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The Gift of Struggle
In their song, "The Struggle", Tenth Avenues North sing, "Hallelujah. We are free to struggle. We're not struggling to be free." Struggle in the Christian life is normal because we are in a spiritual war but we follow the winning captain of our souls!
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    Sunday 10:00 AM
Have you ever struggled as a Christian to the degree that you have wondered if you are truly a Christian after all?

“Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Saviour.” John Newton

Read Romans 7:7-25
The struggle of human blindness to our own sin. (v7-13)

- The law acts like a mirror.
“…I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, ‘You shall not covet’.” v7

- The law acts like a magnet.
“Sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting...” v8

- The law acts like a spark.
“Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.” v9

- The law acts as a warning signal.
“I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.” v10

The struggle to see the light of God’s truth and life is supernatural and only God’s supernatural power can open our eyes.
The struggle of the Christian’s battle against sin. (v14-25)

We need to take up this struggle (the cross) in our battle against sin.

- The essence of the struggle is like being in a battlefield.
“…Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work waging war against the law of my mind...” v21-23

- The agony of the struggle is intense.
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do. …For I have the desire to do what is good but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do but the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death.” v15,18,19,24

The Romans 1 person - laughs in the face of God as they willfully sin by exchanging the truth of God for a lie.

The Romans 7 person - laments over their sin before God as they acknowledge the reality of their struggle to God and others.

- God sees your struggle.
- The struggle is not sin.
- There is forgiveness.
- You are defined by your true nature as a child of God.
- God is for you, not against you.
- Jesus prays for you.
- The ultimate battle has been won.
- You can live in increasing victory over sin.
The answer to the struggle is Jesus Christ.

“Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord.” v25

We are called to daily surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives.

We learn to ask God to show us where we are still trying to replace Him as the powerbase of operations in our lives.

We learn to live lives of daily repentance, faith and obedience.

It is God’s plan that we battle together against our common enemy.

It is God’s purpose that we overcome as He has overcome.

It is a lifetime journey to live by faith. It will be worth it. Keep going!
Questions of Reflection:
- What inner attitude is God revealing in your heart that you have been blind to?

- Who are you walking with as you battle the common enemy of your soul?

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