Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
— 2 Peter 1:10,11, NIV
“...make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fail.” Our eternal life insurance policy is found right in these words, and we want you to study them carefully. “Ye shall never fail.”
Will you not pledge yourselves to God to serve him, and him alone? I do not ask you to pledge your word to one another. Pledge yourselves to God. Let him be the one who will hear the promise that you will press steadily forward in the way to heaven.
Let us hold fast to God. Let us consecrate ourselves to the service of Christ. He will give us power to overcome. Of yourselves you can not create this power. Place yourselves as humble seekers at the feet of Jesus, and he will give you the strength you need.
Our God is close beside us. “Lo,” he declares, “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Yoke up with Christ. Do not yoke up with human beings, and then think that because they are not perfect, you need not be. Link up with the One who is perfect, and who has power to sanctify you and give you a fitness to receive the life that measures with the life of God.
Angels of God will help every one who endeavors to conform his life to the life of Christ. Just as surely as the students grasp the hand of infinite power, that hand will lift them up.
We all need to gain greater victories than we have yet gained, and we may do this if we will reach high enough and cling close enough. You may say, “I do not feel as if God is blessing me.” But what have your feelings to do with it? You have the promise. Move steadily forward, believing that God has heard your prayer, and that he will fulfil his word. Be determined that you will overcome, that you will not fail or be discouraged. Do not depend on feeling, but on God. Cast your helpless souls on Christ. Praise God with heart and voice, and glorify his name day by day.
God would have us take hold of the rich promises of his Word. Come to his feet, and plead with him for power.
— The Review and Herald, July 6, 1905
Pledge yourself to God to serve Him and Him alone. Promise God that you will press steadily forward in the way to heaven.
Do not depend on feeling. You have the promise, move steadily forward believing that God hears your prayer and will fulfill His word.
Cast your helpless soul on Christ. Praise God with heart and voice and glorify His name day by day.
Take hold of the rich promises of God’s Word. Come to His feet and plead with Him for power.