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John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 
15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 
15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 
15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 
15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. 
I needed to go 104 miles to discuss mission plans for India with my nurse. The best time to do this was to meet her at church and eat together and spend the afternoon of Sabbath together. She had nursing duties Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and the rest of the week was too difficult for me. So I prayed about my plans and decided to take my daughter and go up to see Nurse Barbara and visit. When I went to tell my husband our plans, he wanted to go also but the teenagers wanted to go to church where their friends were. My husband then told me there was not enough gas in the car to make it 104 miles. I would need to buy gas. It was very cold outside. The temperature at my home was 18 degrees F, or about a minus 10degrees C.  My faith and obedience was being tested. I had been memorizing this text all week: John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 
I do not buy anything on the Sabbath day. In emergencies, doctors need to buy gas to get to a patient needing help. I have always had the cars filled on Friday the preparation day. This was not an emergency. I just wanted to be with Barbara and make sure she knew of plans for our India mission trip. I told the Lord in my prayer,  "It would be all right with me if He chose not to make the car run on empty. I would sing and and pray and wait till after Sabbath to buy gas and then return home. It would be cold waiting there by the roadside if we ran out of gas and had to wait. It was a risk. Would God keep the car running? That was His business.  Yet I really wanted to meet with these friends and pray together about our medical clinics and programs for India." I repeated God's own words back to HIM: John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 

My parents kept the Sabbath this way. If they were needing fuel, they would pull over to the side of the road. We would sing and pray and read the Bible until the sun set ending the sacred hours of the Sabbath. This made a giant impression of the sacredness of the Sabbath to me. There are stories in the Bible that deal with disobedience of buying on the Sabbath day. I had read how Nehemiah told people their prayers were not being answered for they were sinning by doing business on the Sabbath day. They were not being blessed because they were living this way.

Nehemiah 10:31 And [if] the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the Sabbath day to sell, [that] we would not buy it of them on the Sabbath, or on the holy day.

I thought about this text

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 
20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 
20:10 But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: 
20:11 For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 

The first 60 miles did not take any faith at all. I knew the car worked fine. It ran smoothly, then the warning light came on that the car was on empty and needed fuel. I have discovered that at that point, it is best to buy fuel as soon as there is a gas station. Yet this time, I began to pray more. I had a little over 60 miles to go and the car can go 20 or 30 miles after the light comes on. If God could provide food out of the sky for the whole million people to eat daily in the camp of Israel, He could do an easy job of making the car run on heaven's gasoline.  I continued to pray and trust. The car ran smoothly all the way to church. After church we went in Barbara's car to their home to eat together. We had such a pleasant time praying and reading the Bible together. When her mom took me to my car after the sun went down, she waited to see if God left enough fuel in the line for it to start. She took a spare gas can along.
My car started fine. She followed me to the station and all went fine. God even gave enough to keep us from any unpleasant troubles with air bubbles in the gas line. Our God is POWERFUL!!!

This car takes a gallon of gas every 20-23 miles. So I figure HE delivered about 2-3 gallons of fuel to me. The needle stayed on empty through this experience.

I know the orphans in India are precious to Jesus. He is sending us to encourage HIS dear precious workers in three different locations in India. God is strengthening my faith for the journey ahead. PRAISE GOD from WHOM all blessings flow!

Addendum to the story:

At church Sabbath, I enjoyed the speaker's comments and took notes. They were words from the Bible and such fabulous promises! I copied them down from the screen where he put these with his laptop computer. I want to memorize them while I drove home. Then in the afternoon, we found more promises. The treasure to my heart was so great, I share this with you in the next few notes. These are the treasure that God sent me for, making extra fuel to make sure I received this blessing. How I love our GREAT GOD! Jesus wanted me to have this hope to carry with me to India. I have been praying that God would bless me with a greater outpouring of His Holy Spirit than ever before. It costs so much to go and I want only what God would have me take to them. I want to take hope and love to them.

John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 

Mathew 17:20 If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 

Luke 17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree (Mulberry Tree), Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.  

Mathew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this [which is done] to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 
21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. 

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 
18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth
18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 

I need my faith increased for Jesus says, if I believe, rivers of truth can flow from me to help others. These only come from God the Holy Spirit. In my own self I can do nothing. 

He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." "This," said John, "spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive." John 7:37-39. The refreshing water, welling up in a parched and barren land, causing the desert place to blossom, and flowing out to give life to the perishing, is an emblem of the divine grace which Christ alone can bestow, and which is as the living water, purifying, refreshing, and invigorating the soul. PP412


Jesus prays for our faith! He did for Peter, the man who had gone on mission trips, healed sick and cast out demons. During crisis, Peter thought he would be strong but he denied Jesus. I don't want to but am so very human. HELP ME JESUS! Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. 

Christ Makes Up for Our Unavoidable Deficiencies-- 1891.--Jesus loves His children, even if they err. They belong to Jesus and we are to treat them as the purchase of the blood of Jesus Christ. Any unreasonable course pursued toward them is written in the books as against Jesus Christ. He keeps His eye upon them, and when they do their best, calling upon God for his help, be assured the service will be accepted, although imperfect. Jesus is perfect. Christ's righteousness is imputed (delivered) unto them, and He will say, "Take away the filthy garments from him and clothe him with change of raiment." Jesus makes up for our unavoidable deficiencies. Where Christians are faithful to each other, true and loyal to the Captain of the Lord's host, never betraying trusts into the enemy's hands, they will be transformed into Christ's character. Jesus will abide in their hearts by faith.--Letter 17a, 1891. (See also a similar statement made in 1885 in Faith and Works, p. 50.) {3SM 196.1}

This is not done for those who keep hanging onto cherished sins.

All these expect to be saved by Christ's death, while they refuse to live His self-sacrificing life. They extol the riches of free grace, and attempt to cover themselves with an appearance of righteousness, hoping to screen their defects of character; but their efforts will be of no avail in the day of God. {COL 316.1}
The righteousness of Christ will not cover one cherished sin. A man may be a law-breaker in heart; yet if he commits no outward act of transgression, he may be regarded by the world as possessing great integrity. But God's law looks into the secrets of the heart. Every act is judged by the motives that prompt it. Only that which is in accord with the principles of God's law will stand in the judgment. {COL 316.2}

See the story of the Mulberry tree under Garden lessons. Click here to see Mulberry characteristics


Divine Help Promised

They are enabled to overcome natural and hereditary tendencies to evil. {AH 205.2}
Parents, are you working with unflagging energy in behalf of your children? The God of heaven marks your solicitude, your earnest work, your constant watchfulness. He hears your prayers. With patience and tenderness train your children for the Lord. All heaven is interested in your work. . . . God will unite with you, crowning your efforts with success. {AH 205.3}
As you try to make plain the truths of salvation, and point the children to Christ as a personal Saviour, angels will be by your side. ..Even if the character, habits, and practices of parents have been cast in an inferior mold, if the lessons given them in childhood and youth have led to an unhappy development of character, they need not despair. The converting power of God can transform inherited and cultivated tendencies; for the religion of Jesus is uplifting. "Born again" means a transformation, a new birth in Christ Jesus. {AH 206.1}

I used to think the words "Lord of the Sabaoth" meant Lord of the Sabbath. But the Greek word (Strong's #2962; 4519. The name means "The Lord of Hosts". The Lord of armies, or the Master of creation. In James 5:4  this term for God was used to show God had armies of power to take revenge on those who keep laborers from getting paid for their work.

Martin Luther referred to God this way in his song: "A mighty Fortress is our God, ...Lord Sabaoth, His name. Martin read the Bible in it's original meaning. He composed this song with the understanding of the mighty powerful army and power that God has.

The last special point is this: As we, God's church reflect His light, doing our best, God chooses not to look at our deficiencies (our mistakes and lack of dignity and cultural goofs etc.).

We cannot equal the light from heaven but we can resemble it. Just as we cannot be as bright as the Sun but like the moon, we can reflect it. I want to be a good reflector of Jesus. I want to be baptized by the Holy Spirit every day.