You Have to Fight to Walk in Freedom from Sin
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:10-13
Romans 6 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Whenever I feel enslaved to any type of sin, the Holy Spirit calls to memory this truth found in that chapter: in Christ, I am free from sin. True freedom only comes from genuine faith in Jesus. Until God saves us, we cannot choose anything other than sin. We are dead in our trespasses, following Satan and his treacherous ways (Ephesians 2:1-5). The born again believer, though, has a choice. We can decide who we will serve in every moment—God or our fleshly desires?
Praise the Lord that through Christ freedom is possible for us! What a beautiful truth! But if this is true, why are so many Christians still enslaved to sin? Why do we continue to toil with fear, sexual immorality, anger, and the like?
Because we aren’t fighting.
Many people remain in bondage simply because they want freedom to be placed on them rather than fighting for it…and I get it; I’ve been there. The battle is hard, and often it feels like an exhausting, uphill-with-no-water battle. We think it’s impossible because somehow we’ve convinced ourselves it should be easy. Friends, if Jesus—the Son of God—had to face temptation and learn how to squash it, who are we to think we should be exempt from the battle against sin?
Jesus has won! He has freed us. But we are still living in a sinful world that lures us in at every corner with its winks and crooked smiles. And until we are raised on the last day, our fleshly desires rage inside of us (Galatians 5:17).
Our Lord never promised to take away our struggle with sin on this side of eternity. But He has given us a choice and promised to equip us for the battle. We need only to take up our armor and fight. We can walk in the victory that Jesus has already won.
Father, we are weary of our struggle with sin. At times we want to give in. Please help us to take up our armor and fight, knowing it’s You who goes before us in the battle. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Read Ephesians 6:10-20, and pray to the Lord for help in your battle against sin.
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to three in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.