Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ July 7 ______

KNOW YOUR HISTORY

 

The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. … These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. __Acts 17:10-11__

Satan has not yet given up the idea that the world’s armies will be so large that they will be able to overcome the heavenly host. (Letter 90, March 6,1906) Those who desire to be refreshed in mind, and instructed in the truth, should study the history of the early church during and immediately following’ the day of Pentecost. They need to study carefully the experience of Paul and the other apostles; for God’s people in these days must pass through similar experiences. As the world becomes more imbued with the spirit of the enemy, there will be more vehement opposition of the Word. Some will be imprisoned because they refuse to desecrate the Sabbath of the Lord. Those who would hold the beginning of their confidence firm unto the end must bear a living testimony to the world. Their words are to have a convincing power upon minds, and many through them will be turned to the Lord. (Letter 190, May 6, 1907)

I have been shown that the Spirit of the Lord is being withdrawn from the earth. God’s keeping power will soon be refused to all who continue to disregard His commandments. The reports of fraudulent transactions, murders, and crimes of every kind are coming to us daily. Iniquity is becoming so common a thing that it no longer shocks the senses as it once did. I have been shown that the whole world is fast becoming as it was in the days of Noah. (Letter 258, August 16,1907)

Reflection:

As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief … Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship. They drew nearer and nearer to God, and as they did this they realized what a privilege had been theirs in being permitted to associate so closely with Christ. Sadness filled their hearts as they thought of how many time they had grieved Him by their slowness of comprehension, their failure to understand the lessons that, for their good, He was trying to teach them. (The Acts of the Apostles, 36-37)