Perhaps nothing compares to the helplessness of paralysis. Joni Eareckson Tada is a famous Christian who became a quadriplegic after a diving accident. One day she lay in a hospital bed with a sheet providing her only covering. As she lay there, the sheet began to slip away. Joni noticed the sheet as it began to fall off and wanted to remain modest. Her mind told her hands and arms to grab the sheet and keep it from falling, but they were unresponsive. There was absolutely nothing she could do to help herself.
Many Christians feel helpless as they struggle with sin. Some who have been humbled by an awareness of their sin feel they are fighting a losing battle and give up the fight, surrendering to their fleshly lusts. This is not what God intended. Victory over sin is possible, but we must first understand the two natures which are at war within us. The old nature is rotten, fiercely opposing that which is right. The new nature is perfect, desiring to learn more about God and His Word. Whichever nature we feed will control us.
How do we feed the new nature and starve the old nature? We do it by (1) surrendering our will to God, (2) trusting in His strength to help us overcome our sins, and (3) obeying His Word as it addresses our thoughts and actions. Every Christian has God’s provisions for victory (see Romans 8:37 and 1 Corinthians 15:57), but this does not mean we will live in victory. This is a daily choice we must make. The more we choose to yield to the new man, the more frequent our victories will be.
God has not called you to live the Christian life by trying to make cornflakes fit together into a completed jigsaw puzzle — you can put them back in the box. But He has given you everything you need to be a spiritual success. I pray that you will choose His path of victory today.
Spiritual victory comes only to those who are prepared for battle. — Unknown Author
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.