Be sure to pray and counsel together before laying your plans, and then, in the Spirit of Christ, push the work unitedly. If one of your number decides that he cannot cooperate with his brethren, and has no desire to work because of differences of opinion, the course to be pursued is without a question. Humble yourselves before God and resort to prayer, for you cannot and must not attempt to work at variance.
Christian Living, page
I would like to encourage all to read today from Revelation chapter 13. I would also like to encourage all to read from the chapter "Liberty of Conscience Threatened" in this book: http://www.truthfortheendtime.com/SOPText/PDF/GreatControversy.pdf
"This is the day of the Lord’s preparation. He says: "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. The great work from which the mind should not be diverted, is the consideration of our safety in the sight of God. The storm is coming, relentless in its fury. Are we prepared to meet it? Are our feet on the Rock of Ages? Are we one with Christ, as he is one with the Father?" RH, Dec. 27, 1898.
"As the sinner, drawn by the power of Christ, approaches the uplifted cross, and prostrates himself before it, there is a new creation. A new heart is given him. He becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus…God Himself is the ‘justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.’ Romans 3:26."
Christ’s Object Lessons, page 63
"I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time of "refreshing" and the ‘latter rain" to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation; therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a hold God…I saw that none could share the "refreshing" unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action."
Early Writings, page 71
I believe pride is the biggest downfall among the professed people of God today. I believe we would do well to ask ourselves some pointed questions and give honest answers. Questions like, do I do things just to be noticed? Am I quick to rebuke or counsel others, but somewhat resentful or resistant to receiving the same? Do I crave praise or approval? Do I have thoughts of superiority over someone else?
Core to the pride issue is love of self. And that’s what got us all into the mess we’re in in the first place. Beware of pride! Beware of SELF!
"Satan does not merely pretend. He is in earnest. He behold Christ inviting should to come to Him that they may have life, and he is earnest and zealous in his efforts to prevent them from accepting the invitation. He will leave no means untried to prevent them from leaving his ranks and standing in the ranks of Christ. Why cannot the professed followers of Jesus do as much for Him as His enemies do against Him? Why not do all they can? Satan does all he can to keep souls from Christ….He does not wait for his prey to come to him. He hunts for it…."
Volume 2, Testimonies, page 287
"The crisis is stealing gradually upon us….Satan sees that his time is short. He has set all his agencies at work that men may be deceived, deluded, occupied and entranced, until the day of probation shall be ended, and the door of mercy forever shut."
Desire of Ages, page 636
Good things or problems can occupy us. Technology seems to hold us entranced. Deception abounds!! And delusion keeps us self-deceived. It matters not the tactic, if Satan can only get our eyes off of Him onto our problems, other people, the worldly cares and attractions…he has stolen the march. Watch, friends. Watch!
"Recklessness in the bodily habits reveals a recklessness of moral character. The health of the body is to be regarded as essential for the advancement of growth in grace…"
Volume 2, Mind, Character, and Personality, page 405
"In all business transactions, we are to let the light shine decidedly. There is to be no sharp practice. Everything is to be done with the strictest integrity. Better consent to lose something financially than to gain a few shillings by sharp practice. We shall lose nothing in the end by fair dealing. We are to live the law of God in our world, and perfect a character after the divine similitude. All business, with those in the faith and those not in the faith, is to be transacted on square, righteous principles. Everything is to be seen in the light of God’s law, everything done without fraud, without duplicity, without one tinge of guile."
Manuscript 47, 1898
"Those who refuse to obey the truth themselves are unwilling that others should obey it; for the course of the faithful is a continual reproof to the unbelieving and disobedient."
Sketches from the Life of Paul, page 158