Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things
are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever
things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any
virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians
“Already has the new year
been ushered in; yet before we greet its coming, we pause to ask, What has been
the history of the year that with its burden of records has now passed into
eternity? The admonition of the apostle comes down the lines to every one of
us, ‘Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.’
God forbid that at this important hour we should be so
engrossed with other matters as to give no time to serious, candid, critical
self-examination! Let things of minor consequence be
put in the background, and let us now bring to the front the things which
concern our eternal interests.
“No one of us can in our own strength
represent the character of Christ; but if Jesus lives in the heart, the spirit
dwelling in Him will be revealed in us; all our lack will be supplied. Who will
seek at the beginning of this New Year to obtain a new and genuine experience
in the things of God? Make your wrongs right as far as possible. Confess your
errors and sins one to another. Let all bitterness and wrath and malice be put
away; let patience, long-suffering, kindness, and love become a part of your
very being; then whatsoever things are pure and lovely and of good report will
mature in your experience. What fruit have we borne during the year that is now
past? What has been our influence upon others? Whom have we gathered to the
fold of Christ? The eyes of the world are upon us. Are we living epistles of
Christ, known and read of all men? Do we follow the example of Jesus in
self-denial, in meekness, in humility, in forbearance, in cross-bearing, in
devotion? Will the world be compelled to acknowledge us to be the servants of
“Shall we not in this new
year seek to correct the errors of the past? It behooves us individually
to cultivate the grace of Christ, to be meek and lowly of heart, to be firm,
unwavering, steadfast in the truth; for thus only can
we advance in holiness, and be made fit for the inheritance of the saints in
light. Let us begin the year with an entire renunciation of self; let us pray
for clear discernment, that we may understand our Saviour’s
claims upon us, and that we may always and everywhere be witnesses for Christ.”
The Signs of the Times, January 4,
“Lift up Jesus, you that teach the people.
Lift Him up in exhortations, in sermons, in songs, in prayer. Let all your
efforts be directed to pointing souls, confused, bewildered, and lost, to ‘the
Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’
Bid them look and live.” The Review and
Herald, April 12, 1892.
“Angels of God are waiting to show you the
path of life. … Decide now, at the commencement of the new
year, that you will choose the path of righteousness, that you will be
earnest and true-hearted, and that life with you shall not prove a mistake. Go
forward, guided by the heavenly angels; be courageous; be enterprising; let
your light shine; and may the words of inspiration be applicable to you—‘I
write unto you, young men, because you are strong and have overcome the wicked
“If you have … given yourself to Christ, you
are a member of the family of God, and everything in the Father’s house is for
you. All the treasures of God are open to you, both the world that now is and
that which is to come. The ministry of angels, the gift of His Spirit, the labors of His servants—all are for you. The world, with
everything in it, is yours so far as it can do you good. Even the enmity of the
wicked will prove a blessing, by disciplining you for heaven. If ‘ye are
Christ’s’ ‘all things are yours.’ ” My Life Today, 5.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1.
“God calls for whole-souled
consecration to His ways. Our highest powers are to be carefully cultivated.
Our talents are lent us by God for use, not to be perverted or abused. They are
to be improved by use, that they may do the work of God.
“We are to give ourselves to the service of
God, and we should seek to make the offering as nearly perfect as possible. God
will not be pleased with anything less than the best we can offer. Those who
love Him with all the heart will desire to give Him the best service of the
life, and they will be constantly seeking to bring every power of their being
into harmony with the laws that will promote their ability to do His will.
“Personal consecration is necessary, and we
cannot have this unless heart holiness is cultivated and cherished. Let your prayer
be, ‘Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my
plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my
work be wrought in Thee.’ This is a daily matter.
“The surrender of all our powers to God
greatly simplifies the problem of life. It weakens and cuts short a thousand
struggles with the passions of the natural heart. Religion is as a golden cord
that binds the souls of both youth and aged to Christ. Through it the willing
and obedient are brought safely through dark and intricate paths to the city of
“How many times have the deep things of God
been unfolded before us, and how highly should we prize these precious
privileges. … The bright beams of Heaven’s light are shining upon your pathway.
… Receive and cherish every Heaven-sent ray, and your path will grow brighter
and brighter unto the perfect day.” My Life Today, 6.
“My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes
observe my ways.” Proverbs 23:26.
“The Lord says to every one of you, ‘My son,
give Me thine heart.’ He
sees your disorders. He knows that your soul is diseased with sin, and He
desires to say to you, ‘Thy sins are forgiven.’ The Great Physician has a
remedy for every ill. He understands your case. Whatever may have been your
errors, He knows how to deal with them. Will you not trust yourself to Him?
“The blessing of God will rest upon every
soul that makes a full consecration to Him. When we seek for God with all the
heart, we shall find Him. God is in earnest with us, and He wants us to make
thorough work for eternity. He has poured out all heaven in one gift, and there
is no reason why we should doubt His love. Look to Calvary.
“God asks you to give Him your heart. Your
powers, your talents, your affections, should all be surrendered to Him, that
He may work in you to will and to do of His good pleasure, and fit you for
“When Christ dwells in the heart, the soul
will be so filled with His love, with the joy of communion with Him, that it
will cleave to Him; and in the contemplation of Him, self will be forgotten.
Love to Christ will be the spring of action. Those who feel the constraining
love of God, do not ask how little may be given to meet the requirements of
God; they do not ask for the lowest standard, but aim at perfect conformity to
the will of their Redeemer. With earnest desire they yield all, and manifest an
interest proportionate to the value of the object which they seek.
“It is the submissive, teachable spirit that
God wants. That which gives to prayer its excellence is the fact that it is
breathed from a loving, obedient heart.” Ibid., 7.