“Although the devil's words are deadly weapons, he does not have the last word in spiritual warfare-- God does.
Even if you did not falter at the first stone Satan hurled-- the lie that holiness hinders pleasure-- he has another in hand ready to throw at you. He is not such an inexperienced hunter that he goes into battle with a single shot; expect him to aim another at you as soon as he sees that he has missed you with the first one.
Here is how the second runs: "You really should not get involved with this holy kind of life unless, of course, you are willing to lose everything you have worked hard to get. And do not forget, people are depending on you. Just look at the most prominent men in the world-- did their wealth and affluence come from being holy? Why, if they had been as strict in their consciences as you are, and tied to the rules of a holy life, they could never have arrived at such success. Now if you want some of their prosperity the first thing you must do is to take off the breastplate of righteousness-- or at least unbuckle it so it will hang loose enough to give your ingenuity some room. If you do not, you may as well close up shop, for all the profit you will show for your hard work."
Although the devil's words are deadly weapons, he does not have the last word in spiritual warfare-- God does. Let us study four facets of it from His point of view.
You can fly to heaven without a penny in your pocket but you will not get there at all without holiness in your heart and life. And wisdom urges you to take care of that more important requirement first.
There is a remnant of people who gratefully accept God's gift of salvation, if only they can arrive at heaven's glorious city. And God does not have to bribe them with prosperity and a problem-free walk; they resolve to be holy at all costs. Do not even consider what you might be missing-- if you loved God, you would abandon the whole world anyway rather than part with Him.””Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell. http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_productDetail.aspx?id=41823&pid=53617