Page updated 29 March 2017
Why is it so hard to be a Christian?
The answer is very simple and straight from the Bible itself. We often do wrong things, or even do what we never thought we would because the spirit (our spirit) is ALWAYS AT WAR with our flesh! We have ‘feel good’ churches today because we have generations of people who honestly have little to no understanding of the Bible. All people want is something they can FEEL and SEE. People want to be entertained. They want to look good. They want people to worship them. People beg to be stroked because THEY ARE SERVING THEIR FLESH!!! Such a people cannot be followers of Christ. There is a huge difference in battling against the flesh, we do something wrong and then make a sincere repentance but too few do this today. Sincere repentance seeks the Lord to not return to the same sins. God understands and forgives these people. But that ‘feely’ crowd rather idolizes hypocrisy and the Lord is NOT WITH THEM. While they think they are worshipping God their sins are pushing them into deeper disilluionment and deceit.
I made a decision for Christ several years ago, but it's been an uphill battle ever since trying to keep my feet on the straight and narrow, and I can't say I've always won. Why is it so hard to do what's right?
Writer: Billy Graham | billygraham.org
One reason is because you and I are part of a much larger spiritual battle—a cosmic battle between God and the devil. The Bible warns,
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against … the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].Ephesians 6 (KJV) verse 12
Never forget: Satan is absolutely opposed to God, and his single goal is to stop God’s work—including His work in our lives.
When we come to Christ, we change sides (as it were), moving our citizenship from Satan’s kingdom to God’s Kingdom. Now our goal is to follow Christ and become more like Him.
But this doesn’t mean Satan is going to leave us alone! He may even redouble his efforts once we come to Christ, trying to lure us back or get us to compromise our faith. The Bible says,
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.1 Peter 5 (KJV) verse 8
What is the solution?
First, don’t give the devil a toehold in your life! If old "friends" drag you down, stay away from them. If old habits have you in their grip, ask God to help you replace them with new ways of living. In addition, learn to walk with Christ every day through reading the Bible, prayer and fellowship with other believers. Finally, don’t rely on your own strength to win the battle but on Christ and His strength.