We will struggle with our own desires and our desire to follow the Lord. We have a spiritual nature and a sin nature and they are always in conflict with each other. They will always be at war. So when we struggle with our sin nature, we cannot blame anyone but ourselves as James 1:13-14 tells us: “And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.” God does not tempt us. He does not present us with sin. Our sinful nature is what often leads us away and entices us.
It all began in the Garden of Eden. Remember Adam and Eve and the fruit? That day in the garden, the enemy presented Eve with a choice. Follow God or choose her own desire to eat of the fruit that God warned her against. She chose sin, and then Adam followed and chose sin as well. A rift formed between God and man. Sin can not be in the presence of God, so He had to send them out of the beautiful garden where God walked with man. So the struggle began. However, the story did not end there. God made a way to repair the relationship with man and restore him once again: Jesus. Jesus was the way, the truth, and the life. Man was now able to come to the Father through the Savior! It is because of the Savior that we do not have to live in our sin and struggles. We can follow Him and He will deliver us!
You are faced with a choice everyday. You can choose your sin and struggles and find yourself empty and desolate, or you can choose God and His ways and find peace and joy!