IN not OUT!!!

Today I was worried

I was worried and sad because I was being weighed down by a particular sin. It pushed me down heavily because I had fallen into it. I felt sad, used, dirty, sinful, undeserving of God’s grace.

Close to the end of the day, while washing a few dishes under clean running water, the Holy Spirit dropped this song into my spirit.

There is therefore
Now no condemnation
For those who are in Christ Jesus

Most times when we fall into sin, we feel we must hide from God. We give in to the thoughts of the evil one-of how undeserving we have now become. We move further away from the grace and love of God. We pull ourselves from Him.

The Holy Spirit just brought to mind the story of little Joe. Little Joe had been warned countless times by Daddy not to run or slide accross the smooth corridor tiles. Little Joe tried as much as possible to heed to Daddy’s warning. However, at times, the temptation to slide gleefully or run wild across the tiles becomes too overwhelming. One day little Joe gave into the temptation and slid joyfully on the tiles only to crash into the wall at the other end of the hall. He burst out into tears and dad came running to console him. Dad might consider rebuking or spanking him so he realizes he ought to stop.

You realize that little Joe never pushes daddy’s arms and warm embrace away. He gladly falls into it. So let me ask.

Why do you push God out of the scene when you fall into temptation?

When you succumb to your fleshy desires why break down into tears because you feel so guilty and dirty.

In Galatians 5:24, we know once in Christ we have crucified our flesh with its affections and lust.

Galatians 5:24
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

We no longer have the sin nature. It’s no more in us but when we do fall into sin what do we do.
Do we push hard against him and sink down to self pity?
He said in 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Do we confess from a distance in our guilt and self guilty? I haven’t heard of anyone who shouted an apology out from a distance when they truly meant it. The draw closer to the one they offended, confess and ask for forgiveness.

Stop pushing Him out.
Draw INto Him not push Him OUT.
He loves you dearly.

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