Tag: Conflict

Living with Christ

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. Romans 6:8

Another reason that our religion must interfere with our private lives is that we live in the world, the Bible name for human society. The regenerated man has been inwardly separated from society as Israel was separated from Egypt at the crossing of the Red Sea. The Christian is a man of heaven temporarily living on earth. Though in spirit divided from the race of fallen men he must yet in the flesh live among them. In many things he is like them, but in others he differs so radically from them that they cannot but see and resent it. From the days of Cain and Abel the man of earth has punished the man of heaven for being different. The long history of persecution and martyrdom confirms this.

But we must not get the impression that the Christian life is one continuous conflict, one unbroken irritating struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil. A thousand times no. A heart that learns to die with Christ soon knows the blessed experience of rising with Him, and all the world’s persecutions cannot still the high note of holy joy that springs up in the soul that has become the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.

by A.W. Tozer

No One Gets The Crown–Without The Conflict!

J.R. Miller Imageby J.R. Miller

“To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God!” Revelation 2:7

The daily temptations which make every true life such a painful conflict from beginning to end–bring us constant opportunities for growth of character. To struggle–is to grow strong. The soldier’s art can be learned, and the soldier’s honors can be won–only on the field of battle.

If you would grow into the beauty of the Master, you must accept the conflicts, and fight the battles. You can live easy if you will, by declining every struggle–but you will then get little out of life which is truly noble and worthy. The best things all come after the battle–you must fight your way across the field to get them. Heaven is only for those who overcome. No one gets the crown–without the conflict!

“To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My throne!” Revelation 3:21

by J.R. Miller