Excerpts from the Writings of Ellen G. White

Summary: Those who are consecrated to Christ will not be left alone by the enemy of souls. They will have daily trials and conflicts, as well as victories and great peace through Jesus Christ.

All who are pursuing the onward Christian course, should have, and will have, an experience that is living, that is new and interesting. A living experience is made up of daily trials, conflicts, and temptations, strong efforts and victories, and great peace and joy gained through Jesus. A simple relation of such experiences gives light, strength, and knowledge that will aid others in their advancement in the divine life. The worship of God should be both interesting and instructive to those who have any love for divine and heavenly things (Review and Herald, April 28, 1885).

Those who consecrate their all to God will not be left unmolested by the enemy of souls. Satan will come to them with his specious temptations, designing to allure them from their loyalty to God. He will present to them his bribe, as he did to Christ in the wilderness of temptation, saying, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. But what should be the answer of the Christian to all the temptations of the evil one? He should say, I will not lend my influence in any way to the advancement of anything save the cause of Christ. I am not my own; I have been bought with a price. I am not to live to please myself; for I have been purchased, ransomed by the blood of Christ. It is not possible for me to give to Christ more than that which belongs to him; for every moment of my life belongs to him. I am his possession, a servant employed to do the will of my Master. This is the only position that is safe for us occupy; and if the individual members of the church felt this way, what a power would the church exert to draw and win souls to Christ. . . . Were the members of the church consecrated to God, were they in the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace, were they organized for the purpose (The Home Missionary, October 1, 1892).

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