[September 23]
Be thou strong and very courageous. Joshua 1:7
THERE never was a time when more strength of character and more courage were needed than just now. We need to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might....We do not know in what form some of our trials and tribulations will come. But we who are living in this "evil day," yea, in the very close of this day—in the final "hour of temptation"—surely need to have on the whole armor of God. We need to have our loins girt about with truth; we need the helmet to protect our minds, our intellects, from the shafts of error; we need the breastplate of righteousness; we need the sword of the Spirit—the broad twoedged sword; we need the sandals of the "preparation of the Gospel of peace." We need all of these to overcome the Canaanites in our own breast, and to overcome all the surrounding obstacles. Z'15-182 R5707:5(Hymn 300)