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We all stumble in many ways

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Some days you wake up feeling like a real Christian, and some days you don’t. This unfortunately, is your struggle as a child of God. James 3:2 says, “We all stumble in many ways.”

Unfortunately, your struggle with sin will continue in one way or another.  We all have recurring struggle with the same sin. To put it bluntly, while we aren’t all addicts to the same desires of this world, we are all prone to have an addicting desire to something of this world.

Really...you may wonder? But I thought that once we become Christians, we will no longer have a struggle with sin, and that through Christ we will have power to overcome it.

[adsenseyu1]Many times even relatively mature Christians commit sins they thought they had long since left behind and end up struggling anew with sinful habits in thought, word, or deed.

In Romans 7:15-19, Paul paints the graphic picture of a terrible hostile inner war between doing the good that he knows he should and doing evil that he knows he shouldn’t.

You see, you are never going to have that moment, at least not while you live, where you can say that you have ‘conquered pride and now you are moving on to jealousy’!

And that struggle, painful as it may be at times, is one of the best indications that you are truly a child of God. If you didn’t have that struggle, that would be a very bad sign indeed.

The biggest battle is in your mind. Our minds will always be a battle ground for satan and the flesh. Being sin conscious, that is, you are constantly being aware of your sin, is what draws you away from God, literally.

In Philippians 4:8 Paul expounds on the solution further by saying: keep your thoughts on things that are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy.  Basically have a good opinion of God.

If your mind is continuously set on God and His Goodness it is hard to sin. Sin shall NOT dominate you (Romans 6:12 ).

God does not condemn us for having struggles against sin. In fact, He is very much aware of those struggles that is why He has given us His Grace which is sufficient. And through His Holy Spirit we win the victory over sin. In order to walk in the Spirit we need to set our mind of the things of God.

So fight the good fight of faith, and when you fall, by God’s grace get back up, put on the armour of God, and keep on fighting in Jesus’ name.

Remember, you are no longer condemned. You are forgiven! You are His child. You can make a new start every time you sin… just confess God righteousness over your life, call upon the name of the Lord and be saved.

As the great song says, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus name.  On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.”

Grace is how we live, how we are saved, how we are sanctified, and how we will be kept and glorified.

Our flesh is weak, but our God will NEVER fail us! And it’s during those moments when we are weak spiritually that we need to lean on Him more.

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