Tuesday, February 25, 2014

You can run, but.......

Proverbs 15:3 - The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

I have read that the definition that a sociopath is a person who does not know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil. I am not buying that definition! We, all of us, are born in the image of God. This implies the existence of at least a rudimentary conscience that does know the difference, even from childhood, of right and wrong.

So, and I am talking here about myself, too, we can try to sweep our sinful nature under
the rug, we can hide it in the closet, we can camouflage it with good deeds, we can even
try to convince our sinful selves that something isn't a sin....yet, if God counts the hairs
on our heads, knows our every tear, understands what we want and need even before
we seek it...how can we REALLY think that He doesn't see our sin before it rears its
ugly head?

That creates a big dilemma! The fact is that we will continue to sin even after becoming
one who loves Jesus and asks for His grace and salvation. That's a real kick in the pants!
Try as we might, and I believe we honestly do want to please and honor Jesus, sin just
refuses to go away. Blame it on Eve, on the devil, on temptation....it's always a battle to
avoid that fight it.

So what can be done?

Well, the Holy Spirit helps us by convicting us when we sin. You have felt it...it's more than
guilt. You give in and 'wham!' you immediately know that you have lost a battle, disappointed yourself and added another sin to the back of Jesus as He hangs on that
tree. Nasty stuff, that!

We can immediately repent and ask God, who already knows about the sin, to forgive
us as we try to turn away from the sinful act, idea, thought... the list goes on! Giving our
direct plea for forgiveness is what we are told we must do as fist step in sin removal.

Just the knowledge that God has, from before the beginning of time, prepared a
way for us to escape His wrath by substituting Jesus, a perfect lamb, for us through
His sacrifice upon the cross, has to give us confidence that we can strive to be thankful
by challenging our sin as a way of thanking God's grace.

Even the apostle of the gentiles, Paul, admitted that he fought the fight and still came
up short. The key is that he fought, battled and strove to eliminate as much sin as
possible with the help of God.

Praise to God always and forever! May we live each day battling the sin that corrupts
us!