“Joshua did not draw back his hand, with which he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.” Joshua 8:26
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8
A willing subjection to any one sin is not consistent with the grace of God and true saving faith (Romans 6:14). For though wicked inhabitants will abide in the heart and sometimes prevail over a believer, they must not reign there — but should be vigorously resisted, since we may be utterly ruined by willing subjection to a single sin. Though you are actually converted and have gained the dominion over your sins — yet you must not draw back your hand and lay the spear and sword of the Spirit aside. There is no truce in this war, nor any rest found but in fighting. For if you do not vanquish your enemies, they will vanquish you.
Therefore the Christian soldier’s watch-word is “Fight on,” looking to Jesus. Satan left Christ only for a time; much more will he renew his assaults upon us again and again; nay, if a man is not watchful — but presumptuous, he “takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself.” But if the conflict lasts long with you, remember that it is also the case with others. Fight on, therefore, and faint not. At last the victory will be the more sweet and glorious. Only above all things, take the shield of faith. For faith, by which we are in covenant with Christ, alone triumphs. Faith honors Christ by pleading with Him, and Christ honors faith by giving to it.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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