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Strength in Christ

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
      PHILIPPIANS 4:13

      Let him take hold of my strength.
      ISAIAH 27:5

      THOU canst o'ercome this heart of mine,

      Thou wilt victorious prove;

      For everlasting strength is Thine,

      And everlasting love.

      WE are conscious of our own weakness and of the strength of evil; but not of the third force, stronger than either ourselves or the power of evil, which is at our disposal if we will draw upon it. What is needed is a deliberate and whole-hearted realization that we are in Christ, and Christ is in us by His Spirit; an unconditional surrender of faith to Him; a practice, which grows more natural by exercise, of remembering and deliberately drawing by faith upon His strength in the moments of temptation and not merely upon our own resources. "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I will do thus and thus." So we too may form, like St. Paul, the habit of victory.

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