The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin. Hebrews 12:1-4
We’re not alone, or are we? The fact is that our struggles against sin aren’t exactly suffered in isolation. Every one of us battles the temptation to sin. But how do you win?
If you are determined to live by God’s commands, you may feel alone. Truth is, many Christians don’t live biblically. Many allow issues in their lives to continue unchecked. Many are careless with their choices. Many are in bondage to things God has cleansed them of.
Why should we make such an effort? First, our choice to obey honors God. Jesus told us that obedience would be the demonstration of our love for Him. When we obey, we show God that His priorities are our priorities.
Second, we know that God has the best strategy for living. As the Maker of life, it makes perfect sense that God would know how life is to be lived and that He would have the path to the very best life figured out.
Third, God’s directives flow from His love for us. When God says “don’t” or gives us a command to pursue, He does so with a desire for good things. If you look at God’s commands, every one of them lead to better life. Things He calls sin are bad ideas too. If you violate their prohibitions, you end up with a lesser life, so following God’s direction really makes a lot of sense.
But how do u conquer areas of temptation that have become habits/addictions? First, you have to want to. And that’s enough of a first step for today. Next time we’ll move further in this journey as we seek to conquer what’s been conquering you.