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By His Side

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
      1 CORINTHIANS 15:57

      KEEP close to Christ, if conflict sore betide;
      Stand fast, remembering He is at your side
      To give you strength
      In battle, and the victor's palm at length.
      German, tr. by FRANCES E.COX

      IF we would endeavor, like men of courage, to stand in the battle, surely we should feel the favorable assistance of God from heaven. For He who giveth us occasion to fight, to the end we may get the victory, is ready to succor those that fight manfully, and do trust in His grace.

      He will give the victory into thy hands, if only thou wilt fight manfully by His side, trusting not in thyself, but in His power and goodness. And if the Lord delay awhile to give thee the victory, be not disheartened, but believe assuredly (and this will also help thee to fight resolutely) that He will turn all things which may befall thee, those even which to thee may seem farthest removed from, yea, most adverse to thy success, all will He turn to thy good and profit, if thou wilt but bear thyself as a faithful and generous warrior.

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