My Fitness

Monday, July 29, 2013

life under control - day 4

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. (Romans 7:18-19, ESV)

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:7-9, ESV)

Against you, you only, have I sinned (Psalm 51:4, ESV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9, ESV)

Day 4- sin always has consequences Whether your temptation is gluttony, laziness, lust, pride, or something else, it all seems to stem from a desire to be filled. We will find satisfaction when we are filled with the Spirit. Instead we attempt to over-indulge in food, relaxation, sex, knowledge, and whatever else our desires tell us we so desperately want and even need. It's all idolatry.
When we sin, we strike God. David sinned by killing Uriah and sleeping with his wife. But David asserts that his sin was against God. In today's world of self-proclaimed morals we can see how sin is being redefined every day. As a society we think, "they're two consenting adults." or "no one will know if I overindulge". Which might be fine for the law of the land, but for the law of God, it stands firm. Sin is defined as against God. There might not be any jail time, but sin always has consequences. 

For Christians, the story doesn't end there. We have the blood of Christ. We do not seek to be sinful, but when we do sin, we can start again. We've been made clean by Jesus' blood. Confess, repent, and return to the fold. 

John 10 Jesus is the door
Did you know that Shepherds would purposefully break the legs of wandering sheep and sling them over their backs? This would make the sheep dependent on the shepherd. The sheep would better learn the Shepherd's voice and would not stray from the fold again. The Shepherd hurt the sheep so to spare the sheep's life.

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