Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 9 (1894)


Lt 120, 1894

White, J. E.; White, Emma

Norfolk Villa, Prospect St., Granville, New South Wales, Australia

September 30, 1894

Previously unpublished.

Dear Children, Edson and Emma White:

I have enclosed in this envelope a copy of a letter to Brother Harper. I solicited of him a loan to be used in this very needy field, so destitute of facilities, to advance the work of God in this time of our distressing need. The one thousand dollars came, that had been for a time held back, and in response to my letter Brother Harper loans us one thousand dollars. He says that he may need it at the close of the year 1895, and he may never call for it. I think the latter will be the case. 9LtMs, Lt 120, 1894, par. 1

I have been writing to the Review and Herald office, saying some plain words to them and, Edson, I have no doubt but the Spirit of the Lord has been operating upon your heart and transforming your character, but where you have been tempted and stumbled and fell, Satan will seek to meet you where he has succeeded; but put ye on the whole armor of God, quit you like men, be strong, yea be strong. Christ Jesus is your only hope, your only strength. Just as long as you cling to Jesus firmly, you will not, cannot stumble or fall. 9LtMs, Lt 120, 1894, par. 2

Whatever you may see of apparent inconsistencies in others, do not, I beseech you, let your conversation be upon those things. You may tell your mother everything, for in some things I may speak words which will help you. Bear in mind that I am praying for you and your associates. Watch and pray and work and wait. The Lord means that you are to be ever equipped—prepared to wrestle with principalities and powers, with the rulers of the darkness of this world, with spiritual wickedness in high places. No one shall be able to stand unless he seeks the divine power, grace, and help from Jesus Christ. Preserve a childlike simplicity and confidence toward our heavenly Father. I cannot help you, no human power can save you, only Jesus, who has given His life for you. 9LtMs, Lt 120, 1894, par. 3

Be not surprised if your brethren look upon you with suspicion and criticize you. How cowardly have you been over these things in the past, but do not, oh, do not falter now. Press forward and onward from victory to victory. When you have become discouraged because your efforts were not appreciated, you only strengthened the evil-surmisers. You grieved the heart of Christ who loves you, who has said, “I am at your right hand to help you.” [Isaiah 41:13.] Christ is right by your side, and you allowed the hellish shadow of Satan to interpose between your soul and God. Now, Satan is not dead, neither is he asleep; he will watch to see how he can turn you from your loyalty to God. But God is looking on. Jesus is not in Joseph’s tomb and a great stone rolled before the entrance. He lives to make intercession for the souls who need Him. 9LtMs, Lt 120, 1894, par. 4

When you are tempted, pray, and the Lord Jesus will lift up for you a standard against the enemy. Go on from strength to strength, and you and your associates may be living channels of light. Be in earnest, be humble, distrustful of self, walk circumspectly, and the Lord Jesus presents upon you and your associates the crown of life. You can never do the work that is to be done, in the enterprise you have entered upon, in your own strength. Christ said to the seventy whom He sent forth, “I send you as sheep among wolves,” but the tender Shepherd is looking and watching. [Luke 10:3.] Only trust Him implicitly and do not have any hard feelings nourished against anyone. Maintain your fellowship with God. Oh, watch unto prayer. 9LtMs, Lt 120, 1894, par. 5

I will send you a copy of the testimony entitled, “The Colored Line.” 9LtMs, Lt 120, 1894, par. 6

Now, my son, do not, I beg of you, be too sanguine, and do not make any unwise movements. Look to God for counsel and walk as the Spirit of God shall direct. 9LtMs, Lt 120, 1894, par. 7

I have not seen Willie White for three weeks. He has been attending a most important meeting at Melbourne, and will return here next Tuesday morning. He is not in good health; is over-worked. 9LtMs, Lt 120, 1894, par. 8

In much love. 9LtMs, Lt 120, 1894, par. 9