Hope

At the end of 116 Clique’s song, Temptation, part of a sermon by Pastor Leonce Crump is inserted:

Manning up is not just managing your sexual temptations. It’s not just managing your sin. That’s not what it means to be a man.

Because you can try harder and you can do better and you can hang on longer. That’s not manning up.

Manning up is our ability to lay down all of our effort, and all of our trying, and all of our strength, and say “I trust in Jesus. I trust in his perfection. I trust in his power. I trust in his resurrection. Because he’s the only one that can get me through this. And he’s the only one that can make me free.”

Man or woman, our only hope for change comes from outside of ourselves. Even our “ability” to lay down our effort is a gift of his grace. And that grace creates a whole new kind of sin-killing effort.

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