The journey of the Christian life is described in many different ways. One of the apostle Paul’s
favourites is a long distance race.
John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” sets out an elaborate
account of a man on his way to the celestial city, with all its obstacles and sidetracks. While we
all want the easy ride or fair-weather sail, the truth is that the Christian life generally involves
more than its fair share of struggles. This side of heaven the effects of sin, especially in our old
fleshly human nature, create problems for us.
This is how 1 Peter 5:8-9 puts it: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith,
because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of
In this new series of messages we will address some of the more common areas of struggle that Christians face. Generally they are not the subjects we like to talk about publicly. Sometimes we (wrongly) assume that we are the only ones among our circle of friends who have these battles. The time has come to name these things for what they are…sins of the mind and heart…and confront them honestly. And as we do so, let’s be praying that God might be refining us in holiness as we continue the journey He has set before us.