Have you ever found yourself in a crazy situation, or tough circumstances, and then allowed your mind to justify your sin – using those circumstances as an excuse to not obey God?
Maybe for some of us that’s an everyday occurrence, despite our circumstances. We want to do right, but we also want to “feel better” about where we are at; so we do what we want to feel better, only to wake up the next morning feeling like crap. We quickly identify with the Apostle Paul when he says,
“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate” (Romans 7:15 – NLT).
In the past, I’ve found that this can become a habit. You know: you feel like junk, so you do what ever you want to make yourself feel better (regardless of the Holy Spirit’s conviction). Then you wake up the next morning and feel bad about it, so you ask God for forgiveness and say you won’t do it again… until that evening when you feel like junk again and repeat the previous day’s self-satisfying sin. Over and over we can repeat this cycle.
Recently, when telling God how frustrated I was about some current circumstances, God said (or I had the thought), “Just don’t treat me like the Morning After Pill.”
I had to think about this for a moment. [Pause and think about it.]
Wow… How often do we do this? The sin-now-repent-later mindset is dangerous! We spend the moment giving in to temptation and indulging in sin, only to wake up the next morning feeling dirty. A quick “pregnancy test” (a look into the face of God), and we see that we have been impregnated with sin! So we react with a quick over-dose of repenting to rid our bodies (and conscious) of the unwanted pregnancy.
God doesn’t want us to be in this place! He desires for us to be faithful and to stay away from compromise. He is looking for a pure and spotless bride! The Bible gives us assurance that God will always provide us with a way of our tempting situations. Thank you Jesus!
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. – 1 Corintians 10:13
Let’s chose to honor Him today by staying faithful. Remember: Excuses are like butts – everyone’s got one and they stink! NO MORE EXCUSES! 🙂
Fighting the flesh,