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Really, That Isn't Difficult

Really, That Isn't Difficult

24 August 2009

Scripture:

3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and really, that isn’t difficult. 4 For every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give the victory. (1 John 5:3-4 NLT)

“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and really, that isn’t difficult.” John, what planet are you from!? John, the entire Bible is a record of how difficult it is to keep God’s commandments! John, how can you say keeping God’s commandments really isn’t that difficult?

I don’t know how this hits you, but this morning when I read these two verses it was so timely for me. John addresses the very thing that every God-fearing person who ever lived has battled: overcoming the world, the flesh, and the devil, and trying to live a life that pleases God.

John says, “Really, it isn’t that difficult.” No, John, it’s only impossible! It’s impossible without the simple truth of the next verse, “Every child of God wins this battle by trusting Jesus Christ to give the victory he has already won.” He fought this same battle, he defeated the world, the flesh, and the devil, and he gives – as a gift of grace – this victory to those who trust him.

I battle the pressures of the world around me and the conflicts of spirit and flesh within me to please God – to keep his commandments. I battle and I often lose. Until I am reminded that he didn’t intend for me to win but rather to ask for and receive the victory he won – his gift of victory to me.

Then I repent from trying to do it in my own strength, and I repent from the wrong thoughts, attitudes, words, and actions of my losing battle, and ask his forgiveness and cleansing and I trust in his gift of grace, and I win. I win this battle for today and I purpose to win it tomorrow the same way – by trusting in Christ’s victory for me.

Prayer:

Father, I don’t know how many times I’ll have to learn this lesson again, but thanks for the past few days in 1 John where you have re-taught me, re-minded me, and given me a breath of fresh air. I purpose to keep applying the simple truth of honesty with you and trust in all you’ve done for me. Thanks.

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