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Devotional - week of March 8, 2015


The following devotional was originally published by David Kuykendall on June 11, 2000. 

FREEDOM FROM STRUGGLING WITH GOD

Jacob held back the angel. He would not submit. But when the angel disabled Jacob, he held on to God for dear life. Is this not the way with all of us?

One way the Lord disables us is through our personal “thorns in the flesh.” He disables us through uncomfortable circumstances. But that is not His only means of breaking us.

Our sin nature is our belief that we are wise. When Adam and Eve ate from the wrong tree, they thought they had become wise. That is the sin nature When Paul explains why all people reject God, he writes, “professing themselves to be wise....”

This thought that we are wise is the sin nature we all received from Adam. The removal of that underlying attitude is the disabling we need to cease struggling with God and to hold on to Him for dear life-as Jacob did.

When we became Christians, the Holy Spirit baptized us into Jesus-which means that He baptized us into the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

There are four features to our crucifixion according to the New Testament. Two of those features are as follows: Our old man was crucified and we died to sin. Both features mean freedom from struggling with God.

But here is a truth we must all understand:

There are things true of us in the Christian life we will not experience until we believe they are true of us and choose to experience them.

In obeying the five commands of Romans 6:11-13 we express our faith that we have been crucified and we make a choice to experience our crucifixion.

As we continue to obey those five commands, we continue to experience the freedom from the power of our sin nature. The result is freedom from struggling with God.