As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.
— 2 Corinthians 6:1,6, NLT
It is the privilege of every believer to take the life of Christ and the teachings of Christ as his daily study.
If we are to learn of Christ, we must pray as the apostles prayed when the Holy Spirit was poured upon them. We need a baptism of the Spirit of God. We are not safe for one hour while we are failing to render obedience to the Word of God.
We are not willing enough to trouble the Lord with our petitions, and to ask him for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Lord wants us to trouble him in this matter. He wants us to press our petitions to the throne. The converting power of God needs to be felt throughout our ranks. The most valuable education that can be obtained will be found in going out with the message of truth to the places that are now in darkness. We should go out just as the first disciples went out in obedience to the commission of Christ. The Saviour gave the disciples their directions. In a few words he told them what they might expect to meet. “I send you forth,” he said, “as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” These workers were to go forth as the representatives of him who gave his life for the life of the world.
The Lord wants us to come into harmony with him. If we will do this, his Spirit can rule our minds... I will instruct you, he said. I will guide you. Knowing what it is to be taught of God, when words of heavenly wisdom are brought to our mind, we shall distinguish them from our own thoughts. We shall understand them as the words of God, and we shall see in the words of God wisdom and life and power.
The more fully we put ourselves under the direction of God, the greater knowledge we shall receive from God. Let us say to our students: Keep yourselves in connection with the Source of all power. Ye are laborers together with God. He is to be our chief instructor.
— The Review and Herald, November 11, 1909
Pray as the apostles prayed when the Holy Spirit was poured upon them. Seek the baptism of the Spirit of God and render obedience to the Word of God.
Press your petitions to the throne for the converting power of God to be felt throughout our ranks.
Go out with the message of truth to the places that are now in darkness. Go as representatives of Him who gave His life for the life of the world.
Keep yourself in connection with the Source of all power and your chief instructor. Be laborers together with God.