Hebrews 12:4, NIV: In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

We are blessed in that God’s endless grace covers all sin. But, “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?” Paul asked. “By no means!” he answered, “We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Rom. 6:1). Paul goes further, in Romans 6, to tell us that we are no longer slaves to sin, but that we have been set free from sin. So why do we give up the fight? We are no longer mastered by sin, but we say, “I’m only human. I don’t want to sin, but I can’t help it.” We see no hope, and we see ourselves as helpless to do anything to be truly free from sin. When Jacob wanted God to bless him, he wrestled with God and said he would not let Him go until God blessed him. What would happen if in our struggle against sin, we were to immediately open the Bible and say, “God, I am struggling with temptation, and I will not stop reading Your Word until You bless me and take away the urges to sin?” In our struggle against sin, we may not need to resist to the point of shedding our blood—we may simply need to quickly put God’s Word between us and sin, and keep it there as long as necessary.