Don’t give up!

Pr. 19:3:  “The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the Lord.” 

Have you ever had one of those days when it seemed like all you were doing was fighting temptation and trying to stay out of trouble?  Surely there are times when our sinful nature can make it difficult for us to focus on the job we have to do.  We may have put on our hard hats, as we talked about yesterday, and set our feet towards the path of our work; but satan doesn’t just politely stand aside to allow us by.

The enemy will stop at nothing to kill, steal, and destroy our salvation.  He wants to tear us from the Lord.  As Christians, we have the amazing gift of forgiveness.  When we sin, which we inevitably will, we are covered by the blood of Jesus.  However, sin is also the way that satan gets us distracted and if we allow sin to become a habit, he will use it to pull us away, destroy our testimony, and steal our eternal home.  Like the verse above says, eventually our eyes will be so far off God that we will fret against Him; blaming Him for the consequences we face for our own mistakes.

In our own foolishness we will allow sin to twist our way and confuse us.  In those moments when all we are doing is fighting temptation it can be difficult to even focus on prayer and worship.  So, what can we do?

We keep pushing forward.  Maybe during prayer, we were focused on our temptation.  Maybe during a time of worship, we were simply trying to look away from temptation and simply trying to rest our eyes on anything else.  Now, when we get the next moment alone with God, we must again press in and find Him.  He is there waiting all the while.  We could allow those small moments to defeat us and make us think we are hopeless and helpless to our temptations, but we are not.  We have a High Priest who is able and willing to offer aid in our time of need.

One temptation does not damn you to eternal hell!

Get up.  Dust yourself off.  Surround yourself with godly things.  Turn on your worship music, open your Bible, hit your knees in prayer, read a prayer in the book of Psalm, cry out to God.  Dig in.  Paul said, “We run for an imperishable crown.  Therefore I run thus:  not with uncertainty.  Thus I fight:  not as one who beats the air.  But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”  1 Cor. 9:25-27

Discipline is not a one day event.  We must do this daily, hourly, moment by moment, if necessary.  This is how we remain qualified in the race to be one who wins others for God.  We do not beat the air, behaving as though we have no power over our lusts.  Jesus Christ has authority over hell and over satan.  Through Him, and in His name, we have the victory!  Keep running.  Don’t let 1 obstacle cause you to give up and allow your victory to be stolen.  Fight!

Fighting back,

jamie

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