Doesn’t sin have a consequence that wears heavily on us?! We lose opportunities to grow, be blessed, and help others. Instead we place huge obstacles in front of us that cause us and others only to struggle, as well as hurt God again and again.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog and this is what God has put on my heart this morning. I am here because I continue to “lose track” of time. Here, God has created a world for His children – for us to care for, replenish and fill, and share His truth to those who’ve not yet heard – and I don’t take hold of the authority He’s given me in Christ Jesus over my life. I allow myself to hold onto temporary emotions that harbor only resentment, bitterness, and in some cases a deep rage that comes out on unsuspecting and innocent bystanders.
I have forgotten that I am stronger than temptation… I’ve been saying for so long that I “can” and yet I don’t. I have heard this said from smokers, drunkards, and the like – I “can” stop, I just “choose” not to. I have found I use this EXACT phrase that has annoyed me to no end in the past. Ugh.
Here I am to share with you because the struggles shared by others helps me and so I hope this helps you. How have I allowed myself to neglect the very things that are important. I haven’t done my devotions or my journaling in a long time. When I have gotten into the Word, I’ve not allowed it to take it’s deeper place in me but instead have used it temporarily. I’ve changed slightly over these past months but not as much as I know I would have – and have in the past – had I been in the Word as I should be.
I haven’t taken the time to train my children in areas that I know is important for them as children of God. I haven’t taken time to play and be silly with them, nor pray and carry their burdens with them. Even more important than all of that, I haven’t taken time to teach through my actions and through talking of the love of God nearly as often as I should be.
Thankfully God is SO great… and I know I can stop what I’ve been doing and start doing what I’m supposed to be doing – all the time – by faith, with Him.
I go back to remembering that feelings are temporary and truth is eternal… and God’s Word says “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3) As we do this we can be confident in the fact that, “he who began a good work in [us] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
So I commit to doing as the Lord asks, knowing that He’s promised success. And I go forth ready for the in’s and out’s of life, standing on this truth – that the work He’s doing in me is good and He’ll carry it on, transforming me to His likeness until the day of Christ! Praise God!
I pray that you be blessed on this glorious day! Enjoy Him, get in His Word, and Pray.