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Look to Jesus, Not to Others

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2. Let those who profess to believe the truth seek most earnestly to follow in the footsteps of the Master, ministering to all who need a Saviour. Christ has plainly laid down the conditions upon which salvation depends. "If any man will come after me," He says, "let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). Yes, follow Christ. Let every dear soul who desires to obey God walk in the footsteps of the Redeemer. We must be meek and lowly in heart. We are to bring forth fruits of righteousness according to the capabilities God has given us. My sister, we must have heaven. We must not let anything keep us from gaining eternal life. Be humble, meek, and lowly, kind, pitiful, and tenderhearted. Do not look at and talk of the failings of others. Remember that you become like that which you behold. Eternal life is worth everything to us. Let us talk about the goodness and power and glory of Christ. You can be a blessing in the church if you will let your light shine. By your example you may teach others how to shine. Do not bring in darkness by exalting the power of the enemy above the power of the Lord Jesus. All you have to do is to open your heart to the bright beams of the sunshine of Christ's grace and glory. Talk faith, pure, sacred, holy faith. Bear no discouraging testimony, for this pleases the enemy. Talk of the goodness of God. Have we not enough at every step to praise him for? Christ says, "Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it" (Revelation 3:8). Then let us not discourage others by talking of defects of character. Talk of the light. Heaven is full of light. Christ is the Light of the world. Speak hopeful words, strong, comforting words. Look away from the imperfections of others, and by your practical godliness show those around you the better way. I want you to recover all you have lost. Do not act out your impulsive feelings to the injury of any soul. In your home show your children the way to Christ. We need to appreciate more fully the value of the education to be given in the home—a jot here in love and tenderness, and a tittle somewhere else, line upon line in love. Pleasant words will do marvelous things. May God help you,

Psalm 24:1. even as an earthly parent seeks to place beautiful things before the children that He loves. His mercies have been freely bestowed upon us. reminding us of the Giver. and the fulness thereof. The heathen may rage and imagine vain things. is my prayer. I love to look upon the things of God in nature.—Letter 148. We view His glory in the beauteous things His hand has made. to be filled with the beauties of His character. We stand and behold His works without a veil between. the shrubs. but let us look up through them to nature's God. His inexpressible love. We may look up through nature to nature's God. God reveals His character. and be led to worship the Giver. and adore His goodness. The Lord is always pleased to see us happy. They have a language of their own. November 11. Let these beautiful ministries of love answer the purpose of God. He has surrounded us with tokens of His love. God is good. He has made the strength of the everlasting hills to be a safe retreat for His people. God has given us these precious things as an expression of His love. It is His voice we hear as we gaze upon the beauty and richness of the natural world.my dear sister. The Lord is a lover of the beautiful. and greatly to be praised. God is our refuge and strength in time of . to the Seventh-day Adventist wife of a prosperous but unbelieving businessman. Sinful as it is with all its imperfections. Worship Nature's God The earth is the Lord's. God has given us these things that in beholding the works of His hands we may learn of Him. but the Lord is unchangeable. We may sing. In love to us He has given them. and He means that we shall have pleasure in them. lofty trees. The beautiful. the Lord has lavished upon this earth the useful and the beautiful. 1900. for the Lord impresses upon them His character. tinted flowers tell of His tenderness and love. Then let us not worship the beautiful things in nature. His compassion. He has prepared the mountains and the caves for His oppressed and persecuted children. the flowers. and draw our hearts to Him. and to please and gratify us He has spread before us the beauties of nature. In the beautiful. the world. and they that dwell therein. God speaks to us in nature. He is to be compared to the most beautiful lilies and roses and pinks.

Thank God.trial. And He will look from His high and holy place upon those who love and fear Him. 1903.. the everlasting hills—to Him we may look." . "Through Nature to Nature's God.. whose Builder and Maker is God. He who made the towering mountains. In the things of nature we are given symbols of the kingdom of heaven.—Manuscript 153. It is as firm as the throne of God. we have a city that is pure. That city cannot be moved. November 9..