The 2023 Revival and Reformation daily devotional messages are from the book Lift Him Up
by Ellen. G. White.

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Choose Him as Our Trusted Friend, March 25

Henceforth I call you not servants; ... but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. John 15:15.

Wickedness prevails at the present day. The perils of the last days thicken around us, and because iniquity abounds the love of many waxes cold. This need not be if all would come to Jesus, and in confiding faith trust in Him. His meekness and lowliness, cherished in the heart, will bring peace and rest, and give moral power to every soul.

The shortness of time is frequently urged as an incentive for seeking righteousness and making Christ our friend. This should not be the great motive with us; for it savors of selfishness. Is it necessary that the terrors of the day of God should be held before us, that we may be compelled to right action through fear? It ought not to be so. Jesus is attractive. He is full of love, mercy, and compassion. He proposes to be our friend, to walk with us through all the rough pathways of life. He says to us, I am the Lord thy God; walk with Me, and I will fill thy path with light. Jesus, the Majesty of heaven, proposes to elevate to companionship with Himself those who come to Him with their burdens, their weaknesses, and their cares. He will count them as His children, and finally give them an inheritance of more value than the empires of kings, a crown of glory richer than has ever decked the brow of the most exalted earthly monarch.

It is our duty to love Jesus as our Redeemer. He has a right to command our love, but He invites us to give Him our heart. He calls us to walk with Him in the path of humble, truthful obedience. His invitation to us is a call to a pure, holy, and happy life—a life of peace and rest, of liberty and love—and to a rich inheritance in the future, immortal life. Which will we choose—liberty in Christ, or bondage and tyranny in the service of Satan? ... If we choose to live with Christ through the ceaseless ages of eternity, why not choose Him now as our most loved and trusted friend, our best and wisest counselor.

It is our privilege to have daily a calm, close, happy walk with Jesus. We need not be alarmed if the path lies through conflicts and sufferings. We may have the peace which passeth understanding; but it will cost us battles with the powers of darkness, struggles severe against selfishness and inbred sin. The victories gained daily through persevering, untiring effort in well-doing will be precious through Christ who has loved us, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a “peculiar people, zealous of good works.” ...

The Son of the Highest suffered shame on the cross, that sinners might not suffer everlasting shame and contempt, but be ransomed, and crowned with eternal glory (The Signs of the Times, March 17, 1887).

Our Elder Brother Brings Us Rest, March 24

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matthew 11:29.

Jesus looked upon the distressed and heart-burdened, those whose hopes were blighted, and who with earthly joys were seeking to quiet the longing…


Reaching Forward to Perfection, March 23

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48.

God intends that improvement shall be the lifework of all His followers and that it shall be guided and controlled by correct experience. The true man is one who is willing to sacrifice…


Christ's Matchless Tenderness, March 22

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary. Isaiah 50:4.

As the dew and the still showers fall upon the withering plants, so let words fall gently when seeking to win men from error. God's plan…


Jesus the Prince of Peace, March 21

Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. Matthew 7:12.

Wherever the power of intellect, of authority, or of force is employed, and love is not manifestly present, the affections and will of those whom we seek to reach assume a defensive, repelling…


Seek Help From Jesus, Not Sinful Humans, March 20

Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20.

Christ took humanity upon Himself. He laid aside His royal robe and kingly crown, and stepped down from His high command in the heavenly courts. Clothing His divinity with humanity, Christ encircled the race with His long human arm. He stands at the head of humanity, not as a sinner but as a Saviour. It is because there is no spot…


Always Presenting the Word of God, March 19

What is written in the law? How do you read it? Luke 10:26.

The Saviour made each work of healing an occasion of implanting divine principles in the mind and soul. This was the purpose of His work. He imparted earthly blessings, that He might incline the hearts of men to receive the gospel of His grace.

Christ might have occupied the highest place among the teachers of the Jewish nation, but He preferred…


A Fountain of Pleasure and Joy, March 18

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11.

The beauty of the mind, the purity of the soul, revealed in the countenance, will have more power to attract and exert an influence upon…


Sympathy to All, March 17

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to ... give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Isaiah 61:1-3.

Christ was a close observer, noticing many things that others passed…


His Compassion, March 16

He took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. Mark 10:16.

As Jesus ministers in the streets of the cities, mothers with their sick and dying little ones in their arms press through the throng, seeking to come within reach of His notice.



He Understands Our Motives, March 15

And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. Mark 12:43, RSV.

Jesus was in the court where were the treasure chests, and He watched those who came to deposit…


He Is Always Near, March 14

But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. Matthew 9:6.

With a new hope the sick man looks upon Jesus. The expression of His countenance, the tones…


He Is the Sun of Righteousness, March 13

Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings. Malachi 4:2.

In the fisherman's home at Capernaum the mother of Peter's wife is lying sick of “a great fever,” and “they tell him of her.” Jesus “touched her hand, and the fever left…


We Must Believe in Him, March 12

Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. Luke 8:48.

On the way to the ruler's house, Jesus had met, in the crowd, a poor woman who for 12 years had suffered from a disease that made her life a burden. She had spent all her means upon physicians…


Mercy Toward the Demoniacs, March 11

And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce. Matthew 8:28.

In the early morning the Saviour and His companions came to shore.... But no sooner had they stepped upon the beach than their eyes were greeted by a sight more terrible than the fury of the tempest. From some hiding place among the tombs,…


An Example of Obedience, March 10

Being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death. Philippians 2:8.

Since Jesus came to dwell with us, we know that God is acquainted with our trials, and sympathizes with our griefs. Every son and daughter of Adam may understand that our…


Brothers to Sinners and Saints, March 9

Every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 1 John 4:7.

In all who suffer for My name, said Jesus, you are to recognize Me. As you would minister to Me, so you are to minister to them. This is the evidence that you are My disciples.

All who have been born…


We Have Found the Messias, March 8

We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write. John 1:45.

Philip called Nathanael. The latter had been among the throng when the Baptist pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God. As Nathanael looked upon Jesus, he was disappointed. Could this man, who…


He Showed Us How to Overcome, March 7

It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Matthew 4:7.

In the wilderness of temptation Christ met the great leading temptations that would assail man. There He encountered, single handed, the wily, subtle foe, and overcame him. The first great temptation…


Jesus, Our Example, March 6

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21.

In the submission of Christ to the ordinance of baptism, He shows the sinner one of the important steps in true conversion. Christ had no sins…


Jesus Assured of His Sonship, March 5

Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while he prayed, the heaven was opened. Luke 3:21, NKJV.

When Jesus came to be baptized, John recognized in Him a purity of character that he had never before perceived in any man. The…


The Spirit in Christ From Youth, March 4

And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. Luke 2:42.

At the age of 12 the Holy Spirit was abiding upon Jesus, and He felt something of the burden of the mission for which He had come to our world. His soul was stirred into…


Two Natures Blended in One, March 3

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren. Hebrews 2:16, 17.

Was the human nature of the Son of Mary changed into the divine nature of the Son of God? No; the two natures were mysteriously blended in one person—the man Christ Jesus. In Him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.…


The Birth of Christ an Unfathomable Mystery, March 2

The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14, NIV.

We cannot understand how Christ became a little, helpless babe. He could have come to earth in such beauty that He would have been unlike the sons of men. His face could have been bright with light, and His form could have been tall and beautiful. He could have come in such a way as to charm those…


Christ Took Upon Himself Human Nature, March 1

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14.

As one who understands his subject, John ascribes all power to Christ, and speaks of His greatness and majesty. He flashes forth divine rays of precious truth, as light from the sun. He presents Christ as the only Mediator between God and humanity.…