The promise of God is fulfilled if we educate the thoughts and heart to place entire dependence, day by day, upon Jesus Christ. The promise is not that we will have strength today for a future emergency, that anticipated future trouble will be provided for beforehand, before it comes to us. We may, if we walk by faith, expect strength and provision for us as fast as our circumstances demand it. We live by faith, not by sight. The Lord’s arrangement is for us to ask Him for the very things that we need. The grace of tomorrow will not be given today. Men’s necessity is God’s opportunity. “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” The grace of God is never given to be squandered, to be misapplied or perverted, or to be left to rust with disuse.
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The truth that sanctifies the soul produces no briers and thorns.“By their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20).Then the words were spoken, “Only lay hold of the strength of the Mighty One.He is a Friend that will never leave thee, never betray thee.He is thy refuge.No storm or tempest can move thee.In God is thy strength.Faith in God is thy shield and buckler.His grace is sufficient for thee.”
1888 Materials, p. 311
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God calls for men of decided purpose, of determined character, to do His work in these last days.
In God’s Word, which may be represented as a garden filled with roses and lilies and pinks, we may pluck by faith the precious promises of God, appropriate them to our own hearts, and be of good courage–yes, joyful in God–or we may keep our attention fastened on the briars and thistles and wound ourselves severely and bemoan our hard lot.
He would have every soul plucking the roses and the lilies and the pinks, hanging memory’s hall with the precious promises of God blooming all over the garden of God.
1888 Materials, Ch. 24, pp. 205-206