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Sunday, December 4, 2011

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Law Of Antagonism"

December 4, 2011

To him that overcometh... .
Revelation 2:7
Life without war is impossible either in nature or in grace. The
basis of physical, mental, moral, and spiritual life is antagonism.
This is the open fact of life.
Health is the balance between physical life and external nature, and
it is maintained only by sufficient vitality on the inside against
things on the outside. Everything outside my physical life is
designed to put me to death. Things which keep me going when I am
alive, disintegrate me when I am dead. If I have enough fighting
power, I produce the balance of health. The same is true of the
mental life. If I want to maintain a vigorous mental life, I have to
fight, and in that way the mental balance called thought is produced.
Morally it is the same. Everything that does not partake of the
nature of virtue is the enemy of virtue in me, and it depends on what
moral calibre I have whether I overcome and produce virtue.
Immediately I fight, I am moral in that particular. No man is
virtuous because he cannot help it; virtue is acquired.
And spiritually it is the same. Jesus said, "In the world ye shall
have tribulation," i.e., every thing that is not spiritual makes for
my undoing, but - "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." I
have to learn to score off the things that come against me, and in
that way produce the balance of holiness; then it becomes a delight
to meet opposition.
Holiness is the balance between my disposition and the law of God as
expressed in Jesus Christ.

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