So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
— 1 Peter 1:13,16, NLT
We are living in a perilous time, when all our powers must be consecrated to God, to do his will and keep his way, irrespective of circumstances. We are to follow Christ in his humiliation, his self-denial, his suffering.
There are given to us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these we might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. I receive and enjoy these promises, full of divine mercy and truth. It is given me to know for myself individually that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from all unrighteousness.
We owe everything to Jesus, and renewedly I consecrate myself to his service, to work for him... to lift him up before the people, to proclaim his matchless love. My prayer ascends day and night for the presence of Jesus to go before us... the language of my heart has been, “My Redeemer, I beseech thee to engage for me in every conflict. I know in whom I have believed, and thy grace alone is my trust.”
I look unto Jesus; for his holy life is a faithful example. I must be daily molded as the clay in the hands of the potter. I must educate my soul, that my confidence in God may be unlimited. Jesus said: “I can of mine own self do nothing.” How much more is this true of us.
The growth of every Christian is from within, not from without. It is only as the Spirit of Christ dwells in the heart by faith that we can grow in grace and the knowledge of Christ. Only through the grace daily drawn from Jesus can the heart be kept. There can be no safety in extolling self; we must hide self in Jesus. Christ abiding within, is the life of the soul. And we are to receive Christ through his word. It is the truth that sanctifies the soul. We should study the Scriptures, even upon our knees, with earnestness and sincerity. The love of Jesus in the heart will create a love for the searching of his word.
— The Review and Herald, February 16, 1892
Consecrate yourself to His service. Pray day and night for the presence of Jesus to go before you.
“My Redeemer, I beseech You to engage for me in every conflict. I know in whom I believe, and Your grace alone is my trust.”
Seek daily to be molded as the clay in the hands of the potter. Educate your soul that your confidence in God may be unlimited.
Receive the love of Christ through His word. Study the Scriptures with earnestness and sincerity, even upon your knees.