ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from
other people, that ye should be mine. Lev. 20:26.
saw many do not realize what they must be in order to live in the sight of
the Lord without a high priest in the sanctuary through the time of trouble.
Those who receive the seal of the living God and are protected in the time
of trouble must reflect the image of Jesus fully.
I saw that
many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time
of “refreshing” and the “latter rain” to fit them
to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw
in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation;
therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit
them to live in the sight of a holy God. Those who . . . fail to purify their
souls in obeying the whole truth . . . will come up to the time of the falling
of the plagues, and then see that they needed to be hewed and squared for
the building. But there will be . . . no Mediator to plead their cause before
the Father. Before this time the awfully solemn declaration has gone forth,
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy,
let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:
and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
I saw that
none could share the “refreshing” unless they obtain the victory
over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over
every wrong word and action. We should, therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer
to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable
us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Let all remember that God
is holy and that none but holy beings can ever dwell in His presence.
today to watch that we offend not in word or deed. . . . We must today seek
God and be determined that we will not rest satisfied without His presence.
We should watch and work and pray as though this were the last day that would
be granted us. How intensely earnest, then, would be our life. How closely
would we follow Jesus in all our words and deeds.
Our Father Cares, pp. 318, 319.