Eve listened to the devil, made the decision to defy God and subsequently caved into sin. Ain’t that the story of life?!?! Sigh.
Maybe I should change my name to Eve.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person on the planet that struggles with sin and sometimes loses all self-control when faced with a tempting situation. I grapple with the hypocrisy of calling myself a Christian and habitually sinning. There is no excuse and the shame glares at me in the mirror.
“Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” 1John 3:8
I yearn to change. I strive to improve. I miss the mark completely!
The forbidden fruit comes in an array of shades, sizes and shapes. They are each unique, but all are sin.
Of course, if transgressions looked nasty, there wouldn’t be any problem. However, this is NOT the case. Sin normally appears absolutely scrumptious from a human’s point of view. Argh!!!
“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” 2Corinthians 11:14
The devil wants me to think I am a lost cause. He tempts me with my weaknesses and laughs at me when I indulge and turn my back on God. He chains me to my past and declares I’m not worthy of forgiveness. He works diligently to keep me ashamed, guilty and a slave to sin. AND I fall for it most of the time!!!
The great news is that I’m not alone confronting the war of wickedness. We have a savior in Jesus Christ, who came into the world to receive the punishment for our sinful nature. (See Romans 3:20-26)
But, how do we fend off the sin in our lives and claim the forgiveness and power of Jesus Christ?
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:11-12
So, what is the armor of God? (See Ephesians 6:14-18)
- Belt of Truth
- Breastplate of Righteousness
- Gospel of Peace
- Shield of Faith
- Helmet of Salvation
- Sword of the Spirit
Our obedience to God’s will and not our own is essential to changing our lives from a sinful past to a righteous future. Realizing that we deserve God’s judgment and that we can’t earn God’s forgiveness frees us to accept His gift of salvation.
We are encouraged to flee from sin (see 1Timothy 2:22) and to imitate God by living a life of love (see Ephesians 5:1-2).
Clearly, existing in a sinful world is hard. We make mistakes often. Plus, we’ve got that devil roaming around the earth looking for someone to devour (see 1Peter 5:8). YIKES!!! I’m bad enough on my own…I sure don’t need any help in the sin arena!!!
We would do well to remember that God’s armor protects us from the darkness of the world in which we live and shields us from the persistent appeal to sin.
We do not have to be slaves of stupid decisions and wrong turns!!! God gives us another option…Jesus Christ. Through Him we can live a life steeped in love, peace and joy!
Therefore, you can call me Eve, but you can also call me forgiven!!
What aspect of your life needs to be transformed today?
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 2:20-22 – Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.