Repentance

This is sort of an update on yesterday’s post.  I don’t know if you could tell by reading it, but I was in a pretty low spot last night emotionally.  The good news is, God is faithful.

Sometimes, I think to get the greatest breakthrough from sin, you need to reach a low point.  Then, by deciding to seek God in that state of weakness, you find true strength.  Many times, you must realize how much a sin is really hurting you, by coming to that place of despair, before you can make that decision to let it go.  You may not even realize it is a sin until you can see the real effects of it on your life.

Even something like jealousy can be a huge problem.  Things like that, that you keep inside, always growing, never coming out, are many times the most elusive forms of sin.  No one can see the effects of it, maybe not even you.  Things like a crush on a member of the opposite sex, which I believe can be a very subtle and dangerous form of lust, is similar.  Those hidden feelings, bottled up emotions, that hatred and lust(which are really the sins of murder and adultery) can destroy you from within, little by little.

What is the answer to this?  How can we really be rid of sin?  There is a simple, though never easy answer.  We must return our heart to where it belongs: to God.  Worship, pray, cry, read the Word.  We must repent for our sins, do a 180 and run the other way.  That’s why I believe it’s much easier for us to defeat sin when we get to a low point in life.  It’s always easier to let go of it when you realize sin is destroying you from the inside.  Cry out to God in your time of need, for He is always faithful to forgive.  By the name of Jesus, you will be free.

Just to let you all know, I’m feeling great right now.  You know that Joy of the Lord?  It’s pretty great.  His mercy endures forever, guys.  If you’re going through anything like I was, just remember: freedom comes by surrendering your heart to the only place it belongs–the arms of Christ.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9

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