The Struggle is Real

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.  Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.  (Romans 5:1-2 NLT)

Sometimes I feel unworthy, maybe a better way to describe how I feel is, I’ve failed yet again.  I have to be reminded time and time again that I’m human.  I’ll never achieve perfection until I reach Heaven, the enemy will always use my mistakes against me – even if I’ve earnestly repented, it’s my responsibility to remember who I am as a child of God.

I was reading in my Bible the other day and noticed that on one page (Mark 9:36-37) Jesus taught the Disciples about welcoming little children, then across the page (Mark 10:13-16) he rebuked the Disciples for trying to send the children away.  So here we have the Disciples, men who literally walked and lived with the Son of God – getting it wrong because they were human [like me], they made mistakes [like me], if they could struggle with something when they had not only the spiritual presence of God with them, but also the physical presence of God – then maybe I’m not doing as bad as I thought!

I’m not saying we should compare ourselves to others, instead I’m reminding myself that it’s okay to make mistakes.  God’s grace and mercy is a gift because we don’t deserve it, but Jesus deserves those gifts and because I’ve been washed by His blood – that makes me deserving.  Jesus’ blood makes me righteous – not my good acts and certainly not my mistakes.

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. (Romans 5:8-11 NLT)

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3 thoughts to “The Struggle is Real”

  1. “But you must know this: in the last days perilous times shall come” (2 Tim. 3:1).

    The following is from John Parsons and his work within Hebrew4Christians.com. I’ve read similar commentary by Derek Prince.

    “Notice that this knowledge is not optional, since the Greek verb is imperative (i.e., Τοῦτο δὲ γίνωσκε – “this you must know…”). In order to heed this commandment, then, we need to understand some of the language being used in this verse.

    The Greek phrase “in the last days” (ἐν ἐσχάταις ἡμέραις) refers to the prophesied “End of Days,” sometimes called acharit ha-yamim (אַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים) in Hebrew. Eschatos (ἔσχατος) refers to the end point of a sequence, indicating its outcome or final expression. In the context of Paul’s letter, then, the “last days” ultimately refers to the period of the Great Tribulation (צָרָה גְדוֹלָה) just before Yeshua returns to establish His Kingdom in Zion.

    Notice that Paul states that the time before the End of Days would be perilous (χαλεπός). In the entire New Testament, the only other place we find this Greek word is in Matthew 8:28, where it describes fierce demonic activity. Indeed, the word “perilous” likely comes from a Greek verb (χαλάω) that means “to let down from a higher place to a lower,” thereby creating a sort of spiritual “chasm” or rift, which again suggests that Satan’s activity will be increased upon the earth.

    In the “End of Days,” then, a wave of fierce demonic activity will appear upon the earth” (John Parsons, Hebrew for Christians).

    What we’re dealing with is spiritual warfare and the enemy is at work.

    When I mess up or fail or feel like it’s coming down upon me – I’ve learned to give thanks and give praise.

    Just recently found a little book by Derek Prince, “Thanksgiving, Praise and Worship.” He and his wife explains this principle very easily and clearly.

    Thank you for sharing what I experience often.

    Blessings to you!

    Hebrews 13:20-21
    Psalm 25
    Psalm 27
    Psalm 33:18-22

    1. Thank you DJ! I’ve tried leaving replies to your wonderful and insightful comments, but for some reason they aren’t working – when one finally posts, I’ll come back with a proper reply!

  2. Good to see you found my post helpful. I’m a student of spiritual warfare. My education came from a few books (Derek Prince mostly) and experience. Serious experience – demonic oppression (deliverance), confronting witches and voodoo queens within churches (wolves are everywhere) and just plain wrestling as we read in Ephesians 6.

    Best approach is praise, proclaim and talk to the Lord when your mind is not occupied on something that requires your full attention.

    The fear of the the Lord is His treasure (Issiah 33:6). This is a critical piece of Scripture. See Malichi 3:16-18 and Psalm 33:18-22 and read into Psalm 34. No wonder the man sold all he had to buy the field that contained the treasure, yes??

    http://www.derekprince.org/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=1000035003

    Also – be mindful of your attitude which comes out with what you say. Say little with emphasize on building up others, complements and giving thanks. This will spiritually strengthen you so you don’t get those guilt attacks and have more peace.

    As for the “End of Days.” Do you think that since He led me comprehend deliverance and confront witches within 4 church groups in the last 4 years that He may given me some understanding of Matthew 24?

    We are soooo close to the Day of the Lord. I’ll not blast you with content but give you this…Hebrew years 5776 through 5778 are very, very significant.

    We endure (2 Tim. 2:10-13 and Matthew 24:13) and overcome (Rev. 12:11) until He returns.

    I believe He is building you up, strengthening you to endure until He returns, amen.

    You have a wonderful, helpful blog and the Lord is with you (Psalm 20).

    Blessings
    Psalm 27

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