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Take Courage!

By: Joni Eareckson Tada

Yesterday I woke up in a sour state of mind. Before the morning was over, I complained about my painful hip, snapped at my get-up girl, and growled at Ken about an unpaid bill. The day had hardly begun, and I was already asking for forgiveness!

From beginning to end, life in Christ is a daily battle. Every day is a fight to stay satisfied in God. You have to wrestle for the joy that is yours in the Holy Spirit. Yes, joy is a gift—the fruit of trusting in God—but you have to receive and embrace it, even though your circumstances are anything but joyful. In short, every day we are fighting the good fight (1 Tim. 6:12). And nowhere is that fight more evident than when we exchange blows with temptation, when we say no to sin.

In his book, The Hole in Our Holiness, Kevin DeYoung writes, “The Bible is realistic about holiness. Don’t think that all this glorious talk in Romans chapter 6 about dying to sin and living to God means there is no struggle once you give your li…

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