The Struggle is Real!
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” Sheesh. So maybe I have said this a time or two, but I am resting in the fact that Paul, the Apostle, the writer of over 1/3 of the New Testament, said it first. So there!
My momentary lapse of character that can happen suddenly, amazes me, more like embarrasses me. I realize being a Christian does not mean there is not sin and temptation in my life; the struggle is real! I think what gets me is when I find myself ‘being had by an enemy already defeated.”
The above scripture is from Romans Chapter 7. If you keep reading, in chapter 8:9, you will see the promise, “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.”
Thanks be to God. When we center our lives on God and His ways, He brings life and peace to us. Jesus told us very plainly, “in this world you will have trouble, but I have overcome the world, in me you will have peace.”
So, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, and set our minds on things above. We are not to fight sin in our strength, we can’t. But with the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we can stand from a place of victory over sin. It doesn’t mean we will not fall, but the key is to get back up and keep persevering. Perseverance is key and is a struggle. Just ask Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, who rushed for 18,355 yards over his career. He reached that yardage being tackled about every 4.2 yards.
You might be in a season where you feel as though you are being tackled by life every 4.2 hours. Stop, fix your eyes, your thoughts on God. Praise Him. Confess. Accept His forgiveness and get back up and let the power of the Holy Spirit lead you.
If you do not know this peace or power, please contact me with any questions, or you need prayer.