The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
— 2 Corinthians 10:4,5, NIV
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable...that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” The teaching of this word is needed in all circumstances in which we may be placed. It is a sufficient rule of faith and practice; for it is the voice of God speaking to the soul, giving the members of his family directions for keeping the heart with all diligence.
All who will come to the word of God for guidance, with humble, inquiring minds, determined to know the terms of salvation, will understand what saith the Scriptures... The Lord will not speak to a mind that is unconcerned. He wastes not his instruction on one who is willingly irreverent or polluted.
We need to humble our hearts, and with sincerity and reverence search the word of life; for that mind alone that is humble and contrite can see light. The heart, the mind, the soul, must be prepared to receive light. There must be silence in the soul. The thoughts must be brought into captivity to Jesus Christ.
The Lord speaks to the heart that humbles itself before him. At the altar of prayer, as the throne of grace is touched by faith, we receive from the hand of God that celestial torch which enlightens our darkness, and convinces us of our spiritual necessity. The Holy Spirit takes of the things of God, and reveals them to the one who is sincerely seeking for the heavenly treasure. If we yield to his guidance, he leads us into all light. As we behold the glory of Christ, we become changed into his image. We have that faith which works by love, and purifies the soul. Our hearts are renewed, and we are made willing to obey God in all things.
Now is the time to receive the word of truth and life and salvation. Now is the time for those who know the truth to say to those who are in darkness, “Come.”..let all who claim to be Christians say by precept and example to those who are out of the fold, “Come; for all things are now ready.”
— The Review and Herald, December 15, 1896
Come to the word of God for guidance. With a humble, inquiring mind search the word of life to know the terms of salvation.
Prepare your heart, your mind and your soul to receive light. There must be silence in the soul. Your thoughts must be brought into captivity to Jesus Christ.
Humble your heart before God and yield to His guidance. Ask for the Holy Spirit to reveal the things of God to you and lead you into all light.
Say to those who are in darkness, “Come.” As a Christian, by precept and example, say to those who are out of the fold, “Come; for all things are now ready.”