Grieving the Holy Spirit
by Ellen White
No one must be permitted to close the avenues whereby the light of truth shall come to
the people. As soon as this shall be attempted, God's Spirit will be quenched, for that
Spirit is constantly at work to give fresh and increased light to His people through His
Word. Let the love of Christ reign in hearts here. Let all yield themselves to that
heavenly power which alone can create unity by quelling selfish ambitions and human pride.
When the Spirit of God comes in, love will take the place of variance, because Jesus is
love; if His spirit were cherished here our meeting would be like a stream in the desert.
I keep your case before me, and I am grieved that you are troubled in mind. I would
comfort you if it were in my power. Has not Jesus, the precious Saviour, been to you so
many times a present help in times of need? Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, but cease
worrying. This is what you have many times talked to others. Let the words of those who
are not sick, as you are, comfort you, and may the Lord help you, is my prayer.--Lt 365,
1904. (2SM 253.) 2MCP 467
["Elmshaven," Sanitarium, Calif. Aug. 11, 1902 To the General Conference
Committee and the Medical Missionary Board:]
A wonderful work could have been done for the vast company gathered in Battle Creek at
the General Conference of 1901, if the leaders of our work had taken themselves in hand.
Had thorough work been done at this conference; had there been, as God designed there
should be, a breaking up of the fallow ground of the heart by the men who had been bearing
responsibilities; had they, in humility of soul, led out in the work of confession and
consecration, giving evidence that they received the counsels and warnings sent by the
Lord to correct their mistakes, there would have been of the greatest revivals that there
has been since the day of Pentecost.
But the work that all heaven was waiting to do as soon as men prepared the way, was not
done; for the leaders in the work closed and bolted the door against the Spirit's
entrance. There was a stopping short of entire surrender to God. Hearts that might have
been purified from error were strengthened in wrong doing. The doors were barred against
the heavenly current that would have swept away all evil. Men left their sins unconfessed.
They built themselves up in their wrong doing, and said to the Spirit of God, "Go thy
way for this time; when I have a more convenient season, I will call for thee." KC
Gatherings for social intercourse may be made in the highest degree profitable and
instructive when those who meet together have the love of God glowing in their hearts,
when they meet to exchange thoughts in regard to the word of God, or to consider methods
for advancing his work and doing good to their fellow men. When nothing is said or done to
grieve the Holy Spirit of God, but it is regarded as a welcome guest, then God is
honoured, and those who meet together will be refreshed and strengthened. PH048 19
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