OUR MORAL VICTORIES GLORIFY THE LORD
By A.W. Tozer
For to be carnally minded is death; but lo be spiritually
minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6
In the Pauline epistles, the gravitational pull of the
heart in one direction or another is called "the mind." In
the eighth chapter of Romans, for instance, when Paul
refers to the "mind" he is referring to the sum of our
The mere intellect, then, is not the mind: the mind is
intellect plus an emotional tug strong enough to
As Christians, our only safety lies in complete
honesty. We must surrender our hearts to God so that
we have no unholy desires, then let the Scriptures
pronounce their judgment on a contemplated course. If
the Scriptures condemn an object, we must accept that
judgment and conform to it, no matter how we may for
the moment feel about it.
To want a thing, or feel that we want it, and then to
turn from it because we see that it is contrary to the will
of God is to win a great battle on the way to spiritual
To bring our desires to the cross and allow them to be
nailed there with Christ is a good and a beautiful thing.
To be tempted and yet to glorify God in the midst of it
is to honor Him where it counts. This is more pleasing to
God than any amount of sheltered and untempted piety
could ever be!
God is always glorified when He wins a moral victory
over us, and we are always benefited, immeasurably and
The blood of Christ will cleanse not only actual sins
but the very inward desires so that we will not want to
sin. A blessed state indeed, and blessed are they that
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.