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