It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m waiting for the game to start between Atlanta and San Fran as I affectionately call them. Those old too familiar words from my football playing days of Go deep! or Go Long will soon ring true in the hearts of the players on the field.
Over the last several days we have been going deep haven’t we? Has that scared anyone off? Has it rang true in the hearts and minds of some of the readers? As Beth Moore says, “Is anyone listening?” “Are you getting what I’m saying?”
Lets face it – sin is an ugly mess. There just isn’t anything pretty about sin. Oh sure, it feels good at times, but so does a great glass of cold water on a hot day. The only difference is, while sin can sometimes feel good, in the end it isn’t good for you. A cold glass of water on a hot day, now that’s working for me.
All that to say this to you – If you are struggling with sin right now and most of us are, do I have some good news for you! “There’s blood on the saddle!!” Oops sorry, that’s from the Country Bears song at Disney World.
Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross for you and me so that our sins may be forgiven. He paid the price. Folks, there’s forgiveness in the Father. We don’t have to stay in our sin pits. We don’t have to take up permanent residence there. We can experience freedom from our sinful lives. Yesterday I talked about shame and the fact that shame keeps us locked up because we’re afraid of it.
Listen to me when I say this – there is no sin greater than the other. There is no sin scale. They don’t get weighed out like meat, candy or vegetables at the store. No one sin is greater than the other, so we don’t have to stay locked in our sin pits. We can experience forgiveness and we can experience freedom from sins condemnation. Don’t listen to the enemy who will tell you otherwise. Break shame’s grip on you and experience all that Christ has for you today!
Galatians 5:16: “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.” (Not under the bondage of trying to please God by minute observance of the laws for salvation or sanctification)
Father thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Help us Lord to gather the courage to confess our sins to you, repent of them and turn away from them and draw closer to you as we walk through this life each and every day. In His name I pray, Amen.
In His Service