By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
— 1 John 4:13, NASB
We need to pray as we have never prayed before for the baptism of the Holy Spirit; for if ever there was a time when we needed this baptism, it is now... When we partake of this Spirit, we shall be born again. A firm, unwavering faith in God will be manifested. The Sun of Righteousness will be in our midst, with healing in His wings. Souls once lost will be found, brought back, and kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Not until self dies can Christ live in us; not until self dies can we possess the faith that works by love and purifies the soul... In earnest prayer we must seek God, that His divine Spirit may control us.
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” This life is what we must have, and we must have it more abundantly. God will breathe this life into every soul who dies to self and lives to Christ. But entire self-renunciation is required. Unless this takes place, we carry with us the evil that destroys our happiness.
We are not to hold ourselves in our own hands. We are to drop self into the hands of God. Daily we must consecrate ourselves to God’s service.
“We have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” We must take God at His word, and believe that He will do just as He has said. If He chastises us, it is that we may be partakers of the divine nature.
A mere assent to truth is not enough. Daily we must live the truth. We must shut ourselves in with God, surrendering all to Him. To listen to the great and grand truths of the Word is not enough. We must ask ourselves the question, Does Christ dwell in my heart by faith?
When we feel our heart need, when we long after the quickening influence of the Holy Spirit, Christ draws nigh to us. Self is crucified. Christ lives in us, and the power of the Spirit attends our efforts; then the soul is refined and elevated.
— Signs of the Times, October 11, 1899
Pray as you have never prayed before for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Partake of this baptism and be born again.
Die to self. Seek God In earnest prayer that His divine Spirit may control you.
Do not to hold yourself in your own hands. Drop self into the hands of God. Daily consecrate yourself to God’s service.
Take God at His word and believe that He will do just as He has said.