Normally, I wake up wondering what God will show me, but today is different The Lord has already laid something on my heart awhile ago and I will try to express it in a way worthy of Him. I have been thinking it is a tough thing to write about and have honestly avoided it! Three things about sin…
1.Anyone can sin and has sinned. We are not immune just because we are Christians. Yes, we are a holy people seeking after God, who alone can keep us holy, but we have a selfish nature that, when fed, can lead us into sin. I can sin. You can sin. The pastor can sin. People sitting in church can sin. If we love God, we are a target of the enemy! We need to know it is possible for Christians to sin, so that we will not choose selfish paths that the enemy suggests to us.
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. James 1:14 ESV
2. The enemy tells us what we want to hear. He will tell us we deserve more than what we have. We will be happier if we have more. We deserve more attention, more freedom, we deserve more power and the list goes on. Because more will always make us happier, right? Nope! It is a lie. Every day we need to be on guard because one thing is for sure. He will lie to you today.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV
3. Less is more. When it comes to staying holy, like Jesus, less is more. The enemy says, More is more, but it is a lie! A life with Jesus is all about surrender, because if we surrender more, we have more room for Him! Unknowingly the world’s view and desires and habits can stick to us. We sometimes don’t know we are carrying those things, so we need to surrender daily to the Lord, asking for His protection and guidance in our day. Less of the world is a good thing. Less really is more, because God has a surrendered heart to work with.
We are more than what we can purchase or make ourselves. We are what we allow God to make us.
When we learn that God allows what He allows in our lives, for His own good and perfect reasons, we become unburdened of expectations and labels of the world, and our striving is only toward Him.
We can be stubborn sometimes, especially me, and it takes us awhile to realize just how much You love us and plan things for our own good. Help us to see that all things are Yours to control and that trusting You, no matter our circumstances, brings true peace. Make us into what You would have us be. Disciple us so that we can help others live a holy life in this world. We certainly have no hope of doing that in our own strength. We love You and ask these things so we can honor You more and guide others to You. Amen.
Thank you for reading. This was a tough write. It’s taken me years to understand some of these things, and I have more to learn. Aren’t you glad God takes the time to hear our prayers, teach us and Father us, for years and years? He is truly a GOOD Father! Love and prayers to you all. I pray you have a great week in the Lord!
Just me. Just His.