By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; ... for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5.
The knowledge of God that works transformation of character is our great need. If we fulfill His purpose, there must be in our lives a revelation of God that shall correspond to the teaching of His Word.
The experience of Enoch and of John the Baptist represents what ours should be. Far more than we do, we need to study the lives of these men—he who was translated to heaven without seeing death, and he who, before Christ’s first advent, was called to prepare the way of the Lord, to make His paths straight.
Of Enoch it is written that he lived sixty-five years and begat a son; after that he walked with God three hundred years. During those earlier years, Enoch had loved and feared God, and had kept His commandments. But after the birth of his first son he reached a higher experience; he was drawn into closer relationship with God. As he saw the child’s love for its father, its simple trust in his protection; as he felt the deep, yearning tenderness of his own heart for that firstborn son, he learned a precious lesson of the wonderful love of God to man in the gift of His Son, and the confidence which the children of God may repose in their heavenly Father. The infinite, unfathomable love of God through Christ became the subject of his meditations day and night. With all the fervor of his soul he sought to reveal that love to the people among whom he dwelt....
His faith waxed stronger, his love became more ardent, with the lapse of centuries. To him prayer was as the breath of the soul. He lived in the atmosphere of heaven....
The power of God that wrought with His servant was felt by those who heard. Some gave heed to the warning and renounced their sins; but the multitudes mocked at the solemn message....
For three hundred years Enoch had been seeking purity of heart, that he might be in harmony with heaven. For three centuries he had walked with God. Day by day he had longed for a closer union; nearer and nearer had grown the communion, until God took him to Himself. He had stood at the threshold of the eternal world, only a step between him and the land of the blest; and now the portals opened, the walk with God, so long pursued on earth, continued, and he passed through the gates of the Holy City, the first from among men to enter there....
To such communion God is calling us. As was Enoch’s must be their holiness of character who shall be redeemed from among men at the Lord’s second coming.—Testimonies for the Church 8:329-331.
In this second message on the Holy Spirit, filmed at the Godhead Symposium in Dinuba CA, Dr. Frank Hasel talks about the personal characteristics of the Holy Spirit. Inspiration tells us: "We cannot use the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is to use us. Through the Spirit God works in His people 'to will and to do of His good pleasure.' Philippians 2:13. But many will not submit to this. They want to manage themselves. This is why they do not receive the heavenly gift." (DA 672) We pray this message is a blessing!
In this handbook, produced by the General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department, Calvin Smith outlines five types of Bible studies, how to find Bible study contacts, how to give a Bible study, what to do when you arrive at the study, gaining decisions for Christ, and much more. We pray this resources is a blessing!
The “Promise” card is a key resource that could be used during a special stewardship program or training event to help members and leaders commit to putting God first in their lives. It can also be used at revival events to call believers to commit to putting “God First” in every area of their lives. There are several categories of commitment that include spiritual, physical, and financial stewardship. The cards can be collected and the members prayed for, or they can be kept by the individual “Promisor” as a reminder. They can be placed in their Bibles. Multiple languages are available!