Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wallowing in Mud

I don’t know about you but I often find myself struggling with the same sins all the time. There are certain sins that hold no attraction to me at all but there are others that continually seem inviting, no matter how horrible I try to make the be. Once we have established a behavior or attitude it is certainly hard to break.

This is no excuse for remaining in sin. There are consquences for not struggling against sin and throwing it out of our lives. Here is what the Apostle Peter wrote about continual sin in our lives:
20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.22 They prove the truth of this proverb: "A dog returns to its vomit." And another says, "A washed pig returns to the mud." ~ 2 Peter 2:20-22

Bruce Oberst in his commentary Letters from Peter wrote:
“If we do not frequently recall to our minds the great blessing of being clean through the blood of Jesus, we will soon go back to the dogvomit and the sow-wallow” (pg. 145).

One of the reasons it is so important for us to be in God’s Word on a daily basis is to be reminded of God’s great love for us. As we read the Bible, listen to sermons, or discuss Scripture with friends we are being reminded of the truth of the Gospel. We are also putting ourselves in a position to all the Holy Spirit to use the words from the pages of the Bible to convict or encourage our hearts with Truth.

I know that in my life when I struggle the most with sin is when I neglect God’s Word. Instead of filling my mind with God’s Word I allow other things in that lead my thoughts down paths they should not go down. When I don’t make God’s Word an important part of my day the struggles with temptation and sin seem to be greater and more out of control which, in turn, overshadows the Truth of God’s love.

Christ Followers must be dedicated to the Word of God. The Holy Spirit using the Truth of Scripture purifies our hearts and minds and helps us to make good choices rather than giving into the temptations that spring up in our lives. One of the best way to begin to overcome sin in our lives is to give our hearts and minds something pure, good, and truthful to ponder.

1 comment:

Peter Shaw said...

Hi Paul,

Very well said and sadly also very true. Let's continue to pray for each other to resist the tempter and remain in God's Word. God Bless

Peter

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