"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
Behold I show you a mystery
1 Corinthians 15: 51-52 “Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
We wanted to let you know that our Father passed away peacefully this evening, December 31 at 6:25 p.m. with his five children and their families, siblings, and close friends by his side. It has been an unexpected and difficult journey, but God has been beside us through it all. Thank you for giving us the time to grieve this loss. We will give you a more in-depth update in the coming days. May God bless you as you begin this new year. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
How can we be perfect?
“It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.” Psalm 18:32
How can we be victorious step by step?
“Hold up my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.”
What is my part?
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.”
How do I do that?
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Really? Yes, really.
“For he that is dead is freed from sin.”
“…I die daily.”
1 Corinthians 15:31
The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour’s sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man’s nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
The Desire of Ages, page 48
"My heart is longing to see the Man, Who was despised and rejected, crowned and seated upon His throne. . . ." Upward look, pg. 78
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