It’s no secret that we tend to be a tad selfish. We try to live life our way, enjoy what we want because we can. As if God didn’t put us here for his glory.
We often get caught up in the pleasures of this world. Now God didn’t give us sex, movies, money so we wouldn’t enjoy them. The problem lies in that we don’t guard our hearts. We don’t offer the key to God. We leave the door right open for sin to come seeping in.
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23
What goes in comes out. If we surround ourselves with sin and let it come in, it will ingrain itself into our lives. Our flesh is constantly craving new desires, new evils. Let us not be the kind of people that appease it’s appetite.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.” Mathew 23:25
Jesus validates the condition of the heart as a main culprit in our crimes. We can look so good on the outside. We can say the right things, help all the right people – maybe even the occasional wrong person too – and be completely and utterly lost on the inside.
There’s no way we can escape our sin without the Savior. There’s no way we can get away from it either – not until that good and glorious day were all waiting for, when God sends death to the grave – permanently. But for now, We’re not perfect. We sin every day.
But we sure can do a lot to keep it out of our lives.
Jesus gave us a violent image for removing sin. As a godly man who removes the very thing that is bringing him closer to sexual temptation, so we must be in our treatment of everything of this world
“If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” Mathew 5:29
Now don’t get any crazy ideas. Jesus doesn’t want you to stab your eyes out because you look mischievously at members of the opposite sex. But He does want us to get rid of all things drawing us into sin.
There was this TV show I used to watch. It wasn’t necessarily crazy evil. It was actually pretty fantastic. But God kept trying to tell me to stop, and I immediately obeyed Him.
Just kidding I completely ignored His tug on my heart. We do that sometimes, covering up the nudgings of the Holy Spirit, till we’re numb from the will of God. Thankfully God finally got ahold of me and I stopped watching it. I don’t know what it was about that show that was so bad. Though it sure did glorify sin. Whatever it was that I thought I could handle that I apparently couldn’t, I’m so thankful God helped gouge it out of my life. I trust Him and His plan. He knows best.
Let us abide in the one who saved our souls for eternity. We can not do this on our own, we need the man upstairs to intercede. And He’s working on us; praise Him for sticking with us in our stubbornness. We need to go to God, asking if there’s anything in our lives we need to get rid of. We have a tendency to turn good things into bad things, or just ignore that it’s bad and say it’s good.
I’m so thankful that I have a hero who never will fall, and who forgives me when I do. If Jesus could forgive his guards while hanging on their nails, we can certainly forgive ourselves. If we’ve asked Jesus to forgive us from sin, He’s done it. Even in our sin, he’s wiped us clean. So give it to Him. Give your life to Him and watch what happens. You’ll never regret living life God’s way. He gives us the strength to admit our weaknesses, and the sweet victory we could never win on our own. Praise Him.