Tension between the old and new lives

By Dave Henning / October 31, 2019

” . . .. until heaven Christians will always face a certain amount of tension between the old and the new lives.  The reality is there’s a constant tug-of-war between our sinful nature and God’s Spirit.  We get pulled between these forces all day long, so it’s not uncommon to land in the middle.”- Bob Merritt

“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey — whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness.”- Romans 6:16 (NIV)

Bob Merritt concludes Chapter 7 of Done With That as he observes that too many people say they don’t want a life filled with strife.  However, they also don’t want a life void of fun.  As a result, they add just enough of God to prevent going in the ditch.  So, with that decision, they head straight for the middle.

Furthermore, we often wish, as a well-known commercial advocates, that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.  In truth, it doesn’t.  Instead, it follows us home.  Also, you bet more frustrated the closer you come to temptation.  Therefore, while you try not to succumb to that temptation, peace always eludes you.  Because, it takes concerted effort and willpower to live in the middle.

Thus, as the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 6:16, only two options present themselves to us.  Certainly, we may think that a happy middle exists or wish for a little bit of both options.  But, it’s one way or the other – no middle ground.  Hence, Paul simply acknowledged this reality.  Our souls inherently bind to something – one way or another.  Paul encourages us to choose God as our master.

Above all, the middle isn’t miserable only for you.  The misery extends to those around you.

Today’s question: What Bible verses help ease the tension between your old life and new life?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Our chase – when we reach the end”

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