Who shall ascend into
the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that
hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul
unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. Ps. 24:3, 4.
A soul united with Christ ... will war against all transgression and
every approach of sin. He becomes every day more like a bright and
shining light, and more victorious. He goes on from strength to strength,
not from weakness to weakness.
Let no one deceive his
own soul in this matter. If you harbor pride, self-esteem, a love
for the supremacy, vainglory, unholy ambition, murmuring, discontent,
bitterness, evil-speaking, lying, deception, slandering, you have
not Christ abiding in your heart.... You must have a Christian character
that will stand....
There must be thorough
conversions among those who claim to believe the truth, or they will
fall in the day of trial. God's people must reach a high standard.
They must be a holy nation, a peculiar people, a chosen generation--zealous
of good works. Christ has not died for you that you may possess the
passions, tastes, and habits of men of the world....
No man enters the portals
of glory but he who sets his heart thitherward. Then let the questions
come home, Do you mind earthly things? Are your thoughts pure? Are
you breathing the atmosphere of heaven? Do you carry with you the
miasma of pollution? ... Are you earnest and devoted, serving God
with purity and in the beauty of holiness? Ask sincerely, Am I a child
of God, or am I not? ...
We need a thorough reformation
in all our churches. The converting power of God must come into the
church.... Put not off the day of preparation. Slumber not in a state
of unpreparedness, having no oil in your vessels with your lamps....
Let not the question remain in perilous uncertainty. Ask yourselves
earnestly, Am I among the saved, or the unsaved? Shall I stand, or
shall I not stand? He only that hath clean hands and a pure heart
shall stand in that day.
It is the privilege of
every son of God to be a true Christian moment by moment; then he
has all heaven enlisted on his side.
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