To Ponder:

The Christian life is one of continual conflict from its commencement to its close. There is no hope whatever that it can be otherwise. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and never can be anything else but flesh. It continually wars against the spirit–so that oftentimes, as the Apostle says, “When I would do good, evil is present with me.” This was Paul’s own experience to the end of life, for never did he find any good thing in himself, that is, in his flesh. The flesh never changes for the better. Our only expectation and our encouragement is that through the grace of our Lord Jesus, with watchfulness and prayerfulness, it will be kept under control, and that the spiritual nature will increase in vigor daily. The consciousness of all our infirmities, our inward lusts, and our utter helplessness–but makes the Lord Jesus more precious! The very lusts we abhor, do serve our best interests when they cause us to look more to Him. Thus they are among the all things that work for our good, by keeping us in our proper place and exalting the Lord. (Thomas Moor, “Counsels and Thoughts for the Spiritual Life of Believers” 1881)


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