Under God’s Searching Eye

by / Wednesday, 04 February 2015 / Published in God is Love

“I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts.”  Isaiah 65:2

The Lord God through Christ holds out His hand all the day long in invitations to the needy.  He will receive all.  He welcomes all.  He rejects none.  It is His glory to pardon the chief of sinners.  He will take the prey from the mighty, He will deliver the captive, He will pluck the brand from the burning.  He will lower the golden chain of His mercy to the greatest depths of human wretchedness and guilt and lift up the debased soul contaminated with sin.  But man must will to come, and cooperate in the work of saving his soul by availing himself of opportunities given him of God.  The Lord forces no one.  The spotless wedding robe of Christ’s righteousness is prepared to clothe the sinner, but if he refuses it he must perish.

The record of the past can be blotted out with His (Christ’s) blood, the page made clean and white.  “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool…”  Isaiah 1:18

The words falling from the lips of Jesus, “Thy sins be forgiven thee.” (Matthew 9:2) are worth everything to us.  He saith, I have borne your sins in My own body on Calvary’s cross.  He sees your sorrows.  His hand is laid upon the head of every contrite soul, and Jesus becomes our Advocate before the Father, and our Saviour.  The lowly, contrite heart will make very much of forgiveness and pardon…

We may repeat His tender compassion for us to others who are wandering in the mazes of sin.  The grace of Christ revealed to us must be tenderly revealed to others.  A great tenderness and compassion will fill the soul for human beings who are still under the control of Satan.  Christ is to be multiplied in every man and woman who believes in Him, for they are to live over the life of Christ in blessing and enlightening and bringing hope and peace and joy to other hearts.

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 235

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“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”  Ephesians 4:22-24

Provisions has been made whereby every  soul that is struggling under sinful practices may be made free from sin.  “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29  The Christian is not to retain his sinful habits and cherish his defects of character, but he is to be renewed in the spirit of his mind after the divine similitude.  Whatever may be the nature of your defects, the Spirit of the Lord will enable you to discern them, and grace will be given you whereby they may be overcome.  Through the merits of the blood of Christ you may be a conqueror–yes, more than a conqueror…

Ask the Lord to reveal to you yourself; place your life under His searching eye, and when He lays hold upon your case you will see that you have made grievous mistakes, and what you supposed was of little importance was offensive in the sight of heaven.  You will see that there is a decided need of thorough transformation of character.  You will realize that you must put away the evil of your doings, and cooperate with God and heavenly angels who are sent to minister unto those who shall be heirs of salvation…

Self must die.  Every practice, every habit, that has a harmful tendency, however innocent it may be regarded by the world, must be battled with until overcome, that the human agent may perfect a character after the divine Pattern…

The crooked ways, the perverse doings of those around us, are not to dim the luster of our piety or to lead us to conform our habits to, and assimilate our customs and practices with, the world’s.  Let the prayer go forth from the lips of those who claim to be the sons and daughters of God, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalms 139:23, 24

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 237

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“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.”  James 5:16

All are liable to err, therefore the Word of God tells us plainly how to correct and heal these mistakes.  None can say that he never makes a mistake, that he never sinned at all, but it is important to consider what disposition you make of these wrongs.  The apostle Paul made grievous mistakes, all the time thinking that he was doing God service, but when the Spirit of the Lord set the matter before Him in its true light, he confessed his wrongdoing, and afterward acknowledged the great mercy of God in forgiving his transgression.  You also may have done wrong, thinking you were perfectly right, but when time reveals your error, then it is your duty to humble the heart and confess your sin…

Whatever the character of your sin, confess it.  If it is against God only, confess only to Him.  If you have wronged or offended others, confess also to them, and the blessing of the Lord will rest upon you.  In this way you die to self, and Christ is formed within…

When under the temptations of Satan, men fall into error, and their words and deportment are not Christlike, they may not realize their condition, because sin is deceptive and tends to deaden the moral perceptions.  But through self-examination, searching of the Scriptures, and humble prayer, they will, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, be enabled to see their mistakes.  If they then confess their sins and turn from them, the tempter will not appear to them as an angel of light, but as a deceiver…

Those who acknowledge reproof and correction as from God, and are thus enabled to see and correct their errors, are learning precious lessons, even from their mistakes.  Their apparent defeat is turned into victory.  They stand, trusting not to their own strength, but to the strength of God.  They have earnestness, zeal, and affection, united with humility and regulated by the percepts of God’s Word… They walk not stumblingly, but safely, in a path where the light of heaven shines.

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 239

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“Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.”  Matthew 12:31

“The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”  John 1:7  No matter how sinful a person has been, no matter what his position may be, if he will repent and believe, coming unto Christ and trusting Him as his personal Saviour, he may be saved unto the uttermost…

I know the danger of those who refuse to walk in the light as God gives it.  They bring upon themselves the terrible crisis of being left to follow their own ways, to do after their own judgment.  The conscience becomes less and less impressible.  The voice of God seems to become more and more distant, and the wrongdoer is left to his own infatuation.  In stubbornness he resists every appeal, despises all counsel and advice, and turns from every provision made for his salvation… The Spirit of God no longer exerts a restraining power over him, and the sentence is passed, “He is joined to idols: let him alone”…  Hosea 4:17  This is the process through which the soul passes that rejects the working of the Holy Spirit…

No one need look upon the sin against the Holy Ghost as something mysterious and indefinable.  The sin against the Holy Ghost is the sin of persistent refusal to respond to the invitation to repent.  If you refuse to believe in Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour…, you love the atmosphere that surrounded the first great apostate.  You choose this atmosphere rather than the atmosphere that surrounds the Father and the Son, and God allows you to have your choice.  But let no soul be discouraged by this presentation of the matter.  Let no one who is striving to do the will of the Master be cast down.

Come with your whole heart to Jesus.  Repent of your sins, make confession to God, forsake all iniquity, and you may appropriate to yourself all His promises.  “Look unto me, and be ye saved” (Isaiah 45:22) is His gracious invitation.

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 243

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“But exhort one another daily, while it is called to day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”  Hebrews 3:13

“The wages of sin is death.”  Romans 6:23  Sin, however small it may be esteemed, can be persisted in only at the cost of eternal life…

Adam and Eve persuaded themselves that in so small a matter as eating of the forbidden fruit there could not result such terrible consequences as God had declared.  Buy this small matter was sin, the transgression of God’s immutable and holy law, and it opened the floodgates of death and untold woe upon our world. “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”  I John 3:4  Age after age there has gone up from our earth a continual cry of mourning, and the whole creation groaneth and travaileth together in pain as a consequence of man’s disobedience.  Heaven itself has felt the effects of his rebellion against God.  Calvary stands as a memorial of the amazing sacrifice required as a propitiation for the transgression of the divine law.  Let us not esteem sin as a trivial thing.  Are not the hands and feet and side of the Son of the infinite God to bear an eternal testimony before the universe of its untold malignity and curse?

Oh that a right impression might be made upon the minds of young and old in regard to the exceeding sinfulness of sin!…

God is not deceived by appearances of piety.  He makes no mistake in His estimation of character.  Men may be deceived by those who are corrupt in heart, but God pierces all disguises and reads the inner life.  The moral worth of every soul is weighed in the balance of the heavenly sanctuary.  Shall not these solemn thoughts have an influence upon us, that we may cease to do evil and learn to do well?  There is nothing gained by a life of sin but hopeless despair…

Let faith lay hold on the promises of God.  Jesus is mighty to save His people from their sins.  Light from Heaven has illumined our pathway.  Sin has been revealed to us by the Word and the Spirit of truth, that we may not be found transgressors of the divine precepts, and there is no opportunity to plead the excuse of ignorance.  The command is “Depart from iniquity.”  II Timothy 2:19

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 255

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