Neither Offending nor Taking Offense

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The only way to be secure in this world is to receive the seal of the living God. To have holiness, the name of the Lord imprinted on your character that He would be all and in all and He would be to you everything. This is the security that the Bible tells us will last that will not be destroyed. Satan knows that so he has made war and his war has been in these last days to use sorcery to deceive all nations. That sorcery, those chemicals that he has employed are catalysts to release chemicals in your body to infiltrate your heart so he can put his mark on your forehead.

This method being used today is just a refinement of a method that was used a long time ago. The method used today is through the apostate religious movements. These spirits go forth to prepare people for the destruction of the world. This affects every single person on this planet, you can’t avoid it.
This working was done through Satan but by a religious power so it had some credibility to other Christians because paganism was used to persecute Gods people but a much better system was to use a religious system to capture religious people. For Gods people to receive the seal of the living God in the forehead, must be religious. They are the people that Satan is angry with. He was wrath with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, the people at the end.

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way.

 

2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

 

2:9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

 

Things that make you wonder.
2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

 

In other words, it has an appearance of righteousness yet it is unrighteous. Because it has the appearance of righteousness, it is deceivable. If you saw it for what it is, you would not be deceived.
2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

 

2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

This deception according to this text, is a deception of unrighteousness so it doesn’t look unrighteous and it has pleasure with it. This power was going to come, not with some new method but after the working of Satan. That which was done then is done today but with greater success.
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

 

Sounds like something that can deceive? Some subtly?
Genesis 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

 

3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

 

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

 

3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

 

3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

 

This process here in Genesis is the exact principle that will be used at the end. It shall come after the working of Satan.
In order to accomplish his work unperceived, Satan chose to employ as his medium the serpent–a disguise well adapted for his purpose of deception. The serpent was then one of the wisest and most beautiful creatures on the earth. It had wings, and while flying through the air presented an appearance of dazzling brightness, having the color and brilliancy of burnished gold. {PP 53.4}

 

The angels cautioned Adam and Eve.
…She soon found herself gazing with mingled curiosity and admiration upon the forbidden tree. The fruit was very beautiful, and she questioned with herself why God had withheld it from them. Now was the tempter’s opportunity. As if he were able to discern the workings of her mind, he addressed her: “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Eve was surprised and startled as she thus seemed to hear the echo of her thoughts. But the serpent continued, in a musical voice, with subtle praise of her surpassing loveliness; and his words were not displeasing. Instead of fleeing from the spot she lingered wonderingly to hear a serpent speak. Had she been addressed by a being like the angels, her fears would have been excited; but she had no thought that the fascinating serpent could become the medium of the fallen foe. {PP 53.5}

 

Satan was communicating to her and he declared;
By partaking of this tree, he declared, they would attain to a more exalted sphere of existence and enter a broader field of knowledge. The tempter intimated that the divine warning was not to be actually fulfilled; it was designed merely to intimidate them. How could it be possible for them to die? Had they not eaten of the tree of life? God had been seeking to prevent them from reaching a nobler development and finding greater happiness. {PP 54.2}

 

Such has been Satan’s work from the days of Adam to the present, and he has pursued it with great success. {PP 54.3}

 

Satan represented to the holy pair that they would be gainers by breaking the law of God. Do we not today hear similar reasoning? Many talk of the narrowness of those who obey God’s commandments, while they themselves claim to have broader ideas and to enjoy greater liberty. What is this but an echo of the voice from Eden. {PP 55.1}

 

The serpent plucked the fruit of the forbidden tree and placed it in the hands. {PP 55.3}

 

Satan also ate of the tree himself and then put it right in front of her.
Then he reminded her of her own words, that God had forbidden them to touch it, lest they die. She would receive no more harm from eating the fruit, he declared, than from touching it. Perceiving no evil results from what she had done, Eve grew bolder. When she “saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.” It was grateful to the taste, and as she ate, she seemed to feel a vivifying power, and imagined herself entering upon a higher state of existence. Without a fear she plucked and ate. And now, having herself transgressed, she became the agent of Satan in working the ruin of her husband. In a state of strange, unnatural excitement, with her hands filled with the forbidden fruit, she sought his presence, and related all that had occurred. {PP 55.3}

 

After his transgression Adam at first imagined himself entering upon a higher state of existence. {PP 57.1}

 

What happened? Here we have something that is beautiful. It captures the eyes, its dazzling and has light. Coupled with that there is flattery, a musical voice with the brilliance of beauty that Satan is capable of doing. She was very comfortable and she saw an opportunity to have a higher experience. She didn’t run away, she was brought into a relaxed state. Then the voice of the serpent echoed the thoughts. If you have ever studied NLP, they flatter you and they echo what you do. They rehearse what to do as it is very flattering for someone to copy you as it means they admire you. When you see a rebound of your own thoughts you think I like that person. With this echo he did something. As he did something she admired it. Then with the opportunity in front of her hand she did the same.
What was done in Eden is done today and just like Eve was very spiritual, she loved the Lord, it didn’t prevent her from falling into that trap. She had an unnatural excitement. There was an overcharge of the pleasure and this she thought is great and without fear took it and gave it to her husband. Do you know what the Bible says bout Eve? It says she was deceived and beguiled. We read that the dragon, that same serpent has set up a religious system and not just one, but many religious systems that employ the exact same principles and I mean exact same principles but with far greater power and with all lying of wonders and deceivableness of unrighteousness. There is a deception and by those sorceries that all the nations are deceived. They did not receive the truth as they had pleasure in unrighteousness.
I saw that Satan was working through agents in a number of ways. He was at work through ministers who have rejected the truth and are given over to strong delusions to believe a lie that they might be damned. While they were preaching or praying, some would fall prostrate and helpless, not by the power of the Holy Ghost, but by the power of Satan breathed upon these agents, and through them to the people. While preaching, praying, or conversing, some professed Adventists who had rejected present truth used mesmerism to gain adherents, and the people would rejoice in this influence, for they thought it was the Holy Ghost. Some even that used it were so far in the darkness and deception of the devil that they thought it was the power of God, given them to exercise. {EW 43.4}

 

Mesmerism

Do you know how to mesmerise somebody? You’d need light, you can use music and you can get certain frequency and get the brain into an alpha state and it’s wonderful. It is very, very pleasurable because it releases dopamine. Whatever the preachers say, people absorb it in, hath God really said? Perhaps we don’t have to keep the law of God, perhaps we can be saved and still have this wonderful liberty to sin as we please. Such is the echo of Eden, it hasn’t changed. It’s just being used with greater power. When young people watch television, they receive pleasure in watching television. As they watch television they will see somebody on that screen and they will admire that person. Then when they go out to play, they will pretend to be that person because they admired it. Admiration is nothing short of worship. When we worship, our mind is open to receive everything that is said and God has forbidden any other worship than Him because what He will give us is truth.

Television and Media

As the children worship the god of television and media, those lights that dazzle, the sounds that come, it’s very pleasurable. I remember very clearly we weren’t allowed to watch television when we were young but there were two videos we were allowed to watch, just two. My parents thought they were doing a great job as a lot of the garbage you don’t watch but these two videos are okay and one of them was ‘The Man from Snowy River’ and I loved that guy. I used to run around pretending I was on a horse doing everything and there was in one scene in that movie as it went on that there was kissing.

I remember my parents saying don’t watch that bit but you know what that did? That made that part of the movie stand out like nothing else. If anything I can remember it is that part. One of the first games I played when I got to primary school was kiss chasey. It has an affect because young people admire, they don’t see the negativities. Movies just display the great shots of life, these Kodak moments. As you see those great shots of life you think well life is going to be just like that. Then the little children will say I like this and that person and they will dress and grow up to be like that person and they have fallen for the trap of the devil. You watch it with children and they will do that. They will see something and will want to emulate it. It can be good but if the person isn’t good, they will want to be like that person.

Addiction

Every addiction that there is, whether its methamphetamines, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine or fornication, whatever it is, it involves higher levels than normal of dopamine. But there is something that comes against this and that is the after affects. Would you like to know the after effects of Eve’s experience of having a high state of consciousness of her unnatural excitement she had? Look around you, these are the effects, do you like it? Do you like the way this world is? They are the after effects of such pleasure. It is very important we take seriously these effects Satan has and not think it light and that we can be above such things. The churches employ many of these events to gather crowds. They will use music and they will have the coffee at the back and beautiful ladies and a preacher that flatters the congregation and that mirrors people and will seduce them into a proposal that they can have a better life without obeying Gods law.

They call this the Holy Spirit. If you take the music away and go to a church that has the three hymn sandwich from the old hymn book and just the old preacher standing there, they say this is not a spiritual church, it’s quite boring because there is none of that addiction of pleasure that I really like. It’s not God, it’s the addiction. This has caused many people to come into the churches and then other churches will look over the fence and say they have a lot of people, I admire that church. When they admire it, what do they do? They copy it and then when all the protestant churches have done those things, then the Adventists will look over the fence and think they will are pretty successful maybe we should employ the same. Then we are tempted to look over the fence and say look, they are very successful in what they do, why don’t we integrate that in our experience? No thank you. Our admiration needs to be from Jesus and Jesus alone.
Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

 

53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him.

 

That’s our Jesus. The glory of heaven He didn’t come, the Son of Righteousness with dazzling beauty. It says His goings forth shall be as the morning. That sun just get up and dazzle you? Or does it slowly and respectfully penetrate the earth? So it is with our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, He is very gentle to the nerves and very respectful to your person. He will stand at the door of your frontal lobe and knock. He will not employ chemicals to get in. He will stand there with no fanfare and say do you want me? In the time of the Jews there was a feast called the feast of tabernacles. During this feast of tabernacles, the Pharisees and the Sadducees and the religious leaders had so much pomp and so much celebration and music and lights and its written that the lights and colours were dazzling the people. do you know what Jesus said?

He stood up during that exciting time and He said, come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden. If you are thirsty, come to me. He was calling people that while ever there is so much fanfare it is dead and empty inside. There is no body to it and Jesus saw this in the religious church in His day. He said if anyone wants to come to me that are hungry and thirsty and weary, I will give you rest, water and food. That same Jesus hasn’t changed because Jesus hasn’t employed different tactics which people call the Holy Ghost.
Those who are in the habit of using tea, coffee, tobacco, opium, or spirituous liquors, cannot worship God when they are deprived of the accustomed indulgence. {CD 426.2}

 

Here we have caffeine and liquor and these things release dopamine and when in excess you have to have it naturally or will you be sick if you don’t.
Let them, while deprived of these stimulants, engage in the worship of God, and divine grace would be powerless to animate, enliven, or spiritualize their prayers or their testimonies. {CD 426.2}

 

They will call that a dead church but it’s not.
…divine grace would be powerless to animate, enliven, or spiritualize their prayers or their testimonies. These professed Christians should consider the means of their enjoyment. Is it from above, or from beneath? {CD 426.2}

 

We can see from the case of Adam and Eve that the workings of the last days will be after that same manner, you can tell where it comes from.
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 

3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves…

 

The pleasure that comes from the lusts of the flesh is something that the human body creates as part of its natural function. The Bible says that in the last day’s men will be lovers of their own selves. Self-esteem and pride come from that exact same feeling. The love of money, that success, the thrill you get that makes you puffed up, the love of money the Bible says is the root of evil. Every single evil on this planet whether positive or negative experience comes from this love.
2 Timothy 3:2 [They shall be] …covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 

3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 

3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 

3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 

Its robed in a religious form having a form of godliness and they promote this pleasure. They name it the Holy Ghost and people love it and when it comes to the real manifestation of the Holy Ghost, as it says when the Holy Spirit is come He shall reprove the world of sin and of judgement and righteousness, when people get reproved of sin they say, I don’t like that. Because men have become lovers of pleasures more than the real Holy Ghost which will reprove all your sins and will reveal to you not just your sins, the righteousness of Jesus Christ to give you hope in your sins. This class of religious people are fierce. They are feisty people and they don’t like people that are good.

They love pleasure more than God. When I was young, I was at my auntie’s house staying on her farm and I walked passed her dog and her dog was eating and I thought I’d help mix the food up. I put my hand near its bowl and it snapped at me. I thought I was just trying to help the dog. I realised that the dog saw me as a threat as it loved its food, the thing that was feeding it and I came in as a potential threat and it snapped at me. The dog was a nice dog.

Offense

There is a source of an offense, we are not looking at pleasure we are looking at offense.
Proverbs 26:17 He that passeth by, [and] meddleth with strife [belonging] not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.

 

That food wasn’t mine and I came in and I meddled with it. After Adam and Eve sinned, Adam was reasoning why he should eat the fruit and in his reasoning he thought was, I love my wife. I’m going to choose to take my fate with her as Adam wasn’t deceived when he ate that fruit, he knew full well what he was doing. He decided he loved his wife so much that he would eat the fruit. Do you know what happened when he ate the fruit?

He blamed his wife. The first domestic was on the day when the excitement wore off. Doesn’t that happen in marriages that are made hastily under passion? As soon as that passion wears off you have your first domestic. When we have a treasure, when you treasure something, when something is the source of your happiness and someone meddles with that, there is an immediate defence, back off. It’s just like taking a dog by the ears. They are fierce and despisers of those that are good.

Cain and Abel

There are two brothers Cain and Abel. Cain and Abel represent the two classes that shall live before Jesus comes. In this two class of people the Cains and the Abel’s, one want to serve God and serve him in their own way. Abel talked with his brother and said to him what God had said that God required the lamb and not the food. Do you know what Cain did? He killed his brother.
1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 

3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

 

3:12 Not as Cain, [who] was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

 

Why did Cain kill Abel? Because his own works were evil and his brothers righteous. Right here we see the source of every single offense on the planet. That somebody is threatening my right standing because it is a truth that every man is right in his own eyes. When the truth comes along and contrasts or puts light on the situation, they don’t like it. Jesus says when He came into the world light shined in the world but men loved darkness rather than light as they didn’t want to come to the light lest their deeds would be revealed. Why don’t like people like to be showed up?
Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention…

 

The Bible is saying it is only pride that brings contention. Only pride because that self-esteem, that pleasure of feeling good about yourself when that is removed, you’re not a very nice person. You see that when people come off drugs they are a totally different person from when they are on them, that feeling low. Whenever the truth comes across peoples life, they will always be in defence and in that defence they will do many other things whether its gossiping and they rebel and go against it and worse, there is a lot of behaviour that comes out of self-defence.

Fear

When Adam and Eve sinned they were afraid and they had terror. That is the response in the body of fight or flight. In the case with Adam and Eve they didn’t fight with God, they ran away from God. That response of flight or fight is whenever your life is in threat. That is the reaction, adrenalin. Your blood pressure will rise, your heart rate will beat faster. Muscle tension will grow, the pupils of your eyes will get bigger.

The Bible says when she had sinned her eyes were opened and she knew she was naked because what took place was a burst of adrenalin and that is the defence so when something is threatening you, you will do certain things that perhaps you wouldn’t have done in your normal mind. We have what you call today manic depressants so they will have a joy experience and they will fall to the lowest depths and be so miserable. You know the person at the party that is always the loudest is generally the most miserable? This defence, any time you take away someone’s treasure, someone’s source of pride, the thing that feeds it, the food, just like the dog was eating, anytime anyone comes there, there is a defence reaction.

Defence

I remember talking to my friend about smoking marijuana saying it probably wasn’t a good idea as it wasn’t natural and he said its naturally occurring and he was serious. He also said there are no Bible texts to that say it and I thought you are right but it’s not the point. We were reasoning and our friendship broke up over it. I was threatening his source of enjoyment and nothing has changed from today. Or you might share with someone we shouldn’t drink and they say they did in the Bible and straight away there is defence why I can still do it. Or that God has never designed us to eat meat, blood and fat and in these last days we should restrain from eating the flesh of animals or stimulating foods and people say oh no, defence straight up that’s going too far, it’s taking my pleasures away.

Or you go to a young person and say you shouldn’t be behaving such a way in your courtship. You should back off a bit and they say that is a threat and they won’t listen. Or they go to their partner and tell them what they have done and a family feud starts. Or you explain to someone that drinking coffee and tea is not what God wants us to be doing and they say hang on, that’s too far. Straight away the defence comes up. You think why do they have to defend over it? Is their life dependent on the stuff? Well it is, that is why. It’s their source of joy. Or we might say to someone, we shouldn’t be watching TV and they say documentaries are fine as long as there is no bad stuff in it. Defence straight away. What are you going to do when the power goes off? Then you will be stuck. If that’s been the source of enjoyment.
Even in church when there is a church office and someone else is very talented, they are a threat to my office because this position gives me a little bit of pride, it gives me a nice shot of dopamine to keep me happy and self-respected and if I lose my position, I feel like no one cares about me. That’s what happens. So we have church feuds because of pride. Only by pride cometh contentions. It’s the only source. It’s a very rare thing to see church leaders to get along. It’s alright to get the congregation to get along but when you get multiple leaders of the church, you can cut the air. There is so much tension because everyone is a threat to my position. I might get voted out next year.

Someone else might take over and we get defensive ready to fight and we go and gossip about the other person and pull them down just like Jeremiah. He was just doing what God had told him, nothing else. He wasn’t trying to take over, he was just saying well the Lord told me, it’s burning my bones, I better go and tell them.
Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.

 

Gossip is a canker that eats away relationships. Only by pride cometh contentions. In order to be saved at the end of the world, we need the seal of God, holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men]…

 

That means, you can’t have pride. If you don’t have pride, that feeling of self-esteem, then you must be getting your enjoyment somewhere else. There is only two ways to get your enjoyment on this planet. Through Satan’s devices or through the presence of God for it is written in His presence, there is fulness of joy and pleasures for evermore.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

 

This is twofold. Holiness, your mind has to be holy for God and as He is there, you will have humility and peace with your brethren. If someone comes as a threat to you, they are not a threat to me. The heavens can fall, my life is not dependent on position or on praise of men or anything like this because if it is, this world will pass away and the lust thereof and my life will go down the drain.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

 

12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled;

 

12:16 Lest there [be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

 

Diligence means effort of mental or physical stamina. That’s diligence. Will you sell your birthright for pleasure? Because here this eating of this morsel was compared with fornication and profanity. That’s a bit hard to have a pot of lentils compared to fornication. The principle is the same because the satisfaction that we get from delicious food, chocolates and ice cream and these rich foods, makes me feel better. The ladies probably know what that is like. When you are down, chocolate time. That’s what happens. A morsel of food can be just as bad because in principle, the addiction is exactly the same and anything that comes across that, makes a bad relationship.
Did Esau and Jacob have a good relationship? Is that relationship a typology of relationships in the end of the world? Absolutely. We are going to see two classes of people. These two classes of people will be one people that are totally for the Lord that say I’m going to give up everything for the Lord. Everything I know and everything I don’t know. Then there is another class of people that will say we will worship but if anyone cuts across the source of my joy, I’m going to be angry.

We see here the unfolding of all the sorrow in relationships that this world has ever seen through this principle of having the joy and then the joy taken away and people that are older that have had lots of baggage that are really burdened down with anxiety and care, generally have done a lot of pleasure seeking in their youth. Because what happens as we see in the story of Adam and Eve that it wasn’t just anger, it wasn’t just the woman you gave me, it wasn’t just passing the blame, it was even depression as well.
The relation that exists between the mind and the body is very intimate. When one is affected, the other sympathizes. The condition of the mind affects the health to a far greater degree than many realize. Many of the diseases from which men suffer are the result of mental depression. Grief, anxiety, discontent, remorse, guilt, distrust, all tend to break down the life forces and to invite decay and death. {MH 241.1}

 

The Lord says in the day you eat thereof, you shall surely die. The day they ate thereof, they were afraid and fear is stress and stress causes depression. Stress causes anxiety. Stress causes discontent. Are you ever content in a stressed state? Always looking for relief. Discontent. The Bible says contentment with Godliness is great gain. This stress causes discontent, remorse, guilt and distrust. When someone has promised you and said I love you and then when you get married they totally disappoint you and you don’t trust them anymore. Distrust is losing that which you once had as pleasures in but if your pleasure is focused on the Lord, nothing can make you sad when Jesus makes you glad by His presence. You can never be disappointed even if your partner does the most atrocious thing you can think of. If Jesus is making you happy, then forgiveness can really come to play. The question is, what is the source of your happiness? Or what do you get defensive about when people start touching different factors of life and you start putting the barriers up and you get up in arms about things? Those things is what you find your pleasure in. Chronic stress and the adrenal glands excreting adrenalin for a long period of time. Some people for twenty or thirty years they can be under stress and they get chronic fatigue. The body can’t do anymore and they get down. All these are symptoms that your pleasure is not of Jesus and He is inviting us to find pleasure in heaven. This is the Christians hope, this is my hope.
Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

 

If you really receive Jesus as your best friend, the only hope in life for living when you receive Him, will be to seek those things above where Christ sits.
Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

 

3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

 

3:4 When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

 

3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

 

3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

 

3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

 

We have all done it. We are all guilty before God of having done this. But here is the call, let it go and you will find when you let it go, you will not be offended anymore because the source of your joy can’t be touched.

 

Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

 

The Colossians did and the Apostle says put it off.
Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

 

3:10 And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 

Let this mind be in you.
Philippians 2:3 [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

 

2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

 

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. When we bank our treasures in heaven, there will our heart be also.
Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

 

6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

 

6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

If your treasure is here on earth and people meddle with your treasure, the thing that is supplying with your joy then they are meddling with your heart and people say you are meddling with my heart as you broke the thing they like. You have a little child and they have a teddy bear and if you break it, what will the child do? It will be distraught. When we put our affections on things above, nothing can make you sad.
Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth.

 

8:34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

 

8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 

8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

 

8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 

8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 

8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

The only thing you can be sad about is when God dies, you can be sad then but while he is alive, I don’t need to defend anything. God is the source of my joy. We see a bashing of the human brain by the evil one through two factors. One is through the pleasure that this world has promoted, all the stimulating things and the other is through offense and being offended because stress and anxiety cannot make love perfect.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 

Satan can get into your frontal lobe, your heart by flattery or anything that will release fleshly lust that comes forth. When the wall needs to be up against the truth, Satan will give an offense so most defence you will find will be in the church of God. Satan is always trying to stir people against them so they can’t hear the message so they will be stressed out. You can be stressed even by the do’s and the don’ts. As soon as we are stressed, you can’t learn. You see little children when their parents have broken up, can they learn very well? They can’t learn. They are anxious and discouraged and we can’t learn why we have fear. Satan is work to either stress you out or boost you up. Either way he doesn’t mind, whatever is going to work. Do you have tight muscles? Do you have high blood pressure? Do you have a raised heart beat? These are some of the symptoms of anxiety. Acid, disease cancer grows in an acid system. The homeostasis of the body feels the stress and says we have to level this out so it draws the calcium out of the bones and it dries the bones. Then you get osteoporosis. Nine tenths of disease come from the mind. Jesus is saying look, I want to be your tower, the standard against the flood of these chemicals adrenalin and dopamine so when the enemy comes in like a flood, we are going to raise a standard and would you like to know what that standard is? When all these feelings come upon us, Jesus our Lord is our defence.
If we would not be misled by error and falsehood, the heart must be preoccupied with the truth. The Word of God will furnish the mind with weapons of divine power, to vanquish the enemy. Happy is the man, who, when tempted, finds his soul rich in the knowledge of the Scriptures, who finds shelter beneath the promises of God. “Thy word,” said the psalmist, “have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” {FLB 8.2}

 

Is Jesus the truth? Was Jesus plain or was he all fanfare’d up? Just plain Jane, just a carpenter. When I dwell upon that, it makes me want to worship God more than anything else. That He in all His splendour would bang nails for the majority of His life. That is our God. I want to be like Him, He is my hero. I see these attributes of the Lord of glory and He walks around. He is not blowing a trumpet, He doesn’t even ride a horse into Jerusalem, He takes a donkey. That is our Lord and I love Him for that. If we want to be not mislead by error, we must hold that truth to percolate in the head and heart. Not just as knowledge but as the source of my joy. Big difference when you learn a fact and say that is right or wrong, but wow I love that. Not because of the beauty, it is not dazzling to me, I love it because of the hidden beauty. When we affectionately admire it, then the heart is open to Jesus.
The heart must be preoccupied with the truth. The Word of God will furnish the mind with weapons of divine power, to vanquish the enemy. Happy is the man, who, when tempted, finds his soul rich in the knowledge of the Scriptures, who finds shelter beneath the promises of God. “Thy word,” said the psalmist, “have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” {FLB 8.2}

 

What is the protection we can have? We need to get to know scripture. We first need to get it in the intellect but it needs to very fast right into that heart and we need to treasure every promise of Jesus Christ so when the tempter comes we can say it is written, thus saith the Lord, go away thought and we can cast down such imaginations with such weapons which are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, we can cast out every imagination and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ by this sword, this weapon. His word is ever to be in our hearts and lips.
Matthew 12:34 for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

 

Record yourself for a day and then listen to it, you will know what you love.
This Word is ever to be in our hearts and on our lips. “It is written” is to be our anchor. Those who make God’s Word their counselor realize the weakness of the human heart and the power of the grace of God to subdue every unsanctified, unholy impulse. Their hearts are ever prayerful, and they have the guardianship of holy angels. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God lifts up for them a standard against him. There is harmony in the heart, for the precious, powerful influences of truth bear sway. {FLB 8.3}

 

The only way you can ever overcome is by putting the scriptures in connection with the relationship with Jesus in your heart as your treasure and when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Holy Spirit will take of Jesus and will show it to you. He will bring all things into remembrance. Our thoughts are to be centred on Gods words. Actions produce habits which will be your character. This is how we receive the seal of God.
We must be better acquainted with our Bibles. We might close the door to many temptations, if we would commit to memory passages of Scripture. Let us hedge up the way to Satan’s temptations with “It is written.” We shall meet with conflicts to test our faith and courage, but they will make us strong if we conquer through the grace Jesus is willing to give. But we must believe; we must grasp the promises without a doubt. {FLB 8.5}

 

Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest,

 

The sea goes up and down and up and down, that is the story of our world. Feeling good and feeling bad, we need more caffeine, now we are feeling good and now we are feeling bad and that is the sea. You get motion sickness.
Mark 4:39 Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

 

Isaiah
26:3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.

 

It’s not just a fleeing moment of God, it says the wicked, God is not in all their thoughts. Our mind doesn’t need a couple of thoughts a day, yes I’ve done my duties now I can get into my life, our life is Jesus Christ. It doesn’t separate. We don’t go to church and put our religious cloak on and then put our worldly cloak on later. It doesn’t work, you will fail every time. You can see what really does make you happy. Think about when you have had a frivolous time joking and laughing, how do you feel at the end of the day? When you are by yourself in your bed, do you feel good? No. No one sees that. These times of the closet God wants to bless. God says if you pray to me in secret I will bless you.
We need to pray without anyone looking. We don’t need to make a show of our religion. We don’t need to put our memory verses on our wrist and forehead like the Pharisees did. They had their scriptures. We need to walk humbly with God. some might say, how can I memorise scripture when I have such a busy life? Has Satan wound up the timetable of our lives? We work so hard we want to have rest. He said six days though shalt labour but on the seventh day you are to rest, you are going to have a rest. This day is the day of building up the ramps against the evil one. The Sabbath day is the day where He says you shall not do any work. Work raises blood pressure and muscle tension. The Bible says on the Sabbath day you are not to be stressed and we come into the Sabbath so stressed trying not to be stressed.

God Has Made a Day

This day is the day which is the sign of your sanctification. What two things is the devil going to hit us with? Pleasure and stress. This day that no one seems to like. This is the seal to testify that you are holy.
Isaiah 58:12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. 13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight…

You are not allowed to have the pleasure that we have all grown up on, you can’t have that but you have to be happy. This poses a problem as you can’t be happy with the mundane things of life if you have been over stimulated, you can’t be. Those who have been on caffeine can’t come to worship God, it will be boring to them. The children need to be taught to be calm in the Sabbath School. Not fanfare, not stimulating things. The children need to be taught so they will have a chance in this life. They need to grow up not in front of the television or DVD player. They don’t need to be there. They need to be outside in the sunshine and in the calm things of nature so their minds can be sensitive and work by the time they get older. We need to take these things seriously for our children’s sake and we need our parents to be a role model. We can’t do our own pleasure on that day.
Isaiah 58:12…the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words:

 

58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].

 

This sabbath is a sign that the Lord will sanctify us and if we love His law, we shall have great peace for it is written.
Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

 

You won’t get offended if you keep the Sabbath properly. I am not making it a day of church going, we don’t do church. Church isn’t an activity. Worshipping God is a lifestyle and the Sabbath is the time of undivided attention with God and many people in Adventism find the Sabbath boring and many young people say I can hardly wait till the sun goes down, we are going to have a party. Everyone is planning on what to do after Sabbath. If you are planning what to do after Sabbath, you are not keeping the Sabbath because you are thinking this is like a chain around my leg, I can hardly wait to do my own pleasure. People say we have to be seven day Christians not one day Christians. You cannot keep the seventh day holy if you don’t love God six days a week because if you do your own pleasure every other day and all of a sudden you have to stop, you will be depressed. You will go to church and you will fight with everybody in the congregation because you are down. It is impossible to keep the Sabbath while being on the devils chemicals, impossible. We have two days, a day of Sunday a day of festivity. The Catholic church is quite clever as for hundreds of years they had two days. They had the Sabbath and Sunday. Do you know why we have a weekend of two days?
The Bible only ever said six days you are going to work, one day off. We have two days off. That was the same in the time of Constantine and they decided to make Sabbath a fasting day and Sunday a feasting day. Which day would you like better? This over generations ingrained slowly, just slowly, deception until the generation grow up despising Sabbath. Slowly Sabbath became a work day. Do you know what Sabbath is today? It is a work day. But is it a full work day? When you keep the Sabbath, what does the Spirit of Prophecy tell us that the employees do on Friday? What time should the employees go home? At twelve o’clock. In the world how far do people work? Till twelve o’clock. The devil knows how to keep his Sabbath. Twelve o’clock and everyone goes home and relaxes and when does Sunday start? Saturday night and it’s party time. Sunday is the time to recover and rest and then back to work. We see these two days which is a sign of where your pleasure really is. If you really love God, wouldn’t you spend the day with Him? If you really loved your wife or husband would you want to want to spend the day together? You say I love you but why would I want to spend a day with you? That would be a bit had. You don’t love them. God can tell whether we love Him or not whether we want to submit ourselves to the requirements of the Sabbath which is unburdening every burden that we have and that takes practise. We have to be diligently looking lest any root of bitterness will spring up and trouble us. We have to make wrong rights and forgive our brethren and we have to believe Gods words when He says He has forgiven, we must bask in His words.

The Only Way to Avoid the Time of Trouble

The Sabbath is the seal that you are wholly God’s. That you cannot be stressed on a day and not do your own pleasure and delight in it. That is the sign that you belong to God. When that takes place, when the 144,000 are sealed as it says hold the winds of strife till we have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads, when that has happened, this world will crumble. There is no security. All those sources of joy that this world relies on, music, power, gaming, television, everything will not be there. When it is not there, the animal instinct comes out and there will be a time of trouble such as was not since there was a nation. But in that time Gods people shall be delivered everyone that is found written in the book. The harvest is the end of the world according to Matthew 13 and He will send forth His angels to separate the wheat from the tares. He is going to pluck out of His kingdom and people everything that offends and does iniquity. Two things – offense, stress and iniquity which is lawlessness liberty so called that our world delights in. These angels that are going to do the work. The word worship is to admire. If any man admires or enjoys the beast.
Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

 

Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

 

For this cause does the wrath of God come on the children of disobedience because the mark of the beast, the sorcery that Rome has implemented and put through the merchants of the earth is a great thing to have someone addicted to your product, brilliant. You will make lots of money. Rome has done this through all these things and through her sorceries were all the nations deceived to worship and enjoy the day of pleasure, the day of the sun.
Revelation 4:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

 

There is no rest. They had their rest on the first day of the week and now they can burn but Gods people did the hard yards on the first day of the week and now they can rest. There is no rest for the wicked. They have no rest and even today people don’t have rest. They have no rest day or night.
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

 

If you love Gods commandments, you will not be offended. Keep Gods commandments and the faith of Jesus Christ and these people we read in the next chapter.
Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

 

15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints.

 

I want my family there. I want my little children there on the sea of glass but it takes hard work. It takes determination to know, to be aware of the devils devices. I praise the Lord for many instructions that I have received. I praise God for that because those instructions have been a blessing to me. These instructions is none other than the word of God and if you will make it the crown of your rejoicing, you too can be there. This is the only way to avoid this time of trouble. I pray that we can give up all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life because this world passes away but God’s word does not pass away. Build your life on that.

Posted on November 27, 2011, in Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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