Sunday, November 14, 2010

MM Meditation - The Cost of Quitting

An exerpt from A.W. Tozer's
That Incredible Christian

Spiritual Warfare and Sin: The Cost of Quitting

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. --Hebrews 12:3-4

If Satan opposes the new convert he opposes still more bitterly the Christian who is pressing on toward a higher life in Christ. The Spirit-filled life is not, as many suppose, a life of peace and quiet pleasure. It is likely to be something quite the opposite.

Viewed one way it is a pilgrimage through a robber-infested forest; viewed another, it is a grim warfare with the devil. Always there is struggle, and sometimes there is a pitched battle with our own nature where the lines are so confused that it is all but impossible to locate the enemy or to tell which impulse is of the Spirit and which of the flesh....

My point here is that if we want to escape the struggle we have but to draw back and accept the currently accepted low-keyed Christian life as the normal one. That is all Satan wants. That will ground our power, stunt our growth and render us harmless to the kingdom of darkness.

Compromise will take the pressure off. Satan will not bother a man who has quit fighting. But the cost of quitting will be a life of peaceful stagnation. We sons of eternity just cannot afford such a thing.


  1. So good! Thanks for sharing that. Right now giving up and not fighting, even though my battle is a different one, sounds appealing.

  2. Sometimes I mistakenly believe that my spiritual battle is with my children and making them obey -- only to have the Lord pull me up short as He reminds me that my true struggle is in making myself train my kids AND making myself submit to the Holy Spirit so I don't react out of anger and frustration.


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