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Taking Flight

<blockquote>And there arose war at Gezer with the Philistines; then Sibbecai the Hushathite slew Sippai, of the sons of the giant, and they were subdued. There was war again with the Philistines, and Elhanan son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam. And again there was war at Gath, where was a man of great stature who had twenty-four fingers and toes, six on each hand and each foot. He also was born to the giant. And when he reproached and defied Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David's brother, slew him. These were born to the giant clan in Gath, and they fell by the hands of David and his servants. – 1 Chronicles 20:4-8</blockquote>
The historical account in the Chronicles of Israel reaches a climax, where the "mighty men of David" are named and their exploits proclaimed. It is an interesting read, especially after having watched <a href="http://www.lordoftherings.net/">The Lord of the Rings</a>. But it is hard not to parallel their lives with mine.
Where they go from victory unto victory, I seem to struggle with the same issues year after year. I set my feet to climb, but more often than not find myself flat out on my butt at the foot of the mountain. My human nature refuses to die.Where is the conquering life that God desires us to have? While it is true that we have experienced small victories by His grace it feels like there is no end to the wrestling. Pride, lust, anger. The list goes on. We're supposed to <strong>slay</strong> the giant.
Do not have doubts about this: we are called to live an overcoming life. It is the purpose of redemption and the realisation of its full meaning. The dichotomy arises when we find ourselves indelibly changed, yet the same. It is like two natures exist in the same body and the ugly head rears itself over and over, relentless.
An analogy I've found useful is that of an aeroplane taking off. The colossal machine defies the law of gravity. It takes flight, not because the law of gravity ceases to exist, but because the law of aerodynamics <em>supercedes</em> it.
We are free from the bondage of sin only if we submit ourselves under His rule. Our redemption, which came at so great a price, ushers us into that place.

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