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Monday, June 29, 2015

Lord, help us to not dwell in sinful thoughts and actions: seeking to live holy both inwardly and outwardly




This morning, I heard that one prominent, Bible-believing (and complementarian!) pastor resigned from church due to the sin of adultery. Upon this, one church leader asked us to pray that "God would keep him holy, close to Him and would not allow him to fall into sin" reminding us that "no matter how good your doctrine is, you can fall. And when you give into sin, you hurt many people and discredit your ministry."

No matter how good your doctrine is, you can fall. How true it is! Today, we Christians are segmented into hundreds of thousands of denominations, theological systems and various "-isms" and each blame that the other(s) are either heretical or not sound biblically.
 
Although Gal 3:28 ("There is neither Jew nor Greek,,,neither male nor female") is often used as magna carta by egalitarians and Christian feminists in order to claim "equality" between the sexes ―both ontologically and functionally―, in front of this one giant called "sin", we are so drastically alike and "equal", aren't we?

In front of this giant, indeed there is neither Catholic nor Protestant, neither Evangelicals nor Pentecostals, neither Calvinists nor Arminians,,,we are all miserable sinners who need His mercy and forgiveness every single moment.

When we pamper our own sins and keep living in them, we will die sooner or later. We are to expose it and discard it firmly in His light. However, what I am experiencing is this ; although I want to be holy in my mind and soul, various sinful thoughts are trying their best to sneak into my mind daily and incite me to dwell in these sinful and fanciful thoughts.

For I endorse and delight in the Law of God in my inmost self. But I discern in my bodily members a different law at war against the law of mind and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs. Romans 7:22,23

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith. 1 Peter 5:8,9a

In times like this, I try to remember the lyrics of Issac Watts' hymns "When I survey the wondrous cross" and medicate on the bloody Lord Jesus Christ who is on the Cross, looking straight into my eyes. By looking up the Crucifed One―by this very action in faith―the Holy Spirit wins the battle in me and delivers me from this dirty sin.

Lastly, I am going to quote one poem.



 
"No!" to the will of the devil.
"Yes!" to the will of the Lord,
So, Lord, Thy purpose shall triumph
Through Thine omniopotent Word.
With Thine authority clothe me.
Now, as I stand in Thy will,
With Thine own Spirit empower me
All Thine own plan to fulfill.
 
 
"No!" to the will of the devil.
"Yes!" to the will of the Lord,
This be my attitude always
Saviour, protection afford,
Lest, as I move at Thy bidding,
Satan should close up the way,
Stand with me, Blessed Lord Jesus,
As I Thy precepts obey.
 
 
"No!" to the will of the devil.
"Yes!" to the will of the Lord,
Over the mountains so rugged,
Over the seas at Thy Word
Naught shall deter or molest me
If, Blessed Lord, Thou wilt be
Saviour, Defender, and Keeper,
As I go onward with Thee.
 
M.E.Barber

 

6 comments:

  1. I read about that via the Headcovering Movement. It is sad. It reminds me that we must live holy lives so as to be good examples of our dearest Lord Jesus....

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    1. Dearest Kay-chan, thank you so much for your comment. Yes, you are right, we must live holy lives in Christ. Oh, how we wish to live in His presence continuously! Whenever I interact with you, He gives me desire to seek those things which are above (Col 3:1). Because I see that Christ is working in you and speaking through you. Please continue to share your stories with us! Kinuko

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  2. Few years ago, our church didn't have a leader for young adults group. One of my friends stepped in. He did a great job leading our group for almost two years. Than something started going wrong. He told me a story how he used to be married and his wife began cheating on him during their honeymoon. They got divorced.
    About after year of leading our group, he shared with me his desire to leave church. We had a long conversation. He stopped leading our group in September 2010. I called and tried to talk to him. He said, "Don't you ever call me back." Last time he went to church it was spring 2011. He ignored me completely.
    Couple years ago, I learned from his uncle that he was struggling with many things and slipped into alcohol consumption and possible pornography. The sin totally consumed him.
    When sin is creeping in have to deal with it right away. Irina

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  3. Dear Irina, thank you so much for sharing with us. Yes, you are right. When sin creeps in, we have to deal with it right away. The earlier, the better, just like our dental treatment. I also find that when we have close sisters whom we can confess our sins to each other honestly, it would be our great help. May we all live in sunny, bright light of Jesus today! from your Japanese sister who loves you very much, Kinuko

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