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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Defeating the Flesh

By F B Meyer

“David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.” (2 Sam.3:1)

The War between the flesh and the Spirit is long, but the end is sure. As the Baptist said of Jesus, so must the flesh say of the Spirit: He must increase; I must increase.

Sometimes, in the long strain of the war, our spirit dies down. Will the bugle never cease to ring out its alarm? Will the assaults never come. To an end? When shall we able to lay aside sword and breastplate, and to enter the land of rest? Oh to be able to say with the Apostle, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith.”
F.B. Meyer (1874-1929)
was one of the Victorian
England’s most outstanding
Evangelist and devotional
Writers. He stressed the
urgency of living fully
consecrated to God.
Thorough soul-stirring writing,
Meyer continue to impact lives
decades after his death.

Yet take heart. The assaults diminish in frequency and strength in proportion as they are faithfully resisted. Each time you resist successfully you will find it easier to resist. The strength of the vanquished foe enters the vanquisher.

Moreover, ultimate victory in the wearying battle is secured. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:4-5). It makes a great difference to the soldier, when he belongs to an All Victorious Legion and serves under a Captain who never lost a fight. And there can be no doubt as to the issue in your heart or mine. “He must reign till He has put all enemies under his feet.”


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