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Christian, do you struggle

Christian, do you struggle. Bert Polman* (1945-2013). This is based on an ancient New Testament hymn text about Christian experience of conflict. Polman comments, in the Psalter Hymnal Handbook (p.751): The Christian battle is ‘not against flesh and blood’ but against the ‘powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil.’ It is a deadly serious battle that requires Christians to ‘put on the full armour of God,’ which his Word and Spirit provide. This spiritual warfare is against sinful cultures and their authorities in the external world (st.1) but also against the tempting powers of sin within (st. 2), which may lead to doubt and unbelief (st.3). Each stanza concludes...

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