Make no mistake: Jesus has WON the spiritual war. Bludgeoning Satan to a smear, which as a smear he continues to mar every disciple’s role as Christ’s servant.
We lose personal battles, sometimes repeatedly. The very struggle to overcome our sins, and failing, can weaken our resolve to persevere in faith.
How shall we respond when life in Christ isn’t as joyous as we desire and God guarantees? When we find ourselves in spiritual doldrums, no fair breeze moving us forward? In a stillness that chokes our commitment to continue?
Persevere despite any desire to quit. Convictions, not feelings, are the basis of faith and discipleship. Persevere in obedience to Jesus. His fair winds will yet again blow over our life.
God may be more silent than we’d like. When we need his encouragement. When we think we can’t continue without it. When we want something he doesn’t. Or, like Jesus for a brief sentence in Gethsemane, don’t want something God does. When in 13 brief words he wanted to avoid the Cross—a perfectly understandable desire. But...more than release, in 9 brief words, declared his desire for God’s will to be done.
Point of fact. God sent angels to strengthen Jesus as he struggled to obey. We can trust God in our despair—through Scripture, Christian friends or circumstances—to help us when we MUST have it...MUST.... For we can never be more desirous of success in discipleship than God! Fini