But remember the former days when you endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened.
[Heb 10:32 NET]
Our boldness for God before the world must always be the result of individual dealing with God in secret. Our victories over self, and sin, and the world, are always first fought where no eye sees but God’s…. If we have not these secret conflicts, well may we not have any open ones. The outward absence of conflict betrays the inward sleep of the soul.
~ F. Whitfield ~