Now, in life, there's a lot of things that we deal with, a lot of personal struggles that we feel like will never end. Whether we're waking up in the morning, or laying our heads to rest at night, we're haunted, tormented by what we're going through. This struggle is different for everyone--some deal with alcoholism, some deal with drugs, some deal with sexual lusts (the most prominent one I've seen in friends is masturbation). We think things are starting to get better, only to find that struggle, that sin, staring us in the face. We eventually may even come to the point where we just give in to our desires, because we feel that we'd rather live with doing whatever instead of fighting it.
I myself have been dealing with the same problem, trying to overcome a personal struggle that was borne by the shadows of my past. I was a major escapist (which, if you've read my other blog, you'd notice that), and there were a lot of lusts from that past that I just couldn't, and sometimes can't seem to let go of.
Note what I just said, "Just can't seem to let go." That, my friends, is the key to freedom. A lot of you have heard about Jesus, and if asked about him, you'd say "Yeah, he's the main figure of Christianity who died on a cross for the sins of mankind" or something to that effect. I'm telling you now, it's not just a story. It's TRUE.
I know that a lot of you don't believe that, but before you scoff, hear me out. The promises of the Bible are so much more than just empty words on a page. So much more than a list of rules. People argue that they want to keep their freewill, and use that as a main basis to bash Christianity. I'll say this: We can't follow the rules even if we wanted to. It's not about following rules or being religious! It's about SURRENDER, and right now, that's what some of you desperately need to do.
This is the Bible's core promise; Jesus died on the cross for ALL your sins. Not some of them, not just one of them, but all. Your lust? That died with Jesus on the cross. Your addictions? Dead. Your pride? Dead.
To this, you ask "Well, if Jesus died on the cross and took all those things of mine with him, then why am I still struggling?" You know why? Because YOU'RE still holding onto your struggles. In your pride, you refuse to let it go, because you have it in your head that you can deal with it yourself. Look at how long you've struggled, and tell me that you can deal with it. If you think you can defeat your sins by yourself, you're sorely mistaken.
If you truly believe with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength that Jesus died for you on the cross, and rose to life 3 days later, then know this: You're FREE. Let your struggles go, and believe that Jesus has taken your sins, because he has. He has given you the keys to life, the keys that open the gates to the prison you're in. Put your faith in Him, believe that you are free and that your sins are forgiven, and the lie will run screaming.