Archives for November 2017

MY FRIENDS, A COMPLETE RESTORATION, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Nov. 14, 2017

MY FRIENDS, A COMPLETE RESTORATION, IS IT POSSIBLE?

The greatest victories to the church of Christ or to the individual Christian are not those that are gained by talent or education, by wealth or the favor thof men. They are those victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God, when earnest, agonizing faith lays hold upon the mighty arm of power. Those who are unwilling to forsake every sin and to seek earnestly for God’s blessing, will not obtain it. But all who will lay hold of God’s promises as did Jacob, and be as earnest and persevering as he was, will succeed as he succeeded.” (E.G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets p 203)

My friends, “we must count our life of no value to our-self, so that we may finish our course and the ministry we received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24 (NKJV) In addition, the battle will be fought and won through our death to self and resurrection of a new life in Jesus Christ as we carry our own cross as a disciple and follower of God’s will for our life that will one day lead to life eternal.

Therefore, we must never be complacent about Satan’s power and begin to “conform to our surroundings” here on earth. A London businessmanth Lindsay Clegg tells the story of a warehouse property he was selling. The building had been empty for months and needed repairs. Vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash around the interior.

As he showed a prospective buyer the property. Clegg took pains to say that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage. “Forget about the repairs,” the buyer said. “When I buy this place, I’m going to build something completely different.

I don’t want the building; I want the site.” And friends, that is the restoration and renewal God has planned for our lives for that is what Calvary was all about, our efforts to improve our own lives are insignificant, because everything must go. A complete restoration must take place and restored into the image of who God is and where He is leading us.

In Jer. 29:11 (KJV) God states, “I know the thoughts that I think towards you, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, [and through My word and Spirit give you] an expected end, [in My pure and holy kingdom.]” My friends, the good news is God loves each of us supremely and wants the very best for us. Remember, after Adam and his wife sinned against God, “hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

psalm_23_31[1]And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” Gen. 3:8-9 (KJV) Oh, what a God, no matter how far we have moved away from His presence, His response is, “Where art thou”? The bad news is we all have a natural propensity to ignore God’s voice because restoration requires self to die daily as we begin to live our life in the image of Christ and His will to make the necessary changes for a commitment.

Therefore, restoration requires “we count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord: for whom we [must] suffer the loss of all things, counting them but dung, that we may [be restored into the image of Christ].” Phil. 3:8 (KJV)

MY FRIENDS, HOW LONG HALT YE BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS?

Nov. 2, 2017

MY FRIENDS, HOW LONG HALT YE BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS?

“How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” 1 Kings 18:21 (KJV)

godhead-3-the-doctrine-of-trinity-2-638“Not one in that vast assembly dare reveal loyalty to Jehovah. Like a dark cloud, deception and blindness had overspread Israel. Not all at once had this fatal apostasy closed about them, but gradually, as from time to time they had failed to heed the words of warning and reproof that the Lord sent them. Each departure from right-doing, each refusal to repent, had deepened their guilt and driven them farther from Heaven. And now, in this crisis, they persisted in refusing to take their stand for God.” (E.G. White, Prophets and Kings: p 147)

My friends, but gradually, or little by little or maybe in small increments, however we care to define the situation, it happen over time. That dark cloud of deception and blindness had overtaken Israel and it will also be our downfall if we fail to heed the words of warning that “Babylon the great is fallen and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!

For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the ab6e5f1d8638fa60b255af31171b314dmerchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” Rev. 18:2-3 (NKJV) My friends, there is a contamination of impurity that the angel of God is warning us to flee from.

Even the appearance of evil we must escape. There must be a total transformation of mind, body and soul though Gods word and Spirit. Jer. 51:6 (NIV) tells us to “Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins. It is time for the LORD’s vengeance; he will repay her what she deserves.”

My friends, the world has “been arraigned before the bar of divine justice and found guilty on five counts starting with (a) pride and arrogance (b) materialism and luxury (c) adultery (d) deception and (e) persecution of individuals based on their membership in a religious, ethnic, social, or racial classes” (SDA Bible Commentary). God’s long suffering is about to end, today it must become personal between God and ourselves. So, “How long halt ye between two opinions?

If the Lord be God, follow him: but if [the things, and god of this world seems more appealing] then [our Savior has allowed us to make that choice rich11-300x205and follow Satan.] Therefore, Salvation is based on our total commitment to Christ and our faith and endurance to go all the way with cross in hand. Therefore, “if any man [or woman] will come after me, let him deny self, and take up his [or her] cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (JKV)

My friends, not to deny self daily, then Satan little by little does the transformation. Therefore, Christ warns us to “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow and difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it.” Matt. 7:13-14 (AMP) So, “How long halt ye between two opinions?