The Struggle

by admin ~ July 30th, 2011. Filed under: Brandenburg.

We often say that the Christian life is a struggle. We say that because that is how Scripture presents the Christian life, as a struggle. The struggle is between the Christian’s new nature and his flesh. In Galatians 5:17, Paul speaks of it this way: “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” That’s the problem. The problem is severe enough that Paul, in his description of his own Christian life, explains in Romans 7:15, 19: “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. . . . For the good that I would I do not, but the evil which I would not, that I do.” Saying that the Christian life is a struggle is not bad. The Christian keeps going. He doesn’t give up. He struggles. He doesn’t just go his own way and do his own thing. People who do that are not Christians. They are not struggling. So be happy if you continue to struggle. I say this, not because it’s fine for you to sin—it isn’t. Paul wouldn’t want the saints, who had sinned, to become discouraged. Discouragement doesn’t tend toward victory in this struggle. It weakens us in our struggle when we lack in hope. That’s why it is important during our struggle to hear the Word of God taught and preached. The Bible will strengthen our new nature to succeed in the Christian life.

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