Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.
— 1 Peter 1:22, NKJV
That it really has been made possible for man to grasp the righteousness of Christ, and keep the commandments, should call forth from our hearts and lives hearty responsive offerings of praise to Him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
We must sanctify ourselves and our households to God. We must bring Jesus into our hearts and our homes… You can neglect anything of a temporal character more safely than you can the spiritual interests of your household.
Our Saviour wants you to keep in close relation to himself, that he may make you happy.
Do you want a special feeling or emotion to prove that Christ is yours? Is this more reliable than pure faith in God’s promises? Would it not be better to take the blessed promises of God and apply them to yourself, bearing your whole weight upon them? This is faith.
It is by faith that we are to come into a sacred nearness to Christ, not depending upon feeling; we are to say, “I believe thy promise, Lord, because thou hast said it. Thy word is pledged; we know that we are the children of God because we comply with the conditions, because he has pledged his word.” There is not a friend in the world of whom you would require one-half the assurance that our Heavenly Father has given you in his promises.
Christ 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.”
There is everything to encourage any soul who by faith claims the promises that God has given us, for through his grace we may be overcomers. The law cannot lower the standard or…cleanse us from one sin; but God’s Son…paid the debt for us.
Every day that you live, you can be perfecting the blessed attributes fully revealed in the character of Christ; and when you do this, you will bring light, love, peace, and joy into your homes.
— Review and Herald, July 29, 1890
Sanctify yourself and your household to God. Bring Jesus into your heart and home.
Take the blessed promises of God and apply them to yourself, bear your whole weight on them.
By faith say, “I believe Your promise, Lord, because You said it. Your word is pledged. I know that I am the child of God because I comply with the conditions, because He pledged His word.”
By faith claim the promises that God has given, through His grace be an overcomer.