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Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy: Depend on God's help to overcome trials and sins
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    Randy Becton is an inspiring Christian writer and speaker who lives in Texas. In a small collection of Christian lifestyle essays entitled "Chosen Path," he has included an article on God's victory over our weakness and failure. Here’s a brief excerpt:
    "To live the Christian life we must go back to where we started. One becomes a Christian when he recognizes he 'can't do it' and places faith in the one who has done it all. ... Paul told Christians at Philippi that God, who had begun a good work in them, would bring it to completion. In other words, God is for you. Yes, you can choose to walk away but that is not what is happening when you keep falling down when you are trying to walk as a believer. You need confidence that you can make it. And you can. You will, because with God for you, nothing can successfully stand against you (Romans 8:38-41)."
    People differ in their views and expectations of preachers. I've known some who seem to desire a man who has few weaknesses and doesn't admit the ones he has. At least he shouldn't make people uncomfortable by bringing them up in public! Of course, one should not go overboard in doing so. Obviously, everyone needs to try to overcome spiritual failings.
    That said, I can relate to what Randy Becton says and many of you may as well. Honesty will compel Christians to acknowledge the constant need for help from God in the battle to overcome Satan. Even the apostle Paul confessed his struggle: "When I want to do good, evil is there with me. ... This is terrible! Who will save me from this body that brings me death?" (Romans 7:21-24, English Version for the Deaf).
    The same God who seeks to convince us of the terrible nature of sin in our lives wants us to know the certainty of his love and power to save. In the Spirit-given answer to his own distressed cry, Paul proclaims, "God will save me! I thank him for his salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:25a).
    In highly picturesque language, which many suggest reflects the march of conquering armies as they entered first-century Rome, Paul refers to God's victorious work in the lives of believers as a "triumphal procession," through which the saving knowledge of Jesus is spread (2 Corinthians 2:14–16, ESV). Christians are able to be a part of that procession every day by recognizing the necessity to quit trying to overcome Satan by ourselves, and trust in God through Christ and the Spirit to work through us to accomplish his will.