August 8, 2010

The devil only dangles sin

I woke up in the morning and wished I could sleep some more. On a Sunday morning, it was quite tempting but I dragged myself off the bed and got ready for church. I felt I may miss out if I did not go to church and I was glad I did.

One of the pastors shared her one month experiences at the Bethel school of worship. Afterwards, we arose and worshipped God. While we were worshipping, I found myself focusing on God's love and mercies upon me. I did not think I deserved them for I had displeased him times and times. I personally was not pleased with myself and as I discussed with him about it, he showed me a picture.

I saw a man standing, his face was not distinct but he held in his hand what looked like a pendulum and kept swinging it. He stood at a distance, not too far but at the same time did not attempt to draw close. He kept swinging the pendulum and I moved towards him to take it from him.

Then God explained that the devil dangles sin and I am the one that takes it from him. He does not shove it down me but dangles it. I look at sin for a while, then I reach out and accept to commit it.

What struck me and broke me was that the devil did not move. I did! As I thought about it, I realized that I can chose not to sin. The devil will dangle sin alright, but when I choose not to dwell on what he is dangling, then it is possible not to take action in that direction.

The death of Jesus on the cross has broken the chains of sin and so I am no longer bound. I have been set free to live a godly life and I can live a godly life. The devil will swing sin in front of me but he does not have the power to force me to commit it.

However, I also realized that dwelling in God's presence and focusing on him will help me not to set my thoughts on sins that the devil swings my way. Although I can choose not to sin, it is my continual dwelling in God's presence will ice my choice.

Indeed today I felt like someone whose chains have fallen off; like someone who was blind but can now see; and like someone who was ignorant and has gained knowledge.

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