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"The flesh will seek to ensnare you, and to prevent your pressing on to glory. 'It is weary work being a pilgrim; come, give it up. Am I always to be mortified? Am I never to be indulged? Give me at least a furlough from this constant warfare.'
Satan will make many a fierce attack on your perseverance; it will be the mark for all his arrows. He will strive to hinder you in service: he will insinuate that you are doing no good; and that you want rest. He will endeavour to make you weary of suffering, he will whisper, 'Curse God, and die.' Or he will attack your steadfastness: 'What is the good of being so zealous? Be quiet like the rest; sleep as do others, and let your lamp go out as the other virgins do.' Or he will assail your doctrinal sentiments: 'Why do you hold to these denominational creeds? Sensible men are getting more liberal; they are removing the old landmarks: fall in with the times.'
Wear your shield, Christian, therefore, close upon your armour, and cry mightily unto God, that by his Spirit you may endure to the end."