Category Archives: Seeking to Please God Series

9. The Exercise of Repentance

By John Thiel, Seeking to Please God Series, mp3, pdf

Scripture reading: Psalm 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

We have been occupied in contemplation of the solemn, serious time in which we dwell, the day of judgement, a day of serious heart searching, a time in which God has commissioned us to do just that, to search our hearts, to examine closely, to afflict our souls when we see where we are not in tune with the Lord. As we have been researching this and searching our hearts in the light of God’s word, we have covered some overwhelming things where we could see, This is where I have not been perfect. Read the rest of this entry

8. What Is Your Fragrance?

By John Thiel, Seeking to Please God Series, mp3 pdf

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks [be] unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

We again continue our deep heart searching, because we are dwelling in the antitypical day of atonement, the day of judgment, a solemn truth that is being neglected in many Christians circles today. We are called upon to examine our lives because our great High Priest is in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, and our lives are being examined. We are researching where in our lives we are not pleasing God, and how He wants us to please Him—what pleases God and what displeases Him—so that what displeases Him can be put away. Read the rest of this entry

7. Motive of Love

By John Thiel, Seeking to Please God Series, mp3, pdf

Scripture reading: Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

We are seeking to please God in this time of the hour of God’s judgment, the day of atonement. And we continue to pursue the understanding of the following quote in searching our hearts: Read the rest of this entry

6. God of the Sabbath

By John Thiel, Seeking to Please God Series, mp3, pdf

Scripture reading: John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

The time in which we are living is the time of the day of atonement; it is the time of Zechariah 3:1-7—Joshua and the Angel. As we saw previously, this scripture applies specifically to our time. Joshua is a representative of God’s people, and as we stand before Christ, our High Priest, in the judgment hour, we are receiving a change of garment as we examine ourselves closely. Read the rest of this entry

5. Light on the Levitical Laws

By John Thiel, Seeking to Please God Series, mp3, pdf

We are seeking to please God in reference to the light that shines on Levitical laws. Our meditation in this series continues as we search our hearts in relation to the following statement, which we have delved upon several times in the past:

We are now living in the great day of atonement. In the typical service, while the high priest was making the atonement for Israel, all were required to afflict their souls by repentance of sin and humiliation before the Lord, lest they be cut off from among the people. In like manner, all who would have their names retained in the book of life should now, in the few remaining days of their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true repentance. {GC 489.3} Read the rest of this entry

4. God’s Peculiar People

By John Thiel, Seeking to Please God Series, mp3, pdf

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

We are seeking to please God as God’s peculiar people. This series we have been pursuing is to reinforce our appreciation of the judgment hour message, and to place before our minds that in the time of the judgment in which we are living, as in the Day of Atonement in the Hebrews’ era, we are to search our hearts. Read the rest of this entry

3. Stay Off the Judgement Seat

By John Thiel, Seeking to Please God Series, mp3, pdf

Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

In this series we are following the counsel that is given to us in the following quote:

We are now living in the great day of atonement. In the typical service, while the high priest was making the atonement for Israel, all were required to afflict their souls by repentance of sin and humiliation before the Lord, lest they be cut off from among the people. In like manner, all who would have their names retained in the book of life should now, in the few remaining days of their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true repentance. There must be deep, faithful searching of heart. {GC 489.3} Read the rest of this entry

2. Not Holier Than Thou

By John Thiel, Seeking to Please God Series, mp3, pdf

Scripture reading: Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.

We are continuing our series to examine ourselves according to the counsel of God’s word applicable to the time of the judgment, which tells us to afflict our souls. Read the rest of this entry

1. Seeking to Please God

By John Thiel, Seeking to Please God Series, mp3, pdf

Scripture reading: Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

The time in which we are living is the day of judgment; and in this day of investigative judgment, the Lord is examining our lives. The typical Day of Atonement was a day in which God’s people were to afflict their souls, to fast; and this is the fasting that we are to engage in, ever since the beginning of the hour of God’s judgment which began in the first angel’s message in 1844. From that time onwards, God was calling upon His people to afflict their souls, to fast; and we have learnt that this meant putting away all foods that were unhealthful and stimulating, and eating only that which is wholesome and good for us; because the fasting, in the hand of God, brings us into a more intimate knowledge of Him and a surrendering state of mind. Read the rest of this entry