As followers of Christ, we have a tremendous hope. We have the ultimate assurance of salvation and eternal life, but this does not mean that every day is easy!

Followers of Jesus have three very real enemies: the world (“Friendship with the world is enmity with God”: James 4:4); Satan who goes around like a lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8); and then there is the enemy within! Sin no longer reigns in our life, but sin itself does remain. As imperfect people, we all have sinful desires.

How then are we to deal with these enemies on a daily basis? How are we to overcome?

God in His grace gives His people a supernatural resource which is more powerful than our fleshly desires and the temptations of this world – the Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit at the moment we trust in Christ as our personal Savior. This is the life-giving Spirit of God, the same Holy Spirit of God who indwelt our Lord Jesus! Mind-blowing, isn’t it?

This presence of the Holy Spirit within empowers us to live a transformed life, and to overcome temptation and sin every day. Instead of allowing yourself to be dominated by “the flesh” or the things of this world, submit to the Lord and be led by the Spirit.

Is it going to be easy? No, and some days will be harder than others! But with God’s help and His grace, we can focus on our eternal hope and endure, fighting the good fight every day to make choices that are pleasing to God. The result is a life of peace, a life of assurance, a life of joy and a life of blessing to others.

John Munro

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