things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that
ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].”Mark .
Suggested Reading:Steps to Christ, 115–126;Education, 253–261.
“The greatest victories gained for the cause of God are not the
result of labored argument, ample facilities, wide influence, or abundance of
means; they are gained in the audience chamber with God, when with earnest,
agonizing faith men lay hold upon the mighty arm of power.
faith and true prayer—how strong they are!They are as two arms by which the human suppliant lays hold upon the
power of Infinite Love.Faith is trusting in God,—believing that He loves us, and knows what
is for our best good.Thus, instead of
our own way, it leads us to choose His way.In place of our ignorance, it accepts His wisdom; in place of our
weakness, His strength; in place of our sinfulness, His righteousness.Our lives, ourselves, are already His; faith
acknowledges His ownership, and accepts its blessings.Truth, uprightness, purity,
are pointed out as secrets of life’s success.It is faith that puts us in possession of
these.Every good impulse or aspiration
is the gift of God; faith receives from God the life that alone can produce
true growth and efficiency.”Gospel Workers, 259.
1What is the
victory that overcomes the world?1 John 5:4.
familiarizes the soul with the existence and presence of God, and, living with
an eye single to the glory of God, more and more we discern the beauty of His
character, the excellence of His grace.Our souls become strong in spiritual power; for we are breathing the
atmosphere of heaven, and realizing that God is at our right hand, that we
shall not be moved.We are rising above
the world, beholding Him who is the chief among ten thousand, the one
altogether lovely, and by beholding we are to become changed into His image.”Selected Messages,
explanation is given as to what is to be overcome in the world?1 John 2:16.
is busily at work in our crowded cities.His work is to be seen in the confusion, the strife and discord between
labor and capital, and the hypocrisy that has come into the churches.That men may not take time to meditate, Satan
leads them into a round of gayety and pleasure-seeking, of eating and
drinking.He fills them with ambition to
make an exhibition that will exalt self.Step by step, the world is reaching the conditions that existed in the
days of Noah.Every conceivable crime is
committed.The lust of the flesh, the
pride of the eyes, the display of selfishness, the misuse of power, the
cruelty, and the force used to cause men to unite with confederacies and
unions—binding themselves up in bundles for the burning of the great fires of
the last days—all these are the working of Satanic agencies.This round of crime and folly men call ‘life.’ . . .
“The world, who act as though there were no God, absorbed in
selfish pursuits, will soon experience sudden destruction, and shall not
escape.Many continue in the careless
gratification of self until they become so disgusted with life that they kill
themselves.Dancing and carousing,
drinking and smoking, indulging their animal passions, they go as an ox to the
slaughter.Satan is working with all his
art and enchantments to keep men marching blindly onward until the Lord arises
out of His place to punish the inhabitants of earth for their iniquities, when
the earth shall disclose her blood and no more cover her slain.The whole world appears to be in the march to
promise is given to those who pray in faith? Matthew 21:22; Mark .
faith which brings an answer to our prayers must be based, not on our supposed
needs, but on a statement in the word of God where the thing for which we ask
is promised to us.The Lord has not
pledged Himself to answer every request we may make, but He has promised to
fulfill His own word.We must therefore
study the scriptures, know what God has promised and the conditions upon which
the promise is based, and then ask in faith.” SabbathSchool Lesson
Quarterly, Pacific Press Publishing Association, Mountain
View, CA, 1912,
4What is man’s condition by nature?Romans 7:14; John 8:34.Compare Proverbs 5:22.
how many flatter themselves that they have goodness and righteousness, when the
true light of God reveals that all their lives they have only lived to please
themselves!Their whole conduct is
abhorred of God.How many are alive
without the law!In their gross darkness
they view themselves with complacency; but let the law of God be revealed to
their consciences, as it was to Paul, and they would see that they are sold
under sin and must die to the carnal mind.[Romans 7:14.]Self
must be slain.”Testimonies,
promise of victory over the powers of darkness was given to the disciples?Luke 9:1.Compare 1 John 4:4.
calls upon all who will to come and drink of the waters of life freely.The power of God is the one element of
efficiency in the grand work of obtaining the victory over the world, the
flesh, and the devil.It is in
accordance with the divine plan that we follow every ray of light given of
God.Man can accomplish nothing without
God, and God has arranged His plans so as to accomplish nothing in the
restoration of the human race without the cooperation of the human with the
divine.The part man is required to
sustain is immeasurably small, yet in the plan of God it is just that part that
is needed to make the work a success.”God’s
Amazing Grace, 319.
encouraging report of victory did the 70 disciples who were sent out to witness give?Luke 10:17.
the twelve apostles, the seventy disciples whom Christ sent forth later
received supernatural endowments as a seal of their mission.When their work was completed, they returned
with joy.[Luke , 18 quoted.]”The Ministry of Healing,
7In what words did the Saviour give
assurance of victory for the future?Luke 10:18–20.
Christ’s followers are to look upon Satan as a conquered foe.Upon the cross, Jesus was to gain the victory
for them; that victory He desired them to accept as their own. [Luke quoted.]
omnipotent power of the Holy Spirit is the defense of every contrite soul.No one who in penitence and faith has claimed
His protection will Christ permit to pass under the enemy’s power.It is true that Satan is a powerful being;
but, thank God, we have a mighty Saviour, who cast
out the evil one from heaven.Satan is
pleased when we magnify his power.Why
not talk of Jesus?Why not magnify His
power and His love?”The
Ministry of Healing, 94.
afflicted woman touched the Saviour, what
occurred?What question did Jesus
ask?What did Jesus say had gone from
golden opportunity had come.She [a
woman with affliction] was in the presence of the Great Physician!But amid the confusion she could not speak to
Him, nor catch more than a passing glimpse of His figure.Fearful of losing her one chance of relief,
she pressed forward, saying to herself, ‘If I may but touch His garment, I shall
be whole.’As He was passing, she reached
forward, and succeeded in barely touching the border of His garment.But in that moment she knew that she was
healed.In that one touch was
concentrated the faith of her life, and instantly her pain and feebleness gave
place to the vigor of perfect health. . . .
“The Saviour could distinguish the touch of faith from the
casual contact of the careless throng.Such trust should not be passed without comment.He would speak to the humble woman words of
comfort that would be to her a wellspring of joy,—words that would be a
blessing to His followers to the close of time.”The Desire of Ages,
comforting words did Jesus speak to the woman?What made her whole?Luke 8:47, 48.
toward the woman, Jesus insisted on knowing who had touched Him.Finding concealment vain, she came forward
tremblingly, and cast herself at His feet.With grateful tears she told the story of her suffering, and how she had
found relief. Jesus gently said, ‘Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath
made thee whole; go in peace.’[Luke 8:48.]He gave no opportunity for superstition to
claim healing virtue for the mere act of touching His garments.It was not through the outward contact with
Him, but through the faith which took hold on His divine power, that the cure
Desire of Ages, 344, 347.
wondering crowd that pressed close about Christ realized no accession of vital
power.But when the suffering woman put
forth her hand to touch Him, believing that she would be made whole, she felt
the healing virtue.So
in spiritual things.To talk of
religion in a casual way, to pray without soul hunger and living faith, avails
nothing.A nominal faith in Christ,
which accepts Him merely as the Saviour of the world,
can never bring healing to the soul.The
faith that is unto salvation is not a mere intellectual assent to the
waits for entire knowledge before he will exercise faith, cannot receive
blessing from God.It is not enough to
believe about Christ; we must believe in Him.The only faith that will benefit us is that
which embraces Him as a personal Saviour; which
appropriates His merits to ourselves.Many hold faith as an opinion.Saving faith is a transaction by which those who receive Christ join themselves
in covenant relation with God.Genuine
faith is life.A living faith means an
increase of vigor, a confiding trust, by which the soul becomes a conquering
palsied man was brought before Him, what did Jesus say to him?Luke 5:18–20.
palsied man had sunk into despair.Then
he heard of the works of Jesus.Others,
as sinful and helpless as he, had been healed, and he was encouraged to believe
that he, too, might be cured if he could be carried to the Saviour.But hope fell as he remembered the cause of
his malady, yet he could not cast away the possibility of healing.
great desire was relief from the burden of sin.He longed to see Jesus and receive the assurance of forgiveness and
peace with heaven.Then he would be
content to live or to die, according to God’s will.”The Ministry of Healing,
Jesus rebuke the unbelief of the Pharisees?Luke 5:21–24.
rabbis had waited anxiously to see what disposition Christ would make of this
case [the palsied man].They recollected
how the man had appealed to them for help, and they had refused him hope or
sympathy.Not satisfied with this, they
had declared that he was suffering the curse of God for his sins.These things came fresh to their minds when
they saw the sick man before them.They
marked the interest with which all were watching the scene, and they felt a
terrible fear of losing their own influence over the people.”The Desire of Ages, 268.
Pharisees were dumb with amazement and overwhelmed with defeat.They saw that here was no opportunity for
their jealousy to inflame the multitude.The wonderful work wrought upon the man whom they had given over to the
wrath of God had so impressed the people that the rabbis were for the time
forgotten.They saw that Christ
possessed a power which they had ascribed to God alone; yet the gentle dignity
of His manner was in marked contrast to their own haughty bearing.They were disconcerted and abashed, recognizing,
but not confessing, the presence of a superior being.The stronger the evidence that Jesus had
power on earth to forgive sins, the more firmly they entrenched themselves in
unbelief. . . .
disease, however malignant and deep-seated, was healed by the power of Christ;
but the disease of the soul took a firmer hold upon those who closed their eyes
against the light.Leprosy and palsy
were not so terrible as bigotry and unbelief.”Ibid.,270, 271.
12What gracious invitation is extended to all the afflicted and
Christ’s yoke and learning of Him the lesson of meekness and lowliness, we find
rest in faith, and confidence and trust.We find that Christ’s yoke is easy and His burden light.”Testimonies, vol. 9,