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Battle Creek Letters, Page 76

W—195—03

“Elmshaven” Sanitarium, Calif.

September 6, 1903

My Dear son Willie,

I must write to you to let you know that my entire trust is in God. By figures and symbols I have been deeply impressed that we need not take upon ourselves any burdens that we do not know how to manage in detail. Satan is a cunning, deceptive general, and we must not give heed to everything that shall be devised by him. We need not feel compelled to work out the solution of every problem that we can not understand, in order to meet Satan's wiles. Nor am I to keep my mind reigned up to thwart Satan's devices. Why,—because God is supreme. He is our stronghold in time of trouble and perplexity. If we put our entire trust in Him, we shall find that He is an all-sufficient Guide.

We are not to consider what we can do, but what the Lord Jesus can do for us, if we exercise faith, and fear not, neither become discouraged. We must have confidence in that which God can do for us.

Last Friday I was stirred strongly to write out some things; and I had this manuscript copied, thinking that I must send out a message of warning at once; but afterward the Lord signified to me, Lay it aside for future use. If men do not evidence that they have changed, you will be prepared to give instruction in regard to their cases. Look unto Jesus. There are those who are as full of assurance and self-confidence as the human agent can well be, that their course is right. But such ones should study carefully the record of the last evening the Saviour spent with His disciples.

After the last passover supper, Jesus said: “Behold, the hand of him that betrayeth Me is with Me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined; but woe unto that man by whom He is betrayed. And they began to enquire among themselves which of them it was that should do this thing.

“And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And He said unto them The Kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so; but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whither is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth, is not he that sitteth at meat? But I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with Me in My temptations. And I appoint you

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