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cross, leading them as you would captives in chains; rebels still, but unable to rob the Lord Christ of the glory of any part of his conquest. Thus through death he conquered death, and him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. O blessed and almighty Jesus, eternal thanks are due to thee for this most glorious victory. Satan is now a vanquished foe. He is under thy feet, thou high exalted head of the redeemed. Thou hast for them, and in their stead, overcome all his wiles and assaults. He may temper, but he cannot conquer them. He has no right to accuse them—thou hast made an end of sin. He has no power to torment them-thou hast brought in everlasting righteousness. He cannot pluck them out of thy hands—they are dear to thee, and kept as the apple of thine eye. Glory be to thee, thou wilt soon bring them out of the reach of his temptations, and thou wilt be to them an eternal and infinitely perfect Saviour.
In this faith, O my soul, thou art called upon to take up arms against the old serpent. Thou art to fight against him under the banner of Jesus-a name terrible to the devil and his angels. Trusting to the victory of Jesus for thee, and to the strength of Jesus working in thee, thou art daily to bring him honour and renown. How safe, how blessed is such a warfare! Thou hast the wisdom of thy God and Saviour to discover to thee the wiles of Satan. Trust to it, () my soul.
soul. Leave thyself simply to his direction; and although Satan be subtle and cunning-although he has depths of policy, and plans out of number, yet thou shalt not be ignorant of his devices. Thy all-knowing Saviour will detect his plots, and turn the counsel of that Ahithophel into folly. And if he attack thee as a roaring lion, yet fear him not. Thy Redeemer is strong. He has bruised the serpent's head; resist him in faith, and thou shalt bruise it also. Lean on the arm of thy Jesus; depend on his promised strength; follow his orders, and thou shalt tread Satan under thy feet daily.
But, above all, remember that thou canst
only conquer him by faith-by faith in the victory of Jesus, built upon thy faith in the word of Jesus; for thus the scripture testifies of the conquerors now round the throne, " that they overcame the devil by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony." They overcame him by depending upon the atoning blood, and by trusting to what the word says of its all-sufficiency to save ; and they found by experience the promised victory. To the same effect the apostle Peter stirs up believers to a sobriety in the use of all creature-comforts, and to a continual watchfulness against their enemies, in order that they might daily conquer : “ Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour : "whom resist STEADFAST IN
This brings victory. The believer resists the devil, and stands against him steadfastly in the power of Christ. This power is almighty, and therefore faith relying upon it infallibly secures victory. The devil may throw his fiery darts thick and
fast, but the shield of faith is proof against them. It is able, through God, to quench them; so that the fire of temptation shall not inflame the soul. How precious are these scriptures ! How encouraging to the Christian soldier! They promise him every thing needful for the battle and for victory. Why then, shouldst thou doubt, O my soul, of the promised blessings ? Take courage. Fight under the banner of Jesus. Keep elose to his colours. Follow strictly his order : and he will keep Satan under thy feet to-day, and thou shalt be more than conqueror over him for ever.
Considering thy war with Satan in this light, what is there in it, O my soul, to stop thee in thy way to heaven? Thou art called upon to fight against him, but then it is in the Lord's strength, and as a partaker of his conquest. He made all thine enemies his. He fought thy battles. His triumph is thine. Thou mayest therefore sing of victory before every battle. Thou dost not fight to gain the pardon of thy sins, or to make thyself righteous : but to oppose thine adversary, who would draw thee into sin, and, if he could, would rob thee of thy righteousness. He hates 'thee, because Christ loves thee. But his hatred is in vain. Thy Saviour has conquered him for thee, and by faith will conquer him in thee: for thou art kept by his almighty power.
. Trusting to this, go forth strong in the Lord. While thou art living in communion with him, thy warfare will be successful. If thou attend to his word, and follow his orders, he will encourage thy heart, and strengthen thy hand with such promises as these
I have chosen thee to be a soldier, and I send thee out to fight against all the enemies of thy peace. But thou dost not go to this warfare at thine own charges, nor carry it on doubtful of victory. I have provided every thing needful for maintaining the battle, and for bringing thee off conqueror. Thou shalt find much profit in this holy war.
It will be the means of keeping up constant fellowship with me. Thou shalt see thy need of coming to me for courage,