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    Aggressiveness

    God does not generally work miracles to advance His truth. If the husbandman neglects to cultivate the soil, God works no miracle to counteract the sure results. He works according to great principles made known to us, and it is our part to mature wise plans, and set in operation the means whereby God shall bring about certain results. Those who make no decided effort, but simply wait for the Holy Spirit to compel them to action, will perish in darkness. You are not to sit still and do nothing in the work of God.—The Southern Watchman, December 1, 1903 (The Review and Herald, RH September 28, 1897).ChS 228.3

    Some who engage in missionary service are weak, nerveless, spiritless, easily discouraged. They lack push. They have not those positive traits of character that give power to do something,—the spirit and energy that kindle enthusiasm. Those who would win success must be courageous and hopeful. They should cultivate not only the passive but the active virtues.—Gospel Workers, 290.ChS 228.4

    The Lord is in need of workers who will push the triumphs of the cross of Christ.—The Review and Herald, May 6, 1890.ChS 228.5

    Not with tame, lifeless utterance is the message to be given, but with clear, decided, stirring utterances.—Testimonies for the Church 8:16.ChS 229.1

    It is not silver-tongued orators that are needed to give this message. The truth in all its pointed severity must be spoken. Men of action are needed,—men who will labor with earnest, ceaseless energy for the purifying of the church and the warning of the world.—Testimonies for the Church 5:187.ChS 229.2

    God has no use for lazy men in His cause; He wants thoughtful, kind, affectionate, earnest workers.—Testimonies for the Church 4:411.ChS 229.3

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