It is blessed and glorious to be a Christian. No other life is so

beautiful and pure; no other life is so tranquilly peaceful; no other is

so full of rest, happiness, and satisfaction. The Christian, however, does

not go to heaven on flowery beds of ease. His pathway is not strewn with

roses all the way; there is now and then a thorn. It is not sunshine all

the time; now and then a shadow falls. To win heaven he must fight. There
are some things to oppose a Christian on his pilgrimage to the skies;

these he must contend against. The contending against those things

prepares him for his blissful home above.

"All things work together for good to them that love God." Heaven's

blessings and hell's venom, angels' smiles and Satan's frowns, comforts of

grace and spiritual wickedness, good and ill, love and hatred, all work

good to those who have union with God. It is the battle that disciplines

and makes strong and brave the warrior, and not the victory. We are

exhorted to "endure hardness as a good soldier." There are some things to

endure along the Christian way. James says, "Blessed is the man that

endureth temptation." Temptations are outward influences acting upon our

natural emotions and passions to induce the will to act contrary to the

law of grace to satisfy self. We need not expect to be free from

temptations; therefore let us settle it that we will endure them. It is

really a blessed thing to endure them. You may think it would be a blessed

thing to be free from them, but such would not be the case. It is more

blessed to endure them. Temptations will never cease to attack the soul as

long as it inhabits this "muddy vesture of decay." Be brave, O soul, and

endure temptations. Be brave and fight the good fight of faith. Do not

faint because you have temptations. Do not fear because there are long and

fierce battles to fight. Be strong and of good courage. It is a life-long

struggle, and it is also a life-long victory, and in the end eternal

victory. Strong and well-developed spiritual sinews are the result of

resisted temptations.

It is not sinful to be tempted. We never lose any spirituality by being

tempted. It is the slight yieldings that cause a leaking, a loss of grace.

Clear up the vision of your faith a little and take a look at your

beautiful glittering crown of life. It is not gold, neither crystal. Do

not look at it as such, but see it a crown of life. Yes, you will be

crowned with eternal life if you will but endure temptation. Think of this

in the hour of thy sore trial. Fight on; heaven awaits to reward you.