There is a battle raging, and it rages inside of the heart of all those who, by grace through faith, are in Christ. To be sure, sin no longer reigns in the heart of the believer, but make no mistake; it still remains!
I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.
Imagine if you did not know this truth; could you ever believe you truly are a child of the Most High God? Praise God for this truth, given us from the inspired pen of the apostle Paul. He knew full well the battle that raged within; he knew it personally! But Paul also knew that this is a battle that we are called to be faithful in fighting. We must never become complacent about the sin that remains in our lives. We are to take sword to the enemy, not only daily, but moment by moment. This is the command from our Commander:
If you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
A word of caution here: this is not a command that will cause you to live a perfect, sinless life on this side of the grave. Nonetheless, it is a command to desire nothing less! We cannot use the tired, worn-out, pagan phrase, “Well, that’s just the way I’ve always been and will always be.” Not true! All believers have been saved by the same grace that also sanctifies them. Grace is given us, not only to pay the penalty of our sin, but to defeat the pleasure of it also.
So . . . how faithful have you been fighting the sins that have been affecting you lately? Remember these words from D. L. Moody . . .
The ship belongs in the water of the world, but woe be unto that ship when that water gets into it!
Because God is faithful to forgive, we can come boldly to the throne of grace every day and confess our sins. We can admit our failures, knowing that our God cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). Because Jesus paid the penalty for our sin on the cross—all of our sin—God has already forgiven us of every sin. And herein lies the key to fighting faithfully: knowing that we are fully forgiven and unconditionally loved. Keep that truth before you each day as you do battle with the enemy—not in your strength, but in the strength of the Almighty.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!