If we are honest with ourselves, we know that we fail God on a daily basis. Someone cuts us off on the road and we, if even for just a moment, become enraged, ready to hunt them down. Or we slam our finger in a drawer and some words we haven’t uttered in a while come flying from our tongues. Maybe someone has wronged us and filled our hearts with hatred. Jesus says hatred is just as bad as murder in one’s heart. Or a person walks by that catches our second look and fills our hearts with desire. Jesus says even to look at a person with lustful desire is to commit adultery within our hearts.
Oh how many times we knowingly disobey God. Yet, how many more do we betray Him with our hearts and not even realize it. If only for a moment, we have sinned against God.
To say that we have no sin is to deceive ourselves. Our hearts can draw us into sin and then come up with a million reasons to justify that sin all at once. Songs, poems, people, even self-help books and therapists tell us to follow our hearts. “What does your heart want?”, “Listen to your heart”, “Follow your hearts desires”, etc.
But Jeremiah 17:9-10 says, The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
God knows us better than we know ourselves and he knows that without Jesus paying for our sins on our behalf, we don’t stand a chance.
1 John 1:8-10 NIV
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
God knows our hearts and He knows and understands our struggle with sin. That’s why, instead of telling us to straighten up and be sinless on our own, Jesus willing my came and rescued us, paying the price for us and freeing us from the bondage of sin. We couldn’t reach God in our wretched state so God stretched out His hand in Jesus to reach us.
First John goes on to say in chapter 2, My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
ONLY by surrendering our hearts to Christ as our Lord and our Savior can we be forgiven, cleansed, and freed from the power of sin. We cannot beat sin on our own. We can try our best to live a holy life for God but without Jesus it is impossible. However, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!!!
Don’t try to do it yourself. Surrender to Jesus. Abide in Him and allow Him to abide in you. He will wash you, cleanse you and free you from the power of sin. He will heal your heart and give you strength. In Him, you are a new creation. From the moment of your surrender on, you can live in the joyful assurance of your salvation and His love and peace at work in and through your life.
Surrender and abide in Christ. Be free today and live confidently and courageously knowing the Creator of all creation holds your heart in His hands. You can trust Him with it. He made you…..and nothing can separate you from His love for you.