God alone can renew the heart

Far more than we do, we need to understand the issues at stake in the conflict in which we are engaged. We need to understand more fully the value of the truths that God has given for this time and the danger of allowing our minds to be diverted from them by the great deceiver.

     The infinite value of the sacrifice required for our redemption reveals the fact that sin is a tremendous evil. Through sin the whole human organism is deranged, the mind is perverted, the imagination corrupted. Sin has degraded the faculties of the soul. Temptations from without find an answering chord within the heart, and the feet turn imperceptibly toward evil.

     As the sacrifice in our behalf was complete, so our restoration from the defilement of sin is to be complete. There is no act of wickedness that the law will excuse; there is no unrighteousness that will escape its condemnation. The life of Christ was a perfect fulfillment of every precept of the law. He said; “I have kept My Father’s commandments.” John 15:10. His life is our standard of obedience and service.

     God alone can renew the heart. “It is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for His good pleasure.” But we are bidden: “Work out your own salvation.” Philippians 2:13, 12, A. R. V.

            The Work That Requires Our Thought

     Wrongs cannot be righted, nor can reformations in character be made, by a few feeble, intermittent efforts. Sanctification is the work, not of a day, or of a year, but of a   lifetime. The struggle for conquest over self, for holiness and heaven, is a lifelong struggle. Without continual effort and constant activity there can be no advancement in the divine life, no attainment of the victor’s crown.

     The strongest evidence of man’s fall from a higher state is the fact that it costs so much to return. The way of return can be gained only by hard fighting, inch by inch, every hour. By a momentary act of will, one may place himself in the power of evil; but it requires more than a momentary act of will to break these fetters and attain to a higher, holier life. The purpose may be formed, the work begun; but its accomplishment will require toil, time, and perseverance, patience and sacrifice.

     Beset with temptations without number, we must resist firmly or be conquered. Should we come to the close of life with our work undone, it would be an eternal loss.

     Paul’s sanctification was the result of a constant conflict with self. He said: “I die daily.” 1 Corinthians 15:31. His will and his desires every day conflicted with duty and the will of God. Instead of following inclination, he did God’s will, however crucifying to his own nature.

     God leads His people on step by step. The Christian life is a battle and a march. In this warfare there is no release; the effort must be continuous and persevering. It is by unceasing endeavor that we maintain the victory over the temptations of Satan. Christian integrity must be sought with resistless energy and maintained with a resolute fixedness of purpose.

     No one will be borne upward without stern, persevering effort in his own behalf. All must engage in this warfare for themselves. Individually we are responsible for the issue of the struggle; though Noah, Job, and Daniel were in the land, they could deliver neither son nor daughter by their righteousness.

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Ellen White Quotes – 1

All who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with nature, and with God. In them is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world, its customs, or its practices; and they need to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God. We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. –  Ministry of Healing


Those who decide to do nothing in any line that will displease God, will know, after presenting their case before Him, just what course to pursue. – Desire of Ages


The Warfare against self is the greatest battle that was ever fought. Steps to Christ, p. 27


The strongest argument in favor of the gospel is a loving and lovable Christian. Help in Daily Living, p. 2


Not by painful struggles or wearisome toil, not by gift or sacrifice, is righteousness obtained; but it is freely given to every soul who hungers and thirsts to receive it. Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. 18


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 except His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. Desire of Ages, p. 324


Often our plans fail that God’s plans for us may succeed. Help in Daily Living, p. 6


All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service. When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us. Desire of Ages, p. 668


The closer you come to Jesus, the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes; for your vision will be clearer, and your imperfections will be seen in broad and distinct contrast to His perfect nature. Steps to Christ, p. 44
God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him. Help in Daily Living, p. 11

Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme will find perplexities vanish and a plain path before their feet. Help in Daily Living, p. 13


Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.  It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:12, margin). COL p 69

The conference

–Author unkown

 

Satan recently called a worldwide convention of demons to catch up with the strong and growing Christian Movement;
 
In his opening address he said, “We can’t keep Christians away from going to church.”
 
“We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.”
 
“We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their saviour.”
 
“Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”
 
“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ..”
 
 “This is what I want you to do,” said the devil:
 
 “Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!”
 
 “How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.
 
 “Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered.
 
 “Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.”
 
 “Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.”
 
 “Keep them from spending time with their children.”
 
 “As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!”
 
 “Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice.”
 
 “Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive.” To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly.”
 
 “This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”
 
 “Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.”
 
 “Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.”
 
 “Invade their driving moments with billboards.”
 
 “Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes..”
 
 “Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives. ”
 
 “Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night.”
 
 “Give them headaches too! ”
 
 “If they don’t give their husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere.”
 
 “That will fragment their families quickly!”
 
 “Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.”
 
 “Have them return from their recreation exhausted.”
 
 “Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.”
 
 “Keep them busy, busy, and busy!”
 
 “And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences. ”
 
 “Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus.”
 
 “Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.”
 
 “It will work!”
 
 “It will work!”
 
 It was quite a plan!
 
 The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there.
 
 Having little time for their God or their families.
 
 Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.
 
 I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his schemes?
 
 You be the judge!!!!!
 
 Does “BUSY” mean: B-eing U-under S-atan’s Y-oke?

Be still, and know that I am God: Psalm 46:10
 

All who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with nature, and with God. In them is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world, its customs, or its practices; and they need to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God. We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. –  Ministry of Healing

 

Also read.

http://empoweredlivingministries.org/articles/BeStillandKnow.pdf

Are there intellectual beings in other worlds

Bible says there are other beings in other planets. First we should understand little basics on interpreting Bible Prophecies.

Figures always have a figurative meaning, and are used much in prophecy to represent future times, and events; such as mountains. meaning governments; beasts. meaning kingdoms; waters. meaning people; lamp. meaning Word of God; day. meaning year (Daniel 2:35, 44; 7:8, 17; Revelation 17:1, 15; Psalm 119:105; Ezekiel 4:6).
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little Isaiah 28:10

Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them. Isaiah 34:16

Bible says Angels and beings from other planets were witnessing creation.
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:7
Who is this morning stars and sons of God?

As per below verses the stars are angels.

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. Revelation 12:4

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.Revelation 1:20
Now the sons of God should be beings other than angels.
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
This I believe to be a representation of beings from their planets.

Does Bible Condemn celebrating Christmas

Bible is against celebrating Christmas. I believe we Adventist are aware of the Pagan origin of Christmas. That is why we shun Easter, Good Friday, Lent days etc.,

Leviticus 18:3

3After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

Leviticus 10
1And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.

2And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

3Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

Exodus 32
4And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

5And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.

Though they worshiped Jehovah here God did n’t accept their worship since the worship is not in harmony with His principles.

 

 

R&H 12-9-1884
For the very same purpose he has concealed the precise day of Christ’s birth; that the day should not receive the honour that should be given to Christ as the Redeemer of the world, – one to be received, to be trusted, to be relied on as he who could save to the uttermost all who come unto him. The soul’s adoration should be given to Jesus as the Son of the infinite God.

There is no divine sanctity resting upon the twenty-fifth of December; and it is not pleasing to God that anything that concerns the salvation of man through the infinite sacrifice made for them, should be so sadly perverted from its professed design. Christ should be the supreme object; but as Christmas has been observed, the glory is turned from him to mortal man, whose sinful, defective character made it necessary for him to come to our world.

7BC 978
Who is to compose the hundred and forty-four thousand. They who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question. My brethren and sisters, appreciate and study the truths God has given for you and your children. Spend not your time in seeking to know that which will be no spiritual help. “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” This is the all-important question, and it has been clearly answered. “What is written in the law? How readest thou?”
The pagan Origin of Christmas.

http://www.amazingfacts.org/FreeStuff/OnlineLibrary/tabid/106/ctl/ViewMedia/mid/447/IID/59/LNG/en/7/Baptized-Paganism/SC/R/Default.aspx

http://www.sdadefend.com/Standards/Christmas-1.htm