Manuscript Releases, vol. 4 [Nos. 210-259]


MR No. 231—Material on Sanctification

Pray for me. I have trials that none but God knows of, but I have started for eternal life and I cannot stop this side. I must see the inside of glory, stagger not at the promises, but believe. Faith, simple faith, is what we want, a firm reliance and trust in God. Faith will drive back the powers of darkness; only have faith and you will have a clear, sweet atmosphere to live and breathe in.—Letter 1, 1848, p. 3. (To Brother and Sister Hastings, May 29, 1848.) 4MR 270.1

I will take time to write you a few lines. I earnestly desire to see you. I pray God to bless and sanctify you.—Letter 18, 1850, p. 1. (To Brother and Sister Hastings, January 11, 1850.) 4MR 270.2

My other little one is many hundred miles from me. Sometimes Satan tempts me to complain and think my lot is a hard one, but I will not harbor this temptation. I should not want to live unless I could live to do some good to others. I want all self to die. I have this consolation that God is pleased with my sacrifice, that of offering up my children to him. Do pray for me. I need much grace to perform my duty faithfully and deliver the straight message that God lays upon me to deliver.—Letter 30, 1850, pp. 2, 3. (To Brother and Sister Loveland, December 13, 1850.) 4MR 270.3

At times I feel the power of God even in my flesh and yet I am not satisfied. I want to plunge deeper and deeper in the ocean of God's love and be wholly swallowed up in Him.—Letter 26, 1850, p. 2. (To Brother and Sister Loveland, November 1, 1850.) 4MR 270.4

I saw that the great work would be West. Many fields have not yet been visited that should be. It is true that many of those that have moved have not answered the design of God. God directed them to go, but not to do as they have done. After they were West, they should have lived out their faith; but they have acted like drunken men. But God is working for them. They see their sin and error and are laying their possession upon the altar, and preparing to labor for God.—Letter 2, 1851, p. 6. (To Brother Pierce, 1851.) 4MR 271.1

We must be perfect Christians, deny ourselves all the way along, tread the narrow thorny pathway that our Jesus trod, and then if we are final overcomers, heaven, sweet heaven, will be cheap enough.—Letter 5, 1851, p. 1. (To Brother Barnes, December 14, 1851.) 4MR 271.2

Jesus is our pattern. Let us study to have our lives as near like Christ's as possible. My soul cries out after the living God. My very being longs after Him. Oh, to reflect His lovely image perfectly! Oh, for to be wholly consecrated to Him! Oh, how hard it is for dear self to die.—Letter 9, 1851, p. 1. (To Brother and Sister Dodge, December 21, 1851.) 4MR 271.3

Released December 17, 1969.