Ammunition is defined as "any material that may be used in attack or defense." And a good soldier is one who stocks his kit with sufficient ammunition and supplies, who is obedient and does not delay getting his post in readiness or neglect to search for and obtain a high elevation in order to get a clearer view.

As followers of Christ Jesus, it is necessary to have our ammunition ready, to have our spiritual armament—the knowledge of God and of man in His image and likeness—at our immediate command, and to be able to use it calmly and quickly, with good results, just as Christ Jesus did in all his encounters with the devil, alias mortal mind.

Jesus admonished the Christian soldier (Matt. 5:25), "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison." How wise it is to be always quick and ready to defend our position, our knowledge and conviction of the perfection of God and of man, with the Word of Truth, is illustrated by the following experience of the writer. One afternoon, on his way home from the office, he decided to visit the local Christian Science Reading Room. In recent months he had been making a practice of using these rooms which our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, so wisely provided for in the Manual of The Mother Church, and which furnish a quiet place where through prayerful contemplation of the verities of being we may strengthen our spiritual armor. Here he had the opportunity to dispel some of the cloudiness of mortal thinking that the spiritual reality might become more vivid to his consciousness.

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September 6, 1947

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