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Comment by Takudzwa Alfred Tickey on November 1, 2013 at 12:33pm
Whatever may be our situation, we
have a Guide to direct our way;
whatever our perplexities, we have
a sure Counselor; whatever our
sorrow, bereavement, or
loneliness, we have a sympathizing
Friend. If in our ignorance we
make missteps, Christ does not
leave us. COL 173.happy sabbath
Comment by Adetiloye Samuel Oloyede on November 1, 2013 at 6:57am

Happy sabbath all, Is it good to bring dead body inside the church during burial service and is it biblical?

Comment by ireene madindou on August 25, 2011 at 11:15pm
that was from Prophets and Kings from page 303
Comment by ireene madindou on August 25, 2011 at 11:15pm

The long reign of Uzziah [also known as Azariah] in the land of Judah and Benjamin was characterized by a prosperity greater than that of any other ruler since the death of Solomon, nearly two centuries before. For many years the king ruled with discretion. Under the blessing of Heaven his armies regained some of the territory that had been lost in former years. Cities were rebuilt and fortified, and the position of the nation among the surrounding peoples was greatly strengthened. Commerce revived, and the riches of the nations flowed into Jerusalem. Uzziah's name "spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong." 2 Chronicles 26:15.

This outward prosperity, however, was not accompanied by a corresponding revival of spiritual power. The temple services were continued as in former years, and multitudes assembled to worship the living God; but pride and formality

gradually took the place of humility and sincerity. Of Uzziah himself it is written: "When he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the Lord his God." Verse 16.

The sin that resulted so disastrously to Uzziah was one of presumption. In violation of a plain command of Jehovah, that none but the descendants of Aaron should officiate as priests, the king entered the sanctuary "to burn incense upon the altar." Azariah the high priest and his associates remonstrated, and pleaded with him to turn from his purpose. "Thou hast trespassed," they urged; "neither shall it be for thine honor." Verses 16, 18.

Uzziah was filled with wrath that he, the king, should be thus rebuked. But he was not permitted to profane the sanctuary against the united protest of those in authority. While standing there, in wrathful rebellion, he was suddenly smitten with a divine judgment. Leprosy appeared on his forehead. In dismay he fled, never again to enter the temple courts. Unto the day of his death, some years later, Uzziah remained a leper--a living example of the folly of departing from a plain "Thus saith the Lord." Neither his exalted position nor his long life of service could be pleaded as an excuse for the presumptuous sin by which he marred the closing years of his reign, and brought upon himself the judgment of Heaven.

God is no respecter of persons. "The soul that doeth aught presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the Lord; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people." Numbers 15:30.

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Comment by sky on October 31, 2010 at 9:23am
hi to everyone here, I just joined present truth.

Ireene, I really enjoyed reading your post until the very end but we need to know exactly what it is about Jesus Christ that makes Him our personal Saviour from sin and from all illnesses. Please let me share a most precious statement from the SoP about this.

"Faith is the condition upon which God has seen fit to promise pardon to sinners. Not that there is any virtue in faith whereby salvation is merited, but because faith can lay hold of the merits of Christ, the remedy provided for sin." Faith and Works, p.100,101.

Notice these words very carefully: faith can lay hold of the MERITS of Christ, the REMEDY provided for sin.

How do we lay hold of the merits of Jesus Christ? Simply by claiming them for it is our privilege to do so. We need not wait until we have made a suitable repentance before we may claim this blessing. We may have the blessing even now as we come to God just as we are, sinful, helpless, dependent. "Looking unto Jesus and trusting in His merits we appropriate the blessings of light and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." Testimonies, Vol.5, p.744.

This is how we draw nigh to God that He may draw nigh to us.

"'Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.' (James 4:8) Present your case before Him pleading the MERITS of the blood shed for you upon Calvary's cross." Faith and Works, p.106.

Say, "Lord I have no merit or goodness whereby I may claim salvation, but I present before You the all-sufficient merits of the all-atoning blood of the spotless Lamb of God. This is my only plea."

This is the prayer of faith for "The only faith that will benefit us is that which embraces Christ as a personal Saviour: which appropriates His merits to ourselves." Desire of Ages, p.347.

We approrpiate them to ourselves by claiming them. Then Christ places His own divine merits upon us and we are made partakers of the divine nature.

This is the only way the sinner can be saved:

"Unless he makes it His lifebusiness to behold the uplifted Saviour and to accept His merits which it is his privilege to claim, the sinner CAN NO MORE BE SAVED than Peter could walk upon the water unless he kept his eyes fixed steadily upon Jesus." Testimonies to Ministers, p.93.

This is what the servant of the Lord believed to be "present truth" for as we appropriate the merits of Christ to ourselves His righteousness is brought into the life and it is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God. His righteousness accomplishes everything. This is what we are told in Testimonies to Ministers, p.92 and Faith and Works, p.27.

Hope this helps someone. :)

God bless,

sky
Comment by ireene madindou on August 18, 2010 at 7:02am
Sickness of the Heart

One cannot help but be astonished by the astronomical number of new diseases that are discovered each year. For the most part, these maladies are the result of post-modern lifestyle. It is true that thanks to the advanced age of science and technology people live better now and life expectancy is greater. However, because the limited resources available have to be stretched in order to satisfy all the needs even at the expense of ethics, great damage has been done to the ecological environment or human habitat. Consequently, our health is adversely affected. Medical researchers have relentlessly embarked on a long journey in the hopes of combating and finding cure for these ailments. Yet, did you know that among all sicknesses experienced by human beings there is one for which there is no medical cure? It is the sickness of the heart. This kind of sickness is prevalent in today’s society. It is mostly triggered and fostered by feelings of rejection, disappointment, loss of a loved one, political or religious persecutions, financial hardships, family or relationship breakups, nostalgia, hatred, and feelings of loneliness.

The post-modern man, however, is not the only one stricken with the sickness of the heart. Many Bible characters, David in particular, experienced the same sickness. His broken heart was mostly caused by political persecution. Heartache or emotional pain is the main theme of many of the psalms composed by David. Even a surface reading of some of them confirms this observation, “My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. So I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (Psalm 55:4-6, NKJV). The psalmist further complains, “My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, "Where is your God?" … Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?” (Psalm 42:3, 5a) These two psalms are examples that David is no stranger to severe heartaches. At times he felt crippled by emotional suffering.

In the whole world, there exists no human cure that can be found for such illness. The solution to the emotional pain or to the brokenness of the human heart is neither found in positive thinking as advocated by many psychologists today, nor in any human invention. It is true that positive thinking is a healthy habit. However, the human heart is made with such a special emotional fabric that only One Physician knows how to repair it when it is broken. The cure for the sickness of the human heart lies exclusively within God’s domain. This is the essence of Christ’s declaration found in the Old Testament, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 61:1, NKJV). Notice the phrase “to heal the brokenhearted.” Only God, He and He alone, can provide real and complete healing for those who are emotionally sick, those who are brokenhearted.

Regardless of the cause of our emotional suffering, we should never be bitter. Bitterness poisons the human heart, and the poison of bitterness builds an emotional wall between us, our offender, and God. From personal experience, David knows that emotional bitterness can cripple your spiritual health. This is why, rather than taking matters into your own hands, he encourages you to, “Pour out your heart before Him” (Psalm 62:8b, NKJV) by making things right with God. Are you brokenhearted? Is your heart filled with emotional pain? Let us take all our heartaches in prayer to the Lord who is the ultimate Emotional Healer. He will heal us from all bitterness and emotional heartaches. Then we can joyfully sing, “Under His wings--what a refuge in sorrow! How the heart yearningly turns to His rest! Often when
Key Thought: "Your theology determines your conduct. Your lifestyle reveals your theology.”
Comment by marianna savic on October 29, 2009 at 4:41am
Beloved of the Living God,
My 29 year old girl Maria-Mary is very,very sick,her specialist says she has a very serios-fatal deseas.Please join me in prayer for her health,and life.She is not in the Lord..
May God richly bless your life as we continue to pray for each other.
Marianna.
Comment by Jocelyn on September 28, 2009 at 8:55am
Thank you Sis Ireene for this timely reminder and encouragement! We must be aware and ever prayerful that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but spiritual principalities! Let us be encouraged and encourage one another as we continue our walk towards glory to see our Savior and Redeemer and most loving Creator God!!
Comment by ireene madindou on September 28, 2009 at 7:56am
Sin is sweetly dangerous....beware anytime that the devil can sugarcoat anything our selfish nature loves and passes it on as normal or usual. It is better to live a life of self-denial with Jesus in your heart thatn to party with the devil everyday in luxury at hte expense of your soul and hollowness of real life as it should be. Shall we please chat to each other more often and communicate to uplift each other up in Jesus? Be blessed my sisters and brothers!
 

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