Read Romans 6

Have you ever been frustrated because there is a pattern of sin in your life that you can’t seem to break? Maybe it’s an addiction. Maybe it’s lust. Maybe it’s dishonesty. To be transparent, there are things I deal with even today that have always been a struggle for me.

Romans 6:6 says, “For we know that our old self has been crucified with him…that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (NIV). One of the things I’ve learned along my journey of walking with God is that there will always be things that I will struggle with and that my flesh will want to give in to – because we were born into sin (Psalm 51:5).

I think so often we come to God asking Him to simply deliver us from struggle, and if He doesn’t, we feel like He’s either not hearing us or He doesn’t care. But what if God wanted us to struggle? You see, not being a slave to sin does not mean that we won’t be tempted to sin. Being united with Christ through His death means that sin does not have control over us. The question is, do you believe that?

Take 5 minutes and consider shifting your prayers. Rather than asking God to take away struggle and temptation, ask Him for the strength to overcome temptation and power to take every thought captive. If you believe He will, believe in yourself – because He believes in you.

— Chris Anderson