The Struggle is Real
Have you ever played tug of war? There is at least one person on each end holding a rope and pulling it at opposite ends. When one side is pulled forward, then grips become tighter, feet are planted firmer and arm strength is tested. You are in a battle trying to force your opponents to fall or let go. Just like in the game of tug of war, have you found yourself having good intentions on doing something but end up not doing it at all? You end up finding that the struggle is real to do what you ought to do versus doing what you want to do.
“Today I’m going to get to work on time. I will start exercising. My house is going to be kept clean. I will start going to church. This time I will stick to doing a budget. I’m going to spend quality time with my kids and check in on my parents more often.” Does any of this sound similar to something you’ve said but never followed through? I know I’ve been guilty making plans but never starting the process. Whatever that something is for you, why is it so hard to do, when you know it is something that should be done?
It’s because of our natural sinful nature.
The last thing Satan wants us to do, is what we need to do. After all, if we don’t follow through on what could put us in alignment with God’s plan for our life, it’s a win for him. There are unseen powers that cause us to war with ourselves. They distract us from doing what we need and entice us to do that which won’t be beneficial to us at all or in the long run. Each day we are in a constant battle with our mind. We are faced with making decisions between right and wrong or between good and better. Even though your decision may not be sinful in nature, not doing what you know you should do is a sin.
Jesus understood what it was like to be tempted. There is nothing under the sun that we face that Jesus didn’t overcome. He knows the struggle we have as parents and in our marriage. Our insecurities and the battles we have with depression are no secret to Him. That struggle with pornography, drugs, or slothfulness is not a surprise to God. He is able to deliver us from it all but we must first invite Him to take over. We don’t have to be bound to being less than God’s best for our lives. That is not why Jesus died for us. He came to give us life and life more abundantly. So just know that regardless of our struggle, the way out is through a relationship with Jesus. For it is in our weakness that He becomes stronger.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“I have discovered this principle of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 7:21-25 NLT