Struggling does not mean falling. Struggling means putting up a fight; striving against; contending with an opposing force; to advance with violent effort; etc. As long as you continue to struggle and do not forfeit, you have the potential, capability (and in Christ, you also have the promise) of gaining victory.
Falling, on the other hand, means failing. Falling means giving up, giving in, succumbing, yielding or submitting to; being overtaken or defeated; taking the big L. Falling doesn’t necessarily mean that you didn’t put up a fight or that you didn’t struggle, but that you didn’t struggle hard or long enough to attain the victory; because every battle can be won if fought strategically and with much persistence, consistency, commitment, determination and courage. And from a spiritual note, every battle can be won by walking in the Spirit of God and by submitting yourself to the Word of God.
Struggling is not bad. We all struggle. And we all should struggle, for if we don’t struggle then we are losing. As Paul said in Romans 7, there is a fight within our members so that the things we want to do, we don’t do and the things we don’t want to do, we keep on doing it. It’s not that we want to fall (because we know the law of God, for it is written on our hearts and in our minds), but sometimes we fall because of the law of sin that is at work within our flesh, that is, our sinful nature that is in direct opposition to the Will and Word of God for our lives. The only way to keep from falling — and to cross over from constant defeat and failure into an actual struggle that can lead to victory — is by putting one’s trust, faith and hope in Jesus Christ.
Struggling is good because contending against temptations, difficulties, obstacles and discouragement, will in the long run, build strength, endurance and perseverance.
James 1:2-3 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Struggling shows that you are daily denying yourself and dying to yourself, so that you can “present yourself as a living sacrifice unto God, holy and acceptable — this is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). This lifestyle of struggling (and gaining victory) in order to maintain purity and holiness is true worship.
Galatians 5:17 says that the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
Again, here is another scripture talking about struggling. Your sinful flesh and the Holy Spirit in you will always fight between right and wrong, good and evil, wickedness and righteousness, perversion and holiness. For some of us, saying no to temptation will be easy and won’t really be an issue for us, but for others, it will be a little more challenging. And this all will depend on where we are in our walk and in our maturity level. Our level of struggle will fluctuate, depending on how much time we spend feeding the flesh or feeding the Spirit. When the flesh is strengthened, the struggle becomes harder, but when the Spirit is strengthened, the struggle gets easier.
But no matter who we are or how long we’ve been saved, God is able to keep us ALL from falling (if we allow him to), no matter how hard or easy your struggle is.
So struggle on, my brothers and sisters–Struggle on to victory!