The struggle is real…that has become such a catchy little phrase people toss around about everything going on in life!
Trying to lose weight but there are donuts…the struggle is real!
Putting the kids to bed but they need water, bathroom, snacks…the struggle is real!
Working with technology but you can’t even send an email…the struggle is real!
You get the point!
I don’t mean to make light of Christianity but living a consistent walk of faith when you are bombarded by so many things…the struggle is real! And it actually is a real struggle!
Daily we wage war with our own flesh. It is a battle. Choosing to walk in faith today means that we will battle today. We will sacrifice ourselves to God. We will lay aside our desires for His. We will give up what we want for what He wants. We will listen. We will obey. We will fight the good fight. We will run with perseverance. We will put on our spiritual armor for another round. We will not give in or give up.
Maybe that’s why so many choose to not walk in faith. It does not mean they do not know the Lord, it just means they do not choose to listen and obey today. They do not choose to let Him in. They do not choose to sacrifice their desires. They do not choose to go into spiritual battle. They do not choose to take up their cross and follow. They do not choose Him first. Not today. Today the struggle is too much. Today the price may be too high. Today they are distracted. Today they will not conform to the Word but to the World.
The truth is, with the battle comes the blessing. With the tests come the testimony. The victory can only go to one who fights. “Well done” can only be said to the one who obeys. Obedience can only come if one is listening, expecting, and willing to do what is asked. If we are set on our own desires we will miss it.
Today, choose to walk in faith.
[Hebrews 12:1-3 NASB] 1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.