Everywhere we look, the world calls out to our hearts. Whether it is the gods of sex, materialism, work, money, food, or anything else – there is always something other than God shouting for our devotion and attention. We know that God created us to worship Him, but how often do we find ourselves wandering from Him, unable to hear his voice? Why is it so hard for me to hear God’s voice, and to be faithful to Him? There is a battle for our hearts, and like it or not, we are in it.
We know it’s a battle, but do we understand it biblically? Peter warns us, “Be sober-minded. Be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Does this accurately reflect the way we see the Christian life? Or is it possible that part of the reason we don’t see victory is that we don’t see the battle through the same lens as the New Testament writers? Paul uses words like “toil and strive” (1 Timothy 4:10) and says to “flee sexual immorality” (1 Cor 6:18) and urges many to “train yourself” (1 Timothy 4:7). Peter uses the words, “be diligent” (1 Peter 1:10). Are these the adjectives we use when describing the way we approach Christian life?
What does it even look like to be diligent? Be diligent in what? Even if we correctly understand the magnitude of the battle, we need to understand the nature of the battle. Most of us believe in the importance of accountability, but we have found that accountability alone isn’t enough. We know that Jesus calls us to die, and we echo those words, but we are not sure what that means. How far do we need to go to obey this call? We might even wonder whether His call for obedience is too extreme.
On November 15, Men of Hope is hosting a one-day intensive on fighting sin. All sin, pride, selfishness, lust, porn, laziness, lying – all types of sin. We will investigate the pervasiveness of the battle, and ask ourselves whether we look at the battle through the same lens as Jesus and the writers of the New Testament. We will also discuss how to bring this perspective to the battleground of our daily, hourly, minute-to-minute lives. Together, we will seek the Holy Spirit to convict, challenge, and empower each other to fight sin, pursue God, and increasingly find our joy in Him alone.
Please consider joining us in this discussion. Sign up here.
–Ryan Satrom & Bart Carey