March 21, No Contest

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Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
—James 4:7
Truth is a glorious but hard mistress. She never consults, bargains or compromises. She cries from the top of the high places, “Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold” (Proverbs 8:10). After that, every man is on his own. He may accept or refuse….
Were this an unfallen world the path of truth would be a smooth and easy one. Had the nature of man not suffered a huge moral dislocation there would be no discord between the way of God and the way of man.
I assume that in heaven the angels live through a thousand serene millenniums without feeling the slightest discord between their desires and the will of God. But not so among men on earth. Here…the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary one to the other.
In that contest there can be only one outcome. We must surrender and God must have His way. OCN008-009
[T]here is a moment in every life when we meet God, and by a supreme surrender enter into His sovereign will and His perfect peace. CTBC, Vol. 6/102
Tozer on the Holy Spirit.

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