The Battle Within

When you surrender your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, something becomes new within you.  You are translated from darkness into the kingdom of light.  Relative to your condition before you accepted Jesus as Lord, you have a “new life.”  

This new standing is called “justification.”  This legal term means that God’s requirement of righteousness has been justly met by His substitute, Jesus.  He lived a sinless life and offers us forgiveness of our sins by His shed blood on the cross (Romans 4:24-25).

There are two apparent problems with this new life:  First, we are still stuck in a sinful world, in a body that still has the capability of sinning.  Why?  Why must the saved continue to live in a sinful world?  Secondly, How can a good God allow evil to continue in His created world?

The way we answer these questions will determine how we react to sin, as well as how we view God, ourselves, and other people.  Don’t make the assumption that peace and joy in the lord must be forfeited because we have sinned in the past.  A bright and meaningful walk with the Lord can be ours today, despite the fact that we still have a sinful tendency that plagues us and we still live in a sinful world that has plenty of disappointments.

Jesus said, “It is necessary that temptations come.” (Matthew 18:7)  Temptations to do what?  To Sin!  We don’t have a choice other than to live in a sinful world.  We do, however, have the choice whether or not to give in to temptation.  This choice represents the battle within.  The writer of Romans expresses his own struggle by saying, “What I am doing, I do  not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do , but I am doing the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:19)

When we accept Jesus’ gift of eternal life, the Holy Spirit comes into our lives.  As Scripture teaches, “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation – having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.” (Ephesians 1:13)

The question is, “Do we obey the Spirit of God when we have a choice, or do we follow our own sinful flesh?” 

Learn more about the “battle within” by attending our worship services and Bible studies at Faith Bible Church.

Pastor Gene

 

 

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