James 1:13–15 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Once the great French preacher Bourdaloue was probing the conscience of Louis XIV, applying to him the words of St. Paul and intending to paraphrase them: “For the good which I would, I do not, but the evil which I would not, that I do.” He began: “I find two men in me.…”
The King then interrupted the great preacher with the memorable exclamation: “Ah, these two men, I know them well!”
As biblical men, we understand all to well the struggle we have with sin. Because at salvation we were given a new nature through Christ, we now have an inner conflict with our sinful nature.
It is not uncommon for Christian men to get discouraged in this battle of life, as these two natures create conflict within us. You are not alone, even Paul the Apostle experienced it.
But be encouraged. The fact that there is even a struggle going on inside of the believer is a confirmation of the Holy Spirit’s presence. It is more than the mere conscience of an unsaved man, it is the conviction sin.
That inner battle between your two natures means that you are not completely given over to your sin anymore. The struggle that you have is a blessing because otherwise, sin and the devil would have their way with you, without resistance.
It says in James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Your struggle with sin is a blessing.
Today’s Inspirational Song: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross