3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:3-5 (ESV)
“We do not wrestle against flesh and blood”
So says God’s Word (Ephesians 6:12).
And I get that. We wrestle against Satan and the dark forces of this world.
But Satan gangs up on us by using the world, and tempting our sinful human nature. Our flesh.
So, in a sense, “we do not wrestle” just with Satan and the world. We also wrestle with our own flesh and blood.
And it is a nearly constant struggle! Sometimes it feels that I’m running and running and can’t stop for a moment. Because when I do, when I do stop, thinking I can just catch my breath and rest a minute, it seems Satan is right there tempting my own flesh to sin.
Seems pretty hopeless.
But it isn’t hopeless. In fact, I’m filled with hope!
9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
2 Corinthians 1:9-11 (ESV)
Let’s help each other by prayer and support to dwell in this hope, even when we are attacked!