No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave…(1 Cor 9:27).
What controls you? That’s the question I’m plagued with today.
Have you mastered the body or has your body mastered you? I know there are areas of my life that struggle against being mastered by those outside spiritual forces of darkness. Yet, I know that the hope of the gospel sets me free from all those voices of deception and darkness. I know that within me lives the resurrected Lord, the love of my life. The hope of eternal life.
The thing is, I must learn, as any fighter does, to put my body in submission to my master. Yes, I must trust the Lord Jesus, my true master to make me a master fighter. Someone who fights against the personal sin in my life. Someone who puts others first and smashes idols and places my thoughts that would love to steal me away into places of defeat and disengagement at the feet of the Lord Jesus in repentance.
Friends, this is the glorious news of the gospel is that we truly can defeat sin in our life. We can walk forward knowing that in Christ there are new morning mercies. We don’t have to leave as defeated people.
I think what I’m learning is that for many years I allowed the enemy to motivate me with shame, but friend, that doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, we must learn to rest in the grace of God and in His new morning mercies. That’s what keeps us going. That’s what gets us to the finish line feeling victorious.
So whatever you feel mastered by, be willing to set it aside for the day and let the grace of God fill up your cup with His love, mercy and truth. You can do it. The Lord’s grace is with you.
Father, I am more than a conqueror through you who love me! That’s such great news! I can defeat sin in my life because of you. I can walk forward in grace! That’s such wonderful news. I pray that my life is a true reflection of that wonderful news, in Jesus name, Amen.