In the 5th Century, a monk named Benedict of Nursia struggled tremendously with sin. Try as he might, he just could not get victory over it. He went so far as to wear a rough hair shirt and live for three years in a desolate cave where his food was lowered to him by a cord. At another time, he threw himself into a thorn bush, only to come out bloody and beaten up, but it did not help. His temptations were as strong as ever.
Paul says that that is because the battle with sin is an internal one, not an external one. It is because it takes place inside of us, not outside of us, as Romans 7:18 says: “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.” But Paul also goes on to say: “Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (verses 24-25)! In other words, this is where victory is found. It is found in Jesus. This is where you get deliverance from sin. You get it at the cross.
Are you struggling with sin today? Come join us as we learn how to find victory over it. Are you being tempted with the flesh? You are not alone. Thousands of years ago, Paul was tempted too, but he did not wear a rough hair shirt or throw himself into a thorn bush. He threw himself at the cross. He trusted in Jesus and found deliverance. Come learn how to do that too this Sunday morning at Grace Fellowship Chilliwack. We meet at 9:30 on Sunday morning at 46024 Riverside Drive. See you there! – Jeremy Cagle