For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
— 1 John 5:4, ESV
We may expect great things of God. He is bending over the purchase of His blood, asking with inexpressible tenderness, pity, and love, “Wilt thou be made whole?”
He invites, “Come unto me, and be saved. I have borne thy iniquities; by the stripes laid on Me, thou mayest be healed.”
He is more willing to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him than parents are to give good gifts to their children. But we must empty our hearts of iniquity. He will never reveal Himself to us as a sin-pardoning Saviour until we feel that without Him we are hopelessly lost, that to live in sin is misery, despair, and death.
Jesus, precious Redeemer!... He is a tried friend, a friend in need. Our necessities touch His great heart of love. The argument that we may plead now and ever is our great need, our utterly hopeless state, that makes Him and His redeeming power a necessity.
When we confidingly take His proffered hand, and walk where He leads the way, He will lead us into the light; He will guide us into all truth, and will clothe our lives with the beauty of holiness. But the holiness He is prepared to give us is not an exaltation of self, a Pharisaical self-righteousness; it is a principle in the heart that leads to a life of loving, trusting obedience.
Let us improve this precious privilege to confess our faults one to another, and pray one for another, that we may be healed. Let hearts sympathize with hearts; let love be without dissimulation.
Put away sin; bruise Satan under your feet. Leave your weakness behind you, and, strong in the grace of Christ, press on to victory.
“This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” Let the praise of God be in your hearts and on your lips; for he says in his word, “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me.”
It is our privilege to show forth the praises of Him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
— The Review and Herald, May 27, 1884
Ask Him to give you the Holy Spirit, empty your heart of all iniquity.
Plead your great need and your utterly hopeless state which makes Him and His redeeming power a necessity.
Confess your faults one to another and pray one for another that you may be healed.
Praise God in your heart and on your lips. Praise Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.