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Transforming Difficulties into Triumphs- It's a Heart Issue

Dan Gabbert
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Dan Gabbert

Mental/ Spiritual Wellness coach at Black Hills Health & Education Center



  • April 10, 2015
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This morning we covered our first presentation the hard issue behind turning tragedy into triumph. And here is what I believe to be one of the most valuable and most powerful most powerful statements that is so valid. The closer we get to Christ's return. Character building is the most important work ever entrusted to human beings and never before was its diligent study so important as now. Never was any previous generation called to meet issues so momentous. Never before were young men and young women by the way and I might mention old men and older women. Never before where young men or young women confronted by peril so great as confront them today and of course as we learned this this morning the closer we get to Christ we turn the greater the challenges the greater the struggles in the human experience and we want to be prepared and ready to be able to meet the time of trouble in peace. This session we're actually going to consider what I believe to be the most vital elements in the development of a character that will stand faithful to Christ to the last great crisis for the people of God. Now let me recap a little bit. If you remember from our first session here is the big issue about developing character developing habits of response to life's trials and challenges before the crisis hits. Science now is telling us that when we become emotionally charged as in the fight or flight response the r.a.s that's a particular activity system as a par. At the brain that actually switches on and off between the frontal lobe and the limbic system that r.a.s actually shuts down the cerebral cortex the thought processes or learning brain for all practical purposes. When the cortex is shut down we proceed on automatic pilot where instinct and training take over. So when the overwhelming surprise comes the body's stress response to a sudden unexpected threat shuts down on the administrative activities of the frontal lobe as the limbic system responds to the surprise threat from the habits that have been formed in previous responses to daily circumstances of life. This is extremely valuable when we recognize from Picher arcs prophets and Kings six twenty six that Christians should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise. Very very important. This is what follows from the Moana blessing page sixty since the season of temptation under which it may be one falls into grievous sin does not create the evil that is revealed but only develops or makes manifest that which was hidden and latent in the heart. Example Peter with Jesus. Before Jesus was taken in the garden of good simile Jesus says Peter you're going to deny me three times before the cock crows twice Peter said never never to deny you never the less when the surprise Cain and the mob came to get Jesus. What an interesting. Thing to see what was really in Peter's heart come out and him and the rest of the disciples believe very a very valuable and important to recognize from our first session that the preparation for the time of trouble such as never Wells has got to be going on now. So when the overwhelming surprise comes the response the natural response is actually coming from habits of Christ. Here is the victorious healing cycle of life that everyone is in. Again recapping what we learned the first session when we have a healing knowledgeable love relationship with Christ through His Word that actually strengthens and affects the way we view life circumstances that produces healthy perceptions about life circumstances wholesome Christ like thoughts and feelings which then of course translates into a more wholesome lifestyle more godly responses including care for our body and mind the choices of food the way we care for the temple of the Holy Spirit. And of course the healthier our lifestyle the healthier our brain function becomes then with healthier brain function actually improves my relationship with Christ through His word my brain is sharper and able to connect and grasp what the Spirit of God is teaching me. And here you have a victorious healing cycle. We looked at the vicious cycle of unhealthy relationship with the Lord. Unhealthy perceptions about life responses unhealthy godly responses to those life circumstances which causes the brain function to get. More unhealthy. And of course we want instead of that vicious cycle we want a victorious cycle of healing. Eamonn this is all about being ready for Christ soon return but even more than that it's all about being ready for that kind of trial. We know from Procket prophets and kings that we are to be preparing now for the overwhelming surprise that will soon break upon the world. There it is again Christians should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise and this preparation they should make by diligently studying the Word of God and striving to conform their lives to its precepts. There are tremendous issues that eternity demand of us something besides an imaginary religion very important. So from that statement we've got we discover two things two of the elements essential for healthy preparation for the time of trouble our number one a diligent study of the Word of God which I'm very very grateful I'm hearing from everyone else who's presenting a number to faith filled practice of confronting. Our Lives conforming excuse me conforming our lives to its precepts. In other words the practice of Christ loving responses to the circumstances of life we face. All right little recap. We just kind of covered what we were looking at in the first session. Here's Christ's promise to us as we now start moving forward into the essential elements to being ready besides diligent study of the Word of God Besides conforming our lives to its precepts. We've got another one coming up. Christ promised to us Revelation three ten and eleven. Because you have kept the word of my promise I also will keep you. From the hour of temptation I shall come upon all the world to try them that will upon the earth. Praise God because I've what I've kept the word of his promise. This is very important very vital and of course first John two five and six tells us. But who so keep with His Word in him verily is the love of God perfected hereby this is the way we know that we are in him he that say yes he abides in him or himself also. So to walk even as he walked. Now here comes the clincher to walk as Jesus walked to respond to life's circumstances the way Jesus responded to life's circumstances. I've got to practice responding to life's situations the way he did while he was here on Earth. This is absolutely vital it's important to remember that in order to walk as Jesus walked. Responding to people in life like he did. A person must practice thinking what Jesus thinks. Why because our responses to life proceed out of the abundance of the heart. Luke six forty five a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good and evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks very very important Philippians two five. I'm beginning to understand a little bit more why we've got these statements in the Word of God Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus to have Christ Mind is to have his thoughts which prepares a person to experience his responses to people and life events. Just mention to you some of you maybe are Greek scholars but whatever. But but the the word let there actually when you parse it when you analyze it tells us something very unique. It is actually in the present tense it's a present participle. And what it means is in present tense in Greek. Not only something that happens contemporary at this moment but it also means a continued action and ongoing repeated event. So what this is saying is formed by habit continually practice letting the mind of Christ be in you. Very very very vital testimonies Volume nine page eighty eight. The professed follower of Christ must not be led by the dictates of his own will his mind must be trained to think Christ's thoughts and then light to comprehend the will in the way of God our mind must be trained to think its thoughts it doesn't come naturally it's something that has to be learned. There's something we don't want to forget. Christ in the garden of give seventy before the disciples darkest hour with him. Our Jesus was pleading with them to watch him pray. Why was he pleading with them to watch and pray. Because he knew what was coming and he knew that we respond to life's circumstances and of the habits of response we form previous to the trial. Why do we know how do we know that the proof that Christ culture really works. What was Jesus doing in the garden. He was praying and watching by the way it was dark out he couldn't see anything. So the watching was going here. That's where the watching was going on it was going on in his thinking. Now everybody's talking about villages study the word praise God and I think there's such there's another element that is absolutely vital for anybody who wants to be truly prepared to meet the crises healthfully and victoriously. Another key element absolutely vital to our experience that actually makes our Bible study and our prayer and life practice effectual in preparing us for the crises ahead. Here it is. Second Corinthians Chapter five. There it is for the love of Christ constrain with us in the Greek the love of Christ controls me the love of Christ compels me it's my motivating factor because we thus judge that if one died for all that's Jesus then we're all dead. We all were dead in trespasses and sins occasions to one and then he died for all that they which lead should not henceforth live under themselves but under him which died for them and rose again. But what was motivating what was motivating me the love of Christ the love of Christ is the only motivation that will keep me faithful and true. When Jesus before Jesus returns why is this such a key element of this is this love factor testimonies volume five page one thirty five the deep love of God alone will sustain the soul amid the trials which are just upon us this is so amazing to me. The scribes and Pharisees know the Bible very well the devil and there's angels know the Bible very well they know way better than we ever will on this earth. However the scribes and Pharisees crucify the master. However the devil and his angels are out. School are God's people and God's work. The deep level lower level of God alone will sustain the soul. Here's another one. Heavenly places page eighty seven. We must have such a love for Jesus that we will consider it a privilege to suffer and even die for his sake. This is not a small matter this is a big matter in preparing. And here is our danger. Second Timothy talking about what it's going to be like not only in the world but in the church. In the final scenes versus history this know also that in the last days perilous times shall come for men shall be lovers of who are their own selves and the verse five at the end of their long list of things that come from love for self at the end we see having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. Here is the danger. It is love of self that destroys our peace while self is alive. We stand ready continually to guard it from mortification and insult but when we are dead to self and our life is hid with Christ in God we shall not take the neglect or slights to heart. We shall be deaf to reproach and blind to scorn and insult. Let me ask you something in the final scenes of Earth's history in the time of trouble when when this small body of believers who are just being faithful to God's Word in faithful to the Sabbath the swearing when everybody's against them. Let me ask you something. Do I want my life hid in self or in Christ amen. Because will be he will be experiencing neglect and slight reproach scorn insult and so. Etc etc And there's only one power in the universe that can overcome love for self only one power in the universe and that is love for Christ the one who lived and died for us. No other for the love of Christ constrains us it compels us it controls us and motivates us and wonders and motivate us to do. Notice when it says that they should not henceforth to live for themselves but to hear and which died and died then rose again Amen amen. There they are the two powers that are vying for our heart's love for Christ or love for self. Our need for heavenly places. Notice the two powers here we need to die to self and in mind and heart to cherish and adoring love for our Savior. Now here's what's so dangerous about self that quite often we don't think about it in a word appearance. Love yourself is able to exhibit many of the same words and actions that love for Christ expresses. The steps to Christ page fifty eight. It is true that there may be an outward correctness of the Portman without the renewing power of Christ the love of influence the desire for the esteem of others may produce a well ordered life self-respect may lead us to avoid the appearance of evil. Our selfish heart may perform generous actions the lips may express a poverty of sorrow that the heart does not acknowledge. While speaking to God of poverty of spirit art may be swelling with conceit of its own superior humility and exalted righteousness does everybody get the danger the danger is that self can exhibit many of the same word actions. Their love for Christ care the danger they can keep a person blinded to the true condition of his heart until the crisis of light hits and then self appears in all of its dangerous reality. That's uniting our work here the last ten eleven years at the Black Hills with individuals who've come with health problems. We've seen a steady increase. When people when we were there ten eleven years ago people were coming for a nice healthy occasion you know to just. Have a healthy vacation enjoy the time in the Black Hills and that was it. Very few mental and spiritual challenges but we have just seen a steady increase in mental and spiritual struggles through the years we've been there you know what Jesus said in Matthew twenty one twenty six where he said in the final scenes men's hearts would be failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming upon the earth and we're just seeing that in our experience with people. Now we have people coming who are physically sick because of their spiritual and mental struggles. Very very interesting. Most of them did not realize what they were doing until the crises of life hit and all of a sudden self bubbles out there is the experience of Peter denying Christ. But notice what desire of ages tells us we saw this in the last session when Peter's. Said he would follow his Lord to prison him to death he meant it every word of it but he did not know him selfe hidden in his heart were elements of evil that circumstances would fan into life. Cats that are hidden in the heart. Unless he was made conscious of this danger these would prove his eternal ruin. The Savior saw in him a self-love and insurance that would never bear even his love for Christ and so grateful that even daily life in our daily lives. God allows circumstances like gotta love Peter. That actually reveals to us what's really needs to be changed in our life right. Your response my response to the circumstances of the life that I face. My response actually is revealing to me like it did to Peter my area of growth. By the way the Lord did say that this danger would lurk in his in time church remember the message that he had to see right. Because I'll say yes I'm rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing and what not aware of what lies hidden and latent in the heart not of where this is so amazing this is so vital. Love for Christ. Now here's the challenge that we face in dealing with the problem of self love as compared to having led for Christ in its purity. Christ object lessons page one five nine has this statement no man can emptying himself of self it is not something that I can accomplish by myself. And here's a solution. We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work. The sentence right after the previous one. No man can empty himself or herself. He can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work vital in order to be ready to face the time of trouble. What kind of prayer will resonate in the heart of someone desiring Christ to accomplish the work of freeing them from self-love and filling them with a motivating love of ourselves sacrificing savior. What kind of prayer. Well here's one example. Psalms one twenty three some of you know it very very well. Search me or God know my heart try me and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me. You know what's so interesting about this. That word well if you look it up in a Strong's Concordance to look up the word way the Hebrew word. You know what it means. A well worn path or habit pattern search you know God and try search me of God know my heart try me and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked habit in me and lead me in that I have it everlasting. We looked at in last session twenty one M.R. two thirty eight tells us it is by learning the habits of Christ his meekness his loneliness that self becomes transformed. And into what kind of daily experience the Holy Spirit draw person. Second Corinthians thirteen five. Examine yourselves whether you be in the faith prove your own selves. No you are not your own selves how that Jesus Christ is in you except to be irreparably. Look at that closely and tell me someone willing to just respond. I'm looking at this I know that the dinners been delicious and everything but looking close to me what am I examining what am I looking for. When I examine myself and what you see it there. One of the really in the faith and according to their verse look closely at that Bruce. What evidence are we looking for that is showing us whether or not we're in the faith. One evidence whether Christ is in you. And so get this when we examine our hearts because we're examining our hearts elsewhere Jesus wants to live in. This is not a comparison of my words and actions with another human beings but an examination of the thoughts of my own heart with the Saviour's life example. Second Corinthians ten twelve says we must not. How does it go. Second Printing is ten twelve. For we must not compare ourselves with those who commend themselves for they. Measuring themselves amongst themselves comparing themselves by themselves are not. Why is no comparison with another human being. No there's only one. We're examining in the light of Christ notice what it says Christ object lessons one five nine but only in only one way can a true knowledge of self be obtained. We must be hold Christ no other way. In other words the only way the heart motivation behind my responses to life can be transformed and sealed from the love of. So. Into love for God is by beholding the character of God in the life of Christ in only one way. This is it there it is again in only one way can a true knowledge of self be obtained. We must behold Christ. I can't emphasize that enough not only for you but for me there is a second cringes three eighteen but we all with open face. I like that. Open face just like a little child peeking through a window looking at the snow outside in Florida. Just very very important. Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the spirit of the Lord in heaven. For those of you who want to write this down are God's glory. Moses coming down from the Mount saw the Israelites dancing around the Golden quit cap smashed the tablets of stone went down and dealt with the Israelites and after the dust was settled he comes back to God he says God Are you still with me. Ask God a question he says Lord show me your glory and the Lord says I'm going to make all my goodness pass before you. I'm going to proclaim my knee before and then in Exodus thirty four God declares his character of law. God's glory is His character and so when we are looking as in a glass at the character of the Lord. What's happening to us. Everyone we're being the change in what way. From the Old Glory the old Dan to the new move there you know Christ like in then another day. Yup here it is said a school worker July one thousand nine hundred ninety four. The glory of God is his character and it is manifested to us in Christ. Therefore it is by beholding Christ by contemplating his character by learning his lessons by obeying his words that we become changed into His likeness. Now beautiful I love that we are so gifted with the inspiration God has given us and that's the reason why studying the life of Christ is such a vital element to preparation besides hiding God's word in your hearts. Besides diligently studying so you know the doctrines by the way which are all pictures of the character of God Besides prayer to make sure that we are taking time to study the life of Christ in particular because he is the one who came to show us what God was really like. What do you think love of self must be overruled and transformed by the love of Christ. In order for anyone to stand faithful to God to the very end no way to get around it. I can be the most wonderful theologian I could have the most wonderful ministry doing wonderful things for God but it can come from a love for who. It's got to be transformed because in the final scenes of Earth's history we're going to be I'm going to show you this. Got to show you this here is the big and I'll do it in black I don't know if it'll come out and you'll have to motivations here we have there's two major motivations a spirit a proxy brings out two major. If your motivations that move people in their responses to life one is to avoid pain and discomfort. I'm not going to give you the statements right now if you are interested see me afterwards. But one is avoiding pain and discomfort. You know I've got a pain what do I gotta do to the other one gained pleasure and happiness. Those are the two major motivators that move people's hearts. Now listen there's nothing wrong with these. They were the original design. God never intended for us to have any pain or discomfort. Amen. He intended for us to have nothing but pleasure and happiness. Song sixteen eleven in thy presence is fullness of joy at our right hand our pleasures for evermore original design but because of what sin has done to human nature. Now things are warped where we are trying to seek pleasure and happiness outside of God's will and of course that causes damage or we're trying to avoid pain and discomfort. One side of God's will and it causes more pain and discomfort. Are you following now let me ask you if I am known to both of these now because of the damage of sin we call it locked herself that's the motivation behind these THIS IS SO AMAZING let me ask you a question. If I am a bitch will be motivated to avoid pain and discomfort in the time of trouble. What am I going to do am I going to stay faithful to Jesus. I wrote it's too painful. I'm going to have to bow down and accept whatever to get out of it. Or what if I'm moved by pleasure and happiness and I can't get to Wal-Mart anymore. Someone took my card away. The only motivation that will keep me free full to the mess in the final scenes that verse is true is love for Jesus left for Christ nothing else and that's what moves me to glorify God even when it looks like everything's lost when the chips are down and everything's against to be led for Christ is the only thing that will keep me. What do you say. Love of self or love of Christ in order to stay faithful to the very end I got to be filled with the love of Christ nothing less. Servants of God are to prepare no set speech to present when brought to trial for their faith. Their preparation is to be in a day by day by treasuring up in their hearts the precious truths of God's word. There's a twenty eight fundamental beliefs praise God amen. Well awesome we knew them and over here we've got this prayer through prayer strengthening their faith in Bible study and prayer. Got it. Yes but I'm looking here and I'm going Well what is this time about being upon the teaching of Christ. Anybody Tell me what it is. Why must I feed upon the teaching of Christ. Because by being holding we become changed. That is that's the key to actually having the love of self being transformed and moved into love for God and of God a law that makes it vital. Study Delia night look at this that I may know him. It's fifty six study day and night the character of Christ. It was his tender compassion his inexpressible unparalleled love for your soul that led him to endure all the shame the reviling the abuse the misapprehensions of Earth. Praise God. Now guess what it is love for Christ that is going to empower us to endure the shame the revise the abuse the missed apprehensions of the earth here in short time the time of trouble. Review and Herald. Every soul who is seeking to become a joint heir with Jesus Christ must consider that his special work during this testing period is to study the character of Christ and conform to that character. He cannot do this in his own strength but through the abundant grace given of God doing the improvement will be made in the work of studying the life of Christ by the world and will become what everyone this heart motivation of no progress. This is what moves a person to the best of their ability resources to get it in staying in a healthful three dimensional cycle of life which actually is preparing you developing habits crisis habits in your life that is preparing you to face the time of trouble. Faith peace tarries. There it is the love of Christ. It's the added element that must be in my experience. So here's God's preparation plan I'm going to do this in two steps. We're done and then we will have questions. Number one preparation plan. Simplify. Number one. By faith daily invite Christ to be your Savior and Lord to take your heart and live there by His Holy Spirit daily not just once a week or on Sabbath mornings daily. Lord Jesus I want you to take my heart you're my savior is my choice. Help me. Here's the heartfelt prayer of men and women young and old who are longing for their heart's motivation to be transformed into and sealed with the love of Christ here it is from Christ object lessons one fifty nine the prayer that will be in the heart of someone who wants to be emptied of self. Lord take my heart for I cannot give it. It is the high property keep it pure for I cannot keep it for you save me in spite of myself my own Christ like self and mold me and Fashion me and raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere where the rich current of your love can flow through most of it. It's me. And number two by faith in our love the Saviour Daily Practice staying in a willing position to cooperate with the Holy Spirit's work of transforming the motivation of your heart from self-love to undying love for Christ something you've got to learn and something you've got to practice is not something that comes natural. Now this is two steps. Staying in such a multiple heart position includes two things. It includes setting aside some time every day to be holed prayerfully stat. The life of Christ. You can study the Bible and study your Sabbath school lesson and study the doctors and all of that stuff but make sure that you're taking some time to actually be in the very life of Christ studying his life. Six B. c ten ninety eight novel commentary volume six beholding Christ means studying his life as given in his word. No substitutes. It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. I'm beginning to understand why we should take it point by point and let the imagination grasp each scene especially the closing lines as we Vasant well upon his great sacrifice for us. Our confidence in him will be more constant Our love will be quickened and we shall be more deeply imbued with the spirit I want to have how much you can learn without it particularly what we know is coming. Councils and diets foods of all things make the life of Christ your constant study and labors he did follow his example. I hope I'm making that point. His point. Now here's a second part of keeping yourself in a position for the Spirit of God to keep transforming your motivation. See every circumstance of your daily life as a god allowed God filtered opportunity to practice the mind of Christ to practice thinking his thoughts about your situation. Practice walking as he walked or responding his way to that type of situation. You know I say got a lot in God filtered. Nothing could touch you except by. Guys permission and all things that are permitted work together for for those who love who love God. Interesting you know I'm going to paint you a picture and then we'll move on. The devil hates you. Two of us. It's me. He throws a thousand pounds of two thousand pound weight. It's a circumstance that he knows that if you take it for granted it will crush you. It'll destroy you. It will destroy your life. Got filtered. We are surrounded by Christ's presence were covered with his robe of righteousness same in Isaiah sixty one ten Jesus is that thousand pounds coming at you. He puts up his hand that thousand pound temptation hits him he takes the brunt of it and he takes nine hundred ninety nine point nine nine Thousands of that temptation at that trial and he allows just enough to come through his fingers so that you and I have something to practice trusting him with to exercise our faith with to actually practice the mind of Christ to actually practice responding like Jesus says I give you more but that's why I say God allowed God filtered here it is actually from ministry of healing for seventy nine and thoughts when the mount of blessing page seventy one I want you to see it. The father's. Isn't this encircled Christ and nothing to fail him but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was his source of comfort and it is for us he was imbued with the spirit of Christ abides in Christ. Whatever comes to him comes from the Savior. What who surrounds him with his presence. Nothing can touch him except by the Lord's permission. All our sufferings and sorrows all our temptations and trials all our sadness and grief so all our persecutions in privations in short all things work together for our good all experiences and circumstances are God's work men whereby good is brought to us. Going to bring it to a close I think hopefully. How does a person know whether or not their heart is being transformed and moved by the love of Christ. Anybody have any idea. Good for you good for you. Your words were found or heard. Now eight and I just love it. I just I'm just eating it up. Ever heard that phrase I'm eating it up. Your work was for me the joy and rejoicing in my heart not something I just do one sadness that's something I do once a day you know really quick devotional Altidore you know joy and rejoicing in my heart all day long for I'm called by your name Lord God of course how precious are your thoughts to me oh god how great is the sum. And here it is. Precious sister states across Page fifty two who has the heart. With whom are our thoughts. Of whom do we love to talk about who has our warmest honor our warmest affections our best energies if we are Christ's our thoughts are with him our sweetest thoughts are of him all we have in ours consecrated to Him We long to Bear's image breathe his spirit do as well and please Him in all things. Was this the scribes and Pharisees heart was it. And certainly not the government as angels. No this is the heart of someone this is an indicator of someone who's in that position to let the Spirit of God transform love of self to love for Christ. What about the attitude and actions the love of God in the soul and this is the kicker on this one for those of you who are counselors or whatever this is this is in a nutshell this is it. It's actually taken from my life to be a page ninety nine several response but here it is the love of God in the soul the heart motivation will have a direct influence upon the life and will call the intellect and the affections into active healthful exercise in what way. The child of God will not rest satisfied until he is clothed with the righteousness of Christ and sustained by his life given power. Now get a load of this. I accepted Christ. I have accepted his righteousness Amen but this is being called moved with it. Watch this when he sees a weakness in his character. It is not enough to confess it again and again he must go to work with determination and energy to overcome his defect. It's by doing what. Building up opposite traits of character being I don't work out of evil but overcome evil with good. Yes there it is. He will not shun this work because it's difficult untiring energy is required of the Christian but he is not obliged to work in his old strength. Praise the Lord. Divine Power awaits his demand. Everyone who sincerely striving for victory over self will appropriate the promise. NY grace is sufficient for the through the personal effort joined with the prayer of the soul is trained day by day. The character grows into the likeness of Christ. It may cost a severe conflict to overcome habits which have been long indulged but we may try and through the grace of Christ. He invites us to learn of him by the way what was he motivated by. So the habits that he was for me. By the way you know Jesus did form habits just like you and I he was five eight nine. Absolutely. The habits he would for me were actually habits that were formed motivated by the love of God and I think this is it. All along your journey of heart preparation for our loving Saviour's glorious return remember this. Saw this at the end of the last presentation here it is again. When it is in the heart to obey God when efforts are put forth to descend. Jesus except this disposition and effort as man's best service and he makes up for the deficiency with his what his own divine merit. I praise him for that how about you. Yeah this is kind of fun I'm going back to my second childhood. I'm going to take questions. So before we look at that last beer the proxy statement. Anybody have any questions about this presentation. Anything that came to mind that you would like to answer. Was it clear to you that the the the vital ingredient has got to go along with our prayer in and daily Bible study and stuff is actually taking some time to behold the masters so that love for self can be transformed into a love for God pure and holy that made sense. I'm just going to read the last half of the first part says he that keeps his commandments dwells in him and he with him so that can as we discovered the affair so you can keep the commandments you know. So we got to have something you know it's love for God right. That actually is the motivating factor that makes commandment keeping beautiful precious. Here's the last half of the first John three twenty four and hereby this is the way that we know that he abides in us by the Spirit which is he has given us. How many of you have ever had just a quiet moment as you are studying the Word of God and communing with him when all of a sudden just a special assurance comes to your heart that you are on track. Anybody had. Those are little gifts from God to encourage us to move forward in the growth process we're not going to throw a question back at you. What if I had never experienced one of those little moments of thank you heart. What should I do. Lord take my heart it's yours. I cheerier choose to serve. New feeling or no feeling the special surges of peace or not I choose to keep getting to know you better. I'm going to take time in your work to study your life because by beholding I'm becoming changed I'm putting myself into a position for the Holy Spirit to transform my heart's motivation. Lord I don't even know my own heart but I give you the right to take it and do it if you've gotta do to keep me balanced and just in love with you and in your word. Because if I really love him am I going to run away from the word if I really motivated by love for him. Am I going to throw the Bible out of laying the Bible aside or anything like that. No not at all. We delight in it I don't know if that answered your question but that's as close as I can come. Or is there a time. Well let me read it to you and you interpret this first John Chapter five. I'm just going to read the word God speaks way better than I do. First John Chapter five and we're looking here at verses eleven through thirteen and this is the record that God has given us eternal life and this life is in your son. He that has a son has he that hath not the Son of God hath and these things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God By the way in the Greek if you are I don't know a lot about my Greek studies but I do. Learn a few things and integrate these verbs are in the present tense. And like I told some of the beginning present tense in the Greek is not just contemporary action is something that happens now but in the Greek it's talking about a continuous action. It's a most beautiful thing and so what John is saying here is this. These things that are written unto you. I've written these things to you so that you can know continually do you know what the Spirit of Prophecy definition for love is you heard. I'll have to my memory fades. I've got it here but let me just quote it for you. One is not an emotion or a few but the decision of a saint to find. When a person first discovers a fault or a weakness in their character in the way they're responding to life or people when you first surrendered to Christ the Lord Jesus I want to replace that. We put up the old and put on the new right. When you first decide to replace that old way of thinking about that person or situation replace it with Christ's way of seeing that person at first when you first start it seems like it's an impossibility that all have a just war stop fighting just keeps coming back at you coming back at you and it's likely this isn't working because every time I think Christ's thoughts thirty seconds later the old habit the old thought comes back you can expect that when you first start replacing an old unhealthy habit of thought with Christ thought because what you're doing is the same thing you did in school. Physiologically years ago I used to think that two plus two was five. Now how in the. How did I get delivered from that bad habit. Well here's how it happened I went to school and I discovered the truth two plus two is four. And from that point on the old habit would come up two plus two is five and immediately oh. At that I wasn't a Christian at that time but it immediately. I said no two plus two is four two plus two is five. No two plus two is four. Two plus two and what was happening every time I went back to the truth every time I brought my mind back to the truth. I can't bring my mind back to the truth and what was happening is this beautiful physiologically this is this is where it is physiologically because I wasn't us using it knowingly choosing to practice the old habit even though it was popping up. It was getting weaker from this use and I was choosing to think two plus two is four and every time I practiced that and said that what was happening neurologically was ice forming a new brain map a new pattern of nerve signal transmission. In other words a new habit and of course I kept track. It's in that even the old habit was come up every time I would challenge it no that makes sense it's the same way when it comes to emotional issues. You don't quit a habit you replace it. And when you are replacing it with Christ habit. Guess whose grace is empowering the importance of taking some time alone with the Master with a heart that says Dear God take my heart because I can't get it it's your property. Please keep it pure. Why I can't keep it for you saved me in spite of myself my weak and Christ like self it will be in fashion and raise me into a pure and all the atmosphere where the rich current of your love can flow through my soul. If I'm not. Approaching if I'm taking time to study God's word to study the life of Christ with a desire for him to actually transform my experience I can assure you that the Spirit of God will not let me rest satisfied with where I'm at. He will not let me rest satisfied and if I am in a condition a Laodicean condition where I'm not taking that time I am not I'm I'm five minutes of the bush on out the door because I've got I've got a work to do for the General Conference I'm playing this up. God his God his precious ways of allowing circumstances to bring me back to the foot of the cross back to Jesus. To recognize my weakness recognize my true condition in his sight. The Spirit of God does a wonderful job of convicting of sin and righteousness and judgment in the end and I think we all have to learn how to depend more upon his work rather than being busy about his work as a human being. We had a cause you've been so kind. Closing Statement and prayer to all who are reaching out to feel the guiding hand of God the moment of greatest discouragement is the time when divine help is nearest. Then he will look back with thankfulness upon the darkest part of their way. The Lord knows how to deliver the godly from every temptation and every try he will bring them forth with a firmer faith and a richer experience where you say amen. I want that for myself. She would pray Father it's only by your Spirit working upon our hearts. We are drawn to you to exist to to study the life of Christ. And we're just giving you the right to take our hearts this afternoon again and let us in fashion us raise this into a pure unholy atmosphere where the rich current of your love can flow from you to us and from US to others. Thank you for blessing us and thank you for going with us and keeping us faithful in Jesus name we pray. This media was brought to you by audio. There's a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about how do you verse or if you would like to listen to more sermon W.W.W. audio Verse dot org.


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