Fight Like Your Life Depends on It!
22 Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
My wife showed me today’s devotion from The Word Among Us. Focusing on the Gospel reading first, it spoke to the radicalness of the change Christ brought to the world through His incarnation. Not just an improvement, nor an expansion. Jesus gave us a new and everlasting covenant in his flesh and blood. More on that and total abandonment in a future post.
Because of Jesus’ work, those of us who have been baptized into Christ have been set free. No longer are we slaves to sin. However, we often live as the world as though we were like everyone else. Well we are not. St Paul tells us in Ephesians 4 that the world lives wicked because they follow the world and darkness, but we are not ignorant of Christ or his work in us. In other words, we have no excuses. We must live by our new nature, and our new nature is in opposution to sin.
So we have to fight and fight and fight to rid our life of the sin that is holding us back. God has equipped us, but we have to fight like we believe this truth. Otherwise we will go nowhere.
Every setback and struggle has the potential to send us to the rot pile. Don’t believe the lie. Get up and back into the fight. So much of our struggle against sin is mental. Paul tells us to change things up. Overwrite the lies with truth. Grow in virtue. Fight. Fight!
Keep fighting, through every setback, every discouragement, every obstacle. Leave no room in your life for sin and ungodliness. You were created for God. Be filled with Him and His love and sttength. Keep training. God knows what He is doing.
Posted on July 5, 2014, in Catholic Bible Study, Catholic Manliness, Christology, Spiritual Warfare and tagged Catholic, freedom in Christ, Spiritual war, struggle against sin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.