You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials.
— 1 Peter 1:5,6, HCSB
The love of God will strengthen the soul, and through the virtue of the merits of the blood of Christ we may stand unscathed amid the fire of temptation and trial; but no other help can avail to save but Christ, our righteousness.
When the grace of Christ is implanted in the soul by the Holy Spirit, its possessor will become humble in spirit and will seek for the society of those whose conversation is upon heavenly things. Then the Spirit will take the things of Christ and show them unto us, and will glorify, not the receiver, but the Giver. If, therefore, you have the sacred peace of Christ in your heart, your lips will be filled with praise and thanksgiving to God... you will magnify Him who gave Himself for you when you were yet a sinner. You will say: “I give myself to Jesus. I have found him of whom Moses...did write.” As you praise him, you will have a precious blessing, and all the praise and glory for that which is done through your instrumentality will be given back to God.
If happiness is drawn from outside sources, and not from the Divine Fount, it will be as changeable as varying circumstances can make it; but the peace of Christ is a constant and abiding peace. It does not depend on any circumstance in life... Those who trust in him can say: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea...”
We have reason for ceaseless gratitude to God that Christ, by his perfect obedience, has won back the heaven that Adam lost through disobedience... Jesus regained heaven for man by bearing the test that Adam failed to endure; for he obeyed the law perfectly, and all who have a right conception of the plan of redemption will see that they cannot be saved while in transgression of God’s holy precepts. They must cease to transgress the law, and lay hold on the promises of God that are available for us through the merits of Christ.
— Signs of the Times, May 19, 1890
Love God with all your heart, walk in His commandments and bring all the passions and desires under the control of the Spirit of God
Fill your lips with praise and thanksgiving. Magnify Him who gave Himself for you when you were yet a sinner. Say, “I give myself to Jesus.”
Trust in Him. Say, “God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear.”
Cease to transgress the law, lay hold on the promises of God that are available for you through the merits of Christ.