Perils Increase Till Jesus Comes
A Solemn Warning
Impenitence has taken hold upon some who once acted a prominent
part in the work of God. There is on their part a settling down to a fatal
hardness of heart, a confirmed resistance of the Spirit's pleading. Should
death overtake them as they are now, the dreadful words would be spoken,
"Weighed in the balance, and found wanting."
It is possible for men to offer the Saviour outward homage, to be
Christians in profession, to have a form of godliness, while the heart
whose loyalty he prizes above all else, is estranged from him. Such ones
have a name to live, but they are dead.
I am in great distress and agony as I see how determined are some
who have often been warned in their refusal to hear the words of entreaty.
They have linked their arms in the arm of the deceiver, and are led
captive by him at his will. I heard the words spoken, "So long have
they been impregnated with the life and customs of the enemy that they
have no desire to break away from his companionship."
To the marriage supper of the Lamb will come many who have not on
the wedding garment,--the robe purchased for them with His life-blood.
From lips that never make a mistake come the words, "Friend, how
camest thou in hither not having on the wedding garment?" Those
addressed are speechless. They know that words would be useless. The
truth, with its sanctifying power, has not been brought into the soul, and
the tongue that once spoke so readily of the truth is now silent. The
words are spoken, "Take them out of My presence. They are not worthy
to taste of My supper."
As they are separated from the loyal ones, Christ looks upon them
with deep sorrow. They occupied high positions of trust in God's work, but
they have not the life insurance policy that would have entitled them to
eternal life. From the quivering lips of Christ come the mournful words of
regret, "I loved them; I gave My life for them; but they persisted in
rejecting My pleadings, and continued in sin. O that thou hadst known,
even thou, in this thy day, the things which belong to thy peace! But now
they are hid from thine eyes."
Today Christ is looking with sadness upon those whose characters He
must at last refuse to acknowledge. Inflated with self-sufficiency, they
hope that it will be well with their souls. But at the last great day the
mirror of detection reveals to them the evil that their hearts have
practised, and shows to them at the same time the impossibility of reform.
Every effort was made to bring them to repentance. But they refused to
humble their hearts. Now the bitter lamentation is heard, "The
harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved."
Satan and his angels will appear on this earth as men, and will
mingle with those of whom God's word declares, "Some shall depart
from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of
devils." The world is full of men and women whom Satan uses as his
agencies. Christ has bought them with a price,--even His life-blood. But
they have given themselves into Satan's control. They are blind, and have
forgotten that they were purged from their sins.
In his sermon on the mount, the Son of God mourns over lost souls.
Before His eyes pass the millions of souls yet unborn who would multiply
their evil works, reject His pleadings, and rob Him of the glory that He
would have received had they allowed Him to impart to them the divine
Christ tells us how in the last great day ministers, elders,
evangelists, physicians, teachers, will confront Him with their claims.
They will plead how they have led the singers in their songs of praise,
how they have waved the palm branches, how they have spoken of Him before
thousands. "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name,"
they say, "and in Thy name done many wonderful works?"
But Christ says, "Then will I profess unto them, I never knew
you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity. O that you had known, even in
the day of your visitation, when like sweetest music, mercy's voice fell
upon your ears, the things that belonged unto your peace. But you were not
ready. If you had been faithful to the warnings of the word; if you had
dismissed Satan, instead of linking your arm in his; if you had preserved
untarnished the principles of right; if you had obeyed My commandments,
broken with ungodly advisers, scorned their impious bribes, which tempted
you to worldly honor; if you had lifted the cross, and followed Jesus in
self-denial, I could have welcomed you into My presence. But you have not
cared for My society, and now you have no power to go from the snare.
"I offered you My saving grace, but you refused it, and chose
the side of the enemy, even as the priests and rulers did. You refused to
be touched by My dying agony on the cross, and mocked at My humiliation.
So will I refuse to acknowledge you. I weep for your future, but you have
not cared to weep for yourselves. I was pledged to bear you and care for
you, even as a father beareth and loveth his own son that serveth him. But
you would not harmonize with Me.
"The precious invitation was often given, 'Let him take hold
of My strength, that he may make peace with Me, and he shall make peace
with Me.' But you would none of My counsel. You have caused many to follow
your sinful ways, and now your punishment has come. You will receive as
your works have been. You must lose everlasting life. You have chosen your
own ways, and with such ways, such sentiments, such characters, you could
not enter the gates of the Holy city."
What a scene is this! I pass over the ground again and again, bowed
down in an agony that no tongue can express, as I see the end of the many,
many who have refused to receive their Saviour. Justice will take the
throne, and the arm strong to save will show itself strong to smite and
destroy the enemies of the kingdom of God. Christ will lay bare the
motives and deeds of every one. Every hidden action will stand out as
clearly before the doer as if proclaimed before the universe.
Ellen White. Sanitarium, Cal., Oct. 1, 1903. M. H. R.--12--S--4.
The Effect of Personal
The influence of every man's
thoughts and actions surrounds him like an invisible atmosphere, which is
unconsciously breathed in by all who come in contact with him. This
atmosphere is frequently charged with poisonous influences, and when these
are inhaled, moral degeneracy is the sure result.-- 5T 111 (1882).
Surrounded by an
Atmosphere of Light and Peace.
Christ has made every
provision that His church shall be a transformed body, illumined with the
Light of the world, possessing the glory of Emmanuel. It is His purpose
that every Christian shall be surrounded with a spiritual atmosphere of
light and peace. He desires that we shall reveal His own joy in our lives.
indwelling of the Spirit will be shown by the out- flowing of heavenly
love. The divine fullness will flow through the consecrated human agent,
to be given forth to others.--COL 419 (1900).
Depend Constantly on God.
Many are unable to make definite
plans for the future. Their life is unsettled. They cannot discern the
outcome of affairs, and this often fills them with anxiety and unrest. Let
us remember that the life of God's children in this world is a pilgrim
life. We have not wisdom to plan our own lives. It is not for us to shape
our future. "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out
into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and
he went out, not knowing whither he went" (Hebrews 11:8).
Christ in His life on earth made no plans for Himself. He accepted
God's plans for Him, and day by day the Father unfolded His plans. So
should we depend upon God that our lives may be the simple outworking of
His will. As we commit our ways to Him, He will direct our steps.-- MH
478, 479 (1905).
Rest and Restoration (the
author counsels her own son).
I have a word to say to you. Will
you not sign a pledge that you will no longer weaken or deface the Lord's
temple by working when you ought to rest? In order to have proper thoughts
and in order to speak proper words, you must give your brain rest. You do
not take sufficient time to rest. The weary brain and tired nerves would
be invigorated if you would make a change in this respect....
We must study to discipline ourselves carefully, refusing to do
that which would weaken the physical, mental, and moral strength. You need
a clear, patient mind, which will endure all that may arise. You need a
strong hold from above. Exercise faith, and leave the results with God.
When you have done your best, be of good courage. Believe, believe, and
hold fast. The enemy will try to get you to make some move which means
defeat, but you cannot afford to do this. You cannot afford to make
uncertain movements. You need the influence that you will gain by
revealing wisdom and discretion.--Lt 121, 1904.
I was shown that Sabbathkeepers as
a people labor too hard without allowing themselves change or periods of
rest. Recreation is needful to those who are engaged in physical labor and
is still more essential for those whose labor is principally mental. It is
not essential to our salvation or for the glory of God to keep the mind
laboring constantly and excessively, even upon religious themes.
The Lord has graciously
spared your life to work in His lines. He does not want you to work
yourself, independent of the only power which can work successfully to
accomplish His designs. Then do not fret, but trust, looking unto Jesus,
the Author and Finisher of your faith. Do not be in too much of a hurry.
That which you can do without great taxation to your physical and mental
powers, do, but do not feel that you must take so many cares and burdens
that you cannot keep your own soul in the love of God.
vineyard is the Lord's; the work in every part is His, and He would have
you so labor that your physical, mental, and moral powers shall be
preserved. Bear in mind that you are cooperating with heavenly agencies.
Do not allow the enemy to have the least partnership in the firm. Receive
your orders from God, and in no wise be discouraged because you can only
do the work of a finite agent. The Infinite will work with His power to
give you efficiency.
Do not think you are left to do impossible things. Do not expect
impossible things of others. Paul may plant, and Apollos water, but God
giveth the increase (see 1Corinthians 3:6). "Of old hast Thou laid
the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of Thy hands.
They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure" (Psalm 102:25, 26).
"They all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt
Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and
Thy years shall not fail" (Hebrews 1:11,
12).--Lt 86a, 1893.
Concerning the Study of the Prophecies
His law is linked with His throne, and Satanic agencies combined
with human agencies cannot destroy it. Truth is inspired and guarded by
God; it will live, and will succeed, although it may appear at times to be
overshadowed. The gospel of Christ is the law exemplified in character.
The deceptions practiced against it, every device for vindicating
falsehood, every error forged by Satanic agencies, will eventually be
eternally broken, and the triumph of truth will be like the appearing of
the sun at noon day. The Sun of Righteousness shall shine forth with
healing in His wings, and the whole earth shall be filled with His glory.
Every position of our faith will be searched into and if we are not
thorough Bible students, established, strengthened, settled, the wisdom of
the world's great men will be too much for us. The world is busy, anxious,
and devoted. All are in the pursuit of some course that God has no part
in. Evil is eagerly pursued as though it were righteousness, error as
though it were truth, and sin as though it were holiness. Darkness is
thickening, covering the earth, and gross darkness the people, and shall
God's peculiar people at such a time as this be asleep? Shall those who
hold the truth be silent as if paralyzed? Letter 65, 1886 p. 3. (To
a "Sister," December 31, 1886.)
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