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Imbued With the Spirit of Jesus Christ

compiled from the writings of Ellen G. White by Frank Klin


God's people would put on joy and gladness as a garment if they would only receive that
which He is waiting to give them,--that which would make them strong to help those in need of
help. Our people need the breath of spiritual life breathed into them, that they may arouse to
spiritual action. Many have lost their vital energy, and are sluggish, dead as it were. Let those
who have been receiving the grace of Christ help these souls to rouse to action. Let us keep in
the current of life that comes from Christ, that we may impart to others. Healthy, happy action is
what is needed in the church today. [1]

The reason why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die, is that the enemy has
brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut
Jesus from their view as the Comforter, as one who reproves, who warns, who admonishes them,
saying, "This is the way, walk ye in it." Christ has all power in heaven and in earth, and he can
strengthen the wavering, and set right the erring. He can inspire with confidence, with hope in
God; and confidence in God always results in creating confidence in one another. [2]

We cannot let our light shine out to others, so as to attract their attention to heavenly things,
unless we have the light in us. We must be imbued with the Spirit of Jesus Christ, or we cannot
manifest to others that Christ is in us the hope of glory. We must have an indwelling Saviour, or
we cannot exemplify in our lives his life of devotion, his love, his gentleness, his pity, his
compassion, his self-denial, and purity. This is what we earnestly desire. This should be the study
of our lives, How shall I conform my character to the Bible standard of holiness? [3]

Be clothed with humility as with a garment. Bear no thorns to prick and to bruise others, but
make manifest the fruits of the Spirit--"love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law" (to condemn). "And they that are
Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also
walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one
another". In all our work for the Master, we must keep studying His Spirit, His life and character.
[4]

The work of the holy Spirit is immeasurably great. It is from this source that power and
efficiency come to the worker for God; and the holy Spirit is the Comforter, as the personal
presence of Christ to the soul. He who looks to Christ in simple, childlike faith, is made a partaker
of the divine nature through the agency of the holy Spirit. When led by the Spirit of God, the
Christian may know that he is made complete in him who is the head of all things. As Christ was
glorified on the day of Pentecost, so will he again be glorified in the closing work of the gospel,
when he shall prepare a people to stand the final test, in the closing conflict of the great
controversy. [5]

Hand yourself over to Jesus, to be molded and fashioned by Him, that you may be made
vessels unto honor. Your temptations, your ideas, your feelings, must all be laid at the foot of the
cross. Then the soul is ready to listen to words of divine instruction. Jesus will give you to drink of
the water which flows from the river of God. Under the softening and subduing influence of His
Spirit your coldness and listlessness will disappear. Christ will be in you a well of water, springing
up into everlasting life. This will make you a blessing to others; for you will be able to lead them to
Jesus. Your testimony will not be dry, but practical. You will be enabled to do a work that is as
enduring as eternity. [6]
This is God's order, and if men expect success, they must labor according to his arrangement.
Oh, how much the workers need the Spirit of Jesus to change and fashion them as clay is molded
in the hands of the potter! When they have this spirit, there will be no spirit of variance among
them; no one will be so narrow as to want everything done his way, according to his ideas; there
will be no inharmonious feeling between him and his brother laborers who do not come up to his
standard. The Lord does not want any of his children to be shadows of others; but he would have
each one be his own simple self, refined, sanctified, ennobled by imitating the life and character
of the great Pattern. The narrow, shut-in, exclusive spirit which keeps everything within the
compass of one's self, has been a curse to the cause of God, and always will be wherever
allowed to exist. [7]

Jesus is waiting to breathe upon all his disciples, and give them the inspiration of his
sanctifying spirit, and transfuse the vital influence from himself to his people. He would have them
understand that henceforth they cannot serve two masters. Their lives cannot be divided. Christ is
to live in his human agents, and work through their faculties, and act through their capabilities.
Their will must be submitted to his will, they must act with his spirit, that it may be no more they
that live, but Christ that liveth in them. Jesus is seeking to impress upon them the thought that in
giving his Holy Spirit he is giving to them the glory which the Father has given him, that he and
his people may be one in God. Our way and will must be in submission to God's will, knowing that
it is holy, just, and good. [8]

Let every church member kneel before God, and pray earnestly for the impartation of the
Spirit. Cry, "Lord, increase my faith. Make me to understand thy word; for the entrance of thy
word giveth light. Refresh me by thy presence. Fill my heart with thy Spirit that I may love my
brethren as Christ loves me." [9]

[Y]ou have no effectual means of accomplishing so noble a task but by communing deeply
with the Spirit of Jesus. Resolve, therefore, to live at His footstool , and He will inspire you with
every high and holy quality necessary to enable you to fulfill your earthly mission. [10]

God will bless those who thus prepare themselves for his service. They will understand what it
means to have the assurance of the Spirit, because they have received Christ by faith. The
religion of Christ means more than the forgiveness of sin; it means that sin is taken away, and
that the vacuum is filled with the Spirit. It means that the mind is divinely illumined, that the heart
is emptied of self, and filled with the presence of Christ. When this work is done for church
members, the church will be a living, working church. [11]

1. Pacific Union Recorder, November 5, 1903 par. 6


2. Review and Herald, August 26, 1890, par. 10
3. Review and Herald, March 29, 1870 par. 5
4. Letter 92, Written February 17, 1895, Manuscript Releases 19, 210 par. 1
5. Review and Herald, November 29, 1892 par. 3
6. Letter 57, 1887, Manuscript Releases 21, 302 par. 4
7. Review and Herald, April 13, 1886, par. 5
8. Signs of the Times, October 3, 1892, par. 4
9. Review and Herald, June 10, 1902 par. 9
10. Health Reformer, July 1, 1873 par. 28
11. Review and Herald, June 10, 1902 par. 10