Struggle Or Surrender?

Often we hear Christians echoing the idea that we are “struggling” with sin. Could it be that this is because we may be struggling in the flesh, rather than by faith surrendering to and proclaiming to our inner being the truth of the grace of the Holy Spirit’s intervention, as He applies the finished work of Jesus to our inner being?

However, the weapons of our spiritual warfare are, after all, not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds! (See 2 Corinthians 10:4) It is the “sin within” that God Himself deals with – the axe is laid to the root from which “sins” spring forth. This we must eventually understand. Sometimes it takes awhile to get this straightened around in our spiritual comprehension – it’s not about us. It’s about Him. And even this opening of our eyes comes by Grace!

“…Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.” (Exodus 14:13) We either see our Salvation, or we continue to struggle. Pause and consider the spiritual meaning here for a moment.

It’s helpful to continue to re–affirm what already IS won in and by Christ Jesus until it becomes an in-the-present reality. “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:1) Self is dead. A new creation (that’s you, that’s me!) is alive unto God. Where’s the struggle? Self cannot overcome self. Self is dead! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!!! Confirm. Affirm. Abide. Live in what is.

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4)

I think St. John reveals it to us as a NOW matter, the victory already in place: “NOW is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:10,11)

Focus in on that second part – the accuser is overcome with the word of our testimony concerning what already is in Christ Jesus. The struggle is over once the flesh has been surrendered to divine authority and truth, to what has already been done. We overcome by faith, not by flesh. We overcome by surrender to what is, not in struggle with what is not.

Truly, it is finished!

All glory to Christ Jesus in Whom all has been accomplished, in Whom we live, move, and have our being. Amen.

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