Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ May 27 ______

TRUE REPENTANCE

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. __—Acts 3:19__

I urge you to consider what the opening of the books of heaven will reveal. The book of remembrance will confront you at the judgment bar, revealing in dis¬tinct lines the long-suffering of God. God could cut you down as a cumberer of the ground, but instead He points you to the open door, and says, “Repent, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.”

In the judgment when every case is decided, there will be revealed in its fulness the responsibility of every man. You will realize the influence you might have had over other souls had you stood under the bloodstained banner of Jesus Christ. How interwoven is the web of human influence! The course of action followed by every man has a direct bearing upon the life of others.

I have had presented to me the solemn scenes of the judgment, and I now ask you to stop and consider, How is it with my soul? (Letter 52, March 23, 1899)

Mighty, invisible powers are acting their part in the affairs of men in the last great conflict. The warfare will be so conducted that the power, which has ex¬alted itself above God and has enlisted souls in rebellion against God, will work out fully the principles of disobedience. Every mouth shall confess the glory of God. It will be plainly seen that the principles of righteousness and obedience to God’s law are above all powers, and that the retribution which falls upon transgressors is just.

The unfallen worlds and the heavenly universe will see the result of the apostasy of Satan and will acknowledge God as the living and only true God. The forces of rebellion will confess God’s righteousness, but this acknowledg¬ment will not give them another probation. Their cases are forever settled. After the second resurrection, Satan, the root, and his children the branches, will per¬ish together.(Letter 25, February 6, 1900)

Reflection:

Repentance includes sorrow for sin and a turning away from it. We shall not renounce sin unless we see its sinfulness; until we turn away from it in heart, there will be no real change in the life. (Steps to Christ, 23)