You have a difficult road before you:
O traveller to heaven, see that you go not without your guide.
You have to pass through the fiery furnace;
enter it not unless, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
you have the Son of God to be your companion.
You have to storm the Jericho of your own corruptions:
attempt not the warfare until, like Joshua,
you have seen the Captain of the Lord’s host,
with His sword drawn in His hand.
You are to meet the Esau of your many temptations:
meet him not until at Jabbok’s brook you have laid hold upon the angel, and prevailed.
In every case, in every condition, you will need Jesus;
but most of all, when the iron gates of death shall open to you.
Keep close to your soul’s Husband,
lean your head upon His bosom,
ask to be refreshed with the spiced wine of His pomegranate,
and you shall be found of Him at the last,
without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.
Seeing you have lived with Him, and lived in Him here,
you shall abide with Him forever.
– Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning & Evening