Tired of fighting the same old fight?
I love listening to contemporary Christian music. And sometimes a verse just calls out to me. In the song “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams, there’s a verse that says, “We’ve all searched for the light of day in the dead of night
We’ve all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight
We’ve all run to things we know just ain’t right And there’s a better life”
That verse called out to me, and through it God spoke to me and asked me to reflect on the time when that was the story of my life.
I stayed fighting the same old fight for years. I was caught up in the same old sins. I had the same old struggles. I ran back to the same old things that I knew were not good for me or right. I woke up to the same old situations. I was living that same old life over and over everyday. It wore me out. I was tired.
I was feeling hopeless that my life would ever be anything different. I was trying a hundred ways to fix my situation. A hundred ways to end the struggles I had. A hundred different things I tried to do besides that sin I couldn’t seem to stop. All my effort led me back to the same old thing, and it wasn’t a better life. It was more hurt, more struggle, more pain, more scars, more guilt, more shame.
Even after being saved, I was still struggling. Still worn out. Still not having hope. Still sometimes running to those things that weren’t right, just to escape my situation, even if just for a moment.
Why? How could I be saved but still be going through this? How could I experience that saving power but still not be able to live free? It’s because I knew who God was and that He had saved me, but my relationship with Him wasn’t coming first. My time spent with Him wasn’t my priority. The Word He’s given us, I wasn’t truly believing it. I was still held in bondage. Though I was saved, I wasn’t free.
It wasn’t until I went to church one day, and the preacher said, has God shown you a life that He says you should have… well, yes. I knew what a Christian life should look like. I knew how I wanted my life to be different. Then, the preacher said, what are you doing to make your life line up with what Christ would want for you. Man, that hit me like a ton of bricks. What had I been doing? I was doing the same old things. But God revealed to me that day that there were decisions I needed to make, things I needed to hand over to Him to have control of, things I needed to repent and turn from, and that most of all, that I needed a close intimate relationship with Him so that I would trust Him always.
After that, day by day, I’ve stayed close to God. He speaks to me and guides me. I read His Word and I believe it because it’s the truth. And after that, day by day, He’s changed me. He’s changed my response to situations. He’s led me to a better me and a better life. I encourage you today, that if you find yourself in the same old struggle, sin, fight, going to things that aren’t good for you, that you would get closer to God during this time. He will speak to you. He will show you the way. He will give you a better life.
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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