Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ April 17 ______

NO NEUTRAL GROUND

He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. __Matthew 12:30__

[God’s] Many have tried neutrality in a crisis, but they have failed in their purpose. No one can maintain a neutral ground. Those who endeavor to do this with fulfill Christ’s words, “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the others, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Those who begin their Christian life by being half and half, whatever may be their intentions, will at last be found enlisted on the enemy’s side

Double-minded men and women are Satan’s best allies. Whatever favorable opinion they may have of themselves, they are dissemblers. All who are loyal to God and the truth must stand firmly for the right because it is right.

To yoke up with those that are unconsecrated and yet be loyal to the truth, is simply an impossibility. We cannot unite with those who are serving themselves, who are working on worldly plans, and not lose our connection with the heavenly Counsellor. We may recover ourselves from the snare of the enemy, but we are bruised and wounded, and our experience is dwarfed. …

When a man loses the shield of a good conscience, he knows that he has lost the cooperation of heavenly angels. God is not working in him. Another spirit inspires him. And to be an apostate, a traitor to the cause of God, is much more serious than death, it means the loss of eternal life. (Manuscript 87, August 19, 1897)

Reflection:

He who desires to know the truth must be willing to accept all reveals. He can make no compromise with error. To be wavering and halfhearted in allegiance to truth is to choose the darkness of error and satanic delusion. …

Only those who live the life of Christ are His co-workers. If one sin is cherished in the soul, or one wrong practice retained in the life, the whole being is contaminated. The man becomes an instrument of unrighteousness. (The Desire of Ages, 312-313)