Redemption In Real Time – Debbie Purviance

Standing on the platform of truth Pioneer health and missions Before I start with the message this morning I would like to do a promo for Phm video that we saw last night by Mike Casey and I would highly recommend it it was about the seven churches and I don’t want to do a spoiler alert on that but Watch it all the way to the end what I learned is that I have been mislabelling some things in the seven in the seven churches and I was very impressed with the Documentation the inspiration they had To back up everything that was said and I learned I learned a lot. I was so impressed I watched a second time opened my Bible and wrote it all in leaf in my Bible which you know How important that is to us, right? But I didn’t want to forget any of it So what I’d like to share today is a very sweet Sweet story to all of us. It’s one that should never grow old in our experience with Christ it has to do with our personal Redemption with Jesus Christ and in a season that we’re in when There’s lots of Thanksgiving There’s a reflection there’s an emphasis on all of the blessings that we have in this country. Particularly. I think we I find myself wanting to give ample time to Recognize our personal walk with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ Because I find it the most inspiring eternal topic and I’m sure that many of you would agree with me I’m going to kneel for prayer and then we’ll start our message Our living father Lord, we humble ourselves before you Purchase Jesus we ask that You would grant this message clarity and in its simplicity Lord. I pray that Your great love and interaction with us that is so profound Will shine through in Jesus precious name Amen So the message was brought to me Anew in my heart in my mind through study with the young people. We’re reading patriarchs and prophets and I Would like to begin With a quote that brother Nick brought to our attention a Couple weeks ago we’re gonna set a little bit of a foundation here before as we get into the message so in great controversy It comes from the chapter entitled Character and aims of the papacy and it reads as follows What they in Parenthesis is going to be a little definition from me and if it’s in italicize it that’s my emphasis so sometimes I look upwards just to get more from what we’re What we’re talking about? what they the papacy desire is a method of forgetting God which shall pass as a method of remembering him The papacy is well adapted to meet the wants of all of these. It is prepared for two classes of mankind Embracing nearly the whole world those who would be saved by their merits and those who would be saved in their sins Here is the secret of its power So in this quote, let me ask you a question its power is This the power of grace unto salvation or is this the power of deception that’s being spoken? power of deception unto death, correct so Understanding then that neither of these paths mentioned lead to salvation Saved in by merit or saved in our sin What element is present in both of them that make them false Gospels? Can you think of a one-word answer? In one word who has not been overcome or subdued in these false Gospels Self Self is alive and well in both scenarios both have elements of conviction some repentance as it’s Exhibited by my works my faith in the sacrifice of Christ But neither comes close to submitting to the Father’s will having the mind of Christ the hope of glory So if repentance is a turning away would you agree with me that it must be a full turn a full turning away if I turn to miss a vehicle in my path, but I only turn partly I Don’t fully turn to get out of its path. Have am I going to experience a crash and a collision? Yes But as always we should confirm this with Scripture to make sure we’re on the right path there are many too many scriptures to bear witness to this but I chose Romans and words of Paul the first one being 3:20 because by works of law, not one of all flesh will be justified before him for Through law is full knowledge of sin So this confirms that were not saved or justified by works or commandment-keeping? So are we saved or justified by his death alone? We’re going to look at Romans again Much more than being justified by his blood we shall be from wrath through him for if when we were enemies We were reconciled to God by the death of his son much more being reconciled We shall be saved by his life So it’s his life and his death, correct? And Furthermore What shall we say then shall we continue in sin that grace may abound God forbid how shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein? Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof Inspiration for further clarifies the salvation ‘el and redemptive message with this quote from signs of the times while we are admonished Which means warned advised instructed pretty strong words We are not to think that we can merit salvation by our good works Salvation is a free gift of God and it is to be received by faith It is provided for the repentant soul by Christ through the great plan of redemption But the proof of our love to him the evidence of our faith will be found in our obedience to God’s holy law our Savior says He that hath my Commandments and keepeth them he it is that loveth me and He that loveth me shall be loved of my father and I will love him and will manifest myself to him Christ enjoins to order or to direct with an urgency Christ enjoins upon us the keeping of the commandments Because he knows that in keeping them. There is great reward the revealing of a character our character after The divine Simla tude the character of the father and son So I think we can agree that we have defined the plan of redemption Using inspired writings as well as having exposed the faults Both of the faults methodologies keep the father and the son at a distance They limit their interaction and their influence in our lives They keep Redemption as rather a sterile process minimizing unwanted disruption in our lives Leaving control in our daily grasp. And where humanity is comfortable with that. I Can plan my works I can lean on my faith But what does our personal Redemption really look like then according to the Bible and there’s many examples throughout the Bible, but I Was impressed this last month with a very graphic example, which is a redemption of Jacob Jacob Thoughtful diligent and caretaking ever thinking more of the future than the present was content to dwell at home Occupied in the care of the flocks and the tillage of the soil his patient perseverance thrift and foresight were valued by in the mother his affections were deep and strong and his gentle unremitting attentions added far more to her happiness than did the boisterous and occasional kindnesses of Esau I Like Jacob, don’t you? Inspiration also tells us that Jacob was taught of the promises that were made to Abraham and were passed on by his father Isaac With secret longing he listened to all that his father told concerning the spiritual birthright He carefully treasured what he had learned from his mother day and night that the subject occupied his thoughts Until it became the absorbing interest of his life But while he was sustained eternal, but while he thus esteemed eternal above temporal blessings Jacob, had not an experimental knowledge of the God whom he revered So Jacob had a good start on life some of us do others don’t but More importantly without the personal experience with God We are all vulnerable to the same outcome For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God Most are familiar with the events of Jacob’s life to follow He’s tempted by his mother to Secure the birthright through deception His scruples were over born and he obtained by fraud the coveted blessing that’s from patriarchs and prophets So threatened by the anger of his brother Esau and fearing death at his hand Jacob had to leave his father’s house even so Isaac had renewed the Covenant promise and as its inheritor Jacob was to seek a wife from his mother’s family and thus he began his journey the Second evening are the excuse me the evening of the second day Found him far away from his father’s tents he felt that he was an outcast and He knew that all this trouble had been brought upon him by his own wrong course The darkness of despair pressed upon his soul and he hardly dared to pray He had lost all confidence in himself, and he feared that the god of his father’s had cast him off But God did not forsake Jacob his mercy was still extended to his erring distressful servant The Lord compassionately revealed just what Jacob needed a savior? The Lord came to Jacob in a dream Revealing himself as his mediator through the symbol of a ladder One hand in heaven one hand extended to the earth bridging the gulf that sin had caused So that Christ and the ministering angels could have communion with man All this was revealed to Jacob in his dream Although his mind at once grasped a part of the revelation it’s great and mysterious truths were the study of his lifetime and Unfolded to his understanding more and more. I find that very encouraging when we don’t get it the first time So Jacob awoke from this dream with a new direction a new purpose his life His journey from that point was not without trial or tribulation But a change had overcome in he was leaning on the promise Jacob spends 20 years as a fugitive from his father’s household Dutifully marrying, and as far as his father had instructed Though this was a struggle as well. If we remember the story being deceived by Laban in marriage to Leia Continuing to serve seven more years to Wed his beloved Rachel through all this Jacob honored God by providing diligent and faithful servant to Service to Laban and he showed compassion to Leia even though he couldn’t really trust her He fulfilled his obligation to her God brought prosperity to him as he attended to the seemingly small duties of life But as the unfair practices of Laban increased in the threat of envy and revenge from Levens household fomented Jacob was given divine direction to leave and return to his father’s household His sin in the deception of his father was ever before him He knew that his long exile was the direct result of that sin And he pondered over these things day and night the reproaches of an accusing conscience making his journey, very sad As the heels of his native land appeared before him in the distance The heart of the patriarch was deeply moved all the past rose vividly before him With the memory of his sin came also The thought of God’s favor toward him and the promises of divine help and guidance This chapter in patriarchs and prophets is entitled the night of wrestling as We recall the events Jacob separates from his dear ones He wants to spend the night in prayer. He’s restless. He’s convicted of his past sin He’s fearful for the future and the immediate danger that he’s put his family in by bringing them Across on this journey to meet what he supposes is going to be a very angry family So the following excerpt most people have read maybe more than once But as I read it in the last month I read it for the first time And I would entreat you to listen Again as though you’re hearing it for the first time it won’t be on the slide. It’s rather lengthy With earnest cries and tears he made his prayer before God Suddenly a strong hand was laid upon him He thought that an enemy was seeking his life and he endeavoured to wrest himself from the grasp of his Assailant in the darkness the two struggled for the mastery not a word was spoken But Jacob put forth all his strength and did not relax his efforts for a moment While he was thus battling for his life the sense of his guilt pressed upon his soul His sins rose up before him too shut him out from God But in his terrible extremity he remembered God’s promises and his whole heart went out in entreaty for His mercy The struggle continued until near the break of day when the stranger placed his finger upon Jacob’s thigh When he was crippled instantly The patriarch now discerned the character of his antagonist He knew that he had been in conflict with a heavenly messenger And this was why his almost superhuman effort had not gained the victory It was Christ the Angel of the Covenant who had revealed himself to Jacob the patriarch was now disabled and Suffering the keenest pain, but he would not loosen his hold All penitent and broken he clung to the angel he wept and made supplication Pleading for a blessing he must have assurance that his sin was pardoned Physical pain was not sufficient to divert his mind from this object his determination grew stronger his faith more earnest and persevering until the very last the Angel tried to relieve release himself he urged. Let me go for the day breaketh But Jacob answered I will not let thee go except thou bless me Had this been a boastful presumptuous confidence Jacob would have been instantly destroyed But his was the assurance of one who confesses his own unworthiness Yet trusts the faithfulness of a covenant keeping God This my dear brothers and sisters is the story of our personal Redemption This is our experimental knowledge of the Father and His Son Jesus Christ Necessary to bring about a sanctified life The Lord brings true conviction upon us. We don’t bring it upon ourselves But he doesn’t abandon us there. He shows us the way unto repentance through salvation He asks us to choose then he provides the grace the faith the victory over temptation Direction in our lives to the extent that we obey and mercy if we fall The above scene is generally aligned with the end time events the time of trouble to come and I agree with that application but I’ve also experienced this wrestling and if heard testimony from others That it’s present in our daily walk as well in order to prepare for this we must first repent as Conviction is brought to us If we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness Interestingly Inspiration tells us that if Jacob had not previously repented of his sin before this incident occurred Earlier in his life if he had not repented God could not have heard his prayer could not have mercifully preserved his life in this struggle that he had with him Such will be the experience of God’s people in their final struggle with the powers of evil God will test their faith their perseverance their confidence in his power to deliver them Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined his experience testifies to the power of importunate Which means pressing or urgent prayer it is now that we are to learn this lesson of prevailing superior and power having more influence prevailing power of unyielding faith the greatest victories to the Church of Christ or the individual Christian are not those that are gained by talent by education by wealth or the favour of men They are those victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God When Ernest agonizing faith lay hold upon the mighty arm of God Unlike man’s gospel version This is personal This is disrupting means letting go of ourselves Allowing ourselves to be disabled Inserting God’s will and making it our own desire it’s messy it’s emotional at times And it’s a struggle of utmost intensity And it does not get garner the favor of men But it’s paramount To our personal Redemption and affords us an experimental testimony to share with others It’s our passport that entitles us to be part of God’s remnant It’s our permission to be the people of the three angels message. It’s our inheritance our birthright So let us not shy away from the rustling it’s a daily battle a daily choice Was Jacob’s life a better roses after this experience? His polygamous marriage made his home life almost unbearable It was a constant struggle. He had challenges with his children He lost his favorite son. He experienced a famine He had to leave his home and move to Egypt His battle continued until he died But I like Where his heart was in the end through all of this Esau had despised the blessings of the Covenant He had valued temporal above spiritual good and he had received that which he desired It was by his own deliberate choice that he was separated from the people of God Jacob had chosen the inheritance of faith He had endeavor to obtain it by craft treachery and falsehood But God had permitted his sin to work out its correction Yet through all the bitter experience of his later years. Jacob had never swerved from his purpose or renounced his choice He had learned that in resorting to human skill and craft to secure the blessing He had been warring against God From that night of wrestling besides the Dybbuk Jacob had come forth a different man Self-confidence had been uprooted Henceforth, the early cunning was no longer seen in place of craft and deception His life was marked by simplicity and truth He had learned the lesson of simple reliance upon the almighty arm So whatever our struggles are the conviction that God brings to us of traits habits activities that we need to be free of Let’s be persevering and importuning in our prayers and God will bring victory Remember your own wrestling match and how they almighty Han had to disable you Replacing it with a savior and the power of His grace My desires that we take this season to remember how God has saved us his great love and mercy and redeeming repurchases repurchasing us from the hand of death Dedicating a new to acknowledging him in every part of our life rejoice in the great love and mercy of our Heavenly Father and his son for they have truly provided all In closing I’d like to repeat the words of Paul Words from a friend to his friends He wrote these words while he was in prison. He didn’t know what the next day would bring So let’s hear this message as his friends brothers in Christ Wherefore my beloved as you have always obeyed not as in my presence only but now much More in my absence work out your own salvation with fear and trembling For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure Do all things without murmurings and disputing that ye may be blameless And harmless the sons of God without rebuke in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation among Whom you shine as lights in the world? Shall we pray? Our Father in heaven We ask That you would bring to our minds and our hearts the full remembrance Of our first love Of the wrestling match Lord that we had with you And how you came to us showed us the way It wasn’t always painless but Father we look back and we regret none of it We regret nothing that we have left behind only that we have looking forward Through your promises through your great angel of the Covenant We ask a Blessing that We might never let you go in Jesus precious name Standing on the platform of truth Pioneer health and missions

Michael Martin

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