Look again to the Cross for there the power of sin is broken   Leave a comment

Sin is a destructive force. It is something that has only one goal in mind and that is to destry the one who embraces it, even a hint of it is a bitter sweet that has a bitter ending and because it is inherent to our human nature none can say escape it. The only refuge is the cross of Jesus for there sin is punished for the one who believes in Jesus. I grieve daily for my own heart corruptions, for I see my own desire is not always for my ultimate good but that if it where left unrestrained would result in the most heinous of sin. Sin eats its owner. Some lessons I have learned the hard way and not only me but others I have known online and offline.

You will sin no matter how hard you try, you’ll mess up (James 3:1a). So try a little harder, and don’t wait for the mess-up to embrace and acknowledge the fact that the results are ultimately in God’s hands (cf. Proverbs 16:1, 9; Jeremiah 10:23). The only answer to all this is in the Cross of Jesus where sin loses its power. Sin is stupid, it only makes sense to the one indulging in it. Run from it when you see it and keep running to the cross.

I must this day again focus on some things that I must simply not do nor even desire to do so, neither give place for them in my thoughts. Galatians 5 makes the point So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For 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. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The fact of the matter is that while these things seem to be obvious when they are physically done makes them to the right thinking person identifiable so he can avoid them. But can you avoid them in your own heart? Can you say I do not desire any of these things at any one time? A renewed mind is what we need a mind filled with the Spirit and with the Word. Then it is possible to walk in relative freedom, but I am so aware that sin is always there, waiting for an opportunity, and wea re called to never give it that opportunity. It is our human responsibility to flee the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, and not to do what is contrary to scripture. I don’t think that is possible in one lifetime. But at least we should reform our ways as much as we can by not giving sin an opportunity to entice us! Martin Luther had it right when he said “ I have found the enemy and it is I!” It is important to rcognize that our heart is inherently depraved and we should guard against feeding it the things that cause sin to spring to life! The only safeguard we have is the Word of God alive in our heart and fleeing to the Cross of Jesus. For there we have an advocate who intercedes for us with the Father.

Let us pray.
Glorious God to whom all things are laid open and bare. Help us ms to see our own heart corruptions for what they are and not give way to the deceitfulness of sin. May we walk worthy of the high calling we have through God in Christ Jesus
Amen

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Posted September 28, 2009 by Reformed and renewed in Life and Philosophy

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