Have you ever had a moment, day or week, when you felt like you were in a dream and you woke up to find that the very things that you were doing were wrong and the reality of the things you were doing hit you? It was like being oblivious to what you were doing. Do you immediately try to justify your bad behavior? Do you try to find someone who will agree with you or even use scripture to justify your own bad behavior? Don’t you think this only compounds our problems by defending our sin? Do not trust your own mind, it will deceive you. Satan goes about like a roaring lion. Put on the whole armor of God. Take every thought captive to the Lord. What about Peter? He was the first one who stepped out in faith and was able to walk on the water only to sink. He did not want Jesus to go into Jerusalem -- Jesus looked at Him and said “ get thee behind me Satan.” Peter assured Jesus of his loyalty only to deny Him three times. Sometimes, do you even know your own heart? Do you think to yourself, “ what just happened here?” Do we get caught up in the moment or in our emotions? Paul in Romans 7:21-23 ( The Message ) “ it happens so regularly that it is unpredictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it is pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it they take charge. We all can identify with Paul. The problem is our inability to live up to the standard that God has set. Sometimes the first thing that comes to mind is, “When did I decide to take matters into my own hands? How could I have so easily forgotten all the lessons that I have learned? How could I have forgot my need for the Lord?” Or the best, “ When did I become so self sufficient?”
By nature we are flawed and sinful creatures. We long to do what is healthy, good and right, but sometimes we find ourselves doing the very things that we don’t want to do. When you do these things, do you feel defeated, less than, ashamed, and that you fall short? That is how Satan wants you to feel. Condemned, hopeless, or do you look at it as “ I took my eyes off of the Lord, I was going on my emotions, or it was all about me?” We are accountable for our actions. Don’t beat up on yourself or do nothing about it.
We never have to be afraid ( although most of the time ashamed ) to come before the Father and admit our sin. Come to Him for strength and forgiveness. He is patient and longsuffering. He comes to the aide of those who seek Him. We are never far away from His love and His mercy. He is patiently waiting to help us. He is waiting to lead us back on the right path. Take an inventory each and every day. If there is something that you have to confess or ask for forgiveness for -- do it. End each day with a clean slate. James 1:2 - Whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed council of God --the free life--even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatter brain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. (The Message ) Open up your heart and let God restore you. How will you respond to God’s love for you? Will you graciously receive His forgiveness? Will you forgive yourself and others?
We look to you Lord, to bring us through every trial that we face each and every day. Sometimes we fall, stumble and just flat out are sinful beings. You allow us to make the choices that we make, but you are also gracious to us. When we get ourselves into the messes that we do, we praise you Lord that along with the problems that we have caused ourselves, You graciously provide forgiveness, wisdom and strength to carry on. Have your way in our lives Father and make us children that you can be proud of. Amen
This week as you walk on this journey called life -- if you mess us, take it to the Lord. Don’t delay and don’t beat yourself up-the Father is there for you.
Janice Encourage Coach-CR Team
FBC NW Arkansas
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