Here is part two of Adan Mill’s excellent presentation on music and the Great Controversy. In this presentation, Br. Mills reveals the effect of music on the human body.
“Though your efforts for good have been unsuccessful ninety-nine times, and you received only insult, reproach, and hate, yet if the one-hundredth time proves a success, and one soul is saved, oh, what a victory is achieved! One soul wrenched from Satan’s grasp, one soul benefited, one soul encouraged. This will a thousand times repay you for all your efforts."
Volume 2, Testimonies, page 31
What if that one lost soul were your child? your spouse? or you? How earnest would you wish the pursuer to be?
"If we would let our hearts be impressed with the following important words, and ever bear them in mind, we should not so easily fall into temptation and our words would be few and well chosen: ‘He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.’ ‘Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.’ ‘Thou God seest me.’"
Early Writings, page 112
The graveclothes were not thrown heedlessly aside, but carefully folded, each in a place by itself itself…It was Christ Himself who had placed those graveclothes with such care. When the mighty angel came down to the tomb, he was joined by another, who with his company had been keeping guard over the Lord’s body. As the angel from heaven rolled away the stone, the other entered the tomb, and unbound the wrappings from the body of Jesus. But it was the Saviour’s hand that folded each, and laid it in its place. In His sight who guides alike the star and the atom, there is nothing unimportant. Order and perfection are seen in all His work.
The Desire of Ages, page 789
Peace of mind, which comes from pure and holy motives and actions, will give free and vigorous spring to all the organs of the body. Inward peace and a conscience void of offense toward God will quicken and invigorate the intellect like dew distilled upon the tender plants…. The meditations are pleasing because they are sanctified. The serenity of mind which you may possess will bless all with whom you associate. This peace and calmness will, in time, become natural, and will reflect its precious rays upon all around you, to be again reflected upon you.
The more you taste this heavenly peace and quietude of mind, the more it will increase. It is an animated, living pleasure which does not throw all the moral energies into a stupor, but awakens them to increased activity. Perfect peace is an attitude of heaven which angels possess.
Lift Him Up, page 94
"The very first step in the path of life is to keep the mind stayed on God, to have His fear continually before the eyes. A single departure from moral integrity blunts the conscience, and opens the door to the next temptation. "He that walketh uprightly walketh surely; but he that perverteth his way shall be known." Proverbs 10:9"
Signs of the Times, February 7, 1884
Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
For the past week we have been discussing the passage above as it applies to the life and faith of Jesus as well as His children. In our last study we looked at what the faith of Jesus endured. In His life and in His death Jesus became the “Author and Finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2. That faith endured every weapon of the arsenal of Satan and brought Jesus off more than conquerer, in our same flesh and blood. And He proved that the law of God can be kept under even the most dire of circumstances. THIS is the faith of Jesus.
It was through the discipline of temptation, opposition, hardship and trial that the faith of Jesus was challenged and developed into patient enduring obedience. He always kept His Father’s commandments–even in the face of the uniting of church and state against Him. His confidence in the character of His Father was unshaken even when the Father turned from Him on the cross. God is love, and the faith of Jesus refused to cherish any thought to the contrary, even when staring into the second death of total annihilation. The Lord has not left us without understanding of what this meant to the Father. Even a brief meditation on the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham reveals the intense agony of the Father as He watched His Son suffer. (Genesis 22).
Jesus has given every one of us a “measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 What we do with it is up to us, and our responses our daily tests are a good indicator of how we will behave in bigger trials ahead. Revelation 13 clearly foretells a time when once again church and state will unite in persecuting power. The tortures of the past ages will once again become a reality, and according to Revelation 13:15, we also will face death. Will our faith hold? Will we have “the faith of Jesus”?
What does it matter? Why is our possession of the faith of Jesus so vital in the great controversy? I can state it no better than the late Donald K. Short in his book, “Made Like…His Brethren”, page 146.
“What is this need that drives God to such sacrificial devotion? A 6000-year courtship of frustration and rejection! What hidden value does the repentant bride possess that only He can see? In full view of the universe she is the canvas upon which He can paint the reflections of His attributes. No celestial resume’ could adequately represent Him and dispel the doubts and accusations that have taunted Him since Lucifer’s rebellion. She alone can open the chest of God and display the compassion and love that burns in His desire. She alone is the rib that rested in the cavity of His soul.”
The faith of Jesus is not about us. It’s about Him. And when we love Him Who first loved us, the faith of Jesus – that faith of which He is the Author and Finisher – will carry us through anything that faces us today or in the future. We will “open the chest of God and display” what God and His law are really all about, as by faith Jesus did on in His life, in Gethsemane, and on Calvary.
Throughout His life on earth we see a progressive increase in the intensity of tests brought into the life of Christ. As He entered His ministry He was met with the severe test in the wilderness. Hunger, thirst and loneliness all pressed upon Him. Satan used every tactic in his hellish arsenal to turn Christ from His mission. As Jesus began to teach He was met with the stern rebuke of the spiritual leaders who questioned His right to teach or in any way challenge their authority. He endured, obeyed, trusted! His faith held.
Day by day as He ministered, He was challenged, questioned, derided, hunted, gossiped about, conspired against, spied on, etc. The faith of Jesus was being developed. His commitment to His mission and His love for and confidence in His Father were undaunted; He stood as a mighty cedar in the storm. But that would soon change. Gethsemane was coming.
As Jesus entered the garden that passover evening, He staggered as He expressed His feelings, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death…” Matthew 26:38. He pleads with His Father for the cup to pass (ibid, verse 39). His faith–His moral conviction, His confidence, His surrender, His love–were all tested to the core. His concession, “nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” reveals the depth of his surrender, His faith, obedience, and His patient endurance.
The mob comes and He could escape but the faith of Jesus stands. The trial comes, replete with false witnesses, outright lies, physical abuse, mockery, bribery, the confession of Judas and the abandonment of His “loyal” followers. Motivated by love for His Father and for His children, His faith holds fast. Satan is pressing every “panic button” in the human nature of Christ, but Jesus chooses to keep His amygdala, which is screaming “self preservation”, under complete control of His frontal lobe, which is under the control if the Holy Spirit.
Then comes the cross, the nails and the crown of thorns. Something called neural thorns can develop along the neurons in the brain whenever we harbor an unforgiving spirit. These thorns wound surrounding tissues, but the choice to forgive prunes those thorns away. The faith of Jesus speaks: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” Luke 23:34. No thorns penetrate to the mind of Christ!
As Jesus hangs on the cross at Calvary the Father hides His face, and the faith of Jesus is tested to the utmost. He is alone in His suffering, and the scream, “My God, My GOD, Why hast Thou forsaken ME?”, bursts from the breaking heart of our Redeemer. He has no assurance of ever living or seeing His Father again. Except….by faith. And that faith held. Jesus died in faith, willing rather to be blotted out of existence than disobey His Father or to leave humanity with no hope.
“Here…are they that keep…the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12. Tomorrow we will look more at what this means for you and for me.