Everyone has one ugly thing in common— all struggle with sin. Some of us have sins more visible than others. But we all struggle with sin—besetting sin. Sin that trips you up and knocks you down and makes you want nothing more than to throw in the towel and quit.

You don't have to quit. “So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet...” (Hebrews 12:12)

Do you struggle day in and day out with “the sin that so easily trips you up” (12:1)? Sometimes it's all you can do to get back on your feet. Your hands are tired, your knees are weak ... and you're not sure you can stand again. The writer of Hebrews says, "Get up. Get on your feet. Stand tall. Take another step. Don't be afraid to try again."

This is a battle you can win. Sin shall not be your master. Get honest with yourself about your sin and the consequences it brings, and decide that you're ready to become unentangled. And no matter how tired your hands are or how week your knees are, stand up and mark out a new path for yourself. Go back to the drawing board. If the last plan didn’t work come up with a new plan. Develop a strategy to get from where you are to where you want to be. Try again. But don't do it alone. Get someone to stand with you. Get someone who loves you to walk with you.

Most of all do what the writer of Hebrews encourages you to do: Look to Jesus who is the founder and perfecter of you faith. Your salvation is secure in Jesus Christ. He paid all there is to pay. And now he is calling you to follow him, in holiness and obedience, so that you can live a life connected to him, living in his presence and walking in his power. You're his child; this is what he wants for you.


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