Sanctify the Lord God
in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man
that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness
and fear. 1 Peter 3:15.
I have been shown that many who profess to have a knowledge of present
truth know not what they believe. They do not understand the evidences
of their faith. They have no just appreciation of the work for the
present time. When the time of trial shall come, there are men now
preaching to others who will find, upon examining the positions they
hold, that there are many things for which they can give no satisfactory
reason. Until thus tested they know not their great ignorance. And
there are many in the church who take it for granted that they understand
what they believe; but, until controversy arises, they do not know
their own weakness. When separated from those of like faith and compelled
to stand singly and alone to explain their belief, they will be surprised
to see how confused are their ideas of what they had accepted as truth.
. . .
God will arouse His people;
if other means fail, heresies will come in among them, which will
sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat. The Lord calls upon
all who believe His word to awake out of sleep. Precious light has
come, appropriate for this time. . . . Believers are not to rest in
suppositions and ill-defined ideas of what constitutes truth. Their
faith must be firmly founded upon the word of God so that when the
testing time shall come and they are brought before councils to answer
for their faith they may be able to give a reason for the hope that
is in them, with meekness and fear.
The servants of Christ
are to prepare no set speech to present when brought to trial for
their faith. Their preparation is to be made day by day, in treasuring
up in their hearts the precious truths of God's word, in feeding upon
the teaching of Christ, and through prayer strengthening their faith;
then, when brought into trial, the Holy Spirit will bring to their
remembrance the very truths that will reach the hearts of those who
shall come to hear.
God will flash the knowledge
obtained by diligent searching of the Scriptures, into their memory
at the very time when it is needed.
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