Ok… I’m just going to say it. You have to stop trying to defeat sin in the flesh! More systems and more rules and more accountability isn’t the answer.

You will keep losing in the fight against that strong opponent called sin. It’s so much stronger than you on your own. In your flesh you’re no match for the powers of sin and the flesh!

You can’t do this on your own. You are powerless to win. You need to surrender!

“Wait… so what am I supposed to do?

Just let it defeat me?
Just give up?
If this is something so evil, and I am powerless to defeat it, and I have to just give up trying to win, what am I supposed to do?

It will kill me. It will overcome me. I need help! I need a savior!”

That’s the point.

The law was never meant to give you the tools to overcome sin on your own. You can’t live right with God and stand against the powers of sin and Satan on your own.

In your own power, you will only dig a deeper hole. The point of all of this is to help you to realize that you’re helpless, powerless, and hopeless…without a Savior.

It is this moment of finally admitting you’ve been you’ve been failing, you’ve been weak, you’ve been helpless to overcome on your own where you can finally move toward wholeness again.

Here’s the thing: when you finally come to the end of yourself, you will discover that Jesus was waiting right there for you, saying, “Come on. I know you’re tired. I know you’re exhausted. I know you’re beat up from trying to do this in your own power. Now let me show you the victory that I’ve already won. Just stay close to me, and let’s overcome!” Next to Jesus, you’ll see another victory real soon!

So it’s one thing to come to the end of yourself – and you have to. But you’ll never see the victory until you run to Jesus!

Jesus is the only one who has the power to overcome – indeed, already has overcome – everything you’re struggling with. And he will help you walk in victory…when you’re close to him.


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