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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
Temptation has a mission. Our Lord was
led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted. If he had missed being tempted he
would have missed something that was nec-
essary to the complete development of his
manhood. For any man temptation is an op-
portunity. If the soldier never had a battle,
how could he become a hero? How could he
ever learn the art of war?
Temptation has a mission. Our Lord was
led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted. If he had missed being tempted he
would have missed something that was nec-
essary to the complete development of his
manhood. For any man temptation is an op-
portunity. If the soldier never had a battle,
how could he become a hero? How could he
ever learn the art of war?

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HOW TO MEET TEMPTATIO. BY J. R. MILLER Why comes temptation but for man to meet And master and make crouch beneath his foot, And so be pedestalled in triumph ? Pray 11 Lead us into no such temptations, Lord ! " Yea, but, O thou whose servants are the bold, Lead such temptations by the hand and hair, Reluctant dragons, up to who dares fight, That so he may do battle and have praise. Robert Browning. Temptation has a mission. Our Lord was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted. If he had missed being tempted he would have missed something that was nec- essary to the complete development of his manhood. For any man temptation is an op- portunity. If the soldier never had a battle, how could he become a hero? How could he ever learn the art of war? It is foolhardy for any one to seek to be tempted, but when temp- tation comes to us while we are in the line of 138 HOW TO MEET TEMPTATIO. 1 39 duty, as we follow the divine guidance, we dare
 
not shirk it, nor run away from it ; we must meet it with faith and courage, and in doing so we shall take a blessing from it. This way lie crowns which can be won only by those who are victorious in temptation. It is with strug- gle as with pain : " Put pain from out the world, what room were left For thanks to God, for love to man ? " Yet there is no fear that any of us may be overlooked in this matter, or may miss this opportunity. Soldiers sometimes chafe in time of war because they are kept in the camp while their comrades are in the field. They are eager to become real soldiers. But none miss struggle with temptation, excepting those who die in early childhood. o one escapes the experience. Then our foes are also real. They are not fancied or imaginary. They are of two classes — there are enemies in our own heart, and enemies fighting outside. The enemies within complicate the struggle. In war a traitor in the camp may do great 140 STREGTH AD BEAUTY. mischief. He is unsuspected. He knows all that is going on inside, the movements that are planned, the strength or weakness of the cita- del, the resources at command. Then he can open the door for the enemy and deliver the place into his hands. So the enemies in our heart have vast power of hurting us. They may betray us in the very time of our battle with some outside foe
 
and cause us to lose the victory; or after we have been victorious in the struggle they may cause us to fall into some other subtle sin. These hidden evils in our own heart make it easy for the assailants without to break through the gate. They parley with them over the wall and treacherously slip the bolt on some postern door and let them in. We have much to fear from the unholiness that we carry within us. If every feeling, disposition, affection, desire, and impulse in our heart were pure and altogether like Christ, if the enemy came and found nothing in us, we should be far safer in the midst of this world's wickedness. But there are also outside foes. We are like HOW TO MEET TEMPTATIO. 141 little forts in an enemy's country. All about us swarm those who are hostile to us, watching every opportunity to break in at some gate or to climb over the ramparts to take possession. We must never forget that this world is not a friend to grace. We are in danger of fancying in quiet days that the antagonism around us has ceased, and that we shall no more be assailed by evil. This is always a fatal mistake for any one to make. The tempter is never better pleased than when he gets us into this kind of confidence. We are then off our guard, and it is easy for the foe to steal in. When the sentinels at our heart- doors and the outposts of the enemy get on familiar terms our danger is greatly increased. We are safest when we are fully aware of our danger. We are kept then ever watchful and

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