We battle every day with temptation, don’t we? Every day, we fight and we fight and we fight.
Sometimes it feels like a fight that we just can’t win, doesn’t it? Sometimes the fight seems too much. Sometimes it just feels like we will always be enslaved to sin, that temptation will always win, and that we should give up. Why fight? Why struggle? Why worry about it? Just give in. You can’t stop it any way.
That, my friends, is simply not true. Yes, we will always struggle with the flesh. Yes, we will always be at war. Yes, there is always a fight to fight, and yes, left to our own devices, we will choose wrong.
But, here’s the thing. We aren’t left to our own devices. Listen to what Paul says today in Romans 6:5-11:
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
For, your old self was crucified with Christ, and your sin has been nailed to the cross. Why? So you (and I) would no longer be enslaved to sin. You aren’t enslaved to sin anymore. You aren’t alone against sin today.
Is your temptation big? Yeah. Are your struggles big? Yeah.
But God is bigger. The power of Christ is bigger. You are not on your own in your fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil.
You have something incredibly big, strong, and powerful on your sin.
So, today, don’t give up. Keep fighting. And know that’s God at work in the fight with you.
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