Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 22 (1907)


Lt 30, 1907

Faulkhead, N. D.

St. Helena, California

February 5, 1907

This letter is published in entirety in 19MR 35-37. +Note

Mr. N. D. Faulkhead
Warburton, Victoria

Dear Brother and Sister Faulkhead:

I was pleased to receive the information that you are again connected with the publishing work. May the Lord strengthen and encourage you day by day, is my prayer. Establish yourself in the strength of the Lord. You may put your trust in Him; for He will be your shield and buckler. We are nearing the close of this earth’s history. If I do not meet you again on this earth, I hope to meet you in the city of our God. I think we shall all rejoice when the conflict is over. 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 1

“In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” [Isaiah 26:1-4.] 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 2

I have been strengthened to write many pages this winter, although I have suffered from three attacks of influenza, caused by my visits to Oakland and San Francisco, when I was obliged to expose myself to many changes in the weather. 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 3

I thank the Lord that I can still write. I am up and at work early in the morning, when the other members of my family are still sleeping. This morning I slept until four o’clock, which is an unusual thing for me. I have reason to be very grateful for the degree of health that I enjoy. I can go up and down stairs as readily as the young people, and my mind is clear. The Holy Spirit is bringing before my mind the things that our people need to understand at this time. 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 4

My voice is clear, and I still speak to the people assembled at our camp-meetings. After speaking several times at the recent camp-meeting in Oakland, no weakness followed the work; but instead, I felt my strength renewed, and rejoiced in health of mind and body and soul. After speaking for more than an hour one Sabbath, I invited those who desired to give themselves to the Lord to come forward, and then I united with the ministering brethren in prayer for these souls. 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 5

Quite a number have been added to the church through the efforts made at our camp-meetings. When I united with my brethren in this effort, I felt my strength renewed and my soul refreshed. I feel that it is my duty to praise and glorify God for His goodness. The Lord is my strength; He does not fail me. The Lord desires us to trust in Him every day. 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 6

The time has come when we must expect the Lord to do great things for us. Our efforts must not flag or weaken. We are to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord. Before the work is closed up and the sealing of God’s people is finished, we shall have the outpouring of the Spirit of God. Angels from heaven will be in our midst. I want you and all your family to have a part in this closing work. The present is the fitting up time for heaven, when we each must walk in full obedience to all the commandments of God. 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 7

“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.” [Isaiah 35:1.] God’s people will be out of the cities then. “It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God. 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 8

“Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong; fear not; behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass, with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called, The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those; the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon; it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” [Verses 2-10.] 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 9

Here the future restoration of the people of God is brought to view for our encouragement. Lay up these words in your hearts. Accept Christ as your Saviour. Make Him your friend. Take the offered salvation, and place yourself wholly on the Lord’s side. Every member of your family should now consecrate himself to the service of God. Do not disband, but draw together. Depend on Christ alone for your salvation. 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 10

The Word of God is to be your lesson book. Study this Word, and it will become your strength, your fortress, your high tower, your consolation, your instruction, your guide, your sanctification. It is given for your constant growth in holiness. Peter calls the practical application of the Word “growth in grace.” [2 Peter 3:18.] Through the study of the Word the whole character may be changed. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things (old ambitions) have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” [2 Corinthians 5:17.] The fruits of the Spirit will be revealed in refinement and true godliness. Selfishness will be purged from the life. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, and gentleness will be revealed in the life. 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 11

With Christian love to you all. 22LtMs, Lt 30, 1907, par. 12