Continually Watch

I speak to our people.  If you draw close to Jesus and seek to adorn your profession by a well-ordered life and godly conversation, your feet will be kept from straying into forbidden paths.  If you will only watch, continually watch unto prayer, if you will do everything as if you were in the immediate presence of God, you will be saved from yielding to temptation, and may hope to be kept pure, spotless, and undefiled till the last.  If you hold the beginning of your confidence firm unto the end, your ways will be established in God; and what grace has begun, glory will crown in the kingdom of our God.

E. G. White, Testimonies For The Church, vol. 5, p. 148

As we near the end of time, falsehood will be so mingled with truth, that only those who have the guidance of the Holy Spirit will be able to distinguish truth from error.  We need to make every effort to keep the way of the Lord.  We must in no case turn from His guidance to put our trust in man.  The Lord’s angels are appointed to keep strict watch over those who put their faith in the Lord, and these angels are to be our special help in every time of need.  Every day we are to come to the Lord with full assurance of faith, and to look to Him for wisdom… Those who are guided by the Word of the Lord will discern with certainty between falsehood and truth, between sin and righteousness.

E. G. White, Comments, In The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 907

The Jewish temple was built of hewn stones quarried out of the mountains; and every stone was fitted for its place in the temple, hewed, polished, and tested before it was brought to Jerusalem.  And when all were brought to the ground, the building went together without the sound of ax or hammer.  This building represents God’s spiritual temple, which is composed of material gathered out of every nation, and tongue, and people, of all grades, high and low, rich and poor, learned and unlearned.  These are not dead substances to be fitted by hammer and chisel.  They are living stones, quarried out from the world by the truth; and the great Master Builder, the Lord of the temple, is now hewing and polishing them, and fitting them for their respective places in the spiritual temple.  When completed, this temple will be perfect in all its parts, the admiration of angels and of men; for its Builder and Maker is God.

E. G. White, Testimonies For The Church, vol. 9, p 180

The strength of God’s people lies in their union with Him through His only-begotten Son, and their union with one another.  There are no two leaves of a tree precisely alike; neither do all minds run in the same direction.  But while this is so, there may be unity in diversity.  Christ is our root, and all who are grafted into this root will bear the fruit which Christ bore.  They will reveal the fragrance of His character in the talent of speech, in the cultivation of hospitality, of kindness, of Christian courtesy and heavenly politeness.

Look at the flowers in a carpet, and notice the different colored threads.  All are not pink, all are not green, all are not blue.  A variety of colors are woven together to perfect the pattern.  So it is in the design of God.  He has a purpose in placing us where we must learn to live as individuals.  We are not all fitted to do the same kind of work, but each man’s work is designed by God to help make up His plan.

E. G. White, Comments, in The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1083

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10.  This life is what we must have and we must have it more abundantly.  God will breathe this life into every soul that dies to self and lives to Christ.  But entire self-renunciation is required.  Unless this takes place, we carry with us the evil that destroys our happiness.  But when self is crucified, Christ lives in us, and the power of the Spirit attends our efforts.

E. G. White, Our High Calling, p. 21

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