The Struggle is Real
February 8, 2017

In Philippians 3:12-16 Paul is writing to the church of Philippi, the first church He founded, in what is now modern day Europe. He is writing to them instead of visiting them because He is in prison for preaching the gospel.

 

What I love about Paul is that he always found strength in the struggle.

 

We all struggle with something and I believe that the struggle never changes; The situation that changes but the struggle is the same, always attacking our same fears and insecurities.

 

So for Paul I would say the struggle is pretty real. The dude is in prison and I don’t know about you but prison is not in my five-year plan…

 

Philippians 3:12-16 (MSG version) says this:

 

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.”

 

Why are we letting our struggle be our handicap instead of letting our struggle be our victory because we have already overcome?

 

Stop letting your struggle define you and start letting it refine you.

 

Because your circumstances strengthen your calling, because what the devil intends to use to harm you, God will turn around and use to arm you to be stronger in your ministry.

 

How do we overcome when “the struggle is real”? How do we find strength in the struggle?

 

Identify: Identify “yes I am struggling.” If you can identify the core issue of your struggles and identify the fears and insecurities than it will be much easier to overcome them.

 

Psalm 26:2 says, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?”

 

Unite: I think so often in church we try to act like we have it all together. Struggle is like sin, if you don’t let it out it will eat you alive. We need to stop acting like we have it all together and unite with each other. Walk with each other through the struggle. Stop bailing on that friend who keeps falling into the same sin and unite with them through their struggle.

 

Not only do you need to unite and have relationships with accountability and encouragement, but you need to unite with God.

 

God does not want someone who has it all together. God uses the broken and the misfits.

 

Focus: Doors will be opened. Darkness is not so bad when you know the destination….

 

Have you ever driven down a dark road in the middle of nowhere and it freaked you out because you had no idea where you were? I grew up in the country, and when I first started driving home at night it was scary! I never knew when the next curve would come but then I started learning the road home and being able to navigate it better. I’m not saying a random deer never jumped out at me, because it would happen, but I had confidence because I knew the road and I knew the destination. That is our life, we know the destination, we know the victory we have in Christ. So when life gets hard we aren’t taken aback because we know the destination.

 

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.

Join The Discussion

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *