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''Every soul is as fully known to Jesus as if he [or she] were the only one for whom the Saviour died. The distress of every one touches His heart. The cry for aid reaches His ear. He came to draw all men[, women and children] unto Himself.''
''He bids them, 'Follow Me,' and His Spirit moves upon their hearts to draw them to come to Him. Many refuse to be drawn. Jesus knows who they are. He also knows who gladly hear His call, and are ready to come under His pastoral care. He says, 'My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.' ''
''He cares for each one as if there were not another on the face of the earth.''
''...Through the prophet, Jesus declares, 'I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you.' He compels none to follow Him. 'I draw them,' He says, ...'with bands of love.''' Psalms 77:20; Jeremiah 31:3; Hosea 11:4.''
''It is not the fear of punishment, or the hope of everlasting reward, that leads the disciples of Christ to follow Him. They behold the Saviour's matchless love, revealed throughout His pilgrimage on earth, from the manger of Bethlehem to Calvary's cross...''
''...and the sight of Him attracts. It softens and subdues the soul. Love awakens in the heart of the beholders. They hear His voice, and they follow Him.''
''As the shepherd goes before his sheep, himself first encountering the perils of the way, so does Jesus with His people. When He puts forth His own sheep, He goes before them.''
''The way to heaven is consecrated by the Savior's footprints. The path may be steep and rugged, but Jesus has traveled that way; His feet have pressed down the cruel thorns, to make the pathway easier for us. Every burden that we are called to bear He Himself has borne.''
''Though now He has ascended to the presence of God, and shares the throne of the universe, Jesus has lost none of His compassionate nature. Today the same tender, sympathizing heart is open to all the woes of humanity. Today the hand that was pierced is reached forth to bless more abundantly His people that are in the world.''
''...He will never abandon one for whom He has died.''
''...Through all our trials we have a never-failing Helper. He does not leave us alone to struggle with temptation, to battle with evil, and be finally crushed with burdens and sorrow. Though now He is hidden from mortal sight, the ear of faith can hear His voice saying,''
'' 'Fear not; I am with you. ...I have endured your sorrows, experienced your struggles, encountered your temptations. I know your tears; I also have wept. The griefs that lie too deep to be breathed into any human ear, I know.' ''
''Think not that you are desolate and forsaken. Though your pain touch no responsive chord in any heart on earth, look unto Me, and live. 'The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed.' Isaiah 54:10.''
''...Because we are the gift of His Father, and the reward of His work, Jesus loves us. He loves us as His children. Reader, He loves you. Heaven itself can bestow nothing greater, nothing better. Therefore trust.'' - The Desire of Ages, Ch. 52: ''The Divine Shepherd,'' Pg. 483
''Thousands pass through life as if they had no great object for which to live, no high standard to reach. One reason for this is the low estimate which they place upon themselves. Christ paid an infinite price for us, and according to the price paid He desires us to value ourselves.''
''Be not satisfied with reaching a low standard. We are not what we might be, or what it is God's will that we should be. God has given us reasoning powers, not to remain inactive, or to be perverted to earthly and sordid pursuits, but that they may be developed to the utmost, refined, sanctified, ennobled, and used in advancing the interests of His kingdom.''
''None should consent to be mere machines, run by another man's [or woman's] mind. God has given us ability, to think and to act, and it is by acting with carefulness, looking to Him for wisdom that you will become capable of bearing burdens.''
''Stand in your God-given personality. Be no other person's shadow. Expect that the Lord will work in and by and through you.'' - The Ministry of Healing, Ch. 42: Development and Service, Pgs. 498, 499
''God's ideal for His children [- the ideal of Christian character] is higher than the highest human thought can reach[: Christlikeness]. 'Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.' This command is a promise.''
''The plan of redemption contemplates our complete recovery from the power of Satan. Christ always separates the contrite soul from sin. He came to destroy the works of the devil, and He has made provision that the Holy Spirit shall be imparted to every repentant soul, to keep him from sinning.''
''Christ reaches us where we are. He took our nature and overcame, that we through taking His nature might overcome. Made 'in the likeness of sinful flesh' (Rom. 8:3), He lived a sinless life.''
''Now by His divinity He lays hold upon the throne of heaven, while by His humanity He reaches us. He bids us by faith in Him attain to the glory of the character of God. Therefore are we to be perfect, even as our 'Father which is in heaven is perfect.' '' - The Desire of Ages, Ch. 32: ''The Centurion,'' Pgs. 319, 320
'' 'In My name,' Christ bade His disciples pray. In Christ's name His followers are to stand before God. Through the value of the sacrifice made for them, they are of value in the Lord's sight. Because of the imputed righteousness of Christ they are accounted precious.''
''For Christ's sake the Lord pardons those that fear Him. He does not see in them the vileness of the sinner. He recognizes in them the likeness of His Son, in whom they believe.''
''The Lord is disappointed when His people place a low estimate upon themselves. He desires His chosen heritage to value themselves according to the price He has placed upon them. God wanted them, else He would not have sent His Son on such an expensive errand to redeem them.''
''He has a use for them, and He is well pleased when they make the very highest demands upon Him, that they may glorify His name. They may expect large things if they have faith in His promises.''
''But to pray in Christ's name means much. It means that we are to accept His character, manifest His spirit, and work His works. The Saviour's promise is given on condition. 'If ye love Me,' He says, 'keep My commandments.' He saves men, not in sin, but from sin; and those who love Him will show their love by obedience.''
''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. When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience.'' - The Desire of Ages, 73: ''Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled,'' Pgs. 667,668
''The soul that has given himself [or herself] to Christ is more precious In His sight than the whole world.''
''In every human being [Jesus discerns] infinite possibilities. He [sees] men [and women] as they might be, transfigured by His grace.''
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