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DIVINE GRACE & POWER TO RESIST SATAN AND OVERCOME SIN

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DIVINE GRACE & POWER TO RESIST SATAN AND OVERCOME SIN

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Cor. 10 :13, KJV.

Christians often say, “God is good. He is faithful.” How faithful and good? Here Paul reveals that specifically regarding TEMPTATION, which any and all true Christians are never totally above or immune to, while yet in the sinful mortal flesh this side of the resurrection morning, that God “is faithful,” not because He will remove or “desensitize” us against any and all temptations but because He “will NOT ALLOW us to be tempted” beyond our individual capacity to resist it.

He knows exactly each individual’s absolute limits, “even the number of our hair.” He is a personal Savior, a personal Friend. And because man was made a free moral agent with a will as the governing power in our nature, ultimate salvation is individual.

Moreover, God in Christ’s faithfulness is made even greater in that He faithfully provides, in the very temptation itself that He allows (to serve a high and holy purpose) to come upon His people, “a way to escape” from yielding to it, each and every time, without fail!

And each successful episode is a building block laid down in the image-template of a moral character being formed and perfected for eternity!

Hereunder explains how this “way to escape” temptation works:
“Will man take hold of divine power, and with determination and perseverance resist Satan, as Christ had given him example in His conflict with the foe in the Wilderness of temptation? [See Matt. 4: -11].

God cannot save man AGAINST HIS WILL from the power of Satan’s artifices [unnumbered schemes, hypnotizing fantasies, alternate facts, truths, and “illuminating”
conspiracy theories, fanaticism, spiritualism, etc.].

“Men must work with his human power [see Phil. 2:12, 13], AIDED BY THE DIVINE POWER of Christ, to RESIST and CONQUER at any cost to himself [substance of true self-denial and self-sacrifice]

“And then, through the victory that it is his PRIVILEGE to gain by the all-powerful name of Jesus, he become an HEIR of God and JOINT-HEIR with Jesus Christ. This could not be the case if CHRIST ALONE did all the overcoming.

“Man must DO HIS part; he must be victor on HIS own account, through the STRENGTH AND GRACE that Christ gives [if desired and sought by fasting and prayer].
Man must be a CO-WORKER with Christ in the labor of overcoming.” [Spiritual victory is a result of human effort aided by divine power and grace].

“The victims of evil habits must be aroused [spiritual resurrection] to the NECESSITY of making an effort for themselves. OTHERS may put forth the most earnest endeavor to uplift them, the GRACE of God may be freely offered, CHRIST may entreat [through the ‘still small voice’ of the Holy Spirit]. His ANGELS may minister; but all will be IN VAIN unless they themselves must be roused TO FIGHT THE BATTLES ON THEIR BEHALF.” – E. G. White, This Day with God, p. 254. Bless all, NMF

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GOD IS LOVE; SO IS SATAN. HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE

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GOD IS LOVE; SO IS SATAN. HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE

First, spiritual things are spiritually discerned. The carnal mind will mind the things of the flesh but the spiritual mind will mind the things of the Spirit. Thus the carnal mind will confuse Spiritualism for the things of the Holy Spirit! God is love. Of course Satan has a counterfeit of this truth in Spiritualism, in case you were not aware of it till now!

“Even in its present form, so far from being more worthy of TOLERATION than formerly [in the name of “brotherly love,” or “ecumenism”], it is really MORE DANGEROUS because, a MORE SUBTLE deception. While it formerly denounced Christ and the Bible [like during the French Revolution, 1793-1797], it NOW PROFESSES to accept both.

“But the Bible is interpreted in a manner that is PLEASING to the unrenewed heart [carnal heart/mind], while its solemn and vital truths are made of no effect. LOVE IS DWELT UPON AS THE CHIEF ATTRIBUTE OF GOD, but it is degraded to a weak SENTIMENTALISM, making little difference between good and evil. God’s JUSTICE, His DENUNCIATION OF SIN, THE REQUIREMENTS OF HIS LAW, are all kept out of sight.”- Great Controversy, 1911 ed., p. 558.

“Many are the ways by which Satan works through human influence to bind his captives. He secures multitudes to himself by attaching them by the SILKEN CORDS OF AFFECTION to those who are enemies of the cross of Christ. Whatever this attachment may be, PARENTAL, FILIAL, CONJUGAL, OR SOCIAL, the effort is the same; the opposers of truth exert their power to CONTROL THE CONSCIENCE, and the souls held under their sway have NOT SUFFICIENT COURAGE OR INDEPENDENCE to obey their own CONVICTION OF DUTY.” – Ibid, p. 597.

What is our WHOLE duty to God? The answer is clear, direct to the point and given in a language even a child can understand.

“Let us hear the CONCLUSION of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments for this is the WHOLE DUTY OF MAN. For God shall bring every work into JUDGMENT with every secret thing whether they be good or evil.” Eccl. 12:13,14, KJV.

Read the whole chapter of Psalms 119. I’m sure you will gain a deeper understanding of how David viewed this whole duty to God. To him it was “more to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold, and sweeter than the honey and the honeycomb.” (Ps. 19).

This is exactly the opposite of how many Christians consider God’s law a “heavy burden,” and accuse and ridicule those who “love God and keep His commandments” as legalists.

They don’t seem to realize that they are not only accusing the patriarchs, prophets, disciples and apostles but Christ the Law giver! How can anyone face God when he “stands before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account of himself ?” (Rom. 14: 10, 12). NMF

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SATAN IS ALSO “THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER” BUT CHANGES APPEARANCE CHAMELEON-LIKE

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SATAN IS ALSO “THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER” BUT CHANGES APPEARANCE CHAMELEON-LIKE

Far too many in the world today, sadly including Christians, overlook or ignore the testimony of the Bible concerning the wonders performed by Satan and his agencies, spirits or humans, individuals or institutions.

“It was by satanic aid that Pharaoh’s magicians were enabled to counterfeit the work of God. Paul testifies that before the second advent of Christ there will be similar manifestations of satanic power. The coming of the Lord is to be PRECEDED by ‘the workings of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness’ (1 Thess. 2:8.10).

“And the apostle John, describing the miracle-working power that will be manifested in the last days, declares, ‘He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of these MIRACLES, which he had the power to do.’ (Rev. 13: 13.14). No MERE impostures here are foretold Men are DECEIVED BY THE MIRACLES which Satan’s agents have POWER to do, not which they PRETEND to do.

“The prince of darkness who has SO LONG [at least 6,000 years] bang the powers of his master-mind to the work of DECEPTION, skillfully ADAPTS his temptations to men of ALL classes and conditions. To persons of CULTURE AND refinement, he presents Spiritualism in its more refined and intellectual aspects, and thus SUCCEEDS in drawing many into his snare.” – Great Controversy, 1911, pp. 553, 554.

Please be reminded that more souls will be lost because of deception, not persecution! So if we fear persecution and compromise the truth and yield our faith, Satan has succeeded in deceiving us. God help us, NMF

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SATAN’S ENMITY AGAINST CHRIST DEMONSTRATED BY ROME’S HATRED FOR THE WALDENSIAN CHRISTIANS.

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SATAN’S ENMITY AGAINST CHRIST DEMONSTRATED BY ROME’S HATRED FOR THE WALDENSIAN CHRISTIANS.

Jesus told His disciples these words of immortal truth: “If the world hate you, you know it hated Me before it hated you…..Remember the word that I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will ALSO persecute you.” John 15: 18, 20, KJV. – FF 128-129: “In fact, amid the license of the Middle [and Dark] Ages, ASCETIC VIRTUE was apt to be recognized as a SiGN OF HERESY-“ ‘History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, H. C. Lea, Vol. 1, p. 87, NY, Harper & Bros. 1888.

Professor Philippus van Limborch writes:

‘It was the entire study and endeavor of the POPES, to crush, in its infancy, any doctrine that in any way opposed their EXORBITANT power. In the year 1163, at the Synod of Tours, all the bishops and priests in the country of Tholouse, were commanded to ‘take care, and to forbid, under the pain of excommunication, every person presuming to give RECEPTION, or the least assistance to the followers of this heresy, which first began in the country of Tholouse, wherever they shall be discovered. Neither were they to have any dealings with them in BUYING OR SELLING [fast forward to Rev. 13:15-17]; that by being thus DEPRIVED of the common assistances of life, they might be COMPELLED to repent of the evil of their way.

Whoever shall DARE to contravene this order, let them be excommunicated, as a PARTNER with them in their guilt. As many as them as could be found, let them be imprisoned by the CATHOLIC PRINCES, and punished with the forfeiture of all their substance.’

‘Some of the Waldenses, coming into the neighboring kingdom of Arragon, king Ildefonsus, in the year 1194, put forth, against them, A VERY SEVERE AND BLOODY EDICT, by which he ‘banished them from his kingdom, and all his dominions, as ‘enemies of the cross of Christ [!], profaners of the CHRISTIAN RELIGION [not all Christians are true Christians], and PUBLIC ENEMIES to himself and his kingdom.’

He adds: ‘If any, from this day forwards, shall presume to receive in their houses, the aforesaid WALDENSES and INZABBATATI, or other heretics, of whatever profession they be, or to hear, in any place, their ABOMINABLE PREACHINGS, or to give them food, or to do them any kind office whatsoever; let him know, that he shall incur the indignation of Almighty God [the god of this world, not the God of heaven!] and ours [so they admit they have ‘other gods.’]; then he shall forfeit all his goods, without the benefit of appeal, and be punished as though guilty of high treason.’ ‘ — ‘History of the Inquisition,’ pp. 88, 89. London. 1816.” – C. Edwardson, Facts of Faith, pp. 128, 129.

In stark contradiction, Jesus taught His followers and disciples that in His kingdom of grace and righteousness on earth, its subjects would “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and PERSECUTE you”(Matt. 5:44). And so did Paul in Rom. 12: 19-21.
Indeed “by their fruits you shall know them!” God bless all, NMF

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POLITICS AND RELIGION: A MATCH MADE BY SATAN

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POLITICS AND RELIGION: A MATCH MADE BY SATAN

Benjamin Franklin, sage of the Continental Congress, expressed this as his conviction:

“When religion is good, it will take care of itself; when it is not able to take care of itself, and God does not see fit to take care of it, so that it has to appeal to the civil power for support, it is evidence to my mind that it’s cause is a bad one.”- Letter to Dr. Price.

Writing of the election of bishops, the historical Schaff declares that:

“Many are elected in account of BADNESS, to prevent the mischief they would OTHERWISE do.’ – ‘History of the Christian Church,’ Vol. III, Sec. 49, par. 2, note 6, p. 240.

“Even the sanctity of the church was not respected by the fighting parties. The historian Milman, speaking of the installation of a bishop at Constantinople says,——-‘In the morning, Philip [the prefect of the East] appeared in his car, with Macedonius in his side with the pontifical attire; he drove directly to the church, but the soldiers were obliged to HEW [cut] their way through the dense and resisting CROWD to the altar. Macedonius passed over the DEAD bodies (three thousand are said to have fallen) to the throne of Christian prelate.’- ‘History of Christianity,’ Vol. XI, p. 426. NY. 1870. Socrates (‘Ecclesiastical History,’ Bk. II, chap. 17, p. 96) gives the number slain as 3150.

“Can we wonder at the lack of spiritual insight and sound judgment of such bishops when they met at their Councils to formulate the CREED OF CHRISTENDOM? They decreed in favor of image worship, purgatory, prayers for the dead, veneration of relics, and many other HEATHEN customs, PERSECUTING all who would not fall in line with their MONGREL customs. At the Council of Laodicea, A. D. 304, they anathemized Sabbath-keepers in the following way:

“Christians must not JUDAIZE by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honoring the Lord’s Day [Sunday]; and if they can, resting then as CHRISTIANS. But if any should be found to judaizers [keeping the seventh-day Sabbath], then let them ANATHEMA from Christ.’ – ‘Canon XXIX, ‘Index Canonum,’ John Fulton, D.D., LL.D., p. 259.” (From Facts of Faith, C. Edwardson, pp. 115, 116.

Be a blessing not a burden, to someone today, only by God’s grace, NMF.

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CHRIST’S CHURCH AND THE ‘SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN’

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CHRIST’S CHURCH AND THE ‘SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN’

“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” Rev. 3:9, KJV.

Prophets wrote more our time, the future to them, than theirs. In the final sifting of the commandment-keeping remnant church when church and state finally combine and the threefold union of Romanism, apostate Protestantism, and Spiritualism takes temporary control of the world, starting in America, the true church and its condition were described as follows:

“God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations. IT IS THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE GOD AND KEEP hIS COMMANDMENTS. ‘Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the MIDST of them’ (Matt. 18:20). Where Christ is, even among the humble few, THIS IS CHRIST’S CHURCH, for the presence of a high and holy One who inhabiteth eternity’ can alone CONSTITUTE a church. Where two or three are present who LOVE AND OBEY the commandments of God, JESUS THERE PRESIDES, let it be in the desolate places of the earth, in the wilderness, in the city enclosed in the prison walls….They that be DOERS of the Word are building securely, and the tempest and storm of PERSECUTION will not shake their foundation [of faith, courage, and character] because their souls are ROOTED in the Eternal Rock [Christ Jesus and His Word].” E. G. White, Letter 108, Oct. 28, 1886, quoted in Upward Look, p.315.

In contrast, we see described those who make up the ‘synagogue of Satan,’ who profess to be ‘Jews,’ i.e., the counterfeit-sabbath keepers of the last days, in the following:

“Satan had a large CONFEDERACY, his church. Christ calls them [in Revelation] as THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN because the members are the children of sin [not the children of God]. The members of Satan’s church have been constantly working to CAST OFF the divine law [the Decalogue] and CONfUSE the distinction between good and evil. Satan is working with GREAT power IN and THROUGH children of disobedience [to God’s law] to exalt TREASON and APOSTASY as TRUTH and LOYALTY.” – Ibid, Testimonies, p. 16.3.

More tomorrow on who make up the “synagogue of Satan,” who “call themselves Jews but are not, and do lie.” Pray for an undefiled conscience and a clear mind to discern between the counterfeit and the genuine, and the will and courage to do what is right in the sight of God, not man and his institutions! God bless, NMF 

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MORE REVELATIONS ON THE ‘SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN’ OF THE LAST DAYS

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MORE REVELATIONS ON THE ‘SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN’ OF THE LAST DAYS

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Rev. 2:9, KJV. “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” Rev. 3:9.

A synagogue, according to Webster’s Collegiate Edition Dictionary (1967) is: “A congregation of Jews met for the purpose of worship; a Jewish place of worship.”

According to the gospels it was the Jewish Sanhedrin representing the people and the nation who condemned and had Jesus Christ, the “Lord of the Sabbath,” crucified by their Roman oppressors. In these last days the counterfeit sabbath, Sunday, has been egregiously called the “Lord’s day,” or as stated in Sunday law bills introduced to Congress in the late 1800s to early 1900s, the most infamous of which were the Blair Sunday law bill and the Breckinridge Sunday law bill, the “American Sabbath.” Now note the following carefully:

“I would speak words of warning to the brethren of our churches [back in 1895], for I fear that many are acting the part of the slothful servant who hid his lord’s talent in the earth [in the parable]. His sin was the SIN OF NEGLECT, the sin of failing to IMPROVE the great treasure is knowledge that were committed to his trust. God has given precious light to HIS PEOPLE (like ancient Israel and the Jewish people) with which to enlighten the world, and ARE NOT MANY treating it with INDIFFERENCE and ACTING as though the heavenly gift were of LITTLE consequence?? FAIR WEATHER DISCIPLES [as with ‘fair weather friends’] will NOT ANSWER to the Lord’s call in the TIME OF PERIL TOWARD WHICH WE ARE HASTENING. It will take those who not only HEAR, but DO the words of Christ to be active disciples [Rom. 12:11 quoted]. A new energy proceeding FROM BENEATH IS TAKING POSSESSION OF THE WHOLE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN.” E. G. White, Manuscript 6, Feb. 21, 1885/ UL 66.

“John the Baptist declared to the Jews [in the time of Christ, and the spiritual, antitypical ‘sabbath-keeping’ Jews today] that their standing before God was to be decided by their CHARACTER and LIFE.  PROFESSION WAS WORTHLESS, if their life and character WERE NOT IN HARMONY WITH GOD’S LAW, THEY WERE NOT HIS PEOPLE.” – Ibid, DA 107.

“Profession alone is nothing. Names are registered upon in the CHURCH BOOKS upon earth, BUT NOT IN THE BOOK OF LIFE [in heaven].” Ibid, Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 304.

“A profession of Christ [or “Christian”] is not enough to enable one to stand in the TEST OF THE DAY OF JUDGMENT [the pre-advent or investigative judgment began in 1844 at end of the 2300 day prophecy of Dan. 8:14].” Ibid, Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 18.

More tomorrow, God willing. Bless all, NMF. 

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THE SHIELD OF GENUINE FAITH

September 20, 2020

FROM YOUR PASTOR’S DESK:

THE SHIELD OF GENUINE FAITH

“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked [Satan].”

Eph. 6:16, KJV.

“Satan watches his opportunity to seize the precious graces when we are unguarded, and we shall have a severe conflict with the powers of darkness to RETAIN them, or to REGAIN a heavenly grace, If through lack of watchfulness, we lose it.

“But it is the privilege of [genuine] Christians to OBTAIN strength from God to hold every precious gift. Fervent and effectual prayer will be regarded in heaven. When the servants of Christ take the shield of faith for their defense, and the sword of the Spirit for war, there is danger in the ENEMY’S camp!