The Fullness of His Blessing – Awaits Our Demand and Reception !

     To each of us our Lord and Saviour says . . . . “The Kingdom of heaven suffereth violence,* and the violent take it by force !”  Matthew 11:12

     This verse of Scripture has often left me wondering . . . What could our Saviour have meant when He spoke these words to his disciples and the multitudes that followed Him ?

     As I prayed and considered one day these words of Jesus, I was led to look up the words “violent” and also “violence” in its original greek of the text.  What our Lord revealed has changed my life forever.  And it is my prayer that as you read the article below, you also will be inspired to press your case as never before “boldly to the throne of grace !”   ref: Galatians 3:14 and Acts 2:30-39

   The word “violent,” and “violence” literally mean =  to seize, to take hold of with unyielding persistence, and refuse to be denied !
Luke 18:1-8* & Genesis 32:24-30*

     Not because we deserve anything, but rather because we claim by faith (Romans 10:17) the merits and worthiness of our crucified and resurrected Saviour, for God has promised, and He verily cannot lie !

ref: Numbers 23:19, I Kings 8:56-58 and Isaiah 55:8-11

     “And all the promises of God are in Him (the Word of God) yea, and in Him, Amen !”
II Corinthians 1:20

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     “The parable of the merchantman seeking goodly pearls has a double significance: it applies not only to men as seeking the kingdom of heaven, but to Christ as seeking His lost inheritance. Christ, the heavenly merchantman seeking goodly pearls, saw in lost humanity the pearl of price.

     In man, defiled and ruined by sin, He saw the possibilities of redemption. Hearts that have been the battleground of the conflict with Satan, and that have been rescued by the power of love (self-sacrifice), are more precious to the Redeemer than are those who have never fallen.

      God looked upon humanity, not as vile and worthless; He looked upon it in Christ, He saw it as it might become through redeeming love. He collected all the riches of the universe, and laid them down in order to buy the pearl. And Jesus, having found it, resets it in His own diadem. “For they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon His land.” Zechariah 9:16. “They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels.” Malachi 3:17.

     But Christ as the precious pearl, and our privilege of possessing this heavenly treasure, is the theme on which we most need to dwell. It is the Holy Spirit that reveals to men the preciousness of the goodly pearl. The time of the Holy Spirit’s power is the time when in a special sense the heavenly gift is sought and found. In Christ’s day many heard the gospel, but their minds were darkened by false teaching, and they did not recognize in the humble Teacher of Galilee the Sent of God.

     But after Christ’s ascension His enthronement (Zechariah 6:12-13)in His mediatorial kingdom was signalized by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost the Spirit was given. Christ’s witnesses proclaimed the power of the risen Saviour. The light of heaven penetrated the darkened minds of those who had been deceived by the enemies of Christ. They now saw Him exalted to be “a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:31.

     They saw Him encircled with the glory of heaven, with infinite treasures in His hands to bestow upon all who would turn from their rebellion. As the apostles set forth the glory of the Only-Begotten of the Father, three thousand souls were convicted.

     They were made to see themselves as they were, sinful and polluted, and Christ as their friend and Redeemer. Christ was lifted up, Christ was glorified, through the power of the Holy Spirit resting upon men.
     By faith these believers saw Him as the One Who had borne humiliation, suffering, and death that they might not perish but have everlasting Life . . . . “and this Life is in His Son !” I John 5:11-12. The revelation (revealing) of Christ by the Spirit brought to them a realizing sense of His power and majesty, and they stretched forth their hands to Him by faith, saying, “I believe !”

     Then the Glad Tidings (gospel) of a risen Saviour were carried to the uttermost bounds of the inhabited world. The church beheld converts flocking to her from all directions. Believers were reconverted. Sinners united with Christians in seeking the pearl of great price.
     The prophecy was fulfilled, The weak shall be “as David,” and the house of David “as the Angel of the Lord.” Zechariah 12:8. Every Christian saw in his brother the divine similitude of benevolence and love. One interest prevailed. One object swallowed up all others. All hearts beat in harmony. The only ambition of the believers was to reveal the likeness of Christ’s character, and to labor for the enlargement of His kingdom.

     “The multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul. . . . With great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus (Ephesians 1:17-21 and Romans 6:1-6); and great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:32, 33. “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 2:47. The Spirit of Christ animated the whole congregation; for they had found the pearl of great price.

     These scenes are to be repeated, and with greater power. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost was the former rain, but the Latter Rain will be more abundant. The Spirit awaits our demand and reception. Christ is again to be revealed in His fulness by the Holy Spirit’s power.

     Men will discern the value of the precious pearl, and with the apostle Paul they will say, “What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge* (knowing) of Christ Jesus my Lord.”   Philippians 3:7-8 and ref: John 17:3*

– Christ Object Lessons, p.121

     “Christ had an infinite variety of subjects from which to choose in His teaching, but the one upon which He dwelt most largely was the endowment of His Holy Spirit. What great things He predicted for the church because of this endowment!   Yet what subject is less dwelt upon today? what promise less fulfilled?

     Prophecies are dwelt upon, doctrines are expounded, but the promise of the Spirit, the fulfillment of which is necessary for the success of God’s work, is incidentally touched upon, and that is all. Other blessings and privileges have been set before the church but the thought entertained regarding the promise of the Spirit is that it is not for the church now, that at some time in the future the church will receive this gift.
     But this promise belongs to us now as surely as it belonged to the disciples.

ref: Galatians 3:14
and Acts 2:30-39

   God’s people seem to be incapable of comprehending and appropriating (as their very own) this Promise. They seem to think that only the scantiest showers of grace are to fall on the thirsty soul (ref: Isaiah 44:3). They act as if they must rely on their own efforts for Salvation (rescue, deliverance, freedom and healing) and as a result they have little strength for the work of overcoming.

     They have little Light to give to the souls dying in the darkness of error. Church members have long been content with little of the Blessing of God (John 6:63). They have not felt the need of reaching for the exalted privileges provided for them at infinite cost.
     Their spirituality is feeble, their experience dwarfed and crippled; and therefore they are disqualified for the work of the Lord. They are unable to present in the power of the Spirit the great and glorious Truths (unfailing verity – John 17:17) of God’s Word . . .

     It is not because of any restriction on God’s part that the riches of His grace* (G5485 – the divine Influence) do not flow to men. His gift is godlike.
     He gave with a liberality that men do not appreciate because they do not love to receive. If all were willing to receive, all would be filled with the Spirit. By resting content with small blessings, we disqualify ourselves for receiving the Spirit in its unlimited fullness. We are too easily satisfied with a ripple on the surface, when it is our privilege to expect the deep moving of the Spirit of God.

     Expecting little, we receive but little . . .”
– Review and Herald, June 10, 1902

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Our Victory in Christ Jesus Guaranteed !

     “Therefore . . . being now justified* be faith, we have Peace with God (John 14:27) through our Lord Jesus Christ !”   Romans 4:20-25 and 5:1

“What is justification* (innocence, holiness, righteousness) by faith?   It is the work of God in laying the glory of man in the dust (I Corinthians 1:29-31), and doing for man that which it is not in his power to do for himself. When men see their own nothingness, then they are prepared to be clothed with the righteousness of Christ !”
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The Truth Shall Make You Free !

      In John chapter 8, Jesus has given each of us this great assurance . . . “Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free !”  Yet today, we see thousands of professed children of God struggling in the bondage of sin. So how do we take hold of this promise, and make it our very own?

Jesus goes on to say, “the Devil is a liar, and the father (source) of all lies.” So here is where the battle begins . . .

First, you must know above all else, who you are in Christ Jesus . . . . “Chosen in Him before the very foundations of this world.”  Ephesians 1:1-4  and “complete in Him, who is the Head of all principalities and powers !”  Colossians 2:10

     And “in Whom you also are (present tense) circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ (when He died unto sin – Romans 6:10 and 6:1-6 — you also died with Him, and in Him) !”     Colossians 2:11-12

     Today . . . “you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God !”   Colossians 3:3
and because you believe God’s Word, and know that He cannot lie . . . “sin does not have any more dominion over you !”     Romans 6:11-14

For greater is He that is in us, than he which is in this world !”   I John 4:4

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     “Man is poisoned by sin; but a remedy has been provided for the fallen race in the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world . . . . “He has borne our sins in His own body upon that tree !”   I Peter 2:24 and II Corinthians 5:21

The LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all . . . !”   Isaiah 53:4-12

     And our Mighty Redeemer last words as He hung on Calvary was . . . “IT IS FINISHED (paid in full) !”   and when He was raised again on that glorious morning of the third day, He shook off the dust of that darkened tomb, and looking back in triumph He cried . . . . “O death where is thy sting (poison), O grave, where is thy victory !”
I Corinthians 15:55

     And you were “in Him” when He spoke these Words of Life . . . O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself, but in Me is thine help. Yea, I will be thy King (Matthew 28:18-19), for where is any other that may SAVE thee in all of thy cities?  I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction, and repentance shall be hid from Mine eyes (I will not change My mind !”   Hosea 13:9-14

     Every hope that we have of Salvation* (deliverance, freedom, healing) outside of Christ is a vain hope.

We cannot dishonor our Saviour more than by doubting that He will save us. Whatever may have been our life of transgression, however deep may be the stain of our sin, there is One Who is able* (full of power) to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him. ref: Isaiah 45:22-25

     Jesus is the remedy for sin. We may have intellect, but human intelligence can devise no way of salvation; we may have earthly possessions, but that will not provide a ransom for the sin of our soul. Salvation (deliverance, freedom, healing) is the gift of God through (in) Christ, and the promise is, “Whosoever believeth on Him (the promise, the Word of God) shall not perish, but have eternal Life.” 
– Signs of the times, March 10, 1890 

For this is the record (evidence, witness) that God hath given unto us eternal Life, and this Life is in His Son !”     I John 5:11

     And quoting from that promise which our Lord (Sovereign King) and Saviour later spoke to Nicodemus, we read . . . . “Look unto Me, and be ye SAVED* (rescued, delivered, set free, healed and made whole), all the ends of the earth: for I Am God (Elohim – the Mighty One), and there is none else.

     For I have sworn by Myself, yea, the Word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return unto Me void, that . . . . In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel (children of faith – Galatians 3:6-7) be justified,* and shall glory . . . !”
Isaiah 45:22-25 and ref: I Corinthians 1:29-31

     Thank your Father in heaven outloud each day for giving you the victory through (in) your Saviour Jesus Christ. Then surrender your heart, your soul, your mind and body as His temple . . . knowing that you are verily His both by creation, and by redemption. And that “He is faithful Who hath promised !”

According as His divine power hath given unto us _______ (your name) ALL THINGS that pertain unto Life and godliness . . . through the knowing of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue . . . !”   II Peter 1:3-4 and John 17:3

     “Who are kept by the power* of God (Theos – Deity, divinity) through faith unto Salvation* (freedom, liberty, rescue, healing and restoration), ready to be revealed in this last time !”   I Peter 1:5

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     “When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His Own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan.”
– Desire of Ages, p.324

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     “Henceforward Christ’s followers were to look upon Satan as a conquered foe. Upon the cross, Jesus was to gain the victory for them; that victory He desired (desires) them to accept as their own. “Behold,” He said (says), “I give unto you _______ (your name) power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you !”  Luke 10:19

     The omnipotent power of the Holy Spirit is the defense of every contrite soul. Not one that in penitence and faith has claimed His protection will Christ permit to pass under the enemy’s power. The Saviour is by the side of His tempted and tried ones.

     With Him there can be no such thing as failure, loss, impossibility, or defeat; we can do all things through Him who strengthens us. When temptations and trials come, do not wait to adjust all the difficulties, but look to Jesus, your helper.  
  
     There are Christians who think and speak altogether too much about the power of Satan. They think of their adversary, they pray about him, they talk about him, and he looms up greater and greater in their imagination. It is true that Satan is a powerful being; but, thank God, we have a Mighty Saviour, Who cast out the evil one from heaven – Luke 10:17-19). Satan is pleased when we magnify his power. Why not talk of Jesus? Why not magnify His power and His love?”

– Desire of Ages, p.493

Ministry and Miracles of the LORD our Righteousness !

Jesus-heals-lame     “Christ has all power in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18-19). He is the Great Physician, upon Whom we are to call when suffering from physical or spiritual disease. Over the winds and the waves and over men possessed with demons, He showed that He possessed absolute control. To Him have been given the keys of death and of hell. Principalities and powers were made subject to Him, even while in His humiliation (as a man) . . .

O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself . . . but in Me is thine help. I will be thy King . . .
I will ransom them (you) from the power of the grave; I will redeem them (you) from death. O death, I will be thy plagues . . . O grave, I will be thy destruction
!”
Hosea 13:9-14

We are too faithless. Oh, how I wish that I could lead our people to have faith in God!   They need not feel that in order to exercise faith they must be wrought up into a high state of excitement. All they have to do is to believe God’s Word, just as they believe one another’s word. He hath said it, and He will perform His Word. Calmly rely on His Promise, because He means all that He says. Say, He has spoken to me in His Word, and He will fulfill every Promise that He has made. Do not become restless. Be trustful. God’s Word is true. Act (live) as if your heavenly Father could be trusted . . . !”

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God has set before thee, an Open Door ! – part.1

open door 1Behold, I have set before thee an open door . . . and no man can shut it !”   Revelation 3:7-9

     Faith . . . reaches out to grasp the hand of Christ, knowing that He will hold more firmly than it is possible for the human hand to hold, and that He will never let go. While the human agent is willing to be led, Christ will lead him. . . .

      Faith is the very lifeblood of the soul. Its presence gives warmth, health, consistency, and sound judgment. Its vitality and vigor exert a powerful though unconscious influence. The life of Christ in the soul is as a well of water, springing up unto everlasting life. It leads to a constant cultivation of the heavenly graces and to a kindly submission in all things to the Lord. It enables us to reveal that Christ is abiding in the soul. . . .

      “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). Have we not proved this in the past as we have moved out in faith to produce the things now seen? . . . Faith is not only to look forward to things unseen; it is to be confirmed by looking at past experience, at tangible results, the verification of God’s Word. . . . Pray, “Lord, increase my faith.” Faith quickens the senses to work diligently to produce results. Faith elevates and ennobles the powers of the soul, enabling it to lay hold upon the unseen. . . .

          Entanglements in secular business are sometimes permitted by God to stir the sluggish faculties to more than common action, that He may honor faith by the bestowal of rich blessings. This is a means of advancing His work. But those who are without faith will never learn. By unbelief they dishonor their Lord. Unless they are converted, they will make shipwreck of their faith.

He desires His people, even in the darkest shadow, to trust in Him.

Satan is permitted to throw his shadow across their pathway that their dormant faith may be aroused to pierce the cloud, and find light and courage and life beyond. . . . Praise God that He loves us that much !

Looking unto Jesus, not only as our Example, but as the Author and Finisher of our faith, let us go forward, having confidence that He will supply us with all the strength that is needed for every duty. Eternal life is presented to us. Let us do all in our power to gain it.

–Manuscript 18, Feb. 27, 1901, “Canvassing for Christ’s Object Lessons.” (and Upward Look p.72).

 

The Seeds of Faith or doubt ?

     “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent (change His mind): hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?”     Numbers 23:19.

     “The Word of God is the Seed. Every Seed has in itself a germinating (Life generating) principle. In it the life of the plant is enfolded. So there is Life in God’s Word. Christ says, “The Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life.” John 6:63. “He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting Life.” John 5:24.          – A Call to Stand Apart p.19 Continue reading