I have never known a person who does not struggle at some point in life. After all, we are human, made of clay, and vulnerable to our very natures. When we come to God and Jesus Christ as believers, we are saved in that moment and we are new beings. However, while we are new and what we were as sinners passes away, we are still vulnerable to our sinful nature. The apostle Paul wrote about the struggle between what we wish to do as a child of Christ and what we end up doing in Romans 7:15 (NKJV)
15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.
When I am tired, when I have had a day where everyone seems to be doing what they know they should not do, and do it anyway, and when I look at the trials and tribulations of this world, I grow weary. When I look around instead of up, I struggle. Then knowing that I have no answers, I turn to the Word and find the resources that lift me up from my nature. I know when I hear God’s Words I am not alone and it is not by my strength or will, nor by my abilities or timing that things happen but by God’s and then I am content and renewed.
Psalms 18:1–3; 16-19 (NKJV)
1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength.2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.
16 He sent from above, He took me;
He drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
But the Lord was my support.
19 He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.
Author: Lea A. Strickland, MBA CMA CFM CBM GMC
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