One of the hardest things about combatting sin is that many times we want to sin, even though we know it’s only going to hurt us.

We know we shouldn’t, we know why we shouldn’t – yet in that moment, we still want to.

What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate.” Romans 7:15

When we’re on the precipice of sin, tempted to take the plunge – there’s a battle. We think of that classic image of a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. There’s some truth to that.

But, in reality, it’s not as fair. The devil and angel don’t take turns giving their spiel like in a cartoon debate.

In real times of temptation, the devil’s yelling through a megaphone, smothering and drowning out all other thoughts. On our own, we’re weak. The devil knows this, and tries to isolate us.

We’re bombarded with every justification and excuse imaginable as to why it’s okay to sin. And, faintly in the background, we hear the angel’s whisper.

The angel’s voice in our head is simply saying this – call for help.

Call on Christ, the angels, the saints. Pray. Ask for grace. Ask for strength. Talk to someone about your struggle, ask them to pray for you. Do something so that we’re not fighting alone.

By ourselves, we don’t stand a chance.

When we’re hanging by a thread, we need to muster whatever strength we can to make this call. We’re not alone unless we choose to be.

 

Be the Men,

Mark

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