We do not naturally want bad endings. We do not want to be hurt, and when we do, if we could only turn back time, we would have corrected it. But for us the only sure available option is to start anew.
To begin again, however, is not that always easy. Often it is harder than we thought. Being dreamers in nature, we are always in the illusion that it would be better this time – that we are capable of doing better while exercising the least of efforts. Wrong.
As we strive to be better, there are many things that would pull us downward. The thoughts of past failures are always there. The inward weaknesses, the fleshly desires which are often undealt, would shake our determination to succeed. Noteworthy to mention – the judgement of the people around – those people who have marked out how filthy you are based from your past mistakes and sins – always play insurmountable forces to hold you back.
The only incentive then is to look upward and realized that there is Someone who is capable of ‘forgetting’ your errors and would not judge you, seeing that you are truly repentant and really try to change. Your forgiveness and shame could be deeper than the sea, but His forgiveness is even deeper than the abyss. You may have not felt real love, but His embrace is wider than the sky.
His Person and love alone are great motivations for each one of us to be hopeful that as long as He grants us to live another day, there would always be hope for genuine change.
The Christian life is a fight. A fierce battle. Every side could be at odds, every corner could be a battleground. Of course many are your friends, but many still could act as your enemies, no matter how much you befriend them.
Do not give up! Heads on toward the battle! Put on your helmet, wear your armour and sandals, carry your shield, raise up your sword! This is another combat! An epic battle!
Strike hard! Aim best! Shoot ahead! There are many witnesses – the saints of the past are all watching, watching and expecting that every Christian would share the same victory they had.
Every unnecessary weight should be removed – excess burdens. Sin should be dealt and buried and burned. Run the race without those filth! Just run with freedom in Christ!
Yes, look unto Jesus – the Author and Perfector of everything that we have as Christians! Just look and reflect unto His Glory, and in the process be the more transformed into His blessed likeness. The more we look at Him, the more peace we gain, the greater is our focus, and increasing is our strength!
That is the way to our epic battle! That is the Christian Life! Turn away from baggage and filth, and focus on the Holy. This way, we could win this. Like the countless saints before us, we will win this too!
Family relationship and the ministry. My preaching this Sunday at Calapan Bible Church, with Acts 16:1-5 as the Text. Wisdom in studies, especially in Math, I am really weak in this subject.
“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.” ~ John Bunyan
Strong words. Beautiful tension. True to every person.
These words primarily targets the battlefield of prayer that continuously is being encountered by Christians. The simple truth is this: the more that we pray, the more we can stay away from sin; the more that we sin, the more we stay away from prayer.
Or to put it in another way: the more we would like to stay away from then the more that we pray; and the more we would like to stay on sinning, then the more we avoid prayer.
This is the real Christian Life. Our new identity in Christ desires that we draw to God in holiness, but the flesh, still being alive in a Christian (in varying degrees respective to every Christian individual), desires to sin and to stay from holy living.
I have to tell myself that I am a college student again. I have to really convince myself that for the next four years, I am pursuing something that I used to ‘hate’ and forsake.
I had every chance and opportunity to study in college. My parents wanted it, my friends believed in me, and my high school friends were all taking it and pursuing me to do the same. After all, is there a person who does not want to have a secured life? Maybe I was one among the very few, according to them.
I dodged every opportunity to finish a bachelor’s degree. What I really wanted is the full-time ministry. I believed strongly about a ‘call’ – that God predestined me to be a minister of a certain local church.
Until this November 2012. The tables were all turned. I am now facing a new path in life. Something which I told myself a couples of years ago that I would never tread upon again. A decision that maybe I never fully measured the cost.
Could I blame myself if I am attending the class often late? Or could you blame me if I have to drag myself so I could enter the campus and have hours of studies every day? But there is no other person to blame but me.
Or maybe there is God, the Supreme Ruler and Sovereign King over all. No matter what He wills in my life, I have no right even in the lightest degree to blame Him for all the hardships I am facing now, and of course, He is not under any obligation to explain Himself. And by the way, I know I am not living a holy Christian life. That adds up to the equation of unneeded suffering.
Where am I? A question I repeatedly asks myself. But more often, I am doubting myself, ‘Who Am I Really?’
Every true Christian knows how deadly sin is to the Christian Life and to the Ministry. Overcoming sin, especially the favorite ones are never easy. This article helps us biblically how to close doors on temptations – so we can avoid sinning. Excellent post!