The struggle to do right
Chaplain Bertram Bobb
May you have a happy and safe summer. We pray for the activities the Choctaw Nation has scheduled. Pray for the Lord’s guidance in the election of the leadership of our Choctaw Nation.
As a Christian, you have struggles in your life. There will be victories and there will be defeats in your life. As long as we are still in the flesh this struggle will continue in our lives. This struggle to do right, to obey God, and to do wrong, to disobey God. This struggle between the flesh and the Spirit will end only when Jesus Christ returns and takes us up to be with Himself. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
I want to encourage you though. You don’t have to live a defeated life. Satan can hold out against every power known, except one, the power of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Jesus Christ has delivered us from the penalty of sin, which is death, at the cross. And as we study His Word, letting Him control our lives we can have power over sin now.
Then when He comes back for His own in the clouds we shall be delivered from even the presence of sin. We thank God and praise Him for His only begotten Son who has conquered Satan.
You will notice some particular sin will be kind of a fascination upon the people. As soon as they begin thinking about it, the power of that sin will spread through their personalities; the more they try to muster up the will to fight it, the stronger this evil influence becomes.
Repeated failures fill the sinner with the conviction that it is useless to struggle. Since the struggle is torment to him, he yields to his sin to escape it only to invite a worse torment.
Many of us want the power to win victory over sin, but we are not prepared to pay the price. “What’s the price for getting prepared?”, you might ask.
First, it is wholehearted repentance, a complete turnaround, turning away from sin. There is no use seeking the joys of spiritual life and at the same time holding in our minds thoughts of the pleasures of sin.
The sinful imagination will always beat us, the imagination being much stronger than the will. If we are wholehearted in wanting God to remove from us the domination of our old evil nature, He can do it, but it requires first the act of the will of repentance on our part.
There are many people who say, “I am going to get rid of my bad habits first. They don’t seem to realize that if they could get rid of the problems themselves they would not need to come to God for power.
The New Testament makes it plain that Jesus Christ does not expect us to come to Him because we are worthy, rather He calls us to come to Him, “just as we are.” And He has promised, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
Jesus Christ insists that we turn our backs on the evil past and follow Him. None of us can compromise with evil and get away with it.
Look at what happened to Samson in the Book of Judges. Samson tried to compromise with evil and get away with it. From the time Samson was a baby, the strong young man had been dedicated by his parents to a holy life.
You would think Samson would at least have married a girl of his own religion, but instead he fell in love with a heathen Philistine woman. In spite of the heartbroken protests of his parents, he persisted in his plans to marry her.
At their wedding feast, Samson put forth his famous, “Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.” (Judges 14:14)
Unable to solve the riddle, the Philistines prevailed on the bride to learn the answer from her husband.
Samson was physically strong but was like putty in the hands of a tearful woman. Having given away his secret, he lost his temper, and the final result was murder and a wrecked marriage.
Samson now had a double reason for keeping away from the Philistines. They were after his blood because he had killed so many of their people, and their women had proved unfaithful. But some strange fascination drew him back and he allowed himself to fall in love with another Philistine girl – this time, the notorious Delilah. The Philistines were seeking to destroy Samson. But they were unable to do so because of his great strength. They prevailed on Delilah to coax Samson to reveal his secret.
Once more this strong man was like clay in the hands of a beautiful woman, and Samson fell again. He confided in her that his strength lay in his hair, which had never been cut from the day of his birth. Delilah caught him when he was asleep, and with the help of a Philistine, cut off his flowing locks. When he awoke he was as other men. The Philistine captured him and put out his eyes, making him a prisoner and a slave.
No man can compromise with evil and get away with it. If we really want the victory we must turn our backs completely on whatever may have caused our downfall in the past. It is highly dangerous to toy with evil.
God’s power is found without any question in His Words, the Bible.
Perhaps you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior but He does not have complete control of your life. You can let Him take over your life today. You can trust Him and be born again into God’s family and begin to live this victorious Christian life.
Pray for America and for our leaders. Pray for our brave men and women in service.