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“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” – Albert Einstein

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faith

”‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’  Often the follower of Christ is brought where he cannot serve God and carry forward his worldly enterprises.  Perhaps it appears that obedience to some plain requirement of God will cut off his means of support.  Satan would make him believe that he must sacrifice his conscientious convictions.  But the only thing in our world upon which we can rely is the word of God.  ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’  Matthew 6:33.  Even in this life it is not for our good to depart from the will of our Father in heaven.  When we learn the power of His word, we shall not follow the suggestions of Satan in order to obtain food or to save our lives.  Our only question will be, What is God’s command?  and what His promises?  Knowing these, we shall obey the one, and trust the other.

“In the last great conflict of the controversy with Satan those who are loyal to God will see every earthly support cut off. Because they refuse to break His law in obedience to earthly powers, they will be forbidden to buy or sell.  It will finally be decreed that they shall be put to death.  See Revelation 13:11-17.  But to the obedient is given the promise, ‘He shall dwell on high: his place of defense whall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.’  Isaiah 33:16.  By this promise the children of God will live.  When the earth shall be wasted with famine, they shall be fed.  ‘They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.’  Psalm 37:19.”  {Desire of Ages, 121-122}

the perfect role model

For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you 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 judges righteously.  1 Peter 2:22-23

By personally accepting Christ’s love and sacrifice for us on a daily basis, we are given His power to accomplish His example and become like Him in character; that no matter what comes our way, we would be without guile, without reviling, and without threatening towards others, committing ourselves to God, who alone judges righteously.

I have not found a greater example to follow in any other human being or religion, than the example given to us in Jesus Christ.  I want to be more like Christ!

 

 

 

*sin – transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4)

**guile – (noun) insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.

***revile – (verb) to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.

quote from 1885

“Confound not faith and feeling together. They are distinct. Faith is ours to exercise. This faith we must keep in exercise. Believe, believe. Let your faith take hold of the blessing, and it is yours. Your feelings have nothing to do with this faith. When faith brings the blessing to your heart, and you rejoice in the blessing, it is no more faith, but feeling.”  {Ellen G. White; Testimonies for the Church Vol. 1, pg. 167}

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