The Price Of Renewal

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,  quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:  they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.” – Hebrews 11:32-38

While the pursuit and the fruit of spiritual renewal is rewarding and refreshing, it does come at a price. The Devil does everything that he can to prevent or at least slowdown spiritual maturity in God’s children. Simply put, as a Christian, you are already a target, but even more so when you are trying to walk right. 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Like it or not, we are in a spiritual battle. The battle is real, it’s often long and hard, and our adversary is sneaky and smart. He will not waste his resources on those who aren’t trying to live right nor will he waste his time with things or opportunities that don’t have the possibility of stirring up an interest in you. That is exactly why we must be prepared and willing to make the right choices when the pressure is turned up and temptations are presented. But, while we have been called to be Christian soldiers on a spiritual battlefield, the reality is that many of God’s people are walking around unprepared, unaware, and often unwilling to make the choices and sacrifices that transform us into the image of Jesus and ultimately lead to victory. The old adage goes, “You get what you pay for.” That’s true spiritually as well. Yes, there is pleasure in sin for a season, and yes sometimes the choice to do right can be hardest decision to make, but, in the end, God makes it well worth it. Remember that it is often our sacrifices that makes the greatest difference in someone else’s life. 

– written by Pastor Jay Overbay