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GOD’S LOVE - TESTED AND PROVED. The Garden of Gethsemane is preeminently the place where divine love was tested and proved. . . . In the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Cross, our Saviour measured weapons with the prince of darkness. . . . His heel was bruised by Satan. But that very act was crushing the serpent’s head. PK. 710. In the Garden Christ staggered under the terrible horror of the load of sin — your sins and mine. In anguish He lay prostate on the cold earth. His heart was broken. “ And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was like as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. “ Luke 22:44 Three times there came from His pale and quivering lips the agonizing cry. “ Saying, Father, If thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will. but thine, be done. Luke22:42. In the Garden of Gethsemane the destiny of a lost world trembled in Christ’s hands. Had Jesus failed to pass the test, had he refused to drink the cup, the result would have been eternal death for you and me. Every Christian must go through a similar “ Garden of Gethsemane “ experience. “ But the Lord tests the hearts. “ The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts. Prov. 17:3. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12 “ Young and Old, God Is Now Testing You. “ You Are Deciding Your Own Eternal Destiny. Your Pride, Your Love To Follow The Fashions Of The World, Your Vain and Empty Conversation, Your Selfishness, Are All Put On The Scale. . . 1Test. 189 To Often, This Testing Portion Of The Plan Of Redemption Is Lightly Passed Over or Sadly Neglected. The Idea That A Person’s Only Responsibility Is “ To Believe, Appeals To The Selfish Heart. “ But This Is Not True. “ When The Cases Of All Come To Review Before God, the question, What Did They Profess? Is Never Asked, but “ What Have They Done? “ E. G. White. R & H July 13, 1886 “ . . . Even so Faith, If It Hath Not Works, Is Dead, Being Alone. James 2:17. Each of us must have our own “ Gethsemane. “ We must choose what power controls our lives and our actions. And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, To Humble Thee, and To Prove Thee, to know what was in Thine Heart? Whether thou wouldest keep His Commandments or No. Deut. 8:2. Are We Willing To Deny Self? Do We Recognize God’s Prior Claim Over Our Time, Our Talents, and Our Material Possessions? God tests us to determine the Attitudes Of The Heart. As we contemplate the scenes of Gethsemane, we will abandon all thoughts of restricting our actions and offerings to that which cost us nothing. We Will Say, As Did Christ In Gethsemane: “ Not my will, but Your Will Be Done. “ What will Be the Outcome of your “ Gethsemane “ experience? A world of unsaved people reach out to you. They challenge you to respond to the enormous and critical needs of your local Church, your Conference, and your World Missions Poining To The Harvest Fields. Christ Says To His Followers. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of The Son, and of The Holy Ghost: Teaching Them To Observe All Things whatsoever I Have Commanded You: and, Lo, I Am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matt. 28:19-20. Heal The Sick, Cleanse The Leper’s, Raise The Dead, Cast Out devils: Freely Ye Have Received, Freely Give. Matt. 10:8.

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