Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 20 (1905)


Lt 141, 1905

Butler, G. I.



Portions of this letter are published in 7MR 190.

Elder G. I. Butler

My dear Brother,—

The Lord would have us as believers combine our strength. He would have us individually take to the Saviour’s words and wear His yoke. “Come unto Me,” Christ says, “and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” [Matthew 11:28-30.] If we pray and watch unto prayer, we shall see the workings of the Holy Spirit. 20LtMs, Lt 141, 1905, par. 1

Turn now unto Christ, ye prisoners of hope. Unify, unify. It is Satan who seeks to divide. Christ works to unify. 20LtMs, Lt 141, 1905, par. 2

Elder Butler, if we can blend together as believers, and draw in even cords, we shall see the salvation of God. Let us talk more of the Lord Jesus and become imbued with His Spirit. He must be formed within us, the hope of glory. His power alone can cleanse us from sin. 20LtMs, Lt 141, 1905, par. 3

Christ is our sufficiency. Those who indeed receive Him as a personal Saviour will reveal honesty and integrity in all their dealings. There will be no robbery, no underhand dealing. We are to be rooted and built up in Christ, that we may not be carried away by the science of the great deceiver. Already some are departing from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. There are those who boast that they have been studying science for years. But what has this science done for them? Just what it did for Satan in the heavenly courts. 20LtMs, Lt 141, 1905, par. 4

The businessman in the commercial world will get money at any cost to piety, to religion, in order to pay his debts. The inquiry may be made, What else could he do? He could keep within his income, and then he would have no debts to harass him. 20LtMs, Lt 141, 1905, par. 5

Our spiritual needs must be supplied with spiritual food. Many of those who profess to be followers of Christ are acting a lie. Receiving Him in truth means bringing the entire being into submission to His will. His grace will regenerate, sanctify, cleanse, and refine us. Then we shall shine as lights in the world, guiding others to Christ. 20LtMs, Lt 141, 1905, par. 6

Press together. Let every difference be adjusted. Press together, press together. Let us make a healthy growth in grace. Do not stop to brood over troubles, but place yourself in close connection with God. The Lord will draw near to all who draw near to Him. We are to be rooted and built up in Christ. Let us look and live. May God help us, is my prayer. 20LtMs, Lt 141, 1905, par. 7