This battle against our sins and addictions is won by blood, sweat, and tears—but not ours. Christians have probably bled during this battle, and they’ve fought until beads of sweat covered their brow, and only God knows how many tears Christians have shed. He knows because He cares enough to keep our tears in a bottle (Psalms 56:8). But that blood, sweat and tears does not set a Christian free. The freedom comes from Jesus, who left paradise, became a man, and died on Calvary for everyone. He cried for His people (John 11:35); He sweated in the garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44); and He shed His blood as He died on the cross. He tells us in His Word that the battle is His. He tells us that all who are burdened and heavy-laden can come to Him and find rest (Matthew 11:28). And He offers peace beyond all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Christians have to have the humility to take all their shattered pieces and lay them at the foot of the cross, and those pieces will be redeemed. The blood, sweat and tears of Jesus has already won the battle for us. Victory is ours for the taking. Praise Jesus.
March 25, 2014