“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1
“You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:4
Some professors of religion are so careless that they never think of striving against sin, and some would seem to be so holy as to be above it. But here we are plainly told that sin must be opposed. Paul speaks of the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit (Galatians 5:17), and the most experienced Christians are witnesses to it. The word of God is said to be a sword, our prayers a wrestling, and our faith the victory. Thus our whole race consists in striving and conquering. There is always an enemy to be encountered before we can make considerable progress in anything that is good. None of our enemies are overcome easily — and some are very stubborn. Therefore courage and patience are required, and thus we may be sure to have the victory at last. Thus shall we be enabled to fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life. Oh for courage, confidence, and final victory!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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