“no rose-scented dalliance”

It cannot be stated too frequently that the life of a Christian is a warfare, an intense conflict, a lifelong contest. It is a battle, moreover, waged against invisible foes, who are ever alert, and ever seeking to entrap, deceive, and ruin the souls of men. The life to which Holy Scripture calls men is no picnic, or holiday junketing. It is no pastime, no pleasure jaunt. It entails effort, wrestling, struggling; it demands the putting forth of the full energy of the spirit in order to frustrate the foe and to come off, at the last, more than conqueror. It is no primrose path, no rose-scented dalliance. From start to finish, it is war. -E.M. Bounds “The Necessity Of Prayer”

I could not say it any better than this. It is not a journey, it’s an adventure, and there is danger. Too many behave as if their Christian life is a Saturday afternoon stroll through the park. -JJ

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