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Manuscript Releases, vol. 8 [Nos. 526-663], Page 339

MR No. 620—Ellen White's Early Concepts of Her Work

We do not want you to feel, Brother Collins, that you cannot write us unless you can send us some money. No, no. Write us. We are just as glad to hear from you as though you sent us ever so much money—Letter 4, 1850, p. 1. (To Brother and Sister Collins, February 10, 1850.)

I was pointed back to the children of Israel in Egypt. I saw when God worked through Moses before Pharaoh the magicians came up and said they could do the same. I saw the same work was now going on in the world and among the professed churches similar to the work of the magicians anciently. I saw the power of the magicians has increased within a few months tenfold, and it will still be on the increase and spread, and unless Israel is rising and increasing in power and strength and is growing in grace and in the knowledge of the truth, the powers of darkness will get the victory over them....

Said the angel, Have faith in God. I saw some tried too hard to believe. Faith is so simple, ye look above it. Satan tried to deceive some of the honest children and had got them looking to self to find worthiness there. I saw they must look away from self to the worthiness of Jesus and throw themselves just as dependent and unworthy as they are upon His mercy and draw by faith strength and nourishment from Him.—Letter 8, 1850, pp. 1, 2. (To Arabella Hastings, August 4, 1850.)

We make our home at Brother Thompson's (at whose table we are now writing). He and his wife are whole-hearted in the truth. They have four

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