There’s this internal battle that rages within the soul of man. Paul referred to it in Romans 7:15 when he said, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
Have you ever made God, yourself, or others this promise; “As long as I live I will NEVER go down this road again”, only to do whatever it was you promised never to do? Then you’re plagued with guilt and a sense of inward conviction because of your failure.
When this kind of thing happens you’re tempted to try to cover it up or hide the truth. You don’t want anybody to know. Inwardly your soul is tortured. In 1 Peter 2:11 we can get a clear picture of what is actually taking place. “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.”
Did you know there is actually a war against your soul? It’s true. Satan himself is at the heart of this battle. He works to keep your soul in bondage. He wants to make sure you never feel like you measure up. He wants you to believe that God could never accept you. He is warring against your soul and the battle is raging on several different battlefields.
Over the next couple of posts we will explore some of the specific ways this battle is being fought and how we can overcome it. The good news is that there is victory in and through Jesus Christ. You don’t have to live in bondage anymore. You don’t have to give in to the torture. You don’t have to live the way you have been living. There is a better way! You can be free!
Even now satan lies to you and says, “You’ll always be this way! Nothing will ever change.” But 1 John 4:4 reminds us that “The one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world.” The Bible tells us that “where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty, freedom, and peace!” Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” And John 8:36 we are told that “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!” With God’s help, you can overcome! More next time…