What does work when we’ve managed, once again, to jump into the ‘sin-pit’? We can be the most disciplined believer on the face of the earth, we can have had enough life experiences that we should have seen it coming, we can know our Bible so well that good choices are second nature to us, BUT when the perfect personal sin is dangled in front of us and looks like the best apple on the tree…So what is our protection? Knowing His Word so well that we can use it as a guide in all situations (2 Timothy 3:16). Developing a life habit of prayer in all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Understanding that we are totally, completely, covered in His blanket of loving forgiveness (Song of Songs 2:4). Taking refuge in the shadow of His loving and merciful wings (Psalms 17:8). Yes, we will sin. Unfortunately, that’s a guaranteed result of life in this fallen world. Paying attention to the Spirit within can help with that. When we are about to say or do something we shouldn’t, there is more than likely a prodding or consciousness that we should not follow through with it. I believe that this is the Paraclete, the Counselor, the Spirit of Christ, living in us, wanting what is best for us, trying to warn us that what we’re about to do is not in line with what is expected of us as part of the Kingdom. We need to learn to listen to this voice. A dear friend once told me to keep this in mind…When in doubt, don’t. That small command has worked for me…when I let it.
Heavenly Father, speak to me. When I am about to sin, speak to me. When You know I need to hear You, speak to me. Open my ears, mind, and heart to hear the sound of Your voice. Oh, Lord, speak to me.
Make it so!