ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that
leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait
is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there
be that find it. Matt. 7:13, 14.
Christ calls upon us to enter the narrow pathway, where every step means a
denial of self. He calls upon us to stand upon the platform of eternal truth,
and contend, yes, contend earnestly, for the faith once delivered to the saints.
. . .
As we near
the time when principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places
will be fully brought into the warfare against the truth, when Satan's deceptive
power will be so great that, if it were possible, he would deceive the very
elect, our discernment must be sharpened by divine enlightenment, that we
may not be ignorant of Satan's devices. . . . By giving us the cooperation
of the holy angels, God has made it possible for our work to be . . . a glorious
success. But success will seldom result from scattered effort. The united
influence of all the members of the church is required.
today needs men who, like Enoch, walk with God, revealing Christ to the world.
Church-members need to reach a higher standard. Heavenly messengers are waiting
to communicate with those who have sunk self out of sight, whose lives are
a fulfilling of the words, "I live; ye 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." Of such men and women
must the church be composed before her light can shine forth to the world
in clear, distinct rays. Our views of the Sun of Righteousness are clouded
by self-seeking. Christ is crucified afresh by many who through self-indulgence
allow Satan to gain control over them. . . .
It is God's
purpose that all shall be tested and tried, that He may see whether they are
loyal or disloyal to the laws that govern the kingdom of heaven. To the last,
God permits Satan to reveal himself as a liar, an accuser, and a murderer.
Thus the final triumph of His people is made more marked, more glorious, more
full and complete.
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