We Must Believe
“Believe in the Lord our God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.” II Chronicles 20:20
The whole Bible is a revelation of the glory of God in Christ. Received, believed, obeyed, it is the great instrumentality in the transformation of character. It is the grand stimulus, the constraining force, that quickens the physical, mental, and spiritual powers, and directs the life into right channels.
The reason why the youth, and even those of mature years, are so easily led into temptation and sin, is that they do not study the Word of God, and meditate upon it, as they should. The lack of firm, decided will-power, which is manifest in life and character, results from neglect of the sacred instruction of God’s word. They do not by earnest effort direct the mind to that which would inspire pure, holy thought, and divert it from that which is impure and untrue. There are few who choose the better part, who sit at the feet of Jesus, as did Mary, to learn of the divine Teacher. Few treasure His words in the heart, and practice them in the life.
The truths of the Bible, received will uplift mind and soul. If the Word of God were appreciated as it should be, both young and old would possess as inward rectitude, a strength of principle, that would enable them to resist temptation. —Ministry of Healing, pp. 458, 459
We must set our hearts to know what is truth. All the lessons which God has caused to be placed on record in His Word are for our warning and instruction. They are given to save us from deception. Their neglect will result in ruin to ourselves. Whatever contradicts God’s Word, we may be sure proceeds from Satan. — Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 55.
E. G. White, With God At Dawn, p. 19