Watch and pray, that
ye enter not into temptation. Matt. 26:41.
What shall I say to arouse the remnant people of God? . . . I warn
all who profess the name of Christ to closely examine themselves and
make full and thorough confession of all their wrongs, that they may
go beforehand to judgment, and that the recording angel may write
pardon opposite their names. My brother, my sister, if these precious
moments of mercy are not improved, you will be left without excuse.
If you make no special effort to arouse, if you will not manifest
zeal in repenting, these golden moments will soon pass, and you will
be weighed in the balance and found wanting.
In the warning to "watch
and pray," Jesus has indicated the only safe course. There is
need of watchfulness. Our own hearts are deceitful; we are compassed
with the weaknesses and frailties of humanity, and Satan is intent
to destroy. We may be off our guard, but our adversary is never idle.
Knowing his tireless vigilance, let us not sleep, as do others, but
"watch and be sober." The spirit and influence of the world
must be met, but they must not be allowed to take possession of the
mind and heart.
Closely examine your own
heart as in the light of eternity. Hide nothing from your examination.
Search, oh! search, as for your life, and condemn yourself, pass judgment
upon yourself, and then by faith claim the cleansing blood of Christ
to remove the stains from your Christian character. Do not flatter
or excuse yourself. Deal truly with your own soul. And then as you
view yourself a sinner, fall, all broken, at the foot of the cross.
Jesus will receive you, all polluted as you are, and will wash you
in His blood, and cleanse you from all pollution, and make you fit
for the society of heavenly angels, in a pure, harmonious heaven.
There is no jar, no discord, there. All is health, happiness, and
This world is a training
school for the higher school, this life a preparation for the life
to come. Here we are to be prepared for entrance into the heavenly
courts. Here we are to receive and believe and practice the truth
until we are made ready for a home with the saints in light.
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