Friday, September 10, 2010

The Struggle With Sin Romans 7:15-20

Anne of Green Gables is one of my all time favorite movies.  She goes from being an unwanted orphan to a beloved daughter, friend, teacher, and wife.  Along the way, Anne had many lessons to learn.  She had a problem with controlling her temper and holding grudges.  Ouch!  One of the reasons I am drawn to her character is because she demonstrates many of the qualities I possess.  At one point in the movie, Anne is reminded by her school teacher of something she had once quoted.  "Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it." 

Too often, I "lose it".  I allow things to frustrate me, and my response is either to blow it or bury it (until I eventually blow it).  Why do I continue to struggle with this sin?  Can't I just acknowledge it, confess it, and ask God to zap it away?  Why does it have to be so hard?  Oftentimes, even after I have dealt with an issue, I will continue to beat myself up over past regrets and try to work so hard to "fix" it.  Then there is yet another sin to be dealt with... pride!  For when I think I have it under control and try to handle it in my own power, I have become prideful.  It is only through His strength that we are made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

Paul reminds us in Romans 7, that sin is a struggle.  It always will be!  But if we are saved, we have a new desire.  We love God's Word and hate our sin.  We stand before Him blameless.  Through Jesus, not by our own works, we are clean.  Our salvation is not dependant upon us, but Him.  Yes, we will struggle.  But praise be to God we do not live under condemnation anymore.  (Romans 8:1)

This week, I have had to remind myself that each day is precious.  How I spend each day counts!  The love I show (or don't show), the people I minister to (or choose not to minister to), the attitude I carry (good or bad), is the only memory I will leave behind.  Do others see Jesus in me? 

Remember... no matter what you've done or where you've been, "Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it."

Enjoy this video as you remember that each day is a precious gift from God.
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