Bible Commentary One Mans Mind Not to Be TrustedOne mans mind and one mans judgment was not to be trusted, for too great interests were at stake, and it was not free from human frailties and human errors There is not any one mans mind so perfect that there is no danger  of his moving from wrong motives, viewing things from a wrong standpoint. Letter 41, Satan Watching for Unguarded MindsSatan is watching that he may nd the mind in an unguarded moment, and so get possession of it. We do not want to be ignorant of his devices, neither do we want to be overpowered by his devices.
He is pleased with the pictures that represent him as having horns and hooves, for he has intelligence; he was once an angel of light. Manuscript 11, Evil Angels Attempt to Destroy Mans WillIf permitted, the evil angels will work [captivate and control] the minds of men until they have no mind or will of their own. Manuscript 64, Only Safety in ResistanceOur only safety is in giving no place to the devil; for his suggestions and purposes are ever to injure us and hinder us from relying upon God.
He transforms himself into an angel of purity that he may, through his specious temptations, introduce his devices in such a manner that we may not discern his wiles. The more we yield, the more powerful will be his deceptions over us.
It is unsafe to controvert or to parley with him. For every advantage we give the enemy, he will claim more. Our only safety is to reject rmly the rst insinuation to presumption. God has given us grace through the merits of Christ sufcient to withstand Satan, and be more than conquerors. Resistance is success. Resist the devil, and he will ee from you. Resistance must be rm and steadfast. We lose all we gain if we resist today only to yield tomorrow. The Review and Herald, April 8, Avoiding Presumptuous ActsThere are those who recklessly place themselves in scenes of danger and peril and expose themselves  to temptations, out of which it would require a miracle of God to bring them unharmed and untainted.
These are presumptuous acts, with which God is not pleased. Satans temptation to the Saviour of the world to cast Himself from the pinnacle of the temple was rmly met and resisted. The archenemy quoted a promise of God as security, that Christ might with safety do this on the strength of the promise. Jesus met this temptation with Scripture: It is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
In the same way Satan urges men into places where God does not require them to go, presenting Scripture to justify his suggestions. Genuine Faith and PresumptionThe promises of God are not for us to claim rashly, to protect us while we rush on recklessly into danger, violating the laws of nature or disregarding prudence and the judgment God has given us to use.
This would not be genuine faith but presumption Satan comes to us with worldly honor, wealth, and the pleasures of life. These temptations are varied to meet men of every rank and degree, tempting them away from God to serve themselves more than their Creator. All these things will I give Thee, said Satan to Christ. All these things will I give thee, says Satan to man. All this money, this land, all this power and honor and riches will I give thee; and man is charmed, deceived, and treacherously allured on to his ruin.
If we give ourselves up to worldliness of heart and of life, Satan is satised. Letter 1a, HC Our minds are given to the control of God or to the control of the powers of darkness; and it will be well for us to inquire where we are standing  todaywhether under the bloodstained banner of Prince Emmanuel or under the black banner of the powers of darkness.
The S. Only If We YieldSatan cannot touch the mind or intellect unless we yield it to him. Manuscript 17, Clear Insight NeededClear spiritual eyesight is needed to distinguish between the chaff and the wheat, between the science of Satan and the science of the Word of truth. Christ, the Great Physician, came to our world to give health and peace and perfection of character to all who will receive Him.
His gospel does not consist of outward methods and performances through which the science of an evil work may be introduced as a great blessing afterward to prove a great curse. Letter , HC This is why he insinuates that we have no need of prayer. The name of Jesus, our Advocate, he detests; and when we earnestly come to Him for help, Satans host is alarmed.
It serves his purpose well if we neglect the exercise of prayer, for then his lying wonders are. That which he failed to accomplish in tempting Christ he accomplishes by setting his deceitful temptations before  man. John wrote to Gaius, Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth 3 John Health of body depends largely upon health of soul; therefore whether you eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Personal religion is revealed by the deportment, the words, and the actions. It causes growth, till at last perfection claims the commendation of the Lord, Ye are complete in Him Colossians Letter , Pure Religion Brings Serenity, Composure, and Strength Pure and undeled religion is not a sentiment, but the doing of works of mercy and love. This religion is necessary to health and happiness. It enters the polluted soul temple and with a scourge drives out the sinful intruders.
Taking the throne, it consecrates all by its presence, illuminating the heart with the bright beams of the Sun of righteousness. It opens the windows of the soul heavenward, letting in the sunshine of Gods love. With it comes serenity and composure. Physical, mental, and moral strength increase, because the atmosphere of heaven as a  living, active agency lls the soul.
Christ is formed within, the hope of glory. The Review and Herald, October 15, Welfare Ministry, Like rays of light from the sun, like the streams of water bursting from a living spring, blessings ow out from Him to all His creatures. And wherever the life of God is in the hearts of men, it will ow out to others in love and blessing. Steps to Christ, 77 They are recipients of the life of the Son of God. However able and talented, however large their capacities, they are replenished with life from the Source of all life.
He is the spring, the fountain, of life. Only He who alone hath immortality, dwelling in Satan Uses Inuences of Mind on MindCast out of heaven, Satan set up his kingdom in this world, and ever since he has been untiringly striving to seduce human beings from their allegiance to God. He uses the same power that he used in heaventhe inuence of mind on mind. Men become tempters of their fellowmen. The strong, corrupting sentiments of Satan are cherished, and they exert a masterly, compelling power.
Under the inuence of these sentiments, men bind up with one another in confederacies, in trade unions, and in secret societies. There are at work in the world agencies that God will not much longer tolerate. Letter , Satans Studied Purpose to Employ Powers for Selsh Ends Satan has nets and snares, like the snares of the fowler, all prepared to entrap souls.
It is his studied purpose that men shall employ their God-given powers for selsh ends rather than yield them to glorify God. God would have men engage in a work that will bring them  peace and joy and will render them eternal prot; but Satan wants us to concentrate our efforts for that which proteth not, for the things that perish with the using.
The Present Truth, September 1, Transgression Brought No New Order of Energies and PassionsWe are not to suppose that since the transgression of Adam, God has given to human beings a new order of energies and passions, for then it would appear that God had interfered to implant in the human race sinful propensities. Christ began His work of conversion as soon as man transgressed, that through obedience to the law of God and faith in Christ they might regain the lost image of God.
Manuscript 60, Here are the two great powers confronting each other, the Prince of God, Jesus Christ, and the prince of darkness, Satan. Here comes the open conict. There are but two classes in the world, and every human being will range under one of the two banners, the banner of the prince of darkness or the banner of Jesus Christ.
It is the wayward heart that has dragged down the faculties of the soul. All who would learn the science of salvation must be submissive students in the school of Christ, that the soul temple may be the abiding place of the Most High. If we would learn of Christ, the soul must be emptied of all its proud possessions, that Christ may imprint His image on the soul. Letter 5, HC It is the cross of Calvary. By looking unto Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith,  all the desire for self-glorication is laid in the dust.
There comes, as we see aright, a spirit of self-abasement that promotes lowliness and humbleness of mind. As we contemplate the cross, we are enabled to see the wonderful provision it has brought to every believer. God in Christ, There will be no self-exaltation, but there will be true humility. Letter 20, HC Through the working of the Holy Spirit upon the human mind, man is made complete in Christ Jesus. Unity with Christ establishes a bond of unity with one another. This unity is the most convincing proof to the world of the majesty and virtue of Christ and of His power to take away sin.
Worldly honor and worldly greatness are of just that value that the Creator of man places upon them. Their wisdom is foolishness, their strength weakness. Letter 9, HC Selshness and Its FruitSelshness is the essence of depravity, and because human beings have yielded to its power, the opposite of allegiance to God is seen in the world today. Nations, families, and individuals are lled with a desire to make self a center. Man longs to rule over his fellowmen. Separating himself in his egotism from God and his fellow beings, he follows his unrestrained inclinations.
He acts as if the good of others depended on their subjection to his supremacy. The Present Truth, June 25, Counsels on Stewardship, The Victory May Be GainedThrough the cultivation of righteous principles, man may gain the victory over the bias to evil. If  he is obedient to the law of God, the senses are no longer warped and twisted; the faculties are no longer perverted and wasted by being exercised on objects that are of a character to lead away from God. In and through the grace bestowed by Heaven, the words, the thoughts, and the energies may be puried; a new character may be formed, and the debasement of sin overcome.
Wavering Mind Beginning of TemptationThe beginning of yielding to temptation is in the sin of permitting the mind to waver, to be inconsistent in your trust in God. The wicked one is ever watching for a chance to misrepresent God and to attract the mind to that which is forbidden. If he can, he will fasten the mind upon the things of the world. He will endeavor to excite the emotions, to arouse the passions, to fasten the affections on that which is not for your good; but it is for you to hold every emotion and passion under control, in calm subjection to reason and conscience.
Then Satan loses his power to control the mind. The work to which Christ calls us is to the work of progressive conquest over spiritual evil in our characters. Natural tendencies are to be overcome Appetite and passion must be conquered, and the will must be placed wholly on the side of Christ.. The Review and Herald, June 14, He is using every enchantment to allure men into the broad road of disobedience.
He is working to confuse the senses with erroneous sentiments and remove the landmarks by placing his false inscription on the signposts which God has established to point the right way. It is because these evil agencies are striving to eclipse every ray of light from the soul that heavenly beings are appointed to do their work of ministry, to guide, guard, and control those who shall be heirs of salvation. None need despair  because of the inherited tendencies to evil, but when the Spirit of God convicts of sin, the wrongdoer must repent and confess and forsake the evil.
Faithful sentinels are on guard to direct souls in right paths. Manuscript 8, Partaker of Sin Through AssociationThe soul that has been misled by wrong inuences and has become a partaker of sin through association with others, to do contrary to the mind and character of God, need not despair. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undeled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens Hebrews Christ is not only priest and intercessor for our sins, but the offering.
He offered Himself once for all. Letter 11, Satans Work to Discourage; Christs to Inspire HopeDo not for a moment acknowledge Satans temptations as being in harmony with your own mind. Turn from them as you would from the adversary himself. Satans work is to discourage the soul. Christs work is to inspire the heart with faith and hope. Satan seeks to unsettle our condence. He tells us that our hopes are built upon false premises rather than upon the sure, immutable word of Him who cannot lie.
Manuscript 31, We are not left to ourselves to ght the battle against self and our sinful natures in our own nite strength. Jesus is a mighty helper, a never-failing support None need fail or become discouraged when such ample provision has been made for us. The heart that loves God supremely will not in any way be inclined to narrow down His precepts to the very smallest possible claims, but the obedient, loyal soul will cheerfully render full spiritual obedience when the law is seen in its spiritual power.
Then will the commandments come home to the soul in their real force. Sin will appear exceedingly sinful There is no longer self-righteousness, self-esteem, self-honor. Self-security is gone. Deep conviction of sin and self-loathing is the result, and the soul in its desperate sense of peril lays hold on the blood of the Lamb of God as his only remedy.
Letter 51, HC Meeting the Tempters ChallengeSatan will come to you saying, You are a sinner. But do not let him ll your mind with the thought that because you are sinful, God has cast you off.
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Say to him, Yes, I. I need forgiveness and pardon, and Christ says that if I come to Him I shall not perish. In His letter to me I read, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness 1 John I will believe the word He has left for me. I will obey His commands. When Satan tells you that you are lost, answer, Yes, but Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.
The greater my sin, the greater my need of a Saviour. Letter 98b, Attention Turned From Confusion to Gods HandiworkGod calls upon His creatures to turn their attention from the confusion and perplexity around them and admire His handiwork. The heavenly bodies are worthy of contemplation. God has made them for the benet of man, and as we study His works, angels of God will be by our side to enlighten our minds and guard them from satanic deception. What Religion DoesTrue religion ennobles the mind, renes the taste, sancties the judgment, and makes its possessor a partaker of the purity and the holiness of Heaven.
It brings angels near and separates us more and more from the spirit and inuence of the world. It enters into all the acts and relations of life and gives us the spirit of a sound mind, and the result is happiness and peace. The Signs of the Times, October 23, Counsels on Health, , Increases Intellectual CapabilitiesAs in the case of Daniel, in exact proportion as the spiritual character is developed, the intellectual capabilities are increased.
The Review and Herald, March 22, It Improves the Physical HealthLet the mind become intelligent and the will be placed on the Lords side, and there will be a wonderful improvement in the physical health. The Medical Missionary, December 1, Counsels on Health, Right Doing the Best MedicineThe consciousness of right doing is the best medicine for diseased bodies and minds. The special blessing of God resting upon the receiver is health and strength.
One whose mind is quiet and satised in God is on the highway to health. To have the consciousness that the eye of the Lord is upon us and that His ear is open to our prayers is a satisfaction indeed. To know that we have a never-failing friend to whom we can conde all the secrets. There are those who hide their soul hunger. These will be greatly helped by a tender word or a kind remembrance. Thus we reveal a love that is heaven-born and which will increase as it is freely used in blessing others. Thus we glorify God.
Results of One Moment of ThoughtlessnessOne safeguard removed from conscience, the indulgence of one evil habit, a single neglect of the high claims of duty, may be the beginning of a course of deception that will pass you into the ranks of those who are serving Satan, while you are all the time professing to love God and His cause.
A moment of thoughtlessness, a single misstep, may turn the whole current of your lives in the wrong direction. God Works No Miracle to Prevent HarvestThe Lord sends us warning, counsel, and reproof that we may have opportunity to correct our errors before they become second nature. But if we refuse to be corrected, God does not interfere to counteract the tendencies of our own course of action. He works no miracle that the seed sown may not spring up and bear fruit. That man who manifests an indel hardihood or a stolid indifference to divine truth is but reaping the harvest which he has himself sown.
Such has been the experience of many. They listen with stoical indifference to the truths which once stirred their very souls. They sowed neglect, indifference, and resistance to the truth; and such is the harvest which they reap. The coldness of ice, the hardness of iron, the impenetrable, unimpressible nature of rockall these nd a counterpart in the character of many a professed Christian. It was thus that the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh.
God spoke to the Egyptian king by the mouth of Moses, giving him the most striking evidences of divine power; but the monarch stubbornly refused the light which would have brought him to repentance. God  did not send a supernatural power to harden the heart of the rebellious. By persistent rejection of the Spirits inuence, men cut themselves off from God. He has in reserve no more potent agency to enlighten their minds. No revelation of His will can reach them in their unbelief.
The Review and Herald, June 20, He is to overcome obstacles and make his surroundings instead of being molded by them. He has room to exercise his talents in bringing order and harmony out of confusion. In this work he may have divine aid if he will claim it.
He is not left to battle with temptations and trials in his own strength. Help has been laid upon One who is mighty. Jesus left the royal courts of heaven and suffered and died in a world degraded by sin that He might teach man how to pass through the trials of life and overcome its temptations. Here is a pattern for us. God Desires the Mind to Be RenovatedThe rubbish of questionable principles and practices is to be swept away.
The Lord desires the mind to be renovated and the heart lled with the treasures of truth. Manuscript 24, To Deal Judiciously With Different MindsWe all need to study character and manner that we may know how to deal judiciously with different minds, that we may use our best endeavors to help them to a correct understanding of the Word of God and to a true Christian life. We should read the Bible with them and draw their minds away from temporal things to their eternal interests. It is the duty of Gods children to be missionaries for Him, to become acquainted with those who need help.
If one is staggering under temptation, his case should  be taken up carefully and managed wisely; for his eternal interest is at stake, and the words and acts of those laboring for him may be a savor of life unto life or of death unto death. Unbending Principle Marks Students of JesusUnbending principle will mark the course of those who sit at the feet of Jesus and  learn of Him.
Chapter 5The Fanatical Mind [Note: Webster denes fanaticism as excessive enthusiasm or unreasoning zeal. Satan will come in, speaking lies in hypocrisy. Everything that he can invent to deceive men and women will be brought forward. Letter , How Satan Does ItWe have found in our experience that if Satan cannot keep souls bound in the ice of indifference, he will try to push them into the re of fanaticism. When the Spirit of the Lord comes among His people, the enemy seizes his opportunity to work also upon different minds and lead them to mingle their own peculiar traits of character with the work of God.
Thus there is always danger that they may allow their own spirit to mingle with the work and that unwise moves may be made. Many carry on a work of their own devising that is not prompted by God. Letter 34, Similar to Testimonies for the Church Result of Cherishing Defective TendenciesThere are some  who will not hear. So long have they chosen to follow their own way and their own wisdom, so long have they cherished defective hereditary and cultivated tendencies of character, that they are blind and cannot see afar off.
By them, principles are perverted, false standards are raised, tests are made that bear not the signature of Heaven Some of these very ones make their boasts in the Lord as a people who do righteousness and forsake not the ordinances of their God. Manuscript 36, Bereft of a Healthy Mental AttitudeThose taken in Satans snare have not yet come to a healthy mental attitude. They are dazed, self-important, self-sufcient. Oh, with what sorrow the Lord looks upon them and hears their great swelling words of vanity.
They are puffed up with pride. The enemy is looking on with surprise at their being taken captive so easily. Letter , Spurious HumilityMuch tful, spurious humility is seen among professed Christians. Some, determined to conquer self, place themselves as low as possible; but they try only in their own strength, and the next wave of praise or attery carries them up out of sight. They are not willing to submit wholly to God, and He cannot work through them. Take no glory whatever to yourself. Do not work with a divided mind, trying to serve God and self at the same time.
Keep self out of sight. Let your words lead the weary and heavy-laden to Jesus, the compassionate Saviour. Work as seeing Him who is at your right hand, ready to give you strength for service. Your only safety is in entire dependence upon Christ. The Review and Herald, May 11, Too Much Made of a Happy Flight of FeelingSome are not satised with a meeting unless they have a powerful and happy time. They work for this and get up an excitement of feeling. But the inuence of such meetings is not benecial. When the happy ight of feeling is gone, they sink lower than before the meeting because their  happiness did not come from the right source.
The most protable meetings for spiritual advancement are those which are characterized with solemnity and deep searching of heart; each seeking to know himself and earnestly, and in deep humility, seeking to learn of Christ. Strange ExercisesBy such fanaticism as we have lately had among us in California in peculiar exercises and the claim of power to cast out devils, Satan is seeking to deceive if possible the very elect.
These persons, claiming to have a special message for our people, would charge one and another with being possessed of an evil spirit. Then after praying with them they would declare the devil cast out. The result of their work testied of its character. I was bidden to say to our people that the Lord was not in these strange exercises but that such exhibitions would deceive souls to their ruin unless they were warned, and Bible truth would be perverted.
Letter 12, Naturally CombativeSome are naturally combative. They do not care whether they harmonize with their brethren or not. They would like to enter into controversy, would like to ght for their particular ideas; but they should lay this aside, for it is not developing the Christian graces. Work with all your power to answer the prayer of Christ, that His disciples may be one, as He is one with the Father. Not a soul of us is safe unless we learn of Christ daily, His meekness and lowliness.
In your labor do not be dictatorial, do not be severe, do not be antagonistic. Preach the love of Christ, and this will melt and subdue hearts. Seek to be of one mind and one judgment with your brethren and to speak the same things. This talking about divisions because all do not have the same ideas as present themselves to your mind is not the work of God but of the enemy. Talk the simple truth wherein  you can agree. Talk of unity; do not become narrow and conceited; let your mind broaden. Following a Self-established StandardMany, many are trusting to their own righteousness.
They set up a standard for themselves and do not submit to the will of Christ and allow Him to clothe them with the robe of His righteousness. They form characters according to their own will and pleasure. Satan is well pleased with their religion. They misrepresent the perfect characterthe righteousnessof Christ. Themselves deceived, they deceive others. They are not accepted of God. They are liable to lead other souls into false paths. They will at last receive their reward with the great deceiverSatan. He thought God had passed all the leading workers and given him the message.
I attempted to show him that he was mistaken When we told him our reasons and set the matter before him, that he was in error, he had great power come upon him, and he certainly gave a loud cry We had much trouble with him; his mind became unbalanced, and he had to be placed in the insane asylum. Letter 16, Then when men come with their curiously invented theories, enter not into controversy with them, but afrm what you know. It is written is to be your weapon. There are men who will try to spin out their ne threads of false theories.
Thank God that there are those also who have been taught of Him and who know what is truth. Guard Expressions and AttitudesThis is a time when we need  to be very watchful and to guard carefully the character of the work. Some will seek to bring in false theories and will come with false messages.
Satan will stir human minds to create fanaticism in our ranks. We have seen something of this in the year The Lord desires His people to move carefully, guarding the expressions and even the attitude. Satan will use peculiarities of attitude and voice to cause excitement and to work on human minds to deceive. Letter 12, Avoid Tests of Human InventionNew and strange things will continually arise to lead Gods people into false excitement, religious revivals, and curious developments; but our people should not be subjected to any tests of human invention that will create controversy in any line.
Beware of New. Every conceivable deception will be brought to bear upon those who have not a daily, living connection with God. Satans angels are wise to do evil, and they will create that which some will claim to be advanced light and will proclaim it as new and wonderful; yet while in some respects the message may be truth, it will be mingled with human inventions and will teach for doctrine the commandments of men. If there was ever a time when we should watch and pray in real earnest, it is now.
Many apparently good things will need to be carefully considered with much prayer; for they are specious devices of the enemy to lead souls in a path which lies so close to the path of truth that it will be scarcely distinguishable from it. But the eye of faith may discern that it is diverging, though almost imperceptibly, from the right path. At rst it may be thought positively right, but after a while it is seen to be widely divergent from the way which leads to holiness and heaven.
My brethren, I warn you to make straight paths for your feet, lest the  lame be turned out of the way. Manuscript 82, Fanaticism Hard to QuenchFanaticism, once started and left unchecked, is as hard to quench as a re which has obtained hold of a building. Those who have entered into and sustained this fanaticism [holy esh] might far better be engaged in secular labor, for by their inconsistent course of action they are dishonoring the Lord and imperiling His people.
Many such movements will arise at this time when the Lords work should stand elevated, pure, unadulterated. We need to be on our guard, to maintain a close connection with Christ, that we be not deceived by Satans devices. The General Conference Bulletin, April 23, Fine-drawn Theories That Fill the MindSatan is working in many ways that the very men who ought to preach the message may be occupied with ne-drawn theories which he will cause to appear of such magnitude and importance as to ll the whole mind; and while they think they are making wonderful strides in experience, they are idolizing a few ideas, and their inuence is injured and tells but little on the Lords side.
Let every minister make earnest efforts to ascertain what is the mind of Christ. There are those who pick out from the Word of God, and also from the Testimonies, detached paragraphs or sentences that may be interpreted to suit their ideas, and they dwell upon these and build themselves up in their own positions, when God is not leading them. Now all this pleases the enemy. We should not needlessly take a course that will make differences or cause dissension. We should not give the impression that if our particular ideas are not followed, it is because the ministers are lacking in comprehension.
There are in the lessons of Christ subjects in abundance that you can speak upon, and mysteries which neither you nor your hearers can understand or explain might better be left alone. Give the Lord Jesus Christ Himself room to teach; let Him by the inuence of His  Spirit open to the understanding the wonderful plan of salvation.
Turn Away From the Negative Side counsel to a minister If you could see the result of always occupying the negative side, as you have done for years to a greater or less extent, you would have a better understanding of the words of the Saviour, recorded in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew. The disciples came to Jesus with the question, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth Me. But whoso shall offend one of these little. Woe unto the world because of offenses! Matthew My brother, cast away all evil thinking. Humble your heart before God.
Then, your eyes being opened, you will no longer stand on the negative side. If thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting re Matthew Cut away your defective attributes, however painful to human nature it may be to do this. And if thine eyeso sharp to see something to criticize or opposeoffend thee, pluck it out, and cast if from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell re verse 9.
Letter 93, Faith Overcomes NegativismWe shall have success if we move forward in faith, determined to do the work of God intelligently. We  must not allow ourselves to be hindered by men who love to stand on the negative side, showing very little faith. Gods missionary work is to be carried forward by men of much faith and is steadily to grow in force and efciency. Letter , The Peril of Individual IndependenceThere have ever been in the church those who are constantly inclined toward individual independence.
They seem unable to realize that independence of spirit is liable to lead the human agent to have too much condence in himself and to trust in his own judgment rather than to respect the counsel and highly esteem the judgment of his brethren, especially of those in the ofces that God has appointed for the leadership of His people.
God has invested His church with special authority and power which no one can be justied in disregarding and despising, for he who does this despises the voice of God. The Acts of the Apostles, , Peace Found in Cherishing MeeknessThe soul nds rest only in cherishing meekness and lowliness of heart.
The peace of Christ is never found where selshness reigns. CT Prepares for Eternity. Apparently he throws away the seed; but, buried in the soil, the seed germinates. The power of the living God gives it life and vitality, and there is seen "first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear" Mark Study this wonderful process. Oh, there is so much to learn, so much to understand! If we improve our minds to the utmost of our ability we shall through the eternal ages continue to study the ways and works of God and to know more and more of Him.
Science of Christianity and the Mind. The mind is to be disciplined, educated, trained; for men are to do service for God in ways that are not in harmony with inborn inclination. Often the training and education of a lifetime must be discarded that one may become a learner in the school of Christ.
The heart must be educated to become steadfast in God. Old and young are to form habits of thought that will enable them to resist temptation. They must learn to look upward. The principles of the Word of God --principles that are as high as heaven and that compass eternity--are to be understood in their bearing on the daily life. Every act, every word, every thought, is to be in accord with these principles.
Those who become followers of Christ find that new motives of action are supplied, new thoughts arise, and new actions must result. But they can make advancement only through conflict, for there is an enemy who ever contends against them, presenting temptations to cause the soul to 7. There are hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil that must be overcome. Appetite and passion must be brought under the control of the Holy Spirit. There is no end to the warfare this side of eternity. But while there are constant battles to fight, there are also precious victories to gain; and the triumph over self and sin is of more value than the mind can estimate.
There is no excuse for slow bungling at work of any character. When one is always at work and the work is never done, it is because mind and heart are not put into the labor. The one who is slow and who works at a disadvantage should realize that these are faults to be corrected. He needs to exercise his mind in planning how to use the time so as to secure the best results. By tact and method, some will accomplish as much in five hours as others do in ten. Some who are engaged in domestic labor are always at work, not because they have so much to do but because they do not plan so as to save time.
By their slow, dilatory ways they make much work out of very little. But all who will may overcome these fussy, lingering habits. In their work let them have a definite aim. Decide how long a time is required for a given task, and then bend every effort toward accomplishing the work in the given time. The exercise of the willpower will make the hands move deftly. He desires that it shall be used to His glory. We have none too much brain power or reasoning faculties. We are to educate and train every power of mind and body--the human mechanism that Christ has bought--in order that we may put it to the best possible use.
We are to do all we can to strengthen these powers, for God is pleased to have us become more and still more efficient colaborers with Him. Helena Sanitarium, Jan 23, The Cultivated Mind Measures the Man. The cultivated mind is the measure of the man. Your education should continue during your lifetime; every day you should be learning and putting to practical use the knowledge gained. The similarity between an uncultivated field and an untrained mind is striking.
Children and youth already have in their minds and hearts corrupt seed, ready to spring up and bear its perverting harvest; and the greatest care and watchfulness are needed in cultivating and storing the mind with precious seeds of Bible truth. HC Acquiring Knowledge and Mental Culture. The cultivation of the intellect need not be prevented by poverty, humble origin, or unfavorable surroundings. A resolute purpose, persistent industry, and careful economy of time will enable men to acquire knowledge and mental discipline which will qualify them for almost any position of influence and usefulness.
A sore, sick heart, a discouraged mind, needs mild treatment. Sympathy and tact will often prove a greater benefit to the sick than will the most skillful treatment given in a cold, indifferent way. Be thorough and faithful in whatever you undertake. Procure ever advantage within your reach for strengthening the intellect. Let the study of books be combined with useful manual labor, and by faithful endeavor, watchfulness, and prayer secure the wisdom that is from above. This will give you an all-round education.
Thus you may rise in character, and gain an influence over other minds, enabling you to lead them in the path of uprightness and holiness. Mechanics, lawyers, merchants, men of all trades and professions, educate themselves that they may become masters of their business. Should the followers of Christ be less intelligent, and while professedly engaged in His service be ignorant of the ways and means to be employed?
The enterprise of gaining everlasting life is above every earthly consideration. In order to lead souls to Jesus there must be a knowledge of human nature and a study of the human mind. Much careful thought and fervent prayer are required to know how to approach men and women upon the great subject of truth. Then they will find themselves in demand anywhere and everywhere. They will be appreciated for all that they are worth. Through the provisions of divine grace we may attain almost to the excellence of the angels.
True Principles of Psychology in Scriptures. Man knows not his own value. He acts according to his unconverted temperament of character because he does not look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of his faith. He who comes to Jesus, he who believes on Him and makes Him his Example, realizes the meaning of the words "To them gave He power to become the sons of God.
Those who pass through the experience of true conversion will realize, with keenness of perception, their responsibility to God to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling, their responsibility to make complete their recovery from the leprosy of sin. Such an experience will lead them humbly and trustfully to place their dependence upon God. ML The Spirit of God, received into the soul, quickens all its faculties. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the mind that is devoted unreservedly to God develops harmoniously, and is strengthened to comprehend and fulfill the requirements of God.
The weak, vacillating character becomes changed to one of strength and steadfastness. Continual devotion establishes so close a relation between Jesus and His disciples that the Christian becomes like his master in character. He has clearer, broader views. His discernment is more penetrative, his judgment better balanced. So quickened is he by the life-giving power of the Sun of righteousness that he is enabled to bear much fruit to the glory of God. The Science of a Pure Christian Life. This is the highest education that any earthly being can obtain.
These are the lessons that the students in our schools are to be taught, that they may come forth with pure thoughts and clean minds and hearts, prepared to ascend the ladder of progress and to practice the Christian virtues.
This is why we wish our schools connected with our sanitariums and our sanitariums with our schools. These institutions are to be conducted in the simplicity of the gospel given in the Old Testament and in the New. Surrounded With an Atmosphere of Peace. We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God.
He bids us, "Be still, and know that I am God. Amid the hurrying throngs and 12 the strain of life's intense activities he who is thus refreshed will be surrounded with an atmosphere of light and peace. He will receive a new endowment of both physical and mental strength. The Religion of Christ an Effectual Remedy. Sickness of the mind prevails everywhere. Infidels have made the most of these unfortunate cases [in which home troubles, remorse for sin, fear of an eternally burning hell, have unbalanced the mind], attributing insanity to religion; but this is a gross libel and one which they will not be pleased to meet by and by.
The religion of Christ, so far from being the cause of insanity, is one of its most effectual remedies; for it is a potent soother of the nerves. Entering the Region of Peace.
Rest in Christ's love and under His protecting care. Entering into communion with the Saviour, we enter the region of peace. All Undue Anxieties Dismissed. No tears are shed that God does not notice. There is no smile that He does not mark. If we would but fully believe this, all undue anxieties would be dismissed. Our lives would not be so filled with disappointment as now; for everything, whether great or small, would be left in the hands of God, who is not perplexed by the multiplicity of 13 cares or overwhelmed by their weight. We should then enjoy a rest of soul to which many have long been strangers.
Training the Soul by Discipline. We must labor to have sound bodies and strong minds that are not easily enfeebled, minds that look beyond self to the cause and result of every movement made. Then we are in a fair way to endure hardness as good soldiers. We need minds that can see difficulties and go through with them with the wisdom that comes from God, that can wrestle with hard problems and conquer them.
The hardest problem is to crucify self, to endure hardness in spiritual experiences, training the soul by severe discipline. This will not, perhaps, bring the very best satisfaction at the first, but the aftereffect will be peace and happiness. Christ Has Power to Invigorate and Restore. Sin not only shuts us away from God but destroys in the human soul both the desire and the capacity for knowing Him.
All this work of evil it is Christ's mission to undo. The faculties of the soul, paralyzed by sin, the darkened mind, the perverted will, He has power to invigorate and to restore. He opens to us the riches of the universe, and by Him the power to discern and to appropriate these treasures is imparted. Either God or Satan Controls. Every Sin Cherished Weakens the Character. This is not so. Every sin You may repent of the wrong you have done, and set your feet in right paths; but the mold of your mind and your familiarity with evil will make it difficult for you to distinguish between right and wrong.
Through the wrong habits formed, Satan will assail you again and again. The Teacher's Psychological Qualifications. If he is a sincere Christian, he will feel the necessity of having an equal interest in the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual education of his scholars. In order to exert the right influence he should have perfect control over himself, and his own heart should be richly imbued with love for his pupils, which will be seen in his looks, words, and acts.
He should have firmness of character, and then he can mold the minds of his pupils as well as instruct them in the sciences. The early education of youth generally shapes their characters for life. Those who deal with the young should be very careful to call out the qualities of the mind, that they may better know how to direct its powers so that they may be exercised to the very best account.
Man to Become a New Creature. Through the divine power imputed to them they are to return to their allegiance. By laws and resources God has ordained a heavenly communication with man's spiritual life that in its action is as mysterious as the science and operation of the wind John , 8. Christ declared, "My kingdom is not of this world" John While it imprints its influence upon earthly governments, it cannot take the slightest imprint from them without marring the divine similitude. So spiritual is the character of God's work upon the 15 human heart that receives it that it makes every one a new creature without destroying or weakening any capability God has given to man.
It purifies every attribute fit for connection with the divine nature. That which is born of the Spirit is Spirit, and when man is born from above, a heavenly peace pervades the soul. SpTBC [No. Right Excludes Wrong. You cannot keep their active minds unoccupied, neither can you frown away evil. Only by the inculcation of right principles can you exclude wrong thoughts. Unless parents plant the seeds of truth in the hearts of their children, the enemy will sow tares. Good, sound instruction is the only preventive of the evil communications that corrupt good manners.
Truth will protect the soul from the endless temptations that must be encountered. Only One Day Is Mine. Only one day at a time--think of this.
One day is mine. I will in this one day do my best. I will use my talent of speech to be a blessing to some other one, a helper, a comforter, an example which the Lord my Saviour shall approve. I will exercise myself in patience, kindness, forbearance, that the Christian virtues may be developed in me today. Every morning dedicate yourself, soul, body, and spirit, to God.
Establish habits of devotion and trust more and more in your Saviour. You may believe with all confidence that the Lord Jesus loves you and wishes you to grow up to His stature of character. He wishes you to grow in His love, to increase and strengthen in all the fullness of divine love. Then you will gain a knowledge of the highest value for time and for eternity. HP It is impossible for us to enjoy health without labor.
All the faculties should be called into use that they may be properly developed and that men and women may have well-balanced minds. The precepts and principles of religion are the first steps in the acquisition of knowledge and lie at the very foundation of true education. Knowledge and science must be vitalized by the Spirit of God in order to serve the noblest purposes. The Christian alone can make the right use of knowledge.
Science, in order to be fully appreciated, must be viewed from a religious standpoint. Then all will worship the God of science. The heart which is ennobled by the grace of God can best comprehend the real value of education. The attributes of God as seen in His created works can be appreciated only as we have a knowledge of the Creator.
The teachers must be acquainted not only with the theory of the truth but must have an experimental knowledge of the way of holiness in order to lead the youth to the fountains of truth, to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world. Knowledge is power for good only when united with true piety. A soul emptied of self will be noble. Christ abiding in the heart by faith will make us wise in God's sight. That which many need is to have a clearer knowledge of Him; they need to be patiently and kindly, yet earnestly, taught how the whole being may be thrown open to the healing agencies of heaven.
When the sunlight of God's love illuminates the 17 darkened chambers of the soul, restless weariness and dissatisfaction will cease and satisfying joys will give vigor to the mind and health and energy to the body. Graces Not Developed in a Moment. Courage, fortitude, meekness, faith, unwavering trust in God's power to save, are acquired by the experience of years. By a life of holy endeavor and firm adherence to the right the children of God are to seal their destiny.
By his subtle workings in these last days he is linking the human mind with his own, imbuing it with his thoughts; and he is doing this work in so deceptive a manner that those who accept his guidance know not that they are being led by him at his will. The great deceiver hopes so to confuse the minds of men and women that none but his voice will be heard. MM Satan Master of Subtle Arts. His is a mastermind, given of God, but prostituted with all its noble capabilities to oppose and to make of no effect the counsels of the Most High.
He Comes in Disguise. We should ever remember that he comes to us in disguise, covering his motives and the character of his temptations. He comes in garments of light, clad apparently in pure angel robes, that we may not discern that it is he. We need to use great caution, to closely 19 investigate his devices, lest we be deceived. Misuse of Sciences Pertaining to the Mind. Through this means our great adversary is deceiving thousands and leading them captive according to his will. The advantage he takes of the sciences, sciences which pertain to the human mind, is tremendous. Here, serpent-like, he imperceptibly creeps in to corrupt the work of God.
This entering in of Satan through the sciences is well devised. BY REV. The minds of thousands have thus been poisoned and led into infidelity. And while those who are devoted to these sciences laud them to the heavens because of the great and good works which they affirm are wrought by them, they little know what a power for evil they are cherishing; but it is a power which will yet work with all signs and lying wonders--with all deceivableness of unrighteousness.
Mark the influence of these sciences, dear reader, for the conflict between Christ and Satan is not yet ended. Neglect of prayer leads men to rely on their own strength and opens the door to temptation. In many cases the imagination is captivated by scientific research, and men are flattered through the consciousness of their own powers. The sciences which treat of the human mind are very much exalted.
They are good in their place, but they are seized upon by Satan as his powerful agents to deceive and destroy souls. His arts are The world, which is supposed to be benefited so much by phrenology and animal magnetism, never was so corrupt as now. Through these sciences, virtue is destroyed and the foundations of spiritualism are laid. It is his work to divert the human mind, and he throws his darkened shadow right athwart our pathways so that we cannot discern between God and the moral darkness and corruption and the mass of iniquity that is in our world.
Then what are we going to do about the matter? Shall we let that darkness remain? There is a power here for us that will bring in the light of heaven to our dark world. Christ has been in heaven, and He will bring the light of heaven, drive back the darkness, and let the sunlight of His glory in. Then we shall see, amid the corruption and pollution and defilement, the light of heaven.
We must not give up at the defilement that is in the human race, and ever keep that before the mind's eye. We must not look at that. What then are we to do? What is our work? To "behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us" 1 John He does not generally do this. He is artful and knows that the most effectual way for him to accomplish his designs is to come to poor, fallen man in the form of an angel of light.
In this disguise he works upon the mind to allure from the safe and right path. He has ever been ambitious to counterfeit the work of Christ and establish his own power and claims. He leads deceived mortals to account for the works and miracles of Christ upon scientific principles; he makes them appear as the result of human skill and power.
In many minds he will thus eventually destroy all true faith in Christ as the Messiah, the Son of God.
Satan will stir human minds to create fanaticism in our ranks. In His spiritual garden there are many varieties of owers. You have no items in your shopping cart. Submit Search. HC
All are free moral agents, and as such they must bring their thoughts to run in the right channel. When the mind is not under the direct influence of the Spirit of God, Satan can mold it as he chooses. All the rational powers which he controls he will carnalize. He is directly opposed to God in his tastes, views, preferences, likes and dislikes, choice of things and pursuits; there is no relish for what God loves or approves, but a delight in This leads to controversy with those who are trying to walk in the way of the Lord.
They [those who oppose truth] will call light darkness, and darkness light; good evil, and evil good. From Adam's Day to Now. Satan has kept up his specious working upon human minds from that day to this. Unless they repent and are converted, those who are living divided lives, 23 professedly serving the Lord but at the same time scheming to carry out their own plans--plans which retard the very work which Christ gave His life to accomplish--will be deceived by the enemy of souls.
Satan Diverts Minds by Controversial Subjects. One Mind Dominating Another. This influence is so seductive that the person who is being molded by it is often unconscious of its power. God has bidden me speak warning against this evil. A Power for Good, a Power for Evil. This power Satan used in his work of instilling evil into the minds of the angels, and he made it appear that he was seeking the good of the universe. As the anointed cherub, Lucifer had been highly exalted; he was greatly loved by the heavenly beings, and his influence over them was strong.
Many of them listened to his suggestions and believed his words. There is not any 24 one man's mind so perfect that there is no danger of his moving from wrong motives, viewing things from a wrong standpoint. Satan Watching for Unguarded Minds. We do not want to be ignorant of his devices, neither do we want to be overpowered by his devices. He is pleased with the pictures that represent him as having horns and hooves, for he has intelligence; he was once an angel of light. Only Safety in Resistance.
He transforms himself into an angel of purity that he may, through his specious temptations, introduce his devices in such a manner that we may not discern his wiles. The more we yield, the more powerful will be his deceptions over us. It is unsafe to controvert or to parley with him. For every advantage we give the enemy, he will claim more.
Our only safety is to reject firmly the first insinuation to presumption. God has given us grace through the merits of Christ sufficient to withstand Satan, and be more than conquerors. Resistance is success. We lose all we gain if we resist today only to yield tomorrow. Avoiding Presumptuous Acts.
These are presumptuous acts, with which God is not pleased. Satan's temptation to the Saviour of the world to cast Himself from the pinnacle of the temple was firmly met and resisted. The archenemy quoted a promise of God as security, that Christ might with safety do this on the strength of the promise. Jesus met this temptation with Scripture: "It is written,. Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Genuine Faith and Presumption. This would not be genuine faith but presumption.
Satan comes to us with worldly honor, wealth, and the pleasures of life. These temptations are varied to meet men of every rank and degree, tempting them away from God to serve themselves more than their Creator. If we give ourselves up to worldliness of heart and of life, Satan is satisfied. Our minds are given to the control of God or to the control of the powers of darkness; and it will be well for us to inquire where we are standing today --whether under the bloodstained banner of Prince 26 Emmanuel or under the black banner of the powers of darkness.
Only If We Yield. Clear Insight Needed.