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The Christian is to proclaim and initiate an irreconcilable war against his choice sins. Those nearest his heart must now be trampled under his feet.

This takes great courage and resolution. O how a lust will plead for itself! Satan pleads: ‘Is it not just a little one, O spare it!’ He will flatter the soul with the secrecy of it: ‘You can have it, and your honour also.’ If this does not work, Satan will try to get you to wait just a little while for its execution.

Do not be deceived by this strategy. Most lusts that have received a delay in execution will eventually obtain a full pardon and regain full favor with your soul. It takes great resolution to break through such violent pleading and bring your lust to full execution. We must walk with a single purpose, without an eye on the world’s glitter. We must stand fixed to heaven’s principles and so prove our citizenship in heaven by our faithfulness to the truth.

William Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armor


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