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The End Product of Redemption Sanctification is realized only in Christ. Tom Van Hoogen
O, How the Mighty are Fallen! When the Spirit convicts you of sin, Satan will try to convince you, “It is such a little one spare it.” Or he will bribe the soul with a vow of secrecy: “You can keep me and your good reputation, too. I will not be seen in your company to shame you among your neighbors. You may shut me up in the attic of your heart, out of sight, if only you will let me now and then have a wild embrace of your thoughts and affections in secret.” If that will not be granted, then Satan asks for a stay of execution, well knowing that most such reprieved lusts at last obtain their full pardon. The longer we procrastinate, the harder it becomes to break through the clever coaxing of the silver tongued defender of sin and death, and actually carry out the execution. Here history’s bravest men have shown themselves putty in the enemy’s hands…. like the great Roman who, as he rode triumphantly through the city, never took his eyes off a prostitute walking along the street: a man who conquered empires, captured by the glance of a single woman! William Gurnall – The Christian in Complete Armour – Volume 1 of 3, circa 1655, copyright 1986 by World Challenge, Inc.
Can You Account for The Time Given You? The Bible does not expect new Christians to be spiritual instantaneously, if they should remain as babes after many years, however, then their situation is indeed most pitiful. Paul himself points out to the Corinthian’s that he had treated then as men of the flesh earlier because they were new born babes in Christ, and that by now at the moment of this writing them they certainly should be growing into manhood. They had instead frittered away their lives, remained as babes, and were thus still fleshly.

It does not necessitate as much time as we think today for one to be transformed from the fleshly into the spiritual. The believers at Corinth came out from a strictly sinful heathen background. After the lapse of only a few years the Apostle already views them as having been babes too long.

Watchman Nee – The Spiritual Man, circa 1920, copyright 1968 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Living to Self is the Easy. Dying takes Guts! Many think that dying to themselves is what causes them so much pain. But it is actually part of them that still lives that causes the problem. Death is only painful to you when you resist it. Your imagination exaggerates how bad death will be. Self-love fights with all of its strength to live. Die inwardly as well as outwardly. Let all that is not born of God within you die. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
The God of My Beliefs Then follows the revealing of the unconscious egotism of the orthodox credist, dictatorially asserting the character of God ( Job 15:14-16 ). Then, like a theological buzzard, he sits on the perch of massive tradition and preens his ruffled feathers and croaks his eloquent platitudes. There is no trace of the fraud in Eliphaz, he vigorously believes his beliefs, but he is at a total loss to know God. Eliphaz represents the kind of humbug that results from remaining true to conviction instead of to facts which dispute the conviction. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Much Harder Than We Like to Think Calling the disciples first to reflect on the original difficulty for every man to enter God’s kingdom, Jesus reasserts in yet stronger phrase the difficulty of the rich man. It always was and always will be, hard to enter the kingdom of heaven. It is hard even to believe that one must be born from above must pass into a new and unknown consciousness. How hard? As hard as the Master of salvation could find words to express: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate… his own life also, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14: 26). And the rich man must find it harder than another to hate his own life. There is so much associated with it to push out the self of his consciousness that the difficulty of casting it from him as the mere ugly shadow of the self God made is vastly increased. None can know how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of heaven except those who have tried tried hard and not ceased to try. I care not to be told that one may pass at once into all possible sweetness of assurance; it is not assurance I desire, but the thing itself; not the certainty of eternal life, but eternal life. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Only One Guest in Your House at a Time! Oh, how foolish we are if we attempt to entertain two guests so hostile to one another as Christ Jesus and the devil! Rest assured, Christ will not live in the parlor of the hearts if we entertain the devil in the cellar of our thoughts. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Learning to Work from Our Dad All life has a destiny. It cannot accomplish its purpose without work. Life is perfected by work. The highest manifestation of its hidden nature and power comes out in its work. And so work is a great factor by which the hidden beauty and the divine possibilities of the Christian life are revealed. Work must not only be performed by the child of God for the result of being used as God’s instrument, but also be given the same place it has in God Himself. As in the Father and the Son, and with the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, work is the highest manifestation of life. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House