Our sinful nature causes a constant battle within us, lean on the Lord and He will free you to persevere to the end. Our sinful nature causes a constant battle within us, lean on the Lord and He will free you to persevere to the end.
My first concert was Duran Duran. It was not a concert my parents would have approved of, in fact they would have flat out refused to allow me to go – if I would have asked. We lived in a small town on an island so there wasn’t a whole lot going on, one Friday I went to my friend’s house to spend the weekend and while there she got this great idea that we should go to the mainland and see the concert. I knew that my parents would not approve, especially because I was only 14 and there were no adults going. But rather than listen to the conviction in my heart, I agreed.
The trip was about two hours each way including a ferry boat ride to get to and from the Island. The whole way to the ferry dock I deliberately pushed my guilty feelings aside and sang along with the radio, laughing and talking as we sped down the highway. By the time we reached the boat, the gravity of what I was about to do hit me. My stomach became queasy and I wanted to cry. There was no way I was going to admit this to my friend though, so again I pushed on and continued to ignore the Lord pulling at my heart. What if something happened, my parents would have no idea where to find me. Every possible scenario crossed through my mind, the ferry sinking, a fire, a car accident. But still I ignored my conscience.
The concert was pretty cool. It was a huge venue and we were pretty far back. The band members on the stage looked like they were about as big as my thumbnail from where we were sitting. All of a sudden my friend started to scream out “Simon looked at me! He looked right at me!” Considering where we were sitting I quickly recognized the absurdity of this statement and as I turned to say something I found myself looking on in horror as my friend collapsed in a heap on the floor. She had passed out from the excitement. The only thing I could think about was “be sure your sin will find you out.”
Hebrews 10:26-27 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
I think if we are honest we have all done this at some point. We have all come to the realization of sin and have turned a deaf ear to the words that have convicted us of sin. I know I have. More than once.
Sometimes that moment of conviction spurs action, but sometimes the sin is too enticing and we are unwilling to let it go, and choose instead heartache and pain.
What a joy when that moment of conviction gives us a desire to make the change and we give it to God. When we lean on God, He ultimately empowers us to resist sin’s temptation.
Today’s thought: Our sinful nature causes a constant battle within us, lean on the Lord and He will free you to persevere to the end.