The one thing that conquers bad…

Are you like me, sometimes good at being bad?

Especially when purposing to be good.

Age old dilemma that’s been fought nearly since time began and which our brother Paul so eloquently states in the book of Romans.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15

More than once have I prayed and asked the Lord to help me be good, to hate my sin, to lay aside my selfishness and pride and fear and fall upon my face in humble dependence on the One from whom all blessings flow, all strength comes, all righteousness is endowed.

The battle will continue so long as I draw breath upon the earth, I am sure. In one way or another. And I am thankful to say that I am most definitely not the woman I was years ago! Yet I have miles to go…

As we go, the world spins dark and dirty and some people look to themselves or popular culture to define their standard of living instead of looking to Him who gives and sustains life. Instead of putting others first in love, it’s “all about me!”

But it’s later than we think and we gotta get over ourselves and choose to think Him first, others second, then “me.”

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Luke 10:27

And there is one thing I have learned.

No hope exists for any one of us outside of an ever deepening love and respect relationship with the Lord.

The One who has written our names on the palm of His hand.

The One who stays up all night watching over us.

The One who provides what we need, when we need it, even when we tremble with fear and doubt that He will.

This One Blessed and Holy Lord of all, is our all in all.

And He is One for all. Even when so many of all of us run the other way.

If we do not choose to love Him and let His love permeate every fiber of our being, we will never break out of our sick and sinful cycles. Took me a long time to learn this.

Only as we vacate the throne of self and allow this One, pure and perfect, to reign supreme in our hearts will we ever have victory over our sinful natures.

Through the course of my adult years I have battled the evil lurking in me, and the hurt and the pain that often travels with it hand in hand, in various good ways. Counseling, accountability partners, and even a wonderful program that deals with life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups all provided a measure of healing each step along my journey.

Looking back over the travail of those years, however, I have come to see that there’s only one way to truly conquer my bad and heal my hurt.

The One.

Emmanual, God with us.

The One.

Christ who died on the cross.

The same One who even gives us the freedom to spit in His face as we throw temper tantrums, and loves us just the same.

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34

But do we really want to keep running from Him, doing it our way, forfeiting the unconditional love, forgiveness and acceptance He offers?

I did for a long time.

And lost many blessings along the way. Loss that can still humble my heart and make me so very sad when I realize I had the opportunity of choosing differently {less selfishly} all along.

Saving myself, my precious children and others, from the heartache that goes with sin.

So, why not be a little wiser and quicker than I was and choose Jesus now?

Why not open your heart today and say your sorry?

Why not just grow up and give more instead of always taking?

His Way really is the best.

And your new life will begin at the point of surrender. That place where you stop running the show and run into His arms and let Him be God of all of your life.

It’s the place where faith steps in and your heart finally knows that Jesus is crazy in love with you!

And He will never leave you and me.

He will help us up no matter how many times we stumble.

He will lead us in the right direction, heal our hearts, and help fulfill our destiny according to the plans He has for me and you.

And when we get to that place, well that’s where there’s no turning back.

No way, no how…

~sheila

 

 

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