it takes a great fall for someone like me to be repentant of my sins and come back with meekness to God. i must admit that i appreciate failures and all the bad things in life more when i realize that i can’t keep on alone, not with the Lord’s help. when everything seems good and going well, it gets scary. self-reliance and pride quickly get in the way. and i push God to the edge of His throne and squeez myself into His place.
sin has entered into human’s life since the beginning of the fall. it has continued to ruin the relationship we’re supposed to have with each other and with God. as i was reading genesis 4:7 this morning, i found that the Lord gave a clear warning and a stern command for cain and all of us:
“if you do well, will you not be accepted? and if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
satan is very cunning. it uses our weakest points to fulfill its desire. when we are lured into its dominion, we forget everything else for our carnal desire is being deliciously fed. we are deaf to the voice of the Spirit and enslaved by its power. when we allow satan to come near us, we are in danger.
that is why it’s so important to fix our every desire to please God and let Him rule over us. when He is the center of our life, we are empowered to wage war against the principalities and powers of this earth.
everyday of my life is a battle ground. not a day passes without me struggling with temptations. some days, i conquer. but some other days, i fail. instead of hiding in the bush, although still burning with shame, i’ve learned that it’s better to immediately come out, confess my sin and deal with it straightforwardly with God. it’s not always easy doing that, though, because i feel like i’m robbing His grace…and i’m such a hypocrite… i do what i want although it’s wrong then ask for His forgiveness. i’d rather leave it unspoken, blame myself and leave a good distance between me and Him.
but john 1:16-17 says,
“and from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. for the law was given through moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
there is no sin in this world that God’s grace cannot cover…even when you lie to your parents, cheat on your spouses, leave your baby in a garbage dump, stab your friends from the back, steal and murder for money, etc, Jesus said this before He breathed His last, “Father, please forgive them for they know not what they do.”
all we must do is to come out of our closet, confess and repent of our sins before God and accept His forgiveness. of course, forgiveness doesn’t mean that there is no consequence of sins but it allows God to have more territory in our hearts as He is conforming us into His image, despite our faults and mistakes through the blood of Jesus.
this song came to my mind while i was writing this. it’s called “marvelous light” by charlie hall. i hope you enjoy the video and be assured that the Lord God is the conqueror of death. though our days may be long and our fight seems hopeless, as long as we are in Him, we have VICTORY.
“I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” john 12:46