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“For some reason we seem to think the genuine faith is supposed to spare us from or to help us escape these difficult  ‘situations’…as if faith were intended to make life convenient for us.  A popular religious movement in Western Christianity promises us that, if we have enough faith, we will be able to overcome all our problems and achieve complete victory.  There is little mention in this movement of the sacrifice of the martyrs, desert saints, and great leaders.  It is all crown, no cross; all promise, no demand; all success, no suffering, at least not chosen suffering.  It is hard for us to imagine that faith might push us into such difficulties and actually keep us there, where God will make us more like Christ, both in character and in influence.”  Water From a Deep Well, pg. 137

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