The Christian life is a war, a war against the sin in our hearts. It's a daily battle and fight to believe what the Bible says is true when our world wants us to believe otherwise. It's a daily battle and fight to wage the wars in our own hearts - the one telling us to do whatever we want no matter the consequences yet fully knowing that chooses whatever we want may lead us to a place we never wanted to be. When it comes to fighting sin, we need a battle plan, and we need encouragement in the fight. My friend and co-worker Andy Cimbala's new book, The Relentless Fight, offers a helpful battle plan in our war with sin.
Andy's new book doesn't offer new methods of fighting sin or twelve steps to overcoming that hidden sin in your life. What Andy's book offers is a reminder of the power of the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, in the fight against sin. Andy's main point is that the gospel has all of the power that we need to wage our war against sin. The gospel is the battle plan.
Not only does Andy point the reader to Scriptures that inform the power that we have in the gospel to fight sin, but he also shares honestly and vulnerably about his own fight with sin, and how the gospel has freed him time and time again. For a Christian struggling in the battle of sin in their lives, this book would be a helpful aide in the battle.
This book has been years in the making, and I've enjoyed getting to read Andy's blog while anxiously anticipating the publishing of this book. But this helpful resource is now available, and I'm eager to recommend it. It's focused on the gospel and points to relevant Scriptures on the topic. It's immensely practical, even distilling down complex content into succinct points, and it's a quick read at around 120 pages.
If you need some help and encouragement in the fight against sin, might I recommend you purchasing this book: The Relentless Fight: The Power of the Gospel in the Fight Against Sin.
And in the words of Andy Cimbala's new book:
"All of life is repentance. And that makes for a life of fighting. What will keep you going, especially when you fail? Answer: the gospel. The power of the gospel gives motivation for the fight against sin. If you forget the gospel, you will stop fighting. If you forget that you've been forgiven, you'll wallow in guilt. If you forget that you've been cleansed, you'll be shackled by shame and too broken to fight. If you forget that you are loved by God, you'll try to look for love in the wrong places. If you forget the power of God's Word given to you, you'll never pick up the sword of the Scripture.
So remember the gospel, and keep fighting."
Keep fighting, friends!
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Also, I received a free book from Andy after reading the early manuscript, but all thoughts about the book are my own.
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