Thought for today – 12/29/2014

SIN’S TENACITY
“Let no man think to kill sin with few, easy, or gentle strokes. He who hath once smitten a serpent, if he follow not on his blow until he be slain, may repent that ever he began the quarrel. And so will he who undertakes to deal with sin, and pursues it not constantly to the death.”
– John Owen (1616-1683), A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. I-V [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. III, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 546-547

“When in hand-to-hand conflict with the world and the devil, neat little Biblical confectionery is like shooting lions with a pea-shooter; one needs a man who will let go and deliver blows right and left as hard as he can hit, in the power of the Holy Ghost… Nothing but forked-lightning Christians will count.”
– C. T. Studd (1860-1931), quoted in C. T. Studd: Cricketer and Pioneer [1933], Norman P. Grubb, Read Books, 2008, p. 163

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