Ellen G. White Writings

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Manuscript Releases, vol. 5 [Nos. 260-346], Page 336

As the Latter Rain—Christ assured His disciples that after His ascension He would send them a gift. What was the gift that was deemed worthy of His inauguration in the heavenly courts? The Holy Spirit, sent to enlighten, convert, and sanctify the soul. God would give all gifts in one; therefore He sent the Holy Spirit. Then why should not we expect the fulfillment of this promise, “These signs shall follow them that believe”? Why do we not look for the gift of God in its fullness?

Christ is saying to us, “O ye of little faith.” Our hearts must be worked by the Holy Spirit. We must believe that the Lord wants us to come to Him just as we are, without any delay, and in faith call upon Him to work for us. The Lord desires to manifest His power among His people. Where there is now one at work there should be more than a thousand, not ordained ministers, but men and women of faith and prayer, who can work for God....

We need to arouse. We need to be holier and still holier. Before the prophecy “The weak shall be as David, and David as the angel of the Lord” can be fulfilled the children of God must put away every thought of suspicion against their brethren. Heart must beat in unison with heart. Christian benevolence and brotherly love must be far more abundantly shown. The words are ringing in my ears “Draw together, draw together.” The desire for pre-eminence must die. One subject of emulation must swallow up all others: Who will most nearly resemble Christ in character? Who will most entirely hide self in Christ?—Letter 12, 1900, pp. 1, 2. (To Elder and Mrs. S. N. Haskell, February 5, 1900.)

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