Moments with Jesus
I am pleased with the fervor of your devotion to me and the cause in which we are now engaged - to spread the last warning message to the world. Everything now is in agitation, and the players in the final drama are aligning themselves with the leaders they have chosen. I too, have my chosen ones who are loyal to me and determined with all their hearts to follow me to the end and fight for the cause of victory at all costs. This enables me to go forward into the battle against the enemy and win the victory, because I have my faithful ones at my side.
The topic for today is "elementary." There are many ways of studying Scripture, and as long as a person is honest in heart, and seeking truth through the Spirit and not the flesh, this is acceptable. But the truth in the last hours of earth's history, must be brought down to its most elementary level so that people may hear and comprehend it very quickly.
"Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." Hab. 2:2, 3.
The time has come when people will not listen to sound doctrine [2 Tim. 4:3, 4] but heap to themselves teachers who say to them what they want to hear. The media also has trained people to have short attention spans and make decisions very quickly, sometimes in just a few moments of time. But I will help you to reach even the modern day people with the words of the Scriptures, and sometimes backed up by the writings of my testimony through Ellen White. Because of the shortness of time, there is not enough time to belabor every subject to its depths, but I screen the people by giving pointed present truth, and then follow up with additional truths that build the foundation even stronger for those who want to go further.
Remember the story of the sower [Matt. 13:3-23]. The point of the parable was that the sower was not responsible for what happened after he sowed the seed, but it was the ground on which the seeds fell that determined the outcome of the harvest. The farmer was responsible for sowing the seed "beside all waters" [Isa. 32:20], and leaving the outcome to the Lord.
So what are some of the elementary and pertinent truths that I want you to present?
The first priority is to teach them about the law of God, for it is the foundation of all truth; and breaking the law is the root of all sin. Teach the people that my law is my character, and the foundation of my government, and the principles upon which my kingdom is founded. Tell them that my law is my Covenant of Love [Deut. 7:9, 12], and the marriage contract by which I promise to love and protect and provide for everything that is needed for my Bride, who agrees with my Covenant. Teach them about the reasonableness of my Covenant, and the benefits of being in a covenant relationship with me. And then teach them how the breaking of the law necessitated my death in order to win back the fallen race from the clutches of the evil one, and how I can now give each person who surrenders to me the application of the blood that was shed for them. I offer my perfect life to everyone who gives their lives to me, and the acceptance of my righteousness in their hearts qualifies them to be a citizen of my kingdom.
Number two: Teach them the principles of the great controversy, and invite them to be on the winning side, because I have already won the victory in their behalf if they will accept it and live by it.
Number three: Teach them where we are in time, and that I am about to close probation upon the world and pour out the seven last plagues.
Teach them about the Sanctuary, and the meaning of my intercession there and the blotting out of sin which prepares the way for the refreshing of the latter rain [Acts 3:19 - 21].
At any point where the listener does not want to hear these truths, you may shake the dust off of your feet [Matt. 10:14], and continue your journey through the harvest field to find those who are open to your message. I assure you that those who refuse to hear and respond to the truths of your message will be saddened in the day of judgment to find that they turned away a messenger of the Most High God, who was sent to save their souls.
So as I sent the disciples out two by two in the beginning of the harvest, so send I you [John 17:18] as the shadows lengthen into the sunset of the work on earth. Fear not, my beloved faithful ones, for I will not leave you nor forsake you, because you have accepted my Covenant of Love, and you are the ambassadors for my kingdom until I come and take you home to live with me forever. There you will reap the eternal joys of associating with the saved of all ages, and especially those who are there because of your witness for me in the closing hours of earth's history. Always remember that you are never alone, for I will be beside you every step of the way, guiding, protecting, and inspiring you with just the right words to say, and giving you the second witness [Matt. 18:16] of my Holy Spirit, for I am now, and will always be, just a prayer away! Lovingly, Jesus.