Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ July 23 ______

EVERY SOUL TO BE TESTED

Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes … which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end. __Deuteronomy 8:11, 16__

Many … are living without prayer, without thoughts of Christ, and without exalting Him before those around you. You have no words to exalt Christ. you do no deeds that honor Him. Many of you are as truly strangers to Christ as though you had never heard His name. … Without Christ you can have nothing but a delusive hope …”

Advancement in Christian experience is characterized by increasing humility, as the result of increasing knowledge. Everyone who is united to Christ will depart from all iniquity. I tell you, in the fear of God, I have been shown that many of you will fail of everlasting life because you are building your hopes of heaven on a false foundation. …

The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will be urged upon us. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest is between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, 49, 81)

The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out—the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. (Selected Messages, Book 2, 380)

Reflection:

Time is very short, and all that is to be done must be done quickly. Every soul is to be tested. Every defect in the character, unless it is overcome by the help .of God’s Spirit, will become a sure means of destruction. I feel as never before the necessity for our people to be energized by the spirit of the truth, for Satan’s devices will ensnare every soul who has not made God his strength. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, 573)