I like to remind myself, from time to time, that every day I wake up and find myself conscious and breathing is another day to fight sin in my life so as to make much of Jesus by my life. I don't know about you, but, it seems to me that I am fighting some sin issue or another in my life every day.
And the fact is, some days are better than others. That's a positive way of saying that some days are worse than others. Regardless, however, of how the previous day's battles went I can always count on another day and another battle as long as I am still this side of glory.
When I was a younger believer this was not a comforting thought or proposition. Much of my time in prayer used to be asking God to take away the battles, to remove the temptations, and to make me invincible to falling. Now, there is a sense in which I am thankful for the battles because they not only serve to remind me God has not taken me off the battlefield, they are also my opportunities every day to express in a very real and tangible way my loyalty to my King.
Someday, when this life is over and real life begins there will be no more personal battles with sin for me and what a glorious day that will be. However, on the other hand, I will never ever have the opportunity, out of love for and loyalty to my Savior, to say "No" to temptation again either. So, now I don't ask God to remove temptation or my sin issues from me. I ask for His help to prefer Him over them and thank Him for giving me another day to fight--another day to say "No".