BORN A MAN OF STRIFE

“The length of a man’s combat with Satan measures the same as the length of his life. He is, as Jeremiah said of himself, born ‘a man of strife’ (Jer. 15:10). And once he becomes a saint, the struggle increases. From your spiritual birth to your natural death, from the hour you first set your face toward heaven until you set your foot inside the gate, you will have wars with Satan, sin, and self. Israel’s march out of Egypt is, in a figurative way, our open declaration of war against the forces of darkness. And when did they have peace? Not until they reached Canaan.”

— William Gurnall

Jeremiah 15:10 Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me.

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