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HOW TO EXPERIENCE INTIMATE COMMUNION WITH GOD By Derek J. Morris MorrisD@gc.adventist.org I. INTRODUCTION A. Methodology The purpose of this study is to help you in your journey toward experiencing intimate communion with God. Our goal is not simply the conveying of information but life transformation. We will explore how to “set the Lord ever before us” (Psalm 16:8) and experience “fullness of joy” in His presence (Psalm 16:11). In order to maximize the learning experience, this study will include three components: 1. Information 2. Experience 3. Reflection It would be helpful if you formed a learning group with others who want to experience intimate communion with God. You can share insights together and learn from each other. B. Reflection on my present spiritual condition 1. Where am I now? a. Draw a line graph showing your spiritual journey up to the present time.
b. Write a brief explanation of the graph, noting key events and experiences that have been a significant influence on your spiritual journey. These may be both positive and negative.
2. List factors that were a positive influence in past spiritual growth that might also help in the future. Reflect on what you have written below and if possible share these insights with your learning group or with a Christian friend.
org . Definition 1. Listen to their feedback. B. Write your definition in the space below. Take notes. 3. Develop a concise definition of Christian spirituality. Share this definition of Christian spirituality with others.adventist.II. Where do we begin in our journey toward a more intimate experience with God? 1. a. WHAT IS CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY? A. Romans 3:23 b. You can work on this assignment by yourself or with your learning group. Isaiah 6:5 c. 2. Matthew 5:3 3 MorrisD@gc. Recognize your spiritual poverty.
but Jesus laid bare the foundation principles of truth. 2 Peter 3:18 b. fasting. Open your life on a daily basis to a deepening relationship with God through Jesus Christ by the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We must come to Christ just as we are. “Nicodemus had come to the Lord thinking to enter into a discussion with Him. Jeremiah 29:11-14 c. making all things new. Ellen G.There is help for us only in God…. 3 Ibid. a. Until this change takes place. John 17:3 e.d. meditation on the Word and works of God. Galatians 2:20 d. 31. it will result in no saving good for you to discuss with Me My authority or My mission. Accept the grace of God revealed through Christ. But God promises to do all this for you through Christ. You need not to have your curiosity satisfied. 1 2 4 MorrisD@gc.”3 3. You must receive a new life from above before you can appreciate heavenly things.adventist.”2 e. “You cannot atone for your past sins.”1 2. In this study we will examine four ways that you can open your life to a deepening relationship with God: prayer. 51. White. John 3:1-17 b. and make yourself holy. Philippians 3:8-14 f. “It is not theoretical knowledge you need so much as spiritual regeneration. 171.We can do nothing of ourselves. you cannot change your heart. Ellen G. Ephesians 2:1-10 c.org . a. “If you see your sinfulness. do not wait to make yourself better…. die to yourself and experience the new birth. White. He said to Nicodemus. Steps to Christ. and study. The Desire of Ages. but to have a new heart. Psalm 143:8 d.
teach us to pray 1. Luke 5:15-16 c. 93-94. Ibid.adventist. 93. Matthew 6:5-13 2. “Jesus Himself. He found comfort and joy in communion with His Father. but brings us up to Him. but in order to enable us to receive Him. Luke 6:12 d. B. 5 MorrisD@gc. while He dwelt among me. And if the Savior of men. felt the need of prayer. was often in prayer…. Lord.His humanity made prayer a necessity and a privilege. What lessons can we learn about prayer from these passages of Scripture? Make notes in the space below.III.”4 A. constant prayer. Luke 11:1 e. PRAYER “Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. the Son of God. Luke 11:1-4 b. sinful mortals feel the necessity of fervent. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are. The Importance of Prayer 1. Prayer does not bring God down to us.”5 4 5 Steps to Christ. Mark 1:35 b. Lessons from the Life of Jesus a. how much more should feeble.org . Consider the following passages of Scripture: a.
Read and discuss Luke 10:38-42.”10 b. Why don’t we pray more? 1. We have become preoccupied with concerns of secondary importance.”6 2. 1:295. White. Testimonies for the Church.”8 d.org . relying firmly upon Christ. When they humbly entreat the mighty Conqueror for help. will be overcome by his attacks.f.”9 C. “Satan leads many to believe that prayer to God is useless and but a form. White. Strength for the conflict a. Meet with your learning group. yet how often He was found in prayer. 6 7 6 MorrisD@gc. 362. Therefore he invents every possible device to engross the mind. The Great Controversy. “No other life was ever so crowded with labor and responsibility as was that of Jesus. 341. “Satan knows better than God's people the power that they can have over him when their strength is in Christ. “Satan is enraged at the sound of fervent prayer. 9 Ibid. “Satan well knows that all whom he can lead to neglect prayer and the searching of the Scriptures. the weakest believer in the truth. 8 Ibid. He well knows how needful are meditation and prayer to keep Christ's followers aroused to resist his cunning and deception. What devices is Satan using to engross your mind and keep you from prayer? Make notes in the space below. Ephesians 6:10-18 b. Ellen G.”7 c. 519. a.adventist. The Desire of Ages. can successfully repulse Satan and all his host. 10 Ellen G. for he knows that he will suffer loss.
but had themselves enjoyed communion with God. We were never taught how to pray. “Lord. bringing sinners back into the presence of a holy God. there are times when you might want to specifically offer a prayer for physical and spiritual protection. The Lord’s Prayer One possible model for us in learning how to pray is the Lord’s prayer. 13 For more information about the armor of God. 46. Ibid. both for learning and for piety. Not only were the students taught the duty of prayer. Putting on the Whole Armor of God While putting on the whole armor of God can be included in the Lord’s Prayer (deliver us) and the Sanctuary Prayer (strength for the day at the Table of Shewbread). a. They had the respect and confidence of the people.com. The sanctuary also serves as a wonderful model for prayer. 3. White. teach us to pray. Encountering God in Prayer Juanita Kretschmar developed this model for prayer in her work with New York City Van Ministry.”11 ii. 11 12 7 MorrisD@gc. but they were taught how to pray.org . 4. how to exercise faith in Him and how to understand and obey the teachings of His Spirit. 47.adventist. how to approach their Creator. and had received the special endowment of His Spirit. visit www. “A spirit of devotion was cherished. The Sanctuary Prayer The earthly sanctuary portrays God’s plan of redemption.radicalprotection. Jesus gave this prayer to His disciples in response to their request. Education. In search of a model for prayer 1.2.”12 D.” 2. Our past experience and education did not prepare us to be men and women of prayer. “The instructors were not only versed in divine truth. It provides tremendous opportunity for personal healing and restoration. Notice the emphasis at the schools of the prophets: i.13 Ellen G.
relational. Claim His promises to provide Forgive us Confess specific personal sins Confess sins of family Confess sins of church Confess sins of community Claim promises of forgiveness.THE LORD’S PRAYER -a model for prayer FOCUS ON GOD: “Our Father in heaven” Hallowed be Your name Praise God for His character Praise God for His works Your kingdom come (acceptance of Christ as Savior. Lord and coming King) In my own life Intercede for the salvation of others Family Friends Church Country World Your will be done In my own life Intercede for others PRESENT OUR NEEDS Give us Present our specific physical needs (daily bread) before the Lord Present other needs before the Lord—emotional. Amen. and the glory. and healing Deliver us Accept the power from God through the anointing of the Holy Spirit Put on the whole armor of God Conclude by giving praise and glory to God: “Yours in the kingdom.adventist. etc. the power. cleansing.org .” 8 MorrisD@gc. forever.
7. Baptism of the Holy Spirit—Luke 11:13. Ephesians 6:10-18. Washing through the Word/Listen to God—Ephesians 5:25-26. Romans 1:9-10. 6.THE SANCTUARY -a model for prayer 5 7 6 4 3 2 1 KEY: 1. Confession—1 John 1:8-9. 4. Intercession—Philippians 1:3-4. Luke 10:21. 11. 3. Galatians 5:22-25.adventist. 9 MorrisD@gc. 2 Timothy 2:19.org . Enter with praise—Psalm 100. Experience intimate communion—Psalm 16:8. Strength for the day—John 6:32-33. Romans 10:9. John 17:17. Romans 13:12-14. 2. 5.
since He has promised. Repeat the process as desired. tell your Heavenly Father you give Him permission to remove the sin and sense of guilt or condemnation that came with the sin. rebellion and resentment. Take time to be attentive and listen. Ask for angels to guard you. you may want to ask what help He would have sent if you had turned to Him fully in that earlier moment of temptation. Let God know you will accept that gift (whatever thought.org . 9. 6. 2. Enjoy His presence. Ask Him to make sure that no other influences or thoughts will be allowed to disturb. thank Him. and ask for forgiveness. 5. He may give you delightful insights. be specific. cherished "rights" such as anger. 3.adventist. Invite Him to search your life for a revelation of hidden sin. King. etc. or picture He brings to your mind). whether you feel anything or not. What characteristic of Jesus is He waiting to give you? What gift of guidance or insight is He making available? Take time to be attentive and listen. Allow Him to take you back to childhood if necessary. call it sin. acts. that He will protect. word. Be sure to express thanks aloud. Worship the Creator. Since it is a gift. Accept Jesus' desire to release you from this guilt. By your own free choice. At the time you are accepting gifts from God. Christ wants to do this for you. (Your ears need to hear your own voice expressing confidence and praise. Let God know you are willing to allow Him to place the burden you have been carrying on the shoulders of His Son. 10. Or you may ask what Jesus would have done in your place. Praise Him. 10 MorrisD@gc. As conviction comes to your mind of thoughts. Ask God what He has for you in exchange. 4. Be sure to thank Him aloud.) Ask for a deeper repentance. 7. Claim the blood of Jesus over all sin. Redeemer. Ask the Father for the covering of the Holy Spirit bringing the presence of Jesus. or experiences that in the presence of the cross are sin.ENCOUNTERING GOD IN PRAYER -a model for prayer by Juanita Kretschmar 1. if He has just impressed you of specific instances of sin. 8. Accept forgiveness and thank Him aloud.
or if there is any particular instruction He wants to share with you. loving Friend. 11 MorrisD@gc.adventist. Be sure to praise Him aloud as you end the time of prayer. generous. You'll want to.11.org . Take time to be attentive and listen. You may want to ask Him at the final moments of this specific prayer if there is anything or anyone else He wants you to pray about or for. etc. and a marvelous. He's a wonderful God. 12.
Great thoughts.adventist.. elevated. 5:112-113.org .." Scripture meditation: Ephesians 6:10-18. 12 MorrisD@gc. clear perceptions of truth and duty to God. Put on the whole armor of God. transforming influence upon those around them.THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD -a model for prayer "Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. ennobled by this intimate acquaintance with God. I want to put on the whole armor of God The Belt of Truth The Breastplate of Righteousness Put on my feet the Gospel of Peace Take up the Shield of Faith with which I can extinguish all the fiery darts of the evil one Put on my head the Helmet of Salvation And take up the Sword of the Spirit. will be theirs.They will feel that heaven's glories are for them.14 Extra passages for meditation: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 & Romans 13:12-14. 14Testimonies for the Church. and they will become refined. which is the Word of God Now go forward in the strength of the Lord. and remember the counsel of Scripture that follows: "Pray in the Spirit at all times.. How to: As a special time of prayer for physical and spiritual protection." Remember these encouraging words: Those who will put on the whole armor of God and devote some time every day to meditation and prayer and to the study of the Scriptures will be connected with heaven and will have a saving. noble aspirations. make a conscious decision to put on the whole armor of God: Father.
adventist. but they should eat sparingly of the most simple food. 87. “The spirit of true fasting and prayer is the spirit which yields mind. The object of the fast which God calls upon us to keep is not to afflict the body for the sin of the soul. He who fasts in real sorrow for sin will never court display. Biblical fast a.”17 b. “For certain things. Limited amount of simple food ii. simple food. and the proper use of wholesome. “The true fasting which should be recommended to all. We obtain answers to our prayers because we humble our souls before God. in sprinkling ashes upon the head. but in the wisdom of their Leader. Luke 4:1-2 iii. White. Daniel 10:3 iii. more wide-awake. “The fasting which the word of God enjoins is something more than a form.”16 v. not trusting in their own wisdom. Entire abstinence from food may not be required.”15 iv. “Now and onward till the close of time the people of God should be more earnest. In the hand of God they are a means of cleansing the heart and promoting a receptive frame of mind. It does not consist merely in refusing food. Hunger strike 3. Health fast 2. Ellen G. 15 16 13 MorrisD@gc. fasting and prayer are recommended and appropriate. White.IV. Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing. heart and will to God.”18 iv. is abstinence from every stimulating kind of food. They should set aside days for fasting and prayer.org . 17 Ibid. FASTING A. Normal fast i. Partial fast i. in humbling the heart before God and receiving His pardoning grace. in wearing sackcloth. 18 Ibid. but to aid us in perceiving the grievous character of sin. 188-189. Ellen G. 189. No food but free use of water ii. 187-188. Counsels of Diet and Foods. Types of fast 1.
adventist.”20 d. Ibid.org . 188.”19 c. “You are not called upon to fast forty days. Deuteronomy 9:9 iii.”21 B. Supernatural fast i. but there is virtue in the blood of Christ. Acts 9:9 iv. Men need to think less about what they shall eat and drink of temporal food and much more in regard to the food from heaven. Matthew 6:16-18 b. The Lord bore that fast for you in the wilderness of temptation. 19 20 14 MorrisD@gc. Matthew 9:14-15 2. that will give tone and vitality to the whole religious experience. Study the following passages of Scripture: a. There would be no virtue in such a fast. Counsels on Diets and Foods. 21 Ibid. No food and no water ii. “All the fasting in the world will not take the place of simple trust in the word of God. What do you learn about fasting from the teachings of Jesus? Make notes in the space below.which God has provided in abundance. Absolute fast i. Esther 4:16 iii. What Jesus taught about fasting 1. No food or water with increased vitality ii.
It exposes those things that control you. Share your own experiences with fasting with a Christian friend or with your learning group. 8. The purpose of a biblical fast 1. You should consult your physician if you suspect that such a fast might pose a health hazard. etc. 2. You may also want to fast from other distractions like various forms of media: television. 9. God may impress you to take times in a normal fast. Internet. 5. Do not advertise your fast to others.C. Focus your attention on the Word of God. 4. It helps you to focus your attention upon God. Practical suggestions for a biblical fast 1. 7. 3. 6. 10. There is no added blessing simply because a fast in longer or more restrictive. D. Spend extra time in prayer during your fast. Do not be extreme. E. What lessons has God taught you? 15 MorrisD@gc.org . It calls you to prayer. 2. Begin with a 24-hour partial fast. Eat sparingly of the simplest food. 3.adventist. Such an attitude robs you of the special blessing God desires to bestow during this time. Consider setting aside a day each week for such a time of fasting and prayer. taking time for Bible reading and meditation. Drink plenty of water. Realize that you need to severely limit your activities during such a fast. with no food but plenty of water.
White. Meditate on the Law of God a. whatever things are pure. Psalm 19:1 d. 110. MEDITATION ON THE WORD AND WORKS OF GOD “Whatever things are true. exalting His wisdom. He will prove in his own life the reality of the experience described in the Scripture: "Thy words were found. Meditate on God’s works a. whatever things are of good report. Sons and Daughters of God. God has made them for the benefit of man. Psalm 1:2 c.adventist.. whatever things are just. “Merely to hear or to read the word in not enough. and drink deep of the spirit of the holy oracles.V. Psalm 119:148 f. By earnest attention and prayerful thought he must learn the meaning of the words of truth. In studying the natural loveliness surrounding us.” Philippians 4:8 A. 24 Ellen G. Psalm 145:5-7 c. Psalm 119:23-24 e.”22 g. Psalm 119:15 d. Meditation in the Scriptures 1. “God calls upon His creatures to turn their attention from the confusion and perplexity around them. “The beauties of nature are a theme for contemplation. Joshua 1:8 b. 59-60. White. 22 23 16 MorrisD@gc.”23 2. Ellen G. and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. 252." Jeremiah 15:16. and I did eat them. The heavenly bodies are worthy of contemplation. the mind is carried up through nature to the Author of all that is lovely. and admire His handiwork.”24 e.. “Meditation. magnifying His power. whatever things are noble.will open to the student treasures of which he has never dreamed. Psalm 143:5 b. He who desires to be profited by the Scriptures must meditate upon the truth that has been presented to him.org . Christ’s Object Lessons. Education. if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy— meditate on these things. whatever things are lovely. All the works of God are speaking to our senses.
60. 25 26 17 MorrisD@gc. we may discern in them a new vividness and beauty. 514. Your heart will glow with a sense of His love. The Ministry of Healing. 1. we in imagination join the scene of Communion in the upper chamber. and may also gather for ourselves their deeper lessons.”25 3. White. With the power and light that God imparts.”27 f. holier.”29 h. to study His wonderful work in the great plan of redemption. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us. 28 The Desire of Ages. “God bids us fill the mind with great thoughts. especially the closing ones. 27 Ellen G.”26 e. 29 Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing. We should take it point by point.adventist. and let the imagination grasp each scene. “As we receive the bread and the wine symbolizing Christ's broken body and spilled blood. enter into the thoughts and feelings that filled their hearts. You will be uplifted as if borne by everlasting arms. pure thoughts. “Let us in imagination go back to that scene. and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. Understanding what the words of Jesus meant to those who heard them. angels of God will be by our side to enlighten our minds. 83. Meditate on God Himself.and as we study His works. our love will be quickened. “It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ.”28 g. higher. our confidence in Him will be more constant. Hebrews 1:1-4 d. John 14:9-11 c. as we sit with the disciples on the mountainside. Then clearer and still clearer will be our perception of truth. Christ’s Object Lessons. The soul dwelling in the pure atmosphere of holy thought will be transformed by communion with God through the study of Scripture. especially in the Person of Jesus a. “Walk continually in the light of God. you can comprehend more and accomplish more than you ever before deemed possible.org . He desires us to meditate upon His love and mercy. Then you will see His beauty and rejoice in His goodness. our desire for purity of heart and clearness of thought. Psalm 63:6-8 b. (the sermon on the mount) and. We seem to be passing through the garden consecrated by the agony of Ibid. Meditate day and night upon His character.
The plan of salvation is glorified before us.org .”33 2.adventist.”32 B. 5:316. both are essential to the formation of Christian character. Him who bore the sins of the world. we more fully comprehend the magnitude and meaning of the sacrifice made by the Majesty of heaven. j. 34 The Desire of Ages.Meditation and prayer are necessary to a growth in grace. 2:187. 126. “Meditation and prayer would keep us from rushing unbidden into the way of danger. 35 Testimonies for the Church. “There is too much talking by nearly all.”31 “As we meditate upon the perfections of the Savior. and the thought of Calvary awakens living and sacred emotions in our hearts.i.. The importance of Christian meditation 1. Testimonies for the Church. 30 31 18 MorrisD@gc. The more our thoughts are upon Christ. we shall desire to be wholly transformed and renewed in the image of His purity. 661. 33 Testimonies for the Church... for pride and self-worship cannot flourish in the soul that keeps fresh in memory the scenes of Calvary. 89. There will be a hungering and thirsting of soul to become like Him whom we adore. 5:113. Looking upon the crucified Redeemer. 32 Steps to Christ. and thus we should be saved from many a defeat. busy action is not enough. We witness the struggle by which our reconciliation with God was obtained. and too little meditation and prayer. Praise to God and the Lamb will be in our hearts and on our lips.”34 3. “Abstract meditation is not enough. the more we shall speak of Him to others and represent Him to the world.”30 “What a theme for meditation is the sacrifice that Jesus made for lost sinners. Christ is set forth crucified among us.”35 Ibid.
write down your experiences and the lessons that God has taught you. Be open to what God wants to teach you. Jesus often meditated out in nature.C. Jesus blessing the children—Mark 10:13-16 19 MorrisD@gc. 2. Think of ways to apply the lessons you have learned to your life. allowing your imagination to grasp the scene. Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary—Luke 10:38-42 4. asking the Holy Spirit to guide you and fill your life with the presence of Jesus. Jesus on the cross –Luke 23:33-46 2. Read it slowly and carefully. Jesus passing through Jericho—Mark 10:46-52 5.org . Find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. 2. After your time of Christian meditation. A Definition of Christian Meditation 1. How does your definition of Christian meditation help you to identify false forms of meditation that emphasize an emptying of the mind? D. Based on the material that you have just studied. Jesus and the storm—Luke 8:22-25 3.adventist. Suggested passages for Christian meditation 1. Read the passage of Scripture that you have chosen for your time of Christian meditation. Taking time for Christian mediation 1. Spend time in prayer. E. 4. develop a concise definition of Christian meditation. 3. Write your definition below.
89. we shall be enabled. more fully to understand the lessons of God's word.. 90. Study of the Word of God 1. Psalm 8:1-4 5.”40 B. men would have a breadth of mind.. but should study the words of God for ourselves. and give them an inspiration and an energy of argument that will be powerful to convict and convert souls. to give vigor to the faculties. ennobling truths of the Bible.org . 40 Education.”36 4. 4:526. We are to search its pages. It is thus that nature becomes a key to the treasure house of the word. Acts 17:11 2. 38 Testimonies for the Church. Luke 12:24—to perceive thoroughly with the mind 3. “Those who read and study with an earnest desire for divine light. “. No other book is so potent to elevate the thoughts. not for proof to sustain our opinions.”37 5. elevate their thoughts.”39 7. but spoken. with what awe would we open God's word.”38 6. as the broad. “We should not take the testimony of any man as to what the Scriptures teach. 39 Ibid. a nobility of character. Matthew 6:28—to learn thoroughly 2.. The Bible is God's voice speaking to us. 120. “There is nothing more calculated to strengthen the intellect than the study of the Scriptures.. but in order to know what God says. under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. “The student of the Bible should be taught to approach it in the spirit of a learner. 36 37 20 MorrisD@gc.”41 Steps to Christ. 189. “The word of the living God is not merely written. just as surely as though we could hear it with our ears.adventist. 41 Ibid. and with what earnestness would we search its precepts! The reading and contemplation of the Scriptures would be regarded as an audience with the Infinite One. If God's word were studied as it should be. and a stability of purpose rarely seen in these times. If we realize this.will soon discover in the Scriptures a beauty and harmony which will captivate their attention.as we observe the things of the natural world.VI. 2 Timothy 2:15 3. 6:393. STUDY A. Study of the Works of God 1. Ibid. Psalm 19:1-6 4.
and rebuke your sins. 5:234. Then. 44 Ibid. White give evidence of a special spiritual gift of prophecy that was bestowed upon her by the Holy Spirit of God. 189. John 16:12-14 b. point out your defects of character. 46 Steps to Christ. to leave men without excuse. bringing them back to the word which they have neglected to follow. Study of the Spirit of Prophecy 1. He has spoken to us through the Testimonies to the church. 2:454-455. 45 Ibid.”47 2.”42 C. 2. some who profess to make the word of God their study are found living in direct opposition to its plainest teachings. “The Word of God is sufficient to enlighten the most beclouded mind and may be understood by those who have any desire to understand it. “Never should the Bible be studied without prayer. 8:298. This will save us from accepting strong delusions. “As we contemplate the beauty of nature. “A true knowledge of the Bible can be gained only through the aid of that Spirit by whom the word was given. 2 Timothy 2:15 Christ’s Object Lessons. and it will be given. 126.”45 D. 47 Education. Pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit a. in all the wonders of earth and sea and sky. The writings of Ellen G. Testimonies for the Church. “The testimonies of His Spirit call your attention to the Scriptures. “We must follow the directions given through the Spirit of prophecy. there will come to us a new perception of truth.”43 3. and through the books that have helped to make plain our present duty and the position that we should now occupy. 91. in the growth of the trees. Read carefully and thoughtfully a.adventist. But notwithstanding all this. We must love and obey the truth for this time.6. Before opening its pages we should ask for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. as we study its lessons in the cultivation of the soil. How to study 1.org . These writings direct our attention to Jesus Christ and to the Scriptures as the primary source of truth and also provide wise counsel for those living in the last days of earth’s history.”46 c. God has spoken to us through His Word. 42 43 21 MorrisD@gc.”44 4. God gives plain and pointed testimonies.
Often the dwellers of Nazareth heard his voice raised in praise and thanksgiving to God. 90. and then dwell upon the thought until it becomes his own. 90.be committed to memory. Testimonies for the Church. “In daily study the verse-by-verse method is often most helpful. 50 Education. Even while you are walking the streets you may read a passage and meditate upon it. You need an experimental knowledge of how to do His will. b.. read it.adventist. 4. White. “There is but little benefit derived from a hasty reading of the Scriptures. One passage studied until its significance is clear to the mind and its relation to the plan of salvation is evident.. is of more value that the perusal of many chapters with no definite purpose in view and no positive instruction gained. 53 The Desire of Ages.org . to the heavenly home.”50 3. but earnest Bible students. Take notes a.His praise seemed to banish the evil angels and. like incense. 73.…. One may read the whole Bible through and yet fail to see its beauty or comprehend its deep and hidden meaning. thus fixing it in the mind.. that you may know that God requires of you. 189. 51 Steps to Christ.b. The minds of His hearers were carried from this earthly exile. 52 Ellen G. 48 49 22 MorrisD@gc. Counsels on Sabbath School Work.”53 Steps to Christ...”48 c. Psalm 119:11 b. “Often He (Jesus) expressed the gladness of His heart by singing Psalms and spiritual songs. Let the student take one verse. so that after a time you will delight thus to treasure up the precious words of truth. “Keep your Bible with you. He held communion with heaven in song. and concentrate the mind on ascertaining the thought that God has put into that verse for him. Record the lessons that you learn from your prayerful study time.”51 c. Commit precious truths to memory a.”49 d. fix the texts in your memory. it will gain strength by exercise. “Let the important passages of Scripture. fill the place with fragrance. These insights will be helpful for times of meditation and prayer. “Be not only Bible readers. 6:161. 42. As you have opportunity.Though at first the memory may be defective.”52 d. Christ is our Teacher.
. 54 55 23 MorrisD@gc. “You need the treasures of God's Word hidden in your heart.. May you continue to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.org ..org...adventist. At each step of your journey.adventist. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18). so that.Let us commit its promises to memory.. My Life Today.”54 VII. To Him be glory both now and forever. we may still be in possession of the Word of God. EPILOGUE This workbook is a brief introduction to the study of Christian spirituality— how to experience intimate communion with God. White. give thanks to God and share what you have learned with others. 55 Ellen G. 28.e. Have you been blessed by God as a result of this study? Please send your testimony and feedback to MorrisD@gc. when we are deprived of our Bibles. against impure thoughts and unholy actions.The heart that is stored with the precious truths of God's Word is fortified against the temptation of Satan.
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