Therefore, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in Him. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form. And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. — Colossians 2:6,9,10, BSB
It is not enough to have a nominal faith. We must have faith that will appropriate the life-giving power to our souls. We suffer great loss because we do not exercise simple, living faith in Christ. We should be able to say, “He is my Saviour; he died for me; I look to him as my complete Saviour and live.” We are to look to Christ day by day. We are to regard him as our example in all things. This is faith.
We should not be satisfied with anything less than a close connection with Christ. Freedom and salvation are offered to us, and we should grasp the precious promises of God by living faith. But if we only partially believe, if we do not show in our experience the power of living faith that works by love and purifies the soul, we shall fail to meet the expectation of our Lord and Master. Jesus says, “Without me, ye can do nothing,” but if he abides in us and we in him, we can do all things through the power of his might. We should trust him as a child trusts his earthly parents.
We are to take God at his word. The experience that comes through living faith is the experience that God wants every one of us to have. We should reach out the hand of faith, and grasp the arm of infinite power. The simplest prayer that is put up in faith is acceptable to heaven. The humblest soul that looks up to Christ in faith is connected with the God of the universe. We may walk in the light as Christ is in the light. We are to look into the great mirror of God’s law and see if our characters are condemned therein. If condemnation is resting upon us, we need not despair, for he has provided a way whereby we may not perish, but have pardon and life. The promise is given that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I am glad every day I live that this precious promise has been recorded for us. We may be filled with rejoicing that we have a living Saviour who is mighty to save to the uttermost all who come unto God by him. Jesus desires you to ask much that you may receive much, and we need him with us at every step as we advance.
We must keep our eyes fixed upon the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus, and as we do this, we shall receive comfort, and peace, and joy.
— Signs of the Times, March 10, 1890
I can do nothing without You, O Lord, but I look to You as my complete Savior. I take You at Your word that You cleanse me from all unrighteousness and make me complete in You. I reach out my hand and grasp Your precious promise that I can do all things through the power of Your might. I connect myself with You, help me walk in Your light. I fix my eyes on You and rejoice that You are You are mighty to save!