"When the spiritual battles are strong, claim the keys of the Kingdom and they will fight valiantly for you and not give up until the victory is won."
First Published July 1978
You never have a victory without a battle, and there are some battles you have to fight your whole life until your dying day.
You have to keep getting the victory. Once the Lord humbles you, He has to keep humbling you, He has to keep you humble.
Life for the Lord is not something about which you just say, "Well, I made that victory! I got over that, now I'm free! I don't have to give up anymore, I don't have to hurt anymore.
"I don't have to suffer anymore! I've got the victory! I've won the battle and the war is over, and now I'm going to settle down and be selfish and unsacrificial and enjoy life!"
Every day He'll probably have you sacrifice a little more to see if He can trust you with more responsibility, if you can become stronger and tougher and a better fighter. He'll give you more, and He'll trust you with more if He finds out you can give up more.
You have to fight the devil and your old self every day! You are a new creature, yes, but boy, how that old self likes to try to pop up again.
It's a battle every day--especially with your besetting sins--"the weights and the sins that so easily beset you" (Hebrews 12:1), like your selfishness and laziness and jealousy.
You never stop battling, you never stop winning victories, you never stop progressing. You can never stand still. You don't just get the victory once and for all over some besetting sin, you have to keep fighting it. But the more you win, the easier it gets, with His help, on that one.
Either you are growing or you are dying. It's all or nothing at all!
You have to keep going, you have to keep sacrificing, you have to keep forsaking, you have to keep fighting everyday.
The purpose is that it comes down to this whole thing of life: it is to prepare you for the next life, when in the Millennium you are going to have to learn how to run the whole world over a bunch of wicked, stubborn, rebellious people.
We're just like little children spiritually. Every day a child has to eat a little more. Yesterday's food is not enough for today. Yesterday's exercise and play and work is not enough for today.
Jesus is trying to make you stronger every day and make you able to give a little more, sacrifice a little more, suffer a little more, fight a little more, grow a little more.
He wants you to grow into the full stature of a full-grown mature Christian that is a real fighter for the Lord and a real soldier and able to really stand a lot of responsibility, a lot of suffering, a lot of giving, and can do a big job, not just little ones.
So for God's sake, let's learn our lesson today and get it down pat so we don't have to learn this one over again tomorrow.
Don't get me wrong, some things do get easier. You don't usually have to fight the same battles over again if you get the victory. Otherwise it would be too hard and a losing game.
It's really thrilling to look back and see your own progress. To look back down that rugged mountain road you've just come over and to see you're really getting somewhere.
It's even more thrilling though, to look forward and up to heights you are soon to attain and views you're soon to thrill to, if you keep fighting, climbing, winning and don't quit!
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