When you open the Bible, the first instance you read recorded of sin on earth is when Eve took a bite out of the forbidden fruit. She had uncontrolled and un-submitted appetites before God the Father that resulted in disobedience.
As a consequence, whether we like it or not, we have inherited sin. (Sin, in the biblical sense meaning falling short of God’s standards of living.) And this sin we inherently inherited is exactly why Christ came to earth
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
1 Peter 1:18-19
When I hear the word ransom, I think of kidnapping. Someone is illegally taken usually for a sum of money to ensure his/her release.
That’s typically what Christianity preaches; a life free from bondage. Set the captives free. Break every chain. Shake these shackles off my feet so I can praise Him.
Then why do so many of us still struggle with allowing Christ to completely get rid of ALL the bad habits and un-submitted appetites?
I have habits I know (1) God is displeased with, (2) brings no productivity to my life, but because I lack the discipline to overcome I have gradually learned to tolerate and live with it.
Today, I’m reminded that you shouldn’t tolerate a snake in your garden. You set the dogs on it.
I sing that I surrender all. All means all. Where the King is enthroned, there is His kingdom. The part that the King of Light does not reign in is shrouded in darkness. Things that like staying in the dark fear exposure in the light.
Exposure means vulnerability. What is it I am protecting when I keep bad habits in the dark?
I have learned that whatever I try to do in my own effort is in vain, but when the God of Light shines on every addiction, rehabilitation produces fruit.
He is not intimidated by the size of my addiction, He is not frustrated when I fail, He does not give up on me even when I don’t see the habit as bad anymore. He will confront you at your darkest thought with the utmost love. As long as I involve Him as King, He will not stop correcting me. As long as I continue to talk to Him about it, He will not forsake the work He is doing in me.
He is not a God of shortcuts, if the destination is all that mattered, the Israelites would’ve made it to the promise land in 40 days instead of 40 years,
Character, attitude, trust in Him.
Trust the process.
Thinking of: How truth transcends fact and is constant.