Okay, show of hands…how many of you found it difficult to read through Proverbs 6 because of the conviction, found in there, from present sin???? I am not perfect, but I am called to be like Jesus and He was perfect. I think too many times I have allowed others to give me a pass through the use of God’s grace and His mercy on sinner’s.
God has not called me to be a sinner!
In my past I have been much too focused on His forgiveness for my sins and NOT ENOUGH focused on what will keep me from sin.
I feel that we are using Lamentations 3:22-23 as our get out of hell free card, while we continue in sin. I believe that God’s mercy is that we are not immediately punished…struck dead…by the sins we commit.
If I really am new in Christ…
If I have really been transformed…
If I am really trying to live my life more like Jesus…
Am I going to continue living in the sin from my old life???
I am not perfect, but I am supposed to be living my life to near as perfect as I allow God to get me.
When I sin…is when I have blocked God from getting in!
When I sin…is when I am making it all about me and not about HE!!!!
I am going to start focusing more on God and on His strength to keep me from sin. For this to work I need to spend time with Him every day and follow the instructions found near the end of today’s reading in Proverbs 6.
20 My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
23 For this command is a lamp,
this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
are the way to life… Proverbs 6:20-23