“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 without warning amazes me, no, 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 really gets me is ‘being had by an enemy already defeated.”
The above scripture is from Romans Chapter 7, and if you keep reading, in chapter 8:9, you will see the promise and help we are given. “You,(Tanya)(insert your name) 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 may have peace.
What does all this mean? It means that when we fix our eyes on Jesus, we center our lives on God. We are not to fight sin in our own strength. 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. I think of Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, he rushed for 18,355 yards. His yardage wasn’t done all at once, but about 4.2 yards at a time. That’s what I call “getting back up.”
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. 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 if you need more information or prayer.