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

Quote –
     “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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The Assurance of Our Salvation !

Can we really have assurance of our Salvation ?

     The Word of God gives each of us this unfailing promise . . . . “Behold, a King shall reign in righteousness . . . . Until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted as a forest.     And the work of Righteousness shall be Peace; and the effect of righteousness shall be quietness and assurance for ever . . . !”     Isaiah 32:1, 15-17 and ref: 51:1-3 and Ephesians 2:13-14

     “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) . . . that I will raise unto David a righteous BRANCH, and a King (Matthew 28:18-19) shall reign and He shall prosper . . . And in His days Judah shall be saved * (delivered, rescued, set free, healed and made whole), and Israel shall dwell safely.  And this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS !”
Jeremiah 23:5-6

     If you would like more resources on freedom, victory and the righteousness of faith . . . Or if you would like to help with the Saviour’s work here at Isaiah Ministries, please contact us at our email below –   EWilson7th@gmail.com
     May our Lord and Saviour both bless and keep you this week, strong in faith and the unfailing power of His Life-giving Word !
your friend and brother in Christ Jesus,
Eric Wilson and family – Isaiah Ministries
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Showers of Blessing . . . why do we expect so little ?

     “Therefore . . . being by the right hand of God exalted (Ephesians 1:18-21), and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit . . . . He hath shed forth (gushed out as a fountain, poured forth) this, which ye now see and hear . . .

     Then said Peter unto them . . . Repent, and be baptized* (Acts 19:1-8) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins . . . and ye shall receive the gift* (something given freely out of great love for the receiver) of the Holy Spirit . . .      For the Promise is unto you, and to your children . . . and to all that are afar off (yet in the outer court – Ephesians 2:13-14), even as many as the LORD our God shall call . . . !”     Acts 2:33-39

ref: article on the Baptism of Christ

Quote –      “The church is not now the separate and peculiar people she was when the fires of persecution were kindled against her. How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed!     I saw that if the church had always retained her peculiar, holy character, the power of the Holy Spirit which was imparted to the disciples would still be with her. The sick would be healed, devils would be rebuked and cast out, and she would be mighty and a terror to her enemies.”   – Early Writings, p.227

note:   the character and righteousness (innocence, holiness and perfection)  of Christ Jesus is freely ours, if we will through surrender and living (active) faith appropriate it as our very own ! Continue reading

Our Freedom and Victory in Christ Jesus – Guaranteed !

     “O Israel, . . . thou hast destroyed thyself, but in Me is thine help. I will be thy King, for where is any other that may save thee in all of thy cities . . . ?” Hosea 13:9-14

     “Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel . . . be glad and rejoice with all thy heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.  For the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) hath taken away thy judgments* (Galatians 3:13, Deuteronomy 28:15-47), He hath cast out thine enemy . . . . Yea, the King of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst (heart) of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more . . .

In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem . . . My city and My people which are called by My name (Daniel 9:19) . . . Fear thou not ___________ (your name), and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.   For the LORD thy God (Elohim) in the midst of thee is Mighty* (full of power, a Warrior, valiant and strong); He will SAVE !

He will rejoice over thee __________ (your name) with joy; He will rest (engrave) in His love, He will joy over thee with singing . . . !” Zephaniah 3:14-17, I Peter 2:5-9 and Ephesians 2:10 Continue reading

Yea, I Am . . . Thy Salvation !


     “And this is the name whereby He shall be called . . . THE LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS !”
Jeremiah 23:5-6

    May we each by the grace and power of God . . . sound His Mighty name unto the ends of the earth. And may we each also enter with Him by faith into His glorious Rest (Exodus 31:17, Isaiah 28:12 and Hebrews 3:7-19 and 4:1-10), promised us from the foundation of the world . . . !

your brother in Christ Jesus,
Eric Wilson and family – Isaiah Ministries

Blood on the Doorposts ?

9bb6cba8-6b14-4961-8eb6-c3f7e6247040     “The Israelites were required to sprinkle the door-posts with the blood of a slain lamb, in order that when the angel of death passed through the land, they might escape destruction. But if . . . instead of doing this simple act of faith and obedience, they had barricaded the door, and taken every precaution to keep the destroying angel out, their pains would have been in vain, and would have testified to their unbelief . . .

When the blood was seen upon the door-post, it was enough. The salvation (the deliverance, freedom, rescue, healing and restoration) of the house was assured. So it is in the work of Salvation; it is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanseth from all sin . . . !

The LORD would have His people sound in the faith– not ignorant of the great Salvation (deliverance, rescue, freedom, healing and restoration) so abundantly provided for them . . . !
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The Power of Simply Believing God . . . ?

Daniel - lions 4     “We have most precious Promises in the Word of God, which ought to give us courage and confidence. They should enable us to come out of uncertainty and darkness, to come where we may know that the Spirit beareth witness with our spirit (mind) that we are the children of God. There is nothing wanting in the store-house of our God.

     Jesus has said, “Believe me, that I Am in the Father, and the Father . . . which is Spirit (John 4:24 and 3:1-2) . . . in Me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me (the Word of God), the works that I do, shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.”   John 14:11-12 and 7:37-39.

The disciples of Christ are to do greater works than Jesus Himself has done. He says further: “Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” “If ye ask anything in My name, I will do it.”  John 14:13-14 & I John 3:22-24  Christ spoke these Words for the comfort of all who should have faith in Him, and it is our privilege to believe that God will do just as He has said He would !
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And They Two Shall be One Flesh . . .?

     “Yet ye say . . . Wherefore?
Because the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth . . . against whom thou hats dealt treacherously. Yet she is thy companion, and the wife of thy Covenant (Oath) . . .

     For did not He make them one (Matthew 19:3-9)? . . . and wherefore one? So that He might seek a godly seed (children). Therefore take heed to your spirit (mind), and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth . . . . For the LORD, the God (Elohim – Mighty One) of Israel, saith He hateth putting away in divorce . . . !”
Malachi 2:13-16 & ref: Malachi 4:6

Note:   My wife and I are sharing this short yet powerful testimony of a
little girl who is struggling with the battle taking place between her Dad
and Mom. As I watched it today I was very inspired, as well as saddened,
for although the little girl’s heart’s desire is right . . . she did not know
how to fix a seemingly impossible dilemma.

      So many of God’s children are struggling, and although they may
sincerely desire for their marriage healed and restored, they often do not
realize what it is they are literally fighting against, nor where the fight
is coming from . . .

   My wife and I know all to well from personal experience what this battle
is like. For we wrestled for years to overcome, yet it seemed no matter how
hard we “tried,” nothing seemed to really work. Looking back now, I clearly
see that we were “fighting” in the flesh, rather than the power of God’s
Spirit !

For our Father in heaven has given each of us great Light from His
Word, and above all, this assurance . . . “For the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal (weak and human), but mighty (full of power and possible)
through God . . . to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down
imaginations, and every high thing (those spirits, and powers of the air)
that exalts itself against the knowledge (knowing – John 17:3) of God . . .

     And bringing into captivity every thought to the perfect obedience of
Christ !”   II Corinthians 10:4-5 & ref: Ephesians 2:2

      “We wrestle not against flesh and blood (not our spouse, nor even our
own), but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness* of this world . . . against spiritual wickedness in the heavens…

      Wherefore my brother and sister, take unto you the whole armour of God
(Deity – II Peter 1:4), so 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 (John 17:17), and having on the breastplate of righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5-6) . . . And your feet shod with the preparation (ointment) of the Glad Tidings of Peace . . .
     And above all, taking the shield of faith . . . and faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17) . . . wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Satan, the devil) . . . And take the helmet of your Salvation (that deliverance, freedom and healing wrought and complete for you by the Lord Jesus Christ), and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God . . . !”   Ephesians 6:12-18

      “For it is not by might, nor by power . . . but by My Spirit saith the LORD of hosts !”   And the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life !”     Zechariah 4:6 and John 6:63 and ref: Isaiah 55:8-11

     We pray that this little girls testimony will touch you. And I encourage you also to watch the story of the miracle which the LORD did in our lives, and is more than willing also to do in yours, if you will seek Him with all your heart, and fight the good fight of faith !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCg93yOaEzA   – The Dragon Revealed – a True Story

     Please contact us if we can be of help. And remember, with God, “all things are possible to him that believeth . . . !”   Mark 9:23

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Dark Clouds Over Elberton ?

     Events are rapidly fulfilling all around us . . . . I encourage all to read the statement which was just recently released below, and what is possibly yet to transpire toward the end of this year when our congress, and the UN are addressed by the papal leader of the Vatican.

For the end of all things is at hand . . . Be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer !”   I Peter 4:7

One of the speakers slated for the Vatican rollout of the long-awaited Papal document on climate change once said the earth is overpopulated by at least 6 billion people.

The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City. Perhaps with the exception of the 1968 encyclical on contraception, no Vatican document has been greeted with such anticipation.

The political left is hoping for a document that ties belief in global warming to a religious obligation. Climate skeptics have already started criticizing the document.

The choice of Professor John Schnellnhuber, founding director of the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, as one of three presenters may be giving the left added hope and giving giving skeptics severe heartburn. He has been described as one of the more aggressive scientists on the question of man-made global warming.

In a talk given to what’s described as the “failed” 2009 Copenhagen climate conference, reported in the New York Times, Schnellnhuber, who has advised German President Angela Merkel and is a visiting professor at Oxford, said of global warming: “In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something –- namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below 1 billion people.”
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/12/vatican-speaker-on-climate-thinks-there-are-6-billion-too-many-of-us/

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/13/scientist-warming-could-cut-population-to-1-billion/?_r=2

The Law of the Spirit and Life ?

Eli     “For the Law of the Spirit of (and) Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death . . . !”   Romans 8:2-4

There are Truths in the Word which, like veins of precious ore, are hidden beneath the surface. The hidden treasure is discovered as it is searched for, as a miner searches for gold and silver. The evidence of the Truth (verity) of God’s Word is in the Word itself. Scripture is the key that unlocks scripture. The deep meaning of the Truths of God’s Word is unfolded to our minds by His Spirit.”                                    – 8 Testimonies, p.157

For spiritual things are Spiritually discerned . . . !”     ref: I Corinthians 2:14 

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth (Malachi 4:3-6); but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it: for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success .And be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves . . . .For whoso looketh into the perfect Law of liberty (freedom from sin and death – Romans 8:2), and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hear, but a doer of the work (John 14:10 & Philippians 2:13) . . . . this man shall be blessed in his deed !”     James 1:21-25

Have I not commanded (promised) you?  Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid nor be dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go !”   Joshua 1:8-9

For it is God which worketh in you both to will, and to do of His good pleasure !”     Philippians 2:13″And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him . . . because we keep His Commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight . . . !”    I John 3:22
     “And he that keepeth His Commandments dwelleth in Him, and He (God – John 4:24) in him . . . And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us . . . !”   I John 3:24

And Jesus (Yehushua) said . . . . Abide in Me, and I in you. For as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye bear fruit (Galatians 5:22) except ye abide in Me . . . . For I Am the Vine, and ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit . . . for without Me ye can do nothing !If ye abide in Me (the Word – John 1:1 & 1:14), and My Words . . . which are Spirit and Life . . . abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you !”     John 15:1-7 & John 6:63

If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love . . . even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love !”   John 15:10
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous !”   I John 5:2-3

And hereby we do know that we know Him . . . which is Life eternal . . . (ref: John 17:3), if we keep His Commandments. For he that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the Truth (God’s Word – John 17:17) is not in Him . . . . But whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected; and hereby know we that we are in Him . . . . He that saith he abideth in Him (Christ Jesus), ought himself also so to walk, even as He (Jesus) walked !”   I John 2:3-6Jesus saith  . . . . “Believest thou not that I Am in the Father, and the Father  . . . which is Spirit (John 4:24) . . . is in Me?  for the Words that I speak unto you,

I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works . . . . If ye love Me, keep My commandments !”   John 14:10-15     And Jesus said . . . “He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him ! John 8:29

     “There is much Light yet to shine forth from the law of God and the gospel (Glad Tidings) of righteousness. This message, understood in its true character, and proclaimed in the Spirit, will lighten the earth with its glory (Revelation 14:6-15 & 18:1-4) The great decisive question is to be brought before all nations, tongues, and peoples.

     The closing work of the third angel’s message will be attended with a power that will send the rays of the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:1-6) into all the highways and byways of life, and decisions will be made for God . . . !”

–Ms 15, 1888, p. 5. (To “Dear Brethren Assembled at General Conference,” Nov. 1, 1888.)