“Victory is the only satisfactory evidence that you have a saving religion. You like good sermons perhaps. You respect the Bible, and read it occasionally. You say your prayers night and morning. You have family prayers, and give to religious societies. I thank God for this. It is all very good.
But how goes the battle?
How does the great conflict go on all this time?
Are you overcoming the love of the world and the fear of man?
Are you overcoming the passions, tempers and lusts of your own heart?
Are you resisting the devil and making him flee from you?
How is it in this matter?
You must either rule or serve sin and the devil and the world. There is no middle course. You must either conquer or be lost.”
– J.C. Ryle, from his book Holiness