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  1. After reading the lesson ... it always has puzzled me ... Why do we not see the healings and demonic casting out in today's time? When you looked at the returning 70 ... that's all they could talk about.

    • In the Bible I have noticed that at the beginning of an era there are wonders and then there are long periods of living by faith.

    • These demonic castings and healing are highlighted mainly to emphasize Jesus as the Messiah... Isiah 61, Matt. 15:24. and because these things were prevalent among the children of Israel, the ones endowed with the spreading of the gospel.

    • Jeff, those miracles were all done by faith, so what seems to be the obvious answer to your question? Also, that was in a day of harsh legalism, while grace was overlooked, and such miracles were evidences of grace. Today, (cheap) grace is the popular truth and the law has been disregarded and lost sight of. We have been given a set of wonderful "laws" by which all can be healed if they follow them in faith. However, there are still those miraculous healings and casting out of demons though rare. But faith is rare isn't it?

      • Robert, I agree. Faith is rare. It would be a terrible thing if, while our numbers are increasing, that the real presence and manifestation of faith is steadily dying away. (Judges 7:2.)

        "Our Saviour asks the question, “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8), implying that true faith would be almost extinct." (Heavenly Places p.105)

    • If we open our eyes (Spiritual eyes that is) we would see the manifestation of the Holy Spirit working on a day to day mission. In fact every second of the day miracles have been worked. Hundred of thousands of sin sick people have been delivered from the devil's demonic clutches. Because when one is converted and has given his or her life to Jesus Christ that person has been delivered from death. My task therefore is to join forces with those who see and heard the call must go and deliver those whom the devil has been beaten down with poverty, broken lives, divorce, and play an active role in bringing them to the Saviour. In so doing we will be like the 70 who came back with the good report

  2. Mathew 16:26 is the answer to the question posed at the end of the lesson. For they is no benefit, if your names is ultimately not on the books of heaven

  3. I believe there are a lot of demons being cast out and miracles also. But as SDA Christians we don't have to boast and let people know. What they need to know is Christ who saves. Hence Christ Himself said we must rejoice that our names be written in heaven. That's what matters and that's my prayer for today

  4. The lesson for today talks more on us focusing on the victory of Christ on the cross for us than on we relying on our own individual abilities. We cant fight this battle on our own ,we need to rely on the divine strenght of the Holy Spirit if we must achieve victory in this battle against the prince of this world and his agent.

  5. We think it is important that they were sent out without personal supplies and script. It helped them to depend on Jesus' name and to attribute success to Him. Perhaps, we don't see today's miracles because our worldly trappings get in the way.

  6. Let me suggest this meaning to the words of Jesus in verse 18-20; Jesus seems to be saying something similar to: “Of course you had victory over devils, they are no match for the power of God, having fallen from heaven themselves. They are defeated already and are weaker than the humblest child of faith.”...or something like that.

    Yes, our rejoicing should be toward the Goodness of God who has given the Best Gift to save sinners from death, granting them eternal life through Christ. What are devils when God's word promises us that the devil will flee from us if we simply resist his temptations to sin against God. Satan is finished and knows it. His only effort is to keep US from knowing it too. Our unbelief gives Satan his only power over us.

  7. God was not in a hurry to evict Satan from Heaven without opportunity for redemption. In fact the Father still loves Satan to this day. However after a period of probation for all the angels to take a stand and express loyalty the deceiver had to go (Revelation 12:7-8). Otherwise faithful angels would be exposed to constant harassment and Heaven further corruption.

    When the dragon was cast down to the earth (Revelation 12:9) God was not simply off-loading Heaven’s problem to the earth. The rebels were not to be a constant thorn in the side of the human race. Mankind would have an opportunity to be tested in relation to loyalty (Genesis 2:16-17), a probation like was afforded the angels.

    The serpent’s access to mankind was apparently limited to the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which purpose was a test (Genesis 2:9). Had Adam and Eve proved their loyalty within the short time allotted it is likely Satan would have been evicted from the earth as he was from Heaven pending execution.

    Passing the test and proving loyal and faithful mankind would eventually be as angels are and secure (Mark 12:25). Delayed it has been, but will be a reality someday soon for the redeemed (1 Corinthians 15:48-53).

  8. God has a special interest in the affairs of mankind and that is comforting. He gently reminds us when we go wrong and encourages us to do the right thing. His desire is to save us all, not willing that any should perish. He\'ll was made for the devil and his angels. May we choose eternal life as we contemplate the great sacrifice God has made to save us and accept it, willingly, before it is too late.

  9. A great exposition of the NATURE of the war in heaven is that by Dr. Richard Davidson. See http://archives.adventistreview.org/article/6000/archives/issue-2013-1503/and-there-was-gossip-in-heaven

  10. A hymn comes to my mind "Faith is the Victory" that overcomes the world. The Holy Spirit changes a person, He can change a person who is absolutely drenched in sin to someone who now sings praises to Jesus for rescuing him from certain death to life eternal. From a meaningless directionless and hopeless existence to an abundant life of joy and peace. Even, as is sometimes the case, in the face of adversity. Is not a renewed and changed heart the greatest miracle?

    The Jews sought a sign, king Herod wanted Jesus to perform a miracle as an entertainment, in Charismatic churches today, miracles and signs occur. Listen to what Paul has to say in 2 Thess.2:9-11; "The comming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie" So you see the devil can use signs and miracles to deceive even the elect.

    So what should we do? Paul gives us this advice in Ephesians 6:14-18 ; "Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" Notice that the sword is equated with the word of God, it is this same sword that Jesus used to defeat the devil in the temptations in the wilderness, the sword is the thing that the devil fears the most and he goes to great lengths to get Christians to forget that they own one!

    We are involved in mortal combat here in the world, which Satan now controls by default, but the Lord has supplied us with weapons whereby we can crush the head of the serpent, (the Lord be praised)and rise victorious with Him who has overcome the world. Bless you all.

  11. I would like to ask how true is that after his expulsion from Heaven, Satan could visit again and again?


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