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[Manna - July 30]
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines. Canticles 2:15
MANY deal slackly with themselves in respect to little violations of their consecration vow, saying,-- "What's the use of such carefulness and so different a life from that of the world in general?" Ah! there is great use in it, for victories in little things prepare for greater things and make them possible: and on the contrary, surrender to the will of the flesh in the little things means sure defeat in the warfare as a whole.
We who have become "New Creatures," reckonedly, in Christ, know that we are to be tested (if our testings have not already commenced), and should realize that only as we practice self-denials in the little things of life, and mortify (deaden) the natural cravings of our flesh in respect to food, clothing, conduct, etc., will we become strong spiritually and be able to "overcome." Z.'99-172 R2496:6