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  1. Amen. A timely message to the complacent, lukewarm Christians of our times. God help us. E. G. White says, not one in twenty (5%) who hold church membership have a guaranteed salvation. That means about 95% of us are in deep trouble. Quote from the Spirit of Prophecy, Christian Service, page 41:

    It is a solemn statement that I make to the church, that not one in twenty whose names are registered upon the church books are prepared to close their earthly history, and would be as verily without God and without hope in the world as the common sinner. They are professedly serving God, but they are more earnestly serving mammon. This half-and-half work is a constant denying of Christ, rather than a confessing of Christ. So many have brought into the church their own unsubdued spirit, unrefined; their spiritual taste is perverted by their own immoral, debasing corruptions, symbolizing the world in spirit, in heart, in purpose, confirming themselves in lustful practices, and are full of deception through and through in their professed Christian life. Living as sinners, claiming to be Christians! Those who claim to be Christians and will confess Christ should come out from among them and touch not the unclean thing, and be separate....I lay down my pen and lift up my soul in prayer, that the Lord would breathe upon His backslidden people, who are as dry bones, that they may live. The end is near, stealing upon us so stealthily, so imperceptibly, so noiselessly, like the muffled tread of the thief in the night, to surprise the sleepers off guard and unready. May the Lord grant to bring His Holy Spirit upon hearts that are now at ease, that they may no longer sleep as do others, but watch and be sober.—The General Conference Bulletin, 1893, 132, 133.

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  2. I have liked the sharing on FASHIONABLE FASTING we need to connect to the Lord of hosts in ernest and experience the benefits of a Life that counts the life with Christ leading in our lives.

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  3. For me, fasting is an opportunity to learn more about how to deny self, and the tendencies of our selfish human desires. During this fasting period, when one empties themselves to become a vessel fit for The Holy Spirit to dwell, a wonderful prayer would be to live a life fulfilled in Christ Jesus.

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  4. God is PHENOMINAL beyond human conception . This lesson personally spoke to me . In this institution ( The Church) there IS pursuasion by pressure on (newly baptized members and memebers who have been there for long periods) not by the teachings FIRST but by the members , to observe certain practices , be it veganism , modesty in dress, the 3 angels message , quoting Sister Whites writtings and sabbath keeping . That these members observe religiously without being able to biblically account for the reasons as to WHY they keep these practices . Some knew long ago but they've forgotten , because it has become part of their routine , a religious custom of which they cannot account , it's all "muscle memory" .

    Christ always wants to attain the heart ( the mind ) before he transforms the body . Conviction should root in the terrain of the heart where it will stand unshaken . Once entrenched it brings forth faith , only then will it's fruits ( these customs , practices and traditions we are convicted of ) will be seen by the world in the believer . Be it ethics , dress , diet , heart or words . It all begins inside .

    We need not as Zechariah professed forget, as Israel had when they returned from exile . God doesn't delight in our hunger , but in a death of self , in a earnest heart that seeks him before all else .

    “The spirit of true fasting and prayer is the spirit which yields mind, heart, and will to God.”—Ellen G. White, Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 189

    Let us remember WHY we do what we do. Let us not exhault our practices , but instead Our creator .

    Amen

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