The Importance of Overcoming Appetite

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      Tammy Roesch

      Such a powerful passage ~

      Trials and temptations will surely come to our children. Satan is not dead, though he wants you to think so. He was the first great apostate, and his work has never ceased from the time he was cast out of heaven to the present. The precious Saviour made an infinite sacrifice to break the power of human appetite over the race. He has made provision that man may overcome in His name and through His power obtain the victory. He has not left us to our own feeble power. He saw that it was impossible for the human race, on their own account and alone, to overcome the power of appetite; and therefore the Majesty of heaven came to our world, bringing to man divine power to unite with human effort. He unites finite man to the infinite God and connects earth with heaven. Therefore every youth, and every man and woman, may know that there is a power working with their efforts to overcome. Why will we not lay hold upon the help that has been provided for us? Why will not man become elevated and ennobled, as God has made provision that he should be? Why does he degrade himself in every way by the indulgence of perverted appetite? Why does he not rise in the strength of Jesus and be victorious in His name? The very feeblest prayer that man can offer Jesus will hear. He pities every soul in its weakness and feebleness. Help for every one of us has been laid upon Him that is mighty. 5LtMs, Ms 18, 1887, par. 21

      I point you to Jesus Christ, the sinner’s Saviour, who alone can give you power to overcome on every point. We have a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. This life is a constant battle with the powers of darkness. Adam and Eve lost Eden through indulgence of appetite, but the sons of God may, through the merits of Christ, gain Eden by the denial of appetite. Heaven is worth everything to us. We must not run any risk in this matter. We must make no venture here. We must know that our steps are ordered by the Lord. Ms 18, 1887, par. 22

      All around us are the victims of depraved appetite, and what are you going to do to help them? Can you not, by your example, place their feet in the path of temperance? Can you have a sense of the temptations that are coming upon the youth who are growing up around us, and not seek to help them? Who will stand on the Lord’s side? Who will press back this tide of immorality, of woe and wretchedness, that is filling the world? We entreat of you to turn your attention to the work of overcoming. Those who will at last have a right to the tree of life will be those who have kept God’s commandments. 5LtMs, Ms 18, 1887, par. 23


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