Hearts Filled With
Thankfulness to God

From a sermon by Mrs. Ellen G. White given at the St. Helena Sanitarium Chapel (now the St. Helena Hospital), August 1, 1903.

Last evening, as we met together in our sitting room for worship, it seemed to me as if the Lord Jesus were in our midst, and my heart went out in love to Him. I love Him because He first loved me. He gave His life for me. Last night I felt as if I wanted everything that hath breath to praise the Lord. It seemed to me that we should have praise seasons, and that constantly our hearts should be filled so full with thankfulness to God, that they would overflow in words of praise and deeds of love. We should cultivate a spirit of thankfulness.

To the fathers and mothers before me I would say, Educate your children for the future, immortal life. Educate them to see the beauty there is in a life of holiness. Bring them to the foot of the cross. Try to teach them what it means to believe in Jesus--that it is to accept Him as our dearest Friend. Help them to understand that He took upon Himself the nature of humanity, in order that He might stand at the head of humanity and become acquainted with all our trials and afflictions. He could have surrounded Himself with angels of glory, but no, He condescended to be made like unto His brethren. He was not born as a prince in this world, but was of humble parentage. He understands the trials of the poor. He knows all about the temptations we meet in daily life. We may safely put our trust in Him.

Oh, I am so thankful, so thankful, that we have a Saviour who can sympathize with us in everything through which we are called to pass! He loves us with an infinite love. Shall we not so relate ourselves to Him that He can fulfill His purpose concerning us? He desires to cleanse us from sin. As John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing on the banks of the Jordan, he saw Christ coming toward him, and, recognizing Him as the Saviour, he cried out, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh the sin of the world!" Shall not we decide to let Christ take away our sin? Is sinning so great a pleasure to us that we will decide to continue to grieve the One whose heart is filled with infinite love for us? Why not cease sinning? We can do this by faith, if we lay hold on Christ's promises, and say, "In my hand no price I bring; Simply to Thy cross I cling."

Christ asks for our love. Does He not deserve it? Has not He given us instruction at every step? He says, "Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." He bore the cross of self-denial and self-sacrifice. He passed over the ground where Adam fell. Our first parents were placed in Eden, and surrounded with everything that would lead them to obey God. Christ assumed our fallen nature, and was subject to every temptation to which man is subject. Even in His childhood He was often tempted. Through life He remained unyielding to every inducement to commit sin. When in His youth His associates would try to lead Him to do wrong, He would begin to sing some sweet melody, and the first thing they knew they were uniting with Him in singing the song. They caught His spirit, and the enemy was defeated. Ah, my friends, Christ is the Chiefest among ten thousand. Praise the name of the Lord!

Published in Sermons and Talks, volume 2, pp. 234, 235.


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Christ Our Hope
A Letter of Comfort and Assurance
Prevailing Prayer
A Prayer of Consecration
Help for the Tempted
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Christ's Righteousness Avails
Trusting Christ
The Fair Flowers of Promise
How God’s Love is Manifested, Part 1
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"Ye are Complete in Him," Part 2
"Ye are Complete in Him," Part 3
"I Will Give You Rest"
Working as Christ Worked
A Life-Changing Experience
The Character of God Revealed in Christ
What God Desires Us to Be
God's Plans the Best
A Peculiar People
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Ask and it shall be given you, Part 1
Ask and it shall be given you, Part 2
The Meaning of God's Pardoning Love, Part 1
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Christ Spans the Gulf of Sin, Part 2
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The Mighty and Inspiring Conflict
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Hearts Filled with Thankfullnes to God
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Lord is Risen
The Sabbath
Some Thoughts for the New Year