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From the Pastor’s desk…

March 19, 2018

“Your outcome in life doesn’t depend on your income, but rather on how you overcome.”

There has been and always will be a constant battle or struggle between good and evil, between the works of the flesh and the Spirit of God.  Even the Apostle Paul talked about his struggles in the seventh chapter of Romans. “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do” (Romans 7:14,15)

He then continues to talk about his “struggles” and finally concludes, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?  I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:25).

In other words, Paul did not and could not experience victory in his life as long as he relied only on his own strength and power. Only when he completely yielded his life to the Spirit of God did he experience victory over sin and self.

How about you?  Have you been experiencing victory in your daily walk with God?  Have you been relying too much on your own strength and will power?  Or, have you completely surrendered your will and life to the Spirit of God? That is a personal choice and an everyday decision we all must make.  Rely on self, or rely on the Spirit of God?  What will you do?