But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
— 2 Thessalonians 3:3,5, ESV
Jesus did not come to the earth in the glory that belonged to him in the courts of heaven. He covered himself with the habiliments of humanity, that he might reveal unto many the mercy and compassion of the Father by coming into the closest relationship with the sons of men.
What we need is the deep movings of the Spirit of God; for the standard of Christian life is expressed in these words: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength... Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
In order to fulfill this divine requirement, we need to look upon Him whom our sins have pierced, and become changed into His image. We need the endowment of the Holy Spirit.
When God gave his Son, he gave the choicest gift of heaven. The treasures of heaven are at your command. We are not to go in our own strength, but in the strength of the Lord, for he has said, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” There is no limit to the power that may be vouchsafed to the worker for God. Jesus says, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Do you believe that promise? Our minds have been so engrossed with earthly things that we have lost sight of heavenly things.
In seeking to reform our lives, let us not look at the defects of our brethren; we are to copy the Pattern... You are to keep your eye single to the glory of God. A saint on earth is to be just what a saint in heaven is. A man in the church will be the same sort of a Christian there as he is in his family.
Let us be colaborers with Christ. Now is the time for us to let self die, to crucify the flesh, with the affections and lusts, to deny the cravings of appetite and passion. The minds of many are channels for impure thoughts. They do not have a realizing sense of the offensive character of sin. I call upon you to clear the King’s highway.
God help us that we may surrender all to him, seek him as never before, that he may be found of us, and that we may love him with all the heart.
— The Signs of the Times, August 1, 1892
Seek the endowment of the Holy Spirit. The treasures of heaven are at your command for the Lord said, “Lo, I am with you always.”
Believe the promise, “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask what you will and it shall be done to you.”
Be a co-laborer with Christ. Let self die with the affections and lusts and clear the King’s highway.
Seek God as never before for His help to surrender all to Him that you may love Him with all your heart.