How can I be fit for the Master’s presence?
“Wherever you go, carry on the good work of searching the Scriptures, and the Lord Jesus will always be at your right hand to help you. … There is no excuse for wavering or sinning. But in order to be upright, you must keep all these rich and full promises in memory’s hall. Clear the mind of all objectionable, foolish things; retain the precious truths that you have heard here. … What weapon did Jesus present to the enemy in his temptation in the wilderness? … ‘It is written.’
“[Y]ou are to remember what is written, and when the enemy comes, and tempts you … just say firmly, ‘No, I cannot go there.’ Make up your mind, and know how to say ‘No’ squarely. ‘When sinners entice thee, consent thou not.’ ” The Bible Echo, January 15, 1893
“The law of God is the standard by which character is to be tested; if we erect a standard to suit ourselves, and attempt to follow a criterion of our own devising, we shall utterly fail to secure heaven at last. …
“Jesus is the perfect pattern. Instead of trying to please self and have our own way, let us seek to reflect His image. …
“It is not enough that we merely profess the faith; something more than a nominal assent is wanted. There must be a real knowledge, a genuine experience in the principles of the truth as it is in Jesus. The Holy Spirit must work within, bringing these principles into the strong light of distinct consciousness, that we may know their power and make them a living reality. The mind must yield obedience to the royal law of liberty, the law which the Spirit of God impresses upon the heart, and makes plain to the understanding. The expulsion of sin must be the act of the soul itself, in calling into exercise its noblest powers. The only freedom a finite will can enjoy, consists in coming into harmony with the will of God, complying with the conditions that make man a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” The Review and Herald, November 24, 1885
“It is a subject of interest to every soul of us, how we shall keep our vessels unto honor in the sight of a holy God. … There is no safety for us when we lie down, when we rise up, when we go out, and when we come in. Satan and evil angels have conspired with evil men and evil women, and the whole energies of the powers of darkness will gather themselves together to lead astray and destroy every soul that is not garrisoned with firm principles of eternal truths. …
“The principles of righteousness must be implanted in the soul. Faith must grasp the power of Jesus Christ, else there is no safety.” In Heavenly Places, 199 [Emphasis supplied.]