Category: Conversion – 3 Steps

Tuesday ~ March 7, 2017

       Did you miss this post on Tuesday? I’ll tell you why. I’m just now, Thursday ~ March 9, 2017, 6:17 PM, sitting at my desk writing this post.
       
Verne Bates died this past Tuesday ~ March 7, 2017, at 87 years of age.
       
       In our little community of believers, Verne is known for making available the all important books of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy.
       
       Verne told me how it came about. He was at some meeting and speaking on the truth, as taught in the original publication of the Testimonies, and a young man stood up and said, “Yeah, you can teach that, because you have the books, we don’t and can’t get them!”
       
That got him thinking, and Echoes From The Past was born.
       
       It was about eleven years ago that I attended a professing historic SDA church, and a woman sitting across the table from me gave me this referral. “Art, I don’t know what it is, the changes are not that great, but you just get a different feeling when you read the original books.” Now, I know why that is. It’s because God’s special blessing is upon his true word and not the changed.
       
So now Verne sleeps.
       
       What if Christ comes this year? Have you lost faith in the immediate second coming? We are in the patient, waiting, watching, time. Are you?
       
       Not one of us knows when we will die. We must all be ready, perfect, without spot, for when the resurrection happens there will be no time to do any character perfecting. You will rise at the call from the grave into the air, there to meet your Saviour. All perfecting must be done now, today. Or, you will rise at the call still within gravity’s grip.
       
       Now the door is open. You will be accepted if you only walk in God’s appointed way. This is the strait and narrow gate, and few there be that find it. But you have found it. That is why you are here. Examine yourself. Make sure you are ready.
       
       Then, if WE ALL are faithful, we shall see Verne; but, the faithless, the fearful, the unbelieving, the disobedient, the impatient, those who did not watch, will have a part in the lake of fire, to be punished for  hidden sins we thought we might “forget” and they would be forgotten forgiven. But this is not so. A just and righteous judge is making decisions.
       
Take the time out of your life to make sure you are ready.
       
       
Covenant with me,

to meet under the tree,
       
 

in seven or more,

if not before.
       
 

God Bless your Study

Friday October 11, 2013

Our spiritual understanding is paramount for our salvation. If we are so spiritually blind that we do not believe there is a God in Heaven who set his word in the world to save us, we will not be saved. Much of the world is in this condition.

Then there are various steps all the way up the ladder of professed spiritual understanding. On every step there are persons who can be found in various stages of deception commensurate with their position. But from God’s view, the higher up the ladder their profession, the greater will be their punishment.

Apparently, according to The Day-Star, people will be falling off that strait and narrow way “all the way” “until we heard the voice of God.” When Christ appears the cry will be “Who shall be able to stand? Is my robe spotless?”

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; Jeremiah 23:29

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

You might like to investigate the things said in Ezekiel about the wheels. It seems to be something pointing up the beautiful harmony between the various words of God. Interesting.

And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Revelation 4:5

Many would like to make these seven into one. I’m not sure we have that liberty. Reading this partly spiritually, we might say there were seven parts of God’s words. The depth of God’s word is truly amazing.

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; Luke 12:35

Shades of being like John the Baptist, God’s word teaching God’s word. John 5:35

I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. Daniel 7:11

For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. Isaiah 9:5

What is Christ’s image? FIRE!! BURNING DEVOURING FIRE!!!! at least in part. The fires of Hell, in that final day, must be also some form or symbol of God’s word. Interesting.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday September 24, 2013

“And when thou art converted.”

You will remember that, that’s what Jesus told Peter. But Peter had been with the Word all this time, about three years. Why is it that he was not converted? Apparently ten of the twelve were converted.

Daniel says, “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried.” Under the second angel’s message about 50,000 people came out of the fallen churches and waited on October 22, 1844 for Christ to come. He did not come. They were “purified, and made white, and tried,” and many of them failed the test. They left the faith. By some estimates there were only about fifty who remained faithful.

What is it in the heart of man that “I” would fail the test?

It’s amazing that Christ said this about Nathanael, “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” How could he say that about the man? Because he is God. God reads our hearts and knows who should be saved and who should not get the hidden words of God, the mystery of kingdom of God, Mark 4:11.

On this site we are following God’s instruction in Matthew.

There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. Matthew 10:26-27

You might get a lot of information, you might be witness to much, as was Simon in Acts 8, but, you might not be right with God. Remember that he reads every secret of your heart. All this might be the source of these words.

I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, Look again, and look a little higher. At this, I raised my eyes and see a strait and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were traveling to the City, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the first end of the path, which an angel told me was the Midnight Cry. This light shone all along the path and gave light for their feet so they might not stumble. And if they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the City, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the City was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising his glorious right arm, and from his arm came a glorious light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted, Hallelujah! Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out which left their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below. It was just as impossible for them to get on the path again & go to the City, as all the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way along the path one after another, until we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. The Day-Star

The words in red communicate certain things without stating them explicitly. The word “they” indicates those who profess the truth. The path is the strait and narrow way to the City, and it should be remembered that it goes all the way to the City. The falling off the path is, of course, leaving the faith.

Here is the critical point, people are falling off the path, or, leaving the faith “until we heard the voice of God.” This hearing of God’s voice happens AT the deliverance of the saints, 1858 Great Controversy, page 205. Meaning that some, apparently, will be giving up the faith during the time of trouble such as never was, the time of Jacob’s trouble. It would appear that they were not sealed even though professing the faith and going through, or nearly through, the time of trouble. God, who knows all things, knows what none of the rest of the saints knows, that is, that this person is not right with him and should not be saved.

Like Peter, they know not themselves. They withstand some trials, some of the time of trouble such as never was, some hardships, but God reads their hearts, their inner secrets, and there is no more time for character formation. If this be so, doubtless they will not suffer much in the fires of the last day. We have so much to be grateful for that God is just and righteous altogether.

Be careful with God. This is not a game, not a social club, this is real.

God Bless your study

Tuesday September 10, 2013

Please look at the last paragraph from yesterday’s post, just for a little review. Now think back to what God’s word is; Psalms 119:105, a lamp and a light. Compare this in your mind with John 1:1-5 where the word is identified as Jesus. Now a text.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

I’ll paraphrase this text.

For God, who commanded Jesus Christ to teach out of where there was no truth, hath taught in our minds, giving his word, which is the knowledge of the glory of God which is in the mind of Jesus Christ.

While we might use some other words to express, yet, if the thoughts in the paraphrase are reasonable, this makes the case for the image of Jesus Christ being formed in his people through their being instructed by the Holy Ghost, spiritual things explaining spiritual things, or; God teaching his people the deeper meaning of his words. Obedience to God’s will is a necessary part of the process for it is your works and faith without works is dead.

And again.

Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. Hosea 4:1

Be instructed by God’s son Jesus Christ, ye Advent people: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the earth, because they have rejected Jesus as the only true Christ and his word as the only true source of knowledge of God in the earth.

In our highly civilized society of today much is made of science, the higher learning, the study of how things really work. Great numbers of these people are believers in man and his ability to discover truth about our life. The big problem with this is the rejection of God. To reject God is to reject true knowledge. From yesterday’s post….

The precepts and principles of religion are the first steps in the acquisition of knowledge, and lie at the very foundation of true education. Knowledge and science must be vitalized by the Spirit of God in order to serve the noblest purposes. The Christian alone can make the right use of knowledge. Science, in order to be fully appreciated, must be viewed from a religious standpoint. The heart which is ennobled by the grace of God can best comprehend the real value of education. The attributes of God, as seen in his created works, can be appreciated only as we have a knowledge of the Creator. p. 61, Para. 1, [29OT].

It is the pride of life, 1 John 2:16, that trips up so many people. We very quickly forget just how limited our poor little mortal lives really are. We run from the gravesite to our entertainment of choice, the mental candy that numbs the fine nerves preventing us from thinking, preventing us from facing the true reality.

God would save us all. He would instruct us all. But so few stop and ask, seek, or knock, therefore they do not get the mystery of the kingdom of God, they do not grow as required by God and eat the deep things.

Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. Proverbs 19:27

God Bless your Study

Monday September 9, 2013

This passage from No. 29, titled “Our College,” contains some brilliant gems about the other tongue of Isaiah 28:11-12 that we have been studying. While we are only putting some excerpts here, all should read the entire passage that will widen their understanding of the excerpts.

First and foremost keep in mind that these spiritual words, that God is teaching the spiritual definitions to, are spirit and life, John 6:63. I don’t entirely understand it, but God said it and I choose to have faith in what he says. These words are the power of God and the wisdom of God, 1 Corinthians 1:17-3:3. Very important.

The great object to be secured should be the proper development of character, that the individual may be fitted rightly to discharge the duties of the present life, and to enter at last upon the future, immortal life. p. 49, Para. 1, [29OT].

Men and women of experience should understand that this is a time of especial danger for the young. Temptations surround them on every hand; and while it is easy work to float with the current, the strongest effort is required to press against the tide of evil. It is Satan’s studied effort to secure the youth in sin, for then he is more sure of the man. The enemy of souls is filled with intense hatred against every endeavor to influence the youth in the right direction. He hates everything which will give correct views of God and our Saviour, and his efforts are especially directed against all who are placed in a favorable position to receive light from Heaven. He knows that any movement on their part to come in connection with God will give them power to resist his devices. Those who are at ease in their sins, are safe under his banner. But as soon as efforts are make to break his power, his wrath is aroused, and he commences in earnest his work to thwart the purpose of God if possible. p. 53, Para. 2, [29OT].

The intellect, sanctified, will unlock the treasures of God’s word, and gather its precious gems to present to other minds, and lead them also to search for the deep things of God. A knowledge of the riches of his grace will ennoble and elevate the human soul, and through connection with Jesus Christ it becomes a partaker of the divine nature and obtain power to resist the advances of Satan. p. 53, Para. 3, [29OT].

Students must be impressed with the fact that knowledge alone may be a power in the hands of the enemy of all good to destroy them. It was a very intellectual being, one who occupied a high position among the angelic throng, who finally became a rebel; and many a mind of superior intellectual attainments is now being led captive by his power. The sanctified knowledge which God imparts is of the right quality, and will tell to the glory of God. p. 54, Para. 1, [29OT].

A most important part of their education has been neglected. That which lies at the foundation of all true knowledge should not have been made a secondary consideration. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” This must not be made last, but first. The student must have opportunities to become conversant with his Bible. He needs time for this. A student who makes God his strength, who is becoming intelligent in the knowledge of God as revealed in his word, is laying the foundation for a thorough education. p. 57, Para. 1, [29OT].

I was shown that our College was designed of God to accomplish the great work of saving souls. It is only when brought under full control of the Spirit of God that the talents of an individual are rendered useful to the fullest extent. The precepts and principles of religion are the first steps in the acquisition of knowledge, and lie at the very foundation of true education. Knowledge and science must be vitalized by the Spirit of God in order to serve the noblest purposes. The Christian alone can make the right use of knowledge. Science, in order to be fully appreciated, must be viewed from a religious standpoint. The heart which is ennobled by the grace of God can best comprehend the real value of education. The attributes of God, as seen in his created works, can be appreciated only as we have a knowledge of the Creator. The teachers must not only be acquainted with the theory of the truth, but must have an experimental knowledge of the way of holiness in order to lead the youth to the fountain of truth, to the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world. Knowledge is a power when united with true piety. p. 61, Para. 1, [29OT].

God Bless your Study

Thursday September 5, 2013

These Bible words make a nice lesson. Watch the parallel phrases and words, then the definitions.

To know wisdom and instruction;
To perceive the words of understanding;

To know is to perceive. Wisdom and instruction are words of understanding.

To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
To give subtilty to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion.

To receive instruction is giving subtilty and knowledge and discretion.

A wise man will hear,
and will increase learning; and

Hearing is to increase learning and attaining.

A man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

A wise man is a man of understanding and understanding is wise counsels.

To understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. Proverbs 1:2-6

A proverb is the words of the wise and the interpretation is a dark saying.

There is no true wisdom apart from God and all wisdom is in fact Christ, the Word, in you, the hope of glory; the same Word was in the beginning, “and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5

So God sent John the Baptist before Jesus Christ to prepare the way; “John was a representative of the people of God in the last days, to whom God has committed important and solemn truths,” Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 2, page 44. Of him Christ said, he was God’s word teaching God’s word, John 5:35.

This means… that if you accept this method of hearing and increasing your learning, you will come to know wisdom, instruction and perceive words of understanding, you will receive instruction from God, gain subtilty, knowledge, discretion, the understanding of proverbs, parables, the words of the wise men of God and their dark sayings and be obedient to this instruction.

You will become a part of that group of the people of God in the last days of whom John the Baptist was a representative. Think very carefully of how John lived… and died.

God Bless your Study

Wednesday September 4, 2013

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

Why did he have to say that the words are spirit? How can the words be the Holy Spirit?

but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. Hebrews 4:2

Here is a part of God’s filtering process. Many people hear the words of God preached, but if the hearing is not mixed with faith then, for them, God’s words have no effect. They are not transformed. They do not get the spirit, they do not get the life. Which brings us to this example.

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. 1 Corinthians 2:1-8

Here is a group of people, the Jewish leadership, that heard the words of spirit and life from the very lips of Jesus the messiah himself, yet, because they had no faith those words could not profit them! So they crucified the very messiah they were looking for.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

Apparently there is a way that we are made, created by God, wherein God knows that this one or that one has a mind to follow Christ all the way in faith, therefore God gives them faith in the hearing of his words. For the rest, the words of God the wisdom of God is spoken in a mystery to them, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our glory, but to them it is foolishness and they turn from it back to the wisdom of man, as a pig to the slop.

This is perhaps easiest to spot in those who do not stay after the meeting to get in on the mystery. Mark 4 tells of such, for Christ told the parable of the sower and then everybody went home… except a few, they stayed to talk with Christ. He told them that because they had asked, they would get… the mystery of the kingdom 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. 1 Corinthians 2:13

One of the ways the Holy Ghost teaches is by comparing God’s words with God’s words. After all, his words are spirit—ual, aren’t they? Yes they are. And they are life.

Holding forth the word of life; Philippians 2:16

Paul knew. In fact, this is how we are born again, if we have faith in the word.

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:23

Not in the wisdom of man, which this world has, but in God’s wisdom. 1 Corinthians 1:17 – 3:3.

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 1 Peter 1:25

God Bless your study

Monday September 2, 2013

When we come to this faith we are to desire the milk of the word, 1 Peter 2:2, but that milk is for the purpose of growing. Then we eat the meat of the word and use the milk for babies. 1 Corinthians 3:1-3

Meat is the spiritual meaning God has given his words. It is this instruction from God that properly creates the reflection of Christ’s image in us, which will not work if we do not have faith in it. The 1858 Great Controversy, on page 142, tells us that God’s people, who then walked in the light of the midnight cry, did just that, they reflected Christ’s image and they were then accepted with the Father.

In The Day-Star God illustrates the path his people walk as being strait and narrow. Yet, he calls this the path of peace, light, happiness, and rest.

The path of the upright is the path of peace. It is so plain that the humble God-fearing man can walk in it without stumbling, and without making crooked paths. It is a narrow path; but men of different temperaments can walk side by side, if they but follow the Captain of their salvation. Those who wish to carry along all their evil traits and selfish habits cannot walk in this path, for it is too straight [strait] and narrow. p. 164, Para. 2, [29OT].

What pains the great Shepherd takes to call his sheep by name, and invite them to follow in his footsteps. He seeks the wandering. He flashes the light from his word to show them their peril. He speaks to them from Heaven in warnings and reproofs, and invitations to return to the right path. He seeks to help the erring by his presence, and to lift them when they fall. But many have followed the path of sin so long that they will not hear the voice of Jesus. They leave all that can give them rest and security, yield themselves up to a false guide, and presumptuously hurry on in blind self-confidence, going farther and farther from light and peace, from happiness and rest. p. 165, Para. 1, [29OT].

Yet they would not hear!

I have been shown that the reason why some cannot discern the right is because they have so long cherished the enemy, who has worked side by side with them while they have not discerned his power. p. 101, Para. 3, [23OT].

The church has departed from the light, neglected her duties, abused her high and exalted privileges of being peculiar and holy in character, and thereby dishonored her God, like ancient Israel. They have violated their covenant to live for God and him only. They have joined in with the selfish and world-loving. Pride, the love of pleasure, and sin, are cherished, and Christ has departed. His Spirit has been quenched in the church. Satan works side by side with professed Christians; yet they are so destitute of spirituality and discernment that they do not detect him. They have not the burden of the work. The solemn truths they profess to believe are not a reality to them. They have not genuine faith. Men and women will act out all the faith they in reality possess. By their fruits ye shall know them. Not their profession, but the fruit they bear, shows the character of the true. Many have a form of godliness, their names are upon the church records, but they have a spotted record in Heaven. The recording angel has written deeds. Their acts have been faithfully written. Every selfish act, every wrong word, every unfulfilled duty, and every secret sin, with every artful dissembling, is faithfully chronicled in the book of records kept by the recording angel. p. 129, Para. 2, [18OT].

God Bless your Study

Sunday September 1, 2013

We live in an amazing time. We are watching IRL (in real life) the accelerating decline of America. It would seem to me to be the positioning of the powers of hell in preparation.

This comes to us from breitbart.com and is a good demonstration of things you already know. We recommend you read the article in full.

In 2006, Vanessa Willock contacted Elane Photography, asking Elane to photograph her lesbian commitment ceremony. It was a private commitment ceremony because New Mexico recognizes neither gay marriage nor gay civil unions. Elane thanked Willock for her interest, but explained that due to her religious beliefs she only does traditional weddings.

Willock filed a complaint against Elane with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, citing a state law that does not allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The commission ruled Elane’s decision illegal, and imposed a fine of $7,000 to cover legal fees.

In a concurring opinion, Justice Richard Bosson wrote Elane and Jonathan:

… now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives… the result is sobering. It will no doubt leave a tangible mark on the Huguenins and others of similar views.

… At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others. A multicultural, pluralistic society, one of our nation’s strengths, demands no less. The Huguenins are free to … pray to the God of their choice … But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.

Bosson goes on to say having to violate your religious beliefs when they conflict with social issues like gay marriage “is the price of citizenship.”

In response to today’s decision, Lorence said in an ADF statement:

Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country. This decision is a blow to our client and to every American’s right to live free. Decisions like this undermine the constitutionally protected freedoms of expression and conscience that we have all taken for granted. America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs and not to be compelled by the government to express ideas and messages they decline to support. We are considering our next steps, including asking the U.S. Supreme Court to right this wrong.

A recent Rasmussen poll showed that 85% of Americans support the right of a religious photographer not to participate in a gay-marriage ceremony.

Many different groups claim their “right” to many things. In this particular case the judge, Justice Richard Bosson, is, in my opinion, giving evidence to a political agenda at play, that is, continuing the destruction of the principles of freedom upon which this country was founded.

It is a right of any person or business to serve or not serve any customer. It is the right of any customer to peaceably assemble and protest against any such, perceived as abuse. Socialism is going to the government for a solution in law. And herein is the great demise of this country, at the hands of Jesuit based, government forced on threat of death, education, wherein the principles of freedom are not taught, the masses of the populace accept socialism. They know not what they do.

This man, Justice Richard Bosson, certainly is capable of good thinking, based on principles of justice, as this other case shows, but in the matter of respecting the right of the individual to have and enjoy their own free choice, he has erred. It appears to be deliberate.

It is this kind of thinking that true Christians will have to face in the future. And we are told that it is only going to get worse and worse until the wicked are destroyed by God from off the earth. See Joseph Bates’ book, The Sealing Message, pages 24-26.

This is not new to true Christians. They have ever faced tyrants and despots of every strip and color. Witness the testimony of the three Hebrews that were thrown into the fiery furnace.

And thou didst deliver us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful farsakers of God, and to an unjust king, and the most wicked in all the world. [!!] The Song of the Three Holy Children, verse 8.

Christ is coming, it is high time to get ready and be prepared for translation or the grave. The evidence is all around us, likened to the walls of water on each side of the Hebrews as they crossed the Red Sea.

“All who are saved will be tried upon it [the Sabbath] in some way.” The Sealing Message.

Be ready for the trial of your faith. It may be as simple as patiently staying anchored to the Rock of truth, consistently ASKing, asking, seeking, knocking, after truth.

God Bless your Study

Friday August 30, 2013

All too often I would just read over things and not take the time necessary to think about what is being said. We’ll put Isaiah 28:11-12 here again for convenience.

For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. Isaiah 28:11-12

What is God speaking? Words. What are words? Physically words are just ink on paper or sounds we hear, spiritually, words of God are Christ. “Christ in you the hope of glory.” “Let the word of Christ dwell in you” Yet God calls this rest and refreshing, “stammering lips and another tongue.”

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. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:9-11

Is Christ physically in you? No. Is Christ the words? Spiritually, yes, physically, no.

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

When God’s words come to us, it is Christ knocking at the door of Laodicea seeking entrance.

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding Psalms 119:130

Opening our door and allowing Christ in, in the form of spiritual words, nay, not just allowing, but embracing truth, opening our hearts to truth, embracing the Words of God (John 1:1-5), is the embracing of Christ.

We don’t fully understand all this, neither do you understand the electricity you use every day. I know this because some of the brightest minds in the science world don’t understand exactly what it is that is coming out of the wires and making your motor work. But we use it.

We need to stop trying to analyze every little thing God says and become believers. Prove, yes, question God’s words, no. What if God tells you to walk on water? Are you going to give him the latest science report? What if he tells you to go to Egypt and tell the king to let his people go, are you going to tell him you can’t talk? And what if he tells you to go to Damascus and instruct Saul, are you going to tell him that little bit of gossip that you heard about the man?

Notice now these next passages and the message that is there in plain sight. Read carefully the words and think about it in terms of Isaiah 28:12.

We are to have Christ in our hearts as a well of water, springing up into everlasting life, refreshing all who come in contact with us. p. 49, Para. 1, [30OT].

If Christ be in you, the hope of glory, then by his power you have words to share, which are spirit, and life, and Christ.

I was shown that if God’s people, without making efforts on their part, wait for the refreshing to come upon them

We must labour to enter that rest, strive to enter that strait and narrow way. Hebrews 4:11, Luke 13:24.

and remove their wrongs and correct their errors, and depend upon that to cleanse them from filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and fit them to engage in the loud cry of the third angel, they will be found wanting. The refreshing or power of God, comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them, namely, to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Works is getting the words spiritually understood, faith is embracing the work of perfection, being obedient to God’s words and preparing ourselves for the grave or for translation to Heaven. Notice how the terms are interchanged.

In some respects, I was shown, my husband’s case is similar to those waiting for the refreshing. If he should wait for the power of God to come upon his body and to feel that he was made whole before he made efforts, or acted in accordance with his faith, saying, When the Lord heals me I will believe and do this or that, he might continue to wait, and would realize no change; for the fulfillment of God’s promise is only realized by those who believe and work in accordance with their faith. I saw that he must believe God’s word, that his promises are for him to claim, and they will never, no never, fail. He should walk out by faith, relying upon the evidences that God has been pleased to give, and act toward the point of being a well man as much as possible. Said the angel, “God will sustain him. His faith must be made perfect by works; for faith alone is dead. It must be sustained by works. A living faith is always manifested by works.” p. 67, Para. 1, [13OT].

But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Deuteronomy 30:14

Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass [grass is people]: Because I will publish the name of the LORD: Deuteronomy 32:1-3

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