The Letters of Ruth Bryan, 1805-1860

"Looking unto Jesus" the way to
resist the devil and his temptations

To E. M., April 1856.
Ever dear,
I am sorry that you are on the sinking sands of unbelief—but there is Rock at the bottom, and you will sensibly feel it again before long. "He is my Sun, although He refrains from shining."

"Though for a moment He depart,
 I dwell forever on His heart;
 Forever He on mine."

"Therefore cast not away your confidence, which has great recompense of reward," for "the just shall live by faith," but we die by unbelief. Oh! give Him the glory due unto His name, and "give not place to the devil," but "resist him and he will flee from you." Resist him by flying afresh for refuge to the Cross and Blood of Jesus; for even though all the past had been fleshly excitement and delusion, He is still "able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him." Therefore, "Unto whom coming," even as that Syro-Phoenician of old: and though, for a while, "He answered her never a word," yet did she follow after Him, crying, "Lord, help me," and at length came the wondrous answer, "O woman, great is your faith; be it unto you even as you will." May the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, be found unto praise, and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ, "even though now for a season, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations."

With much warm love, your ever affectionate,

"For You have been a stronghold for the poor, a stronghold for the humble person in his distress, a refuge from the rain, a shade from the heat." Isaiah 25:4

"There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you." Deuteronomy 33:26-27