Thursday, October 11, 2012
Closely examine your own heart, and the state of your affections toward God. Inquire, have I devoted the precious moments of today in seeking to please myself, seeking for my own amusement? or have I made others happy? Have I helped those connected with me to greater devotion to God and to appreciate eternal things? Have I brought my religion into my home, and there revealed the grace of Christ in my words and in my deportment? By my respectful obedience, have I honored my parents, and thus kept the fifth commandment? Have I cheerfully taken up my little, everyday duties, performing them with fidelity, doing whatI could to lighten the burdens of others? Have I kept my lips from evil and my tongue from speaking guile? Have I honored Christ my Redeemer, who have His precious life that eternal life might be within my reach? - Messages to Young People, p.122
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Men of power are those who have been opposed, baffled, and thwarted. By calling their energies into action, the obstacles they meet prove to them positive blessings. They gain self-reliance. Conflict and perplexity call for the exercise of trust in God and for that firmness which develops power.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Nothing is more needed in our work then the practical results of communion with God. We should show by our daily lives that we have peace and rest in the Saviour. His peace in the heart will shine forth in the countenance. It will give to the voice a persuasive power. Communion with God will ennoble the character and the life. Men will take knowledge of us, as of the first disciples, that we have been with Jesus. This will impart to the worker a power that nothing else can give. Of this power he must not allow himself to be driprived. -Help in Daily Living, p.59
Sunday, October 7, 2012
In times past there were those who fastened their minds upon one soul after another saying, "Lord, help me to save this soul." But now such instances are rare. How many act as if they realized the peril of sinners? How many take those whom they know to be in peril, presenting them to God in prayer, and supplicating Him to save them? (Gospel Worker 65.1)