Growing in Christ – Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief 11

By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus’ victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds. No longer do we live in the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. As we give ourselves in loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience. (Ps 1:1,2; Ps 23:4; Ps 77:11,12; Col 1:13,14; Col 2:6,14,15; Luke 10:17-20; Eph 5:19,20; Eph 6:12-18; 1 Thess 5:23; 2 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:17,18; Phil 3:7-14; 1 Thess 5:16-18; Matt 20:25-28; John 20:21; Gal 5:22-25; Rom 8:38,39; 1 John 4:4; Heb 10:25.)


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Growing in Christ – Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief 11 — 6 Comments

  1. Jesus christ died on the cross, he beard and carried away the sins on earth, right! So can i say am no more a sinner but what i have to do is to believe that Jesus died for my sins?

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  2. Gideon, if you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, then He stands in your place in the judgment, and you won't be punished for your sins. Accepting Jesus as Lord means, among other things, that you submit your will to His, thus becoming obedient to His will through His grace and power.
    It's not make-believe. It's for real. Jesus has the power to save us from our sinful, self-destructive ways and change us to become more and more like Him -- acting from motives of self-sacrificing love.

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  3. Yes at the cross i am saved ,and Jesus ministry does not end there. He is now in the most holy place pleading forcase .The question is am i clothed in robed of righteousnes?

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  4. Sorry to go a little off topic, but i would like to know how SDAs view fasting and if there are any guidelines as to how to fast, when, etc.

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    • Peninah,

      As far as I know there is no rule or established practice on fasting. It is something that a person can do if he/she wishes. It is a personal thing or sometimes as a decision of a group without pressure to do so.

      There are some cautions that probably should be said. We should not go on extended fasts. fasting for one or two meals is ok but when it is for days it can be damaging. Also, there are some people with medical conditions that should not fast. One case that comes to mind is diabetics which need routine food intake.

      Fasting now and then does no harm if done with common sense. There are even people like myself who can certainly use a little fasting and self control.

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    • Since several people have expressed an interest in the subject of fasting, we thought that a little more comprehensive comment might be helpful.

      In the New Testament, fasting is taken for granted, as it is in the Old Testament, and no guide lines are given. Thus the Seventh-day Adventist church has no specific guide lines for fasting. It is left up to the individual believer to decide when fasting is appropriate. The topic of fasting covers a lot of area and can be done for several reasons:
      · for repentance and restoration (See Nehemiah 9:1-3; Joel 2:11-13)
      · to plead with God regarding a special request (Matt 17:21)
      · to plead with God for deliverance from extreme danger (Esther 4:2,3)
      · to be free from distraction to draw closer to God
      · as a symbol of dedication to God (See Acts 13:2,3)
      · or for health reasons

      There are different kinds/levels of fasting. For instance Daniel engaged in a type of fast during which he ate no 'pleasant food." (Daniel 10:3) During this time he doubtless ate food to sustain life and drank water, while Jesus was involved in a total fast in the wilderness. And Paul counseled married couples concerning another kind of fast (1 Cor 7:4-5).

      Some people do fasts like a juice fast (no solid food), fruit fast (only fresh, unprocessed fruit), or similar fasts. For instance, bread and water could be part of a type of fast. Total abstinence from all food, with only water to drink, on the other hand, is a full fast.

      When it comes to fasting for religious purposes Ellen White points out that fasting is no substitute for choosing to obey:

      There are victories for you to gain, and these you are to have through your faith in Christ. When you feel discouraged, disappointed, go to God in prayer. Trust in Him, and do His will. All the fasting in the world will not take the place of simple trust in the word of God. "Ask," He says, "and ye shall receive." {17 Manuscript Releases 84.3}

      Fasting, and the Spiritual Life.--The spirit of true fasting and prayer is the spirit which yields mind, heart, and will to God.--Ms 28, 1900. {3 Manuscript Releases 324.1}

      She also does not recommend long fasts.

      You are not called upon to fast forty days. The Lord bore that fast for you in the wilderness of temptation. There would be no virtue in such a fast; but there is virtue in the blood of Christ. --Letter 206, 1908.

      She does, however, recommend fasting for a period up to one or two days for medical reasons even on a regular basis.

      There are some who would be benefited more by abstinence from food for a day or two every week than by any amount of treatment or medical advice. To fast one day a week would be of incalculable benefit to them. (7T 134.2)

      There is much more that could be said but we think that this should give everyone a good idea of what fasting is all about. For further information the book "Counsels on Diet and Foods" by Ellen White, especially chapter 10, "Fasting" gives very good, solid counsel. (Also found at https://egwwritings.org/)

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