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GOD LEADS PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
You shall remember that the LORD your GOD led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. __Deuteronomy 8:2__
T here is not the least excuse for any soul to make mistakes or stumble into error. The Word of God is a sure guide; the terms of salvation and of pros¬perity are plainly defined. …
I am impressed by the Spirit of God to repeat these words of the Lord to His people as they assemble in general meeting. The instruction given to an¬cient Israel for their education and guidance is to be given in our gatherings; for our people need to be impressed with the fact that their prosperity depends upon a strict obedience to every principle laid down; and by repeating this in- struction to the people, we shall impress these principles more firmly upon their minds. These two chapters of Deuteronomy contain important instruction, con- cerning the keeping of God’s commandments, and should be often presented to the people.
The instruction … should also come to us with special force. That which the Lord required of His people as He led them through the wilderness was sanctifi-cation—sanctification of mind and soul and body. This He requires of every soul today. There is to be rendered to Him by His people perfect obedience to His will. No excuse will be accepted for disobedience to His holy commandments.
Moses was charged to repeat to the people [these] lessons … and this he did. No member of the congregation of Israel was left in ignorance regarding this duty.The same requirement rests upon us individually. (Letter 292, October 5, 1908)
In reviewing our past history, having traveled over every step of advance to our present standing, I can say, Praise God! As I see what God has wrought, I am filled with astonishment, and with confidence in Christ as leader. We have nothing the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching’ past history.(Manuscript 139, December 19, 1892)