Does anyone feel the weight of the ugliness of sin in this world? In your own life? If you will bear with me for a minute, I have a confession of sin… I think we must all struggle against it.
This morning, we had a time of strife in our family; it grieves me to know that in my human state (but yet a child of the Almighty God), I still cannot be the godly example I desire to be even before my children.
Why do I continue to fail?
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” ~Rom. 7:18-19
Oh, tell me, sister, what will it take for me to have victory over the tendency to want things to go my way?
To make my life easier?
Am I not yet willing to lay down my flesh to bring glory to God?
How will my children ever learn to consider the cost of sin if I fail to trust the Lord to consider the cost of sin in my life?
This morning, two of our children were making pumpkin spice pancakes flipped on the ancient ‘New-Fangled Round’ cast iron griddle that was my grandmother’s. They were excited to surprise me and the happy ideas reflected in their voices.
I got out of bed to their cheerful sounds and entered the kitchen.
A bit of greasy smokiness from the slightly too hot oil hung in the air; the sunlight filtering in the windows from the rising sun played on the cloudiness. I raised my voice at them, “Don’t you know that is grease settling all over everything?”, then went into high gear to get the fan on high and get it out of my relatively new house!!!
It irritated me and it showed. My sharp and angry reaction wounded the enterprising and eager cooks. I wasn’t thankful for their joyful labor! Do you see my selfishness?
So, in my flesh I have this weakness and sinfulness. Satan knows all about it, and if I am not abiding in the Word with the power of the Spirit in my inner being at all times, I am liable to fail every time!
It is my goal to learn that once something like this happens, it is already done. I fail to check my selfish attitude and only make it worse when I moan and groan.
“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” ~Romans 7: 20-25
Dear Ladies, what wouldn’t we do to be more like Christ?
Part of the solution to all of this is to have a heart full of gratefulness. Without gratefulness, we will continue to fail! We will look for errors and see so much to criticize. We are obedient when we follow the command to give thanks!
The permanent antidote, though, for the believer is the Blood of Jesus shed on the cross as this hymn by George Müller (1875) states:
I saw the cross of Jesus,
When burdened with my sin;
I sought the cross of Jesus
To give me peace within;
I brought my sins to Jesus,
He cleansed me by His blood;
And in the cross of Jesus
I found my peace with God.
A riveting song [Consider The Cost, Steve Camp] has been going through my head all morning and it sums up all that fills my heart when I fail with this agony of sin. Will you listen for 5 minutes…do you have 5 minutes?
Let’s walk this together, you and I…will you join me in prayer and fasting if need be?
“But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” ~1 Samuel 15: 22
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