The way to joy and freedom often starts here.

It seems to be out of style.

I don’t hear it spoken of often, not even in many pulpits.

It is the job of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8) and is likely happening in the believers life every day, though I wonder if most notice it.

It’s the voice of the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin.

Have we simply learned to tune the Helper out, though His words would bring such freedom?

Have we forgotten it is truly out of God’s kindness that He leads us to repentance? (Rom 2:4)

Surely if we understood the misery-making consequences of sin, we would beg the Lord for ears to hear His words and quickly turn to Him in confession.

But being sick of the consequences of my sin is not nearly as effective a deterrent for a repeat of that sin as actively, truly loving the Savior who died for me and allowing myself to be truly sickened and sad over what my sin cost Him.

May my heart remember the bloody cross. And not just at Easter.

May I understand it was my sin, the sin He may be bringing to my mind right now, that nailed Him there.

What love the Savior has for us that He would willingly die!

Like David, after his sin with Bathsheba, may our hearts soberly cry, ”against You only have I sinned” (Psalm 51:4)

Of course, David had sinned against Bathsheba and her husband Uriah (whom he had effectively murdered) as well as the people he was to lead.

Yet, greatest of all was David’s sin against his faithful God.

Tozer writes, “We must begin with God. We are right when, and only when, we stand in right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position. Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist on trying to modify Him and bring Him to our own image. “

We try to reason that our sin isn’t that destructive , or perhaps God has changed with the culture.

We attempt to ignore the Holy Spirit urging us to flee a particular sin or situation.

But the truth is, sin will always take us further than we ever want to go.

Oh, we may think we can handle sin’s enticing warm flame, but eventually it will burn us, and often, our houses down as well.

Oh friend, let’s ask the Lord to show us our sin. Let’s listen as He speaks.

Let’s remember, this Monday morning, as spring is upon us, and Easter just weeks down the road, God is still the God of new starts and u-turns! ❤️

Be assured of this —The God who lives inside those who call Him Lord will be our strength to walk away from anything He shows us in our lives that is preventing us from walking in freedom and joy.

He is good.
He is holy.
He is faithful.

And His way is always so much better than any way we’d ever try to go without Him.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”(Psalm 139:23-24)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Your presence;
take not Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
and sustain me with a willing spirit.“(Psalm 51:10-12)


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