Holy Spirit Struggle

Holy Spirit Struggle

There are days when I get discouraged with my Christian walk. The weight of conviction can sometimes weigh heavy on my conscience. I can identify with Paul when he said this in the book of Romans:

For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. – Romans 7:15 (NKJV)

It sometimes seems as if everywhere I turn, there is a sinful behavior cropping up in my life. I get short-tempered with my husband then later realize this was not godly behavior. I show impatience to another driver on the road then feel regretful. It can be disheartening to feel like I’m moving further from my goal of living out a life that brings glory to God.

However, after reading the book, “The Holy Spirit” by Billy Graham I see the issue more clearly. I understand that I have always had the inclination toward these behaviors, but previously I didn’t recognize them as sin. The fact that I now realize that God wants something better for me is a sign that His Spirit is at work in my life.

Thank goodness Paul continued on this subject in his letter to the Romans. His words give all believers encouragement to keep pressing forward in this worthy struggle. God knows I’m far from perfect – but He also knows that I’m trying. He will be faithful to help me every step of the way.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death – Romans 8:1-2

We serve a loving God, full of more mercy and grace than we can imagine. I am so thankful for this truth!