A Very Stirring Message From A Christian Woman In The 19th Century

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“It is only the Spirit’s power, working through mighty faith, that can make you able to successfully resist the many snares Satan has laid for your feet. The words and example of your Redeemer will be the light and strength of your heart. If you follow and trust in Him, He will not leave you to perish. You fear too much the displeasure of those who do not love and serve God. Why should you wish to keep the friendship of your Lord’s enemies or be influenced by their opinions? ‘Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?’ If the heart were right, there would be a more decided separation from the world…

“It is a solemn, fearful time. There is no time now for cherishing idols, no place for concord with Belial or for friendship with the world. Those whom God accepts and sanctifies to Himself are called to be diligent and faithful in His service, being set apart and devoted to Him. It is not a form of godliness, nor a name upon the church records, that constitutes ‘a living stone’ in the spiritual building. It is being renewed in knowledge and true holiness, being crucified to the world and made alive in Christ, that unites the soul to God…

“God first requires the heart, the affections. He requires His followers to love and serve Him with all their heart, with all their soul, with all their strength.”

Ellen White, Testimonies For The Church, Vol. 2, p. 168

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