ot that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus. Phil. 3: 12.

Scorn trifles, and embrace a better aim Than wine, or sleep, or praise; Hunt knowledge, as the lover woos the maid, And ever in the strife of your own thought Obey the nobler impulse. — Ralph Waldo Emerson. If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it, Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

i^=\ HE Christian's life is progressive. He must never ^*«^ be satisfied with his present attainments; he must ever remember that there are ever before him loftier heights to be reached. The Apostle Paul was far from feeling that he had attained or was already perfect. The more of true grace believers possess^ the more of true grace they desire to possess. Glorious as were our first experierrces in the Christian life, they have been vastly surpassed by those of a later day. The aged believer knows how to watch and pray, and fight, and triumph, as the young convert cannot expect to know. There is a freshness and sweetn-ess in one's first love, but it must also be affirmed

that there is a ripeness, maturity, and fullness in one's later love which the early love could not possess.

Let not them that wait for Thee be put to shame through me, O Lord Jehovah of Hosts: let not those that seek Thee be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. Amen. Ps. 69: 6, 7.

184 ROYAL MESSAGES 7-2 Underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. 33: 27

Crushed prone and helpless neath some sorrow's weight; God were no God could he forbear to hear His children calling mid earth's pains and dole. Pray then in faith, your prayer will bring him near To comfort and uplift the fainting soul. Pray and for one brief flash you shall see clear Beyond earth's mists and shades, the spirit's glorious goal. — Alice Williams.

eOD has not promised that his children shall not bear the cross. Cross bearing is inseparable from their Christian service. God has not promised that his children shall not go through deep waters nor into fiercely heated furnaces^ but he has promised that the waters shall not overflow them^ and that the fire shall not consume them. He has promised that he will be with them alike in the floods as in the flames. Gethsemane and Calvary evermore lie on this side of Olivet. We must drink our cup in Gethsemane and endure our cross on Calvary before we

shall experience our glorious ascension from Olivet. Have courage, Oh child of God; trust thy Father's love and might. There shall no burden be so heavy but that he will give thee grace to carry it to his glory. However low you may sink beneath the weight of the daily cross, still lower you shall find the everlasting arms, for they are underneath. Blessed symbol of God's loving might! Glorious truth of God's omnipotent power! Who would not be upheld and encircled by these strong, these everlasting arms !

I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will remember Thy wonders of old. Thou hast with Thine arm redeemed Thy people. Amen. Ps. 77: 10, 15.



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