Here is a page that Mike wrote a couple weeks before he went home to heaven. He fought the good fight to the very end. He wants us to do the same. He would say to us “It is worth it.” From his meditation of John Owen, Vol. 7, on Apostasy, page 61. This book, by the way, he requested be brought to him in the hospital during his last days.
“Paul characterized the Christian life as a fight to keep faith. He was able to triumph in faith only after a severe warfare. In his esteem, this was a great matter, requiring the power of the Spirit; it was not so easy, that little diligence was needed. Triumph in faith was only possible by the Spirit’s power. It was not so common that he could choose to do this without God’s grace and power. Triumphant faith does not hang on our ability to choose. It was God that opened Lydia’s heart to respond to Paul’s words in faith. Faith is a supernatural act resting on God-given strength. By nature, we do not have the ability to believe God, nor to love him. Faith is not a result of a human decision, requiring nothing above our own inherent ability.”