“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24
The fight against sin is a never-ending battle. Some of us are struggling with besetting ones, and we seem to never have the upper-hand. Others have, by the grace of God, overcome great struggles, and while in their present victories, there is a deeper mourning that all sin cannot purged as well...at least for right now. I believe Charles Spurgeon said it best: “I believe the holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness which remains in him.” There are many moments when we weep, cry, and groan with all creation (Romans 8:22-23) to be rid of this sin that indwells in us and this flesh that often keeps us stumbling along the narrow path Christ has paved for us (Matthew 7:14).
Sisters, I come with a word of encouragement for you: you are going to be dealing with sin until the day you die. Yes, you are going to wake up every morning in a battle. At times, your eyes will barely adjust to the sunlight when those fiery darts start flying. The coffee or tea hasn’t even started brewing before thoughts from the accuser comes, and our flesh wants to react in a way that displeases God, or we are bombarded by a world that hates the name of Christ. And yet, we have a hope that is steadfast and unmoving (Hebrews 6:19-20). You are in the fight of your life, but this fight has already been won. When our Lord and God declared on Calvary “It is finished”, those words carried over to pierce our hearts to know we are not striving against sin in vain. We are fighting from the victory, sisters. Even Paul, the great Apostle we regard with much respect, lamented about the indwelling sin he faced every day of his life (Romans 7:17-20), but what hope did he hold onto? He answered his own despair with surety and recognized who was the One who would save him from his body of death...and He will do the same for us, as well (Romans 7:24-25).
You must endure, sister. You must strive to fight and kill sin. This is a moment by moment mortification. Trust and have faith. The One Who calls you is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). And it is by His strength we fight and overcome. The Holy Spirit is your seal and gives you your zeal. You have been equipped with every spiritual blessing here and now (Ephesians 1:3). You have been given the armor of God to fight against the things that strive to bring you down (Ephesians 6:10-18). Fight on, press on, and don’t give up. One day, when you are with our Lord, and sin and death are no more, the struggle won’t compare to the glory of beholding our King. Don’t give up!
Lord God, this fight against the flesh can be overwhelming and difficult. But we know that You are the One Who gives us strength to endure. Help us to admit that we are weak, but You are strong. And it is by Your power and might that You will help us to withstand the trials and battles we face every day. May our time here on earth be spent trusting, loving, and knowing You more and making You known. In Christ’s name, we ask. Amen.
Are you finding yourself weary and tired in this sin struggle? Meditate on Hebrews 12:12-13. Go before the throne of grace and cry out to Your God for strength, and believe He promises to help us to endure.