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3 Legal Formalism

By John Thiel, Removing Delusions and Fallacies Series, mp3

Scripture reading: Isaiah 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. 8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. Read the rest of this entry

Self Versus God’s Love Part 2

By John Thiel, mp3

What is Our Incentive for Righteousness?

It is by the humbling of one’s self; the expression of a heart that realises that it cannot achieve it but it relies upon the merits and help of the Saviour.

We must have less trust in what we ourselves can do, and more trust in what the Lord can do for and through us. You are not engaged in your own work; you are doing the work of God. Surrender your will and way to Him. Make not a single reserve, not a single compromise with self. Know what it is to be free in Christ. {MH 513.4} Read the rest of this entry

Self Versus God’s Love Part 3

By John Thiel, mp3

A Sinner Is Someone Who Does Not Love God

May it be that the words in the hymn ‘Break Thou the Bread of Life’, we really entirely put into meaning in our life. To do this we want to tune into the wonderful Word of God that will make this a reality. The theme continues with self versus God’s love. God’s love does something; it generates in a sinner’s heart a conflict. The promise of the coming Saviour, the woman’s seed is described:

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Read the rest of this entry

Withhold Nothing

By John Thiel, mp3

As we live in this time of earth’s history, we are coming close to the moment when all that we possess will be lost and according to the Scriptures, our wealth is worth nothing in the day of God’s wrath.

Houses and lands will be of no use to the saints in the time of trouble, for they will then have to flee before infuriated mobs, and at that time their possessions cannot be disposed of to advance the cause of present truth. I was shown that it is the will of God that the saints should cut loose from every encumbrance before the time of trouble comes, and make a covenant with God through sacrifice. If they have their property on the altar and earnestly inquire of God for duty, He will teach them when to dispose of these things. Then they will be free in the time of trouble and have no clogs to weigh them down. {EW 56.3}

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