_______ JANUARY 16 ______
LEAD BY FOLLOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT
Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.__John 14:13__
Find the land of boasted liberty a Protestant government is preparing to sacrifice every principle that enters into its constitution, making decrees to suppress religious liberty, and for the enforcing of papal falsehoods and delusions, then the people of God need to present their petitions in faith to the Most High. There is every encouragement in the promise of God for those who put their trust in Him.
The prospect of being brought into personal danger and distress need not cause despondency, but should quicken the vigor and hopes of God’s people, for the time of their peril is the season for God to grant them clearer manifestations of His power. We are not to sit in calm expectation of oppression and tribulation, and fold our hands, doing nothing to avert the evil. Let our united cries be sent up to heaven. Pray and work, and work and pray.
But let none act rashly. Learn as never before that all who truly keep the commandments of God must be meek and lowly in heart. … Sharp things must sometimes be spoken, but be sure that the Holy Spirit of God is abiding in your heart before you speak the clear-cut truth, then let it cut its way. You are not to do the cutting. (Manuscript 48, March 24, 1891)
Christ dispatches His messengers to every part of His dominion to communicate His will to His servants. … He desires to sanctify, elevate, and ennoble His followers. The influence of those who believe in Him will be in the world a savor of life unto life… He has given us a great work to do. Let us do it faithfully. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, 23)