The Battle of the Ages!

I admit it…. I like a good war movie. A while ago I watched a movie based on a real-life event. The plot unfolded around a group of courageous soldiers who persevered against evil and oppression in the face of overwhelming odds. There’s something inspiring about a story that starts with struggle and defeat but ends with the triumph of good over evil. I don’t like wars, but sometimes they are necessary to avoid enslavement by evil regimes and maniacal “misleaders.” We all face a very real battle every day. There are forces in our fleshly sinful nature that would enslave us to passions and practices which are opposite the nature of God. The Apostle Paul, in the Book of Romans (especially chapters 6-8), clearly addresses this battle of the heart. He speaks of the agony of the struggle by proclaiming, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (7:24). Paul was brutally honest with himself. He recognized the tendency to turn from God and live only for his own evil desires. But Paul does not give up hope or give up the fight. He answers his own question, “Who will rescue me…?”, by declaring, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (7:25). We must understand the mission of Jesus. He did not come just to give us good advice or merely to provide an example for how to live. He came that we might experience His death and resurrection! “The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (6:10-11). So, the fight we fight each day with our sinful nature is won through the power of Jesus in us. Our part is to yield each day to the resurrected Christ! He gives us the power to choose the things of the Spirit over the fleshly nature. We “feed our faith” and become strong in the Lord by praying, walking with God, thinking on His Word, and fellowshipping with one another. Our sinful nature, a formidable opponent, has already been defeated by Jesus. Let’s experience this victory by remaining in Him!

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