Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14.
Dear Sister _____: I will not delay writing you that which the Lord brings to my mind. Your case was presented to me two years ago. I then saw you were a deceived woman. You thought you had clear light from God, but it was darkness. You have had views and an experience peculiar to yourself and not in harmony with the people whom God is leading….
There is no such thing as an instantaneous sanctification. It is an every-day work. Says Paul, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). He received a conversion daily to God. As the truth and Spirit of God revealed to him the defects in his character, he put away his wrong, died to self, and cleansed himself “from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1)….
Your peculiar ideas have had so powerful a control upon your mind [that] you could not dwell upon anything else. In meeting, you thought it your special duty to urge your opinions. You have taken your position above the church as though you were exalted and in the light and [as though] they must come up to your position, receive your views. You are fanatical; you have not a healthy imagination. Your influence will do harm and only harm, unless you become humble and teachable….
Satan is most successful when he can cover up minds in this kind of pious, sanctified consecration which has no part in the sanctification brought to view in the Word of God. It is, in short, a spurious article, that article [that] you possess. You received your views of sanctification from those who claim to be sanctified and holy, who have no love for the law of God and who have no love for His appearing. You received your light from a corrupt source; the stream that came from a corrupt fountain is impure.
As I write to you, your case is more plain and clear before me. You have allowed your views of sanctification to unite you to those who were grossly corrupt. You have not obeyed the Word of God and abstained from all appearance of evil. Satan has desired your soul that he might sift you as wheat. Your “holy, sanctified union” (as you have termed it) with individuals has been a delusion of Satan….
You have been led through your perverse ideas of sanctification to depart from the Word of God. You have a work to do to break all in pieces and give up your experience in the past few years and become as a little child and be converted, be humble and teachable that God may lead you.—Letter 10, August 5, 1870, to a church member in New York State.
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—-Please pray for an older couple who have covid19. the husband is in the hospital with a blood clot in his heart.he has a very hard heart toward religion.
he told his wife he has been praying which is a miracle in itself.. she is home withe the virus and he in the hospital. M
—-There is a crisis situation with some friends of my daughter and son-in-law and their circle of friends. . . . My understanding is that he has been in counseling for PTSD from his service in the Marines. Something snapped today and he started . . . threatening to kill various people including his friends and his wife. She is in hiding with their little boy. Other friends have had to go into hiding also to protect themselves and their children, because of the threats. My heart goes out to them all. This young man is not himself; it’s like another power has taken him over. Please pray for him and all involved. Kathryn
—-Please pray for our family. Today we lost, in less than a month, another member to COVID. Please keep praying for my adopted sister. She is, in a hospital, still fighting for her life. Dora
When our children were little, I would not always help them with whatever it was they were doing even though I knew it was beyond their ability to do it. It was difficult for me to stand by and watch them try to do it on their own, but I wanted to teach them a lesson. They would struggle and struggle until they realized the futility of it all. When at last they would come to me and ask for help, I would gladly give it. This gave me an opportunity to teach them to take all of their problems to their Heavenly Father Who is waiting with longing desire to grant the desires of our heart.
Just as it was hard for me to allow my little ones to struggle, so our Heavenly Father longs to help us. He is just waiting for us to ask Him for the help we so much need. Jesus assures us, “your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” Matt 6:8 Our dear Saviour tells us the conditions for answered prayer, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Luke 11:9,10 This does not always mean that we will get just what we ask for. James explains, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:3
Think of it! If we abide in Him and ask according to His will, we will have our petitions. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14, 15 What a wonderful Father we have! He listens to our prayers and weighs each request. Then He gives us an answer that is better than we could ask or think.
May we have confidence that He hears and gives us our requests according to His great knowledge and understanding. May we trust Him to take complete control of our lives. May we put our hand in His and let Him lead us to His Heavenly Kingdom is my prayer.