We have to admit that there are lots of temptations on campus. Depending on the crowd we’re hanging out with we can be drawn to doing different things such as: Buying more clothes/possessions, getting a boyfriend, carelessly spending money, gossiping, or neglecting time with God. Most Christian women tend to lose their identities in university because of the strong desire to fit in. I mean this is understandable; nobody wants to feel rejected or left out, we all want to do what the majority does, we want to fit in. It’s lonely and challenging to run against the wind of campus and that’s why many choose the easy route to go with the flow. I personally faced these same challenges: I was lured to constantly criticize certain professors as I saw others doing it, at times, I was afraid of confessing my faith because it was unpopular, and I was tempted to get a boyfriend to fill my emptiness. It’s true that we are a ‘chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation… that [we] may proclaim the praises of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light’ according to 1 Peter 2:9 but honestly when the pressure increases on campus, we don’t think too much of this reality anymore. On the contrary, resisting temptations make us look weird and antisocial in the eyes of our friends and classmates, and as a result, we give in. Then, what can we do? How can we be able to overcome?
It all begins with the hatred of sin; the majority of us take sin lightly and no wonder we indulge in it. Sin is the only thing that separates us from God and living in it gives the devil a great opening to ruin us. Matthew 1:21 says this about Christ: “And she [Mary] will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 1 John 3:5 adds: “And you know that He [Jesus] was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.” Jesus died on the cross not just for the forgiveness of sins but also for the liberation from the power of sin just like Romans 6:14 explains: “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Do we take these words seriously or just figuratively? For me, realizing that sin obstructs my spiritual life was reason enough to do everything to part from it, but what about you? As long as we continue to make excuses for being sinners, we will never overcome temptations on campus. We will continue to fornicate, lie, cheat, complain, murmur, etc.
“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.”
The Holy Spirit gives us the power to overcome sins in our lives. This is why it’s crucial to daily pray that God fills us with His Spirit and help us to submit to His leadership. When the Holy Spirit comes dwelling in us, we will begin to hate the things of this world and look for heavenly pleasures. Instead of being afraid or ashamed of resisting the current on campus, He will provide us with the boldness to do the will of the Father and stay pure. Does this mean that we will no longer sin? Not at all, there will be times when we will oppose the Spirit’s leading. However, the only difference is that overall, we will no longer sin intentionally. When we live totally surrendered to the Holy Spirit, sin will not dominate us and the powers of darkness will tremble before us. Remember it’s not by might but by His Spirit that all of this can be accomplished. I pray we take heed to the Word of God.