Sometimes when we read blogs, books, articles, etc… we get the impression that living a life sold-out to God is easy. I believe that this is a lie from the enemy to convince us that we are the only ones who struggle in our walk. This simply is not true. John 16:33 tells us this directly; “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Jesus says that we will have trouble. However, He has overcome the world. It does not mean that I have overcome trouble because I have been saved. It means that because I am a child of God, I am empowered by the Holy Spirit. Because I am a believer, I get to share in Christ’s victory, knowing that no trouble can take away the peace of God. Christ defeated satan on the cross; the battle is won. We can walk with assurance that no matter what we face, we have the power of the Holy Spirit, the peace that can only come through accepting the gift of salvation, and the love and support of God.
It does not mean that I will not face trouble. It means that I have a power source and support system when I am facing trouble.
Let’s not forget that we are all in this together, and we are all at different points on the journey. April has been such a powerful influence in many of our lives, but she will be the first to tell you that she has to be on guard and that there are obstacles in her life that require her to cry out to God. Leaning on God’s Spirit is what enables her to be able to minister to us. (From April – YES!!!!! This is true! I have to constantly guard against sin and depend totally on God every moment! There are always new temptations, obstacles, and trials to face.)
Needing the guidance, wisdom, and power of the Holy Spirit is not bad. In fact, it is expected and celebrated. It is the acknowledgment that we cannot do this on our own. It also is not bad if we need to talk to other Christians and ask for prayer, or help understanding situations. We are the body of Christ. Each part needs the other part to function at the highest performance level. If our body did not work as a unit, we would stumble and fall. If my foot is injured and I refused to let my hand rub ointment on it, I am severely inhibiting myself.
We have also been served the lie that we are ungodly if we are being tempted. Jesus himself was tempted in the desert. Corinthians 10:13 says, “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.” Satan does not have new tricks. But, his tricks can be very effective when we feel isolated. God will not let us be tempted beyond what we can withstand, with His power. In our flesh, we are weak. The power of the Holy Spirit enables us to choose God instead of choosing sin. There are many times when I clearly say out loud, “No, I choose God”. I whisper it to myself when I am tempted to gossip. I say it out loud when I am tempted to sin in a way that no other human would ever know.
God’s power is mighty. If we are not cherishing sin in our hearts, but we are actively fighting it, we have such authority offered to us. We have the ability to choose sin or God. We are not slaves to sin and we do not have to give in. I will fail every time I rely on self, but when the Holy Spirit is guiding me there is nothing I cannot overcome. God is for us! He wants to equip and empower His people.
Has Satan ever tempted you to believe the lie that other Christians are better than you or that you must not be a good Christian because you are tempted?