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''I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him. [or her]'' - Isaiah 57:18
''Come now, let us [reason together],'' says the Lord. ''No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.'' - Isaiah 1:18
''I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.'' - Luke 15:10
''God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.'' - John 3:17
''The Lord redeems His servants. No one will be condemned who takes refuge in Him.'' - Psalm 34:22
''He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.'' Philippians 1:6
''If you do not forgive men [and women] their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.'' - Matthew 6:15
''Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, ...turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.'' - Psalm 34:14
''For those who are convicted of sin and weighed down with a sense of their unworthiness, there are lessons of faith and encouragement in [the] record [of Nehemiah's efforts to restore the worship of the true God - Nehemiah 2-13].''
''The Bible faithfully presents the result of Israel's apostasy; but it portrays also the deep humiliation and repentance, the earnest devotion and generous sacrifice, that marked their seasons of return to the Lord.''
''Every true turning to the Lord brings abiding joy into the life. When a sinner yields to the influence of the Holy Spirit, he [or she] sees his [or her] own guilt and defilement in contrast with the holiness of the great Searcher of hearts.''
''He sees himself condemned as a transgressor. But he is not, because of this, to give way to despair; for his pardon has already been secured. He may rejoice in the sense of sins forgiven, in the love of a pardoning heavenly Father.''
''It is God's glory to encircle sinful, repentant human beings in the arms of His love, to bind up their wounds, to cleanse them from sin, and to clothe them with the garments of salvation.'' - Prophets and Kings, Ch. 56: '' Instructed in the Law of God,'' Pg. 668
''We hear so many things preached in regard to the conversion of the soul that are not the truth. Men [and women] are educated to think that if a man repents he shall be pardoned, supposing that repentance is the way, the door, into heaven; that there is a certain assured value in repentance to buy for him forgiveness. Can man repent of himself? No more than he can pardon himself.'' - Faith and Works (FW), Pg. 25
Nor can we create faith strong enough to save ourselves. Faith (Ephesians 2:8) and repentance are gifts from God, and are only given to us when we allow Him to influence our hearts and minds through His Holy Spirit. That's where our part comes in.
''The Lord does not propose to do the work He has given man powers to do. Man's part must be done. He [or she] must be a laborer together with God, yoking up with Christ, learning His meekness, His lowliness''... and His love, compassion and concern for others through daily Bible study and prayer, and service to others.
''God is the all-controlling power. He bestows the gifts; man receives them and acts with the power of the grace of Christ as a living agent.''
''When men [and women] learn they cannot earn righteousness by their own merit of works, and they look with firm and entire reliance upon Jesus Christ as their only hope, there will not be so much of self and so little of Jesus.''
''Souls and bodies are defiled and polluted by sin, the heart is estranged from God, yet many are struggling in their own finite strength to win salvation by good works. Jesus, they think, will do some of the saving; they must do the rest. They need to see by faith the righteousness of Christ as their only hope for time and for eternity.'' - FW, Pg. 26
''Those who fail to realize their constant dependence upon God will be overcome by temptation. We may now suppose that our feet stand secure, and that we shall never be moved. We may say with confidence, 'I know in whom I have believed; nothing can shake my faith in God and in His word.' ''
''But Satan is planning to take advantage of our hereditary and cultivated traits of character, and to blind our eyes to our own necessities and defects. Only through realizing our own weakness and looking steadfastly unto Jesus can we walk securely.'' - The Desire of Ages (DA), Ch. 40: ''A Night on the Lake,'' Pg. 382
''Faith is in no sense allied to presumption. Only he [or she] who has true faith is secure against presumption. For presumption is Satan's counterfeit of faith. Faith claims God's promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience. Presumption also claims the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to excuse transgression.'' - DA, Ch. 13: ''The Victory,'' Pg. 126
''If you see your sinfulness, do not wait to make yourself better. How many there are who think they are not good enough to come to Christ. Do you expect to become better through your own efforts? 'Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may you also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.' Jeremiah 13:23.''
''There is help for us only in God. We must not wait for stronger persuasions, for better opportunities, or for holier tempers. We can do nothing of ourselves. We must come to Christ just as we are.'' - Steps to Christ, Ch. 3: ''Repentance,'' Pg. 31
''All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service.'' - DA, Ch. 73: ''Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled,'' Pg. 668
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