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Will you Stand

Brian Hindman

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Brian Hindman

History and Bible Teacher, Mount Pisgah Academy

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  • July 29, 2017
    12:30 PM
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We'll how many of you are interested in revival where does revival begin you know when I was younger and less aware maybe of things I wanted to be around people constantly There's nothing wrong with want to be around people that were under revival and they were excited to study and excited to talk about God and live for God and commit themselves to God and as I got older I began to realize that you know revival should not depend upon other people. Not that we don't want encourage and support other people but revival begins and star swear right with with you and I begins with me and so if I want to see revival rather than complaining and looking for a revival in other people and why aren't they excited about the message and why aren't they out doing things in really it begins with me and as I in my own experience and my own connection with God and revived it will lead to I think a revival in those around us our connection with God is very personal even though it affects everyone that is around us I want revival and I believe you do as well Well today the Lord has put a strong message on my heart and I hope that you will still love me after the service is over today say yes if you will love me you don't know what I'm going to preach about yet but I hope so I appreciate this church family so much because we want to see Jesus in all of his fullness and clearness we want to follow him all the way to Calvary all the way to the mansions of glory but we learned last week that involves a double crucifixion and in talking with some of you afterwards I'm not sure I made that as clear as I wanted it to be based on Galatians 614 which says but God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom the world is crucified and to me the world is crucified that's crucifixion number one and I am crucified to the world that's crucifixion Number 2 a double crucifixion as it's described in the spirit of prophecy so that the world and the worldly attractions have no interest to me it's as if it was dead it does not have any pull to me and my selfish interest and self centered self-seeking attitude is crucified so that it is not respond to anything that would be of that nature so today our subject is entitled Will you stand. Will you stand and this is really between you and God today I know we have hundreds of people here today but the message is very personal and I hope and pray very practical imagine no one else is here you are just here in the sight of our holy God and it's you and him that are gaining and growing in an understanding of who he is if you have your Bible as I hope you do Revelation Chapter 6 verses 12 to 17 as you're looking at those verses I want to read a statement to you from the Spirit of Prophecy found in volume 2 selected messages page 13 paragraph one it says there is a time of trouble coming to the people of God but we are not to keep that constantly before the people I always read that statement in an almost diverted me from what I in my own experience was convicted that I needed but it says constantly before the people and rein them up to have a time of trouble beforehand it doesn't say ever it just says constantly this is not something that we should constantly dwell upon but because it's in the Word of God and it's clearly there's a whole chapter in the book the great controversy of which I was scared to read for many years one chapter that I would hop over and read on at the end of the story because it was so intense and so serious that I just didn't want to wrestle with it but I don't want to be a person who says I don't want to hear that because I don't like it I want to be willing to know what God has revealed to me and be willing to follow it anyway the statement is We are not to keep constantly before the people but there is a time of trouble coming and there is to be a shaking among God's people and it will be the result of refusing the truth presented Well I'm thankful that this church and those of you that come here are interested in truth and want to know what the truth is because you want to follow and practice what God says well let's go to Revelation Chapter 6 and just look at the 6 seal as it will give us a platform for what we're still. Being today as we understand preparing for the time of trouble and the great crisis that is before all of God's people Revelation 6 beginning in verse 12 it says and I beheld when he had opened the 6th Seal and lo there was a great what. Great Earthquake we know that this took place in Lisbon Portugal off the coast of Lisbon in 1755 and was such a tremendous impetus in helping people focus on the Word of God and prophecy 755 is near another year that we as Adventists know very fondly $798.00 which is the time of the end all of these events are not just happening at a random time they're happening at a time to spur people to look at what God has prophesied and to see the fulfillment of prophecy and the events that were happening as it leads into the time of the in and the hour of his judgment that would be following shortly after that continued verse 12 and the son became black as sackcloth of hair and the moon became as blood several years later in 780 this took place largely in the region of what is today New England this is during the American Revolution as the United States is rising into prominence in Bible prophecy as we can read about in Revelation 13 as a nation that initially would speak or have a lamb like quality but would later on speak as a dragon and in verse 13 and the stars of heaven fell into the earth that's going to be an 833 shortly before the time of 844 which again draws people's attention to the Word of God These are not just random events in the Heavens that just happen that you check off that hey these events took place they are happening at a time to direct people's minds to a closer deeper study of the Word of God The stars of heaven fell into the earth I've read primary source accounts of this event from 833 and people said that it was like rain stars were like rain it was so thick it was like snow outside it was so bright it was like broad daylight and those who saw and experienced the falling of the stars were deeply impacted and remembered that ever on through the rest of their life is theirs as a fig tree cast with their own timely figs when she is shaken of A Mighty Wind and the heaven departed as a scroll now that has not happened yet you can actually see we're living between verses 13 and 14. In the sixty's between those of Insta stars have fallen verse 14 to heaven departed as a scroll that is not yet happened when it is rolled together and every mountain and island were moved out of their places and the kings of the earth and the great men and the rich men are these important people yes or no I want to talk to you much today oh I'm more of a teacher sometimes and I like to have some feedback or dialogue so I want you to to be along and follow along I don't want to just talk at you I want to talk with you and discuss together what we're studying it says these are important people the mighty men and every bond man and every free man and hit him selves in the didn't and in the rocks of the mountains and then notice their declaration here in verse 16 and said to the mountains and rocks fall on us and hide this from the face of him that sits on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb for the great day of His wrath is home and the question comes down to us as it was written here and who shall be able to stand who shall stand list make it practical Will you stand will I stand as these events that unfold just before us happen and take place where there's a significant verse in the Bible Daniel Chapter 12 and verse one Daniel Chapter 12 verse one tells us the timing for when this will occur this great time of tribulation the Bible says and at that time shall Michael stand up and we understand by the standing up of Michael that it represents the finishing of his work in the heavenly sanctuary as our High Priest and announcement that probation has closed so when Michael stands up there is announcement every case is decided for eternal destiny for eternal life or eternal death the great prince Michael shall stand up which standeth for the children of people and there shall be what. A time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation I used to teach world history and we studied about all kinds of wars all kinds of horrible atrocities from the beginning of time all the way up to the present and the Bible is telling us there will not be anything that you can compare it with the time of trouble that is coming such as never was since there was a nation even at that same time but here's good news and at that time what does it say the people Daniel's people the Israel of God shall be delivered everyone that shall be found written in the book the Lamb's book of life as that is being investigated even now during the investigative judgement names are being accepted names are being rejected sins are being blotted out names are being blotted out this is the work that we should be intelligent about that's happening even now in the sanctuary in heaven Well the Bible also speaks in Jeremiah Chapter 30 and verse 7 of this time this is not just something that we gather from the Spirit of Prophecy the Scriptures are very plain on this event that is just before God's people Jeremiah 37 the Bible says Alas for that day is great so that none is like it it is even the time of Jacob's trouble but here is the promise that we all hang on to but he shall be saved out of it he shall be saved out of it you know we serve a God who is mighty to save We must never ever ever ever lose sight of that fact mighty to save and in fact the Bible tells us this in Zephaniah chapter 3 and verse 17 Zephaniah 3 verse 17 The Bible says the Lord by God in the midst of the is mighty He will save he will joy over the with singing he will rejoice over the with joy the word and power of God is mighty and he will save the Bible declares that he is mighty to save and he will actually seeing and rejoice over you and I as we accept the salvation that he has provided for us well. I want you to notice the idea of preparation we don't want to just focus so much on the events of the time of trouble and say well that's going to be bad we want to know some of these events intelligently that have been revealed to us so that we can prepare and be ready to face them does that make sense we want to be practically prepared to face what God's children are going to face and as I've studied this I've come to understand much more of the reason why and by God's grace today I will do my best job to effectively communicate why do we have to experience and go through such a difficult time of trouble before the Lord comes in glory Why is that the case what has become clearer and clearer to me as I have read and studied some of this information and so I praise God for that and I want you to have the same hope and confidence and understanding that I believe the Lord has given to me and that he wants all of us to have about these things notice what Amos Chapter 4 verse 12 says this is back in the Old Testament it says therefore thus will I do into the over Israel and because I will do this and to be prepare to meet God Oh Israel the same could be said for us today prepare to meet by God Oh Hendersonville 7th Day Adventist Church we are spiritual Israel today and if you be Christ then are you Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise Galatians $329.00 the Israel of God is called to prepare and prepare in the sense of spiritual preparation we need spiritual preparation to meet our God Notice what it says in Hebrews 12 verse 14 very solemn statement it says follow peace with all min and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord without holiness no man shall see the Lord I mean it doesn't get any plainer than that we have to develop a holy connection with our God so that we will be prepared to meet him because no one will see God That is not holy because as it says it's like a. To the wicked will be strong by the brightness of His coming because our God is a consuming fire and sin cannot stand in his presence only those who have been transformed and have become just like him will be able to stand in his presence there is a statement here in a spirit of prophecy I want to share with us a little bit longer statement early writings page 71 paragraph 2 about preparation early writings page 71 and Paragraph 2 it says I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time of refreshing and the latter rain to fit him to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight God forbid that we would neglect any preparation it is needful to prepare to meet him continuing on all how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter they had neglected the needful preparation therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God refreshing as an imagery that we get of seeing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the Latter Rain power the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain will be what will sustain us enable us to go through the trials and tribulation but we're not to sit back and wait for the outpouring a lot of rain without working to prepare and cleanse our heart our soul temple continuing those who refuse to be hewed by the prophets and fail to purify their souls in obeying the whole truth and who are willing to believe that their condition is far better than it really is will come up to the time of the falling of the plagues and then see that they needed to be huge squared for the building and here's the sad statement there will be no time then to do it and no mediator to plead their cause before the father no time so we cannot delay we cannot wait until the legs begin to fall and then say well wait a minute wait a minute I want to do some changes and make some corrections in my life before this time the awful solemn declaration has gone forth he that is unjust let. Be unjust still and he which is filthy let him be filthy still and he that is holy let him be holy still that is an announcement of the close of probation the wicked remain wicked the righteous remain righteous based on what they have chosen to do rather wicked or righteous with their characters and their relationship with or without God I saw that no one could share the refreshing unless they obtain the victory over every beset Mint over pride selfishness love of the world and over every wrong word and action that smacked me in the face I'm not any greater or better than any of the rest of you I'm reading these things because I need to know them because I love God and I want to be prepared to meet him every thought action selfishness words deeds must be cleansed and purified by the work of the Holy Spirit we should therefore be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord let all remember that God is holy and none but holy beings can ever dwell in his presence and that echoes Hebrews 1214 without holiness no man shall see the Lord it is of vital importance that we are able to be changed with his power to become holy All right do not delay I have a number of statements that will see from the book the great controversy from the chapter that I was scared of to read but no more I need to know these things because they are important God has given me information and told me of these things so that I might not wait until it's too late as you can see here when no a priest for 120 years and people did not get on the ark they did not want to get on the ark until the flood came and it was by then it was too late great controversy 620 those who delay a preparation for the day of God cannot obtain it in the time of trouble or at any subsequent or following time the case of all such is hopeless soon. Now Now is the time to make preparation spiritual preparation to stand in that dating let's not get tired of hearing the message that Jesus is coming soon and that we need to get ready as they get tired maybe of hearing the message of Noah's day he preached for 120 years and people laugh they mock they scoff It's a picture and a symbol for the last days as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be during the coming of the Son of Man Well brothers and sisters we need a stronger faith I need a stronger faith and you are allowed to say aimin a stronger faith do you know what faith is I'll preach faith until I die with my last expiring breath because it's so important to me as I have clearly come to understand it Faith is believing and accepting and depending and acting on the Word of God it always has its foundation and springs up from something God says so a stronger faith is based on stronger believing in action on what God has said in his word our actions and our faith will be stronger if we depend and trust God more notice this verse for 1st Peter one verse 7 that the trial of your faith a trying or testing and examination do you really believe God as you claim to the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perishes though it be tried with fire might be found and to praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ trial of our faith we need a strong faith in fact one of my newest verses that I'm choosing to memorize I don't have it memorized yet it is 1st Timothy 6 verse 12 1st Timothy 6 verse 12 says fight the good fight of faith we have to fight against our tendency to doubt distrust and have a wicked unbelief and what God has promised naturally we have a distrustful temperament or attitude as fall and sinners but as we grow stronger we have to fight the fight of faith fight to trust and believe and drive doubt away so that we have a greater confidence in God. Not because we feel differently but because we know what God has said and because we know what he says we can trust and depend upon it all right a faith that can endure notice this from great controversy 621 paragraph 2 the season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can and do are now noticed these things that are mentioned weariness delay and hunger I must confess when I get hungry I get cranky and my wife has to put up with me when I go anyway I do not act as Christian like as I should when I get hungry and that's not a good thing confessing because I need to repent and I need to do a better job just because I have hunger pains doesn't mean any to be rude or curt with my wife by the way she stuck with me for 20 years we had our 20 year anniversary this Thursday and so I'm thankful that she has not gotten upset with me too much to put up with me so at any rate the listen weariness delay and hunger delay relates in patient a must learn patience I must learn even when I'm physically tired and weary to not let go of my faith in Christian character that I know what I should do that's right a faith that will not faint those severely tried and then here it says that the in the period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that time we are living in a time of probation and it's so that we can prepare for what comes later on in the future you know I have heard stories of some people who have a car trunk loaded with extra food blankets candles survival supplies so that they can flee to the hills in a moment's notice and be prepared for the time of trouble but in my opinion humble opinion I don't think that is what God really wants us to focus our attention on being last day in time preppers in a physical sense of preparing to have generators and solar cells and and whatever else so that I can survive if there's no electricity or no whatever I think what God wants us to focus our attention on. Is a spiritual preparation that we all need the most the best underground bunkers and root cellars stockpiled and loaded with food and gas masks I believe will be useless and wasted effort when the real trouble begins Well this is just a short outline of the events that are listed in the time of trouble from the great controversy Chapter 39 and these things that are told to us I think are significant because we want to know what's going to happen so that we can prepare this is the whole point is knowing so that we can prepare number one God's people are sealed we see that in Revelation 7 Jesus Jesus is intercession and the close of probation which we don't know when that will be that's in Daniel 12 verse one Satan has entire control of the impenitent all those who have refused to turn to Christ entire control the forms of religion will be continued by the wicked having a form of godliness of religion but denying the truth and the power thereof a decree will be issued against those who keep the Sabbath we see that in Revelation 13 the people of God are plunged into the time of Jacob's trouble we see that in Daniel 12 verse one we saw that in Jeremiah 30 Satan stirs up the wicked to destroy God's people we see that in Revelation 13 the Lord permits Satan to try his people to the uttermost and that was a question I wondered about and I gained some insight in my own study for this sermon today on this point and we'll get to that the Lord permits Satan to try his people to the uttermost why the Bible has answers I'll say amen for you Satan himself will personate Christ and no marvel the Bible says it's like a Corinthians 1114 for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light should be no surprise to those people who know the Bible God's people will flee and associate in companies but we have a great assurance that God will not leave us he will not forsake us and that in the time of trouble he shall hide us in his pavilion in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide us he shall set us up upon a rock song 27 and. As for then the 7 last plagues will fall upon the wicked This is after probation closes and the angels will protect the righteous Psalm $91.00 he shall give his angels charge over the song $34.00 that it says the angel of the Lord in camp with round about them that fear him and deliver it then we have numerous promises of the angels will protect and defend us in the Scriptures while repairing the breach a breach a whole a collapsing of the wall has been made by the enemy of truth in God's law a breach the law if you were to liken it to a fortress that protects what is true and what is right is a breach has been made and that breach is what commandment let's look at the 1st of all the verse that tells us this Isaiah $58.00 verse 12 and they that shall be of the shall build the old ways places that I shall raise up the foundations of many generations and thou shall be called This is God's people the repairers of the breach the restorer of past to dwell in we are called to repair to fix and build up the breach that has been made in the wall in the law of God which is a wall of protection the law of liberty James says in chapter 2 and verse 12 notice what Commandment has been especially attacked speak that also under the childer of Israel and say it to him verily my sabots you shall keep for it is a what a sign between me and you how long throughout continuing on throughout your generations that you may know that I am the Lord that does thank you that sets you apart and makes you holy then in another prophet easy chapter 26 is moreover Also I gave them who sabots is not my Sabbath is his Sabbath my sabots to be assigned between me and them that they might know something what are we supposed to know that I am the Lord that sanctify them I have set them apart for a holy purpose to live a holy life and. Would you believe it is the sabbath that is the significant special point of controversy in the time of trouble we read from great conversely $615.00 as the Sabbath has become the special point of controversy throughout Christendom and religious and secular authorities have combined to enforce the observance of the Sunday the persistent refusal of a small minority to yield to the popular demand will make them objects of universal execration that means universal loading hatred it will be urged that the few who stand in opposition to an institution of the church and a law of the state not to be tolerated many of us may say hey I know I'm a good Adventist I know what day is the Sabbath but just knowing the right day will not save us we need Sabbath reform a revival of what the true meaning of the Sabbath is and what it represents and what it signifies is the work for this time for genuine Sabbath keeping and that work is outlined in the great controversy in a chapter in title the work of reform God's people are to leave nothing undone it says Page 16 paragraph to his referring to Jacob only hope was in the mercy of God his only defense must be what prayer the only defense we must learn to pray even now as a connection with God is absolutely essential and vital to stand in this time of trouble yet Jacob leaves nothing undone on his own part to atone for the wrong to his brother and to avert the threatened danger so should the followers of Christ as they approach the time of trouble make every exertion to place themselves in a proper light before the people to disarm prejudice and to avert the danger which threatens liberty of conscience we must do all that we can to let people know we are not here to be in a way that is reclusive to turn away and be better than other people were not better than other people were different from other people because of what God has called us to do. And what he has told us about Himself different from not better then and so we are to let people know that God loves them through his church that is the actual function and role of the church a revelation of God's character is to be manifested and demonstrated through the Church of God Well notice now the trial of faith it comes as Satan accuses the people of God on account of their sins the Lord permits him to try them how to the uttermost their confidence in God their faith and firmness will be severely tested wine will to Jesus go through a trial of faith was he tested to the uttermost father to be possible let this cup pass from me but nevertheless not as I will but be done we are following the example of Jesus in his humiliation and his surrender and complete dependence upon God paychecks and profit space for 31 paragraph to Faith is the gift of God but the power to exercise it is ours now there's a verse in the scripture that we're going to get to in just a moment that's going to give some more light on why God I believe allows us to be Tried to the uttermost we need gold tried in the fire listen to the experience of job we're told the job is especially a person and character that we should study for the last days because of his experience what he went through the loss of property the loss of children the loss of family the loss of every earthly possession and yet Job says in chapter 13 in verse 15 Though He slay me yet will I trust in Him I will not turn back my trust in God even though I can understand why things are happening the way they are I will not let go of my trust in God Notice what Job says in chapter 23 versed in but He the Lord know with the way that I take when he has tried me I shall come forth how come forth as gold that rep. Resents the trying and the purifying and refining of our character that we would come forth as gold tried in the fire and then the testimony of the faithful and true witness Jesus Himself to delay the C. in church and Revelation 3 says I counsel the to buy of me gold tried in the fire that thou mayest be rich the counsel is that we would receive the test of our faith and allow God to purify us from all unrighteousness all iniquity the story of Shadrach Meshach and Abednego pictured here also illustrates and should give us courage that God will be with us he doesn't say there will not be any trials but he says I will be with you in the trial did you know there's a verse that shed right me 2nd to bin to go depended upon and trusted in and had faith in that gave him strength to go through with this trial right here is found in the Prophet Isaiah Chapter 43 and verse 2 it says when thou passes through the waters I will be with the and through the rivers they shall not overflow the window walk is through the fire what thou shalt not be burned neither shall the flame Kindle upon the Isaiah prophesied about 100150 years before the time of Daniel and his 3 friends they knowing the Scriptures claimed and had faith in God's Word to protect him and he did during this trial in a similar manner if we know the promises of God we will have that confidence and assurance that he will protect us again and again we keep seeing a trial of faith a steadfast faith a greater faith a stronger faith all these things are absolutely vital speaking of God's people they afflict their souls before God pointing to their past repentance of their many sins and pleading the Saviors promise let him take hold of my strength that he may make peace with me and what he shall make peace with me this is an invitation from God Himself in Isaiah Chapter 27 verse 5 to take hold of his string to take hold of his piece and notice it says the righteous their faith does not fail because their prey. Errors are not immediately answered those suffering the keenest anxiety terror and distress they do not cease their intercessions they do not give up pleading with God Well in case you weren't aware now is the time to confess our sins now is the time to put away all sinfulness and to not allow anything that would be a barrier between us and God in this preparation time Proverbs 2813 he that covered his sins shall not prosper if I cover and make excuses and try to self justify and say well I told this little law because I didn't want to hurt this person's feelings I was trying to help this well I stole this off the internet because I just needed it and it was helpful and as for a religious purpose or whatever it is it says He that covers his sins and makes excuses will not prosper but whoso confess it and for sake of thim shall have what it must be confessed and noticed is not just admitting as Judas admitted when he's thin it is for say King and turning away from it so that we never ever want to do it again by God strengthen his Grace knows great controversy page 620 paragraph one so in a time of trouble if the people of God had unconfessed sins to appear before them while tortured with fear and anguish they would be overwhelmed despair would cut off their faith and they could not have confidence to plead with God for deliverance if they had not confessed every sin before that time all who endeavor to excuse or conceal their sins and permit them to remain upon the books of heaven unconfessed and Unforgiven will be overcome by Satan I don't want that to happen to any of my church family so I'm pleading with you and with myself that we would not make excuses we would not waste any time in making haste and confessing whatever sins We've allowed to linger and not admit and confess them well the work of Jesus right now is also described as a refiner and purifier as we come back to the reason why does God allow his people to be tried in such a deep heart. Wrenching manner why does he allow that notice the testimony of Malikai chapter 3 verses 2 and 3 Speaking of the work of God but who may abide the day of His coming and who show what we're talking about today will you stand who shall stand when he appears for he God is like a refiner's fire and like full or so and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver and he shall purify the sons of Levi this is God's people and purge or remove the iniquity from them as gold and silver that they may offer unto the Lord and offering in righteousness as our hearts and lives and characters are cleansed then our worship to God becomes even more acceptable and what it should be a list of the statements about purification from Volume 4 the testimonies page $85.00 the purification of the people of God cannot be accomplished without their suffering I read that I did a little double take this is volume 4 the testimonies page 85 paragraph one the purification of the people of God cannot be accomplished without their suffering God permits the fires of affliction to consume the draw draw meaning base metal impurities to consume that impurity to separate the worthless from the valuable that the pure metal may shine forth he passes us from one fire to another testing our true worth if we cannot bear these trials what will we do in the time of trouble the trials the smaller trials that we face in this time presently if we cannot bear them and trust God to help us in them what will we do when things are far more intense and greater if prosperity or adversity discover falseness pride or selfishness in our hearts what shall we do when God tries every man's works as by fire and lays bare the secrets of all hearts true Grace is willing to be tried now I got my attention is Will true grace. And love for God is willing to be tested and tried if we are loath to be searched by the Lord our condition is serious indeed if we don't want God to examine us to search me old God and know my heart try me and know my thoughts and see if there be any We can weigh in me if I am loath to do that then I am in a perilous condition God is the refiner and purify of souls in the heat of the furnace the dross is separated for ever from the silver and gold of the Christian character Jesus watches the test he knows what is needed to purify the precious metal that it may reflect the character of His Divine Love So here is the testing purpose and reason our earthly miss must be consumed notice this statement great conversely $621.00 God's love for his children during the period of their severest trial is a strong and tender as in the days of their son is prosperity but it is needful for them to be placed in the furnace of fire their earthly innocent must be consumed now we're not talking about the wicked having earthiness consume we're talking about the righteous God's holy people we have earthly PNAS that we don't even perceive and are aware of that must be consumed and refined out of our own lives so it says the purpose for this is that the image of Christ may be perfectly reflected so God allows his people to go through this time of trouble to remove all traces of Earthly is all all his hint of anything that would be worldly or sinful in any way to purify our characters and remove our earthly Miss Now I have a question that came to my mind do you think it would be a good idea to start that process now if that's going to be the purpose and process of the time of trouble I'm praying right now in my own life Lord I don't want to wait until then to have earliness removed from me let it begin now let it begin even right now whatever it is that is causing me to be attracted in and have some connection of put a whole. Old an anchor a tendril to to grab hold and just can't let go of something let it be so Lord cut it out of my life because I want to be able to stand in your character when the time comes this is amazing just yesterday in my own personal devotions when I wake up every morning I try to read one chapter from the Old Testament and one chapter from the New Testament and I had my sermon finished pretty much before yesterday but as I read this verse the very 1st part of 1st Peter 4 Verse one I was like that's exactly the point that I need to make today in the sermon about why we have to go through suffering and it was sitting right there in the Bible all along so I praise God for his small providences that helped make clear to me that he's leading and helping me to understand more clearly what I need to know notice 1st Peter chapter 4 verse one for as much as in as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh arm yourselves Likewise with the same mind for he that have suffered in the flesh hath what as we go through the horror and the awfulness of the result and the effects of sin and the suffering that it brings with it we get to the point where we say I'm tired of it I don't want to have this anymore in my life anywhere around me I don't want anything to do with anything that's wrong and sinful that departs from God's holy principles and so it says there the person who has suffered in the flesh and gone through these trials had ceased and stopped from sinning they want nothing to do with it and that will be the case for the Saints forever and forever more they will want nothing to do with anything that is sinful so that was a powerful verse to meet now we need to learn to wrestle with God What does that mean wrestle with God knows great conversely 621 Jacob prevailed because he was persevered and determined his victory is an evidence of the power of what importunate prayer meaning unceasing unwavering perseverant prayer that does not let go does not give up ceasing. Prayer the power of prayer as Jacob wrestled with the angel who was actually Jesus himself all who will lay hold of God's promises as he did and be as earnest and perseverance as he was will succeed as he succeeded we have an example to look before us as we need to do those who are unwilling to deny self to agonize before God to pray long and earnestly for his blessing we will not obtain it if we are not willing to wrestle with God and plead with him to receive his blessing and His promises to us it's not that God does not want to give us his blessings it's just God wants us to realize in our own mind how much do we really want how much do I want what God has promised Do I offer up a half hearted feeble prayer once a year and then will how much does it really show you really devalue what I'm offering to you God is longing to give it but it's better for me and better for you and all of us to plead and earnestly ask for God to give us the needed blessings that we all must have that we need to have in our lives all right this one hit close to home to me great conversely 622 paragraph to dispense with selfish gratifications I told you this morning I don't know if you're going to love me when we're done but this is what I'm trying to follow I hope you're with me I hope and pray your great Conversely we should now acquaint ourselves with God by proving his promises by proving that they're true because we have experienced them and we know that when God says something it's going to happen because we've tested it we've stood upon it ourselves and trusted it and God's word held us up in whatever the situation was he held us up angels record every prayer that is earnest and sincere we should rather dispense with selfish gratifications than neglect communion with God So little things that pull you away from communion with God We desperately need communion with God because that's what our relationship is based on so get rid of things that or. So fish gratification and here's how we should feel about these things as Christians those little selfish gratifications those little small things this is the verse I use even last week I want to use it again Galatians 614 but God forbid that I should glory that I should boast or exalt and triumph in anything save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom the world is crucified and to me because I love Jesus more and I am crucified into the world because I love Jesus more and I want nothing but him in my life and him to reflect in my life and then in flippy in 378 Listen to what Paul says about his experience as he came to know Jesus he says but what things were game to me those I counted loss for Christ gave doubtless and I count all things all things but loss for the excellent sea of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord for the opportunity to know him and understand what he's told me in His Word I count all things but laws and do count them but don't everything else the other things that were selfish and self seeking himself absorbing those things are just trash dung rubbish garbage that I mean when Christ a must have Christ and I hope that is the desire of your soul we must have Christ at any cost to anything else Christ must be supreme He must be the greatest in our lives now is the time that we are called not to a low standard but to a high standard to seek perfection in Christ do you really believe that it's possible to become perfect in Christ do you take God It is word when he says Matthew $548.00 be there for perfect even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect now while our great high priest is making the Atonement for us we should seek to become perfect in Christ not even by a thought but our Savior be brought to yield to the power of temptation this is the condition in which those must be found who shall stand in the time of trouble that condition where I can't even think about thought because I have become so transformed and. Refined by my connection with Jesus by beholding him by trusting Him I become changed this is what we should have as our experience Well the preparation time is now I keep saying that over and over but it becomes clearer and clearer to me this is what God wants me to know Have you ever taken a test and you did not prepare for it we feel terrible like why didn't I just go to class and why did I study just a little bit more and I could have studied this I could study that the adult learns that discipline involves spending the time to prepare so that when the test comes you're ready great conversely 625 paragraph 3 only those who have been diligent students of the what of the Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth Jesus is the truth but his word is the truth we should love this because it is our very life only those who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive by the Bible testimony these will detect the deceiver in his disguise to all the testing time will come Satan will if possible prevent him from obtaining a preparation to stand in that they don't let Satan prevent you from getting prepared it's your choice God will work with you and he'll give you the straight only he can do that but we must choose to cooperate and choose to put our will in God's will and say Lord lead me guide me in the path of righteousness so that I'm only doing what you want me to do while I have good news here because the chapter in that there will be a glorious deliverance to those who have patiently waited for his coming and whose names are written in the book of life it tells us in Scripture what will be said by the righteous Saints on that day Isaiah 25 years on the Bible says and it shall be said in that day lo this is our God we have waited for him he will save us this is the Lord we have waited for him we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation and that's when it will be time to celebrate and rejoice because we will be complete. We cleanse them purified from all wickedness and central mist and have eternity to spin with our Savior our Creator and our God So to review at closing here the time of trouble indicates that we need to prepare the scriptures tell us that we need to prepare we cannot delay this preparation this trouble is represented by Jacob's wrestling with the Angel well as his brother Esau was coming to destroy him we must exert to place ourselves in a proper light before the people humiliation repentance self surrender all these things and qualities are needed to be cultivated in our lives we must have confidence in God faith and firmness that will be severely tested we must fear every sin that is not repented of we must afflict our souls before God our earthly this must be consumed of faith that can endure weariness delay and hunger we must develop importunate prayer exercise faith hope and patience dispense gratifications seek to become perfect in Christ be diligent students of scriptures and receive the love of the truth that we might be saved Father in Heaven Lord you see your children here as we look at the cost of Calvary may we not be tempted to think that there's anything in our life that we cannot give up because it's too costly and too difficult if that is the case and that's our attitude in our hearts that we do not see the power of the Cross and the gift that has been poured out for us word police today we place ourselves in your hands because you promised that no one can snatch us out of your hands and we have great confidence because you have promised that you are able to keep us and to perform your work in us until that day when Jesus comes very soon Lord make our commitment sealed let us take hold of you that we may make peace with you and we shall make peace with you and I pray that you would continue to draw us guide us lead us refine us and purify us we pray this prayer in Jesus' precious name in media was brought to you. 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