Friday September 28, 2012

This thing about feeling rich in spiritual discernment, is really big with Laodicea. I have talked with many people who tell me to my face, “It’s ok if I read the counterfeit, I can sort out the good from the bad.” What hubris these people have! It’s small wonder they say, “I have need of nothing.”

So it is that the counterfeit SOP is a test, of sorts. Because when the truth shows up, a decision must be made. I well remember the trauma I experienced when faced with that very decision. Suddenly the rug was pulled out from under my feet! So much of what I counted firm and solid was shown to be shifting sand. I was brought face to face with the fact that I had spent most of my life under a deception, a strong delusion! I chose truth.

Someone sent me a article, a collection of quotes really, and this one was in there.

“Enoch walked with God three hundred years previous to his translation to heaven, and the state of the world was not then more favorable for the perfection of Christian character than it is today. And how did Enoch walk with God? He educated his mind and heart to ever feel that he was in the presence of God, and when in perplexity his prayers would ascend to God to keep him.” Last Day Events, p. 71

This reads so nice. It is well put together, it flows. It’s a beautiful paragraph about Enoch’s life. What’s not to like? It’s so good, it has to be one of those things that Willie didn’t mess with because God had his hand over it, to protect it. Right?

Well, let’s test it. Let’s prove it. We’ll rummage around with the search function and see what we can find.

    The father who is the house-band of the family, will bind his children to the throne of God by living faith. Distrusting his own strength, he hangs his helpless soul on Jesus, and takes hold of the strength of the Most High. Brethren, pray at home, in your family, night and morning; pray earnestly, in your closet; and while engaged in your daily — labor, lift up the soul to God in prayer. It was thus that Enoch walked with God. The silent, fervent prayer of the soul will rise like holy incense to a throne of grace, and will be as acceptable to God as if offered in the sanctuary. To all who thus seek him, Christ becomes a present help in time of need. They will be strong in the day of trial. p. 133, Para. 3, [30OT].

Upon comparison, there is only one answer. If you thought the former quote from the counterfeit was good, you, like Eve, have been listening to the serpent. Remember how she looked at that fruit and considered it to be good for food? But that was only after listening to Satan.

The authentic Spirit of Prophecy is the voice of God, not Ellen. “God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” God speaks the truth, Satan speaks a lie.

I think God wants to emphasize the point about prayer. He does so in this next passage.

    It is impossible for the soul to flourish while prayer is not a special exercise of the mind. p. 93, Para. 2, [16OT].

It appears that the following passage could have been what the quote from LDE was taken from. It is similar. However, notice well the differences. One is from God, the other is from Satan. Choose wisely, your eternal life is at stake.

    Enoch’s case is before us. Hundreds of years he walked with God. He lived in a corrupt age, when moral pollution was teeming all around him. He trained his mind to devotion, to love purity. His conversation was upon heavenly and divine things. He educated his mind to run in this channel, and he bore the impress of the divine. His countenance was lighted up with the light which shineth in the face of Jesus. Enoch had temptations as well as we. He was not surrounded with society any more friendly to righteousness than we. The atmosphere he breathed was tainted with sin and corruption, the same as ours; yet he lived a life of holiness. He was unsullied with the prevailing sins of the age in which he lived. And so may we remain as pure and uncorrupted as did the faithful Enoch. He was a representation of the saints living amid the perils and corruptions of the last days. For his faithful obedience to God, he was translated. So, also, those who are alive and remain, who are faithful, will be translated to Heaven. They will be removed from a sinful and corrupt world to the pure joys of Heaven. p. 13, Para. 1, [16OT].

God Bless your study

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