***Taken from The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall.***
Why do I find such struggling in me, provoking me too sin, pulling me back from that which is good?
God has a ready answer if we will stop whining long enough to hear it.
“Because,” He says, “you are a wrestler, not a conqueror.”
It is as simple as that. Too often we mistake the state of a Christian in this life. He is not immediately called to triumph over his enemies, but is carried into battle to fight them. The state of grace is the commencement of your war against sin, not the culmination of it. God Himself will enter the battle in disguise and appear to be your enemy, rather than leave you no enemy to wrestle with. When Jacob was alone, He sent a man to wrestle with him until dawn.
Take comfort in the fact that you are a wrestler. This struggling within you, if upon the right ground and to the right end, only proves there are two nations within you, two contrary nature’s, the one from earth earthy, and the other from heaven heavenly. And for your further comfort, know that although your corrupt nature is the elder, yet shall it serve the younger. (Genesis 25:23)
You do not beat down the air, but wrestle to win heaven and a permanent crown. Here on earth we overcome to fight again. One temptation may be conquered, but the war remains. When the death blow comes, however, God strikes the final blow. ***
Indeed He already has!
No, in all these things we are super conquerors, through the One who has loved us.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah