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Fights and Failures
“Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
We are not tempted because we are evil; we are tempted because we are human. A common cry is, “I can’t seem to stop! Why won’t God take this desire away right now?”
Many face a daily battle. While we don’t always understand why temptation doesn’t go away, we can turn to God on whatever path we find ourselves. And perhaps that is the most important part of our struggle. We learn to exchange our futile efforts to change for complete dependence on God. Rest assured, Jesus has been where you are.
Jesus was tempted also, just as we are, so He understands what we’re feeling, facing, and fighting. He sympathizes with our struggles Jesus knows that sin is a foreign intruder that seeks to turn life into something He never designed it to be.
Jesus extends to each of us a gracious invitation to confidently bring our fights and failures to Him. We are assured of Jesus’ warm welcome of us, there is no shame in the struggle, it’s there in His presence we receive mercy to find freedom. We draw near because He died to save us and lives to keep us.
This verse from Hebrews uses the phrase “in time of need.” Today’s equivalent is “in the nick of time.” When temptation strikes, when cravings assault, when you feel powerless and helpless, when it looks as though you are going to lose another round to hurtful hunger, look to Him. He’s there to help in the nick of time.
When the flaming temptation is in front of you, when you are buffeted by the winds of failure, battered by unruly emotions and bruised by frequent falls of lapses and relapses, turn to Jesus with a cry for help. Mercy and grace will be there to help in the nick of time.
Draw near to God, call out to Him in spite of addiction, lifestyle, or misplaced priorities. Regardless of destructive relationships, repeated failures, no matter what – draw near.