Temptation

Temptation

When we resist and overcome temptation, we declare to this world that the work of the cross is alive, that Jesus is victorious, and that sin no longer has a grip on us.

So what do we declare when we give in?

I used to think we declare sin’s power. That we are in bondage. That we have not a chance against it.

But this morning as I came before the Lord, a new thought struck me. When we fall, when we falter, when we stumble, falling face-first into the ground, what do we declare? That we are not good enough? Yes. That sin is powerful and enslaving? Yes. But even more so, we declare the tremendous mercy and grace of God. We declare that we are sinners, in dire need of a Savior, a Savior who has already come. As we fall, we declare God’s grace– the grace that gives us another breath, a second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh, seven-thousandth chance.

Again, I will say, we declare God’s grace.

I declare God’s grace.

In Him, there is hope. In Him, for all who choose to follow, there is sure victory over sin.

So let’s live as conquerors and stop living these defeated lives (as PDub would say)!

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And freedom to the prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
-Isaiah 61:1-3

Listening to: “Dreams” by Something Like Silas

Christ is SAVIOR.

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