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take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.’ Ezek.36:26,27. (see 11:19,20) “My words are spirit and they are life.” John 6:63.
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Ps.119: 130,105. “All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing forward (crooked) or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.” Prov.8:8,9.
“I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early (diligently – RV.) shall find me.” Prov.8:17. “Because he hath set his love upon Me, (cleaves to me in love. - RSV.) therefore will I deliver him.” Ps.91:14. “And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way that they may fear me for ever, for the good of their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good.” Jer.32:3841a. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Heb.10:16. “The Comforter which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:26,27. By “the creative power of the Holy Spirit” we are “to receive the new heart, that is kept soft and tender by the grace of heaven. - - When Jesus speaks of the new heart, he means the mind, the life, the whole being. To have a change of heart is to withdraw the affections from the world, and fasten them upon Christ. To have a new heart is to have a new mind, new purposes, new motives. What is the sign of a new heart? – A changed life.”
Our High Calling, p.159. “A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.” Eccl.8:1. Christ is our wisdom. “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of His.” Rom.8:9. “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. - - He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Rom.8:10,13,14. PRAY – “Create in me a clean heart, O, God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with they free spirit.” Ps.51:10-12. We are changed by the Word of God. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. For he spake and it was done; he commanded and it stood fast.” Ps.33:6,9 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. - - - Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Phil.2:5,12,13. “It is the character and mind of Christ which, by conversion and transformation, men are to receive. Through his Son, God has revealed the excellency to which man is capable of attaining. God permits every
person to exercise his individuality. - - - An individual faith, - - - experience, knowing for himself that Christ is formed within, the hope of glory.” Imitate no man. Our pattern is Christ.” O.H.C. p.108. Jesus said, “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” John 13:15. “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow His steps. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. Who when he was reviled, reviled not again, when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.” “For what glory is it if you be buffeted for your faults, ye take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” 1Pet.2:21-23,20. “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto our souls.” Matt.11:29. “We must learn self denial, - - - courage, patience, fortitude, and forgiving love. - - - - The lessons that Christ has given us will be practiced. As Christ the pattern is kept constantly before the minds eye, new habits will be formed. - - - He must be exemplified in the minutest details of every day service in the work He gave us to do. - - - ‘Lord, what will thou have me do?’ Our natural independence, our self-confidence, our strong self-will, will be exchanged for a childlike, submissive, teachable spirit.” O.H.C. p.99. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Rom.12:2.
“How - - ? By the Holy Spirit taking possession of (the) mind, spirit, and character. . . . God gives the talents, the powers of the mind; man makes the character. The mind is the Lord’s garden, and man must cultivate it earnestly after the divine similitude.” O.H.C. p.106 Help In Daily Living. “What a man is has more influence than what he says. The officers who were sent to Jesus came back with the report that never man spoke as he spoke. But the reason for this was that never man lived as he lived. - - His words bore with them a convincing power, because they came from a heart pure and holy, full of love and sympathy, benevolence and truth. It is our own character and experience that determine our influence upon others. - - To live such a life, to exert such an influence costs at every step effort, self-sacrifice, discipline. - - Many are dissatisfied with their lifework: - - - time is occupied with common-place work, when they think themselves capable of higher responsibilities. - - He does not permit us to pass by the homely but sacred duties that lie next to us. Often these duties afford the very training essential to prepare us for a higher work. Often our plans fail that God’s plans for us may succeed. - - We are to look upon every duty, however humble, as sacred because it is part of God’s service. Our Daily
Prayer should be, ‘Lord help me to do my best. Teach me how to do better work. Give me energy and cheerfulness. Help me to bring into my service the loving ministry of the Savior.’ “ Ministry of Healing, p.469-474. “There are many who have given themselves to Christ, yet who see no opportunity of doing a large work or making great sacrifices in His service. - - The Christian who is such in his private life, in the daily surrender of self, in sincerity of purpose and purity of thought, in meekness under provocation, in faith and piety, in fidelity in that which is least, the one who in the home life represents the character of Christ – such a one may in the sight of God be more precious than even the world renowned missionary or martyr.” C. O.L. p.403,404,359,360. Fidelity – (Webster’s Dict.) 1. Strict observance of promises, duties etc. 2. Loyalty. 3. Faithfulness. 4. Accuracy; exactness; It is not the length of time we labor, but our willingness and fidelity in the work that makes it acceptable to God. “In all our service a full surrender of self is demanded. The smallest duty done in sincerity and self-forgetfulness is more pleasing to God than the greatest work when marred with self-seeking. He looks to see how much of the spirit of Christ we cherish, and how much of the likeness of Christ our
work reveals. He regards more the love and faithfulness with which we work than the amount we do.” C.O.L. p.360. “Because they are not connected with some directly religious work, many feel that their lives are useless. - - - But this is a mistake. -“Wherever we may be, Christ bids us take up the duty that presents itself. If this is in the home, take hold willingly and earnestly to make home a pleasant place. - - - This is as verily a work for God as is that of the minister in the pulpit. If your duty is in the kitchen, seek to be a perfect cook. Prepare food that will be healthful, nourishing, and appetizing. And as you employ the thoughts. - - - put your mind on what you are doing. In all your work represent Christ. Do as He would do in your place. - - - By faithfulness in little duties, we are to work on the plan of addition, and God will work for us on the plan of multiplication. These littles will become the most precious influences in the work. - - - True sanctification - - - consists in the cheerful performance of daily duties of life. - - “ What we shall be in heaven is the reflection of what we are now in character and holy service.” C.O.L. p.359-361, “The little everyday duties of life,- - - love to perform. --When engaged in the common, ordinary duties of life, - - - put your heart into your labor. - - - Have a love for household duties. - - - Washing dishes, setting tables, waiting upon the sick, cooking or washing, is of moral importance; and until you can cheerfully and happily take up these duties you are not fitted for greater and higher duties. - - - Woman in her home, doing the
simple duties of life that must be done, can and should exhibit faithfulness, obedience, and love as sincere as angels in their sphere. Everyday life brings its perplexities, trials, and discouragements. It is the humble work which frequently draws upon the patience and the fortitude. --It is the Spirit of God that you need.” 3 T. p.79-81. “There are many ways in which church members may give the message to those around them. One of the most successful is by living helpful, unselfish Christian lives. - - - Little attentions will cost nothing.” 9T. p.30 “It is in His purpose that every Christian shall be surrounded with a spiritual atmosphere of light and peace. He desires that we shall reveal His own joy in our lives.” P.K. p.720. “From no sect, or rank, or class of people is the light shining from heaven’s throne to be excluded.” P.K.p.719. “All the powers of the mind should be exercised, all the faculties cultivated. Perception, judgment, memory, and all the reasoning powers should have equal strength in order that minds may be well balanced. - - All the faculties have a bearing and are dependent, in a great measure, upon one another. One cannot be effectually used without the operation of all, that the balance may be carefully preserved. If all the attention and strength are given to one, while others are dormant, the development is strong in that one and will lead to extremes, because all the powers have not been cultivated. - - “
3 T. p.33.