Category: Healing

Friday August 2, 2013

Notice God’s plan for the perfecting of the saints. Read carefully and notice what is being said. This is the correct understanding of many things regarding perfection.

It is not an easy matter to overcome established habits of taste and appetite for narcotics and stimulants. In the name of Christ alone can this great victory be gained. He overcame in behalf of man in the wilderness of temptation, in the long fast of nearly six weeks. He sympathizes with the weakness of man. His love for fallen man was so great that he made [an] infinite sacrifice that he might teach him in his degradation, and through his divine power elevate him finally to his throne. But it rests with man whether Christ shall accomplish for him that which he is fully able to do. p. 39, Para. 1, [26OT].

Will man take hold of divine power, and with determination and perseverance resist Satan as Christ has given him example in his conflict with the foe in the wilderness of temptation? God cannot save man, against his will, from the power of Satan’s artifices. Man must work with his human power, aided by the divine power of Christ, to resist and to conquer at any cost to himself. In short, man must overcome as Christ overcame. And then, through the victory it is his privilege to gain by the all-powerful name of Jesus, he may become an heir of God and joint heir with Jesus Christ. p. 39, Para. 2, [26OT].

This could not be the case if Christ alone did all the overcoming. Man must do his part. Man must be victor on his own account, through the strength and grace that Jesus gives him. Man must be a co-worker with Christ in the labor of overcoming,

Notice the correcting wording of the matter. It is imperative that you forget all about the devices of Satan in the suggestions of saying, “man is not a co-saviour with Christ,” subtly implying that Christ does all the work, the righteousness of Christ covers everything, only believe. Such reasoning is a lie!  God has correctly stated the matter this way “Man must be a co-worker with Christ in the labor of overcoming,” and there we are to leave it, live it, repeat it.

and then he will be partaker with Christ of his glory. It is a sacred work in which we are engaged. The apostle exhorts his brethren, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” p. 40, Para. 1, [26OT].

It is a sacred duty that we owe to God to keep the spirit pure, as a temple for the Holy Ghost. If the heart and mind are devoted to the service of God, obeying all his commandments, loving him with all the heart, might, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves, we will be found loyal and true to the requirements of Heaven. p. 40, Para. 2, [26OT].

God Bless your work on yourself

Thursday August 1, 2013

Since we were in No. 18, over eggs, I found several other items of interest and thought to place them here to pique your interest in reading this book. It is wonderful.

But when we take any course which decreases our strength, expends our vitality beclouds the intellect, and destroys the powers of the mind, we sin against God. In pursuing this course we are not glorifying him in our bodies and spirits which are his; but are committing a great wrong in his sight. p. 1, Para. 3, [18OT].

Even if you are most strict in the quality of your food, do you glorify God in your bodies and spirits, which are his, by partaking of such a quantity of food? Those who place so much food upon the stomach, and thus load down nature, could not appreciate the truth, should they hear it dwelt upon. They could not arouse the benumbed sensibilities of the brain to realize the value of the atonement, and the great sacrifice that has been made for fallen man. It is impossible for such to appreciate the great, precious, and exceedingly rich reward that is in reserve for the faithful overcomers. The animal part of our nature should never be left to govern the moral and intellectual. p. 15, Para. 1, [18OT].

When I have been from home sometimes, the bread, and the food generally, brought upon the table, I knew would hurt me. But I would have to eat a little to sustain life. I have suffered for want of proper food. It is a sin in the sight of Heaven to have such food. p. 28, Para. 2, [18OT].

_____ _____ has been very deficient. His wife was not provided with wholesome food, and a plenty of it, and proper clothing, while in her best condition of health. Then, when she needed extra clothing and extra food, and that of a simple, yet nutritious quality, it was not allowed her. Her system craved material to convert into blood; but he would not provide it. A moderate amount of milk and sugar, a little salt, white bread raised with yeast, for a change, graham flour prepared by other hands than her own, in a variety of ways, plain cake with raisins cooked in it, rice pudding with raisins, prunes, and figs, occasionally, and many dishes I might mention, would have answered the demand of appetite. If he could not obtain some of these things mentioned, a little domestic wine [just like Paul counseled!] would have done her no injury, but would have been better than for her to have done without it. In some cases, even a small amount of the least hurtful meat would do less injury than to suffer strong cravings for it. p. 44, Para. 2, [18OT].

Regularity in eating is very important for health of body and serenity of mind. p. 68, Para. 2, [18OT].

Violent exercise should not be engaged in immediately after a full meal; neither should the student engage in study; for this would be a violation of the laws of the system. Immediately after eating, there is a strong draught upon the nervous energy, calling into active exercise the brain force, concentrating it upon the field of labor, which is the stomach; therefore when the mind or body is taxed heavily after eating, the process of digestion is hindered. The electricity of the system, which is wanted to carry on the work in one direction, is called away and set to work in another. p. 87, Para. 2, [18OT].

The brain nerve-energy is benumbed and almost paralyzed by being over-taxed through overeating. p. 89, Para. 2, [18OT].

By the law is the knowledge of sin. The mirror which would discover to them the defects in their character, they are infuriated against, because it points out their sins. Leading Adventists who have rejected the light are fired with madness against God’s holy law, as the Jewish nation were against the Son of God. They are in a terrible deception, deceiving souls and being deceived themselves. They will not come to the light lest their deeds should be reproved. Such will not be taught. But the people who profess to keep the law of God, he corrects, he reproves. He points out their sins, and lays open their iniquity; because he wishes to separate all sin and wickedness from them, that they may perfect holiness in his fear, and be prepared to die in the Lord, or for translation to Heaven. God will rebuke, reprove, and correct them. That they may be refined, sanctified, elevated, and finally exalted to his own throne. p. 144, Para. 2, [18OT].

Ample provisions have been made for all who sincerely, earnestly, and thoughtfully, set about the work of perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Power and strength, grace and glory, have been provided through Christ, to be brought by ministering angels to the heirs of salvation. None are so low, and corrupt, and vile, but that they can find in Jesus, who died for them, strength, purity, and righteousness, if they will put away their sins, stop their course of iniquity, and turn with full purpose of heart to the living God. He is waiting to strip them of their garments, stained and polluted by sin, and to put upon them the white, bright robes of righteousness; and he bids them live and not die. In him they may flourish. Their branches will not wither nor be fruitless. If they abide in him, they can draw sap and nourishment from him, be imbued with his Spirit, and walk even as he has walked, and overcome as he has overcome, and be exalted to his own right hand. p. 146, Para. 1, [18OT].

The word of God is sufficient to enlighten the most beclouded mind, to be understood by those who have any wish to understand it. But notwithstanding all this, some of those who profess to make the word of God their study, are found living in direct opposition to its plainest teachings. Then to leave men and women without excuse, God has given plain and pointed testimonies, [notice it is not Ellen!]  bringing them to the word they have neglected to follow. Yet all the light is turned from by those who serve their own lusts, and they will not cease their course of sin, but continue to take pleasure in unrighteousness, in the face of the threatenings and vengeance of God against those who do such things. p. 148, Para. 2, [18OT].

One family in particular have needed all the benefits they could receive from the reform in diet. Yet these very ones were completely backslidden. Meat and butter were used quite freely, spices were not entirely discarded. … There should have been a specified time for each meal, and the food should have been prepared free from grease in a simple form; but pains should have been taken to have it nutritious, healthful, and inviting. p. 191, Para. 1, [18OT].

The case referred to above is not an isolated one. If it were, I would not introduce it here. When Satan takes possession of the mind, how soon the light and instruction that the Lord has graciously given, fade away, and have no force! How many excuses are framed, how many necessities made, which have no existence, to bear them up in their course of wrong, in setting aside the light and trampling it under foot! I wish to speak with assurance, that the greatest objection to health reform is, this people do not live it out, and they will gravely say they cannot live the health reform and preserve their strength. p. 193, Para. 1, [18OT].

We find in every such instance a good reason why they cannot live out the health reform. They do not live it out, and have never followed it strictly, therefore cannot be benefited by it. Some fall into the error, that because they leave meat they have no need to supply its place with the best of fruits and vegetables, prepared in their most natural state, free from grease and spices. If they will only skillfully arrange the bounties the Creator has surrounded them with, and with a clear conscience parents and children unitedly engage in the work, they would enjoy simple food, and would then be able to speak understandingly of health reform. p. 193, Para. 2, [18OT].

Wow! What a feast for a Thursday!
But, it gets better! Far better….

God Bless your Study

Sunday July 28, 2013

The health reform is not well received by many because it cuts directly across their favorite path. It is the voice of God pointing out the habits of diet that are harmful to the fine nerves of the brain, which are so necessary for comprehension of spiritual things. Satan wars against your understanding of these things, for in understanding new thoughts are formed, which are parent to new actions taken, which lead to eternal life.

Here at sopvindicated.org we strive to point out the dividing line between the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and the counterfeit. This dividing line is comprised of several items. We have the death of James, the date, August 6, 1881, of his death, the take-over of Willie and his team, the immediate beginning of an unbroken stream of R&H articles published under Ellen’s name, the immediate commencement of the re-writing of all the previously published authentic Spirit of Prophecy, and some small miscellaneous items.

Another item of health reform has come to my attention and we will discuss it today. Though it centers around eating eggs for food, the arguments in favor of this practice are specious and a blending of the counterfeit SOP to make a case against the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. There is a great need of all to understand this dividing line between the two and to understand that the counterfeit one is the smooth lies of Satan designed to steal your eternal life.

Here is what God has to say through the authentic Spirit of Prophecy.

The Lord, in his wisdom, designed to bring his people into a position where they would separate from the world in spirit and practice, then their children would not so readily be led away into idolatry, and become tainted with the prevailing corruptions of this age.

This is an excellent example of the meaning of the term “out so far,” as shown in The Day-Star, which some murmurers and complainers that rashly deny the light of the Midnight Cry grow weary of, this separation from the world.

It is God’s purpose that believing parents and their children should stand forth as living representatives of Christ, candidates for everlasting life. All who are partakers of the divine nature will escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. It is impossible for those who indulge the gratification of appetite to attain to Christian perfection.

Some people just hate these absolute phrases, yet, it is God that reaches out to them through the authentic Spirit of Prophecy to touch their idols, showing them the deception they are under in believing that he will accept them in their sin, as opposed to from their sin.

You cannot arouse the moral sensibilities of your children while you are not careful in the selection of their food. The tables that parents usually prepare for their children are a snare to them. The diet is not simple, and it is not prepared in a healthful manner. The food is frequently rich and fever-producing, having a tendency to irritate and excite the tender organs of the stomach. The animal passions are strengthened, while the moral and intellectual are weakened. The lower order of passions bears sway, while the moral and intellectual are servant to the baser passions. You should study to prepare a simple yet nutritious diet. Rich cakes, rich pies, prepared with spices, of any kind, and flesh-meats, are not the most healthful and nourishing diet. Eggs should not be placed upon your table. They are an injury to your children.

The last two sentences immediately above are the focus of the White Estate comments. They would have you believe that this testimony is solely for the recipient, but, as we will discover, this is not the truth.

Fruits and grains, prepared in the most simple form, are the most healthful, and will impart the greatest amount of nourishment, and, at the same time, the intellect will be unimpaired. p. 68, Para. 1, [18OT].

This last sentence is in perfect harmony with that said in No. 17, page 192.
We will continue this discussion tomorrow.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday July 23, 2013

Corn is an interesting grain. Tis that time of year when it is a very cheap food of high quality, especially if you can get real organic. When I think of corn, I usually think of “corn and wine” and oil.

Until I come and take you away to
a land like your own land,
a land of corn and wine,
a land of bread and vineyards,
a land of oil olive and of honey,
that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us. 2 Kings 18:32

An interesting parallelism in this verse. Corn is an important grain. Often corn is taken to mean wheat, or something similar. I like the taste of Mexican tamales, specifically the Masa that makes up the body of the tamales.

So I began doing some research on Masa to learn something of it, how to cook it, &c. I learned something interesting. Corn, as it comes from the plant, is not the best of foods. It needs to go through a process called nixtamalization which can be studied on this Wikipedia page.

It is basically a chemical process of using an alkaline solution, usually limewater, to break down the corn into the better food it can be. But here is what I noticed in my research, the writers almost uniformly approach this subject as something developed by early native peoples.

However, we know this to be false. Being a believer in the Bible and God’s providence in all things, we know that Noah lived 950 years, that’s 350 past the flood. Two points on this. God instructed Noah in the building of the Ark, and I am quite sure he also gave him instruction in how to live after the flood, things about the climate were very different than before the flood. Secondly, Noah was smart. It takes some chemistry to understand what needs to happen to corn to make it into a better food. Two reasons I am sure this information came from God.

Think about it. This knowledge had to have been passed down over the years to the children and this is the source of the various “native” people of various lands all over the world. We have to think constantly in terms of God’s hand in the affairs of man to combat this constant pressure from Satan’s wiles.

This is a core reason for Christian education at home, separate from the world, read Satan here, and it’s teaching that is so destructive to faith.

Next time you pick up an ear of corn… and pause… and someone asks you if something is wrong, tell them, “No, everything is just fine, God is in control.”

YES!!! PRAISE GOD!!!

God Bless your Study

Monday March 4, 2013

With all our talk about the hidden treasure, the language of Heaven, and Isaiah 28:12, the rest and the refreshing that God has provided for his people to give them power to get through to the voice of the Father, let’s be sure to remember the part we have to do.

Therefore in order for the people of God to be in an acceptable state with him, where they can glorify God in their bodies and spirits which are his, they must, with interest and zeal, deny themselves, deny the gratification of their appetites, and exercise temperance in all things. Then may they comprehend the truth in its beauty and clearness, and carry it out in their lives, and by a judicious, wise, straight forward course, give the enemies of our faith no occasion to reproach the cause of truth. God requires all who believe the truth to make special, persevering efforts to place themselves in the best possible conditions of bodily health, for a solemn and important work is before us. Health of body and mind is required for this work and is as necessary for a healthy religious experience, and to, advance in the Christian life, and progress in holiness, as the hand or foot is necessary to the human body. This great work God requires of his people, to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. All those who are indifferent and excuse themselves from engaging in this work, and leave the work which God requires them to do for the Lord to do for them, will be found wanting when the meek of the earth, who hath wrought his judgments, are hid in the day of the Lord’s anger; p. 66, Para. 2, [13OT].

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

From this passage God is teaching us that the refreshing is the power of God. He has already taught us from Isaiah 28:11&12, that this is the rest and another tongue, a stammering one at that; and 33:19 when speaking of that stammering tongue, in the margin calls it, ridiculous.

It appears that God is trying to communicate that his word, in parables and dark sayings, is the power of God, that sustains his people, gives them refreshing, which prepares them for the hour of temptation in the time of trouble such as never was, the time of Jacob’s trouble.

We do not know how all that works, it is just our place to be obedient to what God tells us. In our subject passage for today, he is telling us that we have a work to do. A work of self-purification. This process is illustrated in the real life event of James’ sickness. A good way to learn.

God Bless your study

Friday January 18, 2013

A lot of people wonder about just what present truth really is. It’s very simple. Perhaps that is the ‘problem’ for so many, it’s too simple.

Present truth was set by the true pioneers, defined as those who have been in all the messages, and are firm in all the present truth. These are all dead now, what we have are their published writings, that is all. That is enough.

There are three passages that bear on the point, I’ll share them with you and you can decide.

    1.) I also saw that the shepherds should consult those in whom they have reason to have confidence, those who have been in all the messages, and are firm in all the present truth, before they advocate any new point of importance, which they may think the Bible sustains. Then the shepherds will be perfectly united, and the union of the shepherds will be felt by the church. Such a course I saw would prevent unhappy divisions, and then there would be no danger of the precious flock being divided, and the sheep scattered, without a shepherd. The Present Truth, No. 11, page 86.

    2.) “So, I saw, that those who had no experience in the first and second angels’ messages must receive them from those who had an experience, and followed down through the messages. As JESUS was crucified, so I saw that these messages have been crucified. And as the disciples declared that there was salvation in no other name under heaven, given among men; so, also, should the servants of GOD faithfully and fearlessly declare that those who embrace but a part of the truths connected with the third message must gladly embrace the first, second and third messages as GOD has given them, or have no part nor lot in the matter.” p. 75, Para. 1, [GC58].

    3.) I was shown like this. The truth once got out new, will stand; for it is the truth for the last days, and it will live, and less need to be said upon the truth after it is out. Supplement to CEV, page 14.

 

By these passages I understand that it is the true pioneers of this Advent faith that set present truth for the last days, to the very end. The passage of time has no bearing on this truth. Present truth does not change.

Of the true pioneers, I believe James to be in the fore. God told him that he must “write, write, write.”

 “On his return, my husband was impressed that it was his duty to write and publish the present truth. He was greatly encouraged and blessed as he decided thus to do. But again he would be in doubt and perplexity as he was penniless. There were those who had means, but they chose to keep it. He at length gave up in discouragement, and decided to look for a field of grass to mow. As he left the house, a burden was rolled upon me, and I fainted. Prayer was offered for me, and I was blessed, and taken off in vision. I saw that the Lord had blessed and strengthened my husband to labor in the field one year before; that he had made a right disposition of the means he there earned; and that he would have a hundred fold in this life, and, if faithful, a rich reward in the kingdom of God; but that the Lord would not now give him strength to labor in the field, for he had another work for him; that if he ventured into the field he would be cut down by sickness; but that he must write, write, write, and walk out by faith. He immediately commenced to write, and when he came to some difficult passage we would call upon the Lord to give us the true meaning of his word. 1880 Life Sketches, page 260.

James has been much discounted in the church. Many can see no reason for picking up a book with his name attached. Yet, he, with Ellen, together, obtained the true meaning of God’s word. James then wrote it out.
To my knowledge, there is no other true pioneer who had such a commission from God.

Now you decide.

God Bless your Study

Monday December 31, 2012

More on health.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.  Psalms 42:11
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.  Psalms 43:5

That thy   way may be known upon earth,
thy saving health among all nations.  Psalms 67:2

the tongue of the wise is health.  Proverbs 12:18

a faithful ambassador is health.  Proverbs 13:17

It is amazing to see all the ways God is rightly dividing his word.

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.  Proverbs 16:24
the words of the pure are pleasant words.  Proverbs 15:26

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning,
and thine health shall spring forth speedily:
and thy righteousness shall go before thee;
the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.  Isaiah 58:8

We looked for peace, but no good came; and
for a time of health, and behold trouble!  Jeremiah 8:15

For I will restore health unto thee,
and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD;
because they called thee an Outcast, saying,
This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.  Jeremiah 30:17

Behold,
I will bring it health and cure, and
I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.  Jeremiah 33:6

Paul had an interesting experience, and from that we have instruction.

 

Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.  Acts 27:34-35
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15

meat = bread, breaking bread = rightly dividing

And an extra, just something we found.

Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.  Isaiah 7:15
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  Hebrews 5:14

Butter and honey are actually strong meat.
This is in total agreement with No. 11, page 46. Check it out.

God Bless your study

Sunday December 30, 2012

Continuing our look into the health reform and healing as seen in the language of Canaan, the hidden treasure.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because
he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;
he hath     sent     me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty them that are bruised,  Luke 4:18

anointed = sent, preach the gospel = heal; amazing!!

And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.  Luke 9:2

And this text says the same thing, confirming the former text.

He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.  John 12:40
For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.  Acts 28:27

converted = healing

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

forgive = heal
Sin might not equal land, it will have to be studied out.

a time to       kill,        and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;  Ecclesiastes 3:3

kill = break down, heal = build up

For I will restore health unto thee,
and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.  Jeremiah 30:17

health = heal

The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.  Proverbs 26:22

Another definition for words, they equal wounds. How many times I have wounded someone with my words!

For they [God’s words] are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Proverbs 4:22

Interesting use for God’s words.

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.  Proverbs 16:24

We just need a connection from pleasant to God’s word to make this a perfect match to the text above it.

There is [tongue] that speaketh like the piercings of a sword:  Proverbs 12:18

Could this one have something to do with Ezekiel 9?

And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.  Genesis 43:28

Being in good health is being alive.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath December 29, 2012

We have just revamped the Articles page on this site, and added two new articles; one, about the 144,000, which is about the correct understanding of that group; the other is about W. C. White and his role in the production of the counterfeit SOP.

Numbered 16 and 17, respectively, they make a good place to take people that are new to these concepts. Enjoy!

We have finished the 1858 Great Controversy, compared with, Early Writings. The last half of EW is the counterfeit of Spiritual Gifts Vol. 1, aka, the 1858 Great Controversy. It will be posted soon!

I hope you are taking advantage of e-Sword.net. It is a free bible searching software that functions perfectly for our purposes of searching within the hidden treasure. The speed with which you can find other texts that link to the one you are studying is awesome!

That speed is key to connecting with the needed instruction in today’s world of, all too often, self-imposed pressure. Someone said once, “Just do less!” And I consider that to be excellent advice.

Take the time to sit and think about your life.

Because the authentic Spirit of Prophecy is “not to give new light; but to impress with vividness upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed,” (No. 20, p. 42-49) we expect to find within the language of Heaven, the hidden treasure, the truths that have already been revealed. Jerry has just found such, involving the subject of healing and health.

What follows is a listing of some of the texts that deal with this subject and comments as to how we might relate to the truths there found. While this is not a study of parallelism or of peg words we may mark either and make other comments as well. The study of God’s word is extremely deep, very broad, and stretches farther than we know; we know not how to measure it. Perhaps in eternity.

Usually the ones who have health don’t really care about a study of it, or healing. They have no need. For the rest of us, we know that sin kills, God heals.

See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me:
I kill, and I make alive;
I wound, and I heal:
neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. Deuteronomy 32:39

Notice the peg words that identify the definitions.
kill = wound, make alive = heal
God wants us to understand that healing is about making alive. In this arena of health and healing the distinction between the physical and spiritual becomes blurred.

Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. Jeremiah 17:14

Healing is placed equal to being saved. This is as true in temporal life as spiritual, but with spiritual the effects are eternal, as opposed to a few years.

I will heal their backsliding,
I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. Hosea 14:4

heal = love

God wants to heal — love, save, make alive — all mankind, but each one must be free to make their own decision.

God Bless yours

Sabbath October 20, 2012

Since the Bible defines the hidden treasure as “the refreshing,” I decided to look at how this might show in the Spirit of Prophecy.

There was a young sister in the house where we tarried who was subject to fits, and she was afflicted with this most distressing disease while we were there. All seemed to be alarmed. Some said, “Go for the doctor;” others, “Put on the teakettle for hot water.” I felt the spirit of prayer. We prayed to the Lord to deliver the afflicted. In the name and strength of Jesus I put my arms around her, and lifted her up from the bed, and rebuked the power of Satan, and bid her, “Go free.” She was instantly brought out of the fit, and praised the Lord with us. We had a solemn, refreshing season in this place. p. 71, Para. 3, [2SG].

That sudden cry, “If any man thirst–” startles them from their sorrowful meditation, and as they listen to the words that follow, their minds kindle with a new hope. They look upon the Lifegiver standing in majesty before them, divinity flashing through his humanity, and revealing his heavenly power in words that thrill their hearts. p. 346, Para. 2, [2SP].
The cry of Christ to the thirsty soul is still going forth. It appeals to us with even greater power than to those who heard it in the temple on that last day of the feast. The weary and exhausted ones are offered the refreshing draught of eternal life. Jesus invites them to rest in him. He will take their burdens. He will give them peace. Centuries before the advent of Christ, Isaiah described him as a “hiding place from the wind,” a “covert from the tempest,” as “the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” All who come to Christ receive his love in their hearts, which is the water that springs up unto everlasting life. Those who receive it impart it in turn to others, in good works, in right examples, and in Christian counsel. p. 347, Para. 1, [2SP].

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

I was pointed down to the time when the third angel’s message was closing. The power of GOD had rested upon his people. They had accomplished their work, and were prepared for the trying hour before them. They had received the latter rain, or refreshing from the presence of the LORD, and the living testimony had been revived. The last great warning had sounded everywhere, and it had stirred up and enraged the inhabitants of earth, who would not receive the message. p. 197, Para. 1, [GC58].

I also saw that many did not realize what they must be in order to live in the sight of the Lord, without a High Priest in the Sanctuary, through the time of trouble. Those who receive the seal of the living God, and are protected in the time of trouble, must reflect the image of Jesus fully. p. 30, Para. 4, [CEV].
   I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful, and were looking to the time of the “refreshing” and “latter rain” to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord, and to live in his sight. O, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation, therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God. Those who refuse to be hewed by the prophets, and do not purify their souls in obeying the whole truth, and are willing to believe that their condition is far better than it really is, will come up to the time of the falling of the plagues, and then see that they needed to be hewed and squared for the building. But there will be no time then to do it; and no Mediator to plead their cause before the Father. Before this time, the awfully solemn declaration has gone forth, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” I saw that none could share the “refreshing,” unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, all pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action. We should, therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord, and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Let all remember that God is holy, and none but holy beings can ever dwell in his presence. p. 31, Para. 1, [CEV].

I saw some, looking too far off for the coming of the Lord. Time has continued on a few years longer than they expected, therefore they think it may continue a few years more, and in this way their minds are being led from present truth, out after the world. In these things I saw great danger; for if the mind is filled with other things, present truth is shut out, and there is no place in our foreheads for the seal of the living God. I saw that the time for Jesus to be in the Most Holy Place was nearly finished, and that time cannot last but a very little longer; and what leisure time we have should be spent in searching the Bible, which is to judge us in the last day. p. 24, Para. 3, [CEV].

This is the hidden treasure.

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