One of the realities we cannot escape in the fight for purity and freedom is this: it requires perseverance.
We will face temptation, at times it will be very strong. We must persevere.
James 1:12 says:
12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,(A) because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life(B) that God has promised to those who love him.(C)
This is why developing a warrior mindset is so important. Warriors train for battle and learn to press on despite adversity. Likewise, athletes.
Perhaps that is one of the reasons running metaphors are used in scripture.
- 1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?Run in such a way as to get the prize.
- Galatians 2:2 I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them thegospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my racein vain.
- Galatians 5:7You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?
- Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders andthe sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
When it comes to dealing with daily temptations, we will need to persevere if we are going to experience life and freedom. We aren’t fighting the temptation in our own strength, but we do make meaningful choices. God doesn’t take away that part of the relationship. He gives strength and power and grace, we also offer our bodies as living sacrifices; this is our right and proper worship.
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