‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
— Acts 2:21, NASB
Man can do nothing to merit the favor of heaven. That which avails for the sinner is to accept with gladness the sacrifice that Christ has made, to appreciate his love, and to lay hold of his righteousness by faith. You are to realize that he loves you, and that you love him because he first loved you.
Then come to him and give yourself freely to him. Say, “I come to present myself to God in the name of Him who has died for me. I give my heart to Jesus, and I desire his blessing and his Spirit;” and the power of God will come upon you.
But when you ask God for his blessing, do not mark out a way in which you think the Lord must give you that blessing... Just ask the Lord to give you the very blessing you need, in the very way in which he sees it will be for your best good. Let your prayer be, “Give me that which my soul needs in order that I may be a faithful sentinel for God.”
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow...” Can we not believe the promise of God, and know that he will do just that for us which he has declared.
That which we need is the vital touch of faith, that we know that the mercy of God is extended toward us. God accepts us through Christ, and we are not to feel that we are of no value in his sight...we are to value ourselves in the light of the cross of Calvary.
And we may all be made precious in Christ, for he says, to those who feel their own weakness, “Let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.”
— Signs of the Times, February 22, 1892
Accept with gladness the sacrifice Christ made, appreciate His love and lay hold of His righteousness by faith.
Give yourself freely to Him. Say, “I come to present myself to God in the name of Jesus who died for me. I give my heart to Jesus and I desire His blessing and His Spirit,” and the power of God will come upon you.
Ask the Lord to give you the very blessing you need in the very way He sees best. Pray, “Give me that which my soul needs in order to be a faithful sentinel for God.”
Believe the promises of God and know that He will do for you just what He declared He would do.