A Devotional Thought for October 21, 2016:
By His power, Spirit, death, and resurrection, Christ has given sin its deadly wound but it will die a lingering death. Just as a man that is mortally wounded dies little by little, so does sin in the heart of a saint.
The death of Christ on the cross was a lingering death, so the death of sin in the soul is a lingering death.
Don’t kill them, for my people soon forget such lessons; stagger them with your power, and bring them to their knees, O Lord our shield. (Psalm 59:11 NLT)
This is how God deals with sin; it is wounded and brought to its knees, but not entirely slain; something is left as a reminder of His divine grace, and to keep us humble, awake, and alert, with our armor still on, and our weapons always in our hands.
An illustration: the Romans lost many battles, but they were ultimately victorious.
In the end, believers will overcome the flesh and their spiritual enemies.
-Thomas Brooks (Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, 1652; paraphrased by Pastor Michael Edwards)