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JUST THINKIN'

May 16, 2019

Wow… what a beautiful day it is today!  After all the rain, we’re able to enjoy the effects of that rain as we take in the plushness & brilliant colors of everything. Thank You LORD!

This year, Sherie’& I are enjoying our yard a bit more, as we see more green, plush, healthier grass… without those small & “ ‘o so vibrant dandelions ” that plague most of us, if not all of us each year.  I have spent a good bit of time these past weeks, spraying/treating my front & back yards to help eliminate them from growing so vastly!  And ‘ya know, I was “just thinkin’”… this process applies to my life & yours.   

How many times have I tried treating sin, whether a onetime sin or a recurring sin pattern in my life – by actions only?  It helps… but many times I find that the sin “sprouts back up”, & very quickly at times. Well, that like those persistent & frustrating dandelions – right?   I believe the apostle Paul realized this frustration against “persistent sin” when he spoke in Romans 7… vs. 14-25.  This passage is descriptive of what Paul’s current Christian life was like as he wrote this. Yep, the apostle Paul – in many cases considered a spiritual GIANT – wrote these verses.  

In the process of learning to battle & overcome sin in my life… I have found that simply taking “actions” alone, is like “mowing over the dandelions” to try & rid our yard of them.  It’s beautiful for the rest of that day… but then those “persistent boogers” pop right up again the next day! 

 Don’t we find that by just taking an “action” against sin, so often allows that unhealthy sin to stay healthy & rooted in our hearts - our life?

In this passage… Paul states that he desires & wants to follow the things of God the things of God.  But,  the sin in him – keeps hindering in his efforts.  It is the sinful nature in him that is the problem. Yep… his sinful nature!

It is very clear here, that each & every one of us who follow Christ… still have a sinful nature that rears its ugly head at times. Though we are a new creation – thru the redemptive power of Christ – we are not perfect. We are still human.  As I am always reminded… God has never called us to perfection. But He has called us to seek, serve & follow the perfect One – Christ!  In doing so, we learn the values in knowing Him more intimately, as well as being more open to the Holy Spirit’s leading, guidance & conviction. The more we treat the “sin nature” with the power of redemption – the more aware we become of Satan’s attacks, ploys & games! And they are “games” that are devised to destroy us.

Maybe today, you could use a reminder or a “treatment plan” for your soul – such fertile ground:

1. Dig deep & treat the root of the sin… not just the act of the sin.  

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.    Psalm 139:23-24

 

 

2. Don’t rely on a partial “treatment”… It’s gotta’ be an “all in or nothing at all” approach!

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer you bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”   Romans 12:1 & 2

              “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, do not                   

              let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and don not go on presenting the     

             members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as 

             those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. “

                                                                                                                                                       Romans 6:11-14

   

 

3. Remain “sober & alert” to Satan’s desire to sneak in the old sins over & again, while he’s introducing new temptations daily.  Continue to “treat” the fertile soil of your heart!

“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.”   1 Peter 1:13

 

Keeping our lawns “dandelion” free!

 

Love you all…

Pastor Brad