We must never imagine that walking with the Lord will be easy. It wasn’t easy for Jesus. It won’t be easy for us. Sin is always near. The devil sets many traps for us. He’s always trying to draw us away from Jesus. Sin may be very near, but the Lord comes even closer to us. Jesus is “God with us.” The devil is a powerful enemy. He’s also a defeated enemy. Christ has won the victory over him. Christ has won the victory over us. He gives his victory to us. Why don’t we enjoy constant victory over sin? We take our eyes off Jesus. We forget that he’s living in us. We forget that it’s from him that he’s living in us. We forget that it’s from that we receive his peace and his joy. His peace is great. It passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). His joy is great. It’s “a great and glorious joy which words cannot express” (1 Peter 1:8). His peace and his joy give us the strength that we need to keep on walking in his way. Strengthened by the Lord, let us walk in the way that is blessed by him.