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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Monday, May 07, 2007

Ramblings Part 2

The crux time of defeating sin in my life must come with an ability to handle temptation successfully. 1 Corinthians 10:12,13 a very oft quoted scripture dealing with this issue. (vs.12) "...therefore let him who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall." Romans 11:20 states, "Do not be haughty, but fear." Proverbs 16:18,"Pride goes before the destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." Overconfidence runs hand in hand with pride and builds false assurance of my own personal abilities to overcome, to have the ability to succeed without God's intervention, there is no reliance upon God.
(vs 13) "...no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man;" This temptation is defined in James 1:14,"...but each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires (lusts)." Those personal individual strong desires formed by inherited tendencies, environment, upbringing, and personal choices are constantly seeking fulfillment. These desires are the direct cause of one's sinning. In answer to this entrapment of the soul the second part of the verse says, "...but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." The promise comes from Psalms 125:3,"...for the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity."

James 1:15,"...then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;..." The word for conceive is sullambano meaning 'to clasp', 'to seize, arrest, capture'. When desire is given the opportunity to seize hold of us, it is comparable to a process of capture or defeat of a person and making them submissive or imprisoned in a state that has as it's end result sin, and from that ultimately death. The objective in resisting sin is to avoid situations, and circumstances that will bring about the conception aspect of this process.
Isaiah 14:5 says, "The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers;" Jesus died to save me from punishment for my sin. There is a great promise here of salvation from temptation as well, not the initial contact with my desire, but an escape from the seizing and capture. It means that my first reaction must be a firmly resolved "NO" and then the Holy Spirit will be given permission to intervene, in support, to give me a means of escape, so as to not breed sin.
Genesis 4:7,"...if you do well, will you not be accepted? and if you do not do well, sin lies at the door, and its desire is for you, but you should rule over it." If I choose to disobey God's commands, sin (ever present) is waiting to overpower me and fulfill its desires. "...but you should rule over it..." Romans 6:12, "...therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts." My thinking processes tempt my soul with its lustful desires. Christ has 'set me free from sin' (6:18); (6:11) ' reckon myself to be dead indeed to sin', this word 'indeed' is a word of affirmation like truly or verily. In other words I should take control over what tempts me and avoid it, so as to negate sins rule over me.

And if perchance I fail. 1 John 1:9,10,"...if we (I) confess our (my) sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us (me) our (my) sins and cleanse us (me) from all unrighteousness." The reality of life is found in the next verse, "...if we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us."
Continual confession of sin is an indication of genuine salvation. The term 'confess' means to say the same thing about sin as God does; to acknowledge His perspective about sin. Confession involves:
1] humbling ourselves before God to admit our error
2] acknowledging God's holiness
3] accepting God's position as Judge
4] Godly sorrow leading to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10), not the routine or placebic (inert) words of regret without the heart's involvement, but a deliberate and intentional confessing, an explicit self-humbling, and a sensing of shame in the presence of God as we contemplate our failures.
Continual confession does not allow for continuing in habitual sin. Continual confession is a mindset acknowledging my sinful nature and seeking after God's cleansing.

Those who neglect the discipline of thorough repentance for their shortcomings, along with regular self-examination so as to discern and determine those shortcomings, are behaving as if God turns a blind eye to our moral flaws - which is to insult Him, because indifference is a moral flaw in and of itself. The truth is that the only way to show real respect for God's purity and holiness is by realistically setting oneself against sin.

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