cccChrist says: `Follow Me;' `I am the way, the truth, and the life.' `He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.'
cccThe Word of God should be your study, and if your heart is susceptible to the influence of the truth, you will find in the Bible, instruction that will be a sure guide to your soul from darkness to light, from unbelief to faith. `Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.'
cccThe more our faith fastens and holds to Christ, the more peace we shall have. Faith grows by exercise, and God's rule is one day at a time. Day by day we are to go on, doing the work for each day, conscious that we are working in the sight of angels, cherubim, and seraphim, in the sight of God and of Jesus Christ. Ye are a spectacle unto the world, to angels, and to men. We should pray, `Give us this day our daily bread.' As our day is, so our strength will be. We are to be constantly looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, and if we live thus in dependence upon Him, the Holy Spirit will bring to our remembrance all things whatsoever He has spoken unto us, and will sanctify every faculty, and keep us reminded of our daily and hourly dependence upon our Heavenly Father's care, wisdom, love and guardianship. When we are thus minded, we have the spirit of a little child, the spirit that Jesus said His followers must possess in order to enter His Kingdom. As a little child we are to trust in our Heavenly Father. When this is our spirit, we can more easily discern the temptations of Satan; for we are constantly drawing nigh to God. The feeling of self-sufficiency, that works the ruin of so many souls, has no atmosphere in which to flourish.
ccc`Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.' This precious promise is from One who means every Word He speaks. Then why are we fearful, distrustful, unbelieving? Let us go on, doing our duty with an eye single to His glory, filling up our time, working out God's plan as in the sight of an invisible world. ST September 25, 1893.
ccc`Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.' 2 Peter 1:5-8.
ccccThese Words are full of instruction, and strike the keynote of victory. The apostle presents before the believers the ladder of Christian progress, every step of which represents advancement in the knowledge of God, and in the climbing of which there is to be no standstill. Faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity are the rounds of the ladder. We are saved by climbing round after round, mounting step after step, to the height of Christ's ideal for us. Thus He is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
cccAll these successive steps are not to be kept before the mind's eye, and counted as you start; but fixing the eye upon Jesus, with an eye single to the glory of God, you will make advancement. . . .
cccBy taking one step after another, the highest ascent may be climbed, and the summit of the mount may be reached at last. Do not become overwhelmed with the great amount of work you must do in your lifetime, for you are not required to do it all at once. Let every power of your being go to each day's work, improve each precious opportunity, appreciate the helps that God gives you, and make advancement up the ladder of progress step by step. Remember that you are to live but one day at a time, that God has given you one day, and Heavenly records will show how you have valued its privileges and opportunities. May you so improve every day given you of God that at last you may hear the Master say, `Well done, thou good and faithful servant.' ML 95.
cccWe are to live on the plan of addition, and as we do this, God will work for us on the plan of multiplication. Grace and peace will be multiplied unto us.
ccc`If these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and can not see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.'
cccThis is your life insurance policy. Act well your part, and you will be given entrance into the Kingdom of glory. God has chosen you to have eternal life if you will do His will.
cccWe shall pass through this world only once. Let us, then, be careful how we speak and act. Let us be careful where we place our feet, lest the lame be turned out of the way. Let us so live that God can make us partakers of the divine nature, enabling us to obtain victories, and to overcome as Christ overcame.
cccGod asks us to live only one day at a time. You need not look a week or a month ahead. To-day do your best. To-day speak and act in a way that will honor God. The promise is, `As thy days, so shall thy strength be.
cccTroublous times are before us. The Judgments of God are abroad in the land. Calamities follow one another in rapid succession. Soon God is to rise out of His place to shake terribly the earth, and to punish the inhabitants for their iniquity. Then He will stand up in behalf of His people, and will give them His protecting care. He will throw His everlasting arms around them to shield them from all harm. RH April 4, 1904.
ccc`There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.' 1 Cor. 10:13.
cccChrist will never abandon the soul for whom He has died. The soul may leave Him, and be overwhelmed with temptation; but Christ can never turn from one for whom He has paid the ransom of His own life. Could our spiritual vision be quickened, we should see souls bowed under oppression and burdened with grief, pressed as a cart beneath sheaves, and ready to die in discouragement. We should see angels flying swiftly to aid these tempted ones, who are standing as on the brink of a precipice. The angels from Heaven force back the hosts of evil that encompass these souls, and guide them to plant their feet on the sure foundation. The battles waging between the two armies are as real as those fought by the armies of this world, and on the issue of the spiritual conflict eternal destinies depend.
cccTo us, as to Peter, the Word is spoken, `Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.' Thank God, we are not left alone.
cccWe are coming to the crisis. Let us stand the test manfully, grasping the hand of Infinite Power. God will work for us. We have only to live one day at a time, and if we get acquainted with God, He will give us strength for what is coming tomorrow, grace sufficient for each day, and every day will find its own victories, just as it finds its trials. We shall have the power of the Highest with us, for we shall be clad with the armor of Christ's righteousness. We have the same God that has worked for His people in ages past. Jesus stands by our side, and shall we falter?--No, as the trials come, the power of God will come with them. God will help us to stand in faith on His Word, and when we are united, He will work with special power [i.e., thus, see the concept of `power' and more discussed in the next eight quotes] in our behalf. ML 94.
cccBefore the final visitation of God's Judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world [i.e., see `the world' and more in next two quotes below] has supplanted love for God and His Word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for the Lord's second coming. The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; and before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavor to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit [i.e., see this counterfeit revival described in PP 684-686]. In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power he will make it appear that God's special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. Multitudes will exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world.
cccIn many of the revivals [i.e., modern, counterfeit revivals, as described in PP 684-686] which have occurred during the last half century, the same influences have been at work, to a greater or less degree, that will be manifest in the more extensive movements of the future. There is an emotional excitement, a mingling of the true with the false, that is well adapted to mislead. Yet none need be deceived. In the light of God's word it is not difficult to determine the nature of these movements. Wherever men neglect the testimony of the Bible, turning away from those plain, soul-testing truths which require self-denial and renunciation of the world, there we may be sure that God's blessing is not bestowed. . . .
ccc. . . . It is only as the law of God is restored to its rightful position that there can be a revival of primitive faith and godliness among His professed people. GC 464, 478.
cccLet the Spirit of God search through mind and heart, and cleanse away all that hinders the needed reformation. Until this is done, God can not bestow on us His power and grace. And while we are without His power and grace, men will stumble and fall, and will not know at what they stumble. . . .
cccThe powers from beneath are working with intensity of effort. Soon will come the time when God will discern between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not. . . .
cccThe message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world [i.e., thus, also, please remember what God has said about `the world,' about `power of God,' and about much more, as discussed in the last inspired quote; and see `the world' and God's `power' discussed, just below] that no difference can be seen. RH August 20, 1903.
cccThose who come out from the world, to stand distinct from worldlings in words and works, those who realize that it is an honor to bear God's sign, will receive power to become His sons. . . .
cccThose who would have the seal of God in their foreheads must keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. This is what distinguishes them from the disloyal, who have accepted a man-made institution in the place of the true Sabbath. The observance of God's rest day is the mark of distinction between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not. . . .
cccThe great mass of professing Christians will meet with bitter disappointment in the day of God. They have not upon their foreheads the seal of the living God. Lukewarm and halfhearted, they dishonor God far more than the avowed unbeliever. 7BC 969, 970.
cccGod can be no power to lukewarm Laodiceans. ST August 2, 1899.
cccChrist will stand by the side of all who receive Him as their Saviour. To them He will give power to become the sons of God. MS 161, July 1, 1903.
cccThe only way to gain peace and joy is to have a living connection with Him who gave His life for us, who died that we might live, and who lives to unite His power with the efforts of those who in this life are striving to overcome. MS 61, July 2, 1903.
cccThose who claim to be the children of God, and yet do not obey His commands, who are hearers but not doers of the Word, are regarded by the Lord as bankers regard fraudulent bank-notes. They are not genuine. They claim the name of Christian, but in reality they are heathen. To those who do not practise it, the Word of God is a dead letter. Christ says of such, `I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.' If they realized that they were sinners, He could plead in their behalf, and the Lord would arouse them by His Holy Spirit. But He can not present them to the Father; for they are worse than dead in trespasses and sins. They hear the Word, but make no application of it to themselves. Instead, they apply the Word to their neighbors. God can be no power to lukewarm Laodiceans. ST August 2, 1899.
cccIf it seemed evil to them to serve the Lord, if His requirements seemed a grievous exaction, He bade them that day choose whom they would serve,--the idols worshiped by their fathers . . . or the gods . . .
cccIn these last Words was a keen rebuke to . . . idolatry . . . The gods of the heathen [i.e., to include: the gods of the heathen, worse than dead, lukewarm Laodiceans and/or the heathen, worse than dead church of the Laodiceans--who do not keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, because they pollute the Sabbath with heathen idolatry, as seen in Matthew 24:37-39; PP 95-96, 305-306, 336--who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen, especially as one sees their open idolatry, or their visible gods / idols that are passed off as so-called true images of God--who are thus part of Satan's openly idolatrous or heathen, counterfeit revival or movement just before the final visitation of God's Judgments upon the earth--who are also thus without God's power--who thus exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit, and/or when the work is that of the heathen power / spirit of Satan--as seen in this present quote together with the last eight quotes, just above] had no power to bestow peace or prosperity. ST May 19, 1881.
cccThe sins that destroyed the antediluvians and the cities of the plain exist to-day--not merely in heathen lands, or with the avowed unbeliever, but among professors of Christianity. ST January 11, 1883.
cccBut in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:9.
cccIn the first chapter of the epistle to the Romans, the apostle Paul gives a startling picture of the debasing influence of creature worship. Of those who `changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator,' he writes:--
ccc`When they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. RH January 29, 1914.
cccThe second commandment forbids the worship [i.e., the vain worship; the creature worship] of the true God by images or similitudes. Many heathen nations [i.e., to include: heathen, worse than dead, lukewarm Laodiceans and/or the heathen church of the Laodiceans--who are tragically in vain worship and in creature worship with the visible gods of the heathen and/or with the visible idols of ancient and modern heathenism, which are idolatrously passed off as so-called true images of God--and who have thus become so much like the world that no difference can be seen; and, therefore, God can be no power or Spirit to openly idolatrous or heathen, worse than dead, lukewarm Laodiceans and/or to the openly heathen church of the Laodiceans, who by God's definition operate under the openly idolatrous power or openly heathen spirit of Satan--right now--and even still in the day of God, as plainly seen in this present quote together with the last twelve quotes just above] claimed that their images were mere figures or symbols by which the Deity was worshiped, but God has declared such worship [i.e., such vain worship; such creature worship] to be sin. The attempt to represent the Eternal One by material objects [i.e., by gold, or by silver, or by wood, or by stone, or by brass, or by iron, or by marble, or by felt, or by some other material objects] would lower man's conception of God. The mind, turned away from the infinite perfection of Jehovah, would be attracted to the creature rather than to the Creator. And as his conceptions of God were lowered, so would man become degraded. . . .
cccBy causing men to violate the second commandment, Satan aimed to degrade their conceptions of the Divine Being. By setting aside the fourth, he would cause them to forget God altogether. God's claim to reverence and worship, above the gods of the heathen, is based upon the fact that He is the Creator, and that to Him all other beings owe their existence. . . . Had the Sabbath always been sacredly observed, there could never have been an atheist or an idolater. PP 306, 336.
cccLike attracts like. Like appreciates like. 5T 705.
cccIt was by associating with idolaters and joining in their festivities that the Hebrews were led to transgress God's law and bring His Judgments upon the nation. So now it is by leading the followers of Christ to associate with the ungodly and unite in their amusements that Satan is most successful in alluring them into sin. `Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean.' 2 Corinthians 6:17. God requires of His people now as great a distinction from the world, in customs, habits, and principles, as He required of Israel anciently. If they faithfully follow the teachings of His Word, this distinction will exist; it cannot be otherwise. The warnings given to the Hebrews against assimilating with the heathen were not more direct or explicit than are those forbidding Christians to conform to the spirit and customs of the ungodly. Christ speaks to us, `Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.' 1 John 2:15. `The friendship of the world is enmity with God; whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.' James 4:4. The followers of Christ are to separate themselves from sinners, choosing their society only when there is opportunity to do them good. We cannot be too decided in shunning the company of those who exert an influence to draw us away from God. While we pray, `Lead us not into temptation,' we are to shun temptation, so far as possible.
cccIt 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. It is thus that Satan still seeks to compass the ruin of the soul. A long preparatory process, unknown to the world, goes on in the heart before the Christian commits open sin. The mind does not come down at once from purity and holiness to depravity, corruption, and crime. It takes time to degrade those formed in the image of God to the brutal or the satanic. 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 458-459.
cccDuring the meetings at Orebro I was urged by the Spirit of the Lord to present His law as the great standard of righteousness and to warn our people against the modern, counterfeit sanctification which has its origin in will-worship rather than in submission to the will of God. This error is fast flooding the world, and as God's witnesses we shall be called to bear a decided testimony against it. It is one of the veriest delusions of the last days and will prove a temptation to all who believe present truth. Those who have not their faith firmly established upon the Word of God will be misled. And the saddest part of it all is that so few who are deceived by this error ever find their way to the light again. FW 51.
cccThe sanctification now gaining prominence in the religious world carries with it a spirit of self-exaltation and a disregard for the law of God that mark it as foreign to the religion of the Bible. Its advocates teach that sanctification is an instantaneous work, by which, through faith alone, they attain to perfect holiness. `Only believe,' say they, `and the blessing is yours.' No further effort on the part of the receiver is supposed to be required. At the same time they deny the authority of the law of God, urging that they are released from obligation to keep the commandments. But is it possible for men to be holy, in accord with the will and character of God, without coming into harmony with the principles which are an expression of His nature and will, and which show what is well pleasing to Him?
cccThe desire for an easy religion that requires no striving, no self-denial, no divorce from the follies of the world, has made the doctrine of faith, and faith only, a popular doctrine; but what saith the Word of God? Says the apostle James: `What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? . . . Wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? . . . Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.' James 2:14-24.
cccThe testimony of the Word of God is against this ensnaring doctrine of faith without works. It is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven without complying with the conditions upon which mercy is to be granted, it is presumption; for genuine faith has its foundation in the promises and provisions of the Scriptures.
cccLet none deceive themselves with the belief that they can become holy while willfully violating one of God's requirements. The commission of a known sin silences the witnessing Voice of the Spirit and separates the soul from God. `Sin is the transgression of the law.' And `whosoever sinneth [transgresseth the law] hath not seen Him, neither known Him.' 1 John 3:6. Though John in his epistles dwells so fully upon love, yet he does not hesitate to reveal the true character of that class who claim to be sanctified while living in transgression of the law of God. `He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected.' 1 John 2:4, 5. Here is the test of every man's profession. We cannot accord holiness to any man without bringing him to the measurement of God's only standard of holiness in Heaven and in earth. If men feel no weight of the moral law, if they belittle and make light of God's precepts, if they break one of the least of these commandments, and teach men so, they shall be of no esteem in the sight of Heaven, and we may know that their claims are without foundation.
cccAnd the claim to be without sin is, in itself, evidence that he who makes this claim is far from holy. It is because he has no true conception of the infinite purity and holiness of God or of what they must become who shall be in harmony with His character; because he has no true conception of the purity and exalted loveliness of Jesus, and the malignity and evil of sin, that man can regard himself as holy. The greater the distance between himself and Christ, and the more inadequate his conceptions of the divine character and requirements, the more righteous he appears in his own eyes. GC 471-473.
cccBefore the final visitation of God's Judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His Word. . . .
ccc. . . . Wherever men neglect the testimony of the Bible, turning away from those plain, soul-testing truths which require self-denial and renunciation of the world, there we may be sure that God's blessing is not bestowed. . . .
ccc. . . . It is only as the law of God is restored to its rightful position that there can be a revival of primitive faith and godliness among His professed people. GC 464, 478.
cccThe message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world [i.e., thus, also, please remember what God has said about the world, and/or about the heathen, and/or about the worldly, heathen, worse than dead, lukewarm, Laodicean church--right now--and even still in the day of God, as discussed thus far in this study] that no difference can be seen. . . .
cccOnly those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City. . . .
cccThose who would have the seal of God in their foreheads must keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. . . .
cccMany will not receive the seal of God because they do not keep His commandments or bear the fruits of righteousness.
cccThe great mass of professing Christians will meet with bitter disappointment in the day of God. They have not upon their foreheads the seal of the living God. Lukewarm and halfhearted [i.e., thus, in the next seven quotes below, please see the `lukewarm' and `halfhearted' discussed more to see that God also classifies them as `worse than infidels;' or, in other words, `worse' that the mere `infidel' Babylonians of the church of Rome--who are also in spiritualism, and/or in heathenism, and/or in visible gods-serving, and/or in visible idols-serving in that they too idolatrously pass off these visible images as so-called true images of God; and, therefore, please do not be overwhelmed, but remind yourself and always remember `we are to live only one day at a time'], they dishonor God far more than the avowed unbeliever. 7BC 959; and 7BC 970.
ccc"Halfhearted Christians are worse than infidels . . . . 7BC 963:2:4; or Letter 44, 1903.
ccc"The clear, sharp testimony of living truth will separate the wheat from the chaff, the half-hearted [i.e., also, remember the halfhearted or worse than infidel, lukewarm Laodiceans even in the day of God, as seen in the last two quotes just above, and as seen in the next four quotes just below] from the humble and devoted. ST June 26, 1884.
cccThere is no place in the work of God for half-hearted workers, for those who are neither cold nor hot. Jesus says, `I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.' Among those who are half-hearted are the class who pride themselves on their great caution in receiving `new light,' as they term it. But their failure to receive the light is caused by their spiritual blindness; for they cannot discern the ways and works of God. RH December 6, 1892.
cccHalfhearted, sinful, professing Christians would spoil Heaven, were they permitted to enter. UL 197.
cccHalfhearted Christians are worse than infidels . . . . 7BC 963:2:4; or Letter 44, 1903.
cccBut if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 1 Timothy 5:8.
cccBy working upon the jealousy of the kings and the ruling classes, Rome had influenced them to keep the people in bondage, well knowing that the state would thus be weakened, and purposing by this means to fasten both rulers and people in her thrall. . . .
cccBut the outworking of all this was widely different from what Rome had purposed. Instead of holding the masses in a blind submission to her dogmas, her work resulted in making them infidels . . . The only god they knew was the god of Rome; her teaching was their only religion. . . .
ccc`I saw another angel come down from Heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.' `And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.' Revelation 18:1, 2, 4.
cccThis Scripture points forward to a time when the announcement of the fall of Babylon, as made by the second angel of Revelation 14 (verse 8), is to be repeated, with the additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the various organizations that constitute Babylon, since that message was first given, in the summer of 1844. A terrible condition of the religious world is here described. With every rejection of truth the minds of the people will become darker, their hearts more stubborn, until they are entrenched in an infidel hardihood. In defiance of the warnings which God has given, they will continue to trample upon one of the precepts of the Decalogue, until they are led to persecute those who hold it sacred. Christ is set at nought in the contempt placed upon His Word and His people. As the teachings of spiritualism [i.e., and/or as the teachings of spiritualism, or heathenism, or open idolatry--of the deceptive, gods-serving or heathen, infidel Babylonians--and also of the more deceptive and worse, gods-serving or heathen, worse than dead, halfhearted or worse than infidel, lukewarm Laodiceans] are accepted by the churches, the restraint imposed upon the carnal heart is removed, and the profession of religion will become a cloak to conceal the basest iniquity. A belief in spiritual manifestations opens the door to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and thus the influence of evil angels will be felt in the churches.
cccOf Babylon, at the time brought to view in this prophecy, it is declared: `Her sins have reached unto Heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.' Revelation 18:5. She has filled up the measure of her guilt, and destruction is about to fall upon her. But God still has a people in Babylon; and before the visitation of His Judgments these faithful ones must be called out, that they partake not of her sins and `receive not of her plagues.' Hence the movement symbolized by the angel coming down from Heaven, lightening the earth with his glory and crying mightily with a strong voice, announcing the sins of Babylon. In connection with his message the call is heard: `Come out of her, My people.' These announcements, uniting with the third angel's message, constitute the final warning to be given to the inhabitants of the earth. GC 281; 603-604.
cccWe are to live only one day at a time. We do not have to do the work of a lifetime in a few hours. We need not look into the future with anxiety; for God has made it possible for us to be overcomers every day.
cccBy the exercise of living faith today, we are to conquer the enemy. We must today seek God, and be determined that we will not rest satisfied without His presence. We should watch and work and pray as though this were the last day that would be granted us.
cccIf you are right with God today, you are ready if Christ should come today. FLB 249.
cccOnly one day at a time is given us in which to work. We must exercise living faith in God to-day; we must believe that God accepts us this day if we come to Him in sincerity. RH August 5, 1890.
cccDay by day we are all to be trained, disciplined, and educated for usefulness in this life. Only one day at a time--think of this. One day is mine. I will in this one day do my best. I will use my talent of speech to be a blessing to some other one, a helper, a comforter, an example which the Lord my Saviour shall approve. I will exercise myself in patience, kindness, forbearance, that the Christian virtues may be developed in me today. 1MCP 15.
cccDo not be overanxious about anything. Go quietly about your duty which the day brings you. Do the best you can; ask God to be your helper. Do what you can, and do not neglect to pray and watch thereunto and in no case neglect your religious duties. . . Go on from day to day doing what you well can, and be content with that. You may say, I do the best I can today and leave what I cannot do without worriment or care. And when tomorrow comes I will, in the fear of the Lord, do what I can on the morrow. Thus from day to day pursue your course of duty, trusting in God to be your helper and to give you quick perception and Heavenly wisdom that you may be fitted to honor Him with your talents. 11MR 358.
cccIf each volunteer in the army of the Lord will do his best, God will do the rest. They are to call nothing their own. When striving for the victory they are to strive lawfully. KC 67.
cccThe faithful discharge of today's duties is the best preparation for tomorrow's trials. Do not gather together all tomorrow's liabilities and cares and add them to the burden of today. `Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof' (Matthew 6:34).
cccOne day alone is ours, and during this day we are to live for God. For this one day we are to place in the hand of Christ, in solemn service, all our purposes and plans, casting all our care upon Him, for He careth for us. `I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.' `In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength' (Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 30:15).
cccLet us not make ourselves miserable over tomorrow's burdens. Bravely and cheerfully carry the burdens of today. Today's trust and faith we must have. But we are not asked to live more than a day at a time. He who gives strength for today will give strength for tomorrow.
cccOur Heavenly Father measures and weighs every trial before He permits it to come upon the believer. He considers the circumstances and the strength of the one who is to stand under the proving and test of God, and He never permits the temptations to be greater than the capacity of resistance. If the soul is overborne, the person overpowered, this can never be charged to God, as failing to give strength in grace, but the one tempted was not vigilant and prayerful and did not appropriate by faith the provisions God had abundantly in store for him. Christ never failed a believer in his hour of combat. The believer must claim the promise and meet the foe in the name of the Lord, and he will not know anything like failure. 2MCP 472-473.
cccWe can sympathize with you [i.e., meaning: we can sympathize with a husband and his wife, because she is facing death, at the time this inspired counsel was given], although at a distance from you. I would say, Do not give up hope, but cling to the promise, `Ask, and it shall be given you' (Luke 11:9). Yet do not feel discouraged if He who can do the work of healing, He who knows the end from the beginning, permits His child to die, to rise in the morning of the resurrection. Say, `Not my will, but Thine, O God, be done.'. . . If your wife falls under the affliction, remember that there is a future life. The last trump will call forth all who have received Christ, believed in Him, and trusted in Him for salvation.
cccMy dear sister, we will pray for you. You have our sympathy. We shall present your case to the Great Physician. I understand that this has already been done. Hold fast to the hand of Him who can bless and heal if He sees that it is for your present and eternal good. And now, my brother and sister, while you are both alive, take this precious time to appropriate by faith to yourselves the precious promises of the Word of God. I am thankful that you are both presenting yourselves as humble seekers for the pardon of all sin. This is your privilege. Do not disbelieve.
cccOur precious Saviour has given His life for the sins of the world, and has pledged His Word that He will save all who come to Him. `God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life' (John 3:16). These are the conditions of gaining eternal life. Comply with them, and your hope is secured, whether you live or die. Trust in the soul-saving Redeemer. Cast your helpless soul upon Him, and He will accept and bless and save you. Only believe. Receive Him with all your heart, and know that He wants you to win the crown of life. Let this be your greatest and most earnest request. Make an entire surrender, and He will cleanse you from every pollution, and make you vessels unto honor. You may be washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb. Thus you gain the victory....In faith hold fast. 2SM 255; or Letter 45, 1905.
ccc`Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.' Ps. 62:8.
cccWhat a privilege that we sinful mortals have the privilege of speaking with God. In the closet, when walking the streets, when engaged in labor, our hearts can be ascending to God for counsel, our souls drawn out after God, a breath from Heaven. All these soul longings, God will hear. All our troubles we may take to God. His hand of infinite love is moved to supply our needs. How thankful I am that we have only one day to live at a time. One day to keep our souls stayed upon, one day to watch, one day to progress in the spiritual life and thus our days may be fruitful, precious days to us. TDG 27.
cccToday you are not to have the faith of tomorrow. You have only faith for today; tomorrow you will find faith when that comes; so don't worry about tomorrow. It is today, Am I the Lord's? Today have I the witness of His Spirit? Today does my name come upon the lips of the great Advocate of Heaven? Today am I walking in harmony with Jesus Christ and Heavenly angels? The Heavenly intelligences are at work to bring the light of the knowledge of the truth as it shineth in the face of Jesus Christ, to humanity. 1SAT 190.
cccI pray to our Father in Heaven that He help those dear friends and brethren reached by this ministry to keep in mind that only one day at a time with its burdens and responsibilities is presented to us, and that tomorrow is not ours. ST January 31, 1878. In these troublesome times: there are startling disappointments, persecutions, and betrayals from the great mass of heathen, infidel Babylonians and from the great mass of heathen, worse than dead, worse than infidel, lukewarm Laodiceans! Help people prepare now for the end; because, then, as you have warned, it will finally be realized by all that both of these great masses of professing Christians are finally impenitent, vain worshiping, or creature worshiping, or will-worshiping, or forbidden-alleged-true-images-of-God-keeping, or sun-gods-keeping, or sun-day-keeping, or Sabbath-polluting, or openly idolatrous, or spiritualistic, or heathen! Thus, we humbly pray to our Father in Heaven to give us the strength to live and to persevere as Christian witnesses in this gods-serving, or heathen, or atheistic world; but, yet, graciously protect and correct us, so that we be not found at last to be of this world. If we should fail or sin for reason of neglect of prayer or careful adherence to your Word, give us the measure of your Spirit needed for genuine repentance of these weaknesses, for complete overcoming of these weaknesses, for increasing courage to persevere, for the steadfastness needed every day, and for total restoration in Christ - - one day at a time. Thus, please give each of us your much needed power to get back up, to try again, and to cling to you in penitent prayer - - until we get matters right - - one day at a time! Please, because of the shed blood of your dear Son, hear this prayer. Thank you for the many blessings from you, and help us to be ready to receive more uplifting blessings - - one day at a time. Thus, we humbly request your infinite power to bless the personal events of this day for each of the dear friends and brethren reached by this ministry. Above all else, not our wills, O God, but Thine, be done - - in each of our lives - - one day at a time. Luke 22:42. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Michael O. Hodges
Home church (since 1983)
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