Christian Experience Must Be Animated
counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich;
and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy
nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest
see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev. 3:18, 19.
conscience must be purged from dead works to serve the living God. Sanctification
means perfect love, perfect obedience, entire conformity to the will of God.
If our lives are conformed to the life of Christ through the sanctification
of mind, soul, and body, our example will have a powerful influence on the
world. We are not perfect, but it is our privilege to cut away from the entanglements
of self and sin, and go on unto perfection. . . .
possibilities, high and holy attainments, are placed within the reach of all
who have true faith. Shall we not anoint our eyes with eyesalve, that we may
discern the wondrous things here brought before us? Why do we not with persevering
earnestness, work out this prayer, advancing onward and upward, reaching the
standard of holiness? We are laborers together with God, and we must work
in harmony with one another and with God, “for it is God which worketh
in . . . [us] both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” . . .
Lord takes no pleasure in seeing us spiritually weak. “God, who commanded
the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the
light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But
we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power
may be of God, and not of us.” We have conflicts and trials to meet,
but we need not fail or be discouraged. . . .
can only be honored when we who profess to believe in Him are conformed to
His image. We are to represent to the world the beauty of holiness, and we
shall never enter the gates of the city of God until we perfect a Christlike
character. If we, with trust in God, strive for sanctification, we shall receive
it. Then as witnesses for Christ, we are to make known what the grace of God
has wrought in us.
greatest disquietude we can have is uncertainty. The acceptance of the blessings
of God brings righteousness and peace. The fruit of righteousness is quietness
and assurance forever. We must have simplicity and Godlike sincerity. We must
have that wisdom which cometh from above. Our Christian experience must be
animated by piety, and instinct with the divine life.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 260.