Do you ever feel as if you are struggling in battle against that one sin in your life. It’s that one sin that no matter how much you surrender to God, read His Word, pray about it, you just can’t seem to stop doing it. I know in my life this is all so true. My battle is against anger. I am very aware of this part of me and long to no longer be controlled by it, but no matter how much I pray, read God’s Word, mature in my faith, I keep repeating the same sin over and over again. The most frustrating part is that I don’t want to sin in this way. I don’t want to be angry. I know this is not pleasing to the Lord and it doesn’t make me feel good either, so why do I continue to struggle with this sin. I often feel like the Proverb says, “As a dog return to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly” (26:11).
If this is me, then how could I ever be saved.
Well, let me share with you the Good News! As I was reading my Bible this morning, the Lord made it very apparent that I am His and I am loved- sin and all. Let me reveal to you what the Lord had placed on my heart and I hope it will bring you peace as it did for me.
I must start this story in reference to a couple days ago, when I was reading through 2 Peter. In 2 Peter 2:22, Peter references the very quote from Proverbs 26:11. As I read this passage, I felt condemned and unsaved. That day of homeschooling (and the ones to follow), all the more played into this feeling of being a foolish unrighteous sinner. Looking back now, I can clearly see how Satan twisted God’s word to play into my doubt. He knew my area of sin, and he played right into it. It just goes to show why we must know God’s Word and study it, in order to be wise against Satan’s attacks. He is very clever and very sneaky, but God is wiser and greater. As I reflect on this situation, I can very clearly see God’s hand at work- He was ever present and near to me.
Currently, I am doing a Bible study by Nicole Unice called The Struggle is Real. This book couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. This study along with God’s Word has been working on my heart and mind, revealing to me that I am not alone in this struggle and that the struggle is real. It is something God is very aware of and being the loving Father that He is, He does not condemn me during my struggle, but rather is there to assist me through it.
In Nicole’s participant guide, she says, “The inner struggle between who we are and who we want to be won’t go away on its own.” (p. 42)
In Ephesians, Paul informs us about this battle. He says, “But if I do what I don’t want to do, I’m not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.” Romans 7:20. He goes on to say, “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)
Today, I was reading through 1 John Chapter 1 and 2, John says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and not living in the truth. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us ours sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8:9).
As I read this I was reminded Romans 7, where Paul expresses this very struggle with sin. In verse 22 and 23, he says, “I love God’s law with all my heart. But there’s another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin still within me.”
He goes on to say in Romans 8:5, “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.”
As I think back on 2 Peter, I’m reminded of the story of Lot. Peter writes, “Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented by what he saw and heard. So, you see the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials.” (2 Peter 2:8-9). Just as God rescued Lot from Sodom, so He is able to rescue us from the temptations and trials we face in this fallen world. Lot was not without sin, but he put his trust in God and was spared when Sodom was destroyed.
So how has Satan twisted Proverbs 26:11?
He deceived me into believing that my struggle with sin was equivalent to living a life separate from God. He made me think that if I still sinned, then I was unworthy to be loved and known by God. In actuality this verse is meant for those who once knew and followed God but have chosen to turn away from Him and return to a life of sin, darkness and death. So, you must ask yourself: Are you a follower of Jesus simply struggling with the sin ever present in this fallen world, or have you chosen to deny God and live a life of sin indulging in earthly pleasures?
Let’s trust in God’s promises:
“No temptation has overcome you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful and He won’t allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation, He will also provide a way of escape.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
Let’s stand against the enemy and pray:
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.” Psalm 51:12
“Bend down, O, Lord and hear my prayer; answer me for I need your help.” Psalm 86:1
SHARE: What lies are you believing? How can you turn from those lies and live in God’s truth?