Pick Your Battle

Every day is a battle for the Christian.

We’ve got two opposing natures inside us. One which says to God ‘your will be done’ and the second that snarls ‘MY will be done!’
Fighting sin is hard! It can be raw and ugly, and we feel weak and vulnerable. Sometimes we move from repentance to rebellion and back again in a moment.

It is tempting to tire of the fight; to stop striving for holiness and obedience to God, and to let our sinful nature lead us any way it chooses.Pick-Your-Fight

Perhaps there is one particular sin that you can never seem to conquer for long? It’s tempting to just give in once and for all. But it’s a dangerous illusion that giving up is the easy option, because surrendering to our sins leads to pain and hardships too:
Distance from Christ,
guilt and shame,
escalation of sin and increasing bondage to it,
loss of joy and peace,
painful consequences,
isolation,
and fear of judgement. . .

Fighting sin is weary work and we often fail, but it’s a worthwhile pain that, with God’s help leads to:
True repentance,
outpourings of grace,
peace,
humility,
joy,
redemption and renewal,
thanksgiving,
spiritual growth,
and intimacy with Christ.

Christian Hip Hop artist Andy Mineo describes this struggle perfectly in his song Tug of War:

“I’ve got two choices, both require pain
One’s the pain of change or the pain of staying the same
One of them leads to joy, other one leads to shame
One of them leads to freedom the other one keeps me in chains. . . ”
Tug of War, Andy Mineo, Heroes For Sale

So choose your pain. But don’t believe the lie that giving in is easier than fighting!

He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
Psalm 103:10-14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Don’t give up.

Nim

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