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02 Jesus in Our Darkness

By John Thiel, Godly Affections That Motivate Series, mp3

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

What lifts our affections to God? His great love. We are told that

The Lord requires our undivided affections. {TDG 13.4}

If that is what He requires, does He not provide us with something that will cause our affections to be undivided to Him? This is precisely what we want to contemplate. God can bring affections through darkness: Read the rest of this entry

Light and Darkness

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Take the world, but give me Jesus.

The world, all its joys and comforts are of no real support when we see around us things falling down and all that people have planned and worked towards being lost; delays and discomforts. There is comfort in the Lord, and that can never be removed from us. With the considerations that we have in the fact that Jesus is very soon to return, and that all the things of this earth are to be destroyed, and we can see how it’s all crumbling around us, there is a preparation that is to be entered into with an intensity not yet seen. We need to occupy ourselves with something much higher than merely enjoying this planet; especially with regards to our social pastimes and our social interactivity with others around us. Read the rest of this entry

Finding Jesus in the Darkness

Have you ever been afraid of the future? Have you chosen to follow Jesus and then come to a fuller realization of what that really means? “Though to Jordan’s rolling billows, cold and deep?” And as you consider your future experience, does your spine begin to tingle, a dark gloomy shadow envelope you, and your heart tremble and sink with fear?

Jacob’s Trouble

The “time of trouble, such as never was,” is soon to open upon us; and we shall need an experience which we do not now possess and which many are too indolent to obtain. It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us. The most vivid presentation cannot reach the magnitude of the ordeal. In that time of trial, every soul must stand for himself before God. (GC 622)

What an experience. It will be far worse than we can even anticipate – far beyond our worst imaginings. Sometimes when we consider where our path is heading, we become tempted to give up the race. Read the rest of this entry

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