Going Against the Tide

Can you imagine just how hard it would be for someone to swim against an oncoming tide? The force of the tide will push against that swimmer over and over again until it reaches its goal. That swimmer will have to constantly give his/her all to constantly reach their goal. Even though I can’t swim, I can imagine how hard this must be for a swimmer.
Have you ever heard the expression “Swim against the tide” or “Go against the tide”? I’ve heard it many times. It means that you are trying to do something that is very difficult because you have a lot of opposition.
Every Christian is constantly going against the tide. Each and every day we are faced with choices and temptations that try to push us along in the tide of sin. It is a battle. If we fought against the tide on our own we would grow tired and weary and ultimately give up. But Christ in us gives us the strength to overcome.
Philippians 4:13 says ,”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When you’re weary, remember this scripture. Keep pressing on. Don’t give up!
We need to be led by the Spirit and not by our flesh. They are cannot get along with one another. If we are lead by our flesh, then the works of flesh will show itself in our lives (see Galatians 5:19-21). If we are lead by the Spirit then we have to battle against our own flesh and the temptations of this world.
Being led by the Spirit makes us a target for our enemy, Satan. He wants to do everything in his power to win our souls.
When Jesus Christ purchased our souls that day on Calvary, the price was paid in full. John 8:36 says, ” If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Satan,then, cannot claim us as his own no matter how hard he tries.
Going against the tide is definitely not an easy thing to do but it is Christ in us who gives us the victory. It doesn’t matter how strong the tide is, you WILL overcome.

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