What should I do with my sin?

June 9, 2015

 

In each of my novels, the main character comes face to face with her own sin, which is something we each need to do if we are going to move ahead in our spiritual lives. I've certainly had to do it more than I'd like. However, each time I face my sin squarely, there is a huge sense of relief. 

 

Reading the book of Joshua, I've learned a few things about sin:

  • Sin can have drastic consequences.

  • Our only hope of obedience is by depending on God (we haven't the strength on our own).

  • When we forget to seek God’s wisdom and guidance, sin usually follows. 

  • God has often protected us and won victories for us, and we do much better at conquering our sin when we remember that. 

  • Joshua really wanted to obey God’s instructions, and that desire carried him well. 

 

To reinforce what I'm learning from Joshua, I took a blank piece of paper and copied down the five things I mentioned above. Under each one, I wrote my own experience. This is what it looked like:

 

Sin can have drastic consequences

Because of my sin of fear, my child and my grandchild are plagued with fears.

 

Our only hope of obedience is by depending on God

Recognizing my sin of fear, I took 40 days of concentrated time before God to break that pattern in my life. I'm sharing what I’ve learned with my child and grandchild.

 

When we forget to seek God’s wisdom and guidance, sin usually follows. 

When I fall back into old patterns of fear, the old anxiety builds. So I'm learning to slow down and listen to the truth in God's Word as he brings those verses to mind when I need them.  

 

God has often protected us and won victories for us.

When I feel myself falling back into my sin of fear, I remember that God has given me victory in the past and will help me in my current circumstances. This is a great relief!

 

Joshua really wanted to obey God’s instructions, and that desire carried him well. 

I, too, really want to obey God. That's my overall attitude, so even when I fail, I find comfort in that. I also love that God knows my heart and is more concerned that it stays soft toward him than that I do everything perfectly. Phew! 

 

Of course, best of all, Jesus never gets tired of forgiving my sins, and that is an enormous relief. 

 

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