Do you ever really just feel powerless over the mistakes in your life? Ever feel like you are just unable to move on from the past? Listen to these words from Romans 6: 9-12:
9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.12 Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.
There is that tension we feel sometimes between our powerlessness over sin, and the power of Christ. Paul wrestles with that tension as well, all throughout Romans and his other letters. He knows that he is sinful and broken, has no doubt about it, he has seen it.
But he also knows that the power of Christ, the power of the cross and the empty grave, it is greater than even his sin.
So, where does that leave him? I think today is a great example of where that is. Look at what happens. Paul doesn’t ignore the reality of sin in his, or our lives. But what he says is this. Don’t let it exercise dominion over you. Do not obey your passion.
So, in other words, being a Christian does not mean that we will not face temptations or struggles. That is not the case. We will. We will face our struggles and our temptations. But, we are not defenseless in them.
We have a weapon at our disposal in our spiritual fight. We have the power of Christ on our side. We have the power of resurrection on our side. We have the power of the Holy Spirit on our side.
You will face temptation today. You will. You will be in for a fight today, and honestly, every day. But, you are not defenseless. And, through the power of Jesus Christ, it’s a fight that we can win.
Today, stand strong. Be brave. Fight the good fight. And know that in your temptations, it is Jesus who fights along with you.