Everybody Struggles

 There’s a great misconception that many new converts entering the Christian Faith have. The fallacy is that when you receive Christ, all of your struggles will magically disappear. Where as I, a seasoned Christian, wish that were true… sadly it isn’t. As long as these mortal bodies house our eternal spirits we will have struggles. However, because we have allowed Christ into our hearts, we now have an ever-present help to assist us in times of difficulty.

 Jesus, having gone through various struggles in His own life on earth and overcoming them, now has a great compassion for those facing the frailty of the flesh. The Bible says in Hebrews 4:15,16:

“We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all–all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.”

   When the Bible says that Jesus will help us with our struggles, it doesn’t mean that He will come down and kick you out of a bed you shouldn’t be in, or force you not to hang around negative people. He’s not going to get in your car and drive you in the opposite direction of the destination you were traveling toward, or duct tape your mouth shut when you’re on the verge of ranting profanities at drivers on the freeway. Instead He guides us by the Divine power of the Holy Spirit through convictions and discernment.

  You’ve probably at some point in your life said one of the following statements:

“Something told me not to say that. Something told me not to go there. Something told me not to date them. Something told me not to buy that.”

  What was that something that spoke to you? I heard a pastor say the Holy Spirit’s nickname is “Something”! LOL! Well It can spare you a lot of heartache if you’ll heed to it. The more you allow God to lead you in your decision making, the less power your struggles have over you. God’s Grace is so amazing that it literally frees us from the bondage of sin. What that means is even though the struggle shows up, you now have the power to say NO to what your flesh would have you do. So rejoice in knowing that even though there will be days where urges, cravings, & lust arise, you now have the power to deny those things. Allow God’s spirit to lead you.

  With Jesus you no longer have to juggle your struggle, but you can overcome anything through Christ. Here are 3 things to help you in your battle against daily struggles:

1. Pray without ceasing.

Prayer empowers our spirit & increases our connection to God. Your discernment and spiritual sensitivity increase with a strong prayer life.

2. Avoid anything that can trigger your struggle.

If you know where your struggle lives… STAY OFF THAT STREET! Some falls are accidental, but many are preventable simply by avoidance.

3. When you mess up, get back up!

 What makes a struggle a struggle is the fight. So keep on fighting! Perfection is not a qualification for salvation. Good people mess up sometimes. God’s not looking for perfect people. He’s looking for people He can perfect. Keep pressing even when you fail and you’ll make it!

   Whether you’re a new believer or someone who’s been on the battlefield for years, always know that God’s strength is greater than our weakness. It’s time to trade your struggle in for His strength!

YPJ

Pastor Jonathan Miller, AKA YPJ, is the senior pastor of Faith Apostolic Ministries in South Bend, IN. He desires to bring people from all walks of life and cultures into a more vivid understanding of God’s grace. Find him at faithgrows.net and follow him at @PastorYPJ

 

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