The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

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We need Jesus for the Bible says without him we can do nothing. Not a little bit, but nothing. It takes a bit to realise this fact because our natural heart believes it can do something. The something we think we can do is actually nothing. The Bible says we have sold ourselves for naught therefore we have nothing. Let us never think that nothing is something. If we think that something is nothing then the something is actually nothing. In Revelation chapter 3 is written the preparation we need to be fitted for the latter rain.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

The natural mind of the Laodicean thinks it is rich when it is actually poor. Compare this mindset to the church of Smyrna. The church of Smyrna suffered great persecution especially in the time of Diocletian. At that time Christianity was outlawed as a sect and they were persecuted.

Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.

Was Smyrna rich or poor? They were rich because they knew they were poor and realized they had a need of something which in turn made them rich. Laodicea has the opposite experience. Smyrna has no rebuke but only commendation from God but Laodicea has only rebuke and no commendation. This doesn’t mean that God loved the Laodiceans any less. In fact he states very clearly that he loves them very dearly and because he loves he rebukes and chastens. The true and faithful witness estimation is exact. The letter spells out the exact condition not recognized by us but seen by the true and faithful witness.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

If Jesus is knocking it means he is on the outside of my heart not in. He is outside of the heart yet we think we don’t need anything. We believe that Jesus is in the heart when he is actually out of the heart. This deception is Satan’s masterpiece that he would present something in the form of Christ that looks and sounds like Christ but is not he at all so in our condition of needing nothing we have total satisfaction with this deceptive religious walk. We think we don’t need anything because we have Jesus when in fact we don’t have him at all.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

What is the voice we need to hear? What is he saying? Is he flattering us? No, that is not the voice of Jesus. The voice of Jesus says we are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. If we will hear it in the soul and hearts and open the door, Jesus will come in to us personally.

I was shown that the testimony to the Laodiceans applies to God’s people at the present time, and the reason it has not accomplished a greater work is because of the hardness of their hearts.… It is designed to arouse the people of God, to discover to them their backslidings, and to lead to zealous repentance, that they may be favored with the presence of Jesus, and be fitted for the loud cry of the third angel. {1T 186.1}

This message is given so we can be fitted for the presence of Jesus. It is the preparation needed for the loud cry. We all know that the latter rain is – the preparation for the loud cry. The latter rain is nothing short of the presence of Jesus. The Bible says in Hosea that he will come to us personally as the latter rain. Jesus will abide in you personally. How does Jesus come into us?

How Close Is Jesus?

Romans 10: 6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down [from above]:)

10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

How close is Jesus Christ to us? Do we have to go to heaven or to the grave to get him? Where is he? He the word of faith is in your mouth and heart. Deuteronomy says my doctrine shall fall as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew.

Deuteronomy 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

32:2 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:

32:3 Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

32:4 [He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.

How close is Jesus? In the beginning was the Word, the word is Jesus. We have the Bible, the word in our hands today. Isn’t it in your mouth when you read it and does it go into your heart? It is not a theory alone it is a practice. The word of God is to be put into the heart and if we do that, will we have a life of sin? The psalmist says thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee. The word is to be hid in the heart as a treasure as something very precious. The Laodicean has the truth but it is not in the heart as Jesus is outside knocking. Behold I stand at the door and knock if any man hear my voice and open I will come in Jesus says. The preparation for the latter rain is not the argumentation or debate of doctrine but the absorption of God’s word as a person, as Him personally in my heart. For that to happen and the Bible to become meaningful, we need to have negative experiences. We appreciate Jesus more when we have a need of him for when we are rich and increased with goods we have need of nothing. The words poor, blind, naked, wretched and miserable are not nice words therefore, is it a nice pleasant experience to come to the LORD? If we will draw nigh to God what will he do to you?

James 4: 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.

If I resist the devil and draw nigh to God shouldn’t I be really happy? The Bible says draw nigh to God and when we do it says cleanse your hands ye sinners. The closer we come to Jesus the faultier we see ourselves. That is a good thing. It is bad if we don’t see how bad we are. It is dangerous. There is nothing as dangerous as the deception of pride.

James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness.

4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

John 16 tells us if we want to follow the LORD we need some close cutting work to be done.

Sorrow for Salvation

John 16:22, 6:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

There is some close cutting work to be done. We need to be sorrowful. Why is this sorrow so essential for salvation? We can’t be saved without it. We cannot be saved without going through this type of sorrow. It is not a sorrow you experience when your car is written off, it is a sorrow over my own sinful condition. This work needs to be done in the religious sphere. It’s not the big obvious sins but the sins that we carry in our carnal nature all the time. This work is very essential because it will produce something that will give us our title to heaven.

God designs that the plan of redemption shall come to his people as the latter rain; for they are fast losing their connection with God. They are trusting in man, and glorifying man, and their strength is proportionate to the strength of their dependence. Some matters have been opened before me which will be fulfilled ere long. We are to know more than we do at the present time. We are to comprehend the deep things of God. There are themes to be dwelt upon which are worthy of more than a passing notice. Angels have desired to look into the truths which are revealed to the people who are searching God’s word and with contrite hearts praying for wisdom, for greater lengths and breadths and heights of that knowledge which God alone can give. {1888 1690.1}

The description the faithful witness gives of our natural condition is not one of dependence. You have need of nothing he says. What do we call it when we are in need of nothing? We are independent or self-sufficient but it says their strength is proportionate to the strength of their dependence. When were you the most dependent in your life? Wasn’t it when you were a baby and couldn’t do a thing except make noises? Without Christ we can do nothing. We do not realize that with the natural mind. Matthew 18 tells us we need to be converted as little children.

Matthew 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

If we are independent God has helped us and now we don’t need him. We cannot go to heaven unless we are converted as little children. A little child is very trusting. Have you ever noticed how a little child opens himself up to many hurts? For example, a little girl tells her parent something she feels special about and the parent wipes it off. The little girl is hurt. Or when a little boy asks his dad to spend time with him and his dad says yes when I’m not busy and then weeks go by and the little boy is hurt. This creates a hard heart because many hurtful experiences done by a fallen adult world cause the heart to close up. The most hardhearted person is the one who has had the roughest childhood. To the adult world God is saying ‘be a little child again’ and we say ‘no sir I’ve had too many hurts I don’t want to even go there, I don’t want to even think about it. There is far too much pain that has been calloused over that will come out again. I’m quite all right now thank you. I’m a bit sterner than I used to be but this is the way to cope in this life. If you want to cope on earth you have to be stern not soft because it is a real world out there.’ We have a generation of hardhearted people because of what others have done. I don’t blame anyone for that sort of condition. Why would we trust humanity? The problem is because we don’t trust humanity we have locked ourselves up. I only trust myself because I won’t hurt myself. I will protect myself from any hurt. There are plenty of people who have locked their heart’s door and barred it up but not just in childhood but also in marriage. There have been many hurts in marriages because what they dreamed of didn’t happen. This creates self-defense. This attitude hinders spirituality because Jesus is standing at the door knocking.

A Counselor

Israel was rejected because they hardened their hearts. God says become converted and get your heart back to soft soil again. Plow up all those hurts and deal with them. Do we deal with our hurts by talking to another human? No. We have a counselor who says buy of me raiment that you can be clothed. This counselor is a wonderful counselor he does not err in his counseling. The problem is we don’t want to lean on someone else’s counsel we want to lean on our own understanding. The Bible says lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. That is a hard thing for an adult to do. In fact it is impossible for an adult to do that without Christ. It can’t be done alone. The challenge is to open our hearts to Jesus. Some say they don’t want to do this because Jesus will show me how sinful I am. Yes he will but we need to understand why he reveals the things that mar our lives and why we get hurt even from God’s word. Many are offended by God’s word as they only want smooth sayings. They only want to go where there are smooth things to hear so they don’t get offended. That offense is what keeps us away from Christ. God is endeavouring to prepare our hearts, to not destroy us. In doing that he has to break the self-protection we have place in our life. As it is broken it feels like we are dying or our clothes are being taken from us in fact they are and it causes a vulnerable feeling.

Zephaniah 2:1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;

2:2 Before the decree bring forth, [before] the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’S anger come upon you.

2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.

Seek Meekness

Is a child meek? When a child has needs it cries. When it has had its need supplied it is happy to sit there. Our modern society has destroyed that. They think that little children need things that shake and flash and consequently in front of them and it ends up a nervous wreck. Little children love life because they love it. They are meek only requiring their needs. What must we seek before the judgment? We are told to seek righteousness and meekness. When we realize how bad we are and that God should desert us, when we have lost all hope we need to remember Jesus is our friend. If he is my friend when I am in that position he and will never fail us if we will trust him. It is very important that if we are in Christ we must identify our deplorable condition.

Are you In Christ? Not if you do not acknowledge yourselves erring, helpless, condemned sinners. Not if you are exalting and glorifying self. If there is any good in you, it is wholly attributable to the mercy of a compassionate Saviour. Your birth, your reputation, your wealth, your talents, your virtues, your piety, your philanthropy, or anything else in you or connected with you, will not form a bond of union between your soul and Christ. {5T 48.3}

It is not that we are good people that he loves us but it is because he is a good that he loves us. We are hanging on a false crutch if we think these things we esteem are evidence of Jesus love for me. We need to come to absolute helplessness and know he loves me regardless.

Your connection with the church, the manner in which your brethren regard you, will be of no avail unless you believe in Christ. It is not enough to believe about Him; you must believe in Him. You must rely wholly upon His saving grace. {5T 48.3}

Does that sound like dependence? Hanging wholly upon his saving grace is total dependence. If it wasn’t for Jesus we are nothing. When we dwell upon that thought a joy springs up within us that no one can take away. When pride is the source of my happiness I can be hurt by anyone. But if anyone slams me down or says bad about me it will not faze me if my happiness is not connected with me but with Jesus who loves me a wretch a chief of sinners. The Bible says be exceeding glad when they say all manner of things about you and persecute you for his sake. Be really happy about it because it is not against you. Self is gone. If self is alive then we get hurt but if it has gone Christ is the only thing in us that matters. Can anything take away Christ from you? What about churches and what if you get disfellowshipped? Have they taken Christ out of you? No. Can principality, powers, angels, demons or death take Christ from you? Nothing can separate me from the love of Jesus and because of that can anyone take away your peace if you plunge yourself into Christ?

How Do I Plunge Myself into Christ?

Someone may ask how do you plunge yourself into Christ? Have you given yourself to Christ? Have you told him you are his? If you haven’t told him how do you know? You must tell him that you are his and if you tell him you are his then you are his. The Bible says recon yourself to be dead with Christ. Recon means think it to be so and it is so if that is what you will do. Can Christ make you give yourself to him? He can’t so whose job is that? It is your job. Have you done it? If you have done it is it done? It’s done and you don’t have to ask how because it is done. If you haven’t done it and you don’t do it every day you will not know if it is done or not.

A life in Christ is a life of restfulness. There may be no ecstasy of feeling, but there should be an abiding, peaceful trust. Sc p70.2

We are not to expect to have some high emotional feeling to indicate we are in Christ. Feeling or no feeling it says. I’ve given myself to him and we want to believe that.

Your hope is not in yourself; it is in Christ. Your weakness is united to His strength, your ignorance to His wisdom, your frailty to His enduring might. So you are not to look to yourself, not to let the mind dwell upon self, but look to Christ. Let the mind dwell upon His love, upon the beauty, the perfection, of His character. Christ in His self-denial, Christ in His humiliation, Christ in His purity and holiness, Christ in His matchless love –this is the subject for the soul’s contemplation. It is by loving Him, copying Him, depending wholly upon Him, that you are to be transformed into His likeness. {SC 70.2}

Will you know if you are transformed if you are not looking at yourself? If you are looking at Jesus, do you know you have changed? You have no idea but you know who you are looking at.

When the mind dwells upon self, it is turned away from Christ, the source of strength and life. Hence it is Satan’s constant effort to keep the attention diverted from the Saviour and thus prevent the union and communion of the soul with Christ. The pleasures of the world, life’s cares and perplexities and sorrows, the faults of others, or your own faults and imperfections–to any or all of these he will seek to divert the mind. {SC 71.2}

Some will say we should not look at our faultiness. We aren’t to dwell up our faults but on Christ but we can’t dwell upon Christ unless we first see our faults as then we will want to dwell with him but if we don’t first see our sinfulness we won’t want Christ.

Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.” This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ. {SC 70.1}

Does that mean we have to give up our plans? We do, we have to give them up. Does that mean they will never happen? No not if it is God’s will. We must give them to him to be done or not done it is his choice not mine. That is dependence. We may say ‘I have something I’d like to do today, LORD here it is, let your providence indicate’ and God will work in your life if you recon your life to be his.

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. This is evidence that Satan’s delusions have lost their power; that the vivifying influence of the Spirit of God is arousing you. {SC 64.2}

What do we expect will happen when the latter rain falls? When we pray for the latter rain what are we expecting? What are we waiting for? Is it something that is going to make us the most prominent person in the world to get all the praise? We are waiting for the Holy Spirit to come and reveal to us our true condition and bring us closer to Jesus.

The closer you come to Jesus, the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes… This is evidence that Satan’s delusions have lost their power; that the vivifying influence of the Spirit of God is arousing you {SC 64.2}

In other words, you cannot grow unless you go through the sorrow but this sorrow will end in joy. Do you believe that? If we believe that, will we give ourselves unreserved to God every morning and then if something else through providence comes into my day will I be upset? If I have given myself wholly to God then I will pass those thoughts and feelings off to him and say thank you Lord for leading me.

Are You Short Sighted?

I can’t see but I am to live by faith and not by sight. A little child does not know what is going on. He doesn’t know where he is going tomorrow or next week. He is just goes by what mum and dad say. It is very short-sighted to live moment by moment. Does that mean we are short sighted? Who can see eternity? God can and we are trusting in his vision. He is our eyes, ears and our mouth. What he says we say and what he does we do and what he sees we see but not because we see it but because he saw it and in that way we have proper judgment. Christ says my judgment is just because I don’t seek my own will but the will of my Father who is in heaven. I don’t judge with my eyes or ears but as my Father tells me then I know. If Jesus was totally dependent upon the Father shouldn’t we also be? Was Christ’s life a success or failure? Is there anything more successful than success? No there is not. So we must give ourselves to God like Jesus did. As we practice this it will create something in us called meekness. Meekness is the garment that he wants to give us. The most precious fruit of sanctification is the grace of meekness. When this grace presides in the soul, the disposition is molded by its influence. There is a continual waiting upon God, and a submission of the will to his. The understanding grasps every divine truth and the will bows to every divine precept, without doubting or murmuring. What if you read something that was contrary to your feelings? What would you say? Would you say it is not for me, it is for someone else? If we are dependent on God we will say if God said it then it is so. We will say it was my dad who told me. When a dad tells a little child something he believes it and takes it for gospel. He says my daddy told me. Do we have that with God’s word? Why do we believe what we believe? We believe it because God said it; we may not understand it all the time but he said it and we trust him. If we trust him our understanding will grasp every divine truth. The will bows to every divine precept, without doubting or murmuring.

True meekness softens and subdues the heart, and gives the mind a fitness for the ingrafted word. {RH, January 18, 1881 par. 18}…

We can’t boast about ourselves but we can be cheerful for what God has done for us.

It brings the thoughts into obedience to Jesus Christ.{RH, January 18, 1881 par. 18}…

Meekness in the school of Christ is one of the marked fruits of the Spirit. It is a grace wrought by the Holy Spirit as a sanctifier, and enables its possessor at all times to control a rash and impetuous temper. When the grace of meekness is cherished by those who are naturally sour or hasty in disposition, they will put forth the most earnest efforts to subdue their unhappy temper. Every day they will gain self-control, until that which is unlovely and unlike Jesus is conquered. They become assimilated to the Divine Pattern, until they can obey the inspired injunction, “Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” {RH, January 18, 1881 par. 20}

Meekness is the inward adorning, which God estimates as of great price. The apostle speaks of this as more excellent and valuable than gold, or pearls, or costly array. While the outward adorning beautifies only the mortal body, the ornament of meekness adorns the soul, {RH, January 18, 1881 par. 22}

There are many who like to dress nicely but unless we are adorned with meekness, we are naked before Christ. There are many who follow the fashions of the world and also many who do dress reform yet don’t possess meekness therefore before God they are naked.

This is the ornament of God’s own choice. …the ornament of meekness adorns the soul, and connects finite man with the infinite God. This is the ornament of God’s own choice. He who garnished the heavens with the orbs of light, has by the same Spirit promised that he will “beautify the meek with salvation.” Angels of Heaven will register as best adorned, those who put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and walk with him in meekness and lowliness of mind. {RH, January 18, 1881 par. 22}

Who is the best dressed? Those who are meek are written in heaven as the best adorned. If the fashion world would get hold of this there would be a different character in this world. If we would take this to heart to be properly clothed and to have this raiment that Jesus counsels us to buy, it is a protection and a shelter. Meekness is a protection because if we have meekness, nothing can make us sad if Jesus makes us glad. Meekness is a protection from the elements. Best adorned are those who put on Jesus Christ and walk with him in meekness and lowliness of mind. I read a promise that unless we have this we cannot do God’s work.

It was after Isaiah had beheld the holiness of God and his own unworthiness that he was entrusted with the divine message. It was after Peter had been led to self-renunciation and dependence upon divine power that he received the call to his work for Christ. {DA 246.4}

Unless we have meekness, humbleness and lowliness of mind and Christ is everything to us and we are nothing, we cannot be entrusted to do the work of God.

Only by humbling themselves before God can God’s servants advance His work. Never are they to depend on their own efforts or on outward display for success (Letter 201, 1899). {4BC 1173.3}

The disciples did missionary work but it didn’t avail anything. It only availed good lessons for them. They went out failed and hashed things up because they had a harsh spirit and they were really unkind to the gentiles and people who didn’t accept Christ. As they had harsh spirits they had to go through Gethsemane, the crucifixion of their Lord and Pentecost. Their hopes of life were absolutely smashed to pieces through their sufferings and sorrow. Peter wept like a baby because he failed miserably. He realized although he had walked with Jesus for three years he hadn’t gotten any better. He felt a miserable wreck and he wept. Three times he denied his LORD then Jesus said to him do you love me Peter? Yes I love you Peter said. Then Jesus asked again and Peter said yes I love you, you know. Then Jesus asked again, Peter said you know. Self was gone. At first he said I love you and then the second time he said I love you but you know and the third time Peter just said you know Lord, you know I don’t. Then Jesus said go feed my sheep and my lambs and work for me. Do you think we can do anything for the service of Christ if we don’t put on humility? If we do not say LORD show me who I am? This is a hard prayer but if we don’t do it at some point in our life we are not going to get anywhere. Unless we say LORD I want to give you everything but I don’t know what I am holding back, reveal to me the things that mar my life and show me your grace and the plan of redemption. When we break our hearts before God then the plant of redemption will come to his people like the latter rain. After that the disciples in their desperate state received the Holy Ghost and then their work was efficient. There were lots of true conversions but not because they were good evangelists or they had a good media centre or they had all the technology to do the work, they had humility. Without humility they could not achieve a thing.

God wants you to let Him manage you, that you may be a lovable Christian. TMK 218

How would we like a manager to manage our affairs? If we manage ourselves we will not be loveable at all.

The Lord would have the natural and hereditary traits of character come under the pruning knife. Look steadfastly unto Jesus, that you may catch His spirit and cherish the qualities of Christlike character. Then it will be recognized by all who have any connection with you, that you have learned of Christ His meekness, His affection, His tenderness, His sympathy. Never rest satisfied until you possess a loving and lovable spirit. Your words may come from the good treasure of the heart to strengthen, help, bless, and win all around you…. Others catch your spirit. The seeds we sow will bear a harvest in goodness, patience, kindness, and love, or exactly the opposite. {TMK 218.2}

Many, many need melting over. Be sound in principle, true to God, but do not manifest one stern, ungenial phase of character. God does not want you to incur contempt by manifesting a disposition like a ball of putty, but He does want you to be in principle as sound as a rock, yet with a healthful mellowness. Like the Master, be full of grace and truth. Jesus was incorruptible, undefiled, yet in His life were mingled gentleness, meekness, benignity, sympathy, and love. The poorest were not afraid to approach Him; they did not fear a rebuff. What Christ was, every Christian should strive to be. In holiness and winsomeness of character He is our model…. {TMK 218.3}

Mellowness is docile. A mellow person will not hurt anyone and is sweet like a sweet ripe mature piece of fruit. It is not sour or bitter. God wants us to have mellowness. We can be full of truth but are we full of grace?

We should all learn of Christ what it means to be a Christian. Let us learn of Him how to combine firmness, justice, purity, and integrity with unselfish courtesy and kindly sympathy. Thus the character becomes lovable and attractive. The beauty of holiness will disarm scoffers. . . . {TMK 218.4}

The heart must receive the divine current, and let it flow out in rich streams of mercy and grace to other hearts. All who would win souls to Christ must be winsome. {TMK 218.5}

We are to be winsome or charming but not in a deceptive way or a proud way but with the honest truth that God has given us. We are to be truthfully honest about ourselves accepting the infinite gift of Jesus that while we are sinners he died for us. While we behold Jesus he will work in us. He will work and if we give ourselves to him we will not have to worry about not working. Some say people will only believe and not work. But if we don’t work we don’t believe in Jesus. Just because we do works it doesn’t mean we believe in Jesus. If Jesus is working in us, will he work bad works? No he won’t. If we do bad works we are doing them ourselves. If good works are being done it is not I. In me dwells no good thing so it must be Christ personally in me just as the Father was in Christ. As the Father was in Christ he wants to be in us. It is my prayer that we can look to Jesus character traits and be more like him so we can actually achieve the loud cry because without this breaking experience and the latter rain to give us meekness we will do no service for him at all. It is my prayer that we will be faithful.

Amen.

 

 

Posted on June 29, 2011, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Came from a rough 12 hr shift in a busy High stress area in the hosp. On my way home I thought how many times i have let the Saviour down today. I felt dispondend and rather low. How and when will I change for ever? When I opened my emails I found your study. Its as if the Lord send a messenger help me some up my wretchedness. I thank you for the study. I went through it and will go through it again. I felt that I could pray afterwards. That I could start again, and try again. God bless

  2. Awesome!

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