~Why Do I Struggle instead of walking in the victory of Christ Jesus?~

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Question: “What is the key to victory when struggling with sin?”

Answer:The key to victory in our struggles with sin lies not in ourselves, but in God and His faithfulness to us: “The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth (Psalm 145:18; see alsoPsalm 46:1).

There’s no getting around it: we all struggle with sin (Romans 3:23). Even the great apostle Paul lamented over his ongoing struggle with sin in his life: “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me” (Romans 7:18-20). Paul’s struggle with sin was real; so much so that he cried out, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” (Romans 7:24).

Yet in the next breath, he answers his own question, as well as ours: “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25a). In this passage, Paul not only provides us with the very key to victory when struggling with sin, but explains the never-ending conundrum between our sinful nature and spiritual nature: “So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin” (Romans 7:25b).

Earlier, Paul said, “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin” (Romans 7:14). Paul is comparing our sinful nature, our flesh, to a slave. Just as a slave obeys his master, so our flesh obeys sin. However, as believers in Christ, we have become spiritual beings under the law of Christ; our inner selves are under the influence and ownership of God’s grace and the life of Christ (Romans 5:21). As long as we are living in this world, our sinful nature and fleshly desire will remain with us. But we also have a new nature in Christ. This leads to a struggle between what we want to do and what we actually do, as sin continues to assault our earthly nature. This struggle is a normal part of living the Christian life.

It’s interesting to note that Paul, the greatest of the apostles, declared that, of all sinners, “I am the worst!” (1 Timothy 1:15). Paul affirms the struggles we all have as we battle with sin and temptation in our lives. The struggles are real, and they’re debilitating. We grow weary from the never-ending temptations and in falling short of God’s glory. Paul, in essence, is telling us that we need not pretend that we’re untouched by our struggles. He’s been there. He understands. Though our efforts to do right seem desperate, we do have hope “through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:25;Hebrews 4:15). And He, in fact, is the key to our victory over sin.

A true Christian will war with Satan and his daily efforts to undermine us. The devil is the ruler of this world, and we are living “behind enemy lines” (Ephesians 2:2;Ephesians 6:12;John 12:31). With our focus on Christ, however, we will be able to cultivate a mindset that proclaims we’d rather die than do anything to hurt God. When we give ourselves to Christ totally (Matthew 16:24), Satan will flee from us. When we draw near to God, He, in turn, will draw near to us (James 4:7-8).

Our key to victory in our struggle with sin lies in the very promise of God Himself: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

As true believers in Christ, even when we “face trials far beyond our ability to endure” (2 Corinthians 1:8), we can echo the reassuring words of Paul, who declares, “God has delivered us and will continue to deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:10). Finally, the psalmist gives us these words of encouragement: “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act” (Psalm 37:3-5).

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Thankful for your presence

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I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Elie Wiesel

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. ( Matthew 10:27)

Our darkness my be different in contrast to the text spoken. You may be on house arrest, on a bed of affliction at home, you may be in a physical jail of darkness of the mind, your actions may be practicing dark behavior, but its a dark place for God to whisper “The Good News” of hope to your situation. O’ what a joy to know I am His and no matter what condition I am in He wants to love me.

Our Lord is constantly taking us into the dark in order to tell us something. It may be the darkness of lonely and desolate life, in which some illness has cut us off from the light and activity of life; or the darkness of some crushing sorrow and disappointment.

It is there I have found that He tells us His secrets–great and wonderful, eternal and infinite. He causes our eyes, blinded by the glare of things on earth, to behold the heavenly constellations. And our ears suddenly detect even the whisper of His voice, which has been so often drowned out by the turmoil of earth’s loud cries and demands.

Yet these revelations always come with a corresponding responsibility: ” What I tell you…speak in the daylight…proclaim from the roofs.” We are not to linger in the darkness or stay in the closet. Soon we will be summoned to take our position in the turmoil and the storms of life. And when that moment comes, we are to speak and proclaim what we have learned. I have found unrestrained worship in this dark place I am at current. Fresh Oil is my roof while in this place where He whispers nightly and daily to my wife and I. The freedom to worship God is refreshing. All I want to do is be educated by Him on what I am going to be used to proclaim in this filthy world.

This moment gives new meaning to my wife and I on suffering, the saddest part of which is often the apparent feeling of usefulness it causes. We tend to think, “How useless I am! What am I doing that is making a difference for others? Why is the ‘expensive perfume” of my soul being wasted?” These are the desperate cries of the sufferer, but God has a purpose in all of it. We have abandoned all we evr knew about being in control of our life while suffering, we been captured by a love we cannot explain and we will never be the same. God has taken us as He will you to a higher level of fellowship so you may hear Him speaking “face to face, as a man speaks with his friend”, and then deliver the message to those at the foot of the mountain. Were the forty days Moses spent on the mountain wasted? What about the time Elijah spent at Mount Horeb or the years Paul spent in Arabia?

There is no shortcut to a life of faith, which is an absolute necessity for a holy and victorious life. We must have periods of lonely meditation and fellowship with God. Our souls must have times of fellowship with Him on the mountain and experience valleys of quiet rest in the stars, when darkness has covered the things of earth, silenced the noise of human life and expanded our view, revealing the infinite and eternal. All these are as absolutely essential as food is for our bodies.

In this way alone can the sense of God’s presence become the unwavering possession of our souls, enabling us to continually say, as the psalmist once wrote, “You are near, O Lord” ( Psalms 119:151). I have had to do real confinement for 7 months in a pit in Lybia, I have had to do 5 years in a confined prison cell where the shower came to me. I have been in coma for seven months and when I came out of it I had to learn to speak and walk and eat and use my body again. I was dealing drugs for 8 years from state to state poisoning my people and His people, I used drugs and women as a dual addiction for 9 years one of them I married and now through her God is speaking to me again as He did all those time. He heard my cries then because I was saved at the ripe age of 6 years old, I played the drums and ushered, I was raised in a household of two religions, Islam and Church of God and Christ. I was blessed to recieve these storms early in my life for they prepared me to handle the pressures I have had to handle. I speak from experience about God’s goodness to you, I thirst and I am suffering for something I didn’t do. My wife and I took jobs and they turned out to be scams, and for that we as felon’s from as long as six years ago were convicted to this time of destitution and loneliness. We are unable to corporately worship, but we worship any way. Please don’t let what the natural say to you be the end of the converasation with this harrasing enemy, let resolve and faith comfort you into standing on God’s promises. Stay humble in His presence and listen with expectation, cry “ABBA” Father when you need strength to complete the task He entrusted you with.

Live a poured out and broken life as to get the fullness of Him who is working things out for you right now. It’s working in Jesus name!!!!!!! Amen……