and that He should be the direct, immediate Agent in every act of creation. Our object in this investigation is to set forth Christ's rightful position of equality with the Father, in order that His power to redeem may be the better appreciated." CHR p. 19

"Finally, we know the Divine unity of the Father and the Son from the fact that both have the same Spirit. Paul, after saying that they that are in the flesh cannot please God, continues: 'But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.' Rom. 8:9. Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. Christ 'is [sic] in the bosom of the Father;' being by nature of the very substance of God, and having life in Himself, He is properly called Jehovah, the self-existent One, and is thus styled in Jer. 23:56, where it is said that the righteous Branch, who shall execute judgment and justice in the earth, shall be known by the name of Jehovah-tsidekenu-THE LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." CHR p. 23, 24.

John 1:1, John 1:18 and John 3:16 
"According to this, Jesus Christ is begotten of God in a sense that no other being is; else he could not be his only begotten Son. Angels are called sons of God, and so are righteous men; but Christ is his Son in a higher sense, in a closer relation, than either of these." "God made men and angels out of materials already created. He is the author of their existence, their Creator, hence their Father. But Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father's own substance. He was not created out of material as the angels and other creatures were. He is truly and emphatically the "Son of God," the same as I am the son of my father." D. M. Canright, Review and Herald, June 18, 1867

"Even the angels of God have all had beginning of days, so that they would be as much excluded by this language as the members of the human family. And as to the Son of God, he would be excluded also, for he had God for his Father, and did, at some point in the eternity of the past, have beginning of days." J. N. Andrews, Review and Herald, 7th September 1869

"Christ is the only literal son of God. 'The only begotten of the Father.' John 1:14. He is God because he is the Son of God; not by virtue of His resurrection. If Christ is the only begotten of the Father, then we cannot be begotten of the Father in a literal sense. It can only be in a secondary sense of the word." J. G. Matteson, Review & Herald, October 12, 1869 p. 123

"The Word then is Christ. The text speaks of His origin. He is the only begotten of the Father. Just how he came into existence the Bible does not inform us any more definitely; but by this expression and several of a similar kind in the Scriptures we may believe that Christ came into existence in a manner different from that in which other beings first appeared; That He sprang from the Father's being in a way not necessary for us to understand." C. W. Stone, The Captain of our Salvation, page 17, written 1883, published by Uriah Smith 1886. Charles Wesley Stone was Secretary to the General Conference, teacher in Battle Creek College

"Back in the ages, which finite mind cannot fathom, the Father and Son were alone in the universe. Christ was the first begotten of the Father, and to Him Jehovah made known the divine plan of Creation." S. N. Haskell, The Story of the Seer of Patmos, pp. 93, 94. 1905 "Christ was the firstborn in heaven; He was likewise the firstborn of God upon earth, and heir to the Father's throne. Christ, the firstborn, though the Son of God, was clothed in humanity, and was made perfect through suffering." S. N. Haskell, The Story of the Seer of Patmos, pp. 98, 99. 1905.

"From a reading of John 1:1-3, 10, it will be seen that the world, with all it contains, was created by Christ (the Word), for "all things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made." The angels, therefore, being created, are necessarily lower than Christ, their Creator. Christ is the only being begotten of the Father." James Edson White, Past, Present, and Future, page 52, chapter, 'Angels - their nature', 1914 edition (1909)

"The divinity and pre-existence of our Saviour are most clearly proved by those scriptures which refer to him as "the Word." [quotes] John i, 1-3. This expresses plainly a pre-existent divinity." J. H. Waggoner, Review and Herald, October 27, 1863 'The atonement'

Ellen White clearly denied the Deomonic doctrine of role playing 

“The sonship of Jesus, however, is not ontological, but functional. In the plan of salvation each member of the trinity has accepted a particular role”. - The Trinity In Scripture by Gerhard Pfandl, Biblical Research Institute, Silver Spring, MD. June 1999.  
(Today the Modern SDA Church proclaims that it believes in the orthodox Trinity, but actually it teaches a form of Tritheism. https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/stay-on-the-ship/seventh-day-adventism-cannot-be-the-remnant)

which is promoted by the Modern Adventist Church, when she wrote that Christ was the eternal Son of GOD, begotten before he came to earth: 

Ellen White: “But while God's Word speaks of the humanity of Christ when upon this earth, it also speaks decidedly regarding his pre-existence. The Word existed as a divine being, even as the eternal Son of God, in union and oneness with his Father. From everlasting he was the Mediator of the covenant, the one in whom all nations of the earth, both Jews and Gentiles, if they accepted him, were to be blessed."  {
Selected Messages Book 1, p. 247.2, RH April 5, 1906, par. 5}

Ellen White: Before Christ came in the likeness of men, he existed in the express image of his Father.” (Ellen White, Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900, par. 4

Ellen White: “The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind. “(Ellen White, Review and Herald, July 9, 1895, par. 13)

Ellen White: “Christ is the Son of God in deed and in truth and in love, and is the representative of the Father as well as the representative of the human race.” (Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, page 83)

Ellen White:
 “He gave His only begotten Son— not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father’s person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”.  
ST May 30, 1895, par. 3 

Ellen White: "The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind."
 RH July 9, 1895, par. 13

James White: “Here we might mention  the Trinity, which  does away the personality of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ, and of sprinkling or pouring instead of being ‘buried with Christ in baptism,’ ‘planted in the likeness of his death:’ but we pass from these fables to notice one that is held sacred by nearly all professed Christians, both Catholic and Protestant [the Sunday]” James White, Review and Herald, December 11, 1855

Ellen White: "This wine of error is made up of false doctrines, such as the natural immortality of the soul, the eternal torment of the wicked, the denial of the pre-existence of Christ prior to His birth in Bethlehem, and advocating and exalting the first day of the week above God’s holy and sanctified day. These and kindred errors are presented to the world by the various churches, and thus the Scriptures are fulfilled that say, ‘For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ It is a wrath which is created by false doctrines, and when kings and presidents drink this wine of the wrath of her fornication, they are stirred with anger against those who will not come into harmony with the false and satanic heresies which exalt the false sabbath, and lead men to trample underfoot God’s memorial.

“Fallen angels upon earth form confederations with evil men. In this age antichrist will appear as the true Christ, and then the law of God will be fully made void in the nations of our world. Rebellion against God’s holy law will be fully ripe. But the true leader of all this rebellion is Satan clothed as an angel of light. Men will be deceived and will exalt him to the place of God, and deify him. But Omnipotence will interpose, and to the apostate churches that unite in the exaltation of Satan, the sentence will go forth, ‘Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.’”  {Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 61.3 Evangelism, p. 365.1 Testimony Treasures Volume 2, p. 362.3, RH September 12, 1893, par. 20Notebook Leaflets from the Elmshaven Library Vol. 1, p. 52.2} 

"Before the foundations of the world were laid,Christ, the Only Begotten of God, pledged Himself to become the Redeemer of the human race, should Adam sin. Adam fell, and He who was partaker of the Father’s glory before the world was, laid aside His royal robe and kingly crown, and stepped down from His high authority to become a Babe in Bethlehem, that by passing over the ground where Adam stumbled and fell, He might redeem fallen human beings. He subjected Himself to all the temptations that the enemy brings against men and women; and all the assaults of Satan could not make Him swerve from His loyalty to the Father. By living a sinless life He testified that every son and daughter of Adam can resist the temptations of the one who first brought sin into the world.

Christ brought men and women power to overcome. He came to this world in human form, to live a man amongst men. He assumed the liabilities of human nature, to be proved and tried. In His humanity He was a partaker of the divine nature. In His incarnation He gained in a new sense the title of the Son of God."  Selected Messages Book 1, p. 226.2


Christ is the Son of GOD, that by some Divine Act Christ was brought forth from the Father before creation. And the Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present. The "Holy" Spirit is their Divine Influence helping us to bring the fruit of the Spirit into harmony in our very lives such as  love, joy, peace,longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23. 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).


Prayer, "I come to you Holy Heavenly Daddy/Father just now through the name of your Son, asking that my character and that of my family and all those who are yours be made white/ready (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) through the blood sacrifice of your one and only dear Son. Help us to live spiritually through the risen life that you gave Him. I believe that you, the God and Father of your Son, raised your Son from the dead and that Jesus is Lord. Save me from myself in spite of myself. Give me and all those who are yours the strength and power to make it to Heaven, these things we ask in the name of the messiah, Christ our Lord, Amen." 


Jesus says, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." John 5:30


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Mind, Character, and Personality, pp. 516-523

Chap. 56 - Anger


     Anger Opens the Heart to Satan.--Those who at any supposed provocation feel at liberty to indulge anger or resentment are opening the heart to Satan. Bitterness and animosity must be banished from the soul if we would be in harmony with heaven.--DA 310 (1898).  {2MCP 516.1}  
     Servants of Sin.--"His servants ye are to whom ye obey" (Romans 6:16). If we indulge anger, lust, covetousness, hatred, selfishness, or any other sin, we become servants of sin. "No man can serve two masters" (Matthew 6:24). If we serve sin, we cannot serve Christ. The Christian will feel the promptings of sin, for the flesh lusteth against the Spirit; but the Spirit striveth against the flesh, keeping up a constant warfare. Here is where Christ's help is needed. Human weakness becomes united to divine strength, and faith exclaims, "Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57)!--RH, May 3, 1881. (SL 92, 93.)  {2MCP 516.2}  
     Anger Born of Sensitive Morals.--It is true there is an indignation that is justifiable, even in the followers of Christ. When they see that God is dishonored and His service brought into disrepute, when they see the innocent 


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oppressed, a righteous indignation stirs the soul. Such anger, born of sensitive morals, is not a sin.--DA 310 (1898).  {2MCP 516.3}  
     The Anger of Moses.--The breaking of the tables of stone was but a representation of the fact that Israel had broken the covenant which they had so recently made with God. It is a righteous indignation against sin, which springs from zeal for the glory of God, not that anger prompted by self-love or wounded ambition, which is referred to in the scripture "Be ye angry, and sin not." Such was the anger of Moses.--RH, Feb 18, 1890. (TM 101.)  {2MCP 517.1}  
     Christ's Holy Wrath.--Christ's indignation was directed against the hypocrisy, the gross sins, by which men were destroying their own souls, deceiving the people and dishonoring God. In the specious deceptive reasoning of the priests and rulers He discerned the working of satanic agencies. Keen and searching had been His denunciation of sin, but He spoke no words of retaliation. He had a holy wrath against the prince of darkness, but He manifested no irritated temper. So the Christian who lives in harmony with God, possessing the sweet attributes of love and mercy, will feel a righteous indignation against sin; but he will not be roused by passion to revile those who revile him. Even in meeting those who are moved by a power from beneath to maintain falsehood, in Christ he will still preserve calmness and self-possession.--DA 619, 620 (1898).  {2MCP 517.2}  
     Some People Nurse Wrath.--Many look at things on their darkest side; they magnify their supposed grievances, nurse their wrath, and are filled with revengeful, hateful feelings, when in truth they had no real cause for these feelings. . . . Resist these wrong feelings, and you will experience a great change in your association with your fellowmen.--YI, Nov 10, 1886. 

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     Impatience Produces a Baleful Harvest.--What harm is wrought in the family circle by the utterance of impatient words, for the impatient utterance of one leads another to retort in the same spirit and manner. Then come words of retaliation, words of self-justification, and it is by such words that a heavy, galling yoke is manufactured for your neck; for all these bitter words will come back in a baleful harvest to your soul.--RH, Feb 27, 1913. (AH 439.)  {2MCP 518.1}  
     Hard words beat upon the heart through the ear, awakening to life the worst passions of the soul and tempting men and women to break God's commandments.... Words are as seeds which are planted.--Lt 105, 1893. (AH 439.)  {2MCP 518.2}  
     Among the members of many families there is practiced the habit of saying loose, careless things; and the habit of tantalizing, of speaking harsh words, becomes stronger and stronger as it is indulged, and thus many objectionable words are spoken that are after Satan's order and not after the order of God....Burning words of passion should never be spoken, for in the sight of God and holy angels they are as a species of swearing.--YI, Sept 20, 1894. (AH 439.)  {2MCP 518.3}  
     The First Three Years of a Child's Life.--Let selfishness, anger, and self-will have its course for the first three years of a child's life, and it will be hard to bring it to submit to wholesome discipline. Its disposition has become soured; it delights in having its own way; parental control is distasteful. These evil tendencies grow with its growth, until in manhood supreme selfishness and a lack of self-control place him at the mercy of the evils that run riot in our land.--HR, Apr, 1877. (Te 177.)  {2MCP 518.4}  
     Never Discipline in Anger.--God has a tender regard for the children. He wants them to gain victories every day. Let us all endeavor to help the children to be overcomers. Do not let offenses come to them from the very 


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members of their own family. Do not permit your actions and your words to be of a nature that your children will be provoked to wrath. Yet they must be faithfully disciplined and corrected when they do wrong, but never in anger.--MS 47, 1908.  {2MCP 518.5}  
     A parent gives way to temper before the child and then wonders why the child is so difficult to control. But what could he expect? Children are quick to imitate, and the child is but putting into practice the lessons taught him by his parents in their outbursts of anger....  {2MCP 519.1}  
     You may have to punish your child with the rod. This is sometimes essential. But never, never strike him in anger. To correct him thus is to make two wrongs in trying to cure one. Defer the punishment till you have talked with yourself and with God. Ask yourself, Have I submitted my will to God's will? Am I standing where He can control me? Ask God to forgive you for transmitting to your child a disposition so difficult to manage. Ask Him to give you wisdom that you may deal with your wayward child in a way that will draw him nearer to you and to his heavenly Father.--RH, July 8, 1902.  {2MCP 519.2}  
     Violent Emotions Endanger Life.--The giving way to violent emotions endangers life. Many die under a burst of rage and passion. Many educate themselves to have spasms. These they can prevent if they will, but it requires willpower to overcome a wrong course of action. All this must be a part of the education received in the school, for we are God's property. The sacred temple of the body must be kept pure and uncontaminated, that God's Holy Spirit may dwell therein.--Lt 103, 1897. (HC 265.)  {2MCP 519.3}  
     The Fruitage of Each Outburst of Anger.--One class have come up without self-control; they have not bridled the temper or the tongue; and some of these claim to be Christ's followers, but they are not. Jesus has set them no such example.... They are unreasonable and not easily 

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persuaded or convinced. They are not sane; Satan for the time has full control.Every one of these exhibitions of wrath weakens the nervous system and the moral powers and makes it difficult to restrain anger on another provocation.--YI, Nov 10, 1886. (SD 142.)  {2MCP 519.4}  
     Intoxicated With Wrath.--How Satan exults when he is enabled to set the soul into a white heat of anger! A glance, a gesture, an intonation, may be seized upon and used as the arrow of Satan to wound and poison the heart that is open to receive it.--ST Sept. 21, 1888  {2MCP 520.1}  
     When one once gives place to an angry spirit, he is just as much intoxicated as the man who has put the glass to his lips.--MS 6, 1893  {2MCP 520.2}  
     Christ treats anger as murder. . . Passionate words are a savor of death unto death. He who utters them is not cooperating with God to save his fellowman. In heaven this wicked railing is placed in the same list as common swearing. While hatred is cherished in the soul there is not one iota of the love of God there.--Lt 102, 1901. (HC 235.)  {2MCP 520.3}  
     Petulant Man is Seldom Content.--No one else can lessen our influence as we ourselves can lessen it through the indulgence of uncontrollable temper. A naturally petulant man does not know true happiness and is seldom content. He is ever hoping to get into a more favorable position or to so change his surroundings that he will have peace and rest of mind. His life seems to be burdened with heavy crosses and trials, when, had he controlled his temper and bridled his tongue, many of these annoyances might have been avoided. It is the "soft answer" which "turneth away wrath." Revenge has never conquered a foe. A well-regulated temper exerts a good influence on all around; but "he that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls."--4T 367, 368 (1879).  {2MCP 520.4}  
     Easier to be Uninhibited Before a Crowd.--It is worse, far worse, to give expression to the feelings in a large 


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gathering, firing at anyone and everyone, than to go to the individuals who may have done wrong and personally reprove them. The offensiveness of this severe, over-bearing, denunciatory talk in a large gathering is of as much more grave a character in the sight of God than giving personal, individual reproof, as the numbers are greater and the censure more general. It is ever easier to give expression to the feelings before a congregation, because there are many present, than to go to the erring and, face-to-face with them, openly, frankly, plainly state their wrong course.  {2MCP 520.5}  
     But bringing into the house of God strong feelings against individuals and making all the innocent as well as the guilty suffer is a manner of labor which God does not sanction and which does harm rather than good. It has too often been the case that criticizing and denunciatory discourses have been given before a congregation. These do not encourage a spirit of love in the brethren. They do not tend to make them spiritually minded and lead them to holiness and heaven, but a spirit of bitterness is aroused in hearts. These very strong sermons that cut a man all to pieces are sometimes positively necessary to arouse, alarm, and convict. But unless they bear the especial marks of being dictated by the Spirit of God they do far more injury than they can do good.--3T 507, 508 (1880).  {2MCP 521.1}  
     Reason Dethroned by Anger.--I hope you will go over the ground carefully and consider your first temptation to depart from the rules of the college. Study critically the character of the government of our school. The rules which were enforced were none too strict. But anger was cherished; for the time being reason was dethroned and the heart was made a prey to ungovernable passion. Before you were aware, you had taken a step which a few hours previous you would not have taken under any pressure of temptation. Impulse had overcome reason, and you could not recall the injury done to yourself nor to an 

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institution of God. Our only safety under all circumstances is in being always master of ourselves in the strength of Jesus our Redeemer.--4T 431 (1880).  {2MCP 521.2}  
     Retaliation Brings Only Evil.--Far better would it be for us to suffer under false accusation than to inflict upon ourselves the torture of retaliation upon our enemies. The spirit of hatred and revenge originated with Satan and can bring only evil to him who cherishes it. Lowliness of heart, that meekness which is the fruit of abiding in Christ, is the true secret of blessing. "He will beautify the meek with salvation" (Psalm 149:4).--MB 17 (1896).  {2MCP 522.1} 
     When Irritated, Refuse to Speak.--Let those who are easily irritated refuse to retaliate when words that vex them are spoken. Let them seek the Lord in prayer, asking Him to show them how to work for souls perishing in sin. He who keeps busy in this work will be so thoroughly imbued with the Spirit of God that his manners, his voice, his whole life, will be a revelation of Christ.Try it, brethren, try it. Crucify self, in the place of seeking to crucify your brethren. "If any man will come after Me," Christ said, "let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" (Matthew 16:24).--Lt 11, 1905.  {2MCP 522.2}  
     Anger Met by Silence.--There is a wonderful power in silence. When impatient words are spoken to you, do not retaliate. Words spoken in reply to one who is angry usually act as a whip, lashing the temper into greater fury. But anger met by silence quickly dies away. Let the Christian bridle his tongue, firmly resolving not to speak harsh, impatient words. With the tongue bridled, he may be victorious in every trial of patience through which he is called to pass.--RH, Oct 31, 1907. (MYP 135, 136.)  {2MCP 522.3}  
     Cultivate a Conciliatory Spirit.--In regard to your present relations with the church I would advise that you do all that can be done on your part to come into harmony with your brethren. Cultivate a kind, conciliatory spirit and let no feeling of retaliation come into your minds and 


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hearts. We have but a little time in this world, and let us work for time and for eternity. Be diligent to make your calling and election sure. See that you make no mistake in regard to your title to a home in Christ's kingdom. If your name is registered in the Lamb's book of life, then all will be well with you. Be ready and anxious to confess your faults and forsake them, that your mistakes and sins may go beforehand to judgment and be blotted out.--5T 331 (1885).  {2MCP 522.4} 
     Uncontrollable Temper May Be Conquered.--The teachings of Christ carried into the life will elevate men, however humble in the scale of moral worth with God. Those who strive for the subduing of their natural defects of character cannot be crowned unless they strive lawfully; but those who are found often in prayer, seeking for the wisdom that cometh from above, will become assimilated to the divine. Uncouth manners, uncontrollable temper, will be brought into obedience to the divine law.--Lt 316, 1908.  {2MCP 523.1}  
     Resist Angry Feelings.--There is only one remedy-- positive self-control under all circumstances. The effort to get into a favorable place, where self will not be annoyed, may succeed for a time; but Satan knows where to find these poor souls and will assail them in their weak points again and again. They will be continually troubled so long as they think so much of self. . . . But there is hope for them. Let this life, so stormy with conflicts and worries, be brought into connection with Christ, and then self will no longer clamor for the supremacy. . . . They should humble themselves, saying frankly, "I have done wrong. Will you forgive me? For God has said we must not let the sun go down upon our wrath." This is the only safe path toward overcoming.Many . . . nurse their wrath and are filled with revengeful, hateful feelings. . . . Resist these wrong feelings, and you will experience a great change in your association with your fellowmen.--YI, Nov 10, 1886. (SD 142.)  {2MCP 523.2}








"Often your mind may be clouded because of pain. Then do not try to think. You know that Jesus loves you. He understands your weakness. You may do His will by simply resting in His arms. {MH 251.3}

It is a law of nature that our thoughts and feelings are encouraged and strengthened as we give them utterance. While words express thoughts, it is also true that thoughts follow words. If we would give more expression to our faith, rejoice more in the blessings that we know we have,--the great mercy and love of God,--we should have more faith and greater joy. No tongue can express, no finite mind can conceive, the blessing that results from appreciating the goodness and love of God. Even on earth we may have joy as a wellspring, never failing, because fed by the streams that flow from the throne of God. {MH 251.4}

Then let us educate our hearts and lips to speak the praise of God for His matchless love. Let us educate our souls to be hopeful and to abide in the light shining from the cross of Calvary. Never should we forget that we are children of the heavenly King, sons and daughters of the Lord of hosts. It is our privilege to maintain a calm repose in God. {MH 253.1}

"Let the peace of God rule in your hearts; . . . and be ye thankful." Colossians 3:15. Forgetting our own difficulties and troubles, let us praise God for an opportunity to live for the glory of His name. Let the fresh blessings of each new day awaken praise in our hearts for these tokens of His loving care. When you open your eyes in the morning, thank God that He has kept you through the night. Thank Him for His peace in your heart. Morning, noon, and night, let gratitude as a sweet perfume ascend to heaven. {MH 253.2}

When someone asks how you are feeling, do not try to think of something mournful to tell in order to gain sympathy. Do not talk of your lack of faith and your sorrows and sufferings. The tempter delights to hear such words. When talking on gloomy subjects, you are glorifying him. We are not to dwell on the great power of Satan to overcome us. Often we give ourselves into his hands by talking of his power. Let us talk instead of the great power of God to bind up all our interests with His own. Tell of the matchless power of Christ, and speak of His glory. All heaven is interested in our salvation. The angels of God, thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand, are commissioned to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. They guard us against evil and press back the powers of darkness that are seeking our destruction. Have we not reason to be thankful every moment, thankful even when there are apparent difficulties in our pathway? {MH 253.3}






















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