Satan Is Not Dead, October 30
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from evil. John 17:15.
Satan is not dead or palsied, and he prepares minds by degrees to become imbued with his spirit, and to work after the same manner as he works against those who bear responsibilities in the work of God for these last days. In the future Satan’s last exploits will be carried out with more power than ever before. He has learned much, and he is full of scientific scheming to make of no effect the work that is under the supervision of the One who came to the Isle of Patmos to educate John, and to give him instruction to be given to the churches....
Every ingenious device will be used, every possible method taken advantage of, to lead men to live a lie, that the truth shall not stand as God designed it to stand, to prepare a people, through the sanctification of the Holy Spirit, to stand firm as a rock to principle....
There are those who do not humble their hearts before God, and who will not walk uprightly. They hide their true purposes, and keep in fellowship with the fallen angel, who loveth and maketh a lie. The enemy puts his spirit upon the men whom he can use to deceive those who are partially in the dark....
“Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered” (Isaiah 29:9, 10). A spiritual drunkenness is upon many who suppose they are the people who shall be exalted. Their religious faith is just as is represented in this scripture. Under its influence, they cannot walk straight.... They are scientific schemers, and those who could and should have helped, because of a clear spiritual eyesight, are themselves deceived, and are sustaining an evil work.
The developments of these last days will soon become decided. When these spiritualistic deceptions are revealed to be what they really are—the secret workings of evil spirits—those who have acted a part in them will become as men who have lost their minds.—Letter 311, October 30, 1905, to Brethren Daniells and Prescott and their associates.
Jumanne, 28 Machi 2017
Satan Is Not Dead, October 30
Jumamosi, 18 Februari 2017
Sanctification is for Sabbathkeepers, August 18
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.... The seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work. Exodus 20:8-10.
God has declared in His Word that the seventh day is a sign between Him and His chosen people—a sign of their loyalty....
The seventh day is God’s chosen day. He has not left this matter to be remodeled by priest or ruler. It is of too great importance to be left to human judgment. God saw that men would study their own convenience, and choose a day best suited to their inclinations, a day bearing no divine authority; and He has stated plainly that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord.
Every man in God’s world is under the laws of His government. God has placed the Sabbath in the bosom of the Decalogue, and has made it the criterion of obedience. Through it we may learn of His power, as displayed in His works and His Word....
Men could not place themselves more decidedly in opposition to God’s work and to His law than by upholding a day that is without one evidence of sanctity, and professing to worship Him on that day. Those who have corrupted the law by substituting a false sabbath for the holy Sabbath of God, and who compel the observance of this false sabbath, exalt themselves above God, and honor the spurious above the genuine.
Sanctification is claimed by professed Christians who ignore God’s holy rest day for a spurious sabbath. But God declares that the sanctification coming from Him is bestowed on those only who honor Him by obeying His commands. The sanctification claimed by those who continue in transgression is a spurious sanctification. Thus the religious world is deceived by the enemy of God and man....
Men have sought out many inventions. They have taken a common day, upon which God has placed no sanctity, and have clothed it with sacred prerogatives. They have declared it to be a holy day, but this does not give it a vestige of sanctity. They dishonor God by accepting human institutions and presenting to the world as the Christian Sabbath a day which has no “Thus saith the Lord” for its authority.
Jumatano, 8 Februari 2017
Fungi kuu: Mithali 3:9,10/11:24 & Isa 32:8 Hekima ya Mungu imeonyeshwa katika mpango wa wokovu, sheria ya kutenda na wajibu, inafanya kazi kwa ukarimu katika sehemu zake zote, kubarikiwa maradufu. Anayetoa kwa wahitaji anawabariki wengine na kujibarikia mwenyewe katika mibaraka ya hali ya juu.
UTUKUFU WA INJILI: Ili yakwamba mwanadamu asipoteze mibaraka ya matokeo ya ukarimu, Mwokozi wetu alianzisha mpango wa kumhesabu kama mtendakazi wake. Mungu angaliweza kuendesha kusudi lake la kuwaokoa wenye dhambi pasipo msaada wa mwanadamu; lakini alifahamu kwamba mwanadamu asingefurahi kukosa na sehemu ya kufanya katika kazi hii kubwa. Kwa mnyororo wa mambo ambayo yangevuta mapenzi take alitoa kwa mwanadamu njia zilizobora za kustawisha ukarimu, na kumfanya awe na tabia ya utoaji kwa kuwasaidia masikini na kwa kuendesha mbele kazi yake. Ni utukufu wa injili ulioanzishwa juu ya Kanuni ya kulirudisha taifa lililoanguka katika mfano wa Mungu kwa njia ya utoaji wa ukarimu. Kazi hii ilianza katika makao ya mbinguni. Kule mbinguni Mungu alitoa kwa mwanadamu upendo ulio wazi wazi (Yohana 3:16). Moyo wa ukarimu ni moyo wa mbinguni. Dhabihu ya upendo wa Kristo ilionyeshwa msalabani. Ili mwanadamu spate kuokolewa, alitoa yote aliyokuwa nayo, na ndipo akajitoa mwenyewe.
MIBARAKA YA UWAKILI: Katika agizo kwa wanafunzi wake, "Enendeni ulimwenguni mwote mkaihubiri injili kwa kila kiumbe," Kristo aliwapa kazi ya kueneza ujuzi wa neema yake,. Maadamu wengine wakienda kuhubiri, huwaita wengine kufanya wajibu wao kwa kutoa sadaka ambayo itasaidia kuendesha kazi yake duniani. Kila kitu chema kiliwekwa hapa duniani na mkono wa ukarimu wa Mungu kama kielelezo cha upendo wake kwa mwanadamu. Masikini ni wake na kazi ya injili ni yake. Fedha na dhahabu ni Mali ya Mungu, na angaliweza kuzileta kutoka mbinguni kama angalitaka. Lakini badala yake alimfanya mwanadamu kuwa wakili wake kwa kumkabidhi fedha, sio kukusanya, lakini kuzitumia kwa kuwasaidia wengine. Kwa hiyo amemweka mwanadamu kuwa njia ambayo atagawanyia mibaraka yake duniani. Upendo uliofunuliwa Kalwari ungalionyeshwa na kuimarishwa kwa kuenezwa miongoni mwa makanisa yetu. Kutana kando ya msalaba wa Kalwari katika kujikana nafsi na kwa kujinyima. Mungu atakubariki ukitimiza wajibu wako. Unapokaribia kiti cha neema unapojiona kwamba umeunganishwa kwa kiti cha enzi mnyororo uliotoka mbinguni mpaka duniani, kuwatoa watu kutoka katika shimo la dhambi, ndipo moyo wako utakuwa na upendo kwa ndugu na Dada zako ambao hawana Mungu wala tumaini katika ulimwengu.(9T 253-256).
Jumamosi, 7 Januari 2017
“Christ Before Coming to Earth
From the days of eternity the Lord Jesus Christ was One with the Father; He was the image of God, the expression of His glory. To show this glory, to reveal the light of God’s love, Jesus came to our sin-darkened earth. Isaiah prophesied of Him, “They shall call His name Immanuel, ... God with us.” Matthew 1:23; cf. Isaiah 7:14.
Jesus was “the Word of God”—God’s thought made audible. God gave this revelation not just for His earthborn children. Our little world is the lesson book of the universe. Both the redeemed and the unfallen beings will find their true knowledge and their joy in the cross of Christ. They will see that the glory shining in the face of Jesus is the glory of self-sacrificing love. They will see that for earth and heaven, the law of life is the law of selfrenouncing love. The love that “does not seek its own” has its source in the heart of God and is shown in Jesus, the meek and lowly One.
In the beginning, Christ laid the foundations of the earth. His hand hung the worlds in space and fashioned the flowers of the field. He filled the earth with beauty and the air with song. See Psalm 65:6; 95:5. He wrote the message of the Father’s love on everything.
Now sin has marred God’s perfect work, yet that handwriting remains. Except for the selfish human heart, nothing lives just for itself. Every tree and shrub and leaf pours forth oxygen, without which neither people nor animals could live; and people and animals, in turn, support the life of tree and shrub and leaf. The ocean receives streams from every land, but it takes only to give back. The mists rising from it fall in showers to water the earth, so that plants may grow and bud. The angels of glory find their joy in giving. They bring light from above, moving upon the human spirit to bring the lost into fellowship with Christ.
But turning from all lesser examples, we see God in Jesus. We find that it is the glory of God to give. “I do not seek My own glory,” said Christ, but the glory of Him who sent Me. John 8:50; 7:18. Christ received from God, but He took to give. Through the Son, the Father’s life flows out to all. Through the Son, it returns in joyous service, a tide of love, to the great Source of all. In this way, through Christ the circle of blessing is complete.
In Heaven This Law Was Broken!
Sin began in self-seeking. Lucifer, the covering cherub, wanted to be first  in heaven. He tried to draw heavenly beings away from their Creator and win honor to himself. Putting his own evil characteristics on the Creator, he led angels to doubt the word of God and distrust His goodness. Satan led them to look on Him as severe and unforgiving. In this way, he deceived angels. In the same way, he deceived the human race, and the night of misery settled down on the world.
The earth was dark through misunderstanding of God. To bring the world back to God, Satan’s deceptive power must be broken. God could not do this by force. He wants only the service of love, and love cannot be won by force or authority. Only love awakens love. To know God is to love Him. We must see His character in contrast to Satan’s. Only one Being could do this work. Only He who knew the height and depth of God’s love could make it known.
The plan for our redemption was not formulated after the fall of Adam. It was a revelation of “the mystery that was kept secret for long ages.” Romans 16:25, NRSV. It was an unfolding of the principles that have been the foundation of God’s throne from eternity. God foresaw sin’s existence and made provision to meet the terrible emergency. He pledged to give His only-begotten Son, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
Lucifer had said, “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; ... I will be like the Most High.” But Christ, “though he was in the form of God, ... emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” Isaiah 14:13, 14; Philippians 2:6, 7, NRSV.
A Voluntary Sacrifice
Jesus could have kept the glory of heaven. But He chose to step down from the throne of the universe in order to bring life to the dying.
Nearly two thousand years ago, a voice was heard in heaven,
“A body You have prepared for Me. ...
‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’”
Christ was about to visit our world, to become flesh and blood. If He had appeared with the glory that was His before the world was created, we could not have endured the light of His presence. In order that we could behold it and not be destroyed, He shrouded His glory and veiled His divinity with humanity.
Types and symbols had foreshadowed this great purpose. The burning bush, in which Christ appeared to Moses, revealed God. This lowly shrub, that seemed to have no attractions, enshrined the Infinite. God shrouded His glory so that Moses could look on it and live. Similarly, in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, God’s glory was veiled so that finite human beings could look at it. So Christ was to come “in the likeness of men.” He was the incarnate God, but His glory was veiled so that He could draw near to sorrowful, tempted men and women. 
Through Israel’s long wandering in the desert, the sanctuary was with them as the symbol of God’s presence. See Exodus 25:8. Likewise, Christ pitched His tent by the side of our tents so that He could make us familiar with His divine character and life. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.
Since Jesus came to live with us, every son and daughter of Adam may understand that our Creator is the Friend of sinners. In every divine attraction in the Savior’s life on earth, we see “God with us.”
Satan represents God’s law of love as a law of selfishness. He declares that it is impossible for us to obey its requirements. He blames the Creator for the fall of our first parents, leading people to look upon God as the author of sin, suffering, and death. Jesus was to unmask this deception. As one of us, He was to give an example of obedience. For this, He took upon Himself our nature and passed through our experiences. “In all things He had to be made like His brethren.” Hebrews 2:17. If we had to bear anything that Jesus did not endure, then on this point Satan would claim that the power of God was not enough for us. Therefore, Jesus was “in all points tempted as we are.” Hebrews 4:15. He endured every trial that we may face. And He exercised no power in His own behalf that is not freely offered to us. As a human being, He met temptation and overcame it in the strength that God gave Him. He made plain the character of God’s law, and His life testifies that it is possible for us also to obey the law of God.
By His humanity, Christ touched humanity; by His divinity, He takes hold of the throne of God. As Son of man, He gave us an example of obedience; as Son of God, He gives us power to obey. To us He says, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28:18. “God with us” is the guarantee of our deliverance from sin, the assurance of power to obey the law of heaven.
Christ revealed a character that is the opposite of Satan’s. “Being found in human form, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8, NRSV. Christ took the form of a servant and offered the sacrifice, with Himself as the Priest and Himself as the Victim. “He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him.” Isaiah 53:5.
Treated As We Deserve
Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death that was ours, that we might receive the life that was His. “By His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5.
Satan determined to bring eternal separation between God and man; but in taking our nature, the Savior united Himself to humanity by a tie that will never be broken. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” John 3:16. He gave Him, not  only to die as our Sacrifice; He gave Him to become one of the human family, to keep His human nature forever.
“Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.” God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son and has carried it to the highest heaven. The “Son of man” shall be called, “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6), italics added. He who is “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,” is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters. Hebrews 7:26; 2:11. Heaven is enshrined in humanity, and humanity is enclosed in the embrace of Infinite Love.
God’s lifting up of His redeemed people will be an eternal testimony to His mercy. “In the ages to come,” He will “show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” in order that “the manifold wisdom of God” may be made known to “the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 2:7; 3:10.
Through Christ’s work, the government of God stands justified. The All-powerful One is revealed as the God of love. Christ has refuted Satan’s charges and unmasked his character. Sin can never again enter the universe. Through eternal ages all are secure from apostasy. By love’s selfsacrifice, Jesus has linked earth and heaven to the Creator in an unbreakable union.
Where sin increased, God’s grace increased much more. The earth, the very field Satan claims as his, will be honored above all other worlds in the universe. Here, where the King of glory lived and suffered and died, here the dwelling place of God will be with humanity, and “God Himself will be with them and be their God.” Revelation 21:3. Through endless ages the redeemed will praise Him for His unspeakable gift—Immanuel, “God with us.” ”
All excerpts from
by Ellen G. White