The Healing Rays of God’s Love

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

We are in the presence of the great physician and we need to receive the healing rays of His love. As we contemplated in our previous message, how to tap into that love of God so that we can have it and fulfil the command that we should love as we are being loved, we reflected on Christ’s example how He could only do as He saw the Father do. He could only do as He heard the Father. As He saw, and as He heard; He could do nothing of Himself. This expression as I see and as I hear my Father do, suggests a very intimate communion. To see and to hear and to relate to continually. We cited Moses’ experience in reference to this:

Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Moses made an experience which was relating to an invisible being. Someone you can’t hear with your ear or see with your eye, but he did as Jesus did.

Moses gained that which went with him throughout the years of his toilsome and care-burdened life,—a sense of the personal presence of the Divine One…. {SD 94.2}

Is your life toilsome, care-burdened and are you often under such a burden that you find it very hard to plod on and be cheerful? You didn’t have as much as a burden as Moses or Jesus did. It was the sense of the personal presence of the Divine One that sustained him and kept him going. People are asking me continually how. I share God’s word as to what is our privilege but people still ask, how? How can I know that Jesus is present with me and I can have that sense of the presence of the Divine One? Follow the example of Moses.

After slaying the Egyptian, he saw that he had not understood God’s plan, and he fled from Egypt and became a shepherd. He was no longer planning to do a great work, but he became very humble; the mists that were beclouding his mind were expelled, and he disciplined his mind to seek after God as his refuge. He recognized the presence of God in his surroundings. All nature seemed to be filled with the presence of the Unseen One. He knew God as a personal God, and as he meditated upon His character, he grasped more and more the sense of His presence. He found refuge in the everlasting arms. God talked with Moses face-to-face, as a man speaketh with his friend. The bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness shone into his heart and into the chambers of his mind. God was his refuge; God was his dwelling place, his home…. {CTr 98.4}

Contemplate the how here. Is this not what you and I can do? Bitterly disappointed, having failed miserably. How many times have we failed? How many times have we discovered and understood that what we do was not God’s plan? So we flee and Moses fled into the wilderness and became a shepherd. He no longer planned to do a great work. It’s very interesting, he became very humble. In other words, I see this great work and I think I can do it, Moses discovered he can’t. Every one of us who think we want to do a great work had better become humble like he that we are not going to succeed. If there is going to be any success in doing a great work in being among the 144,000 and in giving the loud cry and all these kind of things that we often have pre-meditated in our mind that it will be this way or that way, then we discover it wasn’t like that at all.

…the mists that were beclouding his mind were expelled, and he disciplined his mind to seek after God as his refuge. {CTr 98.4}

When you become bereft of your own ability to succeed, do what Moses did. Discipline your mind to seek after God. Where did he find Him?

He recognized the presence of God in his surroundings. All nature seemed to be filled with the presence of the Unseen One. Ibid

That is what I have shared before, nature is the body language of God.

He knew God as a personal God, and as he meditated upon His character. Ibid

Here is the principle. You discover your weakness, you diligently discipline your mind to seek for God, you find Him through nature as Moses did, in His word, and as you do you do what he did. He meditated upon His character.

…as he meditated upon His character, he grasped more and more the sense of His presence. Ibid

It’s a process that took Moses forty years.

He found refuge in the everlasting arms. Ibid

God was his refuge. God was his dwelling place, his home. When Moses had reached that position, then God could use him.

God wants us to have Him. Moses had to find that by giving up his own self-assertive methods and by realising and understanding that this is not God’s plan but that we humbly come to Him in nature and diligently seek His presence. That is the all important thing.

Moses had a deep sense of the personal presence of God. He was not only looking down through the ages for Christ to be made manifest in the flesh, but he saw Christ in a special manner accompanying the children of Israel in all their travels. God was real to him, ever present in his thoughts. {CC 85.2}

That’s what it means to be at home with Him.

Much of the faith which we see is merely nominal; the real, trusting, persevering faith is rare. Moses realized in his own experience the promise that God will be a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him. {CC 85.3}

You’re not just diligently seeking facts, truth or prophecy, you are diligently seeking Him. That is what he did.

He had respect unto the recompense of the reward. Here is another point in regard to faith which we wish to study; God will reward the man of faith and obedience. If this faith is brought into the life experience, Ibid

Moses did not merely think of God; he saw Him. God was the constant vision before him; he never lost sight of His face. He saw Jesus as his Saviour, and he believed that the Saviour’s merits would be imputed to him. This faith was to Moses no guesswork; it was a reality. This is the kind of faith we need, faith that will endure the test. Oh, how often we yield to temptation because we do not keep our eye upon Jesus! {CC 85.4}

He must be our home; He must be constantly in my face.

By faith you, like Moses, may endure as seeing Him who is invisible. The Lord desires to give you a precious experience. {CTr 98.5}

The Lord desires to give you and me a precious experience.

God has a work for you to do. You may seek after a higher sense of eternal things. God is nigh unto all them that call upon Him with the whole heart. What are the advantages and honors that the world proffers you when compared with the privileges of the sons of God? {CTr 98.5}

By faith you like Moses may endure as seeing Him who is invisible. I trust that what I have just read gives us another powerful reflection upon the how. Did you notice that Moses not only looked down the ages to Christ’s manifestation in the flesh, but right there in his presence? In that statement comes this interesting thought that I want to pursue of the connection for our comprehension that we today may see Jesus and keep His face ever in front of us. Sr White is suggesting under inspiration when Jesus was manifest in the flesh we might see Jesus and we might experience Him face-to-face. This is what we are to specially grasp with diligence. Are you disciplining your mind as Moses did? We are seeking for contact, personal contact with the unseen.

We all appreciate the fact that by sin we have been orphaned. I’m on my own, I feel like an orphan. It was a beautiful testimony of William Miller before he began to be used of God. He was craving for somebody in whose presence he could enjoy himself. You can read his testimony in Great Controversy. If there was such a one upon whose bosom he could lay his head, then he said, yes. The Bible provides such a person – Jesus Christ. Because of sin, we feel that we need someone like that. We need to be in the presence of someone like that. When I’m not, I feel alone, I feel segregated from the sense of God’s presence. It is sin that has done it. Every one of us are sinners and we feel separated. Because of that separated condition, we want to grasp this beautiful love of God again afresh in this message. God’s love understood this, that we were segregated in the sense of our being from the Divine One. If we don’t have this experience continually, let us meditate as Moses did upon this character, but looking at something that has happened not something that hasn’t happened. Moses looked to the future but he already experienced it for himself. We can look back at what has happened.

2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

I who am alone, God is in Christ reconciling us to himself .

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

You’re alone? You’re an orphan? You feel as though you are bereft of God, a sense of God’s presence? God says, I understand. I sent Jesus and I am in Jesus saying to you, please, I want to be close to you.

Committing Unto Us the Word of Reconciliation

You feel alone? I’m here, right here in Jesus. I want to be close to you. As He wanted to be close to Moses, as He desires us to have this. He has done it in Jesus. Let us grasp this with all our affections as did Moses when he failed so miserably. Apostle Paul found this.

Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

This wonderful mystery. I am an orphan, I feel no sense of God’s presence and here is this mystery that God was in Christ revealing Himself and reconciling Himself to us so that we will be one with Him and this is the mystery He wants us to understand – Christ in you, the hope of glory.

We often concentrate on all sorts of teachings and doctrines but we don’t concentrate on this which is the one we have to concentrate on most of all. Discipline the mind as Moses did to focus on finding Him. He has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Here I am I’m trying to reconcile you to me I’m trying to make you one with me.

The mission of Christ, so dimly understood, so faintly comprehended, that called Him from the throne of God to the mystery of the altar of the cross of Calvary, will more and more unfold to the mind, and it will be seen that in the sacrifice of Christ are found the spring and principle of every other mission of love…. {HP 319.2}

How much time do you spend contemplating the character of God? Little by little like Moses you would begin to become aware of the presence of God. If we contemplate something that is so dimly understood, so faintly comprehended, the mission of Christ, that called Him from the throne of God to the mystery of the altar of the cross of Calvary will more and more unfold to the mind. This is our occupation. We are to have the sense of God’s presence unfolding to our mind in the mystery of Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Contrast this with the riches of glory, the wealth of praise pouring forth from immortal tongues, the millions of rich voices in the universe of God in anthems of adoration. But He humbled Himself, and took mortality upon Him.{5BC 1127.1}

What was the connection of the divine in the human, Christ in you, the hope of glory?

As a member of the human family, He was mortal; Ibid

Jesus the man was mortal, like you and me. This is the story of the gospel. Jesus took upon Himself our mortality.

but as a God, He was the fountain of life to the world. He could, in His divine person, ever have withstood the advances of death, and refused to come under its dominion; but He voluntarily laid down His life, that in so doing He might give life and bring immortality to light. Ibid

In your orphaned condition you have disease coming upon you, you have death threatening you, you feel totally bereft of comfort. Fear grabs you. Jesus took hold of this that in so doing, He might give life and bring immortality to light.

He bore the sins of the world, and endured the penalty, which rolled like a mountain upon His divine soul. He yielded up His life a sacrifice, that man should not eternally die. He died, not through being compelled to die, but by His own free will. This was humility. The whole treasure of heaven was poured out in one gift to save fallen man. He brought into His human nature all the life-giving energies that human beings will need and must receive. {5BC 1127.1}

In our effort to try and have a sense of God’s presence, we look to Jesus and we see what God has done in Jesus. He was in Christ reconciling our bereft orphaned state into something. I am mortal and He connected the divine with the mortal. All the way through Jesus had to rely upon His Father as a human being. He did not exercise His divinity. He depended upon the divine to bring to humanity in the mortal state a wonderful treasure of heaven. He brought life and immortality to light to reconcile my orphaned condition. All the life-giving energies that human beings will need and must receive” were installed.

Wondrous combination of man and God! He might have helped His human nature to withstand the inroads of disease by pouring from His divine nature vitality and undecaying vigor to the human. But He humbled Himself to man’s nature. He did this that the Scripture might be fulfilled; and the plan was entered into by the Son of God, knowing all the steps in His humiliation, that He must descend to make an expiation for the sins of a condemned, groaning world. What humility was this! It amazed angels. The tongue can never describe it; the imagination cannot take it in. The eternal Word consented to be made flesh! God became man! It was a wonderful humility. {5BC 1127.2}

I have spent a bit of time letting us meditate upon this because this is the love of God. He was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself As they are unreconciled, as they feel no sense of His presence, we see Jesus entering into a present situation of our own orphaned, mortal state and He shows us this beautiful picture of the content of the divine in the human that we may have. He brought to us the sense of the presence of God; all the treasures of heaven. This is what we must contemplate as Moses contemplated the character of God. As we do this more and more, we will have a sense of the presence of God, this gift of Jesus for you and me to receive. How were we to receive it? We have to empty ourselves as Moses did empty himself. We mustn’t run on empty, it must be the Holy Spirit that comes in; I must open my heart to the Holy Spirit. What we have been meditating about Jesus bringing the divine ingredient into us, how can that picture of Jesus that He did two thousand years ago become a reality to me? What will the Holy Spirit do when I open my heart to him?

John 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

In my orphaned condition the Holy Spirit will become very, very close. He will take the realities of Jesus and make them visible and sensible to me.

The Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the only begotten Son of God, binds the human agent, body, soul, and spirit, to the perfect, divine-human nature of Christ.{RH April 5, 1906, par. 16}

He takes of Jesus, the divine human, and binds us together with that.

This union is represented by the union of the vine and the branches. Finite man is united to the manhood of Christ. Through faith human nature is assimilated with Christ’s nature. We are made one with God in Christ. {RH April 5, 1906, par. 16}

He was in Christ reconciling the world. The Holy Spirit will take of the reality of this and he will show it to us. We like Moses may gain the sense of the Divine One because we are, through the Holy Spirit, made one with God in Christ. Let’s see how beautifully Jesus was announcing this that this is our privilege if we would do what Moses did.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Moses lived, that was his home, the presence of God.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not,

The world says, how can you see Him? I can’t see Him.

John 14:17 …neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

If you go to the margin the word comfortless means I will not leave you orphaned. You have been orphans, you have been segregated by sin. You haven’t sensed the presence of God. Now I’m not going to leave you like that anymore; I have come to unite the divine with the human in mee. I have brought you the treasure of heaven. If you will open your heart to the Holy Spirit, he will take what I have done and show you, he will comfort you, he will be not only with you but in you. As we deliberately do what Moses did, contemplate not just on the facts, but contemplate on Him.

I can’t emphasise this strongly enough. I had tried to get my head around Daniel chapter 11 many times over the years. I had learned that the scripture is to show me Jesus so I thought there has to be something here in Daniel 11 that is Jesus and I found it. My heart began to burn within me. There is Jesus right there in the midst of all those prophetic descriptions. The whole picture opened up in a four dimensional representation. I saw Jesus in prophecy because I am looking for Him not just the facts of prophecy. That is what Moses was doing.

Therefore the Holy Spirit, the third person of the divinity may actually produce inside of us the sense of God’s presence.

We have great victories to gain, and a heaven to lose if we do not gain them. The carnal heart must be crucified; for its tendency is to moral corruption, and the end thereof is death. Nothing but the life-giving influences of the gospel can help the soul. {5T 267.2}

We are picking up the gospel, the beautiful love of Jesus as we contemplate it now. We see how Jesus became mortal and combined divinity with mortality so that if I open my heart to the Holy Spirit I may experience that.

Nothing but the life-giving influences of the gospel can help the soul. Ibid.

Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring the whole man from his dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. You will thus become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust; and in your souls will be reflected the image of Him by whose stripes you are healed. {5T 267.2}

Are we doing what Moses did? Pray for the mighty energy of the Holy Spirit as you open your heart to him. He is the divine God and He will quicken. He has the energy of quickening life-giving recuperative and transforming power. As you permit this to happen, it will fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul. As we read in Isaiah, you are sick from the top of your head to the soul of your feet; you are totally paralysed with sin-sick conditions. Aren’t we becoming aware of it? As we study God’s word on this great love, what have you found in your daily experience? Have things been getting easier? No, you have become more aware of what a corrupt person you are. That is good, Moses felt that and because he felt that he deliberately disciplined his mind to find Jesus, to find God. That is the way I should feel so that I want to find Him.

We take our children to this and that to make life worth the living. There is only one thing that makes life worth living, because after you go and enjoy something then it’s gone. Here is something that will be an abiding place. It is something that will give me joy inwardly, because the Holy Spirit will come with his recuperative energies, quickening, transforming power, and give me a sense of that electric shock that will make everything reverberate. It will heal me. This is what our message is specifically trying to show, the healing rays of God’s love. The Holy Spirit will take of Jesus and make it my own; a sense of the divine in the human, as in Jesus. Jesus was never sick because He relied on the life energies. He was being quickened by the Holy Spirit just as He wants us to be. Opening the heart to the great gift of love of Jesus in the atonement and the reception of the Holy Spirit gives us the sense that will bring the healing.

When the gospel is received in its purity and power, it is a cure for the maladies that originated in sin. {MH 115.2}

Do you have maladies? Do you have sicknesses because of sin? Indeed we do.

The Sun of Righteousness arises, “with healing in His wings.” Malachi 4:2. Not all this world bestows can heal a broken heart, or impart peace of mind, or remove care, or banish disease. Fame, genius, talent—all are powerless to gladden the sorrowful heart or to restore the wasted life. The life of God in the soul is man’s only hope. {MH 115.2}

What do you see when you look at your life? Haven’t I wasted my life? You discover more and more if only I knew all this before I would have been so different. Every one of us says it. We cannot by fame, genius, or talent gladden the sorrowful heart and restore the wasted life.

The life of God in the soul is man’s only hope. Ibid.

The love which Christ diffuses through the whole being is a vitalizing power. {MH 115.3}

We need to contemplate it, we need to make it my own as Moses did.

Every vital part—the brain, the heart, the nerves—it touches with healing. . Ibid

Have you experienced it? I have experienced it. When my heart was really in trouble, it is a horrible experience and I had to go to the Lord in the knowledge I had of Him and He. In His wonderful presence, the love which Christ diffused by His presence, vitalised my body. Every vital part; the brain, the heart, the nerves – it touches with healing. When the electric shock comes, that is what you need when your heart is out of rhythm. That is what God’s presence does.

By it the highest energies of the being are roused to activity. It frees the soul from the guilt and sorrow, the anxiety and care, that crush the life forces. Ibid

What crushes your life forces? Guilt? Anxiety? Stress? We play around with it, we keep nursing our sufferings when we might get rid of them in the sense of God’s presence.

With it come serenity and composure. It implants in the soul, joy that nothing earthly can destroy,—joy in the Holy Spirit,—health-giving, life-giving joy. {MH 115.3}

Our Saviour’s words, “Come unto Me, … and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28), are a prescription for the healing of physical, mental, and spiritual ills. {MH 115.4}

Are you aware of any of those ills? When the Holy Spirit draws near and says, come unto me, as you open your heart to that’ the divine presence is felt. The life-giving energies, the recuperative energies are there because when I come to these words,

“prescription for the healing of physical, mental, and spiritual ills” takes place.

Though men have brought suffering upon themselves by their own wrongdoing, He regards them with pity. In Him they may find help. He will do great things for those who trust in Him. {MH 115.4}

When you study physiology and disease you know that the enemy comes in with germs and decaying poisons of the adrenals and it creates an uneasy experience, dis-ease, all those things are what the enemy does. When Jesus comes, He chases the enemy out. This is contained in the physiology of our being. People are scared of these diseases, meningitis, osteomyelitis, they frighten you with all their descriptions of it. Forget that. If you are hiding in Jesus, you do not have to be afraid. Whatever germs come into your body, the energy and life-giving forces of the presence and the sense of the presence of God chase them out. If something grabs hold of you; Jesus felt it when the woman touched Him and said virtue has come out of my body, He could feel the drain from His body. That is what happens, Satan comes in and the enemy has to be chased back out again by the virtue that comes from Jesus Christ. Just because you get a little bit sick doesn’t mean that God has forsaken you, just flee to Him. He is your Physician. I am the Lord that healeth thee.

This is the power of the sense of God’s presence. We must do what Moses did. Then we will find ourselves in His presence like in the home, constantly. His face is constantly in front of me through the work of the Holy Spirit. As that happens, anything that troubles you, anxiety, condemnation, fear, whatever it is. It is immediately thrown upon Him and it’s gone. Let’s do it. Sometimes the recovery takes a little while. It took me two years to get rid of it completely because the Lord had to keep reminding me, it’s Me, John, it’s Me. We easily forget. As little twinges of heart conditions came, it keeps reminding me of Him close to my side and He can touch me with the sense of His presence. If I concentrate on my pain, it fills me with fear. I see the majority of people around me doing it, they will think of this and that and feel many things and make them noticeable within themselves instead of immediately looking and receiving the sense of God’s presence. When we are being tempted, that temptation can be overcome in exactly the same way.

Isaiah 40:27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

People say, I can’t feel God, I’ve lost Him. Why do you say that?

Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

When you get to sixty-one years of age, people get a bit weak, not me. When I am doing what God wants me to do, I can keep on going. He shows me what to do, He touches me, He helps me. We rise up with wings as eagles, only as we rely on the sense of His presence. There is no glory of our own, it is the sense of His presence.

Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

It is what He tells me to do that will heal me. It is Him touching us, walking with us that will give us the life energies. This is the remedy even of our physical diseases.

Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

We want to believe that.

Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

When you have a cancer in the marrow of the bones, you have leukaemia or you have other diseases which prevent you from having a good immune system where the lymphocytes are created in the marrow of the bones. When the life energies from heaven come through, which are an awareness of and a trusting in the Lord with all the heart, leaning not to my own understanding, this shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Proverbs 4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

The just shall live by every word of God; that is one of them. In the light of all that, do you want to hear God’s heart ache?

Jeremiah 8:21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. 22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Jesus Christ is the balm of Gilead. Here is God saying, why are these people mulling around in their misery? Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? I am black, I am astonished, I am absolutely bewildered! My people are not healed. You can use all the medicine you like but it won’t help you, it is the sense of God’s presence that makes the balm have its healing impact. Let us take the great healing gift of God’s presence. God was in Christ. Jesus is truly one with us. He became sin for us, He became mortal, so that mortality would be conquered by immortality, disease would be conquered by the life energies from heaven. Let us reach out diligently, let us make a deliberation of our disciplined mind. Every healing blessing will come with the very sense of God’s presence.

There is a remedy. It is up to us whether we will take it; reaching out for the presence and the sense of the presence of God.

The truth as it is in Jesus can be experienced, but never explained. Its height and breadth and depth pass our knowledge. We may task our imagination to the utmost, and then we shall see only dimly the outlines of a love that is unexplainable, that is as high as heaven, but that stooped to the earth to stamp the image of God on all mankind. {COL 129.1}

Yet it is possible for us to see all that we can bear of the divine compassion. This is unfolded to the humble, contrite soul. We shall understand God’s compassion just in proportion as we appreciate His sacrifice for us. As we search the word of God in humility of heart, the grand theme of redemption will open to our research. It will increase in brightness as we behold it, and as we aspire to grasp it, its height and depth will ever increase. {COL 129.2}

When Moses became humble, it was unfolded to him. It can’t be taught to you, it must be your action of reaching out.

Our life is to be bound up with the life of Christ; we are to draw constantly from Him, partaking of Him, the living Bread that came down from heaven, drawing from a fountain ever fresh, ever giving forth its abundant treasures. If we keep the Lord ever before us, allowing our hearts to go out in thanksgiving and praise to Him, we shall have a continual freshness in our religious life. {COL 129.3}

There will be no dark patches, we will have a continual freshness in our religious life.

Our prayers will take the form of a conversation with God as we would talk with a friend. He will speak His mysteries to us personally. Often there will come to us a sweet joyful sense of the presence of Jesus. Often our hearts will burn within us as He draws nigh to commune with us as He did with Enoch. When this is in truth the experience of the Christian, there is seen in his life a simplicity, a humility, meekness, and lowliness of heart, that show to all with whom he associates that he has been with Jesus and learned of Him. {COL 129.3}

In those who possess it, the religion of Christ will reveal itself as a vitalizing, pervading principle, a living, working, spiritual energy. There will be manifest the freshness and power and joyousness of perpetual youth. The heart that receives the word of God is not as a pool that evaporates, not like a broken cistern that loses its treasure. It is like the mountain stream fed by unfailing springs, whose cool, sparkling waters leap from rock to rock, refreshing the weary, the thirsty, the heavy laden. {COL 130.1}

I thank God that this is a reality and I want every one of us to fall in love with this love of God that will bring us through and heal us. The one scripture I didn’t quote was Psalm 91. He that dwelleth under the wings of the Almighty, will any disease come near his dwelling? He will heal us from all of our diseases. May God help us to exercise the love that we have been contemplating is my prayer.

Amen.

Posted on October 17, 2012, in Divine Service Sermons, Health Studies, Sermons by John Thiel, The Love of God. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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