The Spirit of Prophecy Vindicated

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The Counterfeit Spirit of Prophecy Exposed


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Testimony For The Church

No. 23

By Ellen G. White

Steam Press of the Seventh Day Adventist

Publishing Association

Battle Creek, Mich.

1873

Testimony for the Church

The Laodicean ChurchNUMBER TWENTY-THREE

TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH

THE LAODICEAN CHURCH

The message to the church of the Laodiceans is a startling denunciation, and is applicable to the people of God at the present time. p. 3252, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and Ttrue Witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spuespew thee out of mMy mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou aret wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." p. 3252, Para. 2, [23OT].


 A Practical Message. p. 3, Para. 3, [23OT3T].


 The Lord here shows us that the message to be borne to hHis people by ministers whom hHe has called to warn the people, is not a peace-and-safety message. It is not merely theoretical, but practical, in every particular. The people of God are represented in the message to the Laodiceans inas in a position of carnal security. They are at ease, believing themselves to be in an exalted condition of spiritual attainments. p. 3, Para. 4, [23OT].


 "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." p. 3252, Para. 53, [23OT3T].


 What greater deception can come upon human minds than a confidence that they are right, when they are all wrong. ! The message of the True Witness finds the people of God in a a sad deception, yet honest in that deception. They know not that their condition is deplorable in the sight of God. While those addressed are flattering themselves that they are in an exalted spiritual condition, the message of the True Witness breaks their security by the startling denunciation of their true situationcondition of spiritual blindness, poverty, and wretchedness. The testimony, so cutting and severe, cannot be a mistake, for it is the True Witness who speaks, and hHis testimony must be correct. p. 4252, Para. 14, [23OT3T].


 It is difficult for those who feel secure in their attainments, and who are believing believe themselves to be rich in spiritual knowledge, to receive the message which declares that they are deceived and in need of every spiritual grace. The unsanctified heart is "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. p. 4, Para. 2, [23OT].


 " I was shown that many were are flattering themselves that they were are good Christians, who have not a ray of light from Jesus. They have not a living experience for themselves in the divine life. They need a deep and thorough work of self-abasement before God, before they will feel their true need of earnest, persevering effort to secure the precious graces of the Spirit of God. p. 4 253, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 God leads hHis people on, step by step. The Christian life is a constant battle, and a march. There is no rest from the warfare. It is by constant, unceasing effort that we maintain the victory over the temptations of Satan. WeAs are, as a people, we are triumphing in the clearness and strength of the truth. We are fully sustained in our positions by an overwhelming amount of plain sScriptural testimony. But we are very much wanting in Bible humility, patience, faith, love, self-denial, watchfulness, and the spirit of sacrifice. We need to cultivate Bible holiness. Sin prevails among the people of God. The plain message of rebuke to the Laodiceans is not received. Many cling to their doubts and their darling sins, while they are in so great a deception as to talk and feel that they are in need of nothing. They think the testimony of the Spirit of God in reproof is uncalled for, or that it does not mean them. Such are in the greatest need of the grace of God and spiritual discernment, that they may discover their deficiency in spiritual knowledge. They lack almost every essential qualification necessary to perfect Christian character. They have not a practical knowledge of Bible truth, which leads to lowliness of life, and a conformity of their will to the will of Christ. They are not living in obedience to all God's requirements. p. 4253, Para. 42, [23OT3T].


 It is not enough to merely profess to believe the truth. All the soldiers of the cross of Christ virtually obligate themselves to enter athe crusade against the adversary of souls, to condemn wrong, and sustain righteousness. But the message of the True Witness reveals the fact that a terrible deception is upon our people, which makes it necessary to come to them with warnings, to break their spiritual slumber, and arouse them to decided action. p. 5254, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 In my last vision, I was shown that even this decided message of the True Witness had not accomplished the design of God. The people slumber on in their sins. They continue to declare themselves "rich, and having need of nothing." Many inquire,: Why are all these reproofs given? Why do the tTestimonies continually charge us with backsliding and with grievous sins? We love the truth. W; we are prospering. W; we are in no need of these testimonies of warning and reproof. But let these murmurers see their hearts, and compare their lives with the practical teachings of the Bible;, let them humble their souls before God;, let the grace of God illuminate the darkness, and the scales will fall from their eyes, and they will senserealize their true spiritual poverty and wretchedness. They will feel the necessity of buying gold, which is pure faith and love; white raiment, which is a spotless character, made pure in the blood of their dear Redeemer,; and eyesalve, which is the grace of God, and which will give clear discernment of spiritual things, and detect sin. These attainments are more precious than the gold of Ophir. p. 6254, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 The People Unwilling To Receive Correction. p. 6, Para. 2, [23OT].


 I have been shown that the greatest reason why the people of God are now found in this state of spiritual blindness, is becausethat they will not receive correction. Many have despised the reproofs and warnings given them. The True Witness condemns the lukewarm condition of the people of God, which gives Satan great power over them in this waiting, watching time. The selfish, andthe proud, and loversthe lovers of sin, are ever assailed with doubts. Satan has ability to suggest doubts and to devise objections to the pointed testimony that God sends, and many think it a virtue, and mark of intelligence in them, to be unbelieving, and questioning, to question and quibblingquibble. Those who desire to doubt will have plenty of room. God does not propose to remove all occasion for unbelief. He gives evidence, which must be carefully investigated with a humble mind, and a teachable spirit. A, and all should decide from the weight of evidence. p. 6p. 255, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 Eternal life is of infinite value, and will cost us all that we have. I was shown that we do not place a proper estimate upon eternal things. Everything worth possessing, even in this world, must be secured by effort, and sometimes by most painful sacrifice. And this is merely forto obtain a perishable treasure. Shall we be less willing to endure conflict and toil, and to make earnest efforts and great sacrifices for the infinite treasure, which passes all estimate with the Infinite? Can Heaven sacrifices, to obtain a treasure which is of infinite value, and a life which will measure with that of the Infinite? Can heaven cost us too much? p. 7255, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 Faith and love are golden treasures, elements that are greatly wanting among God's people. I have been shown that unbelief in the testimonies of warning, encouragement, and reproof, is shutting away the light from God's people. Unbelief is closing their eyes, so that they are ignorant of their true condition. The True Witness thus describes their blindness in these words: "And knowest not that thou aret wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." p. 7255, Para. 2 3, [23OT3T].


 Faith in the soon coming of Christ is waning. "My Lord delayeth hHis coming" is said not only said in the heart, but expressed in words, and most decidedly in works. Stupidity in this watching time is sealing the senses of God's people as to the signs of the times. p. 7, Para. 3, [23OT].


 The terrible iniquity aboundingwhich abounds calls for the greatest diligence, and for the living testimony, to keep sin out of the church. Faith has been decreasing to a fearful degree. Faith can only increase by exercise. p. 8, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Want Of A Spirit Of Sacrifice. p. 8, Para. 2, [23OT].


 In the first , and it is only by exercise that it can increase. p. 255, Para. 4, [3T].


 In the rise of the third angel's message, those who engage d in the work of God had something to venture. T; they had sacrifices to make. They started this work in poverty, and suffered the greatest deprivations and reproach. They met determined opposition, which drove them to God in their necessity, and kept their faith alive. p. 8, Para. 3, [23OT].


 Our present plan of systematic benevolence amply sustains our ministers. A, and there is no want and no call for the exercise of faith as to a support. Those who start out now to preach the truth have nothing to venture. They have no risks to run, no especial special sacrifices to make. The system of truth is made ready to their hand. P, and publications are provided for them, vindicating the truths they advance. p. 8256, Para. 41, [23OT3T].


 Some young men start out with no real sense of the exalted character of the work. They have not privations, and hardships, and or severe conflicts, to meet, which would call for the exercise of faith. They do not cultivate practical self-denial, selfdenial and cherish a spirit of sacrifice. Some are becoming proud and lifted up, and have no real burden of the work upon them. The True Witness speaks to these ministers,: "Be zealous, therefore, and repent." These ministers are sSome of them are so lifted up in pride, that they are really a hindrance and a curse to the precious cause of God. They do not exert an a saving influence which is saving upon others. There is need of theseThese men beingneed to be thoroughly converted to God themselves, and sanctified by the truths they present to others. p. 8256, Para. 52, [23OT3T].


 POINTED TESTIMONIES IN THE CHURCH Very many feel impatient and jealous because they are frequently disturbed with warnings and reproofs which keep their sins before them. Says the True Witness,: "I know thy works." The motives, the purposes, and the unbelief, the suspicions, and jealousies, may be hid from men, but not from Christ. The True Witness comes as a counsellor: "I counsel thee to buy of mMe gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of they nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:; be zealous, therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: 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. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with mMe in mMy throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my My Father in hHis throne." p. 9256, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 Those who are reproved by the Spirit of God should not rise up against the humble instrument. It is God, and not an erring mortal, thatwho has spoken to save them from ruin. Those who despise the warning will be left in blindness to become self-deceived. p. 9, Para. 2, [23OT].


 TBut those who heed the testimony of warningit, and zealously go about the work of separating their sins from them, in order to have the needed graces, will be opening the door of their hearts that the dear Saviour may come in and dwell with them. This class you will ever find in perfect harmony with the testimony of the Spirit of God. p. 10257, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Ministers Should Present This Warning. p. 10, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Ministers who are preaching present truth should not neglect the solemn message to the Laodiceans. The testimony of the True Witness is not a smooth message. The Lord does not say to them, You are about right,; you have borne chastisement and reproof that you never deserved,; you have been discouraged unnecessarily discouraged by severity,; you are not guilty of the wrongs and sins offor which you have been reproved. p. 10257, Para. 32, [23OT3T].


 The True Witness declares that when you suppose you are really in a good condition of prosperity you are in need of everything. It is not enough for ministers to present theoretical subjects. T; they should also present practicalthose subjects which are practical. They need to study the practical lessons that Christ gave hHis disciples, and make a close application of the same to their own souls and to the people. Because Christ bears this rebuking testimony, shall we suppose that hHe is destitute of tender love to hHis people? Oh, no! He who died to redeem man from death, loves with a divine love. He rebukes, and those hwhom He loves He rebukes. "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten." But many will not receive the message that Heaven in mercy sends them. They cannot endure to be told of their wrongs, and of their neglect of duty, and of their wrongs, their selfishness, their pride, and love of the world. p. 10257, Para. 43, [23OT3T].


 I was shown that God has laid upon my husband and myselfme a special work, to bear a plain testimony to hHis people, and to cry aloud and spare not, to show the people their transgressions, and the house of Israel their sins. But there is a class who will not receive the message of reproof, and they raise their hands to shield those whom God would reprove and correct. They willse are ever be found sympathizing with those whom God would make to feel their true poverty. p. 11258, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 The word of the Lord, spoken through hHis servants, is received by many with questionings and fears. And many will defer their obedience to the warning and reproofs given, waiting till every shadow of uncertainty is removed from their minds. The unbelief that demands perfect knowledge will never yield to the evidence that God is pleased to give. God He requires of hHis people faith that rests upon the weight of evidence, not upon perfect knowledge. The Those followers of Jesus Christ, those who accept of the light God sends them, when there the light that God sends them must obey the voice of God speaking to them when there are many other voices crying out against it. It requires discernment to distinguish the voice of God. p. 11 258, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Those who will not act when the Lord calls upon them, but waitingwho wait for more certain evidence, and more favorable opportunities, will walk in darkness, for the light will be withdrawn. The evidence given one day, if rejected, may never be repeated. p. 11258, Para. 3, [23OT3T].


 Many Doubt Our Work. p. 11, Para. 4, [23OT].


 Many are tempted in regard to our work, and are calling it in question. Some, in their tempted condition, charge the difficulties and perplexities of the people of God to the testimonies of reproof that we have given to them. The troubley think they think trouble is with the ones who bear the message of warning, pointingwho point out the sins of the people and correcting correct their errors of the people. I was shown that mMany are deceived by the adversary of souls. They think that the labors of Bro.Brother and Sister White would be acceptable if they wouldwere not be continually condemning wrong, and reproving sin. I was shown that this work God hads laid this work upon us. W, and when we are hindered from meeting with the His people of God, and from bearing our testimony, and counteracting the surmisings and jealousies of the unconsecrated, then Satan presses in his temptations very strongly. Those who have been ever on the questioning, doubting side, feel at liberty to suggest their doubts, and willto insinuate, their unbelief. Some have sanctimonious, and apparently conscientious and very pious, doubts, which they will cautiously drop, but which hasve tenfold more power to strengthen those who are wrong, and to lesson lessen our influence and weaken the confidence of God's people in our work, than if they came out more frankly. These poor souls, I saw, were deceived by Satan. They flatter themselves that they are all right, that they andre in favor with God, and are rich in spiritual discernment, when they are poor, blind, poor, and wretched. They are doing the work of Satan, and thinkingbut think they have a zeal for God. p. 11258, Para. 54, [23OT3T].


 Some will not receive the testimony that God has given us to bear, flattering themselves that we may be deceived, and that they are may be right. They think that the people of God are not in need of plain dealing and of reproof, andbut that God is with them. These tempted ones, whose souls have ever been at war with the faithful reproving of sin, would cry, : Speak unto us smooth things. What disposition will these make of the message of the True Witness to the Laodiceans? There can be no deception here. This message must be borne to a lukewarm church by God's servants. this messageIt must arouse theHis people of God from their security and dangerous deception in regard to their real standing before God. This testimony, if received, will arouse to action, and lead to self-abasement, selfabasement and confessions of sins. The True Witness says,: "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot." And again, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; : be zealous therefore, and repent." Then comes the promise, : "BelovedBehold, I stand at the door, and knock;: if any man hear my My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with mMe." "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with mMe in mMy throne, evern as I also overcame, and am set down with mMy Father in hHis throne." p. 12259, Para. 1, [23OT].


 These wrongs and sins, which have brought the people of God in their state of wretchedness, blindness, and poverty, must be seen, and they arouse to 3T].


 The people of God must see their wrongs and arouse to zealous repentance, and a putting away of theose sins which have brought them into such a deplorable condition of poverty, blindness, wretchedness, and fearful deception. p. 13, Para. 1, [23OT].


I I have beenwas shown that the pointed testimony must live in the church. And tThis alone will answer to the message to the Laodiceans. Wrongs must be reproved, sins must be called sins, and iniquity must be met promptly and decidedly, and put away from us as a people. p. 13, Para. 2, [23OT].


 Fighting The Spirit Of God. p. 14260, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 FIGHTING THE SPIRIT OF GOD Those who have a spirit of opposition to the work we havethat for twenty-six years we have been pressed by the Spirit of God to do for twenty-six years, and who would break down our testimony, I saw, were are not fighting against us, but against God, who has laid upon us the burden of a work that hHe has not given to others. Those who would question and quibble, and think it a virtue to doubt, and who would discourage; those who have been the means of making our work hard, and of weakening our hopes, faith, hope, and courage, have been the ones to surmise evil, to insinuate suspicious charges, and to watch with jealousy for occasions against us. They take it for granted that because we have human weaknesses it is a positive evidence that we are wrong, and that they are right. If they can find a semblance of anything that they can use to injure us, they do it with a spirit of triumph, and are ready to denounce our work of reproving wrong and condemning sin, as a harsh, dictatorial spirit. p. 14260, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 But while we do not accept of their version of our case as the reason offor our afflictions;, while we maintain that God has appointed us to a more trying work than anyHe has others; , we acknowledge with humility of soul, and with repentance, that our faith and courage have been severely tried, and that we have failed sometimes in trustingfailed to trust wholly in God,Him who who has appointed us our work. When we gather courage again, after sore disappointment and trials, we deeply regret that we ever distrusted God, and gave way to human weaknesses, and permitted discouragement to cloud our faith, and lessen our confidence in God. p. 14, Para. 3, [23OT].


 I have been shown that God's ancient servants suffered disappointments and discouragements as well as we poor mortals have. We were in good company; nevertheless this did not excuse us. p. 15260, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 As my husband has stood by my side to sustain me in my work, and as he has hadborne a plain testimony to bear in unison with the work of the Spirit of God, many have felt that it was my husbandhe personally who was injuring them personally, when it was the Lord that who laid upon him the burden, and who was, through hHis servant, reproving them, and seeking to bring them where they would repent of their wrongs, and have the favor of God. p. 15261, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Those whom God has chosen for an important work have ever been received with distrust and suspicion. Anciently, when Elijah was sent with a message from God to the people, they did not heed the warning. They thought Elijahhim unnecessarily severe. He must, tThey even thought, that he must have lost his senses, that because he would denounced them, the favored people of God, as sinners, and their crimes, as so aggravating,aggravated that the judgments of God would awaken against them. p. 15, Para. 3, [23OT].


 Satan and his host have ever been arrayed against those who bear the message of warning and who reprove sins. The unconsecrated will also be united with the adversary of souls, to make the work of God's faithful servants as hard as possible. p. 15 261, Para. 42, [23OT3T].


 If my husband has been pressed beyond measure, and has become discouraged and desponding;, if we have at times seen nothing desirable in life that we should choose it, this is nothing strange or new. Elijah, one of God's great and mighty prophets, as he fled for his life from the rage of Jezebel, anthe infuriated womanJezebel, a fugitive, weary and travel worn, desired to die rather than to live. His bitter disappointment in regard to Israel's faithfulness crushedhad crushed his spirits, and he felt that he could no longer put confidence in man. In the day of Job's affliction and darkness, he utters these words: "Let the day perish wherein I was born." p. 15261, Para. 53, [23OT3T].


 Those who are not accustomed to feel to the very depths;, who have not stood under burdens as a cart beneath the sheaves;, and who have never had their interest identified so closely with the cause and work of God that it seems to be a part of their very being, and dearer to them than life, cannot appreciate the feelings of my husband, any more than Israel could appreciate the feelings of Elijah. We deeply regret being disheartened, whatever the circumstances might be. p. 16, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Ahab's Case A Warning. p. 16, Para. 2, [23OT].


 When Ahab ruled Israel, the peoplemay have been. p. 262, Para. 1, [3T].


 AHAB’S CASE A WARNING Under the perverted rule of Ahab, Israel departed from God and corrupted their ways before hHim under his perverted rule. . "And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel, the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshiped him. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all of the kings of Israel that were before him." p. 16262, Para. 32, [23OT3T].


 Ahab was weak in moral power. He did not have a high sense of sacred things. H; he was selfish and unprincipled. His union by marriage with a woman of decided character, and positive temperament, who was devoted to idolatry, made them both special agents of Satan to lead the people of God into idolatry and terrible apostasy,. The determined spirit of Jezebel molded the character of Ahab. His selfish nature was incapable of appreciating the mercies of God to hHis people, and his obligation to God, as the guardian and leader of Israel. The fear of God was daily growing less in Israel. The blasphemous tokens of their blind idolatry were to be seen among the Israel of God. There were none who dared to expose their lives by openly standing forth in opposition to the prevailing blasphemous idolatry. The altars of Baal, and the priests of Baal who sacrificed to the sun, moon, and stars, were conspicuous everywhere. They had consecrated temples, and groves, wherein was placed the work of men's hands was placed to be worshiped. The benefits which God gave to this people called forth from them no gratitude to the Giver. For aAll the bounties of Hheaven, the--the running brooks, and the streams of living waters, the gentle dew, and the showers of rain towhich refreshed the earth, and to caused their fields to bring forth abundantly,--these they ascribed to the favor of their gods. p. 17262, Para. 13, [23OT].


 Example Of Elijah. p. 17, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Elijah's faithful soul was grieved. His indignation was aroused, and he was jealous for the glory of God. He saw that Israel was plunged into fearful apostasy. He was overwhelmed with amazement and grief at the apostasy of the people when he And when he called to mind the great things that God had wrought for them, he was overwhelmed with grief and amazement. But all this was forgotten by the majority of the people. He went before Godthe Lord, and, with his soul wrung with anguish, pleaded for hHim to save hHis people if it must be by judgments. He pleaded with God to withhold from hHis ungrateful people dew and rain, the treasures of heaven, that apostate Israel might look in vain to their gods, their idols of gold, wood, and stone, the sun, moon, and stars, their gods, to water the earth and enrich itthe earth, and cause it to bring forth plentifully. GodThe Lord told Elijah hthat He had heard his prayer. He and would withhold from his people dew and rain, from His people until they should turn unto hHim with repentance. p. 17263, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 ACHAN’S SIN AND PUNISHMENT God had especiallyspecially guarded hHis people fromagainst mingling with the idolatrous nations around them, lest their hearts should be deceived by their attractive groves and shrines, temples and altars, all of which were arranged in the most expensive, alluring manner, to pervert the senses, so that God would be supplanted in their minds of the people. p. 18 263, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 The city of Jericho was a city devoted to the most extravagant idolatry. The inhabitants were very wealthy. A, but all the riches that God had given them they accredited tocounted as the gifts of their gods. GThey had gold and silver were in abundance. L; but, like the people before the fFlood, they were corrupt and blasphemous. They, and insulted and provoked the God of Hheaven by their wicked works. God's judgments were awakened against Jericho. It was a stronghold. But the Captain of the Lord's host came hHimself came from Hheaven to lead the armies of Hheaven in the an attack upon the city. Angels of God laid hold of the massive walls and brought them to the ground. God had said that the city of Jericho should be accursed, and that all should perish except Rahab and her household. Theyse should be saved because of the favor that Rahab showed the messengers of the Lord. The word of the Lord to the people was,: "And ye, in any wiseanywise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it." "And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho;: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his first-born, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it." Joshp. 6:18, 26. p. 18 264, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 God was very particular in regard to Jericho, lest the people should be charmed with the things that the inhabitants had worshiped, and their hearts be diverted from God. He guards hed His people by most positive commands.; yet Nnotwithstanding the solemn injunction from God by the mouth of Joshua, Achan ventured to transgress. His covetousness led him to take of the treasures that God had forbidden him to to touch, because histhe curse of God was upon itthem. And because of this man's sin, the Israel of God waswere as weak as water before their enemies. p. 19, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Achan's Case Shows How God Regards Sin. p. 19, Para. 2, [23OT264, Para. 2, [3T].


 Joshua and the elders of Israel were in great affliction. They lay before the ark of God in most abject humility, because the Lord was wroth with hHis people. JoshuaThey prayed and the elders of Israel prayed and wept before God. The Lord spoke to Joshua,: "Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my My covenant which I commanded them;: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed;: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you." p. 19264, Para. 3, [23OT3T].


 DUTY TO REPROVE SIN I have been shown that God has here illustrateds how hHe regards sin among those who profess to be hHis commandmentkeepingcommandment keeping people. Those whom hHe has especiallyspecially honored with witnessing the remarkable exhibitions of hHis power, as did ancient Israel, and thatwho will even then venture to disregard hHis express directions, will be subjects of hHis wrath. GodHe would would teach hHis people that disobedience and sin are exceedingly offensive to hHim, and are not to be lightly regarded. He shows us that when hHis people are found in sin, they should at once take decided measures to put the at sin from them, that hHis frown shouldmay not rest upon them all his people. But if the sins of the people are passed over by those in responsible positions pass over the sins of, His frown will be upon them, and the people of God, as a body, will be held responsible for those sins that exist in their midst. God, iIn hHis dealings with hHis people in the past, the Lord shows the necessity of purifying the church from wrongs that exist among them. One sinner may diffuse darkness whichthat will exclude the light of God from the entire congregation. When the people realize that darkness is settling upon them, and they do not know the cause, then they should seek God earnestly seek God, in great humility and self-abasement, until the wrongs which grieve God's His Spirit are searched out and put away from among them. p. 2065, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Responsibility For Sins We Do Not Reprove. p. 21, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 The prejudice which has arisen against us because we have reproved the wrongs that God has shown me existed, and the cry that has been raised of harshness and severity, is are unjust. God bids us speak, and we will not be silent. If wrongs are apparent among hHis people, and if the servants of God pass on indifferent to them, they virtually sustain and justify the sinner, and are alike guilty alike with the sinner, and will just as surely receive the displeasure of God just as surely as the sinner; for they will be made responsible for the sins of the guilty. In vision I have been in vision pointed to many instances where the displeasure of God has been incurred by a neglect on the part of hHis servants to deal with the wrongs and sins existing in their midstamong them. Those men who have excused these wrongs have been thought by the people to be very amiable, and of lovely in disposition, simply because they shunned to discharge a plain and sScriptural duty. The task was not agreeable to their feelings; therefore they avoided it. p. 2165, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 The spirit of hatred which has existed with some because the wrongs among God's people have been reproved, has brought blindness and a fearful deception upon their own souls, making it impossible for them to discriminate between right and wrong. They have put out their own spiritual eyesight. They may witness wrongs, but they do not feel as did Joshua, and humble their souls in humiliationmselves because the danger of souls is felt by them. p. 2166, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 The true people of God, who have the spirit of the work of the Lord and the salvation of souls at heart, will ever view sin in its real, sinful character. They will always be on the side of faithful and plain dealing with sins which easily beset the people of God. Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand, who are to stand without fault before the throne of God, will they feel most deeply the wrongs of God's professed people. This is forcibly set forth by the prophet's illustration of the last work under the figure of the men, each having a slaughter weapon in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side. "And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof." p. 2266, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 Who are standing in the counsel of God at this time? Is it those who virtually excuse wrongs among the professed people of God, and who murmur in their hearts, if not openly, against those who would reprove sin? Is it those who take their stand against them, and sympathize with those who commit wrong? No, indeed! These, uUnless they repent, and leave the work of Satan in oppressing those who have the burden of the work, and in holding up the hands of sinners in Zion, they will never receive the mark of God's sealing approval. They will fall in the general destruction of all the wicked, represented by the work of the five men bearing slaughter weapons. Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen, are those "that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that are be done" in the church. Their love for purity and the honor and glory of God is such, and they have so clear a view of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, that they are represented as being in an agony, even sighing and crying. Read the ninth Ezekiel, chapter nineof Ezekiel. p. 2267, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 But the general slaughter of all those who do not thus see the wide contrast between sin and righteousness, and do not feel as those do who stand in the counsel of God and receive the mark, is described in the order to the five men with slaughter weapons: "Go ye after him through the city, and smite;: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity;: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women;: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at mMy sanctuary." p. 2367, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 God said to Joshua (iIn the case of Achan's sins),sin God said to Joshua: "Neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you." How does this instance compare with the course pursued by those who will not raise their voice against sin and wrong;, but whose sympathies are ever found with those who trouble the camp of Israel with their sins? Said God to Joshua,: "Thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you." He pronounced the punishment which shouldwould follow the transgression of hHis covenant. p. 2367, Para. 23, [23OT3T].


 Joshua then began a diligent search to find out the guilty one. He took Israel by their tribes, and then, by their families, and next, individually.; and Achan was designated as the guilty one. But that the matter might be plain to all Israel, that there should be no occasion given them to murmur, and to say that the guiltless was made to suffer, Joshua used policy. He knew that Achan was the transgressor, and that he had concealed his sin, and provoked God against hHis people. Joshua discreetly induced Achan to make confession of his sin, that God's honor and justice shouldmight be vindicated before Israel. "And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession unto hHim; and tell me now what thou hast done. H; hide it not from me." p. 2368, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 "And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it. And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the Lord. And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had;: and they brought them unto the vValley of Achor. And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the Lord shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones." p. 2468, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 God saidThe Lord told Joshua, that Achan had not only had Achan taken the things which hHe had positively charged them not to take, lest they be accursed, but he had stolen, and had also had dissembled. The Lord said that Jericho and all its spoils should be consumed, except the gold and silver, which waswere to be reserved for the treasury of the Lord. The victory of obtained in taking Jericho was not obtained through warfare, or the exposure of the people. The Captain of the Lord's host had led the armies of Hheaven. The battle was the Lord's; it was He who fought the battle. The children of Israel did not strike a blow. It was the Lord who fought the battle. The victory and glory were the Lord's. T, and the spoils were hHis. He directed it all to be consumed, except the gold and silver, which hHe reserved for his His treasury. Achan understood well the reserve made, and that the treasures of gold and silver which he coveted were the Lord's. He stole from God's treasury for his own benefit. p. 2568, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 Covetousness Among God's People. p. 25, Para. 2, [23OT].


COVETOUSNESS AMONG GOD’S PEOPLE I saw that many who profess to be keeping the commandments of God are appropriating to their own use the means which the Lord has intrustedentrusted to them, and which should come into hHis treasury. They rob God in tithes and in offerings. They dissemble, and withhold from GodHim to their own hurt. They bring leanness and poverty upon themselves, and darkness upon the church, because of their covetousness, and intheir dissembling, inand their robbing God in tithes and in offerings. p. 2569, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 I saw that many souls will sink in darkness because of their covetousness. The plain, straight testimony must live in the church, or the curse of God will as surely rest upon his His people as surely as it did upon ancient Israel, because of their sins. God holds hHis people, as a body, responsible for the sins existing in individuals among them. If there is a neglectthe with the leaders of the church, neglect to diligently search out the sins which bring the displeasure of God as aupon the body, they become responsible for these sins. But this to deal with minds is the nicest work thatin which men ever engaged in, to deal with minds. I have been shown that aAll are not fitted to correct the erring. They have not wisdom to deal justly, while loving mercy. They willare not be inclined to see the necessity of mingling love and tender compassion with faithful reproof of wrongsreproofs. Some willare ever be needlessly severe, and will do not feel the necessity of the injunction of the apostle, : "And of some have compassion, making a difference;: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire." p. 269, Para. 2, [3T].


 There are many who do not have the discretion of Joshua, and who have no special duty to search out wrongs, and to deal promptly with the sins existing among them. Let not such hinder those who have the burden of this work upon them. L; let them not stand in the way of those who have this duty to do. Some make it a point to question, and doubt, and find fault, because others do the work that God has not laid upon them. These stand directly in the way to hinder those upon whom God has laid the burden of reproof,reproving and of correcting the sins that are prevailing, sins in order that hHis frown may be turned away from hHis people. Should a case like Achan's be among us, there are many who would accuse those who might act the part of Joshua in searching out the wrong, as of having a wicked, faultfinding, wicked spirit. God is not to be trifled with, and his His warnings disregarded with impunity by a perverse people. p. 2670, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 I was shown that the manner of Achan's confession was similar to the confessions that some among us have made, and will make, among us. They hide their wrongs and refuse to make a voluntary confession, until God searches them out, and then they acknowledge their sins. A few persons pass on in a course of wrong, until they become hardened. They may even know that the church is burdened, as Achan knew that Israel were made weak before their enemies because of his guilt. Yet their consciences do not condemn them. They will not relieve the church by humbling their proud, rebellious hearts before God, and putputting away their wrongs. God's displeasure is upon hHis people, and hHe will not manifest hHis power in their midst of them while sins are existingexist among them, and are fostered by those in responsible positions. p. 270, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 Those who work in the fear of God to rid the church of hindrances, and to correct grievous wrongs, that the people of God may see the necessity of abhorring sin, and thatmay they may prosper in purity, and that the name of God may be glorified, will ever meet with resisting influences from the unconsecrated. Zephaniah thus describes the true state of this class, and the terrible judgments that will come upon them.: p. 270, Para. 23, [23OT3T].


 "And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees;: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will hHe do evil." "The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord;: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord; and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver notr their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of hHis jealousy;: for hHe shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land." p. 271, Para. 31, [23OT].


 Confessions Made Too Late. p. 28, Para. 1, [23OT].


 When finally a crisis3T].


 CONFESSIONS MADE TOO LATE When a crisis finally comes, as it surely will, and God speaks in behalf of hHis people, those who have sinned, those who have been a cloud of darkness, and who have stood directly in the way of God's working for hHis people, may become alarmed at the length they have gone in murmuring and in bringing discouragement upon the cause; and, they will be like Achan, becoming terrified, and, like Achan,they may acknowledge that they have sinned. But their confessions will beare too late. They and are not of the right kind forto benefit themselves, although they may relieve the cause of God. Their confessions areSuch do not mademake their confessions because of a conviction of their true state, and a sense of how displeasing their course has been to God. God may give this class another test, another proving, and let them show that they are no morebetter prepared to stand free from all rebellion and sin than before their confessions were made. They are inclined to be ever be one the side of wrong. And when the call is made for those who will be on the Lord's side to make a decided move, to vindicate the right, they will manifest their true position. Those who have been nearly all their lives controlled by a spirit as foreign from to the Spirit of God as was Achan's, will, be very passive when the time comes for decided action fromon the part of all, be very passive. They will not claim to be on either side. The power of Satan has so long held them that they seem blinded, and have no inclination to stand in defense of right. If they are do not taking take a determined course on the wrong side, it is not because they have a clear sense of the right, but because they dare not. p. 2871, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 I have been shown that God will not be trifled with. It is in the time of conflict whenthat the true colors should be flung to the breeze. It is then that the standard-bearersstandard bearers need to be firm and let their true position be known. It is then that the skill of every true soldier for the right is tested; shirks. Shirkers can never wear the laurels of victory. Those who are true and loyal will not conceal the fact, but will put heart and might into the work, and venture their all in the struggle, let the battle turn as it will. God is a sin-hatingsin hating God. And those who will encourage the sinner, saying, It is well with thee, God will curse. p. 2972, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 Confessions of sin made at the right time to relieve the people of God will be accepted of hHim. But there are those among us who will make confessions, as did Achan, too late to save themselves. God may prove them and give them another trial, for the sake of hevidencing to His people to evidence to them that they will not endure one test, one proving of God. They are not in harmony with right. They despise the straight testimony that reaches the heart, and they would rejoice to see every oneeveryone silenced thatwho gives reproof. p. 2972, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 ELIJAH REPROVES AHAB The people of Israel had been gradually losinglost their fear and reverence for God, until hHis word through Joshua had no weight with them. "In his [Ahab's] days did Hiel the Beth-elite Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his first-born, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun." p. 30273, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 While Israel was apostatizing, Elijah was a true prophet of God. He remained a loyal and true toprophet of God. His faithful soul was greatly distressed as he saw that unbelief and infidelity were fast separating the children of Israel from God. Elijah, and he prayed that God would save hHis people. He entreated that the Lord would not wholly cast away hHis sinning people, but that He would by his judgments, if necessary, arouse them to repentance, and not permit them to go on to still greater lengths in sin, and thus provoke hHim to destroy them as a nation. p. 30273, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 The message of the Lord came to Elijah to go to Ahab, with the denunciations of hHis judgments, because of the sins of Israel. Elijah traveled day and night until he reached the palace of Ahab. He solicited no admission, and waited not to be formally announced. All unexpectedly to Ahab, Elijah stands before the astonished king of Samaria in the couarse garments usually worn by the prophets. He mademakes no apology for his abrupt appearance, without invitation. He raised; but, raising his hands to heaven, andhe solemnly affirmeds by the living God, who made the heavens and the earth, the judgments which would come upon Israel: "There shall not be neither dew nor rain these years, but according to my word." p. 30273, Para. 3, [23OT3T].


 This startling denunciation of God's judgments because of the sins of Israel fell like a thunderbolt upon the apostate king. He seemed to be paralyzed with amazement and terror; and before he could recover from his astonishment, Elijah, without waiting to see the effect of his message, leftdisappeared as suddenly as he came. His work was to speak the word of woe from God, and he instantly withdrew. His word had locked up the treasures of heaven, and his word was the only key which could open them again. p. 31273, Para. 14, [23OT3T].


 The Lord knew that there was no safety for hHis servant among the children of Israel. He would not trust him with apostate Israel;, but sent Elijahhim to find an asylum among a heathen nation. He directed him to a woman thatwho was a widow widow,and who was in such poverty that she could barely sustain life with the most meager fare. A heathen woman, living up to the best light she had, was in a more acceptable state with God than the widows of Israel, who had been blessed with especialspecial privileges, and great light, and who yet did not live according to the light which God had given them. As the Hebrews had rejected light, they were left in darkness., and God would not trust hHis servant among hHis people , who had provoked hHis divine anger. p. 31274, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Now there is an opportunity for apostate Ahab and pagan Jezebel to test the power of their gods, and to prove the word of Elijah false. Jezebel's prophets are numbered by hundreds. Against them all, stands Elijah, alone. His word has locked heaven. If Baal can give dew and rain, and cause vegetation to flourish,; if he can cause the brooks and streams of water to flow on as usual, independent of the treasures of heaven, in the showers of rain, then let the king of Israel worship him, and the people say that he is God. p. 32 274, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 Elijah was a man subject to like passions as ourselves. His mission to Ahab, and the terrible denunciation to him of the judgments of God, required courage and faith. On his way to Samaria, the perpetually flowing streams, the hills covered with verdure, the forests of stately, flourishing treess, everything--everything his eye rested upon, flourishing in beauty and glory,-- would naturally suggest unbelief. How can all these things in nature, now so flourishing, be burned with drought? How can these streams that water the land, and that have never been known to cease their flow, become dry? But Elijah did not cherish unbelief. He went forth on his mission at the peril of his life. He fully believed that God would humble hHis apostate people, and that through the visitation of hHis judgments He would bring them to humiliation and repentance. He ventured everything in the mission before him. p. 32274, Para. 23, [23OT3T].


 When Ahab recovers in a degree from his astonishment at the words of Elijah, the prophet wasis gone. He mademakes diligent inquiry for him, but no one hads seen him or couldcan give any information respecting him. Ahab informeds Jezebel of the word of woe that Elijah hads uttered in his presence, and her hatred against the prophet wasis expressed to the priests of Baal. They unite with her in denouncing and cursing the prophet of Jehovah. The news of the prophet's denunciations are spread all through throughout the land, arousing the fears of some and the wrath of many. p. 32275, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 After a few months, the earth, unrefreshed by dew or rain, becomes dry, and vegetation withers. The streams of water that have never been known to cease their flow, decrease, and the brooks of water dry up. Jezebel's prophets offer their sacrifices to their gods, and call upon them night and day to refresh the earth by dews and rain. But their incantations and deceptions formerly practiced by them to deceive the people do not answer the purpose now. The priests have done everything to appease the anger of their gods, and ; with a perseverance and zeal worthy of a better cause, have they lingered around their pagan altars, while the flames of sacrifice burn on all the high places, and the fearful cries and entreaties of the priests of Baal are heard night after night through doomed Samaria. But the clouds do not appear in the heavens to cut off the burning rays of the sun. The word of Elijah stands firm, and nothing that Baal's priests can do will change the word spoken by Elijahit. p. 33275, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 An entire year passes, and another has commenceds, and yet there is no rain. The earth is parched, as though a fire had passed over it. The flourishing fields becomeare as the scorching desert. The air becomes dry and suffocating, and the dust storm blinds the eyes, and nearly stops the breath. The groves of Baal are leafless, and the forest trees give no shade, but appear as skeletons. Hunger and thirst are telling upon man and beast with fearful mortality. p. 33, Para. 2, [23OT].


 The Impenitent People Unsubdued By Judgments. p. 34, Para. 1, [23OT275, Para. 3, [3T].


 All this evidence of God's justice and judgment does not awaken Israel to repentance. Jezebel is filled with insane madness. She will not bend nor yield to the God of Hheaven. Baal's prophets, Ahab, Jezebel, and nearly the whole of Israel, charged their calamity upon Elijah. Ahab hads sent to every kingdom and nation in search of Elijah, and hethe strange prophet and has required an oath of the kingdoms and nations of Israel, that they kneow nothing in regard to the strange prophet. him. Elijah had locked heaven with his word, and had taken the key with him, and he could not be found. p. 34276, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Jezebel then decided,decides that as she could notcannot make Elijah feel her murderous power, that she wouldwill be revenged by destroying the prophets of God in Israel. No one who professed to be a prophet of God shouldshall live. This determined, infuriated woman executeds her work of madness in by slaying the Lord's prophets. Baal's priests, and nearly all Israel, were are so far deluded that they thoughtthink that if the prophets of God were slain, the calamity under which they were are suffering would ceasebe averted. p. 34276, Para. 32, [23OT3T].


 But the second year passes, and the pitiless heavens give no rain. DrouthDrought and famine are doing their sad work, and yet the apostate Israelites do not humble their proud, sinful, proud hearts before God. B; but they murmur and complain against the prophet of God who has brought this dreadful state of things upon them. Fathers and mothers see their children perish, with no power to relieve them. And yet theythe people wereare in such terrible darkness that they could notcannot see that the justice of God wasis awakened against them because of their sins, and that this terrible calamity wasis sent in mercy to them, to save them formfrom fully denying and forsaking the God of their fathers. p. 34276, Para. 43, [23OT3T].


 It will cost Israel suffering and great affliction to be bring thembrought to that repentance that was necessary in order to recover their lost faith, and a clear sense of their responsibility to God. Their apostasy was more dreadful than drought or famine. Elijah waited, and prayed in faith through the long years of drought and famine, that the hearts of Israel, through their affliction, might be turned from their idolatry, to allegiance to God. NBut notwithstanding all their sufferings, they stood firm in their idolatry, and looked upon the prophet of God as the cause of their calamity. And if they could have had Elijah in their power they would have delivered him to Jezebel, that she might satisfy her revenge by taking his life. Because Elijah dared to utter the word of woe which God had bidden bade him, he had made himself the object of their hatred. They could not see God's hand in the judgments under which they were suffering because of their sins. They, but charged them to the man, Elijah. They abhorred not the sins which had brought them under the chastening rod, but hated the faithful prophet, God's instrument to denounce their sins and calamity. p. 276, Para. 4, [3T].


 "And it came to pass, after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show thyself unto Ahab,; and I will send rain upon the earth." p. 35, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Elijah hesitateds not to start on his perilous journey. HeFor three years he had been hated, and hunted from city to city by the mandate of the king, for three years, and the whole nation had ve given their oath that the prophet could nothe cannot be found. And now Elijah, by the word of God, he is to present himself before Ahab. Throughp. 277, Para. 1, [3T].


 During the apostasy of all Israel, and while his master is a worshiper of Baal, the governor of Ahab's house has proved faithful to God, while his master is a worshiper of Baal. He had, aAt the risk of his own life, he has preserved the prophets of God, by hiding them by fifties in a cave, and feeding them. While the servant of Ahab is searching throughout the kingdom for springs and brooks of water, Elijah presenteds himself before him. Obadiah reverenced the prophet of God, andbut as Elijah sends him with a message to the king, he is greatly terrified. He sees danger and death to himself and also to Elijah. He pleads earnestly that his life mightmay not be sacrificed; but Elijah assures Obadiahhim with an oath that he will see Ahab that day. The prophet will not go to Ahab but as one of God's messengers, to command respect, and he sends a message by Obadiah a message,: "Behold, Elijah is here." If Ahab wants to see Elijah, he now has now the opportunity to come to him. Elijah will not go to Ahab. p. 36277, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 The king heard the message wWith astonishment, mingled with terror, the king hears the message that Elijah, whom he feareds and hateds, wasis coming to meet him. He hads long sought for the prophet that he might destroy him, and he knewknows that Elijah would not expose his life to come to him, unless guarded, or with some terrible denunciation. He remembers the withered arm of Jeroboam, and he decides that it is not safe to lift up his hand against the messenger of God. And with fear and trembling, and with a large retinue, he hastens with an and an imposing display of armies, he hastens to meet Elijah. And as he meets face to face the man whom he has so long sought for, face to face, he dares not harm him. The king, so passionate, and so filled with hatred against Elijah, seemed s to be powerless and unmanned in his presence. As he met meets the prophet, he could not cannot refrain from speaking the language of his heart,: "Art thou he that troubleth Israel?" Elijah, indignant, and jealous for the honor and glory of God, answereds the charge of Ahab with boldness,: "I have not troubled Israel,; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord." p. 36278, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Elijah Firmly Reproves Tthe People. p. 37, Para. 1, [23OT].


 The--The prophet, as God's messenger, had reproved their sins of the people, denouncing upon them the judgments of God, because of their wickedness. Elijah And now, standing alone in conscious innocence, firm in his integrity, surrounded by the train of armed men, Elijah shows no timidity, neither does he show the least reverence to the king. The man whom God has talked with, and who has a clear sense of how God regards man in his sinful depravity, has no apology to make to Ahab, nor homage to give him. Elijah, aAs God's messenger, Elijah now commanded,s and Ahab obeyed at once the command,obeys as though Elijah was were monarch, and he the subject. p. 37278, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 THE SACRIFICE ON MOUNT CARMEL Elijah demands a convocation at Carmel of all Israel at Carmel, and also of all the prophets of Baal. The awful solemnity in the looks of the prophet gives him the appearance of one standing in the presence of the Lord God of Israel. The condition of Israel in their apostasy demandeds a firm demeanor, stern speech, and commanding authority. God prepares the message to fit the time and occasion. Sometimes GodHe puts hHis Spirit upon hHis messengers to sound an alarm day and night, as did hHis messenger John,: "Prepare ye the way of the Lord." Then, again, men of action are needed, who will not be swerved from duty, but whose energy will arouse, and demand, "wWho will beis on the Lord's side,?" let him come over with us. God will have a fitting message to meet hHis people in their variousvaried conditions. p. 37279, Para. 3 1, [23OT3T].


 Swift messengers are sent throughout the kingdom with the message from Elijah. Representatives are sent from cities, towns, villages, cities, and families. All seem in haste to answer the call, as though some wonderful miracle wasis to be performed. Ahab, accordingAccording to Elijah's command, Ahab gathers the prophets of Baal at Carmel. The heart of Israel's apostate leader is overawed, and he tremblingly follows the direction of the stern prophet of God. p. 38279, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 The assembly waspeople assemble upon Mount Carmel, a place of beauty when the dew and rain fall upon it, causing it to flourish. But ; but now theits beauty of Carmel has languishedis languishing under the curse of God. Upon Mthis mount Carmel, which was the excellency of groves and of flowers, Baal's prophets had erected their altars for their pagan worship. This mountain was conspicuous, and ; it overlooked the surrounding countries and was in sight of a large portion of the kingdom. As upon Mount Carmel God had been signally dishonored by the idolatrous worship carried on here, Elijah chose this as the place most conspicuous place for the display of God's power and to vindicate hHis honor. It was in sight of a large portion of the kingdomp. 279, Para. 3, [3T].


 Jezebel's prophets, eight hundred and fifty in number, like a regiment of soldiers prepared for battle, march out in a body with instrumental music, and imposing display. But there wasis trembling in their hearts as they considered that, at the word of this prophet of Jehovah, the land of Israel had s been destitute of dew and rain three years. They felt feel that some fearful crisis wasis at hand. They had trusted in their gods, but could not unsay the words of Elijah, and prove him false. But tTheir gods were indifferent to their frantic cries, prayers, and sacrifices. p. 38279, Para. 24, [23OT3T].


 Elijah, early in the morning, stands upon Mount Carmel, surrounded by apostate Israel and the prophets of Baal. HeA stands undaunted, he, a lone man, in that vast multitude. The man , he stands undaunted. He whom the whole kingdom has charged with its weight of woe is before them, unterrified, and unattended by visible armies and imposing display. He stands, clad within his coarse garment, with awful solemnity in his countenance, as though fully aware of his sacred commission, as the servant of God, to execute hHis commands. Elijah fasteneds his eyes upon the highest ridge of mountains, where had once stood the altar of Jehovah, when the mountain was covered with flourishing trees and flowers. The blight of God wasis now upon it, and; all the desolation of Israel wasis in full view of the neglected and torn-down, torn down altar of Jehovah, and in sight wereare the altars of Baal. Ahab stands at the head of the priests of Baal, and all wait in anxious, fearful expectation for the words of Elijah. p. 39280, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 In the full light of the sun, surrounded by thousands, -- men of war, the prophets of Baal, and the monarch of Israel,-- stands the defenseless man, Elijah, apparently alone, yet not alone. The most powerful host of Hheaven surrounds him. Angels thatwho excel in strength have come from Hheaven to shield the faithful and righteous prophet. p. 40, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Elijah, wWith stern and commanding voice, Elijah cries out,: "How long halt ye between two opinions? Iif the Lord be God, follow hHim;: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." Not one in that vast assembly dared utter one word for God, and show theirhis loyalty to Jehovah. p. 40280, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 What astonishing deception and fearful blindness had, like a dark cloud, covered Israel.! This blindness and apostasy had not closed about them suddenly, but; it had come upon them gradually, as they had not heeded the word of reproof and warning which the Lord had sent to them because of their pride and their sins. TheyAnd now, in this fearful crisis, in the presence of the idolatrous priests and the apostate king, they remained neutral. If God abhors one sin above another, of which hHis people are guilty, it is doing nothing in a case of an emergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime, and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God. p. 40280, Para. 3, [23OT3T].


 False Teachers Exposed. p. 40, Para. 4, [23OT].


 All--All Israel is silent. Again the voice of Elijah is heard addressing them: "I, "even I only am, remain a prophet of the Lord, whilst ; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under;: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under; and call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord;: and the God that answereth by fire, let him Him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. aAnd Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made." p. 40281, Para. 51, [23OT3T].


 The proposition of Elijah is reasonable. The people dare not evade it, and they find courage to answer, ": The word is good." The prophets of Baal dare not dissent or evade the matter. God has directed this trial, and has prepared confusion for the authors of idolatry, and a signal triumph for hHis name. The priests of Baal dare not do otherwise than accept the conditions. With terror and guiltiness in their hearts, butwhile outwardly bold and defiant, they rear their altar, lay on the wood and the victim, and then begin their incantations, their chanting and bawling, characteristics of pagan worship. Their shrill cries re-echo through forests and mountains,: "O Baal, hear us." The priests gather in an army about their altars, and with leaping, and writhing, and screaming, and stamping, and with unnatural gestures, and writhing and screaming, and stamping, and tearing their hair, and cutting themselves their flesh, they manifest apparent sincerity. p. 41 281, Para. 1 2, [23OT3T].


 But tThe morning is gone,passes and noon has comes, and yet there has been is no move of their gods in pity to Baal's priests, the deluded worshipers of idols. No voice answers their frantic cries. The priests are continually devising how, by deception, they can kindle thea fire upon the altars, and give the glory to Baal. But the firm eye of Elijah watches every motion. Eight hundred voices become hoarse. Their garments are covered with blood, and yet their frantic excitement does not abate. Their pleadings are mingled with cursings to their sun-godsun god that he does not send fire for their altars. Elijah stands by, watching with eagle eye lest any deception should be practiced; for he knewknows that if they could, by any device, they could kindle their altar-firealtar fire, he would be torn in pieces upon the spot. He wishes to show the people the folly of their doubts,doubting and their halting between two opinions, when they have the wonderful works of God's majestic power in their behalf, and innumerable evidences of his His infinite mercies and loving-kindnessloving kindness toward them. p. 282, Para. 1, [3T].


 "And it came to pass, at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud;: for he is a god:; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner, with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. And it came to pass , when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded." p. 42282, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 How gladly would Satan, who fell like lightning from Hheaven, come to the help of those whom he hads deceived, and whose minds he hads controlled, and who wereare fully devoted to his service. Gladly would he have sentd the lightning and kindled their sacrifices; but Jehovah hads set Satan's bounds. He hads restrained his power, and all his devices could not cannot convey one spark to Baal's altars. Evening draws on. The prophets of Baal are weariedweary, faint, and confused. One suggests one thing, and one, another, until they cease their efforts. Their shrieks and curses no longer resound over Mount Carmel. With weakness and despair, they retire from the contest. p. 43282, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 The people have witnessed the terrible demonstrations of the unreasonable, frantic priests. They have witnessed beheld their leaping upon the altar, as though they would grasp the burning rays from the sun to serve their altars. They have become tired of the exhibitions of demonism, of pagan idolatry; and they feel earnest and anxious to hear what Elijah will speak. p. 43283, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Elijah's turn has now come. "And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name;: and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord;: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah, the prophet, came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that tThou art God in Israel, and that I am tThy servant, and that I have done all these things at tThy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that tThou art the Lord God, and that tThou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces;: and they said, The Lord, hHe is the God; the Lord, hHe is the God." p. 43283, Para. 32, [23OT3T].


 Elijah, at the hour of evening sacrifice, repairs the altar of God which the apostasy of Israel has allowed the priests of Baal to tear down. He does not call upon one of the people to aid him in his laborious work. The altars of Baal are all prepared; but Elijahhe turns to the broken-down altar of God, which is more sacred and precious to him in its unsightly ruins than all the magnificent altars of Baal. p. 44284, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 Elijah respecteds the Lord's covenant with hHis people, although they hadve apostatized. With calmness and solemnity, he repaireds the broken-down altar with twelve stones, according to the number of the twelve tribes of Israel. The disappointed priests of Baal, wearied with their vain, frenzied efforts, wereare sitting or lying prostrate on the ground, waiting to see what Elijah wouldwill do. They wereare filled with fear and hatred toward the prophet for proposing the a test which hads exposed their weakness and the inefficiency of their gods. p. 44284, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 The people of Israel stand spell-bound, pale, anxious, and almost breathless with awe, while Elijah calls upon Jehovah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. The people have witnessed the fanatical, unreasonable frenzy of the prophets of Baal. NowIn contrast they are now privileged to witness the calm and awe-inspiring, awe inspiring deportment of Elijah, in contrast. He remindeds the people of their degeneracy, which hads awakened the wrath of God against them, and then calls upon them to humble their hearts, and turn to the God of their fathers, that hHis curse may be removed from them. Ahab and his idolatrous priests are looking on with amazement mingled with terror. They await the result with anxious, solemn silence. p. 45284, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 After the victim wasis laid upon the altar, he commandeds the people to flood with water the sacrifice, and the altar with water, and to fill the trench round about the altar. ElijahHe then reverentially bows before the unseen God, raises his hands toward Hheaven, and offers a calm and simple prayer, unattended with violent gestures, or contortions of the body. No shrieks resound over Carmel's height. A solemn silence, which is oppressive to the priests of Baal, rests upon them all. In his prayer, Elijah makes use of no extravagant expressions. He prays to Jehovah as though hHe was were nigh, witnessing the whole scene, and hearing his sincere, fervent, yet simple prayer. Baal's priests had ve screamed, and foamed, and leaped, and prayed, very long-- from morning until near evening. Elijah's prayer wasis very short, earnest, reverential, and sincere. No sooner had his is that prayer been uttered, than flames of fire descend, from heaven in a distinct manner, from Heaven like a brilliant flash of lightning, kindling the wood for sacrifice, and consuming the victim, licking up the water in the trench, and consuming even the stones of the altar. The brilliancy of the blaze illumes the blazemountain and is painful to the eyes of the multitude and. illumes the mountain. The people of the kingdom of Israel, not gathered upon the mount, are watching with interest the gathering of the people upon the mountthose there assembled. As the fire descends, they witness it, and are amazed at the sight. It resembles the pillar of fire at the Red Sea, which by night separated the children of Israel from the Egyptian host. p. 45284, Para. 24, [23OT3T].


 The people upon the mountain prostrate themselves in terror and awe before the unseen God. They cannot look upon the bright, consuming fire sent from Hheaven. They fear that they will be consumed in their apostasy and sins. They, and cry out with one voice, which resounds over the mountain, and echoes to the plains below them with terrible distinctness, : "The Lord, hHe is the God; the Lord, hHe is the God." Israel is at last aroused and undeceived. They see their sin, and how greatly they have dishonored God. Their anger is aroused against the prophets of Baal. With fearful terror, Ahab and Baal's priests witnessed the wonderful exhibition of Jehovah's power. Again is heard, in startling words of command, the voice of Elijah is heard in startling words of command to the people,: "Take the prophets of Baal, ; let not one of them escape." And tThe people wereare ready to obey the his word of Elijah. They seized the false prophets who hadve deluded them, and broughtbring them to the brook Kishon, and there Elijah, with his own hand, slew Elijah slays these idolatrous priests. p. 46 285, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 The judgments of God havehaving been executed upon the false priests;, the people havehaving confessed their sins, and have acknowledged their father'sfathers' God; and now, the withering curse of God is now to be withdrawn, and hHe willis to renew His blessings unto His people and again refresh the earth with dew and rain, renewing his blessings unto his people. p. 47286, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 Elijah addresseds Ahab,: "Get thee up, eat and drink,; for there is a sound of abundance of rain." While Ahab went up to feast, Elijah went up from the fearful sacrifice, to the top of Mount Carmel to pray. His work of slaying the pagan priests didhad not unfitunfitted him for the solemn exercise of prayer. He had performed the will of God. After he had, as God's instrument, done what he could to remove the cause of Israel's apostasy, in by slaying the idolatrous priests, he could do no more. He then intercedes in behalf of sinning, apostate Israel. In the most painful position, he bowed with his face bowed between his knees, andhe most earnestly supplicateds God to send rain. Six times successivelyin succession he sentds his servant to see if there wasis any visible token that God hads heard his prayer. He woulddoes not become impatient and faithless because the Lord diddoes not immediately give the token that his prayer wasis heard. He continueds in earnest prayer, sending his servant seven times, to see if God had s granted any signal. His servant returneds the sixth time from his outlook toward the sea, with the discouraging report that there was is no sign of clouds forming in the brassy heavens. The seventh time, he informeds Elijah that there wasis a small cloud to be seen, about the size of a man's hand. This wasis enough to satisfy the faith of Elijah. He diddoes not wait for the heavens to gather blackness, to make the matter sure. In that small, rising cloud, his faith hears the sound of abundance of rain. Elijah'sHis works are in accordance with his faith. He sends a message to Ahab by his servant,: "Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not." p. 47286, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Elijah's Humility. p. 48, Para. 1, [23OT].


ELIJAH’S HUMILITY Here Elijah ventured something upon his faith. He did not wait for sight. "And it came to pass, in the meanwhile, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel." p. 287, 48, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Elijah had passed through great excitement and labor during the day; but the Spirit of the Lord came upon him because he had been obedient, and had done hHis will in executing the idolatrous priests. Some wouldwill be ready to say,: What a hard, cruel man Elijah must have been! And any one anyone who shall defends the honor of God at any risk, will bring censure and condemnation upon himself from a large class. p. 287, Para. 2, [3T].


 The rain began to descend. It was night, and the blinding rain prevented Ahab from seeing his course. Elijah, nerved by the Spirit and power of God, girded his coarse garment about him, and ran before the chariot of Ahab, guiding his course to the entrance of the city. The prophet of God had humiliated Ahab before his people. He had slain his idolatrous priests, and now he wished to show to Israel that he acknowledgesd Ahab as his king. As an act of special homage, he guided his chariot, running before it to the entrance of the gate of the city. p. 48287, Para. 3, [23OT3T].


 Here is a lesson for young men who profess to be servants of God, bearing hHis message, who are exalted in their own estimation. There isThey can trace nothing remarkable they can trace inin their their experience, as could Elijah, yet they feel above performing duties which appear to them appear menial. They will not come down from their ministerial dignity to do needful service, fearing that they arewill be doing the work of a servant. All such should learn from the example of Elijah. His word locked the treasures of heaven, the dew and rain, from the earth, three years. His word alone was the key to unlock heaven, and bring showers of rain. He was honored of God as he offered his simple prayer in the presence of the king and the thousands of Israel, and, in answer, to which fire flashes d from heaven, and kindlesd the fire upon the altar of sacrifice. His hand executed the judgment of God in slaying eight hundred and fifty priests of Baal; and yet, after the exhausting toil of the day, he who could bring down fire from heaven, and bring the clouds and the rain, after a day ofand most signal triumph of the day, he who could bring clouds and rain and fire from heaven was willing to perform the service of a menial, and run before the chariot of Ahab in the darkness, and in the wind, and rain, to serve the sovereign whom he had not feared to rebuke to his face because of his sins and crimes and sins. The king passed within the gates. Elijah wrapt wrapped himself in his mantle, and lay upon the bare earth. p. 49, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Elijah In Despondency. p. 50287, Para. 14, [23OT3T].


 ELIJAH IN DESPONDENCY After Elijah had shown such undaunted courage in a contest between life and death, after he had triumphed over the king, the priests, and the people, we would naturally suppose that he would never give way to despondency, or be awed into timidity. p. 50288, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 After his first appearance to Ahab, denouncing upon him the judgments of God because of his and Israel's apostasy, God directed his course from Jezebel's power to a place of safety in the mountains, by the brook Cherith. There He honored Elijah by sending food to him morning and evening, by an angel of Hheaven. Then, as the brook became dry, hHe sent him to the widow of Searepta, and wrought a miracle daily, to keep the widow's family and Elijah in food. After he had been blessed with evidences of such love and care from God, we would suppose that Elijah would never distrust God Him. But the apostle tells us that he was a man of like passions as we, and subject, as we are, to temptations. p. 50 288, Para. 3, [23OT2, [3T].


 Ahab related to Jezebelhis wife the wonderful events of the day, and the wonderfulmarvelous exhibitions of the power of God. showing that Jehovah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, was God, and; also that Elijah had slain the prophets of Baal. TAt this woman, Jezebel, who was hardened in sin, and she became infuriated. Jezebel, bBold, defiant, and determined in her idolatry, she declared to Ahab that Elijah should not live. p. 50288, Para. 3, 4, [23OT3T].


 That night a messenger aroused the weary prophet, and delivered the word of Jezebel, given in the name of her pagan gods, that she would, in the presence of Israel, do to Elijah as he had done to the priests of Baal. Elijah should have met this threat and oath of Jezebel with an appeal for protection to the God of Hheaven, who had commissioned him to do the work he had done. He should have told the messenger that the God in whom he trusted would be his protector against the hatred and threats of Jezebel. But the faith and courage of Elijah seem to forsake him. He starts up from his slumbers bewildered. The rain is pouring from the heavens, and darkness is on every side. He loses sight of God. He and flees for his life as though the avenger of blood waswere close behind him. He leaves his servant behind him, on the way, and in the morning, he is far from the habitations of men, upon a dreary desert, alone. p. 51, 289, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 "And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree;: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and hHe said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?" p. 51289, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Elijah should have trusted in God, who had warned him when to flee, and where to find an asylum from the hatred of Jezebel, secure from the diligent search of Ahab. The Lord had not warned him, at this time, to flee. He had not waited for the Lord to speak to him. He moved rashly. God would have shielded his servant, and would have given him another signal victory in Israel, in sending his judgments upon Jezebel, hHad he waited with faith and patience, God would have shielded His servant and would have given him another signal victory in Israel by sending His judgments upon Jezebel. p. 290, 52, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 Weary and prostrate, Elijah satsits down to rest. He wasis discouraged, and feltfeels like murmuring. He said,ys. "Now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers." He feels that life is no more desirable. He expected, after the signal display of God's power in the presence of Israel, that they would be true and faithful to God. He expected that Jezebel would no longer have influence over the mind of Ahab, and that there would be a general revolution in the kingdom of Israel. WAnd when the threatening message which has come from Jezebel is was delivered to him, he forgets forgot that God iswas the same allpowerful all-powerful and pitiful God that hHe was when he prayed to hHim for fire from heaven, and it came, and for rain, and it came. God had granted every request; yet Elijah is a fugitive, far from the homes of men, and wishinghe wishes never to look upon man again. p. 52290, Para. 2, [23OT].


 God Does Not Forsake His Desponding Servant. p. 53, Para. 1, [23OT Para. 2, [3T].


 How did God look upon hHis suffering servant? Did hHe forsake him because of despondency and despair had seized him? Oh, no. Elijah was prostrated with discouragement. All day had he toiled without food. When he guided the chariot of Ahab, running before it to the gate of the city, he was strong of courage. He had high hopes ofthat Israel, that, as a nation, they would return to their allegiance to God, and again be re-instated in hHis favor. But the reaction which frequently follows elevation of faith, and marked and glorious success, was pressing upon Elijah. He was exalted to Pisgah's top, to be humiliated into the lowliest valley in faith and feeling. But God's eye iswas still upon hHis servant. He loves d him no less whilewhen he is feelingfelt broken-hearted and forsaken of God and man, than when, in answer to his prayer, the fire flashed from heaven, illuminating Carmel. p. 53290, Para. 23, [23OT3T].


 Those who have not borne weighty responsibilities, or who have not been accustomed to feel very deeply, cannot understand the feelings of Elijah, and beare not prepared to give him the tender sympathy he deserves. God knows, and can read, the heart's sore anguish under temptation and sore conflict. p. 291, Para. 1, [3T].


 As Elijah sleptsleeps under the juniper tree, a soft touch and pleasant voice aroused him. He starts at once in his terror, as if to flee, as though histhe enemy, who was in pursuit of his life, had indeed found him. But in the pitying face of love bent uponbending over him, he sees, not the face of an enemy, but of a friend. An angel of God has been sent with food from heaven to sustain the faithful servant of God. His voice says to Elijah,: "Arise and eat." After Elijah had partaken of the refreshment prepared for him, he again slumbered. A The second time the angel of God ministers to the wants of Elijah. He touches the weary, exhausted, weary man, and in pitying tenderness says to him,: "Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee." Elijah was strengthened, and pursued his journey to Horeb. He was in a wilderness. HAt night he lodged in a cave for protection at night from the wild beasts. p. 53 291, Para. 32, [23OT3T].


 Here God, through one of His angels, met with Elijah through one of his angels, and inquired of him,: "What doest thou here, Elijah?" I sent you thee to the brook Cherith, I sent theeyou to the widow of Sarepta, I sent theeyou to Samaria with a message to Ahab, but who sent you this long journey into the wilderness? And what errand have you here? Elijah mourns out histhe bitterness of his soul to the Lord.: "And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts;: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy Thy covenant, thrown down tThine altars, and slain thy Thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind and earthquake wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts; : because the children of Israel have forsaken tThy covenant, thrown down tThine altars, and slain tThy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." p. 54291, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 Then the Lord manifests hHimself to Elijah, showing him that quiet trust, and firm reliance upon him,God will ever find him Him a present help in time of need. p. 55292, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 I have been shown that my husband has erred in giving way to despondency, and distrustingdistrust of God. Time and again has God revealed hHimself to him by remarkable evidences of hHis care, love, and power. But when he has seen that his interest and jealousy for God and hHis cause have not been understood or appreciated, he has at times given way to discouragement and to despair. God has given my husband and myselfme a special and important work to do in hHis cause, to reprove and counsel hHis people. When we see our reproofs slighted, and are repaid with hatred instead of sympathy, then we have frequently let go our faith and trust in the God of Israel; and, like Elijah, we have yielded to despondency and despair. Here has been the great error in the life of my husband--his becoming discouraged because his brethren have brought trials upon him trials, instead of helping him. And when his brethren see, in the sadness and despondency of my husband, the effect of their unbelief and lack of sympathy, some are prepared to triumph over him, and take advantage of his discouraged state, as ifnd feel that, after all, God cannot be with Bro.Brother White or he would not manifest weakness in this direction. I refer such to the work of Elijah, and to his despondency and discouragements. Elijah, although a prophet of God, was a man subject to like passions as we are. We have the frailties of mortal feelings to contend with. But if we trust in God, hHe will never leave nor forsake us. WUnder all circumstances we may have firm trust in God, under all circumstances, that hHe will never leave nor forsake us while we preserve our integrity. p. 55292, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 My husband may take courage in his affliction, that he has a pitying Hheavenly Father who reads the motives and understands the purposes of the soul. Those who stand in the front of the conflict, and who are reined up by the Spirit of God to do a special work for hHim, will frequently feel the a reaction, when the pressure is removed, and despondency may sometimes press them hard, and shake the most heroic faith, and weaken the most steadfast minds. God understands all our weaknesses. He can pity and love when the hearts of men may be as hard as flint. To wait patiently and trust in God when everything looks dark, is the lesson that my husband must learn more fully. God will not fail him in his integrity. p. 56293, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 Moses and Aaron. p. 57, Para. 1, [23OT].


MOSES AND AARON Upon Mount Hor Aaron died and was buried. Moses, Aaron's brother, and Eleazar, his son, accompanied him to the mount. The painful duty was laid upon Moses to remove from his brother Aaron the sacerdotal robes and place them upon Eleazar, for God had said that he should succeed Aaron in the priesthood. Moses and Eleazar witnessed the death of Aaron;, and Moses buried him in the mount. This scene upon Mount Hor carries our minds back and connects it withto some of the most striking events in the life of Aaron. p. 57293, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Aaron was a man of amiable disposition, whom God selected to stand with Moses and speak for him; in short, to be mouthpiece for Moses. God might have chosen Aaron as leader; but hHe who is acquainted with hearts, who understands character, knew that Aaron was yielding, and lacked moral courage to stand in defense of the right under all circumstances, irrespective of consequences. Aaron's desire to have the good will of the people sometimes led him to commit great wrongs. He too frequently yielded to their entreaties, and in so doing dishonored God. The same wantlack of standing firmly firmness for the right in his family resulted in the death of two of his sons. Aaron was eminent for piety and usefulness, but he neglected to discipline his family. Rather than perform the task of requiring respect and reverence of his sons, he allowed them to follow their inclinations. He did not discipline them in self-denial, but yielded to their wishes. They were not disciplined to respect and reverence parental authority. The father was the proper ruler of his own family as long as he lived. His authority was not to cease, even after his children were grown up and had families of their own. God himself Himself was the monarch of the nation, and from the people he He claimed obedience and honor. p. 57293, Para. 3, [23OT3T].


 The order and prosperity of the kingdom depended upon the good order of the church. And the prosperity, harmony, and order of the church were dependentd upon the good order and thorough discipline of families. God punishes the unfaithfulness of parents, to whom hHe has intrustedentrusted the duty to maintainduty of maintaining the principles of parental government, which lie at the foundation of church discipline, and the prosperity of the nation. One undisciplined child has frequently marred the peace and harmony of a church, and incited a nation to murmuring and rebellion,. In a nation. Godmost solemn manner the Lord has enjoined upon children, in a most solemn manner, their duty to affectionately respect and honor their parents. GodAnd required of parents, on the other hand, He requires parents to train up their children, and with unceasing diligence to educate them with regard to the claims of hHis law, and to instruct them in the knowledge and fear of God. These injunctions which God laid upon the Jews with so much solemnity upon the Jews, rests with equal weight upon Christian parents. Those who neglect the light and instruction which God has given of God in hHis word, in regard to training their children and commanding their households after them, will have a fearful account to settle. Aaron's criminal neglect to command the respect and reverence of his sons resulted in their death. p. 58294, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 God distinguished Aaron inby choosing him and his male posterity for the priesthood. His sons ministered in the sacred office. Nadab and Abihu failed to reverence the command of God, to offer sacred fire upon their censers with the incense before hHim. God had forbidden them to use, upon pain of death, to present the common fire to present before hHim with the incense, upon pain of death. p. 59295, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 HBut here wasis seen the result of loose discipline. As Aaron'sthese sons of Aaron had not been educated to respect and reverence the commands of their father, as they disregarded parental authority, they did not realize the necessity of explicitly following the requirements of God. When indulging their appetite for wine, and while under its exciting stimulus, their reason was beclouded. Tclouded, and they could not discern the difference between the sacred and the common. Contrary to God's express direction, they dishonored hHim by offering common fire instead of sacred fire. God visited them with hHis wrath-- ; fire went forth from hHis presence and destroyed them. p. 59 295, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Aaron bore his severe affliction with patience and humble submission. Sorrow and keen agony wrung his soul. He was convicted of his neglect of duty. He was priest of the Mmost Hhigh God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. He was priest of his household, yet he had been inclined to pass over the folly of his children. He had neglected his duty to train and educate his childrenthem to obedience, self-denial, and reverence for parental authority. Through feelings of misplaced indulgence, he failed to mold the ir characters of his children with high reverence for eternal things. Aaron did not see, any more than many Christian parents now see, that his misplaced love and the indulgence of his children in wrong, was preparing them for the certain displeasure of God, and for hHis wrath to break forth upon them to their destruction. p. 59, Para. 3, [23OT].


 While Aaron neglected to exercise his authority, the justice of God awakened against them. Aaron had to learn that his gentle remonstrance, without exercising, with firmness,a firm exercise of parental restraint, and his imprudent tenderness toward his sons, were cruelty in the extreme. God took the work of justice into hHis own hands, and destroyed the sons of Aaron. p. 60295, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 When God called for Moses to come up into the mountainmount, it was six days before he was received into the cloud, to into the immediate presence of God. The top of the mountain was all aglow with the glory of God. And yet even while the children of Israel had this glory in their very sight the glory of God upon the, mount, unbelief was so natural to them, because Moses was absent, that they began to murmur with discontent because Moses was absent. While the glory of God signified hHis sacred presence upon the mountain, and their leader was in close converse with God, they should have been sanctifying themselves to God by close searching of heart, humiliation, and godly fear. God had left Aaron and Hur to take the place of Moses. TIn his absence the people were to consult and advise with these men of God's appointment in the absence of Moses. p. 60296, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Here Aaron's deficiency as a leader or governor of Israel wasis seen. The people beset him to make them gods to go before them into Egypt. Here was an opportunity for Aaron to show his faith and unwavering confidence in God, and in with firmness, and with decision, to meet the proposition of the people. But thehis natural love of Aarondesire to please, and to yield to the people, led him to sacrifice the honor of God. He requested them to bring their ornaments to him, and he wrought out for them a golden calf, and proclaimed before the people,: "These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." And to this senseless god, Aaron he made an altar, and proclaimed on the morrow a feast to the Lord. All restraint seemed to be removed from the people. They offered burnt offerings to the golden calf, and a spirit of levity took possession of them. They indulged in shameful rioting and drunkenness; they ate, they drank, and rose up to play. They indulged in shameful rioting and drunkenness. p. 61296, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 A few weeks only had passed since they had made a solemn covenant with God to obey hHis voice. They had listened to the words of God's law;, spoken in awful grandeur from Sinai's mount, amid thunderings and lightnings and earthquakes. They had heard the declaration from the lips of God hHimself,: "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before mMe. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in Hheaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them;: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate mMe; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love mMe, and keep mMy commandments." p. 61296, Para. 23, [23OT3T].


 Aaron and also his sons had been exalted, also his sons, in by being called into the mount, to there witness the glory of God. "And they saw the God of Israel;: and there was under hHis feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in itsHis clearness." p. 62297, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 God had appointed Nadab and Abihu to a most sacred work, therefore hHe honored them in a most wonderful manner. GodHe gave them a view of hHis excellent glory, that the scenes they should witness in the mount would abide uponwith them, and the better qualify them to minister in hHis service, and render to hHim that exalted honor and reverence before the people which would give them clearer conceptions of hHis character, and awaken in them due obedience and reverence for all hHis requirements. p. 62297, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Moses, bBefore heMoses left his people for the mount, he read to them the words of the covenant that God had made with them, and they with one voice answered,: "All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient." How great must have been the sin of Aaron, how aggravatingaggravated in the sight of God! p. 62, 297, Para. 3, [23OT3T].


 While Moses was receiving the law of God in the mount, the Lord informed him of the sin of rebellious Israel, and requested him to let them go, that hHe might destroy them. But Moses pleaded before God for the people. Although Moses was the meekest man that lived, yet when the interests of the people over whom God had appointed him as leader were at stake, he losest his natural timidity, and with singular persistency and wonderful boldness, pleadsed with God for Israel. He willwould not consent that God shallshould destroy hHis people, although God promised that in their destruction hHe would exalt Moses, and raise up a better people than Israel. p. 297, Para. 4, [3T].


 Moses prevailed. God granted his earnest petition not to blot out hHis people. Moses took the tables of the covenant, the law of tTen cCommandments, and descended from the mount. The boisterous, drunken revelry of the children of Israel reached his ears long before he came to the camp of Israel. When he saw their idolatry, and that they had broken in a most marked manner the words of the covenant, he became overwhelmed with grief and indignation at their base idolatry. Confusion and shame on their account took possession of him, and he there threw down the tables and broke them. As they had broken their covenant with God, Moses, in breaking the tables, signified to them that so also, God had broken hHis covenant with them. The tables, whereupon was written the law of God, were broken. p. 63298, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 Aaron, with his amiable disposition, so very mild and pleasing, sought to conciliate Moses, as though no very great sin had been committed by the people, over which he should feel thus deeply. Moses asked in anger,: "What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?" "And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot;: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us;: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what hasis become of him. And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let himthem break it off. So they gave it me;: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf." p. 63, Para. 2, [23OT].


 Aaron would have Moses think that some wonderful miracle had transformed their golden ornaments into the shape of a calf. He did not relate to Moses that he had, with other workmen, had wrought out this image. p. 64298, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 Aaron had thought that Moses had been too unyielding to the wishes of the people. AndHe thought that if heMoses had been less firm, less decided at times;, and that if he had made a compromise with them, the people and gratified their wishes, he would have had less trouble, and there would have been more peace and harmony in the camp of Israel. He, therefore, had been trying this new policy. He carried out his natural temperament of by yielding to the wishes of the people, to save dissatisfaction and preserve their good will, and thereby prevent a rebellion, which he thought would certainly come if he withstooddid not yield to their wishes. But had Aaron stood unwaveringly for God,; had he met the intimation of the people for him to make them gods to go before them to Egypt, with the just indignation and horror that their proposition deserved; had he cited them to the terrors of Sinai, where God had spoken hHis law in such glory and majesty; had he reminded them of their solemn covenant with God to obey all hthat He should command them; had he told them that he would not, at the sacrifice of his life, yield to their entreaties, he would have had influence with the people to prevent a terrible apostasy. But when his, in the absence of Moses, his influence was required to be used in the right direction, in the absence of Moses, when he should have stood as firm and unyielding as did Moses, to prevent themthe people from pursuing a course of sin, his influence was exerted on the wrong side. He was powerless to make his influence felt in vindication of God's honor in keeping hHis holy law. But on the wrong side he had swayed a powerful influence. He directed, and the people obeyed. p. 298, Para. 3, [3T].


 When Aaron took the first step in the wrong direction, the spirit which had actuated the people imbued him, and he took the lead, and directed as a general, and the people were singularly obedient. Here Aaron gave decided sanction to the most aggravatingaggravated sins, because it was attended with less difficulty than to stand in vindication of the right. When he swerved from his integrity in giving sanction to the people in their sins, he seemed inspired with a decision, earnestness, and zeal, new to him. His timidity seemed suddenly to disappear. He disappear. With a zeal that he had never manifested in standing in defense of the honor of God against wrong he seized the instruments to work out the gold into the image of a calf with a zeal he had never manifested in standing in defense of the honor of God against wrong. He ordered an altar to be built, and, with assurance worthy of a better cause, he proclaimed to the people that on the morrow there would be a feast to the Lord. The trumpeters took the word from the mouth of Aaron and sounded the proclamation from company to company of the armies of Israel. p. 64299, Para. 2 1, [23OT3T].


 Aaron's calm assurance in a wrong course gave him greater influence with the people than Moses could have had in leading them in a right course, and in subduing their rebellion. What terrible spiritual blindness had come upon Aaron that he should put light for darkness, and darkness for light! What presumption in him to proclaim a feast to the Lord over their idolatryidolatrous worship of a golden image! Here is seen the power that Satan has over minds that are not fully controlled by the Spirit of God. Satan had set up his banner in the midst of Israel, and it was exalted as the banner of God. p. 66300, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 "These," said Aaron (without hesitation or shame), "be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." Aaron influenced the children of Israel to go to greater lengths in idolatry than had entered their minds. They were no longer troubled lest the burning glory like flaming fire upon the mount had consumed their leader. They thought they had a general who just suited them. T, and they were ready to do anything that he suggested. They offered peace offerings, and sacrificed to their golden god; they offered peace offerings, and gave themselves up to pleasure, rioting, and drunkenness. They were then decided in their own minds that it was not because they were wrong that they had so much trouble in the wilderness; but the difficulty, after all, was with their leader. He was not the right kind of a man. He was too unyielding, and waskept their sins continually keeping their sins before them, warning and, reproving them, and threatening them with God's displeasure. A new order of things had come, and they were pleased with Aaron, and pleased with themselves. They thought, i: If Moses had only been as amiable and mild as Aaron, what peace and harmony would have prevailed in the camp of Israel.! They cared not now whether Moses ever came down from the mount or not. p. 66300, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 When Moses saw the idolatry of Israel, and his indignation was so aroused at their shameful forgetfulness of God that he threw down the tables of stone and broke them, Aaron stood meekly by, bearing the censure of Moses with commendable patience. The people were charmed with Aaron's lovely spirit, and were disgusted with Moses'the rashness of Moses. But God seeth not as man seeths. He condemned not the ardor and indignation of Moses against the base apostasy of Israel. p. 67300, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 The true general then takes his position for God. He has come direct from the presence of the Lord, where he pleaded with hHim to turn away hHis wrath from hHis erring people. Now he has another work to do, as God's minister, to vindicate hHis honor before the people, and let them see that sin is sin, and righteousness is righteousness. He has a work to do to counteract the terrible influence of Aaron. "Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? Llet him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses;: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men. For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother;, that hHe may bestow upon you a blessing this day." p. 67301, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Here Moses defines genuine consecration as obedience to God, to stand in vindication of the right, and to show a readiness to carry out the purpose of God in the most unpleasant duties, showing that the claims of God are higher than the claims of friends, or the lives of the nearest relatives. The sons of Levi consecrated themselves to God to execute hHis justice against crime and sin. p. 68301, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 Aaron and Moses both sinned in not giving glory and honor to God at the waters of Meribah. They were both wearied and provoked with the continual complaining of Israel, and, at a a time when God was to mercifully display hHis glory to the people, to soften and subdue their hearts and lead them to repentance., Moses and Aaron claimed the power of opening the rock for them. "Hear now, ye rebels:; must we fetch you water out of this rock?" Here was a golden opportunity to sanctify the Lord in their midst of them, to show them the longsuffering of God and hHis tender pity for them. They had murmured against Moses and Aaron because they could not find water. Moses and Aaron took these murmurings as a great trial and dishonor to them. They forgotthemselves, forgetting that it was God whom theythe people were grieving. It was God whom they were sinning against and dishonoring, not those who were men appointed of God to carry out hHis purpose. They were insulting their best fFriend in charging their calamities upon Moses and Aaron; they were murmuring at God's providence. p. 68301, Para. 23, [23OT3T].


 This sin of these noble leaders was great. Their lives might have been illustrious to the close. They had been greatly exalted and honored; yet God does not excuse sin in those in exalted positions any sooner than He does in the morethose in more humble positions. p. 69, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Many professed Christians look upon men who do not reprove and condemn wrong, as men of piety, and Christians indeed, while men they think that those who stand boldly in defense of the right, and will not yield their integrity to unconsecrated influences, they think lack piety and a Christian spirit. p. 69302, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Those who stand in defense of the honor of God, and maintain the purity of truth at any cost, will have manifold trials, as did our Saviour in the wilderness of temptation. The While those who have yielding temperaments, who have not courage to condemn wrong, but keep silent when their influence is needed to stand in the defense of the right against any pressures, may avoid many heartaches, and escape many perplexities, andthey will also lose a very rich reward, if not their own souls. p. 69, Para. 3, [23OT].


 Those who are in harmony with God, and who through faith in him Him receive strength to resist wrong and stand in defense of the right, will always have severe conflicts, and will frequently have to stand almost alone. But precious victories will be theirs while they make God their dependence. His grace will be their strength. Their moral sense sensibility will be keen, and clear, and sensitive. Theirtheir moral powers will be able to withstand wrong influences. Their integrity, like that of Moses, will be of the purest character. p. 69302, Para. 42, [23OT3T].


 The mild and yielding spirit of Aaron, to pleaseand his desire theo please the people, blinded his eyes to their sins, and to the enormity of the crime that he was sanctioning. His course, in giving influence to wrong and sin in Israel, cost the lives of three thousand men. TIn what contrast with this is the course of Moses--in what contrast! Moses. After he had evidenced to the people that they could not trifle with God with impunity; after he had shown them the just displeasure of God forbecause of their sins, inby giving the terrible decree to slay friends or relatives who persisted in their apostasy; after the work of justice to turn away the wrath of God, irrespective of their feelings of sympathy for loved friends and relatives who continued obstinate in their rebellion--Moses rebellion--after this, Moses was prepared for another work. He evidencedproved who was the true friend of God, and the friend of the people. p. 70303, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 "And it came to pass, on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin;: and now I will go up unto the Lord; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin. And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if tThou wilt forgive their sins--and sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray tThee, out of tThy book which thou Thou hast written. And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against mMe, him will I blot out of mMy book. Therefore, now go, lead the people unto the place of which I I have spoken unto thee;: behold m, Mine Angel shall go before thee;: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them. And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made." p. 70303, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Moses supplicated God in behalf of sinning Israel. He did not try to lessen their sin before God. H; he did not excuse them in their sin. He frankly acknowledged that they had sinned a great sin, and had made them gods of gold. Then he loses his timidity, and the interest of Israel is so closely interwoven with his life, that he comes with boldness to God, and prays for hHim to forgive hHis people. If their sin, he pleads, is so great that God cannot forgive them, if their names must be blotted from hHis book, he prayeds the Lord to blot out his name also. When the Lord renewed hHis promise to Moses, that hHis Angel should go before him in leading the people to the pPromised lLand, Moses knew that his request was granted. But the Lord assured Moses that if hHe was provoked to visit the people for their transgressions, hHe would surely punish them for this grievous sin also. IBut if they were henceforth obedient, he He would blot this great sin out of hHis book. p. 71, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Letter to a Young Minister and his Wife. p. 71, Para. 2, [23OT].


 303, Para. 3, [3T].


 TO A YOUNG MINISTER AND HIS WIFE Dear Brother and Sister ----A: For some months, I have felt that it was time to write to you some things which the Lord has beenwas pleased to show me in regard to you several years ago. Your cases were shown me in connection with those of others who had a work to do for themselves in order to be fitted for the work of presenting the truth. I was shown that you were both deficient in essential qualifications, and that if these are not obtained, your usefulness, and the salvation of your own souls, will be endangered. You have some faults and errors in your characters which it is very important that you should correct. If you neglect to take hold of the work resolutely and in earnest, these wrongs will increase upon you, and will greatly cripple your influence in the cause and work of God, and will finally result in your being separated from the work of preaching the truth, which work you love so well. p. 71304, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 In the vision given me for ---- ----B, I was shown that he had a very unfortunate stamp of character. He washad not been disciplined, and his temper was unsubduedhad not been subdued. He washad been permitted to have his own head, and to do very much as he pleased. He was greatly deficient in reverence for God and man. He had a strong, unsubmissive spirit. He had and but a very faint idea of proper gratitude to those who were doing their utmost for him. He was extremely selfish. p. 72304, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 I was shown that independence, a firm, set, unyielding will, a lack of reverence and due respect for others, a selfish disposition,ness and too great self-confidence, marks the character of sSister ----A. If she does not watch closely, and overcome these errorsdefects in her character, she will surely fail of sitting with Christ in hHis throne. p. 72305, Para. 2 1, [23OT3T].


 In regard to Bro. ----Brother A, I was shown that many of the same things mentioned in the testimony to B applied to you. I was pointed back to your past life. I saw that from a child you have been self-confident, headstrong, and self-willed, and have followed your own mind. You have a very an independent spirit, and it has been very difficult for you to yield to anyone. When it was your duty to yield your way and your wishes to others, you would carry matters out in your own rash way. You have felt that you were fully competent to think and act for yourself independently for yourself. The truth of God has been accepted and loved by you, and has done much for you;, but it has not wrought all that transformation necessary for the perfection of Christian character. When you first started out to labor in the workcause of God, you felt more humble, and were willing to be advised and counseled. But as you began to be successful in a degree, your selfconfidence increased, and you were less humble, and became more independent. p. 72305, Para. 32, [23OT3T].


 As you looked at the work of Bro.Brother and sSister White, you thought that you could see where you could have done better than they. Feelings have been cherished in your heart against them. You arewere naturally skeptical and, infidel, in your feelings. As you have seen their work, and heard the reproofs given to those who were wrong, you have questioned how you should would bear such plain testimony. You decided that you could not receive it. You, and began to brace yourself against the manner of their laboring. You, and thus opened a door in your heart for suspicion, doubt, and jealousy of them and their work. p. 73 305, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 You became prejudiced in your feelings, against their labor. You watched, and listened, and gathered up all you could, and surmised much. Because God had given you a measure of success, you began to place your short experience and labors upon a level with Bro.Brother White's labors. You flattered yourself that, were you in his place, you could do very much better than he. You began to grow large in your own eyes. You thought your knowledge far more extensive and valuable than it was. Had you had onehundredth part of the experience in real labor, care, perplexity, and burden-bearingburden bearing in this cause that Bro.Brother White has had, you would be better able to understand more inhis regard to his work, and would be better prepared to sympathize with him in his labors, rather than to murmur and be suspicious and jealous of him. p. 306, Para. 1, [3T].


 In regard to your own post of labor, you should be very jealous of yourself lest you fail to do your work to God's acceptance, and lest you fail to honor the cause of truth in your labors. You should, in humiliation of soul, feel, : "Who is sufficient for these things?" tThe reason why both of you are so ready to question and surmise in regard to Bro. Brother White's work, is because you know so little about it. So few real burdens have ever pressed upon your souls, so little real anguish for the cause of God has touched your hearts, so little perplexity and real distress have you borne for others, that you are no more prepared to appreciate his work than is a ten years' old boy the care, anxiety, care, and wearisome toil of his burdened father. The boy may pass along joyous in spirit, because he has not the experience of the burdened, careworn father. He may wonder at the fears and anxiety anxieties of the father, which look needless to him; but when years of experience shall be added to his life, when he takes hold of, and bears, the its real burdens of life, then he may look back to his father's life and understand that which was mysterious to him in his boyhood, ; for bitter experience has given him knowledge. p. 73306, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 I was shown that you are in danger of getting above the simplicity of the work, and of placing yourself upon the pinnacle. You feel that you need no reproof and counsel;, and the language of your heart is, : "I am capable of judging, discriminating, and determining, between right and wrong. I will not have my rights infringed upon. No one shall dictate to me. I am capable of forming my own plans of action. I am as good as anybody. God is with me. God and gives me success in my efforts. Who has authority to interfere with me?" These words I have heard you utter, as your case was passing before me in vision, not to any person, but as if in conversation with yourself. My attending angel repeated these words, as he pointed to you both: "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Hheaven. Whosoever shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of Hheaven." p. 75306, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 I saw that the strength of the children of God wasis in their humility. When they are little in their own eyes, Jesus will be to them their strength and their righteousness, and God will prosper their labors. I was shown that God would prove Bro. ----Brother A. He would give him a measure of prosperity, ; and if he would bear the test, if he would turn the blessings of God to good account, not taking honor to himself, and not becoming lifted up, selfish, and self-confident, the Lord would continue hHis blessings, for the sake of hHis cause and for hHis own glory. p. 75307, Para. 1, 2, [23OT3T].


 I saw, Brother A, that Bro. ---- wasyou were in the greatest danger of becoming lifted up, self-righteous, self-sufficient, and feeling that he isyou are rich and in need of nothing. Unless he you guards himself yourself upon these points, the Lord will allow him you to go on until heyou makes his your weakness apparent to all. You will be brought into positions where you will be sorely tempted if others do not regard you in as exalted a light as you estimate yourself and your ability. I was shown that you were poorly prepared to bear much prosperity and a great amount of success. A thorough conversion alone will do the work necessary forto be done in your case. p. 76307, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 I have been shown that both of you are both naturally selfish. You are in constant danger, unless guarded, of thinking and acting in reference to yourselves. You will lay your plans for your own accommodation, without taking into the account how much you may inconvenience others. You are inclined to carry out your ideas and plans without regarding the plans, and respecting the views or feelings, of others. Both of you should cultivate reverence and respect for others. p. 308, 76, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Bro. ----Brother A, you have considered that your work was of too great importance for you to come down to engage in household duties. You have not a love for these requirements. You neglected them in your younger days. But these small duties which you neglect, are essential to the formation of a well-developedwell developed character. p. 76308, Para. 32, [23OT3T].


 I have been shown that our ministers generally are deficient in making themselves useful in the families where they are entertained. Some devote their minds to study, because they love this employment. They do not feel that it is a duty which God enjoins upon ministers to make themselves a blessing in the families which they visit;, but many give their minds to books, and shut themselves away from the family, and do not converse with them upon the subjects of truth. The religious interests in the family are scarcely mentioned. This is all wrong. Ministers who have not the burdens and care of the publishing interest upon them, and who have not the perplexities and numerous cares of all the churches, should not feel that their labor is notis excessively hard. tThey should feel the deepest interest in the families they visit. T; they should not feel that they are objects to be petted and waited upon while they give nothing in return. There is an obligation resting upon Christian families to entertain the ministers of Christ, and there is also a duty resting upon ministers who receive the hospitality of Christian friends, to feel under mutual obligation to bear their own burdens as far as possible, and not be a tax to their friends. Many ministers entertain the idea that they must be especially favored and waited upon, and they are frequently injured, and their usefulness crippled, by their being treated as pets. p. 77308, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 Bro.Brother and sSister ----A, while among your brethren you have too frequently made it a practice to make arrangements agreeable to yourselves, and to take a course to gather attention to yourselves, without considering the convenience or inconvenience of others. You are in danger of making yourselves a center. You have received the attention and consideration of others when, for the good of your own souls, as well as for the benefit of others, you should have devoted more attention to those you visited. Such a course would have given you a far greater influence, and you would have been blessed in winning more souls to the truth. p. 77309, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Bro. ----Brother A, you have ability to present the truth to others. You have an investigatingve mind,; but there are serious defects in your character, which I have mentioned, thatand which must be overcome. You neglected many of the little courtesies of life, because you think so much of yourself that thoseyou do not realize that these little attentions are not thought of as required of you. God would not have you burden others while you neglect to see and do the things some onethat someone must do. It does not detract from the dignity of a gospel minister to bring in wood and water when needed, and or to exercise in by doing needed necessary work in the family where he is entertained. In not seeing these little important duties, and improving the opportunity to do them, youhe deprive yourselvess himself of real blessings, and also deprives others of the good that it is their privilege to receive from youhim. p. 309, Para. 2, [3T].


 Some of our ministers are do not havinghave an amount of physical exercise proportionate to the taxation of the mind. As the result, they are suffering with from debility. There is no good reason why the health of ministers who have to perform only the ordinary duties devolving upon the minister should fail. Their minds are not constantly burdened with perplexing cares and heavy responsibilities in regard to the important institutions among us. I saw that there wasis no real causereason why they should fail in this important period of the cause and work, if they will pay due regard to the light that God has given them in regard to how to labor and how to exercise, withand will give proper attention to their diet. p. 78309, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 Some of our ministers eat very heartily, and then do not exercise sufficiently to work off the waste matter which accumulates in the system. They will eat, and sit down mostthen spend most of their time and readsitting down, reading, studystudying, and writeor writing, when a share of their time should be devoted to systematic, physical labor. p. 79, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Our preachers will certainly break down in health unless they are more careful not to overload the stomach by too great quantities a quantity of even healthful food. I saw that you, Bro. Brother and sSister A, were both in danger on this point. Overeating prevents the free flow of thought and words, and that intensity of feeling which is so necessary in order to pressimpress the truth to upon the heart of the hearer. The indulgence of appetite beclouds and fetters the mind, and blunts the holy emotions of the soul. The mental and moral powers of some of our preachers are enfeebled by improper eating and lack of physical exercise. Those who crave great quantities of food should not indulge their appetite, but should practice self-denial, and retain the blessings of active muscles, and unoppressed brains. Overeating stupefies the entire being by diverting the energies from the other organs to do the work of the stomach. p. 79310, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 The lackfailure of our ministers in not exercisingto exercise all the organs of the body proportionately, leave causes some organs to become worn, while others are weak from inaction. p. 80, Para. 1, [23OT].


 If wear is left to come almost exclusively upon one organ, or set of muscles, the one most used must become overwearied and greatly weakened. Each faculty of the mind, and each muscle, has its distinctive office, and all are required to be equally exercised in order to become properly developed and retain healthful vigor. Each organ has its work to do in the living organism. Every wheel in the machinery must be a living, active, working wheel. All the faculties have a bearing upon each other, and all need to be exercised in order to bebecome properly developed and to retain healthful vigor. Each organ has its work to do in the living organism. Every wheel in the machinery must be a living, active, working wheel. All the faculties have a bearing upon one another, and all need to be exercised in order to be properly developed. p. 80310, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Bro.Brother and sSister ----A, neither of you enjoy physical, domestic labor. Both of you need to cultivate a love for the practical duties of life, which will be giving you an education necessary for your health, and will be increasing . This education is necessary for your health and will increase your usefulness. You think too much of what you eat, and . You should not touch those things which will give a poor quality of blood. B; both of you have scrofula. p. 80310, Para. 3, [23OT3T].


 Br. ----Brother A, your love for reading, and your dislike to for physical taxation, while talking, and exercising your throat, make you liable to disease of the throat and lungs. You should be guarded, and should not speak hurriedly, and rattle rattling off what you have to say as though you had a lesson to repeat. You should not let the labor come upon the upper portion of the vocal organs, for this will be constantly wearingwear and irritating irritate them, and will lay the foundation for disease. The action should come upon the abdominal muscles. The lungs and throat should be the channel, but should not do all the work. p. 80311, Para. 41, [23OT3T].


 I was shown that yourthe manner of eating wouldin which you and your wife eat will bring disease upon both of you, which, when once fastened upon you, would will not be easily overcome. You mightmay both bear up for years, and not show any special signs of breaking, but cause will be followed by the sure results. God will not work a miracle for either of you, to preserve your health and life. You must eat, and study, and work, understandingly, following enlightened conscience. Our preachers should all be sincere, genuine health reformers, not merely adopting the reforms because others do, but from principle, in obedience to the word of God. p. 81, Para. 1, [23OT].


 God has given us great light upon the health reform, which he He requires us all to respect. He does not send us light to be rejected or disregarded by hHis people without their suffering the consequences. p. 81311, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 PIONEERS IN THE CAUSE I was shown that neither of you really know yourselves. If God should let the enemy loose upon you, as hHe did upon hHis servant Job, hHe would not find in you that same spirit of steadfast integrity that hHe found in Job, but a spirit of murmuring and of unbelief. p. 81, Para. 3, [23OT].


 Had you, been situated at Battle Creek during my husband's illness, been situated at Battle Creek, at the time of their trial, when Satan had special power uponof our brethren and sisters there, when Satan had special power upon them, both of you would have drunk deep of their spirit of jealousy and fault-finding. You would have been among the number, as zealous as the rest, to make a diseased, care-worn man, and a paralytic, an offender for a word. p. 81311, Para. 43, [23OT3T].


 You are inclined to offset your deficiencies by magnifying and dwelling upon the wrongs you suppose exist in Bro. Brother and sister Sister White,; and had you an opportunity, as those had in Battle Creek, you would venture to go to greater lengths than did some of them in their wicked crusade against us; for you have less faith, and less reverence than had some of them had, and would be less inclined to respect our work and our calling. p. 81312, Para. 51, [23OT3T].


 I was shown that, notwithstanding you have before you the sad experience and example of others before you, who have become disaffected, and have murmured, and been faultfinding and jealous of us, you would fail to be warned by their example, and God would test your fidelity and reveal the secrets of your hearts. Your distrust, suspicions, distrust, and jealousies, would be revealed, and your weaknesses exposed, that you might see them, and understand yourselves, if you would. p. 82312, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 I was shownsaw you listening to the conversation of men and women, and saw that you were only too pleased to gather up their views and impressions, that were detrimental to our labors. Some had one thing, and some another with which to find fault, similar to the murmurers of the children Some found fault with one thing, and some with another, as did the murmurers among the children of Israel when Moses was their leader. Some were censuring our course, saying that we were not as conservative as we ought to be; we did not seek to please the people as we might; we talked too plainly; we reproved too sharply. Some were talking in regard to sSister White's dress, picking at straws. Others were expressing dissatisfaction with the course bthat Brother White pursued, and remarks were passing from one to the other another, questioning their course and finding fault. An angel stood before these persons, unseen by them, busily writing their words in the book which wasis to be opened to the view of God and angels. p. 82312, Para. 23, [23OT3T].


 Some are eagerly watching for something to condemn in Bro. Brother and sSister White, who have grown gray in their service in the work and cause of God. Some express their views that the testimony of sSister White cannot be reliable. This is all that many unconsecrated ones want. The testimonies of reproof have checked their vanity and pride; but if they dared, they would go to almost any length in fashion and pride. To all such, God will give all such an opportunity to prove themselves, and to develop their true characters. p. 83312, Para. 14, [23OT3T].


 I saw, sSome years ago, I saw that we shouldwould yet have to meet the same spirit which rose at Paris, Maine, and which has never been thoroughly cured. It has slumbered;, but it is not dead. From time to time this spirit of determined murmuring and rebellion would crophas cropped out in different individuals, who had ve at some point of time been leavened with this wicked spirit which has followed us for years. Sister ----A, this spirit has, in a degree, been cherished by you to some extent, and has had an influence to mold your views and feelings. Sanctimonious infidelity has been gradually growing in the mind of ---- -C, and ---, whichit is not now easy, even for herselfher, now to beget rid of it. This same determined spirit which held D and others in Maine in a fanatical delusion so long, against every influence to lead them to the truth, has held ithad a powerful, deceptive influence over ---- ----'sE's mind in B. C., and the same influence has affected you, sister ----. . You were of that calm, determined, unyielding temperament that the enemy could affect you--that calm, determined, unyielding temperament--so that the same results will, and the same results, only in a greater degree, will attend your influence, if wrong, as attended that of ---- ----- -----. p. 83 313, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Feelings of suspicion, jealousy, and unbelief have for years been gaining power upon your mind for years. You have a hatred tofor reproof. You are very sensitive, and your sympathies arise at once for any oneanyone who is reproved. This is not a sanctified feeling, and is not prompted by the Spirit of God. p. 84, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Bro.Brother and sSister ----A, I was shown that when this spirit of fault-finding and murmuring wouldshould be developed in you, when it should be manifested, and the leaven of dissatisfaction, jealousy, and unbelief which has cursed the life of E and her husband should appear, which had cursed the life of ---- ---- and her husband, we should have a work to we would have a work to do to meet it decidedly, and give that spirit no quarters, ; and that, until this should be developed, I should keep silent, for there was a time to speak and a time to keep silent. I saw that, should apparent prosperity attend the labors of Bro. ----Brother A, unless he was a thoroughly converted man, he would be in danger of losing his soul. He does not have becoming respect for the positions and labor ofs of others, and will; he considers himself second to none. p. 84313, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 I was shown that temptations will continually increase in regard to the labors of Bro.Brother and sSister White. Our work is a peculiar work, and of ait is different in character from that of any others who labor in the field. God does not call ministers who have only to labor in word and doctrine to do our work. N, neither does hHe call us to do only their work. We each have, in some respects, a distinct work. God has been pleased to open to me the secrets of the inner life and the hidden sins of hHis people. I have had tThe unpleasant duty has been laid upon me to reprove wrongs and to reveal hidden sins and to reprove wrongs. When I have been compelled by the Spirit of God to reprove sins that others did not know existed, it has stirred up the natural feelings in the hearts of the unsanctified. While some have humbled their hearts before God, and with repentance and confessions, andconfession have forsaken their sins, others have felt a spirit of hatred ariserise in their hearts. Their pride has been hurt when their course has been reproved. They entertain the thoughts that it is sSister White that who is hurting them, instead of feeling grateful to God that hHe has in mercy spoken to them through hHis humble instrument, to show them their dangers and their sins, that they may put them away before it shall be too late for wrongs to be righted. p. 84314, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 Some are ready to inquire,: Who told sSister White these things? They have even put the question to me,: Did any oneanyone tell you these things? I could answer them,: Yes; yes, the angel of God has spoken to me. But what they mean is,: Have the brethren and sisters been exposing their faults? For the future, I shall not belittle the testimonies that God has given me, to make explanations to try to satisfy such narrow minds, but shall treat all such questions as an insult to the Spirit of God. God has seen fit to thrust me into positions in which hHe has not placed any other one in our ranks. He has laid upon me burdens of reproof that hHe has not given to any other one. My husband has stood by my side to sustain the testimonies, and to give his voice in union with the testimony of reproof. He has been compelled to take a decided stand to press back the unbelief and rebellion, which has been bold and defiant, and thatwhich would break down any testimony that I might bear, because the ones reproved were cut, and felt deeply over the reproof given. This is exactly as God designed. He meant that they should feel. It was necessary that they should feel before their proud hearts would yield up their sins, and thus they would cleanse their hearts and lives from all iniquity. p. 85314, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 In every advance move that God has led us to make, in every step gained by God's people, there have been ready tools of Satan among us, to stand back and suggest doubts and unbelief, and to throw obstacles in our way, to weaken our faith and courage. We have had to stand like warriors, ready to press and fight our way through the opposition raised, which. This has made our work tenfold harder than it otherwise would have been. We have had to stand as firmly, and unyielding as a rock. This firmness has been interpreted to be hard-heartedness and willfulness. God never designed that we should swerve, first to the right and then to the left, to gratify the minds of unconsecrated brethren. He designed that our course should be straightforward. One and another have come to us, professing to have a great burdens for us, to have us go this way or that, contrary to the light that God hads given us. What if we had followed these false lights and fanatical impressions? Surely, our people should not then put confidence in us. We have had to set our faces as flints for the right, and then press on to work and duty. p. 86315, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 Some among us have been ever ready to carry matters to extremes, and to overreach the mark. They seem to be without an an anchor. Such have greatly injured the cause of truth. There are others who seem never to have a position where they can stand firmly and surely, ready to battle if need be when God calls for faithful soldiers to be found at the post of duty, ready to battle if need be. There are those who will not, when required of God, make a charge upon the enemy when required of God to do so. They will do nothing until others have fought the battle and gained the victory for them, and then they are ready to share the spoils. How much can God count upon such soldiers? They are accounted as cowards in hHis cause. p. 315, Para. 2, [3T].


 This class, I saw, gained no experience for themselves in regard to warfare against sin and Satan. They were more inclined to fight against the faithful soldiers of Christ than against Satan and his host. Had they girded on the armor and pressed into the battle, they would have gained a valuable experience which it was their privilege to have. But they had no courage to contend for the right, and to venture something in the warfare, and to learn how to attack Satan and take his strongholds. Some have no idea of running any risks, or venturing anything, themselves. But somebody must venture. They; someone must run risks in this cause. Those who will not venture, and expose themselves to censure, will stand all prepared to watch those who do bear responsibilities, and will be ready, if there is a semblance of chance, to find fault with them, and injure them if they can. This has been the experience of Bro. Brother and sSister White in their labors. Satan and his host have been arrayed against them, but these were not all; when those who should have stood by them in the warfare, when they saw have seen them over-burdened and pressed beyond measure, they have stood prepared to join Satan in his work to discourage and weaken them, and, if possible, drive them from the field. p. 86316, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Bro.Brother and sSister ----A, I have been shown that, as you have traveled, you have been looked up to and highly esteemed, and treated with greater respect and deference than was for your good. It is not natural for you to treat with like respect those who have borne the burdens which God has laid upon them in hHis cause and work. Both of you love your ease. TYou are not inclined to be turned out of your course, or to inconvenience yourselves, you are not inclined to do. You desire to have things bend to your convenience. You have large selfesteem, self-esteem and exalted opinions of your acquirements. You have not had the perplexing cares and burdens to bear, and the important decisions to make, which involved the interests of God's cause, such asthat has beenve fallen to the lot of my husband. God has made him a counselor to hHis people, to advise and counsel such young men as yourself, as children in the truth. And when you take that humble position which a true sense of your real state will lead you to take, you will be willing to be counseled. It is because of the few responsibilities you have borne that you do not understand why Bro.Brother White should feel more deeply than yourselfyou. There is just this difference between you and him in this matter. He has invested thirty of the best years of his life into the cause of God, while you have had but few years of experience, and and,have had comparatively, have had nothing of the hardships to meet that he has had. p. 88316, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 After the hardest labors of those who first led out in this work, have labored hard to prepare the truth and bring up the work up ready to your hand, you embrace it, and go out to labor to present, presenting the precious arguments which others, with inexpressible anxiety, have searched out for you. While you are amply provided for in point of means, your weekly wages sure, you having leaving you no reason for care or anxiety in this direction, these pioneers of the cause suffered deprivations of every kind. They had no assurance of anything. They were dependent upon God, and upon the few true-hearted ones who received their labors. While you have sympathizing brethren to sustain you and fully appreciated your labors, there werethe first laborers in this work had but very few to stand by the first laborers in this workthem. All could be counted in a few minutes. We knew what it was to go hungry for want of food, and to suffer with cold for the want of suitable clothing. We have traveled all night by private conveyance to visit the brethren, because we had no means with which to defray the expenses of hotel fare. We traveled miles on foot, time and again, because we had no money to hire a carriage. Oh!, how precious was the truth to us! how valuable souls purchased by the blood of Christ! p. 317, Para. 1, [3T].


 We have not complaints to make of our sufferings in those days of close want and perplexity, which made the exercise of faith necessary. They were the happiest days of our lives. There we learned the simplicity of faith. There, while in affliction, we tested and proved the Lord. He was our consolation. He was to us like the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. It is unfortunate for you, my brother, and for our young ministers generally, that you and they have not a had a similar experience in privation, in trial, and in need; for such an experience would be worth to you more than houses and or lands, gold or silver. p. 89318, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 When we refer to our past experience of excessive labors and wants, and of laboring with our hands to support ourselves, and to publish the truth at the very commencement of the work, some of our young preachers, of but few years ' experience in the work, seem to be annoyed, and charge us with boasting of our own works. The reason of this is that their own lives have been so free from wearing care, want, and self-sacrifice, that they know not how to sympathize with us, and the contrast is not agreeable to their feelings. To have presented before them the experience of others presented before themothers which is in such wide contrast with their own course, does not make their labors appear in so favorable a light as they would have them. p. 90318, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 When we first commenced this work, we were both in feeble health. My husband was a dyspeptic; yet three times a day, in faith, we made our supplications, in faith, to God for strength. My husband went into the hay-field with his scythe, and, in the strength that God gave him in answer to our earnest prayers, he there earned, by mowing, means with which to purchase us neat, plain clothing, and to pay our fare to a distant Sstate, to present the truth to our brethren. p. 90 318, Para. 23, [23OT3T].


 We have a right to refer to the past, as did the apostle Paul. "And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man;: for that which was lacking to me, the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied;: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself. As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia." p. 90In referring to our past experience, Para. 3, [23OT].


 Wwe are carrying out the exhortation of the apostle to the Hebrews, in referring to our past experience. : "But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; partly, whilest ye were made a gazing stockgazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilest ye became companions of them that were so used." p. 91318, Para. 14, [23OT3T].


 Our lives are interwoven with the cause of God. We have no separate interest aside from this work. And when we see the advancement that the cause has made from a very small beginning, coming up slowly, yet surely, to strength and prosperity prosperity; as we see the success of the cause in which we have toiled, and suffered, and nearly sacrificed our lives, who shall prevent or forbid our boasting in God, as we see the success of the cause in which we have toiled, and suffered, and nearly sacrificed our lives? Our experience in this cause is valuable to us. We have invested everything in it. p. 91319, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Moses was the meekest man that lived,; yet he was repeatedly compelled, through, because of the murmurings of the children of Israel, he was repeatedly compelled to bring up their course of sin after leaving Egypt, vindicating and to vindicate his course as their leader. p. 91, Para. 3, [23OT].


 Just before he was to leave Israel to die, he rehearsed Just before leaving Israel, when he was about to die, he rehearsed before them their course of rebellion and murmuring since they had left Egypt, and how his interest and love for them, which had led him to plead with God in their behalf. Moses He relatesd to Israel thatthem how he had earnestly entreated of the Lord to let him pass over Jordan tointo the pPromised land. Land; "Bbut the Lord was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me." Moses presented before them their sins, and said to them,: "Ye have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you." He related to them how many times he had pleaded with God and humbled his soul in anguish because of their sins. p. 91319, Para. 42, [23OT3T].


 It was the design of God that Moses should frequently remind Israel of their transgressions and rebellion, that they might humble their hearts before God in view of their sins. GodThe Lord would not have them forget the errors and sins which had provoked hHis anger against them. The rehearsal of their transgressions, and of the mercies and goodness of God to them, which they had not appreciated, was not agreeable to their feelings. Nevertheless, God directed that this should be done. p. 92320, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 I have been shown that young men like yourselfyou, who have had but a few years of imperfect experience in the cause of present truth, are not the ones whom God will trust to bear weighty responsibilities, and to lead out in this work. Such should manifest a delicacy in taking positions which wouldwill conflict with the judgment and opinions of those of mature experience, whose lives have been interwoven with the cause of God nearly as many years as you have lived, and who have had an active part in this work from its small beginning. p. 92, Para. 2, [23OT].


 God will not select men of but little experience and considerable self-confidence to lead out in this sacred, important work. There is much here at stake here. Men who have had but little experience in the sufferings, trials, opposition, and privations that have been endured to bring up the work up to its present condition of prosperity, should be very jealous of themselves. p. 92320, Para. 32, [23OT3T].


 Young men who now engage in the work of preaching the truth should cultivate modesty and humility. They should be careful how they become exalted, lest they be overthrown. They will be accountable for the clear light of truth which now shines upon them. I saw that God wasis displeased with the disposition that some have, to murmur against those who have fought the heaviest battles for them, and who have endured so much in the commencement of the message, when the work went hard. p. 93320, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 The experienced laborers, those who have toiled under the weight and the oppressive burdens, when there were but few to help bear them, God regards.; and He has, a jealous care for those who have proved faithful, a jealous care. GodHe is displeased with those who are ready to find fault, with and reproach those servants of God who have grown gray in building up the cause of present truth. Your reproaches and your murmurings, young men, will surely stand against you in the day of God. As long as God has not laid upon you, young men, heavy responsibilities upon you, do not get out of your place, and rely upon your own independent judgment, and assume responsibilities for which you are not fitted. p. 93320, Para. 24, [23OT3T].


 Dear brother and sister, you need to cultivate watchfulness and humility, and to be diligent in prayer. The more closely you live to God, the more clearly will you discern your weaknesses and your dangers. A practical view of the law of God, and clear discernment of the atonement of Christ, will give you thea knowledge of yourselves, and will show you wherein you fail to perfect Christian character. In short, you both need a daily experience in God's will concerning you. When you see your great spiritual lack, you will senserealize the fact that human depravity, specified in the word of God, is true in your experience. You are both pharisaical, and you are in danger of remaining voluntarily and fearfully in the dark in regard to your dangers and your true standing before God, and in regard to your dangers. p. 93321, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 You both need to learn the various duties which devolve upon you in your relations in life under a variety of the various circumstances and relations of life. You have both neglected your duties, to both to God and man. Self-knowledge Selfknowledge you need so much. The ignorance of your own hearts leads you to overlook the necessity of a daily, living experience in the divine life. In a degree, you overlook the necessity of having a divine influence to be with you constantly with you. This is positively necessary in doing the work of God. If you neglect this, and pass on in selfconfidence and self-sufficiency, you will be left to make very great blunders. You need constantly to cherish a lowliness of mind and a spirit of dependence and lowliness of mind. He who feels his own weakness will look higher than himself, and will feel the need of constant strength from above. The grace of God will lead him to exercise and cherish a spirit of constant gratitude. He who is best acquainted with his own weakness will know that it is the matchless grace of God alone that will triumph over the rebellion of the heart. p. 94321, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 You need to become acquainted with the weak as well as the strong points in your characters, that you may be constantly guarded lest you engage in enterprises, and assume responsibilities, for which God has never designed you. You should not compare your actions and measure your lives by any human standard, but with the rule of duty revealed in the Bible. p. 94, Para. 2, [23OT].


 I was shown, Bro. and sister ----, that a work is before you to do for yourselves the Bible. You have a work to do for yourselves, Brother and Sister A, that you have not dreamed was necessary. For years you have been cherishing temptations and jealousies in regard to us and our work, which. This is not pleasing to God. You may think that you believe the testimonies that God has given, but unbelief is gaining ground with you in regard to their being of God is gaining ground with you. p. 95322, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 Your labors, I was shownBrother A, would be more effectual in the conversion of souls to the truth, if you dwelt upon the practical as well as the theoretical, having the living, practical elements in your own heart, and carrying them out in your own life. p. 95, Para. 2, [23OT].


 You need to have a firmer hold from above. You are too dependent upon your surroundings. If you have a large congregation, you are elevated, and you desire to address them. But sometimes your congregations diminish, your spirits sink, and you have but little courage to labor. Surely, something is wanting. Your hold is not firm enough upon God. Some of the most important truths in the teachings of Christ were preached by hHim to one Samaritan woman who came to draw water as hHe, being weary, sat upon the well to rest. The fountain of living waters was within hHim. The fountain of living waters must be in us, springing up to refresh those who are brought under our influence. p. 95322, Para. 32, [23OT3T].


 Christ sought for men wherever hHe could find them, --in the public streets, in private houses, in the synagogues, by the sea-side. He toiled all day in, preaching to the multitude and in healing the sick that were brought to hHim, ; and, frequently, after hHe had dismissed the people that they might return to their homes to rest and sleep, hHe spent the entire night in prayer, to come forth and renew his His labors in the morning. O Bro.brother and sister, you do not know anything in reality of self-denial and self-sacrifice for Christ, and for the truth's sake. You must depend more fully upon God, and less upon your own abilities. You need to hide in God. p. 95322, Para. 43, [23OT3T].


 You are inclined, Bro. ----Brother A, to be severe in reproof, to and to form your own conclusions in regard to individuals, especially if their course has crossed your track; and, according to your views of the case, you sometimes deal with them in an unsparing manner. You have not been a tender-hearted, pitiful, courteous man, as was your Exemplar. You need to soften your spirit, to be more courteous and kind, and to have greater disinterested benevolence. You need to bring your soul into more close r communion with God by earnest prayer, mixed with living faith. Every prayer offered in faith lifts the suppliant above discouraging doubts and human passions. Prayer gives strength to renew the conflict with the powers of darkness, and to bear trials patiently, and to endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. p. 96323, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 While you take counsel with your doubts and fears, or try to solve everything that you cannot see clearly see before you have faith, your perplexities will only increase and deepen. If you come to God, feeling helpless and dependent, as you really are, and in humble, trusting prayer make your wants known to hHim whose knowledge is infinite, who sees everything in creation, and who governs everything by hHis will and word, hHe can and will attend to your cry, and will let light shine into your heart and all around you; for through sincere prayer, your soul is brought into connection with the mind of the Infinite. You may have no remarkable evidence at the time, that the face of your Redeemer is bending over you within compassion and love, but this is even so. You may not feel hHis visible touch, but his His hand is upon you in love and pitying tenderness. p. 96 323, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 God loves both of you, and he wants to save you with an abundant salvation. But it must not be in your way, but in God's own appointed way. You must comply with the conditions laid down in the Scriptures of truth, and God will as surely fulfill on hHis part as hHis throne is sure. p. 97, Para. 1, [23OT].


 YouBecause the admonitions that God sends to His people are humiliating to human nature, you must not, my brother, rise up against the reproofs and warnings God sends to his people because these admonitions are humiliating to human naturethese reproofs and warnings. You need to die daily, to have experience a daily crucifixion to self. p. 97323, Para. 23, [23OT3T].


 According to the light that God has given me in vision, wickedness and deception are increasing among God's people, who profess to keep hHis commandments. Spiritual discernment to see sin as it exists, and then to put it out of the camp, is decreasing among God's people; and spiritual blindness is fast coming upon God's peoplethem. The straight testimony must be revived, and it will separate those from Israel who have ever been at war with the means that God has ordained to keep corruptions out of the church. Wrongs must be called wrongs. Grievous sins must be called by their right name. All of God's people should come nearer to hHim and wash their robes of character in the blood of the Lamb. Then will they see sin in the true light and will realize how offensive it is sin in the sight of God. p. 97324, Para. 3, [23OT1, [3T].


 In the temptation ofIt seemed a small matter to our first parents, it seemed a smallwhen mattertempted, to transgress the command of God in one small act, and eat of thea tree that was beautiful to the eye and pleasant to the taste. To the transgressors, this was but a small act; , but it destroyed their allegiance to God, and opened a flood of woe and guilt which has deluged the world. Who can know, in the moment of temptation, the terrible consequences which will result from one wrong, hasty step. ! Our only safety is to be shielded by the grace of God every moment, and not put out our own spiritual eyesight so that we will call evil, good, and good, evil. Without hesitation or argument, we must close and guard the avenues of the soul against evil. p. 98324, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 It will costs us an effort to secure eternal life. It is only by long and persevering efforts, sore discipline, and stern conflict, that we shall be overcomers. But if we patiently and determinedly, in the name of the Conqueror who overcame in our behalf in the wilderness of temptation, overcome as he He overcame, we shall have the eternal reward. Our efforts, our self-denial, our perseverance, must be proportionate to the infinite value of the object of which we are in pursuit of. p. 98 324, Para. 23, [23OT3T].


 You must not allow your sympathies for yourselves to shield yourselvesyou and others in wrong, because, to outward appearance, in your eyes, you see nothing in outward appearances to condemn. God sees; GodHe can read the motives and purposes of the soul. I entreat you in the name of our Master, who has called us and appointed us our work, to keep your hands off, and leave us to do the work that God has laid upon us. Keep your words of sympathy and pity for those who really deserve them, those who are pressed by the Spirit of God to show his His people their transgressions and the house of Israel their sins. Error and sin in these last days are embraced more readily than truth and righteousness. The soldiers of the cross of Christ are now required to gird on the Christian armor and to press back the moral darkness that is flooding the world. p. 98325, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 God will give both of you precious victories if you surrender yourselves wholly to hHim, and let hHis grace subdue your proud hearts. Your self-righteousness will avail nothing with God. Nothing should be done by fits and starts, or in a spirit of rashness. Wrongs cannot be righted, nor reformations in character made, by a few feeble, intermittent efforts. Sanctification is not a work of a day, nor or a year, but of a life-time. Without continual efforts and constant activity, there cannotcan be no advancement in the divine life and the, no attainment of the victor's crown. p. 99, Para. 1, [23OT].


We are We are doing up work for the Jjudgment, and it is unsafe to work in our own wisdom and trust to our own judgment. With the spirit of self-confidence that you now possess, neither of you could be happy in Hheaven; for there all, even the exalted angels, are subordinate. You have yet to learn subordination and submission. Both of you must be transformed by the grace of God. p. 99325, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Sister ----A, I saw that you should be careful that you do not open a door of temptation to your husband that you cannot close at will. It is easier to invite the enemy into your hearts, than to dismiss him after he has the ground. Your pride is easily hurt, and you need to come more close r to God, and seek with earnestness for grace, divine grace, to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ Jesus. God will be your helper if you choose hHim for your strength. Both of you should encourage greater devotion to God. The only way to watch humbly, is to watch prayerfully. Do not for a moment think that you may sit down and enjoy yourselves, and study your own pleasure and your own convenience. The life of Christ is our example. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.; He was wounded, hHe was bruised. You are too well satisfied with your position. You have need of constant watchfulness, lest Satan beguile you through his subtlety, corrupt your minds, and lead you into inconsistencies and gross darkness. Your watchfulness should be characterized by a spirit of humble dependence upon God. It should not be carried on with a proud, selfreliant spirit, but with a deep sense of your personal weakness, and a childlike trust in the promises of God. p. 100325, Para. 13, [23OT3T].


 It is now an easy and pleasant task to preach the truth of the third angel's message, in comparison with what it was when the message first started, when the numbers were few, and we were looked upon as fanatics. Those who bore the responsibility of the work in the rise and early progress of the message, knew what conflict, and distress, and soul anguish were. Night and day the burden was heavy upon them. They thought not of rest or convenience even when they were pressed with suffering and disease. The shortness of time called for activity, and the laborers were few. p. 100326, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 Frequently, when brought into strait places, the entire night has been spent in earnest, agonizing prayer, with tears, for help from God, and for light to shine upon hHis word. When the light has come, and the clouds have been driven back, what joy and grateful happiness have rested upon the anxious, earnest seekers! Our gratitude to God was as as complete as had been our earnest, hungering cry for light. Some nights we could not sleep, because our hearts were overflowing with love and gratitude to God. p. 101326, Para. 1 2, [23OT3T].


 Men who now go forth to preach the truth, have things made ready to their hand. They cannot now experience such privations as the laborers in present truth have endured before them. The truth has been brought out, link after link, intill it forms a clear, connected chain. To bring the truth out in such clearness and harmony has required careful research. Opposition, the most bitter and determined, drove the servants of God to the Lord and to their Bibles. Precious indeed to them was the light which came from God. p. 101327, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 I have been shown that the reason why some cannot discern the right is because they have so long cherished the enemy, who has worked side by side with them while they have not discerned his power. It sometimes seems hard to wait patiently till God's time comes to vindicate the right. But I I have been shown that if we become impatient, we lose a rich reward. As faithful husbandmen in God's great field, we must sow with tears, and be patient, and hopeful. We must meet troubles and sorrows. Temptations and wearisome toils will afflict the soul, andbut we must patiently wait in faith to reap with joy. TIn the final victory God will have no use for those persons who are nowhere to be found in the time of peril and danger, when the strength, and courage, and influence of all are required to make a charge upon the enemy, God will have no use for in the final victory. Those who stand like faithful soldiers to battle against wrong, and to vindicate the right, warring against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places, will each receive the commendation from the Master,: "Well done, good and faithful servant,: . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." p. 101327, Para. 32, [23OT3T].


 Never was there greater need of faithful warnings and reproofs, and close, straight dealing, than at this very time. Satan has come down with great power, knowing that his time is short. He is flooding the world with pleasing fables, and the people of God love to have smooth things spoken to them. Sin and iniquity are not abhorred. I was shown that there must be more firm and determined efforts by God's people must make more firm, determined efforts to press back the incoming darkness. The close work of the Spirit of God is needed now as never before. Stupidity must be shaken off. We must arouse from the lethargy that will prove our destruction unless we resist it. p. 102, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Satan has a powerful, controlling influence upon minds. Preachers and people are in danger of being found upon the side of the powers of darkness. There is no such thing now as a neutral position. We are all decidedly for the right, or decidedly with the wrong. Said Christ,: "ThHey that are not for me, are against me; and they that gather not with me, scatter abroad." p. 102, Para. 2, [23OTis not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad." p. 327, Para. 3, [3T].


 There are ever to be found those who will sympathize with those who are wrong. Satan had sympathizers in Hheaven, and took large numbers of the angels with him. God and Christ and Heavenly heavenly angels were on one side, and Satan on the other. Notwithstanding the infinite power and majesty of God and Jesus Christ, angels became disaffected. The insinuations of Satan took effect until, and they really came to believed that the Father and the Son were their enemies, and that Satan, was the ir benefactor. Satan has the same power and the same control over minds now, only it has increased a hundredfold by exercise and experience a hundred-fold. Men and women are today are deceived, blinded by his insinuations and devices, and know it not. They are, in By giving place to doubts and unbelief in regard to the work of God, and by cherishing feelings of distrust and cruel jealousies, they are preparing themselves for complete deception. They rise up with bitter feelings against the ones who have dared to speak of their errors and reprove their sins. p. 103 328, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 Those who have in the fear of God ventured out to faithfully meet error and sin, calling sin by its right name, have discharged a disagreeable duty, with much suffering of feelings to themselves; but they get the sympathy of but few, and suffer the neglect of many. The Ssympathizers are on the wrong side, and they carry out the purposes of Satan to defeat the design of God. p. 103328, Para. 2, [23OT3T].


 Reproofs always hurt human nature. Many are the souls that have been destroyed by the unwise sympathy of their brethren; for they, through their, because the brethren's sympathizing sympathized with them, they thought they must indeed have been abused, and theat the reprover was all wrong and had a bad spirit. The only hope for sinners in Zion is to fully see and confess their wrongs, and put them away. Those who step in to destroy the edge of sharp reproof that God sends, saying that the reprover was partly wrong, and the reproved was not just right, please the enemy. Any way that Satan can devise to make the reproofs of none effect will accomplish his design. Some will lay blame upon the one whom God has sent with a message of warning, saying, He is too severe; and in so doing, they become responsible for the soul of the sinner whom God desired to save, and to whom, because hHe loved him, hHe sent correction, that he might humble his soul before God, and put his sins from him. These false sympathizers will have an account to settle with the Master by-and-by for their work of death. p. 103329, Para. 3, [23OT1, [3T].


 There are many who profess to believe the truth who are blind to their own danger. They cherish iniquity in their hearts and practice it in their lives. Their friends cannot read their hearts, and frequently think that such are all right. E. G. W. Black Hawk, Colorado, Aug. 12, 1873. p. 104, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Letter to a Young Sister. p. 104, Para. 2, [23OT].


 Dear Sister ----329, Para. 2, [3T].


 DAYDREAMING Dear Sister E: I have been shown that you need a thorough conversion. You have accepted the truth, but have not received the blessings that the truth brings, because you have not experienced its transforming power. You are in danger of losing both worlds, unless you have a more thorough work of grace in your heart, and unless your will is brought into conformity to the mind and will of Christ. p. 104329, Para. 3, [23OT3T].


 You are not now on the right track forto obtain that peace or and happiness which the true, humble, cross-bearing cross bearing believer is sure to receive. You have the stamp of your father's character. You have a selfish disposition. Y; you do not realize this, but it is true. Your principal thoughts are for yourself, to please yourself, to do those things which will be most agreeable to youyourself, without reference to the happiness of those around you. You are making a mistake in searching for happiness. If you find happinessit, it will be in the performance of duty, and the forgetfulness of self. While your thoughts are so much upon yourself, you cannot be happy. p. 105329, Para. 14, [23OT3T].


 You neglect to cheerfully engage in the work which God has left you to do. You overlook the common, simple duties lying directly in your pathway, and your mind wanders off to some greater work, which you imagine will be more congenial to your taste, and which will supply the lack in your life, the barrenness in your soul. You will surely be disappointed here. The work which God has left you to do, is to take up the common, everyday duties which are common, right around you, and do the plain, homely duties of life cheerfully, not mechanically, but having your heart in what you do, andperforming with your heart, as well as with your hands, perform the simple duties which lie before you. p. 105330, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 You do not study to make others happy, you do not have ; your eyes are not open, trying to discern what you can do, in little things you can do, in what little attentions, in the daily courtesies of life, for you can show to your parents and the members of the household. You have felt too much that it was a virtue to shut yourself away from the family, and brood over your unhappy thoughts, and unhappy experience, gathering thorns, and taking satisfaction in wounding yourself with them. You indulge in a dreamy habit, which must be broken up. You leave duties undone. Work which you ought to do to relieve others, you neglect for the pleasure of indulging your own unhappy musings. You do not know yourself. Up, to duty. ! Arouse yourself, and take up your neglected duty. Redeem the past by future faithfulness. Take hold of the work before you; , and, in the faithful performance of duty, you will forget yourself, and will not have time to muse and become gloomy, and feel disagreeable and unhappy. p. 105330, Para. 3 2, [23OT3T].


 You have almost everything to learn in the Christian experience. You are not improving as fast as you might, and as you must, if you ever obtain eternal life. You are now forming a character for Hheaven, or a characterone which will debar you from Hheaven. p. 106, Para. 1, [23OT].


 You have had your mind and thoughts so engrossed in yourself that you have not realized what you must do in order to become a true follower of the meek and lowly Jesus. You have neglected your home duties. You have been a cloud and a shadow in the family, when it was your privilege to shed light and be a blessing to the dear ones around you. yYou have been pettish, fretful, and unhappy, when there was, in reality, nothing to make you so. You have not been awake to see what you might do to lift the burdens from your mother, and to bless your parents in every way possible. You have looked to your parents and sisters to help you to be happy and to minister to you, to do for you, while your thoughts have been centered upon yourself. You have not had the grace of God in your heart, while you have deceived yourself in thinking that you were really advanced in the knowledge of the divine will. p. 106331, Para. 21, [23OT3T].


 You have been ready to engage in conversation with those not of our faith, when it was impossible for you to present an intelligent reason of our faith before them. In this, you do not rightly represent the truth, and do much more injury to the cause of truth than you do good. If you should talk less in vindication of our faith, and study your Bible more, and let your deportment be of that character which would testify that the influence of the truth was good upon your heart and life, you would do far more good than inby mere talk, while you lack faithfulness in so many things. p. 107 331, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 If you are careful to follow the example of our selfdenying, self-sacrificing Redeemer, who was ever seeking to do others good, and to bless others, but not seekingto find ease and pleasure and enjoyment for hHimself, you will then bless others with your influence. In our mingling in society, in families, or in ourwhatever relations of life we are placed, either limited or extended, there are many ways wherein we may acknowledge our Lord, and many ways wherein we may deny him Him. We may deny hHim in our words, inby speaking evil of others, in by foolish talking, in jesting, and joking, or by idle or unkind words, or by prevaricating, speaking contrary to truth. In our words, we may confess that Christ is not in us. In our character, we may deny ChristHim by loving our ease, by shunning the duties and burdens of life, which some onesomeone must bear if we do not, and inby loving sinful pleasure. We may also deny Christ by pride of dress and conformity to the world. We may deny Christ, or by uncourteous behavior. We may deny Christ Him by love of loving our own opinions, and by seeking to maintain and justify self. We may also deny ChristHim in allowing the mind to run in the channel of lovesick sentimentalism, and in brooding to brood over our supposed hard lot and trials. p. 107331, Para. 23, [23OT3T].


 No one can truly confess Christ before the world, unless the mind and Sspirit of Christ live in him. It is impossible to communicate that which we have not. The conversation and the deportment should be a real and visible expression of grace and truth within. If the heart is sanctified, submissive, and humble, the fruits will be seen outwardly, and will be a most effectual confession of Christ. Words and profession are not enough. You, my sister, must have something more than this. You are deceiving yourself. Your spirit, your character, and your actions, are do not theshow a spirit of meekness, self-denial, and charity. Words and profession may express much humility and love,; but if the conduct is not regulated daily by the grace of God, you are not a partaker of the Hheavenly gift, you have not forsaken all for Christ, you have not surrendered your own will and pleasure to become hHis disciple. p. 108332, Para. 1, [23OT3T].


 You commit sin and deny your Saviour inby dwelling on gloomy things, and inby gathering trials to yourself, and in by borrowing troubles. You bring the troubles of tomorrow into today, and embitter your own heart, and bring burdens and a cloud upon those around you, by manufacturing trials. YouThe are very unwise in taking precious, probationary time which that God has given you in which to do good, to and become rich in good works, you are very unwise to employ in thinking unhappy thoughts, and in airy castle-building castle building. You suffer your imagination to run upon subjects that will bring to you no relief or happiness. Your day-dreaming daydreaming stands directly in the way of your obtaining a sound, healthy, intelligent experience in the things of God and a moral fitness for the better life. p. 109332, Para. 12, [23OT3T].


 The truth of God received into the heart is able to make you wise unto salvation. In believing and obeying it, you will receive grace sufficient for the duties and trials of today. Grace for tomorrow you do not need. You should feel that you have only to do with today. Overcome for today.; Ddeny self for today. W; watch and pray for today. O; obtain victories in God for today. COur circumstances that exist, ourand surroundings, the changes daily transpiring around us, and the written word of God which discerns and proves all things, things--these are sufficient to teach us our duty, and just what we ought to do, day toby day. p. 109, Para. 2, [23OT].


 Instead of suffering your mind to run in a channel of thought from which you will derive no benefit, you should be searching the Scriptures daily and doing those duties in daily life which may now be irksome to you, but which must be done by some one in daily lifesomeone. p. 109333, Para. 31, [23OT3T].


 The beauties of nature have a tongue that speaks to our senses without ceasing. The open heart can be impressed with the love and glory of God and his glory as seen in the works of his His hand. The listening ear can hear and understand the communications of God through the works of nature. There is a lesson in the sunbeam, and in the variety ofvarious objects in nature that God has presented to our view. The green fields, the lofty trees, the buds and flowers, the passing cloud, the falling rain, the babbling brook, the sun, moon, and stars placed in the heavens, all invite our attention and meditation, and bid us become acquainted with God, who made them all. The lessons you canto be learned from the various objects of the natural world are these: They are obedient to the will of their Creator. T; they never deny God--neverGod, never refuse obedience to any intimation of hHis will. Fallen beings alone refuse to yield full obedience to their Maker. Their words and works are at variance with God and opposed to the principles of hHis government. p. 333, Para. 2, [3T].


 Your thoughts are not elevated. There is enough in the natural world to lead you to love and adore your Creator. There is food for thought without shutting yourself away to feed on disappointed hopes and perverted imaginationsimaginings. p. 110, Para. 1, [23OT].


 Do not be ready to talk with unbelievers, and to enter into argument with those who oppose the truth;, for you are not furnished with Scripture knowledge to do this. You have neglected to study your Bible. You can best recommend the truth by the meekness of your life and the faithful discharge of your daily duties. If you are conscientiously strict to do your part, and are faithful and earnest to see what you can and should do for those for whom you labor, you will then better represent the truth. The best way in which you can recommend the truth is, not by argument, not by talk, but by living it daily, by yourleading a consistent, modest, humble life, as a disciple of Jesus Christ. p. 334, Para. 1, [3T].


 It is a sad thing to be discontented with our surroundings, or with the circumstances which have placed us where our duties seem humble and unimportant. Private and humble duties are distasteful to you. Y; you are restless, uneasy, and dissatisfied. p. 110, Para. 2, [23OT].


 All this springs from selfishness. You think more of yourself than others think of you. You love yourself better than you love your parents, sisters, and brother, and better than you love God. You want to have adesire more congenial labor, for which you think you will be better fitted. You are not willing to work and wait in the humble sphere of action where God has placed you, until hHe proves and tests you, and you demonstrate your ability and fitness for a higher position. "Blessed are the meek;: for they shall inherit the earth." The spirit of meekness doesis not consista spirit inof discontent, but it is directly the opposite. p. 111334, Para. 1 2, [23OT3T].


 Those professed Christians who are constantly whining and complaining, and who seem to think happiness and a cheerful countenance a sin, have not the genuine article of religion. Those who look upon nature's beautiful scenery as they would upon a dead picture, who