Here is the devotional:
When it comes to my relationship with God, I tend to major in the minors. My focus gravitates to my mistakes and shortcomings, and I start to worry about how I measure up against everybody else and whether God will leave any blessing for my imperfect self. A mind-set like this traps us into performance and perfectionism before we know it, and we end up ignoring the important things—the calls of God on our lives. Why do we do this? We fear our best won’t be good enough, that if we reach for what God offers, we will expose our deepest fears of rejection and abandonment. So we don’t reach at all, and we miss out on enjoying our time together.
Stronger Than the Struggle is my passionate pursuit to do the opposite of this, to reset our confused perspectives and help uncomplicate the spiritual battles we all face so we can walk freely and fully on the path God has laid out for us. It’s about not making a big deal out of small things and ruining our time together with the Holy Spirit. It’s about being well equipped for the big stuff in our spiritual lives, so we stay influential in our daily lives.
Is spiritual warfare a big subject? Yes. Can it feel overwhelming? Sometimes. But we remain overwhelmed when we either don’t know where to start or don’t think we have what it takes to get there.
Don’t think for one moment you aren’t well equipped for the battle. You have everything you need to thrive. Take a deep breath of relief. You are ready to go!
We are amid a life-or-death fight, but it won’t last forever. There will come a time, whether it’s in heaven when we arrive or on earth when Christ returns, when the battle will end. Christ will have his reward. And this is what we fix our eyes on as we continue in our daily struggles: the hope of our future.
So, my friend, until we meet on earth or see each other in eternity, hold fast to truth and walk forward in the confidence that, because of Jesus, you really are stronger than the struggle.
Here are the scriptures referenced:
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:12 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
Oh, how many of us think we are unworthy of calling on our lives? How many of us strive for that perfection when there was ONLY one perfect person and that was Jesus?
I will use myself in this…
My calling hit me square between the eyes. Helping other men stop watching Pornography and masturbating to it. Sound simple right?
No! Because called me dead off in the middle of watching porn and masturbating to it. Many nights I prayed asking God why when I still fall does he want me to help others.
His response might surprise you.
Plain and simple…because I know how hard it is to stop.
There were nights where I cried I wanted freedom so bad.
I had everything I needed to stop. I had Jesus, a prayer life, Bible Studies, Celebrate Recovery, accountability partners and Angie by my side.
It took a while but it happened. 9 years of non viewing or masturbating and I slipped one night.
Did I wallow in self pity or denial of my freedom? No, I asked for forgiveness, picked myself up and kept right on helping others.
My post Dear Porn Star: Please Forgive Me came during that time frame. And the Lord has used that post to minister to a lot of men and women.
Porn Warps Everything came during a time of struggle. And again God used it.
The point I’m trying to make is this… we have the tools we need to take our calling to wherever God sees fit to lead us to. We have to choose to use said tools though.
Trust me the enemy is using his.
If you fall, like I have, God will use that. I promise you he will. Because that fall becomes part of your story.
If you want to be stronger than the struggle then you MUST use those tools God has placed in your life. Plain and simple!
If you need prayer about a certain issue please feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.