In observation and in knowledge, in counsel and in prayer, men desire the equipment which will enable them to live their lives successfully. Many believe that the safest equipment against the world's dangers and the surest guarantee of power lie in material accumulation; others, with nobler motives and profounder reliance, know that primarily these must be sought and preserved in spiritual values.

Christ Jesus, the greatest of all educationalists and guardians of men's rights, seeking always to arm his disciples against any flagrant or subtle attack of evil, delivered this eternal, universal message to his followers: "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

These words understood and acted upon would be a complete equipment against every phase of evil, a forever assurance against fear of any kind. They constitute in fact "the whole armour of God," of which Paul wrote in his epistle to the Ephesians. This gift of God which Christ Jesus brought to the world, is the apprehension and utilization of divine law, whereby sin and sickness are seen to be powerless because men are equipped with that which is spiritually adequate to handle and eliminate every phase of evil. It was this equipment which the Master sought to give his disciples by a presentation of man's spiritual selfhood, ever one with the Father, offsetting all spurious laws, all false testimony, restoring health and harmony and casting our fear. In this final assurnace of spiritual being, men become aware not merely of God's protecting presence and of a sense of deliverance, but of the fact that they have within themselves the consciousness and evidence of divine power; when this place is reached even a belief in the possiblity of danger is overcome.

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April 13, 1940

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