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1 Holy Communion/Seminar Sabbath, DeKUSDA Series Presentation, By Abonyo Fredrick On 27 th and 28 th September, 2013.

2 GEN 2:16- 17, 3:1, 6:5 HOSEA 4:6 EX 20:1- 17 REV 14:12, 22:14

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4 The Mind-CITADEL- A stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle. PSL 1:1-2 “Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

5 EPH 6:10-13 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” MATT 22:37 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

6 Satan wants to control our minds through our bodies; Jesus longs to control our bodies through our minds. Our bodies are a temple, not a funhouse. By following heaven’s principles, we can live more joy-filled, productive, abundant, healthy lives.

7 1. The Capital of the Body.--Every organ of the body was made to be servant to the mind. The mind is the capital of the body.--3T 136 (1872). The mind controls the whole man. All our actions, good or bad, have their source in the mind. It is the mind that worships God and allies us to heavenly beings. Yet many spend all their lives without becoming intelligent in regard to the casket [jewel case] that contains this treasure.- {1MCP 72.2} JOB 31:1

8 2. Brain Controls the Body The brain nerves which communicate with the entire system are the only medium through which Heaven can communicate to man and affect his inmost life.--2T 347 (1870).

9 Satan Strikes at the Perceptive Faculties. Satan comes to man with his temptations as an angel of light, as he came to Christ. 2 COR 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

10 He has been working to bring man into a condition of physical and moral weakness that he may overcome him with his temptations and then triumph over his ruin. If the perceptive faculties become benumbed through intemperance of any kind, eternal things are not discerned. (MYP 236.)

11 Guarding the Citadel All should feel the necessity of keeping the moral nature braced by constant watchfulness. Like faithful sentinels, they should guard the citadel of the soul, never feeling that they may relax.

12 The Unguarded Citadel. By beholding we become changed. Though formed in the image of his Maker, man can so educate his mind that sin which he once loathed will become pleasant to him. As he ceases to watch and pray, he ceases to guard the citadel, the heart, and engages in sin and crime.

13 The mind is debased, and it is impossible to elevate it from corruption while it is being educated to enslave the moral and intellectual powers and bring them in subjection to grosser passions. Constant war against the carnal mind must be maintained; and we must be aided by the refining influence of the grace of God, which will attract the mind upward and habituate it to meditate upon pure and holy things.--2T 479 (1870).

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15 1. Tobacco Tobacco, in whatever form it is used, tells upon the constitution. It is a slow poison. It affects the brain and benumbs the sensibilities so that the mind cannot clearly discern spiritual things, especially those truths which would have a tendency to correct this filthy indulgence. {1MCP 75.3}

16 Those who use tobacco in any form are not clear before God. In such a filthy practice it is impossible for them to glorify God in their bodies and spirits, which are His. 1 Cor 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God”

17 2. Slaves to Alcohol and Drugs.--On every side Satan seeks to entice the youth into the path of perdition ; and if he can once get their feet set in the way, he hurries them on in their downward course, leading them from one dissipation to another, until his victims lose their tenderness of conscience and have no more the fear of God before their eyes. PROV 23:32-31, 31:4-6, 21:17, 20:1

18 3. Satan's Weapons. -- The indulgence of fleshly lusts wars against the soul AND WEAKEN MENTAL FACULTIES. The apostle in the most impressive manner, addresses Christians, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God" (Romans 12:1). GAL 5:19-21

19 4. LITERATURE Character Revealed by Choice of Reading. The nature of one's religious experience is revealed by the character of the books one chooses to read in one's leisure moments.

20 Those whose imagination has not become perverted by the reading of fiction will find the Bible the most interesting of books.- {1MCP 108.2} " And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power" (Colossians 2:10)-OUR CHARACTER SHOULD ALWAYS REFLECT THAT COMPLETENESS! Lk 4:16

21 Books That Enfeeble the Mind. Love stories and frivolous, exciting tales constitute another class of books that is a curse to every reader. The author may attach a good moral and all through his work may weave religious sentiments, yet in most cases Satan is but clothed in angel robes the more effectually to deceive and allure. The mind is affected in a great degree by that upon which it feeds. The mind is enfeebled and loses its power to contemplate the great problems of duty and destiny.--7T (1902).

22 5. Excessive Indulgence That Is Sin.-- Excessive indulgence in eating, drinking, sleeping, or seeing is sin. The harmonious healthy action of all the powers of body and mind results in happiness.... The powers of the mind should be exercised upon themes relating to our eternal interests. This will be conducive to health of body and mind.--4T 417 (1880). {1MCP 112.1} LUKE 17:26-29

23 6. Overtaxing the Mind.--The student who desires to put the work of two years into one should not be permitted to have his own way. To undertake to do double work means, with many, overtaxation of the mind and neglect of physical exercise. It is not reasonable to suppose that the mind can assimilate an oversupply of mental food; and it is as great a sin to overload the mind as it is to overload the digestive organs.--CT 296 (1913). {1MCP 112.2}

24 7. Some Associations ARE Like a Slow Poison.-- If children are with those whose conversation is upon unimportant, earthly things, their minds will come to the same level. If they hear the principles of religion slurred and our faith belittled, if sly [Marked by skill in deception] objections to the truth are dropped in their hearing, these things will fasten in their minds and mold their characters. {1MCP 114.1} 1 COR 15:33 “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”

25 8. Ease, Self-indulgence, Security--Traitors Within the Walls.--It was when the Israelites were in a condition of outward ease and security that they were led into sin. They failed to keep God ever before them, they neglected prayer and cherished a spirit of self-confidence. Ease and self-indulgence left the citadel of the soul unguarded, and debasing thoughts found entrance. It was the traitors within the walls that overthrew the strongholds of principle and betrayed Israel into the power of Satan.{1MCP 75.1} EX 32:1- 6

26 By beholding we become changed. By the indulgence of impure thoughts man can so educate his mind that sin which he once loathed will become pleasant to him.--PP 459 (1890).

27 9. Prejudice Bars Enlightenment.--Those who allow prejudice to bar the mind against the reception of truth cannot receive the divine enlightenment. Yet, when a view of Scripture is presented, many do not ask, Is it true--in harmony with God's word? but, By whom is it advocated? And unless it comes through the very channel that pleases them, they do not accept it. So thoroughly satisfied are they with their own ideas that they will not examine the Scripture evidence with a desire to learn, but refuse to be interested, merely because of their prejudices.--GW 125, 126 (1893). (TM 105, 106.) {2MCP 422.1}

28 FOR GOD TO USE US, HE MUST PROVE US WORTHY OF SERVING HIM. OUR POWERS OF THE MIND MUST BE QUICKENED. WE MUST PERFECT THE ART AND SCIENCE OF MEDITATING UPON THE LAW OF THE LORD DAY AND NIGHT. OUR SPIRITS MUST BE LIFTED BY THE SWEET HYMNS LEADING US HEAVENWARD. WE MUST COMMIT THE WORD OF THE LORD TO MEMORY, AND DO THEM. WE MUST NEVER NEGLECT PRAYER FOR IT KEEPS US AWAKE.

29 THE BATTLEFIELD “THOSE WHO WOULD HAVE WISDOM, WHICH IS FROM GOD, MUST BECOME FOOLS IN THE SINFUL KNOWLEDGE OF THIS AGE, IN ORDER TO BE WISE. THEY SHOULD SHUT THEIR EYES, THAT THEY MAY SEE AND LEARN NO EVIL. THEY SHOULD CLOSE THEIR EARS, LEST THEY HEAR THAT WHICH IS EVIL AND OBTAIN THE KNOWLEDGE WHICH WOULD STAIN THEIR PURITY OF THOUGHTS AND ACTS. AND THEY SHOULD GUARD THEIR TONGUES, LEST THEY UTTER CORRUPT COMMUNICATIONS, AND GUILE BE FOUND IN THEIR MOUTHS.”- A SOLEMN APPEAL, PAGE 78.

30 Presented at DeKUSDA Church Holy Communion/Seminar Sabbath On Friday Vespers (27 th September, 2013) By Abonyo Fredrick ( ) Presented at DeKUSDA Church Holy Communion/Seminar Sabbath On Friday Vespers (27 th September, 2013) By Abonyo Fredrick ( )

31 Holy Communion/Seminar Sabbath, DeKUSDA Series Presentation, By Abonyo Fredrick On 27 th and 28 th September, 2013.

32 GEN 2:16- 17, 3:1, 6:5 HOSEA 4:6 EX 20:1- 17 REV 14:12, 22:14

33 The Mind-CITADEL- A stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle. PSL 1:1-2 “Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

34 Pre-sermon Seminar Presentation

35 The Fruitage of Spiritual Life.-- Spiritual life yields to its possessor that which all the world is seeking but which can never be obtained without an entire surrender to God.--Lt 121, {2MCP 404.1}

36 Man Created With Perfectly Balanced Mind.--The Lord made man upright in the beginning. He was created with a perfectly balanced mind, the size and strength of all its organs being perfectly developed. Adam was a perfect type of man. Every quality of mind was well proportioned, each having a distinctive office, and yet all dependent one upon another for the full and proper use of any one of them.--3T 72 (1872).

37 Mind Has Power of Choice.--God has given us the power of choice; it is ours to exercise. We cannot change our hearts, we cannot control our thoughts, our impulses, our affections. We cannot make ourselves pure, fit for God's service. But we can choose to serve God, we can give Him our will; then He will work in us to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus our whole nature will be brought under the control of Christ.--MH 176 (1905).

38 Man a Free Moral Agent.--To stir up rebellion in the fallen race, he [Satan] now represented God as unjust in having permitted man to transgress His law. "Why," said the artful tempter, "when God knew what would be the result, did He permit man to be placed on trial, to sin, and bring in misery and death?"... {2MCP 420.3}

39 Present Affects Future Decisions.--Your entire future will be influenced for good or for evil by the path you now choose.--Lt 41, {2MCP 421.2}

40 IN CHOOSING RIGHT, THEN OUR MENTAL FACULTIES MUST BE STRENGTHENED

41 1. Body, Mind, and Soul Benefit From Communion With God Whatever line of investigation we pursue, with a sincere purpose to arrive at truth, we are brought in touch with the unseen, mighty Intelligence that is working in and through all. The mind of man is brought into communion with the mind of God, the finite with the Infinite. The effect of such communion on body and mind and soul is beyond estimate.- -Ed 14 (1903). {2MCP 404.2}

42 2. Love for God Essential for Health.--God is the great caretaker of the human machinery. In the care of our bodies we must cooperate with Him. Love for God is essential for life and health.-- {2MCP 404.3} Love for Redeemer Clears Away Miasma.--The mind is befogged by sensual malaria. The thoughts need purifying. What might not men and women have been had they realized that the treatment of the body has everything to do with the vigor and purity of mind and heart. {2MCP 412.2}

43 3. Health of Body Important to Health of Soul.--God would be recognized as the Author of our being. That life He has given us is not to be trifled with. Recklessness in the bodily habits reveals a recklessness of moral character. The health of the body is to be regarded as essential for the advancement of growth in grace, an even temper.--MS 113, {2MCP 405.1} 1 COR 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”

44 4. Good Deeds Promote Health.--Good deeds are twice a blessing, benefiting both the giver and the receiver of the kindness. The consciousness of rightdoing is one of the best medicines for diseased bodies and minds. When the mind is free and happy from a sense of duty well done and the satisfaction of giving happiness to others, the cheering, uplifting influence brings new life to the whole being.--MH 257 (1905). {2MCP 405.2} Rightdoing Is Best Medicine.--The consciousness of rightdoing is the best medicine for diseased bodies and minds. The special blessing of God resting upon the receiver is health and strength. A person whose mind is quiet and satisfied in God is in the pathway to health.... {2MCP 407.4}

45 5. Truth Has Soothing Power.--The soothing power of pure truth seen, acted, and maintained in all its bearings is of a value no language can express to people who are suffering with disease. Keep ever before the suffering sick the compassion and tenderness of Christ, and awaken their conscience to a belief in His power to relieve suffering, and lead them to faith and trust in Him, the Great Healer, and you have gained a soul and ofttimes a life. {2MCP 409.2} JOHN 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

46 6. Christ Illumines the Mind.-- The physician is never to lead his patients to fix their attention on him. He is to teach them to grasp with the trembling hand of faith the outstretched hand of the Saviour. Then the mind will be illuminated with the light radiating from the Light of the world.-- {2MCP 409.1}

47 7. Disciplined Minds Have Increased Powers of Retention.--Habits of negligence should be resolutely overcome. Many think it a sufficient excuse for the grossest errors to plead forgetfulness. But do they not, as well as others, possess intellectual faculties? Then they should discipline their minds to be retentive. It is a sin to forget, a sin to be negligent. If you form a habit of negligence, you may neglect your own soul's salvation and at last find that you are unready for the kingdom of God.--COL 358, 359 (1900).

48 8. Healthful Food for the Mind.- -Pure healthful reading will be to the mind what healthful food is to the body. You will thus become stronger to resist temptation, to form right habits, and to act upon right principles.--RH, Dec 26, (SD 178.) {1MCP 107.2} DO YOU EAT POISONED FOOD JUST BCOZ UR HUNGRY?

49 Some literature we read feed our minds with Fiction and Sensual Thoughts. -- The mental food for which he [the fiction reader] has acquired a relish is contaminating in its effects, and leads to impure and sensual { Sexually exciting or gratifying} thoughts. (MYP 280.)

50 9. Guard the Avenues of the Soul. --We have a work to do to resist temptation. Those who would not fall a prey to Satan's devices must guard well the avenues of the soul; they must avoid reading, seeing, or hearing that which will suggest impure thoughts. {1MCP 107.3} The mind should not be left to wander at random upon every subject that the adversary of souls may suggest. " Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. ( 1 Peter 1:13-16 ). {1MCP 107.4}

51 Says Paul, "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8).

52 This will require earnest prayer and unceasing watchfulness. We must be aided by the abiding influence of the Holy Spirit, which will attract the mind upward, and habituate it to dwell on pure and holy things. And we must give diligent study to the Word of God. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy Word." "Thy Word," says the psalmist, "have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee" (Psalm 119:9, 11).--PP 460 (1890). {1MCP 108.1}

53 The Mind Rightly Trained Wavers Not. --The mind must be trained through daily tests to habits of fidelity, to a sense of the claims of right and duty above inclination and pleasure. Minds thus trained do not waver between right and wrong, as the reed trembles in the wind; but as soon as matters come before them, they discern at once that principle is involved, and they instinctively choose the right without long debating the matter. They are loyal because they have trained themselves in habits of faithfulness and truth.-- 3T 22 (1872). {1MCP 74.1} JAMES 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

54  We are not to be tattlers, or gossipers, or talebearers; we are not to bear false witness. We are forbidden by God to engage in trifling, foolish conversation, in jesting, joking, or speaking any idle words. We must give an account of what we say to God. We will be brought into judgment for our hasty words that do no good to the speaker or to the hearer.

55  MATT 12:36-37 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

56 WE MUST SURRENDER OUR ARROGANCE, PRIDE, NEGLIGENCE AND INDIFFERENCE AND CULTIVATE ASSIDUOUSLY THE ART OF LOVING GOD SUPRIMELY. Christ wants to purify our minds so that we may have the mind he had. PHIL 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

57 But He won’t force His way in. REV 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” He wants to revive us so that we may keep watch and never slumber. So that we may fight the good fight of faith and like Paul finish the race and keep the faith. So that we may commit his Word to memory and like the Waldenses take the Bible only to be our rule of faith and code of conduct. So that we may be a class of people that is dedicated to demonstrating Nehemiah’s leadership, Daniel’s integrity, Mary’s humility, Paul’s passion for evangelism and Christ’s love for God and for humanity. IT ALL HAPPENS IN THE MIND-THE BATTLEFIELD BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL, BETWEEN THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT AND THAT OF DARKNESS. Between Jesus Christ and Satan.

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59 “HIGHER THAN THE HIGHEST HUMAN THOUGHTS CAN REACH IS GOD’S IDEAL FOR HIS CHILDREN”- Ed.18.3 REVELATION 22:21 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.”

60 Presented at DeKUSDA Church Holy Communion/Seminar Sabbath Pre-Sermon Seminar (28 th September, 2013) By Abonyo Fredrick ( )


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