I started this blog thinking I would post here everyday and for a few days, I was good and organized. I even planned my posts in advance at the weekend so that life wouldn’t get in the way. And then I fell off the wagon… And I don’t just mean the blog-posting wagon. I fell into a place where I felt it would be hypocritical to put out messages when I wasn’t in a good place with God. It’s not that I think my record must be spotless before I post. If that were the case, goodbye forever blog! But I do think I must be at least open to hearing from the Holy Spirit and to praying and having a repentant heart.
I don’t want to waste my life living it in sin and feeling separated from God, unhappy and certainly NOT at peace. So when I know this is what I’m doing, I have to repent and avoid temptation. Sin can feel like we’ve disappointed God and let Him down in our relationship with Him. Sometimes because of the shame of this, we try to hide from Him which makes our situation and the lack of peace we feel in our hearts even worse. This is kind of the place where I’ve been and the reason why I’ve not been posting.
But all of the above said, I didn’t really want to talk about repentance today (I’ll do that another time), I wanted to talk about sliding forwards towards God and staying in Him which I hope will be encouragement and reinforcement for me and anyone else who may ever stumble on this that knows what it’s like to be a recovering backslider and to struggle with repeated sins. Okay so…
We can’t expect to avoid the sin if we continue to hold hands with our triggers. God is ways there to offer His help, no matter what and He has promised He won’t let us face more temptation than we can handle. So, we need to live our lives in an open Godly way knowing He’ll help us and protect us along the way.
Let’s not let others/society/our interactions lead us astray. Dark cannot befriend light, if there are people or things in our lives that directly or indirectly drawing us away from God or our faith through words, ideas, beliefs, actions, then these people or these things are not friendly to us and we need to limit the contact we have with them or cut them off.
Before our salvation we were in bondage to sin. God saved us and broke that bondage so we were free. But like addicts who have overcome addiction, temptation still hits us hard especially living in a world filled with it, so although we are overcomers in Christ, sometimes we fall and need to choose between spiraling our of control or getting back up and persevering in our walk with God.
We may struggle with certain activities, compulsions or addictions (e.g. drinking, smoking, drugs, porn/erotica, sexual behavior, violence, etc) that lure us to sin or make us think certain habits we’ve been convicted against “aren’t THAT. bad/serious.” Sometimes things that are benign for other people are triggers for us in our struggle against sin. If we have those things in our lives that separate us from God, that tempt us to sin, and disrupt us from living the lives God has called us to, then it’s time to reevaluate and cut those things out of our lives because of the impact they’re having on our souls (and our witness if we’re engaging in sin with others).
In essence, let us live for God no matter our circumstances. We may convince ourselves in moments of temptation that it is “JUST a little thing,” but if we are honest with ourselves, we know our triggers and we know when we are being tempted. Let’s not set ourselves us to fail but rather let us be willing to give up momentary pleasure for the amazing destiny and the wondrous closeness God has planned for us, His children.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 MSG
[14-18] Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people. So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” The Word of the Master, God.