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Testimony For The Church

No. 17

By Ellen G. White

Steam Press of the Seventh-day Adventist

Publishing Association

Battle Creek, Mich.

1869

The Sufferings of ChristNUMBER SEVENTEEN

TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH

THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST

In order to fully realize the value of salvation, it is necessary to understand what it cost. In consequence of our limited ideas of the sufferings of Christ, wemany place a low estimate upon the great work of the atonement. The glorious plan of man's salvation was brought about through the infinite love of God theand Father. In this divine plan is seen the most marvelous manifestation of the love of God to the fallen race. Such love as is manifested in the gift of God's beloved Son amazed the holy angels. "God so loved the world, that hHe gave hHis only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in hHim should not perish, but have everlasting life." This Saviour was the brightness of hHis Father's glory, and the express image of hHis person. He possessed divine majesty, perfection, and excellence. He was equal with God. "It pleased the Father that in hHim should all fullness dwell." "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God;: but made hHimself of no reputation, and took upon hHim the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. A: and being found in fashion as a man, hHe humbled hHimself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." p. 1200, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 Christ consented to die in man'sthe sinner's stead, that man, by a life of obedience, might escape the penalty of the transgressionlaw of the law of God. TheHis death of Christ did not make the law of God of none effect. His death ; it did not slay the law, lessen its holy claims, nor detract from its sacred dignity. The death of Christ proclaimed the justice and perpetuity of hHis Father's law in punishing the transgressor, in that hHe consented to suffer the penalty of the law himself, Himself in order to save fallen man from its curse. The death of God's beloved Son on the cross shows the immutability of the law of God. His death magnifieds the law and mademakes it honorable, and gavegives evidence to man of its changeless character. From hHis own divine lips isare heard, "I camethe words: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." The death of Christ justified the claims of the law. p. 1 200, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 In Christ waswere united the human and the divine. His mission was to reconcile God to man, and man to God;, to unite the finite with the infinite. This was the only way in which fallen men could be exalted through the merits of the blood of Christ, to be partakers of the divine nature. Taking human nature, fitted Christ to understand the nature of man's trials, and his sorrows, and all the temptations wherewith he is beset. Angels who were unacquainted with sin could not sympathize with man in his peculiar trials. Christ condescended to take man's nature. He and was tempted in all points like as we, that hHe might know how to succor all who should be tempted. p. 201, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 As the human was upon hHim, hHe felt hHis need of strength from hHis Father. He had select places of prayer. He loved the solitude of the mountain where to hold communion with his His Father in Heaventhe solitude of the mountain. In this exercise, h His holy, human soul was strengthened for the duties and trials of the day. Our Saviour identifies hHimself with our needs and weaknesses, in that hHe became a suppliant, a nightly mighty petitioner, seeking from hHis Father fresh supplies of strength, to come forth invigorated and refreshed, braced for duty and trial. He is our example in all things. He is a brother in our infirmities, but not in possessing like passions. As the sinless One h, His nature recoiled from evil. He endured struggles, and torture of soul. in a world of sin. His humanity made prayer a necessity, and privilege. He required all the stronger divine support and comfort which hHis Father was ready to impart to hHis Son,m, to Him who had, for the benefit of man, left the joys of Hheaven, and chose hn His home, for the benefit of man, in a cold and thankless world. Christ found comfort and joy in communion with hHis Father. Here hHe could unburden hHis heart of the sorrows that were crushing hHim. He was a Mman of Ssorrows, and acquainted with grief. p. 201, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Through the day hHe labored earnestly to do good to others, to save men from destruction. He healed the sick, he comforted the mournfulmourning, and brought cheerfulness and hope to the despairing. He brought the dead to life. After hHis work was finished for the day, hHe went forth, evening after evening, away from the confusion of the city, and hHis form was bowed in some retired grove, in supplication to hHis Father. At times the bright beams of the moon shone upon his His bowed form. And then again the clouds and darkness shut away all light. The dew and frost of night rested upon hHis head and beard while in the attitude of a suppliant. He frequently continued hHis petitions through the entire night. He is our example. If we could remember this, and imitate the patternHim, we should would be much stronger in God. p. 3 202, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 If the Saviour of men, with hHis divine strength, felt the need of prayer, how much more should feeble, sinful mortals, feel the necessity of prayer,--ferventprayer--fervent, constant, prayer? ! When Christ was the most fiercely beset by temptation, hHe ate nothing. He committed hHimself to God, and, through earnest prayer, and perfect submission to the will of hHis Father, came off conqueror. p. 4, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Those who profess the truth for these last days, above every other class who take the name of professed Christians, should imitate the great Exemplar in prayer. "It is necessary for the disciple to follow his Master, and enough for the servant to be as his Lord p. 202, Para. 2, [2T].


 "It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord." Our tables are frequently spread with luxuries notneither healthful nor necessary, because we love these things more than we love self-denial, freedom from disease, and a soundsoundness of mind. Jesus sought earnestly for strength from hHis Father. This he considered, even for himself, the divine Son of God, considered of more value, even for Himself, than to sit at the most luxurious table. He has given us evidence that prayer wasis essential in order to receive strength to contend with the powers of darkness, and to do the work allotted us to perform. Our own strength is weakness, but the strengthat which God gives is mighty, and will bring off every onemake everyone who obtains it, more than conqueror. p. 4203, Para. 2 1, [17OT2T].


 As the Son of God bowed in the gattitude of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane bowed in the attitude of prayer, the agony of hHis spirit forced from his His pores sweat like great drops of blood. It was here that the horror of great darkness surrounded hHim. The sins of the world were upon hHim. He was suffering in man's stead as a a transgressor of hHis Father's law. Here was the scene of temptation. The divine light of God was receding from hHis vision, and hHe was passing into the hands of the powers of darkness. In the agony of hHis soul-anguish, hsoul anguish He lay prostrate on the cold earth. He was realizing hHis Father's frown. THe had taken the cup of suffering, Christ had taken from the lips of guilty man, and proposed to drink it hHimself, and in its place, give to man the cup of blessing. The wrath that would have fallen upon man, was now falling upon Christ. It was here that the mysterious cup trembled in hHis hand. p. 4203, Para. 32, [17OT2T].


 Jesus had often resorted to Gethsemane with hHis disciples for meditation and prayer. They were all well acquainted with this sacred retreat. Even Judas knew where to lead the murderous throng, that he might betray Jesus into their hands. Never before had the Saviour visited the spot with a heart so full of sorrow. It was not bodily suffering from which the Son of God shrank, and which wrung from hHis lips, in the presence of hHis disciples, these mournful words: "My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death." "Tarry ye here," said hHe, "and watch with mMe." p. 5203, Para. 13, [17OT2T].


 Leaving His disciples within hearing of His voice, He went a little distance from his disciples, leaving them within hearing of his voice, and fell on his face,them and fell on His face and prayed. His soul was agonized, and hHe plead,ed: "O mMy Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from mMe; : nevertheless, not as I will, but as tThou wilt." The sins of a lost world were upon hHim, and overwhelmed hoverwhelming Him. It was a sense of hHis Father's frown, in consequence of sin, which rent theHis heart of the Son of God with such piercing agony, and forced the great blood-drops from his brow down his pale cheeks, falling to the ground, andfrom His brow great drops of blood, which, rolling down His pale cheeks, fell to the ground, moistening the earth. p. 5204, Para. 21, [17OT2T].


 He roseRising from hHis prostrate position and, He came to hHis disciples, and found them asleepsleeping. He said unto Peter,: "What!, could ye not watch with mMe one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. T: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." At the most important time, the disciples were found sleeping--at thetime--the time when Jesus had made a special request for them to watch with him Him--the disciples were found sleeping. He knew that severe conflicts and terrible temptations were before his disciplesthem. He tookhad taken them with hHim, that they might be a strength to hHim, and that the events they should witness that night, and the lessons of instruction they should receive, might be indelibly printed upon their memories. This was necessary, that their faith might not fail, but be strengthened for the test just before them. p. 6204, Para. 1 2, [17OT2T].


 But instead of watching with Christ, they were burdened with sorrow, and fell asleep. Even the ardent Peter was asleep, who, only a few hours before, had declared that he would suffer, and, if need be, die for his Lord, was asleep. At the most critical moment, when the Son of God was isn need of their sympathy and heartfelt prayers, they were found asleep. They lost much by thus sleeping. Our Saviour designed to fortify them for the severe test of their faith to which they would soon be subjected. If they had spent the at mournful period in watching with the dear Saviour, and in prayer to God, Peter would not have been left to his own feeble strength to have denieddeny his Lord in the time of trial. p. 6 204, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 The Son of God went away the second time, and prayed, saying,: "O mMy Father, if this cup may not pass away from me Me, except I drink it, tThy will be done." And again hHe came to his His disciples, and found them sleeping. Their eyes were heavy. By these sleeping disciples is represented a sleeping church, when the day of God's visitation is nigh. It is a time of clouds and thick darkness, when to be found asleep is most perilous. p. 7205, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 Jesus has warnedleft us this warning: "Watch ye therefore;: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning;: lest coming suddenly hHe find you sleeping." The church of God is required to fulfill her night watch, however perilous, whether long or short. Sorrow is no excuse for her to be less watchful. Tribulation should not lead to carelessness, but to double vigilance. Christ has directed the church by hHis own example to the Source of their strength in times of need, distress, and peril. The attitude of watching is to designate the church as God's people indeed. By this sign the waiting ones are distinguished from the world, and show that they are pilgrims and strangers upon the earth. p. 7205, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 TAgain the Saviour turned sadly the second time from hHis sleeping disciples, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then hHe came to them, and said,: "Sleep on now, and take your rest;: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Mman is betrayed into the hands of sinners." How cruel for the disciples to permit sleep to close their eyes, and slumber to chain their senses, while their divine Lord was enduring such inexpressible mental anguish.! If they had remained watching, they would not have lost their faith as they beheld the Son of God dying upon the cross. This important night-watchnight watch should have been signalized by noble mental struggles and prayers, which would have brought them strength to witness the unspeakable agony of the Son of God. It would have prepared them, as they should behold hHis sufferings upon the cross, to understand something of the nature of the overpowering anguish which hHe endured in the gGarden of Gethsemane. And they would have been better able to recall the words hHe had spoken to them in reference to hHis sufferings, death, and resurrection; and, amid the gloom of that terrible, trying hour, some rays of hope would have lit lighted up the darkness, and sustained their faith. Hep. 205, Para. 3, [2T].


 Christ had told them before that these things would take place;, but they did not understand hHim. p. 7, Para. 3, [17OT].


 The scene of Christ's His sufferings was to be a fiery ordeal to hHis disciples, and hence the necessity of watchfulness and prayer. Their faith needed to be sustained by an unseen strength, as they should experience the triumph of the powers of darkness. p. 8, Para. 1, [17OT].


We can We can have but faint conceptions of the inexpressible anguish of God's dear Son in Gethsemane, as hHe realized the His separation from hHis Father in consequence of bearing man's sin. He became sin for the fallen race. The sense of the withdrawal of hHis Father's love pressed from hHis anguished soul these mournful words: "My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death." "If it be possible, let this cup pass from me Me." Then with entire submission to hHis Father's will, hHe adds, : "Nevertheless, not as I will, but as tThou wilt." p. 206, 8, Para. 21, [17OT2T].


 The divine Son of God was fainting, dying. The Father sent a messenger from hHis presence to strengthen the divine Sufferer, and brace hHim to tread hHis blood-stained path. Could mortals have viewed the amazement and the sorrow of the angelic host as they watched in silent grief the Father separating hHis beams of light, love, and glory, from the beloved Son of hHis bosom, they would better understand how offensive is sin is in hHis sight. p. 9, Para. 1, [17OT].


 The sword of justice was now to awake against hHis dear Son. He was betrayed by a kiss into the hands of hHis enemies, and hurried to the judgment hall of an earthly court, there to be derided, and condemned to death, by sinful mortals. There the glorious Son of God was "wounded for our transgressions, hHe was bruised for our iniquities." He bore insult, mockery, and shameful abuse, until h"His " visage was so marred more than any man, and hHis form more than the sons of men." p. 9206, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Who can comprehend the love here displayed?! The angelic host beheld with wonder and with grief Him who had been the mMajesty of Hheaven, and who had worn the crown of glory, now wearing the crown of thorns, a bleeding victim to the rage of an infuriated mob, fired to insane madness by the wrath of Satan. Behold the patient sSufferer! Upon hHis head is the thorny crown. His life-blood flows from every lacerated vein. All this in consequence of sin! Nothing could have induced Christ to leave hHis honor, his and majesty, in Hheaven, and come to a sinful world, to be neglected, despised, and rejected, by those hHe came to save, and finally to suffer upon the cross, but eternal, redeeming love, which will ever remain a mystery. p. 9207, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 Wonder, O Hheavens!, and be astonished, O earth! Behold the oppressor and the oppressed.! A vast multitude enclose the Saviour of the world. Mockings and jeerings are mingled with the coarse oaths of blasphemy. His lowly birth and his humble life are commented upon by unfeeling wretches. His claim to be the Son of God is ridiculed by the chief priests and elders, and the vulgar jests and insulting derision are passed from lip to lip. Satan was having full control of the minds of his servants. In order to do this effectually, he commences with the chief priests and the elders, and imbues them with a religious frenzy. They are actuated by the same Ssatanic spirit which moves the most vile and hardened wretches. There is a corrupt harmony in the feelings of all, from the hypocritical priests and elders down to the most debased. Christ, the precious Son of God, was led forth, and the cross was laid upon hHis shoulders. At every step was left blood which flowed from his His wounds. Thronged by an immense crowd of bitter enemies and unfeeling spectators, hHe is led away to the crucifixion. "He was oppressed, and hHe was afflicted, yet he He opened not his His mouth.: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he He openedth not hHis mouth." p. 10207, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 His sorrowing disciples follow hHim at a distance, behind the murderous throng. He is nailed to the cross, and hangs suspended between the heavens and the earth. Their hearts are bursting with anguish as their beloved Teacher is suffering as a criminal. Close to the cross are the blind, bigoted, faithless priests and elders, taunting, mocking, and jeering: "Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save tThyself. If tThou be the Son of God, come down from the cross,. Likewise also the chief priests mocking hHim, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; hHimself hHe cannot save. If hHe be the King of Israel, let hHim now come down from the cross, and we will believe hHim. He trusted in God,; let hHim deliver hHim now, if hHe will have hHim;: for hHe said, I am the Son of God." p. 208, Para. 1, [2T].


 Not one word did Jesus answer to all this. While the nails were being driven through hHis hands, and the sweat-dropssweat drops of agony were forced from hHis pores, from the pale, quivering lips of the innocent sSufferer a prayer of pardoning love was breathed for hHis murderers: "Father, forgive them,; for they know not what they do." All Hheaven was gazing with profound interest upon the scene. The glorious Redeemer of a lost world was suffering the penalty of man's transgressions of the Father's law. He was about to ransom hHis people with hHis own blood. He was paying the just claims of God's holy law. This was the means through which an end was to be finally made of sin and Satan, and his host to be vanquished. p. 10208, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Oh, was there ever suffering and sorrow like that endured by the dying Saviour! It was the sense of hHis Father's displeasure which made hHis cup so bitter. It was not bodily suffering which so quickly ended the life of Christ upon the cross;. It was the crushing weight of the sins of the world, and a sense of hHis Father's wrath. p. 11, Para. 1, [17OT].


 The Father's glory and sustaining presence had left hHim, and despair pressed its crushing weight of darkness upon him, Him and forced from hHis pale and quivering lips the anguished cry,: "My God, mMy God, why hast tThou forsaken mMe?" p. 209, Para. 1, [2T].


 Jesus had united with the Father in making the world. WhileAmid amid the agonizing sufferings of the Son of God, blind and deluded men alone remained unfeeling. The chief priests and elders were reviling therevile God's dear Son while in His expiring agonies of God's dear. Son. Yet inanimate nature groans in sympathy with her bleeding, dying Author. The earth trembles. The sun refuses to behold the scene. The heavens gather blackness. Angels have witnessed the sufferings of God's dear son,scene of suffering until they can look no longer, and hide their faces from the horrid sight. Christ is dying! He is in despair! His Father's approving smile is removed, and angels are not permitted to lighten the gloom of the terrible hour. They couldcan only behold in amazement their loved Commander, the Majesty of Heaven heaven, suffering the penalty of man's transgression of the Father's law. p. 11 209, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Even doubts assailed the dying Son of God. He could not see through the portals of the tomb. Bright hope did not present to hHim hHis coming forth from the tomb a conqueror, and hHis Father's accepting hacceptance of His sacrifice. The sin of the world, with all its terribleness, was felt to the uttermost utmost by the Son of God. The displeasure of the Father for sin, and its penalty, which wasis death, waswere all that hHe could realize through this amazing darkness. His soulHe was tempted to fear that sin was so offensive in the sight of hHis Father, that hHe could not be reconciled to hHis Son. The fierce temptation that hHis own Father had forever left hHim, caused that piercing cry from the cross,: "My God, mMy God, why hast thou Thou forsaken mMe?" p. 12209, Para. 13, [17OT2T].


 Christ felt much as sinners will feel when the vials of God's wrath shall be poured out upon them. Black despair, like the pall of death, will gather about their guilty souls, and then they will realize, to the fullest extent, the sinfulness of sin. Salvation has been purchased fromfor them by them, by the suffering and death of the Son of God. It might be theirs, if they would accept of it willingly, gladly; but none are compelled to yield obedience to the law of God. If they refuse the heavenly benefit, if they and choose the pleasures and deceitfulness of sin, they can have their choice, and at the end receive their wages, which is the wrath of God and eternal death. They will be forever separated from the presence of Jesus, whose sacrifice they had despised. They will have lost a life of happiness, and sacrificed eternal glory, for the pleasures of sin for a season. p. 13210, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 Faith and hope trembled in the expiring agonies of Christ, because God had removed the assurance hHe had heretofore given hHis beloved Son of hHis approbation and acceptance. The Redeemer of the world then relied upon the evidences which had hitherto strengthened hHim, that hHis Father accepted hHis labors and was pleased with hHis work. In hHis dying agony, as hHe yields up hHis precious life, hHe has by faith alone to trust in Him whom it has ever been hHis joy to obey. He is not cheered with clear, bright rays of hope on the right hand nor on the left. All is enshrouded in oppressive gloom. Amid the awful darkness which is felt by sympathizing nature, the Redeemer drains the mysterious cup even to its dregs. Denied even bright hope and confidence in the triumph which will be hHis in the future, hHe cries with a loud voice,: "LordFather, into tThy hands I commit mcommend My spirit." He is acquainted with the character of hHis Father, hwith His justice, hHis mercy, and His great love. In , and in submission hHe drops into theHis hands of his Father. Amid the convulsions of nature are heard, by the amazed spectators, the dying words of the Man of Calvary. p. 210, Para. 2, [2T].


 Nature sympathized with the suffering of its Author. The heaving earth, the rent rocks, proclaimed that it was the Son of God who died. There was a mighty earthquake. The vaeil of the temple was rent in twain. Terror seized the executioners and spectators as they beheld the sun vailed veiled in darkness, and felt the earth shake beneath them, and saw and heard the rending of the rocks. The mocking and laughing jeering of the chief priests and elders waswere hushed as Christ commended hHis spirit into the hands of hHis Father. The astonished throng began to withdraw, and grope their way, in the darkness, to the city. They smote upon their breasts as they went and in terror, speaking scarcely above a whisper, said among themselves,: "It is an innocent person that has been murdered. What if, indeed, hHe is, as hHe asserted, the Son of God.?" p. 13211, Para. 21, [17OT2T].


 Jesus did not yield up hHis life till hHe had accomplished the work which hHe came to do, and exclaimed with hHis departing breath,: "It is finished." Satan was then was defeated. He knew that his kingdom was lost. Angels rejoiced as the words were uttered,: "It is finished." The great plan of redemption, which was dependent on the death of Christ, had been thus far carried out. And there was joy in Hheaven that the sons of Adam could, through a life of obedience, be finally exalted to the throne of God. Oh, what love! What amazing love! that brought the Son of God to earth to be made sin for us, that we might be reconciled to God, and elevated to a life with hHim in hHis mansions in glory. Oh!, what is man, that such a price should be paid for his redemption! p. 14211, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 When men and women can more fully comprehend the magnitude of thise great sacrifice, which was made by the Majesty of Hheaven in dying in man's stead, then will the plan of salvation be magnified, and reflections of Calvary will awaken tender, sacred, and lively emotions in the Christian's heart. Praises to God and the Lamb will be in their hearts, and upon their lips. Pride and self-esteem cannot flourish in the hearts that keep fresh in memory the scenes of Calvary. This world will appear of but little value to those who appreciate the costlygreat price of man's redemption--theredemption, the precious blood of God's dear Son. All the riches of the world are not of sufficient value to redeem one, perishing soul. Who can measure the love Christ felt for a lost world, as hHe hung upon the cross, suffering for the sins of guilty men? This love was immeasurable. It was, infinite. p. 15212, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 Christ has shown that His love, he was shown, was stronger than death. He was accomplishing man's salvation; and although hHe had the most fearful conflict with the powers of darkness, yet, amid it all, hHis love decreased not, but grew stronger and stronger. He endured the hidings of hHis Father's countenance, until hHe was led to exclaim, in the bitterness of hHis soul,: "My God, my My God, why hast tThou forsaken mMe?" His arm brought salvation. The price was paid to purchase the redemption of man, when, in the last soul-strugglesoul struggle, the blessed words were uttered, which seemed to resound through creation,: "It is finished." p. 15212, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Many who profess to be Christians, will become excited over some worldly enterprise. Ts, and their interest is awakened for new and exciting amusements, while they are coldhearted, and appear as if frozen, in the cause of God. Here is a theme, poor formalist, which is of sufficient importance to excite you. Eternal interests are here involved. Upon this theme it is sin to be calm, and unimpassioned. The scenes of Calvary call for the deepest emotion. Upon this subject you will be excusable if you manifest enthusiasm. That Christ, so excellent, so innocent, should suffer such a painful death, bearing the weight of the sins of the world, our most extended thoughts and imaginations can never be able to fully reach, and enable us to comprehend t. The length, the breadth, the height, the depth, of such amazing love we cannot fathom. The contemplation of the matchless depths of a Saviour's love, viewed by faith, fills and absorbs should fill the mind, touches and melts the soul, refines and elevates the affections, and completely transforms the whole character. The language of the apostle is,: "I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and hHim crucified." We also may look toward Calvary, and also exclaim,: "God forbid that I should glory , save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." p. 16, 212, Para. 13, [17OT2T].


 Considering at what an immense cost our salvation has been purchased, what will be the fate of those who neglect so great salvation? What will be the punishment of those who profess to be followers of Christ, yet fail to bow in humble obedience to the claims of their Redeemer, and who do not take the cross, as humble disciples of Christ, and follow hHim from the manger to Calvary? "He that gathereth not with mMe, saith" says Christ, "scattereth abroad." p. 16213, Para. 2 1, [17OT2T].


 Some have limited views of the atonement, and. They think that Christ suffered only a small portion of the penalty of the law of God, and; they suppose that, while the wrath of God was felt by hHis dear Son, they suppose that he had, through all hHis painful sufferings, andthe evidence of hHis Father's love and acceptance, and; that the portals of the tomb before hHim were illuminated with bright hope, and that hHe had the abiding evidence of hHis future glory. Here is a great mistake. Christ's keenest anguish was a sense of hHis Father's displeasure. His mental agony, because of this, was of such intensity that man can have but faint conception of it. p. 17213, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 TWith many the historystory of the condescension, humiliation, and sacrifice of our divine Lord does not with many stir the soul, affect the character and life, any more, nor awaken deeper interest than to readawakens no deeper interest, and stirs the soul and affects the life no more, than does the history of the death of the martyrs of Jesus. Many have suffered death by slow tortures; others have suffered death by crucifixion. In what does the death of God's dear Son differ from these? It is true hHe died upon the cross a most cruel death; yet others, for hHis dear sake, have suffered equally, asso far as bodily torture is concerned. Why, then, was the suffering of Christ more dreadful than that of other persons who have yielded their lives for his His sake? If the sufferings of Christ consisted in physical pain alone, then hHis death was no more painful than that of some of the martyrs. Bp. 214, Para. 1, [2T].


 But bodily pain was but an item in small part of the excruciating agony of God's dear Son. The sins of the world were upon hHim, also the sense of hHis Father's wrath as hHe suffersed the penalty of the law transgressed. It was these that crushed hHis divine soul. It was the hiding of hHis Father's face, --a sense that his His own dear Father had forsaken him, whichHim--which brought despair. The separation that sin makes between God and man was fully realized and keenly felt by the innocent, suffering Man of Calvary, without. He was oppressed by the powers of darkness. He had not one ray of light to brighten the future, oppressed by the powers of darkness,. And He was struggling with the power of Satan,--he who was declaring that he had Christ was in his power, that he was superior in strength to the Son of God, that Godthe Father had disowned hHis Son, and that hHe was no longer in the favor of God any more than himself. If hHe was indeed still in favor with God, why need hHe die? God could save hHim from death. p. 214, Para. 2, [2T].


 Christ yielded not in the least degree to the tormentingtorturing foe, even in hHis bitterest anguish. Legions of evil angels were all about the Son of God, yet the holy angels were bidden not to break their ranks and engage in conflict with the taunting, reviling foe. Heavenly angels were not permitted to minister unto the anguished spirit of the Son of God. It was in this terrible hour of darkness, the face of hHis Father hidden, legions of evil angels enshrouding hHim, the sins of the world upon hHim, that the words were wrenched from hHis lips,: "My God, mMy God, why hast tThou forsaken mMe.?" p. 17214, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 The death of the martyrs can bear no comparison with the agony endured by the Son of Ggod. And wWe should take larger, broader, and deeper views of the life, sufferings, and death of God's dear Son. When the atonement is viewed correctly, the salvation of souls will be felt to be of infinite value. In comparison with the enterprise of everlasting life, every other sinks into insignificance. But how have the counsels of this loving Saviour been despised.! The heart's devotionheart has been devoted to the world, and selfish interests have closed the door against the Son of God. Hollow hypocrisy and pride, selfishness and gain, envy, malice, and passion, have so filled the hearts of many that Christ can have no room. p. 18 215, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 He was eternally rich, "yet for our sakes He became poor, that we through hHis poverty might be made rich." He was clothed with light and glory, and was surrounded with hosts of heavenly angels, waiting to execute hHis commands. Yet hHe put on our nature, and came to sojourn among sinful mortals. Here is love that no language can express. It passes knowledge. Great is the mystery of godliness. Our souls should be enlivened, elevated, and enraptured with the theme of the love of the Father and the Son to man. The followers of Christ should here learn here to reflect back in some degree that mysterious love preparatory to joining all the redeemed in ascribing "Bblessing, and honor, and glory, and power, . . . unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb foreverfor ever and ever." p. 19215, Para. 12, [17OT].


 To The Church at ----. p. 19, Para. 2, [17OT].


 Dear Brethren:--I have been shown that you are not in the light, 2T].


 WARNINGS TO THE CHURCH Dear Brethren In -----: You are not standing in the light, as God would have you. In vision, I was pointed back to the ingathering of souls at ----- last spring, and was shown that your minds were not prepared for that work. You did were not expectingexpect or believing for thebelieve that such a work which waswould then be accomplished among you. ThisBut the work was carried on, notwithstanding your unbelief, aside fromand without the participationcooperation of many among you. p. 19216, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 When you had such evidences that God was waiting to be gracious to hHis people, that Mmercy's voice was inviting sinners and backsliders to the cross of Christ, why did you not unite with us,those who had the burden of the work upon us? them? Why did you not come up to the help of the Lord? Some of you seemed benumbed and, stupefied, and seemed to be amazed, and were unprepared to participate fully in the work. You Many assented to it, but their hearts of many were not in it. It This was a great evidence of the lukewarm condition of the church. p. 2016, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 TheYour worldliness you possess does not incline your hard heartsyou to throw wide open the door, of your hard hearts at the knock you hear fromof Jesus, who is seeking an entrance there. The Lord of glory , who has redeemed you by hHis own blood, waited at your doors for admittance, and; but you did not throw them open the door wide and welcome hHim in. Some opened the door slightly and permitted a little light from hHis presence to enter, but did not welcome the heavenly Visitor. There was not room for Jesus. The place which should have been reserved for him Him was occupied with other things. Jesus entreated you: "If any man hear mMy voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with mMe." There was a work for you to do to open the door. For a time you felt inclined to hear, and open the door,; but even this inclination departed, and you failed to secure the communion with the heavenly gGuest which it was your privilege to have. By sSome, however, opened the door was opened, and Jesus heartily welcomed their Saviour. p. 2016, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 Jesus will not force open the door. The act you have to perform to show your desire for the heavenly Visitor is to open the door wide and give himYou must open it yourselves and show that you desire His presence by giving Him a sincere welcome. If all had made thorough work in clearing away the world's rubbish, and preparing a place for Jesus, hHe would have entered and abode with you, and would have done a great work through you for the salvation of others. YBut notwithstanding you were unprepared for the work. I, it commenced, notwithstanding, among you in mighty power among you. Backsliders were reclaimed, sinners were converted, and the sound went out into the region round about. The community was stirred. Had the church come up to the help of the Lord, and had the way been fully opened for further labor, therea work would have been accomplished in ----- and ---- ----- and the region round about, a work accomplished such as you have never witnessed. But the ideasminds of the brethren were not raisedaroused, and they were indifferent, in a great degree, indifferent to the matter. Some who had ever been seeking their own interest, could not think of having their minds drawn away from themselves on this occasion, even though the salvation of souls might be at stake. p. 217, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 The Lord had laid upon us the burden. We were willing to give you all there was of us for a time, if you would come up with us to the help of the Lord. TBut in this there was a decided failure. There was gGreat ingratitude was shown for the manifestations of the power of God among you. Had you received the tokens of God's mercy and loving kindness as you should, with thankful hearts, and united your interest to work with the Spirit of God, you would not now be in the condition that you are. But you have been going down, and withering spiritually your present condition. But since that precious work was done among you, you have been going down and withering spiritually. p. 2217, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 The parable of the lost sheep you do not yet understand. You have not learned the lesson the divine Teacher designed you should. You have been dull scholars. Read the parable in Luke xv.15: "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends, and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost." p. 2218, Para. 21, [17OT2T].


 Here were the cases of several who had backslidden;, who had been in darkness;, and who had strayed away from the fold. But especially, as a prominent one, was the case of Bro. -- -- ----. He strayed from the foldBrother A prominent. All the efforts were not made in wisdom, which should have been made in wisdom to have prevented his straying from the fold,; and then after he had strayed, there were not diligent efforts were not put forth to bring him back. There was much more gossiping over his case than sincere sorrow for him. All these things kept him from the fold, and caused his heart to be separated farther and farther from his brethren, making his rescue more and still more difficult. How different was this course from that pursued by the shepherd in the parable, when in pursuit of the lost sheep. The whole ninety and nine were left in the wilderness, to care for themselves, exposed to dangers; yet the lone sheep, separated from the flock, was in greater danger, and to secure the one, the ninety and nine were left. p. 2318, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 Some of the church had no special anxiety to have Bro. ---Brother -A return. They cared not enough to unbend from their dignity and pride toand make special efforts to help him to the light. They stood back on their dignity, and said,: "We will not go after him; let him come to us." IViewing the feelings of his brethren toward him as he did, it was impossible for him to do this, as he viewed the feelings of his brethren toward him. Had they. Had they regarded the lesson taught by Christ, they would have been willing to yield their dignity and pride, and go after the wandering ones. They would have wept over them, prayed for them, implored them to be faithful to God, and the truth, and to abide with the church. But the feeling of many was: "If he wants to go, let him go." p. 2318, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 When the Lord sent hHis servants to do the work for these wanderers, the work which you ought to have done, you wereand even then unprepared to give up your ideas, when you had evidence that the Lord was giving a message of mercy to these poor stray sheep straying ones, you were unprepared to give up your ideas. You did not feel like leaving the ninety and nine, and searching after the lost sheep till youit was found it., Yand you did not do thisit. And when the sheep was found, and brought back to the fold with rejoicing, did you rejoice? We tried to arouse you. We tried to call you together, as the shepherd called his neighbors and friends, to have you rejoice with us. B; but you seemed unwilling. You felt that the sheep had done a great wrong in leaving the fold, and instead of rejoicing that he had returned, you were anxious to make him feel that he should be very sorry for leaving, and should come back just according to your ideas. And since thehis return of the lost sheep, you have had a feeling of jealousy in regard to his returnhim. You have kept your eye out, watching to see if all was right. Some have not felt justbeen exactly satisfied, but; they have felt an unwillingness in their hearts to have things just as they are. p. 2419, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 You are unacquainted with yourselves. Some possess selfishness, which leads to the narrowing up of their influence and efforts. There is more joy in Hheaven over one sinner that repenteth, than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance. p. 25, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Had the church been prepared to appreciate the work the Lord was doing among them, they would since that ingathering have been growing stronger and stronger. But instead of all throwing their whole soul into the work, and feeling a special, sincere interest to do all in their power to bringfollow up the work where after we left it, they acted very much as if the work did not specially concern them especially, but, and as though they were only spectators--ready spectators, ready to distrust, and find fault ifwherever there was a chanceopportunity. p. 2519, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 I was shown the case of Bro. ----Brother B. He feels unhappy. He is dissatisfied with his brethren. His mind has been exercised for some time that it was his duty to carry the message. He is capablehas the ability, and, as far as his knowledge of the truth is concerned. He has the ability,, he is capable; but he lacks culture. He has not controlledlearned to control himself. It requires great wisdom to deal with minds. Bro. ----, and he is not qualified for this work. He understands the theory, but has not educated himself in forbearance, patience, gentleness, kindness, and true courteousness. If thingsanything arises which does not meet his mind, he does not stop andto consider whether it is not wisdom to take no notice of it, andor to let it pass for the present until it shall be fully considered. He braces himself at once for battle. He is harsh, severe, denunciatory. He raises disturbance at once,, and if things do not meet his mind, he raises disturbance at once. p. 2520, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 He possesses in his organization the elements of war rather than of sweet peace and harmony. He has not wisdom to give to all their portion of meat in due season. "And of some have compassion, making a difference;: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." This making a difference, Bro. ----Brother B has but little knowledge of making this difference. He is rough in his manners, and indiscreet in his dealing with souls. This disqualifies him for making a good, wise, careful shepherd. A A shepherd must have noble generosity, courage, fortitude, noble generosity, love, and tenderness, combined. p. 2620, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 HBrother B will be in danger of tearing down more than he can build up. He has not hadbrought all his powers in subjection to the will of God. He has not been transformed by the renewing of his mind. He is self-sufficient, and does not rely wholly upon the grace of God. H; his works are not wrought in God. p. 26, Para. 2, [17OT].


 To be a shepherd is to occupy a very important, responsible position. It ; to feed the flock of God is a highn exalted and sacred work to feed the flock of God. Bro. ----Brother B, the Lord does not regard you fit to be an overseer of hHis flock. Had you been learning the lesson of self-government in your religious experience, and had you felt the necessity of elevating your mind, and purifying your heart by the sanctification of the Spirit, and of bringing all your powers into subjection to the Spiritwill of God, seeking humility and meekness, you might now be in a position to do good, and to exert an influence which would be elevating and saving. p. 2720, Para. 13, [17OT2T].


 Bro.Brother and Sr. ----Sister B, you have a work to do for yourselves, which no one can do for you. You are inclined to murmur and complain. You have something to do to subdue your natural feelings. Live for God yourselves, knowing that you have not to answer for the wrongs of others. I saw, Bro. ----Brother B, that you would certainly be overcome by Satan, and make utter shipwreck of faith, unless you stop your faultfinding, and seek pure and undefiled religion before God. You need to be elevated in your thoughts and conversation. You; you need a thorough conversion. p. 2721, Para. 21, [17OT2T].


 Life andor death is before you. You should solemnly consider that you are dealing with the great God. R, and should ever remember, God that He is not a child that can, to be trifled with. You cannot engage in His service God at will, and let it alone at pleasure. Your inmost soul needs to be converted. p. 27, Para. 3, [17OT].


 All who, like you, my brother, have failed to grow in the grace of God, and to perfect holiness in hHis name, will, in these days of peril and trial, meet with great loss. Their foundation will be in danger of provingprove to be sliding sand instead of the Rock, Christ Jesus. p. 2821, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 You move by impulse. You feel unreconciled withto your brethren because you are not sent out to preach the truth. You are not fit for this trust. It would take the care of mMore than one efficient preacher would be required to follow in your wake, to bind up the wounds and bruises which your harsh dealing would make. God is not pleased with you, and I fear that you will fail of everlasting life. p. 2821, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 You have not time to lose in making. Make mighty efforts to rescue yourself from Satan's snare. You need to learn of Jesus, who is meek and lowly of heart, and then you will obtain rest. Oh!, what a work you have to do to perfect holiness in the fear of God, and be prepared for the society of the pure and holy angels. You need to humble your heart before God, and seek meekness and righteousness, that you may be hid in the day of the Lord's fierce anger. p. 2822, Para. 3 1, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ----Brother B, the Lord let hHis blessing rest upon you last spring; but you did not see the relation which watchfulness and prayer sustain to a progress in the divine life. You have neglected these duties, and the result has beenis that darkness has enshrouded you. You have been in a state of uncertainty and distrust. You, and have frequently chosen forthe your society of those who are in darkness, those whom Satan uses to scatter from Christ. You could live among the most corrupt, and remain unstained, unsullied, if God in hHis providence thus directed you. But it is dangerous for those who wish to honor God to choose for their companions those who fear not God, and be pleased and entertained with their society. Satan is ever surrounding such, and great darkness is around about themfind their pleasure and entertainment with companions who fear Him not. Satan ever surrounds such with great darkness; and if those who profess Christ go unbidden into this darkness, they tempt the Ddevil to tempt them. If God, in order to do good and glorify His name, the Lord requires us to go amidamong infernal spirits, where is the blackest darkness, in order to do good and glorify his name, hHe will encircle us with hHis angels and keep us unsullied. But if we seek the company of sinners, and are pleased with their coarse jests, and are entertained and amused with their stories, sports, and ribaldry, the pure and holy angels remove their protection, and leave us to the darkness we have chosen. p. 2822, Para. 42, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ----Brother B, I wish to alarm you.; I wish to arouse you to action. I wish to entreat of you to seek God while hHe invites you to come to hHim that you may have life. p. 29, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Watch, Pray pray, Wwork," are the Christian's watchwords. Satan is vigilant in his efforts. H; his perseverance is untiring, his zeal earnest and unabated. He does not wait for his prey to come to him,; he seeks for it. To wrench souls from the hand of Christ, is his determined purpose; yet soulsprofessed Christians are asleep in their blindness--insaneblindness, insane in their pursuits. God is not in their thoughts. A vigilant foe is upon the ir track of the Christian; yet he isthey are in no danger while he they makes God histheir trust. But unless he puts his trust in God, histhey do this, their strength will be weakness, and hethey will be overcome by Satan. p. 30 222, Para. 13, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ----Brother B, it is dangerous for you to yield to doubts. You must not permit yourself to go any faurther in the direction in which you have been going. You are in constant danger. Satan is on your track, suggesting doubts and causing unbelief. Had you stood clear in the counsel of God, you could have had an influence for good over those who love your society now. p. 30223, Para. 21, [17OT2T].


 Poor Bro. ----; heBrother C felt the influence of the Spirit of God, but was deficient in experience. He did not fully turn fully from his old habits and customsfrom his old habits. He failed to make God his strength continually, and his feet slipped. There is no concord between Christ and Belial. Bro. ---- failed to make God his strength continually, and his feet have slipped. You might have helped him if , had you had had hold from above,been connected with Heaven as you should have hadbeen. But your course of inactivity, your manner of conversation, your influence, have strengthened him in his backsliding, and quieted the voice of conscience within him. Your course has not been a reproof to him in his downward track. You could do good, were you living for God. p. 30, Para. 3, [17OT].


 Your strength is utter weakness;, your wisdom is foolishness; yetbut you do not realize thisit. You have been too well satisfied with a theory--atheory, a correct form of doctrine, but have not felt the necessity of the power of God. Y; you have neglected the spiritual part of religion. Your whole being should cry out for the Spirit of God--the life and power of religion in the soul, which would lead to the crucifixion of self, and a firm trust in your Redeemer. p. 31 223, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 You are in terrible darkness, and unless you arise in the name of God, and break asunder the fetters of Satan asunder, and assert your freedom, you will make shipwreck of the faith. p. 31, Para. 2, [17OT].


 NotwithstandingSo great is the unwillingness of the Lord to leave you, and such is His love toward you, that notwithstanding your life has not been in accordance with the His will of God,, and your works and ways have been offensive to him, yet such is his great unwillingness to leave you--such is his love toward you, that Him, the Majesty of Hheaven condescends to beg the privilege of making you a visit, and leaving you hHis blessing.: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock." The mansions in glory are his. His, and the joy of theat heavenly abode; yet hHe humbles hHimself to seek an entrance at the door of your heart, that hHe may bless you with hHis light, and make you to rejoice in hHis glory. His work is to seek and to save that which is lost, and ready to perish. He wishes to redeem as many as He can from sin, and death, as many as he can,that that hHe may elevate them to hHis throne and give them everlasting life. p. 31224, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ----Brother B, be entreated to arise and cast aside your doubts. What makes you inclined to doubts? It is your life of departure from God. Y, your life of unconsecration. Y, your jesting and joking. Your lack of sobriety is endangering your eternal interests. Christ is inviting you to turn from these follies to hHim. You are not growing in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. You are not an honor to the cause. You are not becoming elevated, but are sinking lower and lower in the scale. You are not forming a character for Hheaven, and everlasting life. p. 32224, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 You are pleasing yourself, passing away time in frivolity which should be spent with your family, teaching your children the ways and works of God. The hours that you spend in company that is doingdoes you only harm, should be devoted to prayer and the study of God's word. You should feel that a responsibility isrests upon you, as head of your family, to bring up your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. What account will you render to God for misspent time? What influence are you having over those who have not the fear of God before them? "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Hheaven." May God anoint your eyes that you may see your peril. I feel deeply for you. My heart yearns over you. I long to see you coming up to the high standard that it is your privilege to attain. You can do good. Your influence, if exerted on the right side, will tell. Bro. ----Brother B, your footsteps are in the downward path. "Turn ye, turn ye," "for why will ye die.?" p. 32 224, Para. 2 3, [17OT2T].


 PIf you much longer pursue the course you are now traveling following, much longer, and you will become infidel in regard to the truth--infideltruth and in regard to the word of God. Watch, and pray always. Dedicate yourself unreservedly to Godthe Lord, and it will not then be difficult then to serve GodHim. You have a divided heart. This is the reason that darkness, instead of light, encircles you. p. 33, Para. 1, [17OT].


 The last message of mercy is now going forth. It is a token of the longsuffering and compassion of God. Come, is the invitation now given. Come, for all things are now ready. This is mercy's last call. Next will come the vengeance of an offended God. p. 33225, Para. 2, [17OT1, [2T].


 Bro. ----Brother B, encourage simplicity, love, forbearance, and sweet union with your brethren. But do not, oh!, do not, sell everlasting life so cheaply. You will never know real happiness iIf you go from the truth. Y you will never know real happiness; you will be miserable indeed. Heaven is worth making any and every sacrifice for. Break the bands of Satan. Jesus is now invitinginvites you. W; will you listen to hHis voice? You must take a higher stand than you have hitherto done. Make it your first business to gain the kingdom of Hheaven, and the righteousness of Christ, your first business. Live for God and Hheaven, and the eternal reward will be yours at the end of the race. p. 33225, Para. 32, [17OT2T].


 I was shown Bro. ---- ----. CONTEMPLATING MARRIAGE I was pointed back to last spring, in May, when the Lord visited ----. Bro -, and was shown the case of Brother D. ----He was not prepared to take stockpart in that work. His mind and heart were elsewhere. He was contemplating marriage. He and could not listen to the invitation of Jesus,: "Come,; for all things are now ready." His contemplated marriage engrossed his attention. He had no time or inclination to open the door of his heart to the gracious Visitor. Had he done this, Christ would have given him good counsel, which, if heeded, would have been of priceless value to him. He would have presented before him in its true light his danger of yielding to the dictates of a wayward inclination, and setting aside the glory of God and the decisions of sober reason, and the glory of God. He would have charged him to beware how he treaod in the footsteps of those who haved fallen and been ruined. HeBut this brother did not consider that God had claims upon him; that he should make no move without consulting hHim who had bought him. We are instructed that whatever we do, we should do all to hHis glory. p. 34225, Para. 13, [17OT2T].


 Did you, Bro. ----Brother D, as a disciple, a learner, of Christ, go to hHim in humble, sincere prayer, and commit your ways to him? You failed to do this. You did not investigate all your motives, and move with carefulness lest you should bring a reproach upon the cause of Christ, your Redeemer. You did not consider whether this move would have the bestan effect effect to increase your spiritual sensibility, quicken your zeal, and strengthen your efforts in self-denial and steadfastness in the truth and your efforts to deny self. You were ignorant of your own heart. The work of God was seen in the church, but you had no longings for the divine Spirit. The things of Hheaven were insipid to you. You were infatuated by your new hopes of uniting your interests with those of another. You did not consider that a marriage alliance was to affectwould vitally affect your interest for life, short though that life must be. p. 35226, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 You should have felt that with your own evil heart to subdue, you could not be brought in connection with an influence which would make it more difficult for you to overcome self, and make your path upward to Hheaven more rugged. You have now made your religious progress tenfold more difficult than when you stood alone. It is true you were lonely;, for you had lost a precious jewel. But if you had counseled with your brethren, and committed your ways to the Lord, hHe would have opened the ways for you, that you to have could have connected yourself with one who could have been a helped to you instead of being a hindrance. p. 35226, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 If you will now humbly turn to the Lord with humility with all your heart, hHe will pity and help you. But you are just where you are shorn of your strength, and are prepared to compromise your faith and your allegiance to God, to please your new wife. God pity you;, for ruin is before you unless you arouse like a true soldier of Christ, and engage anew in the warfare for everlasting life. Your only safety is in keeping with your brethren, and obtaining all the strength you can from them to standremain in the truth. p. 36, Para. 1, [17OT].


 You are about to sacrifice the truth for the sake of peace and happiness here. You are selling your soul at a cheap market. It is now your duty to do all you can to make your wife happy, and yet not to sacrifice the principles of truth. You should exercise forbearance, patience, and true courteousness courtesy. By thus doing, you can show the power of true grace, and the influence of the truth. p. 36227, Para. 2 1, [17OT2T].


 I was shown that the love of money is a snare to you. Money, independent of the opportunity it furnishes for doing good, blessing the needy, and advancing the cause of God, is really of but little value. The little you possess is a snare to you. U, and unless you use your talents of meansit as a wise and faithful steward in the service of your Master , it will yield you little else but misery. p. 36, Para. 3, [17OT].


 You are a close, and penurious man. You need to cultivate a noble and, liberal spirit. Unless you and separate your affections from the world, or you will be overcome. The deceitfulness of riches will so corrupt your soul, that the good will be overborneovercome by evil. Selfishness and love of gain will triumph. p. 37227, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 If you, my dear brother, are saved, it will be indeed be a miracle of mercy. YourThe love of the world is increasing upon you. Carefully consider the words of Christ: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." p. 37, Para. 2, [17OT].


 My brother, you have not obeyed eitherneither the first ornor the second of these commandments. You would not hesitate to reach out and advantage yourself , although you knew it would greatly disadvantage your neighbor. You look to your own selfish interest, and would say, : "Am I my brother's keeper?" p. 37228, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 You are not laying up your treasure in Hheaven, and becoming rich toward God. Self and selfish interests are eating out true godliness from your soul. You are bowing to the [god] of this world. Your heart is alienated from God. An inspired writer says,: "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." p. 38, Para. 1, [17OT].


 The steps of a Christian may appear at times appear feeble and faltering, yet in his conscious weakness he leans upon the mighty Mighty One for support. He is sustained, and is surely makingmakes sure progress onward and upward toward perfection. He is gaininggains new victories daily, and comingcomes nearer and nearer to the standard of perfect holiness. His eye is not downward to the earth, but upward, ever keeping in view the heavenly pPattern. p. 38228, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ----Brother D, the glitter and tinsel of the corruptible things of the earth, have eclipsed the charms of Hheaven, and have made eternal life of but little value to you. I beg and entreat you, as a servant of Christ, to awaken and see yourself as you are. p. 38, Para. 3, [17OT].


 As a servant of Christ, I entreat you to awake that you may see yourself as you are. The profits you will obtain in the course you are now pursuing, will be eternal loss. You will find at last that you have made a terrible mistake which can never be remedied. p. 38228, Para. 43, [17OT2T].


 You can now face right aboutrightabout, heed the call of mercy, and live. Rejoice that your probation has not ended--thatended, that you may now, by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory, honor, immortality, and eternal life. Rejoice that she who has been your faithful companion for years shall rise again--thatagain, that mortality will be swallowed up of life. Look forward to the morning of the resurrection, when she who shared your joys and sorrows for more than a score of years, will come forth from her prison-houseprison house. Will you have her look for you, her companion, in vain? Will you be missing then, as her voice is raised in triumph and victory--: "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" Oh!, that day will bring honor to the saints.! No shame, no reproach, no suffering then; but peace, joy, and immortal praise, upon every redeemed tongue.! Oh!, that God would speak to your heart, and impress upon your soul with the value of eternal life. And may you be led, my brother, to ever possess a spirit of noble generosity, that you may discharge the duties of your stewardship with faithfulness, having youran eye single to the glory of God, that the Master may say to you,: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant;: . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." p. 38229, Para. 5, 1, [17OT2T].


 DANGER OF RICHES I was shown that some are deceived in regard to themselves. They look to those who have much property, and feel that theyse are the only ones who are in special danger of covetousness, and who have a love of the world, and who are in any special danger of covetousness. T But this is not the case. Those who have means are constantly in danger, and are accountable for all the talents of means which the Master has entrusted to their care. But those who have little of this world are frequently self-caring, and do not do that which is in their power to do, and which God requires them to do. They frequently have opportunities, frequently, of doing good if they were less self-caring; but they have so to do good, but they have so long cared for self, and studied self-interest, that they think there is no other way for them to do. p. 39229, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 I was shown that Bro.Brother and Sr. ----Sister E are in danger of having their thoughts centered too much upon themselves,; especially is Sr. ----Sister E at fault here. She has almost supreme love for herself. Sr. ----You, youmy sister, are poorly prepared to stand amid the perils of the day of God. You do not imitate the true pPattern, Jesus. There was not one selfish act in hHis whole life. You have a work to do for yourself which no one can do for you. Divest yourself of selfishness, and learn the mind and will of God. Study to show yourself approved unto God. You are impulsive. You, and are naturally irritable and peevish. You work far beyond your strength. There is no virtue in this., for God does not require it. A selfish disposition is at the bottom of this. Your motives are not praiseworthy. You shun responsibility and care-taking, and have felt that you should be considered, you should be favored. It is to be regretted that you have been favored from your childhood. Y you have been petted and favored, and your will left unsubdued. Now, at a more advanced age, you have the work to do at a more advanced age which should have been done in your childhood. Your husband has yielded to your wishes, and indulged your whims, to your injury. p. 40230, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 Selfishness must die. It, which manifests itself in a variety of ways, according to circumstances, and the peculiar organization of individuals, must die. If you had children, and your mind was were compelled to be called away from yourself to care for them, it would be more to your advantage. You have for them, to instruct them, and be an example to them, it would be an advantage to you. You have called forth in your home the attention and forbearance which isare required to be exercised toward children. To care for others, to seek to advantage them,This attention you require and will have. But you have not thought was it any part of your duty. But you require it to care for, and will have itor seek to advantage, others. You are willful, and very set to carry out your own plans. When everything is smooth in your pathway, you manifest the fruits we expect to see inborne by a Christian; but when your path is crossed, you manifest fruits that are not to be found upon a good tree. You have a regular perverse, willful time, like a spoiled the result is the opposite. Like a spoiled child which deserved s chastisement, you have a spell of perverse willfulness. When two compose a family, as in your case, and there are no children to call into exercise forbearance and patience, forbearance, and true love, there is necessity forneed of constant watchfulness lest selfishness obtain the supremacy, lest you yourselves become athe center, and you require attention, care, and interest, which you feel under no obligation to bestow upon others. The care of children in a family makes it necessary that a large portion of the time be spent at home, giving opportunity for the culture of mind and heart in connection with the ordinary cares of domestic life, that a large portion of the time be spent at home. p. 41, Para. 1, [17OT domestic life. p. 230, Para. 2, [2T].


 You neglect to keep your heart, and neglect to usedo good with the means which God has given you with which to do good. Your influence could benefit, did you feel that anything was required of you toward those who need help, who need encouragement encouraging and strength strengthening. YBut you have so long studied your pleasure, that you are disqualified to benefit those around you. You need to discipline yourself. Take time for selfexamination to bring all your powers in subjection to the mind and will of God. You need secret discipline of your affections which is so important in order that even theyour affections and thoughts may be brought into subjection. Take time for self-examination, that you may bring all your powers in subjection to the mind and will of God. You are shut up to self. It is the privilege of every true Christian to exert an influence for good upon the character of every one with whom he associates. p. 42, Para. 1, [17OTover everyone with whom he associates. p. 231, Para. 1, [2T].


 You, my sister, will be rewarded according as your works have been. Closely investigate your motives, and candidly decide whether you are rich in good works. I was pointed back to last spring, when the Lord was doing a good work in ----- and vicinity. The aAngels of mercy were hovering over his His people, and hearts which knew not God and the truth were deeply stirred. GodThe Lord would have carried forward the work hHe so graciously commenced, had the brethren been in working order. You had so long consulted your own wishes, and had caused everything to bend to your convenience, that the possibility that you might be inconvenienced, led you to close the door which you might have opened to advance the cause. p. 42231, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 You acted your part, and some others felt a drawbackto draw back, fearing the expense, and calculating that they would lose time in attending meetings if the effort should be made. Christian zeal was lacking. A world was before us lying in wickedness, exposed to the wrath of God, and poor souls were held by the prince of darkness,; and yet those who ought to be awake and engaged in the most noble object inst of all the universeenterprises, the salvation of perishing souls, had not interest enough to call into action every means they could employ, to hedge up the path to destruction, and to turn their footsteps of the faltering ones into the path of life. The enterprise of eEternal life should engage the deepest interest of every Christian. To be a co-worker with Christ and the heavenly angels in the great plan of salvation! What work can bear any comparison with this?! From every soul saved, there comes to God a revenue of glory, to be reflected back upon the one saved, and also upon the one instrumental in his salvation. p. 232, Para. 1, [2T].


 CHRISTIAN ZEAL There is a noisy zeal, without aim or purpose, which is not according to knowledge, which is blind in its operations and destructive in its results. This is not Christian zeal. Christian zeal which is controlled by principle and is not spasmodic. It is earnest, deep, and strong, engaging the whole soul, awakening and arousing to exercise the moral sensibilities. The salvation of souls and the interests of the kingdom of God are matters of the highest importance. What earthly object is there that would make it more reasonable to be in earnest calls for greater earnestness than the salvation of souls and the glory of God? There are considerations here which cannot be lightly regarded. They are as weighty as eternity. Eternal destinies are at stake. Men and women are deciding for weal or woe. Christian zeal will not exhaust itself in talk, but will feel and act with vigor and efficiency. Yet Christian zeal will not act for the sake of being seen. Humility will characterize every effort, and humbleness will be seen in every work. Christian zeal will lead to earnest prayer and humiliation, and to faithfulness in home duties. In the family circle will be seen the gentleness and love, benevolence and compassion, which are ever the fruits of Christian zeal. p. 43232, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 I was shown that you must make an advance move. Your treasure in Hheaven, SrSister E, is not large. You are not rich toward God. May the Lord open your eyes to see, and make your heart to feel, and cause you to manifest, Christian zeal. Oh, how few feel the worth of souls! How few are few wouldwilling to sacrifice, to bring souls to the knowledge of Christ! There is much talking, much professed love for perishing souls. T; but talk is cheap stuff. It is earnest Christian zeal to act that is wanted. It iswanted--a zeal tothat will be manifested by doing something, by engaging in the work. Every one. All must now work for him and herself themselves, and when they have Jesus in their hearts, they will confess hHim to others. YouNo more could no more hinder a soula soul who possesses Christ be hindered from confessing Christ, who had h Him to confess, than you could stop the waters of Niagara be stopped from flowing over the falls. p. 45233, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 I was shown that Bro. ---- ----Brother F is buried up in the rubbish of the world. He cannot afford time to serve God. He cannot afford time, not even to earnestly study and pray to know what the Lord would have him do. His talent is buried in the earth. The cares of this life have swallowed up his interest in eternal considerations with him things. The kingdom of God and the righteousness of Christ are secondary with him. He loves business,; but I saw, that unless he changeds his course, the hand of God wouldwill be against him. He may gather, but God will scatter. He could do good. p. , is not large. You are not rich, Para. 1, [17OT].


But But many have the idea, that if their life is a working, business life, that they can do nothing for the salvation of souls, andnothing to advance the cause of their Redeemer. They say they cannot do things by the halves, and therefore turn from religious duties, and religious exercises, and bury themselves up in the world. They make their business primary, and forget God. And God, and He is displeased with them. AIf any who are engaged in business where they cannot advance in the divine life, and perfect holiness in the fear of God, they should change to a business in which they can have Jesus with them every hour. p. 233, Para. 2, [2T].


 Bro. ----Brother F, you aredo not honoringhonor your profession. Your zeal is a worldly zeal, and your interest is a worldly interest. p. 46, Para. 1, [17OT].


 You are dying spiritually. You understand not your perilous condition. The love of the world is swallowing up your religion. You must awake. Y; you must seek God. You must and repent of your backslidings. In contrition take words and return to the Lord. Your religious duties have become merely a form. You havedo not religious enjoyment enjoy religion; for this enjoyment is dependent upon willing obedience. The willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land. You do not possess a bright evidence that you will dwell with God in his His kingdom. You occasionally engage in the outward performance of religious duties, but your heart doesis not engage in the exercise. You occasionally drop a word of warning to sinners, and or a word in favor of the truth; but it is a reluctant service, as though rendered to a task-master, instead of the cheerful service of filial affection. If your heart is aglow with Christian zeal, the most arduous duties will be pleasant and easy. p. 46234, Para. 21, [17OT2T].


 Why the Christian life is so difficult to many is becausethat they have a divided heart. They are double-mindeddouble minded, which makes them unstable in all their ways. Were they richly imbued with Christian zeal, which is ever the result of consecration to God, instead of the mournful cry, "My leanness!, my leanness!," the language of the soul would be,: "Hear what the Lord has done for me." p. 47Even if you are saved, Para. 1which is very doubtful, [17OT].


 In in the course you have been are pursuing, how limited will be the good you have accomplished, even if you are saved, which is very doubtfulaccomplished. Not a soul will be saved by your instrumentality. Will the Master say to you,: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant"? What have you been doing faithfully? Hard work in the business and cares of this life. Will this bring from the lips of Christ, the gracious words,: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant"? p. 47, 234, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 My brother, Jesus loves you, and He invites you to face right about rightabout, and take your eyes from the earth, and fix them upon the mark offor the prize of your high calling, which is in Christ Jesus. Cease lightness and trifling. Let a solemn weight of the time in which we live be borne by you till the war is over. p. 47, Para. 3, [17OT].


 You should go to work. Your influence, the war is over. Go to work; if consecrated to God, your influence will tell. p. 48235, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 TMost of the family of Bro. ----Brother G are, most of them, in the downward road. ---- H lives an aimless life. She is full of folly, vanity, and pride. Her influence does not tend to ennoble, does not lead to goodness and holiness. She does not like the restraint which religion imposes; therefore she will not yield her heart to its sacred sway. She loves self, she loves pleasure, and is seeking for her own enjoyment. Sad, sad indeed will be the result, unless she now turns square about, and seeks for true genuine godliness. She might exert an influence over her brothers which would bea softening, ennobling, and elevating in its tendencyinfluence over her brothers. God loves these children;, but they are not Christians. They can become children of the light, and be missionaries in their own family, and among their associates. They could be workers for God, if Christians. If they would try to live humble Christians. p. 48, Para. 2, [17OT].


 Christian lives, they could become children of the light and workers for God; they could be missionaries in their own family and among their associates. p. 235, Para. 2, [2T].


 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE YOUNG If the youth could only see how much good it is in their power to accomplish, if they would make God their strength and wisdom, they would no longer pursue a course of careless indifference toward GodHim; they would be no longer be swayed by the influence of those who are unconsecrated. Instead of feeling that an individual responsibility rests upon them, to put forth efforts to do others good, and lead themothers to righteousness and holiness, they give themselves up to seek their own amusement. They are useless members of society, and their lives ares aimless lives as do the butterfly'ies. p. 48, Para. 3, [17OT].


 The youth ng may have a knowledge of the truth, and believe it, but not live it. TheySuch possess a dead faith. Their hearts are not reached so as to affect their conduct and character in the sight of God, and they are no nearer to doing hHis will than the are unbelievers. Their hearts do not conform to the will of God. T; they are at enmity with GodHim. p. 49, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Those who are devoted to amusements;, and who love the society of those who love pleasure seekers, have an aversion to religious exercises. Will the Master say to these youth who profess his His name, "Well done, good and faithful servants," unless they are good and faithful? p. 49235, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 The young are in great danger. MuchGreat evil results from their light and trifling reading. Much time is lost which should be spent in useful employment. Some would even deprive themselves of sleep that they mightto finish some ridiculous love story. The world is flooded with novels of every description. Some are not of as dangerous a character as others. Some are immoral, low, and vulgar; others are clothed with more refinement; but all are pernicious in their influence. Oh! , that the young would reflect upon the influence the which exciting story-readingstories hasve upon the mind. p. 49, Para. 3, [17OT].


 ! Can you, after such reading, open the word of God and read the words of life with interest? Do you not find the word book of God uninteresting? The charm of that love story is upon the mind, destroying its healthy tone, and making it impossible for you to fix your mind upon the important, solemn truths which concern your eternal interest. You have sinnedsin against your parents in devoting to such a poor purpose the time which belongeds to them. Y, and you sin against God in thus using the time thus, which should be spent in devotion to hHim. p. 236, Para. 1, [2T].


 It is the duty of the youth to encourage sobriety. Lightness, jesting, and joking, can only be indulged at the expense of will result in barrenness of soul, and the loss of the favor of God. p. 50, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Many of you think you do not exert a bad influence upon others, and thus feel in a measure satisfied; but do you exert an influence for good? Do you seek in your conversation and acts to lead others to Christ?the Saviour, or, if they profess Christ, to lead them to a closer walk with hHim? p. 50 236, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 The young should cultivate a spirit of devotion, and piety. They cannot glorify God unless they aim constantly aim to toattain unto the fullness of the stature of Christ--a perfect person perfection in Christ Jesus. Let the Christian graces be and abound in you. Give to your Saviour theyour best and holiest affections. Render entire obedience to hHis will. He will accept of nothing short of this. Be not moved from your steadfastness by the jeers and scoffs of those whose minds are given to vanity. Follow your Saviour through evil as well as good report and evil report. And; count it all joy, and a sacred honor, to bear the cross of Christ. Jesus loves you. He died for you. Unless you seek to serve hHim with your undivided affections, you will fail to perfect holiness in hHis fear, and you will be compelled to hear at last the fearful words, Depart. p. 50237, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 SERVANTS OF MAMMON The case of Bro. ----Brother ----- is fearful. This world is his god. He; he worships money. He has not heeded the warning given him years ago, and overcome his love of the world while in the exercise of all his faculties. The dollars which he has since accumulated since, have been like so many cords entanglingto entangle his soul, and bindingbind him to the world. As he has gained in property, the he has become more greedy he has been for gain. p. 51, Para. 1, [17OT].


 All the powers of his being are devoted to the one object, securing money. This has been the burden of his thoughts, the anxiety of his life. He has turned all the powers of his being in this one direction until he is a worshiper of mammon, to all intents and purposes, he is a worshiper of mammon. Upon this subject he is insane. His example before his family is leading them to think the possession of that property is to be valued before Heaven heaven and immortality. He is sacrificing his eternal interest for treasures upon the earth. He has for years been educating his mind to acquire property. He is sacrificing his eternal interest for treasures upon the earth. He believes the truth--hetruth, he loves the principles of truth, and loves to see others prospering in the truth, ; but he has made himself so thoroughly a slave to mammon, that he feels bound to serve this master as long as he shall live. TBut the longer he lives, the more devoted will he become to his love of getting gain, unless he tears his soul away from this terrible Ggod, money. iIt will be like tearing out his vitals, but it must be done if he values Hheaven. p. 51237, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 He needs the censure of none, but the pity of all. His life has been a terrible mistake. He has suffered imaginary pecuniary want, while surrounded with plenty. Satan has taken possession of his mind, and excited, exciting his organ of acquisitiveness, andhas made him insane upon this subject. The higher, nobler powers of his being have been brought very much into subjection to theis close, selfish propensity of acquisitiveness. His only hope is in overcoming this propensity, and breaking the bands of Satan and overcoming this evil in his character. He has tried to do this, by doing something after his conscience had s been wrought upon; , but this is not sufficient. This merely making a mighty effort and parting with a little of his mammon, and feeling all the time that he is parting with his soul, is not the fruit of true religion. He must train his mind to good works. He must brace against his propensity to acquire. He must weave good works into all his life good works. He must cultivate a love offor doing good, and get above the little, penurious spirit which he has fostered. p. 52238, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 In trading with the merchants at -----, Bro.Brother and Sr. Sister ---- - do not take a course which is pleasing to God. They will dicker to get things as cheap as they possibly can, and linger over a difference of a few pennies difference, and talk in regard to it as though money was their all-- all --their Ggod. If they could only be brought back, unobserved, to hear the remarks that are made after they leave, they would get a clearer idea of the influence of penuriousness. Our faith is brought into disrepute, and God is blasphemed, by some, on account of this close, selfishpenny dealing. Angels turn from this close, penny deal,away in disgust. Everything in Hheaven is noble and elevated. All are seeking seek the interest and happiness of others. No mind is devotedone devotes himself to looking out and caring for self. It is the chief joy of all holy beings to witness the joy and happiness of those around them. p. 53238, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 When these angels come to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation, and witness the exhibition of selfishness, of covetousness, of overreaching, and benefiting self at others' disadvantage, they turn away in grief. When they see those who claim to be heirs to an immortal inheritance so penurious in dealing with those who do not profess any higher ambition than to be laying up treasures on earth, they turn away in shame,; for holy truth is reproached. p. 53239, Para. 2, [17OT].


 There could be no way in which the Lord would be better glorified, and the truth honored,1, [2T].


 In no way could the Lord be better glorified and the truth more highly honored than for unbelievers to see that the truth hads wrought a great and good work upon the lives of naturally covetous and penurious men. p. 54, Para. 1, [17OT].


 If theyit could be see n that the faith was havingof such had an influence to mould their characters, changingto change them from close, selfish, overreaching, money-loving men, to men who love to do good, who are seeking seek opportunities to use their means to bless those who need to be blessed with their means, they would have , who visit the widow and fatherless in their affliction, and who keep themselves unspotted from the world, it would be an evidence that their religion was genuine by visiting the widow and fatherless in their affliction, and by keeping themselves unspotted from the world genuine. Such would let their light so shine that others seeing their good works would be led to glorify our their Father which is in Hheaven. This fruit would be unto holiness, and they would be living representatives of Christ upon the earth. Sinners would be convicted that there is a power in the truth a power to which they are strangers. Those who profess to be waiting and watching for the appearing of their Lord should not disgrace thistheir profession by bantering in deal, and standing for the last penny. Such fruit does not grow upon the Christian tree. p. 54239, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ----Brother -----, the Lord is not willing that you should perish, but would rather that you should take hold of hHis strength, and make peace with hHim by a conformity of your will to theHis divine will of the Divine. If a faithful picture of your course in moneygetting money getting could be presented before you, you would be terrified. You would be disgusted with your closeness, your penuriousness, your love of money. You would make it the effort of your life to obtain the transforming grace of God, which would make you a new man. The means which came to you from relatives was a curse to you. It only increased your money-lovingmoney loving propensity, and was an additional weight to sink you to perdition with your god. p. 55240, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 "The love of money is the root of all evil." When men employ their powers that God has given them to obtainof mind and body in obtaining riches, and can beare content with the pleasures of adding tolaying up wealth which they can never use, and which will prove a damagen injury to their children, they abuse the powers which God has given them. They show that their characters have been made sordid by the absorbing pursuit of gain. Instead of realizing happiness, they are miserable. They have shut up their souls to the wants of the needy, and have given evidence that they had no bowels of mercy and compassion for the suffering. p. 55240, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ----My brother, your heart is not callous to the wants and necessities of others. You have generous impulses, and you love to accommodate. YFrequently you will frequentlyreadily do a kind act for a brother or a neighbor readily,; but you make money your god, and are in danger of valuing Hheaven less than you value your money. In money-gettingmoney getting there is always danger, unless the grace of God is the ruling principle of the soul. When Christians are controlled by the principles of Hheaven, they will dispense with one hand, while the other gains. This is the only rational and healthy position a Christian can occupy while having, and still making, money. We would ask Bro.Brother ----, w-: What are you going to do with your money? You are God's steward. You possess talents of means, and can with them do much good with them. You can deposit in the bank of Hheaven by being rich in good works. Bless others with your life. "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." p. 55, Para. 3, [17OT].


 In laying up treasures in Heaven, remember it is not lost. It is for yourselves. It is securing these treasures to yourselves by a judicious use of the means of which Heaven has made you a steward. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. p. 56, Para. 1, [17OT].


 There is danger, Bro. ----, of your life being lost, your gifts, bestowed by God, being surrendered to the Devil, and you led captive by him at his will. Can you bear the thought? Can you for this short life choose to serve self, and love your money, and then part with it all, and have no title to Heaven, no right to the life which is eternal? You have a great work, a mighty struggle before you, to separate your affections from this earth's treasure. Where you nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Watch, pray, and" p. 240, Para. 3, [2T].


 Remember that the treasures laid up in heaven are not lost. They are secured to yourselves by a judicious use of the means of which Heaven has made you stewards. "Charge them that are rich in this world," says the apostle, "that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." p. 241, Para. 1, [2T].


 There is danger, Brother -----, of your life's being lost, and the gifts which God has bestowed upon you being surrendered to the devil, and you led captive by him at his will. Can you bear the thought? Can you for this short life choose to serve self, and love your money, and then part with it all, and have no title to heaven, no right to the life which is eternal? You have a mighty struggle before you to separate your affections from this earth's treasure. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Watch, pray, work, are the Christian's watchwords. Arouse yourself, I implore you. Seek for those things which are enduring. The things of this earth must soon pass away. Are you ready to exchange worlds? Are you forming a character for everlasting life? If lost at last, you will know what proved your ruin,--theruin--the love of money. You will cry in bitter anguish: "Oh!, the deceitfulness of riches! I have lost my soul. I sold it for money. My soul and body I bartered for gain. I sacrificed Hheaven, fearing that I should have to sacrifice my money to obtain it." From the Master will be heard.: Take ye the unprofitable servant, bind him hand and foot, and cast him into outer darkness. p. 57, Para. 1, [17OT].


 We hope this will not be your fate. We hope you will remove your treasure to heaven, and transfer your affections, and remove your treasure to Heaven, and fasten your affections upon God and the fasten them upon God and the immortal treasure. p. 58241, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 I have seen that the entire family were in danger of partaking, in a degree, of the father's spirit. Sr.Sister ----, -, you have already partaken of this spirit. God help you to see it, and make an entire change. Cultivate a love offor doing good. S; seek to be rich in good works. You can do, in In many things, you can do more than you do. You have an individual responsibility before God. You have a duty to do, from which you cannot be excused. Maintain a close walk with God. P; pray without ceasing. You will have close work if you save your soul. p. 58, Para. 2, [17OT].


 Seek to have a counteracting influence in your family. Take your stand nobly for God. Your organization is unlike your husband's, and you will be condemned of God unless you act for yourself. Make diligent work in saving your own soul, and in exerting an influence to save your family. Let your example show that your treasure is in Heaven--thatheaven, that you have invested all in a better home and a better life, which are eternal. Train your mind to value heavenly things, to be elevated, to love God, and to manifest a willing obedience to hHis will. p. 58 242, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 You may be tested; you may be proved to see how deep and strong is your affection is for the things of this world. You may be made to understand, my sister, a page of your heart with which you are now unacquainted. p. 59, Para. 1, [17OT].


 God knows your trials, as you view the state of your husband and children, who so greatly lack saving faith. Much more depends upon you than you realize. You should put the armor on. Spend not your precious strength in exhaustingve labor which another can do. Encourage your daughter to engage in useful employment, and to aid you in bearing the burdens of life. She needs discipline. Her mind is vain. She needs to render all to God,; then she can be useful and please her Redeemer. p. 59 242, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Sr. ----My sister, work less, and pray and meditate more. Eternal interests should be primary with you. God forbid that your children should be moulded into money-loversmoney lovers. p. 59, Para.True 3, [17OT].


 True refinement, and gentleness of manners, can never be found in a home where selfishness reigns. The truly refined always have brains and hearts, always have consideration for others. True refinement does not find satisfaction in the adornment and display of the body. True refinement and nobility of soul, will be seen in efforts to bless others,and being useful to others, seeking to elevate others. p. 59, Para. 4, [17OT].


 The weight of eternal things rests very lightly upon your children. May God arouse them before it shall be too late, and they exclaim in anguish,: "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved." p. 60243, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ---- ----Brother J, I was shown your case was presented before me. You occupy a responsible position. You are entrusted with talents of money, and talents of influence. To every man there is given a work. Somethingwork-- something to do, not merely to engage his brain, bone, and muscle in common labor; it means more than this. You are acquainted with this work from a worldly point of view, and have some experience in the workit in a religious capacity. But for a few years past you have been losing time, and now you will have to work fast to redeem the past. To possess talents is not enough; you must turn these talentsso use them as to advantage; not merely for yourself, but for Him who bestowed them. All that you have is a loan from your Lord. He will require it again at your hand with interest. p. 60243, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Christ has a right to your services. You are not your ownhave become His servant, by grace. You are not to serve your own interest, but the interest of him Him who has employed you. As a professed Christian, your relation to God brings you are under obligations as his servant. You have become his servant by graceto God. It is not your own property that is entrusted to you for investment. Had it been so, you might have consulted your own pleasure in regard to its use. The capital is the Lord's, and you are responsible for its use or abuse. There are ways and means in which this capital can be so invested--put out to the exchangers, where exchangers--that it shall be earning the Lord something. If it is allowed to be buried in the earth, neither the Lord is not nor you will be benefited, and you will not be benefited; but will lose all that you hadwas entrusted to you. p. 60, Para. 3, [17OT].


 May God help you, my brother, to realize your true position as God's hired servant. By His own suffering and death He has paid the wages of his own blood and suffering to secure your willing servitude service and engage your ready obedience. p. 61244, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 During the trials of the few past few years, you have suffered in mind, and have felt it a relief to turn your attention more fully to the things of the world, to the work of acquiring property. God, in hHis great love and mercy to you, has again gathered you again to hinto His fold. Now, newNew duties and responsibilities are now laid upon you. You have a strong love for this world. You have been laying up treasures upon the earth. Now, Jesus now invites you to transfer your treasure to Heaven heaven; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. In all your deal with your brethren, and with unbelievers, guard yourself. Be true to your profession, and maintain true nobleness of soul, which shall be a credit to the truth which you profess. p. 61244, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 You occupy a position where others are looking to you. You possess more than ordinary intellect. Your perception isYou are a man of quick perceptions, and you are a man that feels deeply. Some of your brethren have not moved in wisdom. They have watched you, and have felt over your case, and have wished to see you more liberal with your means. They have made themselves unhappy over your case. TAll this is all needless in them. These very ones lack in many things. A, and if they are faithful in the humble service the Master has requireds of them, they will have all that they can do. They cannot afford to waste their time in anxiously fearing lest their neighbor, who has a larger work entrusted to him, will notshall fail to do his work well. While they are so interested in the case of another, their own work is neglected, and they are really slothful servants. They were anxious to do their neighbor's work, instead of that committed to themselves to do. p. 62 244, Para. 13, [17OT2T].


 They think that if they only had the five talents to handle, they could do so much better than the one to whom thoese talents were entrusted. But the Master knew better than they. None need mourn that they cannot glorify God by talents hHe never gave them, and for which they are not responsible. They need not say, i: "If I were in another's position in life, I would have done a great amount of good with my capital." God requires no more of them than to improve upon what they have, as stewards of hHis grace. p. 62 245, Para. 2, [17OT1, [2T].


 The one talent, the humblest service, if wholly consecrated, and exercised to promote the glory of God, will be as acceptable as the improvements of the weightiest talents. The varied trusts are proportioned to our varied capabilities. To every man is given according to his ability. None should overlook theirslight his work, considering it asso so small that theyhe need not be particular to do it well. If they he does this, they he trifles with theirhis moral responsibilities, and despises the day of small things. Heaven apportioned them s to all their work, and it should be their ambition to do this work well, according to their capabilities. God requires that all, the lowliest,weakest as well as the strongest, fulfill their appointed work. The interest expected will be in proportion to the amount entrusted. p. 63245, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 Each should diligently and interestedly attend to his own work, and leaveleaving others to their own Master, to stand or fall. There are too many busybodies in -----, too many who are interested in watching their brethren, and for this reason they are constantly weak. They will bear testimony in meeting, and because they have not Jesus in their hearts to confess, they will try to impress upon their brethren their duty. These poor souls do not know their own duty, and yet they take the responsibility to enlightenof enlightening others in regard to their duty. If such would attend to their own work, and obtain the grace of God in their hearts, there would be a power in the church which is now lacking. p. 63245, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ----Brother J, you can do good. You possess good judgment, and God is leading you out of darkness into the light. Use your talents to the glory of God. Put them out to the exchangers, that when the Master cometh hs He may receive hHis own with usury. Break your tendrils from the valueless things of earth, and elevate them to entwine about God. The salvation of souls is of greater considerationconsequence than the whole world. One soul saved, to live throughthroughout the endless ages of eternity, to praise God and the Lamb, is of more value than millions ofin money. Wealth sinks into insignificance when compared with the worth of souls for whom Christ died. You are a cautious man, and will not move rashly. Sacrifice for the truth of God, and become rich toward God. GodMay the Lord help you to move as fast as you should, and place the right estimate upon eternal things. p. 64246, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 Your children need a deeper work of grace in their hearts. They need to encourage sobriety and solidity of character. They can, if they are If consecrated to God, they can do good, and exert an influence which will be saving upon their companions. p. 64 246, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 And lLet not the poor feel that there is nothing that they can do, because they have not the wealth of their brethren. They can sacrifice in many ways. They can deny self. They can live devotedly. Adevoted lives, and in their words and acts they can honor their Redeemer. The sisters, especially, can exert a a strong influence, if they will cease their gossiping, and devote their time to watchfulness and prayer. They can honor God. They can let their light so shine, that others, by seeing their good works, will be led to glorify our Father which is in Hheaven. p. 64246, Para. 3, [17OT2T].


 As an illustration of the failure on your part to come up to the work of God, as was your privilege, I was referred to these words: "Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty." Judges 5:23. What had Meroz done? Nothing. And this was their sin. They came not up to the help of the Lord against the mighty. p. 65247, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 Epistle Number One. p. 65, Para. 2, [17OT].


SENTIMENTALISM AND MATCHMAKING Dear Sr. ----Sister K: In the vision given me last June, I was shown that you had firmness, and rather a determined will. Your disposition savors somewhat of possess a firmness of character, a determination of purpose, savoring somewhat of stubbornness. You are unwilling to be led, yet you feel anxious to know and do the will of God. p. 65, Para. 3, [17OT].


 You have been deceived in yourself. Y; you have not understood your own heart. You have thought that your will was in subjection to the will of God, but in this you have not judged aright. You have met with trials, and have permitted your mind to dwell upon disappointed hopes. p. 65, Para. 4, [17OT].


 Your life, fFor some years back, your life has taken a peculiar turn. There has seemed to be a spirit of unrest with you. You have not been happy, although there has been nothing in your surroundings which need to have cast so dark a shadow. You have not disciplined your mind to dwell upon cheerful subjects. p. 66, Para. 1, [17OT].


 You are capable of exerting a strong influence in favor of truth, if you will only train your mind to run in the right channel. All your words and acts should be such as to honor your Redeemer, and exalt hHis love, and magnify hHis charms. p. 66 247, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 You have fallen into the sad error which is so prevalent in this degenerate age, especially with femaleswomen. You are too fond of the other sex. You love their society. Y; your attention to them is flattering, and you encourage, or permit, a familiarity which does not always accord with the exhortation of the apostle, to "abstain from all appearance of evil." p. 66248, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 You do not really understand yourself. You are walking in darkness. You have had something to do with match-making. This is most uncertain business; for you do not know the heart, and may make very bad work, and may bethereby aiding the great Rebel rebel in his work of match-making. He is busily engaged in exerting his influence to lead youth, influencing those who are wholly unsuited to each other, to unite their interests. He exults toin this work, for by it he can produce more misery and hopeless woe to the human family than by exercising his skill in any other direction. p. 66248, Para. 42, [17OT2T].


 You have written many letters, which has greatly taxed you. These letters have dwelt somewhat upon the subjects of our faith and hope,; but mixed with this have been close inquiries and guesses in regard to whether this one or that one was about to marry, makingand suggestions relative to marriage, guessing that this one or that one was about to marry. You seem to know considerable about anticipated marriages, and write and talk upon these things, which. This only causes dearth to your soul. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." p. 67, Para. 1, [17OT].


 You have done great injustice to yourself, in permitting your mind and conversation to dwell upon love and marriage as you have. You have not been happy, because you have been seeking after happiness. This is not profitable business. When you seek earnestly to do your duty, and arouse yourself to minister unto others, then you will you find rest of spirit. Your mind dwells upon yourself. It needs to be drawn out away from yourself. B by seeking to lighten the cares of others,; and in making them happy, you will find happiness, and cheerfulness of Sspirit. p. 67248, Para. 2, [17OT3, [2T].


 You have a diseased imagination. You have thought yourself diseased to quite a degree, which, but this has been more imaginary than real. You have been untrue to yourself. You have conversed with young men, and permitted a freedom in your presence which should only be permitted in a brother. p. 67, Para. 3, [17OT].


 I was shown that your influence at --------- was not what it might have been. You permitted your mind to take a low level. You could chit chat, and laugh, and talk cheap talk unworthy of a Christian. Your deportment was not as it should have been. You appeared like a person without a backbone. You were half reclining upon others, which is a wrong position for a female lady to occupy in the presence of others. You could have sat as erect as others, if you had only thought so. You others. If you had only thought so, you could have walked as well, and sat as erect, as many others, if you had only thought so. The condition of your mind leads to indolence and to a dread of exercise, when this exercise will would prove one of the greatest means of your recovery. You will never recover unless you lay aside this listless, dreamy condition of mind, and arouse yourself to do, --to work while the day lasts. Do, as well as imagine and plan. Turn your mind away from romantic projects. You mingle with your religion a romantic, love-sick lovesick sentimentalism, which does not elevate, but only lowers. It is not your mindyourself alone that who is affected, but; others are injured by your example and influence. p. 67248, Para. 4, [17OT2T].


 You are naturally devotional. If you would train your mind to dwell upon elevated themes which have nothing to do with yourself, but are of a heavenly nature, you could yet be of use. But much of your life has been wasted in dreaming of doing some great work in the future, while the present duty, small though it may appear to you, has been neglected. You have been unfaithful. The Lord will not commit to your trust any larger work until the work now before you has been seen and performed with a ready, cheerful will. Unless the heart is put into the work, it will drag heavily, whatever that work may be. The Lord tests our ability by first giving us small duties to perform first. If we turn from these with dissatisfaction and murmuring, no more will be entrusted to us until we take right hold cheerfully take hold of these small duties, and do them well; then, higher and greater responsibilities will be committed to us. p. 68249, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 You have been entrusted with talents not to be squandered, but to be put out to the exchangers, that at the Master's coming hHe may receive hHis own with usury. God has not distributed these talents indiscriminately. He has dispensed these sacred trusts according to the known powers and capacitiescapacity of hHis servants. "To every man his work." p. 69, Para. 1, [17OT].


 He gives impartially, and he expects a corresponding return. If all do their duty according to the measure of their responsibility, the amount entrusted to them will be doubled, be it large or small, will be doubled. Their fidelity is tested and proved, and their faithfulness is positive evidence of their wise stewardship, and of they canir worthiness to be entrusted with the true riches, even the gift of everlasting life. p. 69250, Para. 21, [17OT2T].


 At the N. Y. Cconference in New York, Oct.October, 1868, I was shown many who are now doing nothing, who might be accomplishing good. There was presented before me a class who are conscious that they are possessed ofpossess generous impulses, and devotional feelings, and a love of doing good,; yet at the same time they are doing nothing. They possess a self-complacent feeling, flattering themselves that if they had an opportunity, or were circumstanced more favorably, they could and would do a largegreat and good work; but they are waiting the opportunity. They despise the narrow mind of the poor niggard who grudges the small pittance to the needy. They see that he lives for self, that he will not be called from himself to do good to others, andto bless othersthem with the talents of influence and of means which hasve been committed to him to use, but not to abuse, nor to lay andpermit to rust, nor to beor lie buried in the earth. Those who give themselves up to their stinginess and selfishness, are accountable for their niggardly acts, and are responsible for the talents they abuse. But more responsible are those who have generous impulses, and are naturally quick to discern spiritual things, if they remain inactive, waiting an opportunity they suppose has not come, yet contrasting their readiness to do with the unwillingness of the niggard;, and reflecting that their condition is more favorable than that of their mean-souled neighbors. These Such deceive themselves. The mere possession of qualities, and yet which are not using them, used only increases their responsibility; and if they keep their Master's talents unimproved, or hoarded, their condition is no better than that of their neighbors for whom their souls feel such contempt. To them it will be said,: Ye knew your Master's will, yet did it not. p. 250, Para. 2, [2T].


 Had you trained your mind to dwell upon elevated subjects, meditating upon heavenly themes, you could have done much good. You could have had an influence upon the minds of others, to turn their selfish thoughts and world-loving world loving dispositions into the channel of spirituality. You are capable of doing good,Were your were your affections and thoughts brought into subjection to the will of Christ, you would be capable of doing good. p. 69, Para. 3, [17OT].


 Your imagination is diseased because you have permitted it to run in a forbidden channel. The mind has been allowed, to become dreamy. Daydreaming and romantic castle-building castle building have unfitted you for usefulness. You have lived in an imaginary world; you have been an imaginary martyr, and an imaginary Christian. p. 70 251, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 There is much of this low sentimentalism mingled with the religious experience of the young in this age of the world. My sister, God requires you to be transformed. Elevate your affections, I implore you. Devote your mental and physical forcepowers to the service of your Redeemer, who has bought you. Sanctify your thoughts and feelings that all your works may be wrought in God. p. 71251, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 You have been in a sad deception. God would have you investigate closely every thought and purpose of your heart. Deal truly with your own soul. Had your affections been centered upon God as hHe has requireds, you would not have passed through the trials you have. p. 71, Para. 2, [17OT].


 There is a restlessness of spirit with you which will not be relieved until the your thoughts are changed, and day-dreaming ; until daydreaming and castle-building castle building cease;, and you do the work of the present--that which you find to do present. p. 71251, Para. 3, [17OT2T].


 In your letter writing, leave match-making and guessing about the marriages of your friends. The marriage relation is holy, but in this degenerate age it covers vileness of every description. AndIt is abused, and has become a crime which now constitutes one of the signs of the last days, even as marriages, managed as they were previous to the Flood, were then a crime. Satan is constantly busy to hurry inexperienced youth into a marriage alliance until marriage is abused, and is a crime now which constitutes one of the signs of the last days; even as marriages were a crime the way they were managed previous to the flood. The less we . But the less we glory in the marriages which are now taking place, the better. p. 71, Para. 4, [17OT].


 Marriage which is entered into even now, in this degenerate age, with its claims and sacred natures understood, willWhen the sacred nature and the claims of marriage are understood, it will even now be approved of Heaven, and the result will be happiness to both parties, and God will be glorified. May the Lord enable you to do the work before you to do. p. 71252, Para. 51, [17OT2T].


 I am about to write upon this wrong, deceptive work which is carried on under the cover of religion. The lust of the flesh has ledcontrol of men and women. The mind has been depraved through a perversion of the thoughts and feelings, and yet the deceptive power of Satan has so blinded their eyes, that poor, deceived souls flatter themselves that they are spiritually minded, especially consecrated, when their religious experience is composed of a lovesick sentimentalism, more than of purity, true goodness, and humiliation humility of selfsoul; having the mind is not drawn out of self, and is not exercised inand elevated by blessing others, and being elevated byby doing good works. "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this; to, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." True religion ennobles the mind, refines the taste, sanctifies the judgment, and makes its possessor partaker of the purity, and the influences of Hheaven,; it brings angels near, and separates more and more from the spirit and influence of the world. E.G.W. Battle Creek, Mich. p. 72, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Epistle Number Two. p. 72, Para. 2, [17OT].


 Bro. ----Michigan. p. 252, Para. 2, [2T].


 SEVERITY IN FAMILY GOVERNMENT Brother L: Last June I was shown that there is a work before you, to correct your ways. You do not see yourself. Your life has been a mistake. You do not pursue a wise and merciful course in your family. You are exacting. If you continue to pursue the course that you have been pursuing toward your wife and children that you have been pursuing, her days will be shortened, and your children will fear, but not love, you. You feel that your course is in Christian wisdom toward your wife, but in this you and children, but in this you deceive yourself. p. 72253, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 You have peculiar views in regard to managing your family. You exercise an independent, arbitrary power, which permits no liberty of will around you. You think yourself sufficient to be head in your family, and feel that your head is sufficient to move every member, as a machine is moved in the hands of the workmaen. You dictate and assume authority and dictation which. This displeases Heaven, and grieves the pitying angels. You have conducted yourself in your family as though you alone were capable of self-government. It has offended you that your wife should venture to oppose your opinion, or question your decisions. p. 73253, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 After much longsuffering on her part, and patient waiting upon your whims, she has rebelled against unjust authority, and has become nervous and distracted, and shown contempt for your course. p. 73, Para. 2, [17OT].


 You have made the most of those these manifestations on her part, and have charged her with wrong and sin, and being led by the spirit of the Ddevil. Y, when you were the one at fault. You, as it were, drove her almost to desperation, and then taunted her with it afterwards. p. 73, Para. 3, [17OT].


 Her life has not been happy. How easy would it afterward taunted her with it. How easy it would have been for you to have made her life cheerful and pleasant. p.But it 73has been the opposite of this. p. 253, Para. 43, [17OT2T].


 You have been rather indolent. You have not been ambitious to exercise the strength the Lord has given you. This is your capital. A judicious use of this strength, and persevering, industrious habits, would have enabled you to obtain the comforts of life. You have erred, and thought it was pride which led your wife to desire to have things more comfortable around her. She has been stinted, and dealt closely with by you. She needs a more generous diet, a more plentiful supply of food upon her table; and in her house she needs things as comfortable and convenient as you can make them, things to make her work as easy as possible. But you have viewed things matters from a wrong standpoint. You have thought that almost anything which could be eaten was good enough, if you could live upon it and retain strength. You have pleaded the necessity of spare diet to your feeble wife. SBut she cannot make good blood or flesh upon the diet to which you could confine yourself, and flourish. Some persons cannot subsist upon the same food upon which others can do well, even though it be prepared in the same manner, upon which others can do. well. p. 73254, Para. 51, [17OT2T].


 You are in danger of becoming an extremist. Your system could convert a very coarse, poor diet, into good blood. Your blood-makingblood making organs are in a good condition. YBut your wife requires a more select diet than yourself. Let her eat the same food which your system could convert into good blood, and her system could not appropriate it. She lacks vitality, and needs a generous, strengthening diet. sShe lacks vitality. She should have a good supply of fruit, and not be confined to the same things from day to day. She has a slender hold of life. She is diseased, and the wants of her system are far different from those of a healthy person. p. 74254, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ----Brother L, you are a man possessing possess considerable dignity, but have you earned theat dignity y? Oh, no! You have assumed? Oh, no! it. You have loved your ease. You and hard work have not agreed. Had you not been slothful in business, you could now have had many of the comforts of life which you cannot now command. You have wronged your wife and your children by your indolent habits. Hours which should have been occupied in earnest labor have been passed away by you in talking and reading, and taking your ease, which should have been occupied in earnest labor. p. 75254, Para. 13, [17OT2T].


 You are just as accountable for your capital of strength as the wealthy man is for his riches. Both of you are stewards. To both of youeach is committed a work. You are not to use abuse your strength, notbut to abuseuse it, but to acquire, that with which you may liberally (not stintedly) supply the wants of your family, and have wherewith to render to God by aiding in the cause of present truth. p. 75, Para. 2, [17OT].


 You have been aware of the existence of pride, and show, and vanity, in ---------, and have felt determined that your example should not countenance this pride and extravagance. In your effort to do this, your sin has been as great on the other side. p. 75255, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 You have been greatly at fault in your religious experience. You have stood to one side as a looker on, as a spectator, watching the deficiencies and faults of others, noticing others' faults, and building yourself up because you see wrongs in them. p. 75, Para. 4, [17OT].


 You have been careful, and upright in deal, and as you have seen slackness in this respect in others who make a high professions, you have contrasted their wrong with your principles in reference to deal, and have said in your heart, "I am better than they," while at the same time you were standing off from the church, watching and finding fault, yet doing nothing in, not coming up to the help of the Lord, to remedy the evil. p. 75, Para. 5, [17OT].


 You had a standard by which you measured others. If they failed to meet your idea, your sympathy was not with them , and you had a self-complacent feeling in regard to your caseyourself. p. 76255, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 You have been exacting in your religious experience. Should God deal with you as you would have dealt with those you supposed in error in the church, and as you have dealt with your own family, your condition would be bad indeed. But a merciful God, who is of tender pity, whose lovingkindness loving kindness changeth not, has been forgiving, and has not cast you aside, nor cut you off, for your transgressions, your numerous errors, and backslidings. Oh, no! hHe has loved you still. p. 76255, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 Have you really considered that "with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again"? You have seen pride, and vanity, and a world-lovingworld loving spirit in some who profess to be Christians in -----. This is a great evil, ; and as because this spirit is indulged, angels are grieved because. Those who thus follow the example of the unconsecrated is followed. They are exerting an influence to scatter from Christ, and are gathering in their garments the blood of souls. If they pursue continue the same course they have done, they will lose their own souls, and will know one day what it is to feel the terrible weight of other souls who have been led astray by their lives of unconsecration, while professing to be governed by religious principles. p. 76256, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 You have just reason to be grieved with the pride and lack of simplicity in those who profess better things. YBut you have watched others, and talked of their errors and wrongs, and neglected your own soul. You are not accountable for any of the sins of your brethren, unless your example has caused them to stumble, andcaused their feet to be diverted from the narrow path. p. 76, Para. 4, [17OT].


 You have a great and solemn work before you to control yourself, to and subdue yourself, to become meek and lowly of heart, to educate yourself to be tender-hearted, pitiful in your family, and to possess that nobleness of spirit and true generosity of soul, which despises everything niggardly. p. 77256, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 You have thought that there was too much work and cost toput upon the meeting-house. Youmeetinghouse, and have remarked upon the unnecessary expense. It is all needless in you to have these special conscientious scruples. There is nothing in that house which is prepared with too much care, neatness, or order. The work is none too nice. The arrangement is not extravagant. p. 77, Para. 2, [17OT].


 Do those who are ready to complain of this house of worship consider for whom it was built? that it was made especially to be the house of God; to be dedicated to hHim; to be a place where the people assemble to meet God? Many act as though the Creator of the heavens and the earth, hHe who has made every thingeverything that is lovely and beautiful in our world, would be pleased to see a house erected for hHim put together without order or beauty. Some build large, convenient houses for themselves, andbut cannot afford to spend much upon a house which they are to dedicate to God. TEvery dollar of the means in their hands, every dollar of it, is the Lord's. He has lent it to them for a little while, to use to hHis glory; yet they hand out this means for the advancement of the cause of God as though every dollar thus expended were a total loss. p. 77256, Para. 3, [17OT2T].


 God would not have hHis people expend means extravagantly for show or ornament, in the house prepared for him; but hHe would have them observe neatness, order, taste, and plain beauty in preparing a house for hHim, where he will in which He is to meet with hHis people. Those who build a house for God should manifest as much higher interest, greater care, and nicer taste, in the arrangement, as the object or purpose for greater interest, care, and taste in its arrangement as the object for which it is prepared, is higher and more holy than that for which common dwelling-houses dwelling houses are prepared. p. 78257, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 GodThe Lord reads the heartsintents and purposes of men. Those who have exalted views of theHis character of God, will feel it their highest pleasure to have every thingeverything which has any connection with God,Him of the very best work, and displaying the very best taste. But those who can build grudgingly build a poorer house to dedicate to God than they would accept to live in themselves, show their lack of reverence for God and for sacred things. Their work shows that their own temporal concerns are higherof more value in their eyes and of more value than matters of a spiritual nature. p. 78, Para. 2, [17OT].


 Eternal things are made secondary. The choice of good and convenient thingsIt is not considered essential for the use of the people of God in his service, but to have good and convenient things to use in the service of God, but they are considered highly essential in the concerns of this life. Men will reveal the true state of the moral tone of the principles of their hearts. p. 257, Para. 2, [2T].


 The views of mMany of our people have become narrowed upin their views. Order, neatness, taste, and convenience, are termed pride and love of the world. A mistake is made here. Vain pride, which is exhibited in gaudy trappings and needless ornaments, is not pleasing to God. But hHe who created for man a beautiful world, and planted a lovely garden in Eden with every variety of trees for fruit and beauty, and who decorated the earth with most lovely flowers of every description and hue, has given tangible proofs that hHe is pleased with the beautiful. Yet hHe will accept the most humble offering from the poorest, weakest child, whoif he has no better to present. It is the sincerity of the soul that God the Lord accepts. The man who has God enshrined in his heart, as exalted above all, will be led to a thorough submission of his will to God, toand will make and entire surrender of himself to his His rule and reign. p. 78258, Para. 3 1, [17OT2T].


 Short-sighted mortals do not comprehend the ways and works of God. Their eyes are not directed upward to hHim as they should be. They do not have exalted views of eternal things. They only look at theses things with a clouded vision. They take no special delight in contemplating the love of God, the glory and splendor of Hheaven, the exalted character of the holy angels, the majesty and inexpressible loveliness of Jesus, our Redeemer. They have so long kept earthly things before their vision that eternal scenes are all vague and indistinct to them. They have limited views of God, Hheaven, and eternity. p. 79258, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 Sacred things are brought down upon a level with common; therefore in their dealing with God they manifest the same close, penurious spirit as in dealing with their fellow men. Their offerings to Godthe Lord are lame, sick, or deficient. They carry on the same robbery with God, such as Him that they have with their fellow men. Their minds do not reach up to an exalted, high, moral standard, but remain on a low level; and they are constantly breathing the impure miasma of the low landslowlands of earth. p. 79258, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ----Brother L, you rule with a rod of iron in your family. You are severe in the government of your children. You will not gain their love by this course of management. To your wife yYou are not tender, loving, affectionate, and courteous to your wife; but are harsh, bearingand bear down upon her, and blaming and censuring her. p. 80, Para. 1, [17OT].


 A well-regulated, orderly family is a pleasing sight to God and ministering angels. You have lessons to must learn, how to make a home--a pleasant,home orderly, comfortable, homeand pleasant. Then adorn that home with a becoming dignity, and the spirit will be received by the children; and order, regularity, and obedience, will be more readily secured by both of you. p. 80259, Para. 21, [17OT2T].


 Bro. ----Brother L, have you considered what a child is?, and whither it is going? Your children are the Lord's, and these children are the younger members of the Lord's family--brothers and sisters, intrusted entrusted to your care by your Hheavenly Father for you to train, to and educate for Heaven heaven. When you are handling them so roughly as you have frequently done, do you consider that God will call you to account for this dealing? You should not use your children thus roughly. A child is not a horse noror a dog to be ordered about according to your imperious will, or to be controlled under all circumstances by a stick or whip , or by blows with the hand, under all circumstances. Some children are so vicious in their tempers that the infliction of pain is necessary;, but very many cases are made much worse by this manner of discipline. p. 80259, Para. 32, [17OT2T].


 You should control yourself. Never correct your children while impatient or fretful, or while under the influence of passion--while impatient or fretful passion. Punish them in love, manifesting the unwillingness you feel to cause your childrenthem pain. Never raise your hand to give them a blow unless you can with a clear conscience bow before God, and ask hHis blessing upon the correction you are about to give. p. 81, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Encourage love in the hearts of your children. Present before them high and correct motives for self-restraint. Do not give them the impression that they must submit to control because it is your arbitrary will; because they are weak, and you are strong; because you are the father, they the children. p. 81, Para. 2, [17OT].


 If you wish to ruin your family, pursuecontinue the course you have done--governo govern by brute force--andforce, and you will surely succeed. p. 81259, Para. 3, [17OT2T].


 Your wife is tenderhearted and easily agitated, is tender-hearted. She feels your harshness of discipline, and it leads her to the opposite extreme. She seeks to counteract your severity, and you charge this as a great lack in her of doing her duty, and controlling her children. You think her indulgent, overfond, and tender. You cannot help her in this respect until you correct yourself, and manifest that parental tenderness which your should in your family. p. 81, Para. 4, [17OT].


 It is your wrong management which leads your wife to be lax in her discipline. You must have your nature softened. You need to be refined by the influences of the Spirit of God. You need a thorough conversion; then you can work from the right standpoint. You need to let love into your soul, and permit it to occupy the place of self-dignity. S; self in you must die. p. 81 260, Para. 51, [17OT2T].


 Your wife needs tenderness and love. The Lord loves her. She is much nearer the kingdom of Hheaven than yourselfyou. But she is dying by inches, and you are the one who is slowly taking her life. You can make her life happy if you will. You can encourage her to lean upon your large affections, to confide in you and love you. You are weaning her heart from you. She shrinks from opening to you all the emotions of her soul to you;, for you have treated her feelings with contempt; you have ridiculed her fears; and pompously advanced your opinion as though there waswere no appeal from that. Her respect for you will surely die if you continue the course you have commenced; and when respect hasis gone, love does not long abide long. p. 82260, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 I implore you to turn right about,rightabout and humble yourself to confess that you have wronged your wife. Your wifeShe is not perfect. She has faults;, but she is sincerely desiringdesires to serve God, and to patiently as she can, endure your course toward her and your children. You are quick to detect your wife's errors, and when you can pick a flaw, you will. She is weak; yet with her weaker strength, she glorifies God better than you do with your greater and stronger powers. E.G.W. Battle Creek, Jan. 17, 1869. p. 82 261, Para. 2, [17OT1, [2T].


 Epistle Number Three. p. 82, Para. 3, [17OT].


A BIRTHDAY LETTER My Dear Son ----: I write this for your nineteenth birthday. p. 82, Para. 4, [17OT].


 It has been a pleasure to have you with us a few weeks in the past. You are about to leave us, yet our prayers shall follow you. p. 83261, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 Another year of your life closes today. How can you look back upon it? Have you made advancement in the divine life? Have you increased in spirituality? Have you crucified self, with the affections and lusts? Have you an increased interest in the study of God's word? Have you gained decided victories over your own feeailings and waywardness? Oh!, what has been the past year's record of your life, for the year which has now passed into eternity, and can never to be recalled!? p. 83261, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 As you enter upon a new year, let it be with an earnest resolve to have your course onward and upward. Let your life be more elevated and exalted, than it was everhas hitherto hitherto been. HaveMake it not your aim not to seek your own interest and pleasure, but to advance the cause of your Redeemer. Remain not in a position where you are ever needingneed help yourself--where yourself, and where others have to guard you to keep you in the narrow way. p. 83, Para. 3, [17OT].


 You may be strong to exert a sanctifying influence upon others. You may be where your soul's interest is will be awakened for the to do good of others--comfortingto others, to comfort the sorrowful ones, strengtheningstrengthen the weak ones, bearing, and to bear your testimony for Christ whenever opportunity offers. Aim to honor God in every thingeverything, always, and every whereeverywhere. Carry your religion into everything. Be thorough in everythingwhatever you undertake. p. 83261, Para. 4, [17OT2T].


 You have not experienced the saving power of God, as it is your privilege, because you have not made Christ and his gloryit the great aim of your life to glorify Christ. Let every purpose you form, every work in which you engage, and every pleasure you enjoy, be to the glory of God. Let this be the language of your heart: I am thine, O God, to live for tThee, to work for tThee, and to suffer for tThee. p. 83262, Para. 51, [17OT2T].


 Many profess to be on the Lord's side, but they are not; the weight of all their actions is on Satan's side. By what means shall we determine whose side we are on? wWho has the heart? With whom are outr thoughts? Upon whom do we love to converse? Who has our warmest affections, and our best energies? If we are on the Lord's side, our thoughts are with Him, and our sweetest thoughts are of him Him. We have no friendship with the world; we have consecrated all that we have and are, to hHim. We long to bear hHis image, breathe hHis Spirit, do hHis will, and please him Him in all things. p. 84262, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 You should pursue so decided a course that none need to be mistaken in you. You cannot exert an influence upon the world without decision. Your resolutions may be good and sincere, but they will prove a failure unless you make God your strength, and move forward with decision and a firm, determined determination of purpose. You should throw your whole heart into the cause and work of God. You should be in earnest to obtain an experience in the Christian life. You should exemplify Christ in your life. p. 84262, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 You cannot serve God and mammon. You are either wholly on the Lord's side, or on the side of the enemy. "He that is not with mMe is against mMe,; and he that gathereth not with mMe scattereth abroad." Some persons make their religious life a failure because they never seem decided. They are always wavering, and do not have determination. They are frequently convicted, and come almost up to the point of surrendering all for God; but, failing to meet the point, and they fall back again. While in this state, the conscience is hardening, and becoming less and less susceptible ofto the impressions of the Spirit of God. TheHis Spirit has warned, has convicted, and has been disregarded, until it is nearly grieved away. God will not be trifled with. He shows duty clearly, and if there is a neglect to follow the light, it becomes darkness. p. 84263, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 God bids you bebecome a worker with hHim in hHis vineyard. Commence just where you are. He bids you cCome to the cross and there renounce self, the world, and every idol. Take Jesus into your heart fully. You are in a hard place to preserve consecration and haveto exert an influence which shall lead others from sin and pleasure and folly to the narrow way, cast up for the ransomed of the Lord to walk in. p. 263, 85, Para. 1, [17OT].


 You have a consecration to make to God; an entire surrender, a yielding up of everything 2, [2T].


 Make an entire surrender to God; yield up everything unreservedly, and thus to seek for that peace which passes understanding. You cannot draw nourishment from Christ unless you are in hHim. If not in hHim, you are a branch that is withered. You do not feel your want of purity and true holiness. You should feel an earnest desire for, the Holy Spirit and come to God in earnest for, his Holy Spiritshould pray earnestly to obtain it. You cannot expect the blessing of God without seeking for it. If you used the means within your reach, you would experience a growth in grace, a and would rise to a higher life. p. 85263, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 It is not natural for you to love spiritual things,; but you can acquire that love by exercising your mind, the strength of your being, in that direction. The power of doing is what you need. True education is the power of using our faculties so as to achieve beneficial results. Why is it that religion occupies so little of our attention, while the world has the strength of brain, bone, and muscle? It is because the whole force of our being is bent in that direction. We have trained ourselves to engage with earnestness and power in worldly business, until it is easy for the mind to take that turn. This is why Christians find a religious life so hard, and a worldly life so easy. The faculties have been trained to exert their force in that direction. In religious life there has been an assent adoption ofto the truths of God's word, but not a practical illustration of them in the life. p. 85263, Para. 34, [17OT2T].


 RTo cultivate religious thoughts and devotional feelings have is not beenmade a part of the education of the mind. These should influence and control the entire being. There is wanting theThe habit of doing right is wanting. There are influences which createis spasmodic action under favorable influences, but to think naturally and readily upon divine things, and have this is not the ruling principle of the mind, is not the case. p. 86264, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 There is no need of being spiritual dwarfs, if therethe mind is a continual exercising of the mindly exercised in spiritual things. Merely But merely praying for this, and about this, will not meet the necessities of the case. You must habituate the mind to concentrateconcentration upon heavenly and spiritual things. Exercise will bring strength. Many professed Christians are in a fair way to lose both worlds. To be half a Christian and half a worldly man, makes you about one -hundredth part a Christian, and all the rest worldly. p. 86264, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Spiritual living is what God requires, yet thousands are crying out: "I don't know what is the matter--Imatter; I have no spiritual strength--Istrength, I do not enjoy the Spirit of God." Yet the same ones will become active and talkative upon their worldly enterprises, willand even become eloquent, when talking upon worldly matters. Listen to such ones in meeting--there are ameeting. About ona dozen words are spoken in scarcely hardly an audible voice. They are men and women of the world. They have cultivated worldly propensities until their faculties by exercise have become strong in that direction. Yet they are as weak as babes in regard to spiritual things they are weak as babes. They should become intelligent in regard to heavenly things. , when they should be strong and intelligent. They do not love to dwell upon the mystery of godliness. They know not the language of Hheaven, and are not educating their minds so as to be prepared to sing the songs of Heaven, heaven or to delight in the spiritual exercises which will there engage the attention of all. p. 264, Para. 3, [2T].


 Professed Christians--worldly Christians, worldly Christians, are unacquainted with heavenly things. They will never be brought to the gates of the New Jerusalem to engage in exercises which have not hitherto especially specially interested them. They have not trained their minds to delight in devotion, and in meditation upon things of God and Heaven heaven. How, then, can they engage in the services of Heaven heaven? how delight in the spiritual, the pure, the holy, in Hheaven, when it was not a special delight to them upon earth.? The very atmosphere they breathe there will be purity itself. TBut they are unacquainted with it all. But wWhen in the world, inpursuing their worldly vocations, they knew just where to take hold, and just what to do. The lower order of faculties have been being in so constant exercise, that they have been growinggrew, while the higher, the nobler powers of the mind have, not beenbeing strengthened by use, and they are incapable of awaking at once to spiritual exercises. Spiritual things are not discerned, because they are viewed with worldloving world loving eyes, which cannot estimate the value and glory of the divine above the temporal. p. 87265, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 The mind must be educated and disciplined to a love of purity. A love for spiritual things should be encouraged; yea, must be encouraged, if you would grow in grace, and in the knowledge of the truth. Desires for goodness and true holiness isare right so far as itthey goes,; but if you stop here, they will avail nothing. Good purposes are right, but will prove of no avail unless determinedlyresolutely carried out. p. 88, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Many will be lost, while hoping and desiring to be Christians, ; but they made no earnest effort, therefore they will be weighed in the balances and found wanting. The will must be exercised in the right direction. I will be a whole-hearted Christian. I will know the length and breadth, depth andthe height hightand depth, of perfect love. Listen to the words of Jesus.: "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness,: for they shall be filled." Ample provisions are made by Jesus Christ to satisfy the hungeringsoul that hungers and thirsting soulthirsts for righteousness. p. 88265, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 The pure element of love will expand the soul for higher attainments, for increased knowledge of divine things, so that it will not be satisfied short of the fullness. The mMost of professed Christians have no sense of the spiritual strength they might obtain were they as ambitious, zealous, and persevering to gain a knowledge of divine things as they are to obtain the paltry, perishable things of this life. The masses professing to be Christians have been satisfied to be spiritual dwarfs. They have no disposition to make it their highest object to seek first the kingdom of God and hHis righteousness; hence, godliness is a hidden mystery to them--theythem, they cannot understand it. They know not Christ by experimental knowledge. p. 266, Para. 1, [2T].


 Let those men and women who are satisfied with their dwarfed, crippled condition in divine things, be suddenly transported to Hheaven, and for an instant witness the high, the holy state of perfection that ever abides there,--every soul filled with love; joy beaming from every countenance; the high melodious strains beaming with joy; of enchanting music in melodious strains rising in honor of God and the Lamb; the and ceaseless streams of light that flowflowing upon the saints from the face of hHim who sitteth upon the throne, and from the Lamb, upon the faces of his saints; and yetlet them realize that there is higher and greater joy yet to experience (, for the more they receive and exerciseof the enjoyment of God, the more is their capacity increased to bear more, to rise higher in eternal, immortal enjoyment, and thus continue to receive new and greater supplies from the ceaseless sources of glory and bliss inexpressible);-- and could ,--could such persons, I ask, mingle with the heavenly throng, participate in their songs, and endure the high, pure, exalted, spiritual, transporting glory that emanates from God and the Lamb? Oh, no! their probation was lengthened for years that they might learn the language of heaven, that they might become "partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." But they had a selfish business of their own to engage the powers of their minds, and the energies of their beings. They could not afford to serve God unreservedly, and make this a business. Worldly enterprises must come first, and take the best of their powers, and a transient thought is devoted to God. Are such to be transformed after the final decision, : "He that is holy, let him be holy still," "he thatwhich is filthy, let him be filthy still"? Such a time is coming. p. 88266, Para. 32, [17OT2T].


 Those who have trained the mind to delight in spiritual exercises, are the ones who can be translated and not be overwhelmed with the sacred purity and transcendent glory of Heaven heaven. You may have a good knowledge of the arts, you may have an acquaintance with the sciences, you may excel in music and in penmanship, your manners may please your associates, but what have these things to do with a preparation for Hheaven? What have they to do to prepare you to stand before the tribunal of God? p. 90267, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 Be not deceived. God is not mocked. Nothing but holiness will prepare you for Hheaven. It is sincere, experimental piety alone that can give you a true, pure, elevated character, and enable you to enter into the presence of God, who dwelleth in light unapproachable. The heavenly character must be acquired on earth, or it can never be acquired at all. BThen begin, then, at once. Flatter not yourself that a time will come when you can make an earnest effort easier than now. Every day increases your distance from God. It is a preparation Prepare for eternity with such zeal as you have not yet engaged inmanifested. Educate your mind to love the Bible, to love the prayer-meetingprayer meeting, to love the hour of meditation, and , above all, the hour when the soul communes with God. Become heavenly-minded heavenly minded if you would unite with the heavenly choir in the mansions above. p. 90267, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 A new year of your life now commences. A new page is turned in the book of the recording angel. What will be the record upon its pages? Shall it be blotted with neglect of God, with unfulfilled duties? God forbid. Let a record be stamped there, which you will not be ashamed to have revealed to the gaze of men and angels and men. E.G.W. Greenville, Mich.Michigan, July 27, 1868. p. 91268, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 Epistle Number Four. p. 91, Para. 2, [17OT].


DECEITFULNESS OF RICHES Dear Sr. ----Sister M: When the Lord showed me your case, I was pointed back many years in the past, when you became a believer in the near coming of Christ. You looked for, and loved, hHis appearing. p. 91268, Para. 32, [17OT2T].


 Your husband was naturally an affectionate, noble-mindednoble minded man; but he relied upon his own strength, which was weakness. He did not feel the need of making God his strength. Intoxicating drinks benumbed his brain, and finally paralyzed the higher powers of his mind. His godlike manhood was sacrificed, to gratify his thirst for strong drink. p. 91268, Para. 43, [17OT2T].


 You suffered opposition and abuse, yet God was your source of strength. While you trusted in hHim, hHe sustained you. In all your trials, you were not permitted to be overwhelmed. How often have the heavenly angels strengthened you when desponding, by presenting vividly to your mind passages of Scripture expressing the never-failingnever failing love of God, and giving evidence that hHis loving-kindnessloving kindness changeth not.! Your soul trusted in God. It was your meat and drink to do the will of your Heavenly Father's will heavenly Father. p. 91, Para. 5, [17OT].


 You, aAt times, you had a firm trust in the promises of God, and then, again, your faith would be tried to the utmost. God's dealings seemed mysterious, yet you had most of the time you had the evidence that hHe looked upon your affliction, and would not cause your burdens to be greater than you could bear. p. 92268, Para. 14, [17OT2T].


 The Master saw that you needed a work of fitness for hHis heavenly kingdom. He did not leave you in the furnace for the fire of affliction to consume. As a refiner and purifier of silver, hHe kept hHis eye upon you, watching the process of purification until hHe should discern hHis image reflected in you. Although you have often felt affliction's flame kindling upon you, and at times have thought it would consume you, yet the loving-kindnessloving kindness of God has been just as great toward you at these times as when you were free in spirit, and triumphing in hHim. The furnace was to purify and refine, but not to consume and destroy. p. 92269, Para. 1, 2, [17OT[2T].


 I saw you struggling with poverty, seeking to support yourself and your children, and m. Many times you knew not what to do. T; the future looked dark and uncertain. In your distress you cried unto the Lord, and hHe comforted you, and helped you, and hopeful rays of light shone around you. How precious was God to you at such times! how sweet hHis comforting love! What a treasure yYou felt that you had, a precious treasure laid up in Heaven! heaven. As you could viewed the reward of the afflicted children of God, what a consolation to feel that you could claim God Him as your Father! p. 92269, Para. 32, [17OT2T].


 Your case was, in reality, worse than if you had been widowed. Your heart was agonized by the wicked course pursued by your husband. But his persecutions, andhis threats, and violence, did not lead you to trust in your own wisdom, and forget God; so f. Far from this,; you felt sensibly felt your weakness, and that you were incapable of carrying your burdens, and in your conscious weakness you were relieved by bringing your heavy burdens to Jesus, the great BurdenbearerBurden Bearer. p. 93, Para. 1, [17OT].


 How you cherished every ray of light from hHis presence! and how strong you often felt in hHis strength! When unexpectedly a storm of persecution and cruelty unexpectedly burst upon you, the Lord did not suffer you to be overwhelmed; but in those times of trial you realized strength, calmness, and peace, which were a marvel to you. p. 93269, Para. 23, [17OT2T].


 When railing accusations and taunts more cruel than spears and arrows have fallen upon you, the influence of the Spirit of God upon your heart, has led you to speak calmly, and dispassionately. It was not in nature to do this. It was the fruit of the Spirit of God. It was the grace of God which strengthened your faith amid all the heart-sicknesses of hope deferred. Grace fortified you for the warfare and hardships, and brought you through conqueror. Grace taught you to pray, to love and trust, notwithstanding your unfavorable surroundings. p. 93, Para. 3, [17OT].


 As you repeatedly realized the answers to that your prayers, were answered in a special manner bringing your desires to pass, you did not feel that it was because of any special merit in yourself, but because of your great need. Your necessity was God's opportunity. Your life in those days of trial was to trust in God. And the manifestations of hHis special deliverance when in most trying places were like the oasis in the desert to the faint and weary traveler. p. 93270, Para. 41, [17OT2T].


 GodThe Lord did not leave you to perish. He frequently raised up friends to aid you, when you least expected it. Angels of God ministered unto you, as step by step they led you up the rugged pathway. p. 94, Para. 1, [17OT].


 You were pressed by poverty, but this was the least of the difficulties with which you had to contend. When ---- N exercised his power to abuse and harm you, you felt that the cup you had to drink was bitter indeed; and when he degraded himself to pursue a course of iniquity, and you were outraged and insulted in your own house, he made a gulf between himself and you which could never be passed. Then in your sore distress and perplexity the Lord raised you up friends. He did not leave you alone; but hHis strength was imparted, and you could say,: "The Lord is my helper." p. 94270, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 Through all your trials, which have never been fully revealed to others, you have had a never-failingnever failing Friend, who has said,: "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." While upon the earth, hHe was ever touched with human woe. Although He is now ascended to hHis Father, and is adored by angels who quickly obey hHis commands, hHis heart, which loved, pitied, and sympathized, knows no change. It remains a heart of unchangeable tenderness still. p. 94, Para. 3, [17OT].


 That same Jesus was acquainted with all your trials, and did not leave you alone to struggle with temptations, battle with evil, and be finally crushed with burdens and sorrow. Through hHis angels, h He whispered to you,: "Fear'Fear not;, for I am with you." "thee.' 'I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore." "' I know your sorrows; I have endured them. I am acquainted with your struggles; I have experienced them. I know your temptations; I have encountered them. I have seen your tears; I also have wept. Your earthly hopes are crushed,; but let the eye of faith be uplifted, and penetrate the vaeil, and there anchor your hopes. The everlasting assurance shall be yours that you have a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother." p. 94 271, Para. 41, [17OT2T].


 O my dear sister, if you could only see, as I have seen, the ways and works of God manifested all through your perplexities and trials in the former part of your experience, when pressed by the hand of poverty, you could never forget hHim, but your love would increase, and your zeal to promote hHis glory be untiring. p. 95271, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 In consequence of your afflictions and peculiar trials, your health failed. The friends of the cause of God were but few, and many of them were poor; and you could see but little to hope for on the right hand or on the left. You looked upon your children and your destitute, helpless condition, and your heart well -nigh fainted. At this time, through the influence of Adventists who had united with the Shakers, and in whom you had confidence because they had been your friends in time of need, you were induced to go among that sect for a time. p. 95, Para. 2, [17OT].


 TBut the angels of God did not leave you. They ministered unto you, and were as a wall of fire aroundround about you. Especially did the holy angels protect you from the deceptive influences which prevail among that people. The Shakers believed that you would unite your interest with theirs; and they thought that, if they could induce you to become one of them, you would be a great help to their cause; for you would make an ardent member of their society. They would have given you a high position among them. Some of the Shakers had received spiritual manifestations, telling them that you were designed of God to be a prominent member of their society; but that you were one who should not be urged; that kindness would have a powerful influence where force or pressure would cause a failure of their hopes. p. 95271, Para. 3, [17OT2T].


 There was a powerful spirit of mMagnetism was exercised among them in a powerful manner. Through this power they flattered themselves that you would be brought to view things in the same light in which they they themselves didviewed them. You were not aware of all the arts and deception used, to bring about their purpose. The Lord preserved you. There seemed to be a circle of light aroundround about you, proceeding from the ministering angels;, so that the darkness which prevailed about you did not cloud the circle of light. p. 96, Para. 1, [17OT].


 The Lord opened the way for you to leave that deceived community, and you left unharmed, the principles of your faith as pure as when you went among them. p. 96272, Para. 2, [17OT1, [2T].


 Your diseased arm was a great affliction. You had turned to the right hand and to the left for help. You had consented to have a woman try her boasted skill upon you. This woman was a special agent of Satan. Through her experiments, you nearly lost your life. The poison introduced into your system was sufficient to kill a person of the most robust constitution. Here again God interposed, or your life would have been sacrificed. p. 96272, Para. 32, [17OT2T].


 Every means you had resorted to for the recovery of health had failed. Not only your arm, but your entire system, was diseased. Your lungs were affected, and you were fast going down to death. At this time you felt that God alone could deliver. You could do one thing more:; you could follow the direction of the apostle. in the fifth chapter of James. v. p. 97, Para. 1, [17OT].


 You there made a covenant with God, that if hHe would spare your life to minister still to the wants of your children, that you would be for the Lord, and hHim only would you serve; that your life you you would dedicate your life to hHis glory; and that you would use your strength to advance hHis cause, and to do good in the earth. Angels recorded the promise there made to God. p. 97273, Para. 21, [17OT2T].


 We came to you in your great affliction, and claimed the promise of God in your behalf. ToWe dared not look to appearances, we dared not; for in so doing we should be like Peter, whom the Lord bade come to hHim on the water. He should have kept his eye lifted upward to Jesus; but he looked down at the troubled waves, and his faith failed. p. 97, Para. 3, [17OT].


 We calmly and firmly grasped the promises of God alone, irrespective of appearances, and by faith claimed the blessing. I was especially shown that God wrought in a wonderful manner, and you were preserved by a miracle of mercy, to be a living monument of hHis healing power, to testify of hHis wondrous works to the children of men. p. 97 273, Para. 42, [17OT2T].


 At the time you felt sosuch a decided a change, your captivity was turned, and joy and gladness in the place of doubt and distress, filled your heart. The praise of God was in your heart and upon your lips. "Oh!, what hath the Lord wrought!" was the sentiment of your soul. p. 98, Para. 1, [17OT].


 The Lord heard the prayers of hHis servants, and raised you up to still to live and endure trials, to watch and wait for his His appearing, and to glorify his His name. p. 98, Para. 2, [17OT].


 Poverty and care pressed heavily upon you. As dark clouds at times enshrouded you, you could not forbear inquiring, : "O God, hast tThou forsaken me?" But you were not left, forsaken, although you could see no way open before you. The Lord would have you trust in hHis love and mercy amid clouds and darkness, as well as in the sunshine. p. 98, Para. 3, [17OT].


At times Tthe clouds would part, and beams of light would shine through, to strengthen your desponding heart, and increase your wavering confidence, and you would again fix your trembling faith upon the sure promises of your Hheavenly Father. You would involuntarily cry out,: "O God, I will believe; I will trust in tThee. Thou hast hitherto been my helper, and tThou wilt not leave me now." p. 98273, Para. 43, [17OT2T].


 As victory was gained by you, and light again shone upon you, you could not find language to express your sincere gratitude to your gracious Hheavenly Father; and you thought you never again would doubt hHis love, nor distrust hHis care. p. 98, Para. 5, [17OT].


 You did not seek for ease. You did not consider hard labor a burden if the way would only open, that you might care for your children, and shield them from the iniquity prevailing in this age of the world. It was the burden of your heart that you might see them turning to the Lord. You plead ed before God for your children with strong cries and tears. Their conversion you so much desired. YSometimes your heart would despond and faint, and you would sometimes fear that your prayers would not be answered; then again you would consecrate themyour children to God afresh, and your yearning heart would lay them anew upon the altar. p. 98274, Para. 61, [17OT2T].


 When they went into the army, your prayers followed them. They were wonderfully preserved from harm. They called it good luck,; but a mother's prayers from an anxious, burdened soul, as she felt the peril of her children and the danger of their being cut off in their youth without hope in God, had much to do with their preservation. How many prayers were lodged in Hheaven that these sons might be preserved to obey God, to devote their lives to hHis glory. p. 99, Para. 1, [17OT].


 ! In your anxiety for your children, you pleaded with God to return them to you again, and you would seek more earnestly to lead them in the path of holiness. You thought you would labor more faithfully than you had ever done. p. 99275, Para. 2 1, [17OT2T].


 The Lord had suffered you to be schooled in adversity and affliction, that you might obtain an experience which would be valuable to yourself and others. p. 99, Para. 3, [17OT].


 While iIn the days of your poverty and trial, you loved the Lord, and you loved religious privileges. The nearness of Christ's coming was your consolation. It was a living hope to you that you would soon havefind rest from labors, and find the end of all your trials; when you would find that you had not labored nor suffered too much; for the apostle had Paul declared,s: "For oOur light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." p. 99275, Para. 42, [17OT2T].


 To meet with the people of God seemed to you almost like visiting Hheaven. Obstacles did not deter you. You could suffer weariness and hunger for temporal food;, but you could not be deprived of spiritual food. The grace of God yYou earnestly sought for the grace of God, and you did not seek it in vain. Communion with the people of God was the richest blessing you could enjoy. p. 100275, Para. 13, [17OT2T].


 In your Christian experience, your soul abhorred vanity, pride, and extravagant show. YWhen you have witnessed the expenditure of means among professed Christians to make a display, and to foster pride; and, your heart and lips have said, : "Oh!, if I only had the means handled by those who are unfaithful in their stewardship, I would feel it one of the greatest privileges to help the needy, and to aid in the advancement of the cause of God.!" p. 100275, Para. 24, [17OT2T].


 You often realized the presence of God while you sought in your humble way to enlighten others in regard to the truths offor these last days. p. 100, Para. 3, [17OT].


 You had experienced the truth for yourself. That which you had seen, and heard, and experienced, and testified unto, you knew was no fiction. And you You delighted to present before others, in private conversation, the wonderful way in which God had led hHis people. You recounted hHis dealings with such an assurance as to strike with conviction, to the hearts of those who listened to you. You talked as though you had a knowledge of the things whereof you affirmed. p. 100, Para. 4, [17OT].


 When speaking to others in regard to the present truth, you longed for greater opportunities and a more extended influence, that you might bring to the notice of many in darkness, the light which had lightened your pathway. p. 100, Para. 5, [17OT].


 At times you looked at your poverty, and your limited influence, and your best endeavors , frequently misinterpreted by the professed friends of the cause of truth, and you were nearly discouraged. p. 101276, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 Sometimes you erred in judgment in your unsettled state you erred in judgment, and there were those who should have possessed that charity which thinketh no evil, who watched, and surmised evil, and made the most of the errors they thought they saw in you. But the love of Jesus and his tender pity of Jesus were not withdrawn, but; they were your support amid the trials and persecutions of your life. The kingdom of Hheaven and the righteousness of Christ were primary with you. Your life was marred with imperfections, because it is human to err; but from what the Lord has been pleased to show me of your discouraging surroundings in the days of your poverty and trial, I know of no one who would have pursued a course more free from mistakes than you did, were they situated as you were, in poverty and embarrassing trials. It is easy for those who are spared the severe trials to which others are subjected, to look on and question, and surmise evil and find fault. Some are more ready to censure others for pursuing a certain course, than to take the responsibility of saying what should be done, or of pointing out a more correct way. p. 101276, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 You became confused. You knew not where to trust. There were but few Sabbath-keepers in Boston----- and vicinity who exerted a saving influence. Some who professed the faith, were no honor to the cause of present truth. They did not gather with Christ, but scattered abroad. They could talk loud and long; yet their hearts were not in the work. They were not sanctified by the truth they professed. These, not having root in themselves, gave up the faith. Had they done this at an earlier period, it would have been better for the cause of truth. Satan took advantage of you, in In consequence of these things, Satan took advantage of you and prepared the way for your backsliding. p. 101277, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 My attention was called to your desire to possess means. The sentiment of your heart was,: "Oh!, if I only had means, I would not squander it.! I would set an example to those who are close and penurious. I would show them the great blessing there is to be received in doing good." p. 102, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Your soul abhorred covetousness. As you have seen those who possessed abundance of this world's goods, shut their hearts to the cry of the needy, you have said,: "God will visit them; hHe will reward them according to their works." As you have seen the wealthy walking in their pride, their hearts girt about with selfishness, as with iron bands, you have felt that they were poorer than yourself, although you were in want and suffering and want. When you have seen these purse-proud men bearing themselves loftily because money has power, you have felt pity for them, and in no case would you have been induced to change places with them. Yet you desired means, that you might so use it as to be a rebuke to the covetous. p. 102277, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 The Lord said to hHis angel who had hitherto ministered unto you;: "I have proved her in poverty and affliction, and she has not separated herself from mMe, nor rebelled against mMe. I will now prove her with prosperity. I will reveal to her a page of the human heart with which she is unacquainted. I will show her that money is the most dangerous foe she has ever met. I will reveal to her the deceitfulness of riches; that they are a snare, even to those who feel that they are secure from selfishness, and proof against exaltation, extravagance, pride, and love of the praise of men." p. 102278, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 I was then shown that a way was opened for you to improve your condition in life, and at length to obtain the means which you had thought you shouldwould use with wisdom, and to the glory of God. How anxiously did your ministering angel watch the new trial, to see how you would stand the test. p. 103, Para. 1, [17OT].


 As means came into your hands, I saw you gradually and almost imperceptibly separating from God. The means intrusted entrusted to you were expended for your own convenience, to surround yourself with the good things of this life. p. 103, Para. 2, [17OT].


 I saw the angels looking upon you with yearning sadness, their faces half averted, loath to leave you. Yet their presence was not perceived by you, and your course was pursued without reference to your angel guard. p. 103278, Para. 32, [17OT2T].


 The business and cares of your new position claimed your time and attention, and your duty to God was not considered. Jesus had purchased you by hHis own blood. You were not your own. Your time, your strength, and the means you handled, all belonged to your Redeemer. He had been your constant fFriend, your strength and support, when every other friend had proved as a broken reed. You have repaid the love and bounty of God with ingratitude and forgetfulness. p. 103 278, Para. 43, [17OT2T].


 Your only safety was in implicit trust in Christ, your Saviour. There was no safety for you away from the cross. And hHow weak human strength seemed in this instance! Oh! , how evident that there is no real strength but that which God imparts to those who trust in hHim! One petition offered up to God in faith has more power than a wealth of human intellect. p. 104279, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 You did not iIn your prosperity you did not carry out the purposes and resolves you had made in adversity. The deceitfulness of riches turned your from your purposes. Cares increased upon you. Your influence became extended. As the afflicted realized relief from suffering, they glorified you, and you learned to love praise from the lips of poor mortals. p. 104, Para. 2, [17OT].


 You were in a popular city, and thought it necessary for the success of your business, as well as to retain your influence, for your surroundings to be somewhat in accordance with your business. But you carried things to o far. You were swayed too much by the opinions and judgment of others. You expended means needlessly, only to gratify the lust of the eye and the pride of life. You forgot that you were handling your Lord's money. When means were expended by you, which would only encourage vanity, you did not consider that the recording angel was making a record which you would blush to meet again. Said the angel, pointing to you, : "You glorified yourself, but did not magnify meGod." You even gloried in the fact that it was in your power to purchase these things. p. 104279, Para. 32, [17OT2T].


 A large sum has been expended in needless things which could only answer for show, and encourage vanity and pride that will cause you remorse and shame. p. 104, Para. 4, [17OT].


 If you had borne in mind the claims Heaven hads upon you, and had made a right disposition of the means intrustedentrusted to your care, inby helping the needy and in advancing the cause of present truth, you would have been laying up treasure in Heaven, heaven and would have been rich toward God. p. 105, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Consider how much means you have invested where no one has been really benefited, no one fed or clothed, and none no one helped to see the error of theirhis ways, that theyhe might turn to Christ and live. p. 105279, Para. 2, [17OT3, [2T].


 You have made large investments in uncertain enterprises. Satan blinded your eyes, so that you could not see that the se enterprises in which you have invested so much, would yield you no returns. The eternal enterprise hasof securing eternal life did not awakened your interest. Here you could have expended means, and run no risks, and meet withmet no disappointments, and in the end would have received immense profits. Here you could have invested in the never-failing never failing bank of Hheaven. Here you could have bestowed your treasures where no thief approacheth, nor rust corrupteth. This enterprise is eternal, and is as much higher and nobler than any earthly enterprise as the heavens are higher than the earth. p. 105280, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 Your children were not disciples of Christ. They were in friendship with the world, and their natural hearts wanteddesired to be like worldlings. The lust of the eye and the pride of life controlled them, and itshave influence has extended to youd you to a certain extent. p. 105, Para. 4, [17OT].


 You have sought more earnestly to please and gratify your children than to please and glorify God. You have forgotten the claims of God has upon you, and the wants of his His cause. Selfishness has led you to expend money in ornaments, for to gratifyhe gratification of yourself and your children. You did not think that this money was not yours; that it was only lent you, to test and prove you, to see if you would shun the evils you had marked in others. p. 105, Para. 5, [17OT].


 God made you hHis steward, and when hHe cometh and reckoneth with hHis servants, what account can you give of your stewardship? p. 106280, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 Your faith and simple trust in God began to wane as soon as means flowed in upon you. You did not depart from God all at once. Your backsliding was gradual. You ceased the morning and evening devotion,s because it was not always convenient. The wife of yYour sonson's wife caused you trials of a peculiar, aggravating character, which had considerable to do in discouraging you from continuing in family devotions. p. 106, Para. 2, [17OT].


 Look back to the days of your earlier experience; would these trials then have driven you from family prayer? Your Your house became a prayerless house. Your business was made primary;, and the Lord and hHis truth were made secondary. p. 106, Para. 3, [17OT secondary. Look back to the days of your earlier experience; would these trials then have driven you from family prayer? p. 280, Para. 3, [2T].


 Here, in the neglect of vocal prayer, you lost an influence in your house which you could have retained. It was your duty to acknowledge God in your family, irrespective of consequences. Your petitions should have been offered to God morning and evening. You should have been as priest of the household, confessing your sins and the sins of your children. Had you been faithful, God, who had been your guide, would not have left you to your own wisdom. p. 106281, Para. 41, [17OT2T].


 Means were expended needlessly for show. TOver this sin in others you had felt deeply grieved over. And while thus using means, you were robbing God. Then the Lord said: p. 106, Para. 5, [17OT].


 "I will scatter. I will permit her for a time to walk in the way of her own choosing. I will blind judgment, and remove wisdom. I will show her that her strength is weakness, and her wisdom foolishness. I will humble her, and open her eyes to see how far she has departed from mMe. If she will not then turn unto mMe with her whole heart, and in all her ways acknowledge mMe, mMy hand shall scatter, and the pride of the mother and of the children shall be brought down, and poverty shall again be their lot. My name shall be exalted. The loftiness of man shall be brought down, and the pride of man shall be laid low." p. 107281, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 ThisThe above view was given me Dec.December 25, 1865, in the city of Rochester, N.Yew York. p. 107, Para. 2, [17OT].


 Last June, I was shown that the Lord was dealing with you in love--that hlove, that He now invited you to turn to hHim, that you might live. I was shown that for years you have felt that you were in a backslidden state. If you had been consecrated to God, you might have done a good and great work in letting your light shine to others. To every one everyone there is given a work to do for the Master. To each of hHis servants are committed special gifts, or talents. "Unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability." Every servant has some trust for which he is responsible; and the varied trusts are proportioned to our varied capabilities. p. 107, Para. 3, [17OT].


 In dispensing hHis gifts, God has not dealt with partiality. He has distributed the talents according to the known powers of hHis servants, and hHe expects corresponding returns. p. 107281, Para. 43, [17OT2T].


 The Lord imparted to you iIn your earlier experience the Lord imparted to you talents of influence, but did not give you talents of means, and therefore did not expect you in your poverty to bestow that which you had not to give. Like the widow, you did give what you could, although, had you considered your own circumstances, you would have felt excused from doing even as much as you did. In your sickness, God did not require from you that active energy of which disease had deprived you. p. 108, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Though you were restricted in your influence and in your means, yet God accepted your efforts to do good, and to advance his His cause, according to what you had, not according to what you had not. GodThe Lord does not despise the humblest offering bestowed with readiness and sincerity. p. 108282, Para. 2, [17OT1, [2T].


 You possess an ardent temperament. Earnestness in a good cause is praiseworthy. In your former trials and perplexity, you were obtaining an experience which was to be of advantage to others. You were zealous in the service of God. You loved to present to those who did not believe present truth, the evidences of our position to those who did not believe present truth. You could speak with assurance;, for these things were a reality to you. The truth was a part of your being; and those who listened to your earnest appeals, had not a doubt of your honesty, but were convictedconvinced that these things were so. p. 108 282, Para. 32, [17OT2T].


 In the providence of God your influence has been extended; and addedin addition to this, God has seen fit to prove you by adding giving you talents of means. You are thereby laid under double responsibility. p. 108, Para. 4, [17OT].


 When your condition in life began to improve, you said,: "As soon as I can get me a home, I will then donate to the cause of God." But when you had a home, you saw so many improvements to make, to have everything about you convenient and pleasant, that you forgot the Lord and hHis claims upon you, and were less inclined to help the cause of God than in the days of your poverty and affliction. p. 108 283, Para. 51, [17OT2T].


 You were seeking friendship with the world, and separating further and further from God. You forgot the exhortation of Christ: "Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares." p. 109, Para. 1, [17OT].


 "Let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall." p. 109283, Para. 2, [17OT2T].


 There are three watchwords in the Christian life, which must be heeded if we would not have Satan steal a march upon us:; namely, Watch, Ppray, Wwork. Prayer and watching thereunto are necessary for advancement in the divine life. p. 109, Para. 3, [17OT].


 Never was there a time in your history more important than the present. Your only safety is to live like a watchman. "Watch and pray always." Oh!, what a preventive against yielding to temptation, and falling into the snares of the world. p. 109, Para. 4, [17OT].


 ! How earnestly should you have been at work the past few years, when your influence was extensive. p. 109, Para. 5, [17OT].


 Dear sister, praise of men, and the flattery current in the world, has had greater influence even upon you, than you have been aware of. p. 109, Para. 6, [17OT].


 You, my sister, have not been improving your talents-- putting them out to the exchangers. You possess naturally kindly affections and a generous heart. These have been exercised to a degree, but not as God requires. The mere having these excellent gifts is not enough; God requires them to be kept in constant exercise; for through these qualities he blesses those who need to be helped, and carries forward his work in the salvation of man. p. 109283, Para. 7, [17OT].


 God3, [2T].


 Dear sister, the praise of men and the flattery current in the world have had greater influence upon you than you have been aware of. You have not been improving your talents-- putting them out to the exchangers. You are naturally affectionate and generous. These traits of character have been exercised to a degree, but not as much as God requires. Merely possessing these excellent gifts is not enough; God requires them to be kept in constant exercise; for through them He blesses those who need to be helped, and carries forward His work for the salvation of man. p. 283, Para. 4, [2T].


 The Lord will not depend upon niggardly souls to take care of the worthy poor, nor to sustain hHis cause. Such are too narrow in mind, andnarrow-minded; they would grudge the smallest pittance to the needy in their distress. They would also want the cause narrowed down to meet their limited ideas. To save means would be the prominent idea with them. Their meansmoney would be more valuable to them than precious souls for whom Christ died. Their lives of such, so far as God and Hheaven are concerned, are worse than a blank. God will not trust hHis important work with them. p. 110284, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 "Curse ye Meroz," said the angel of Godthe Lord, "curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof,; because they came not upto to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty." What had Meroz done? Nothing. This was their sin. The curse of God came upon them for what they had not done. p. 110, Para. 2, [17OT].


 The man with a selfish, narrow mind, is responsible for his niggardliness, but those who have kindly affections, generous impulses, and a love for souls, are laid under weighty responsibilities; for if they leaveallow these talents to remain unemployed and wasting,to waste they come under the head ofare classed with unfaithful servants. The mere possession of these gifts is not enough. Those who have them should realize that their obligations and responsibility isresponsibilities are increased. p. 110284, Para. 3 2, [17OT2T].


 The Master will require each of hHis stewards to give an account of his stewardship, thatto show what he may learn what they havehas gained with the talents entrusted to themhim. Those to whom rewards are given will impute no merit to themselves for their diligent trading; they will give all the glory to God. They speak of that which was delivered to them, as "Thy pound," (not their own). When they speak of their gain, they are careful to state whence it came. The capital was advanced by the Master. They have traded upon it successfully, and return the principal and interest to the Giver. He rewards their efforts as if the merit belonged to them, when they owe all to the grace and mercy of the bountiful Giver. His words of unqualified approval fall upon their ears: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things;: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." p. 111284, Para. 13, [17OT2T].


 To you, my sister, are committed talents of influence, and talents of money; and your responsibility is great. You should move cautiously, and in the fear of God. Your wisdom is weakness, but the wisdom from above is strong. The Lord designs to enlighten your darkness, and again give you a glimpse of the heavenly treasure, that you may have some sense of the comparative value of both worlds, and then leave you to choose between this world and the eternal inheritance. p. 111, Para. 2, [17OT].


 I saw that there was yet opportunitiesopportunity to return to the fold. Jesus has redeemed you by hHis own blood, and he He requires you to employ your talents in hHis service. You have not become hardened to the influence of the Holy Spirit. TWhen the truth of God whenis presented, willit meets a response in your heart. p. 111285, Para. 31, [17OT2T].


 I saw that you should study every move. You should do nothing rashly. Let God be your counselor. GodHe loves your children, and it is right that you should love them; but it is not right to give them the place in your affections that Godthe Lord claims. They have kind impulses and generous purposes. They possess noble traits of character. If they would only see their need of a Saviour, and bow at the foot of the cross, they might exert an influence for good. They are now lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. They now stand in the enemy's ranks, under the black banner of Satan. Jesus invites them to come to hHim, to leave the ranks of the enemy, and to stand under the bloodstained banner of the cross of Christ. p. 112285, Para. 12, [17OT2T].


 This will look to them like a work they cannot perform, for it will require too much self-denial. They have no experimental knowledge of the way. Those who have engaged in their country's warfare, and been subjected to the hardships, and toils, and perils of a soldier's life, should be the last to hesitate and manifest cowardice in this great warfare for everlasting life. In this case they will be fighting for a crown of life, and an immortal inheritance. Their wages will be sure, and their gain, when the war is over, their gain will be everlasting life, happiness unalloyed, and an eternal weight of glory. p. 112286, Para. 2 1, [17OT2T].


 Satan will oppose every effort they may make. He will present the world before them in its most attractive light, as he did to the Saviour of the world when he tempted hHim forty days in the wilderness. Christ overcame all the temptations of Satan, and so may your children. They are serving a hard master. The wages of sin is death. They cannot afford to sin. They will find it expensive business. They will meet with eternal loss in the end. They will lose the mansions Jesus has gone to prepare for those who love hHim. They, and will lose that life which measures with the life of God. And this is not all. They must suffer the wrath of an offended God. They have for having withheld from hHim their service, and given all their efforts to hHis worst enemy. Your children have not yet had the clear light, and condemnation only follows the rejection of light. p. 112286, Para. 32, [17OT2T].


 If professed Christians were all sincere and earnest in their efforts to promote the glory of God, what a stir would be made in the enemy's ranks. Satan in his work is is earnest and sincere in his work. He does not want souls saved. He does not want his power upon them broken. Satan does not merely pretend. He is in earnest. He beholds Christ inviting souls to come to hHim that they may have life, and he is earnest and zealous in his efforts to prevent them from accepting the invitation. He will leave no means untried to prevent them from leaving his ranks, and standing in the ranks of Jesus Christ. Why cannot Christ'sthe professed followers of Jesus do as much for hHim as hHis enemies do against hHim? Why not do all they can? Satan does all he can to keep souls from Christ. He was once an honored angel in Hheaven, and although he has lost his holiness, he has not lost his power. He exerts his power with terrible effect. He does not wait for his prey to come to him. He hunts for it. He goeths to and fro in the earth like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He does not always wear the ferocious look of the lion, but when he can work to better effect he will transforms himself into an angel of light. He can readily exchange the roar of the lion for the most persuasive arguments, and or for the softest whisper. He has legions of angels to aid him in his work. He willoften conceals his snares, and allures by pleasing deception. He will charms and deludes many by flattering their vanity. He will, tThrough his agents, he presents the pleasures of the world in an attractive light, and strew s the path to hell with tempting flowers, and thus souls are charmed and ruined. ForAfter every step that they advance step in the downward road, Satan has some special temptation to lead them still faurther on the wrong track. p. 113286, Para. 13, [17OT2T].


 If your children were controlled by religious principles, they would be fortified against the vice and corruption surrounding them in this degenerate age. God will be to them a tower of strength, if they will put their trust in hHim. "Let him take hold of mMy strength, that he may make peace with mMe; and he shall make peace with mMe." The Lord will be the guide of their youth if they will believe and trust in hHim. p. 114287, Para. 1, [17OT2T].


 My dear sister, the Lord has been very merciful to you and your family. You are laid under obligation to your Hheavenly Father to praise and glorify hHis holy name upon the earth. In order to continue in hHis love, you should labor constantly for humbleness of mind, and that meek and quiet spirit which is in the sight of God of great price. p. 114, Para. 2, [17OT].


 Your strength in God will increase while you consecrate all to him Him; so that you can say with confidence,: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Sshall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" "For I am persuaded, that neither death , nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." E.G.W. p. 114, Para. 3, [17OT].


 Epistle Number Five. p. 115, Para. 1, [17OT].


 Bro. ----p. 288, Para. 1, [2T].


 SELF-DECEIVED YOUTH Brother O: I have been shown in vision the dangers of youth. Your case was presented before me. I saw that you had not adorned your profession. You might have done good, and your example might have been a blessing to the youth with whom you have associated,; but, alas! you have not had your inmost soul has not been converted to God. If you had taken the course a consistent Christian should, your relatives and your friends would have been influenced by your godly course to follow in your footsteps. My brother, your heart is not right with God; your thoughts are not elevated; you permit your mind to run in a wrong channel. Your morals