You probably are wondering why in the world I chose the title above. Truth is, I didn’t. In fact, I woke up around 3 A.M. and God gave me this title. So, here we go.
Never say never. The “objects” that you are seeing occur in other people’s lives can very easily occur in yours as well. I had a vision of a mirror with many different words written on it. Picture it with me:
SIN. LOSS. BETRAYAL. HURT. FEAR.
ADDICTION…LUST, EXCESSIVE SPENDING, OVEREATING, ALCOHOL ADDICTION, DRUG ADDICTION, PORNOGRAPHY, ADULTERY and the list goes on and on.
The objects in the mirror can be closer than they appear.
Closer than they appear to you. Closer than they appear to others.
They all are a part of the battle we are in..against Flesh. SPIRITUAL WARFARE. Satan wants us to fail. He wants us to be separated from God.
Ephesians 6:11 ~ Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
Never say never my friends. Always be on guard against the Devil and his schemes. Your mirror may appear to be clean..but is it really?
If there is SIN in your life that you think is “HIDDEN”, you are mistaken. Forgive me for speaking so boldly. It isn’t meant to sound judgemental in any way, shape, or form. I say these things because I truly care. I know what it is to be truly surrendered to God. AND… I know what it is to not be surrendered.
You can say, “Oh, I HAVE surrendered to GOD.” Your actions will prove it though. You know. God knows.
James 2:17 (NIV) ~ In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
When you face a trial, do you have true and complete peace in knowing that God really is enough? Do you truly feel that you are filled with Joy that can’t be explained any other way? Are you able to smile when the “world” would tell you to hide and fall apart?
There is a difference. In the way you handle life’s awful storms. When you finally…truly…SURRENDER ALL.
There’s a peace…an Anchor, if you will. To be able to smile and have hope…when before you might have done the opposite. It’s the result of full Surrender.
“ Oh, nobody knows about my “little” sin. ” “It doesn’t hurt anybody but me.” “ I still love God.” “ I am saved, so I can do it and just ask Him to forgive me..I mean..it says He forgives when I ask.” AND here’s a huge one.. ” I am just too weak.”
Those are all lies. Satan wants you and me to believe those things. The fact is, SIN is anything that separates us from God. Separated.
Separated…think about it. To be apart from…cut off…
I don’t ever want that. I need my Father God. Every minute of every single day.
It is a conscious CHOICE. There is that word again that I seem to use a lot in my posts.
The moment you decide to follow God, the Holy Spirit comes to guide you. Sin that you don’t get rid of is like a wall of heavy stones. The stones are stacked one on top of the other. With each stone the wall gets higher and higher. Each time you CHOOSE sin over righteousness, picture that wall being built that separates you from God. Leaving you miserable and ineffective for His calling on your life. Ineffective only until you SURRENDER to God fully. When you do, you’ll be able to resist the temptations and even laugh at them.. Not because YOU are resisting, but because YOU are allowing God to finally fight your battles!
Ephesians 5:11 (NIV) ~ Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of the darkness, but rather expose them.
Honestly, I would like to write out the entire portion of Ephesians 5…but, instead…just read it if you will..
If you want to truly follow God, you have to make a choice to pick Him over that temptation. God knows we aren’t perfect…and He knows we can’t do life alone. We need HIM. He doesn’t NEED us.
It’s a DAILY CHOICE…minute by minute…second by second… A Daily Walk.
Galatians 5:16 ~ So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
I leave you with this last passage of Scripture. Read it …soak on it..and believe it. His Word is Truth..His Word is Alive.
1 Peter 5:7-11 ~ Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered for a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Until Next Time,