sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh
about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8.
is unsafe to trust to feelings or impressions; these are unreliable guides.
God’s law is the only correct standard of holiness. It is by this law
that character is to be judged. If an inquirer after salvation were to ask,
“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” the modern teachers
of sanctification would answer, “Only believe that Jesus saves you.”
But when Christ was asked this question He said, “What is written in
the law? how readest thou?” And when the questioner replied, “Thou
shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, ... and thy neighbour as thyself,”
Jesus said, “Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”
No value is attached to a mere profession of faith in Christ; only the love
which is shown by works is counted genuine. Yet it is love alone which in
the sight of Heaven makes any act of value. . . .
The hidden selfishness of men stands revealed in the books of heaven. . .
. Sad is the record which angels bear to heaven. Intelligent beings, professed
followers of Christ, are absorbed in the acquirement of worldly possessions
or the enjoyment of earthly pleasures. Money, time, and strength are sacrificed
for display and self-indulgence; but few are the moments devoted to prayer,
to the searching of the Scriptures, to humiliation of soul and confession
Satan invents unnumbered schemes to occupy our minds, that they may not dwell
upon the very work with which we ought to be best acquainted. The archdeceiver
hates the great truths that bring to view an atoning sacrifice and an all-powerful
Mediator. He knows that with him everything depends on his diverting minds
from Jesus and His truth.
Those who would share the benefits of the Saviour’s mediation should
permit nothing to interfere with their duty to perfect holiness in the fear
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 78, 79.