“I can't live like this!” I shouted. In a moment of solitude, my frustration with sin finally surfaced. It was like I was crying out in despair in the middle of a desert. My continual disobedience led me there. I was parched and desperate for change.
At one point, I thought all was well. I could manage. Until I came to the stark realization that all was not well.
Unfortunately, I was living unrepentant, not heeding the Spirit's continual conviction of sin in my life. Instead, I lingered in it and strayed in disobedience.
And I was desperate for Jesus.
A desert place will do that to us. When we wander into a desert of unrepentant sin, we long for water—Living Water.
Thankfully, God's grace is greater than our sin. And by the work of the Holy Spirit, he pursues us in our wandering—even in the desert.
In Matthew 18:12-13, Jesus affirmed this pursuit when he said, “'What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.'”
As Christians, we may wander for awhile in unrepentant sin, but we will not wander forever. The Holy Spirit will lead us to repentance. And by God's grace, we can receive forgiveness for our sin.
For those of you struggling with sin, may these three profound truths encourage you.
1) Jesus bore the wrath of God.
The penalty for our sin was paid by Jesus’ death on the cross. Because of his sacrifice, we can approach God in prayerful repentance, (Hebrews 4:16).
2) Jesus defeated death.
Jesus’ resurrection gives us victory over sin. The same Spirit who rose Jesus from the dead equips us with the power to overcome sin, (Romans 6:6-7 and Romans 8:11).
3) Sanctification is a lifelong journey.
The Holy Spirit will continually work divine change in our lives as we abide in Him, (John 17:17 and Philippians 1:6). He will sanctify us as we abide in His truth.
Beyond the Desert
Nothing can separate us from God's love. There is no desert of sin out of His reach! Truly, Jesus' death and resurrection is greater than any sin.
As we live in the light of these truths, may we also move forward in boldness by proclaiming the gospel—for the praise of His glorious grace!
“And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age,'” Matthew 28:18-20
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