[We] must surrender our whole being to the destructive power of the cross, to die not only to our sins but to our righteousness as well as to everything in which we formerly prided ourselves.
If this seems like a heavy sacrifice for anyone to make, let it be remembered that Christ is Lord and can make any demands upon us that He chooses, even to the point of requiring that we deny ourselves and bear the cross daily. The mighty anointing of the Holy Spirit that follows will restore to the soul infinitely more than has been taken away. It is a hard way, but a glorious one. Those who have known the sweetness of it will never complain about what they have lost. They will be too well pleased with what they have gained. -A.W. Tozer.