"What I say unto you I say unto all, watch."

What is the meaning of this Scripture? Who or what is it that is to be watched? Not God, for He needs no watching. Not divine Truth, for it needs no watching. Not divine Love, for it needs no watching. Not divine Life, for it needs no watching. Not Good, for it needs no watching.

The Master's injunction is to watch against evil or sin. He uses the words watch and pray conjunctively in many instances. They are, in a large sense, synonymous. To watch is to pray, and to pray is to watch. To be ever on our guard against the temptations of sin is to watch and pray. To be thus on guard we must have our thought and purpose so fixed upon God, Good,—in other words, our hearts so filled with divine Love,—that we are proof against the snares of the tempter.

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The Board of Lectureship
May 4, 1899

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