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Struggling with Hope

January 9, 2015 0 comments

“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Heb.10:14

If you are a Christian you are struggling. You are not struggling because you are a Christian, per se, but because you are human. It is true that you are more aware of your struggles, and that you can properly identify them as struggles with sin, but your, and my, struggles with sin come from the fact that we are born under the curse of the fall and sinful in nature. It is who we are. It pervades every thought, deed, and emotion. There is no real hope of escape from them this side of heaven. Thankfully for the Christian though this is not where it ends.

Because you have found forgiveness of your sins, because of what Christ has done, you don’t need to wait for escape from your struggles because you have one who is with you in them. Our struggles are often Gods way of making us more like Jesus. We call this process “sanctification”. While we wait and hope for God to deliver us from our struggles we miss out on the fact that it is these very same struggles that are proof of His work in our lives.

The good news is that because of Christs single offering, his broken body and shed blood, he has already, in one sense, already perfected the one who believes and trusts in His work. On the other hand we are far from perfected! A quick look back on yesterday, or earlier today, will prove this! But this we know: that Christs sacrifice always accomplishes its work in those whom it is working. This means that as a Christian who blows it, falls into sin, and stumbles in various ways, I have the freedom, and privilege, of confessing this sin to God, asking for forgiveness, knowing I will receive it, turn from it, and refocus on walking in the new life that God has given me. God has promised to forgive because He has already “perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” This gives you and I the ability to face our struggles with the hope that they are proof of Gods work, and dependence on Him to do more of it.

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