Over the next few weeks I’ll be adding excerpts from my upcoming book, Getting Up.
“It’s interesting and almost comical when I hear the term “fall into sin.” It’s as if were running along in the middle of broad daylight and out of nowhere a huge hole just appears and we just fall right into it. Another term I find kind of funny is “I struggle with this sin.” No we don’t. If we struggled with it there would be an indication of a fight. I watch a lot of mixed martial arts and there’s a lot of wrestling and Brazilian ju jitsu involved. The thing I’ve noticed during this kind of grappling is that these guys are in a fight; they are in a struggle. When they go back to their corners they are tired, sweaty, usually bloody, their faces look all beat up, and sometimes they’re limping or can barely move at all! They’ve been in a struggle, a real fight.
Let’s ask a couple questions:
- Is that what we look like after we have sinned?
- Do we look like we’ve been in a struggle?
Usually not. Usually temptation comes knocking and we don’t even put up a fight. It’s as if we step in the ring, tap out immediately, and submit to sin before the fight bell even rings! I know this from my own experience that anytime I actually put up a fight and resist temptation it goes away.
James 4:7 NKJV
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
So there’s a tidbit… tell me what you think.