Make Earnest Effort

The work of gaining salvation is one of co-partnership, a joint operation.  There is to be co-operation between God and the repentant sinner.  This is necessary for the formation of right principles in the character.  Man is to make earnest effort to overcome that which hinders him from attaining to perfection.  But he is wholly dependent upon God for success.  Human effort of itself is not sufficient.  Without the aid of divine power, it avails nothing.  God works and man works.  Resistance of temptation must come from man, who must draw his power from God.  On the one side there is infinite wisdom, compassion, and power; on the other, weakness, sinfulness, absolute helplessness.

God wishes us to have the mastery over ourselves.  But He cannot help us without our consent and co-operation.  The divine Spirit works through the powers and faculties given to man.  Of ourselves, we are not able to bring the purposes and desires and inclinations into harmony with the will of God; but if we are “willing to be made willing,” the Saviour will accomplish this for us.  “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  II Corinthians 10:5

E. G. White, The Acts Of The Apostles, p. 482

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…

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 precepts 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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