And ye shall be holy
unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people,
that ye should be mine. Lev. 20:26.
I also saw many do not realize what they must be in order to live
in the sight of the Lord without a high priest in the sanctuary through
the time of trouble. Those who receive the seal of the living God
and are protected in the time of trouble must reflect the image of
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 holy God. Those who . . . fail
to purify their souls in obeying the whole truth . . . will come up
to the time of the falling of the plagues, and then see that they
needed to be hewed and squared for the building. But there will be
. . . no Mediator to plead their cause before the Father. Before this
time the awfully solemn declaration has gone forth, "He that
is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him
be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:
and he that is holy, let him be holy still."
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. We should, therefore, be drawing nearer and
nearer to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary
to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Let all
remember that God is holy and that none but holy beings can ever dwell
in His presence.
We are today to watch that
we offend not in word or deed. . . . We must today seek God and be
determined that we will not rest satisfied without His presence. We
should watch and work and pray as though this were the last day that
would be granted us. How intensely earnest, then, would be our life.
How closely would we follow Jesus in all our words and deeds.
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