My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden too heavy to bear.
My wounds fester and are loathsome
because of my sinful folly.
I am bowed down and brought very low;
all day long I go about mourning.
The wealthy citizens of the Roman Empire had at their disposal a technique to commit suicide that was slow and almost painless. They achieved their macabre purpose of leaving this world in a slow and imperceptible way. We will not discuss the details of this technique because this is out of scope. But it is important to know that when we sin, our bodies slowly submerge into a stupor that keeps us from realizing the fall we are experiencing. Changes in our body occur so slow that we can not realize that they are happening until we reach such a state of deterioration that the consequences become a heavy burden.
It is popularly said that “Man is a creature of habit.” Habits and customs produce in us a sense of security and reassurance. The problems arise when the habit or the custom is associated with a sinful practice. If we routinely practice some form of sin we do not realize the negative impact that this practice is having on us. Our hearts become hard as stone and our conscience is numbed into a deep sleep. We displace the Holy Spirit of God and we claim and gradually remove his control of our lives relegating his role to that of being just a spiritual ornament. And that’s when the woes and pains start. That’s when we feel overwhelmed, brought down, depressed and heartbroken because health has abandoned us.
Not every illness or disease is the result of sin, so it is important that we analyze ourselves and that we allow the Holy Spirit to fulfill his purpose in our lives to determine what behavior we must change to avoid the slow process of death. The only available and effective solution to overcome this painful situation is to go to the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. He can set us free from the habit of sin and set us on the path of justice and health. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you where you missed the mark and take your failures to the throne of grace. Christ is the only way to achieve spiritual vitality. To God alone be the glory!
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All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.
I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.
The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
At first glance, the portion of today’s word looks like a self-justification. The human author of these words ─who other than King David! seemed to be saying: «I was rewarded because I have this, because I have kept his laws before me, because I have been blameless, because I have kept myself from sin, because of my righteousness, because of my clean hands …» In fact, David had a sinful nature just like any other human being. The Bible tells us of several times when David fell so low that he committed horrible crimes, which shows that his justification was not his own but was based on God’s mercy and forgiveness for the faults that he had committed. David knew that, what he was and the victories that he had obtained all came from the hand of God and therefore he never lost hope. Even at his most difficult moments, when he was at death’s door, he knew that God always loved him and protected him. David was a man who possessed many virtues. Also, as mentioned earlier, he showed a great weakness to certain temptations, which resulted in bitter consequences for him. In any case, David was a man whose heart was after God’s own heart and, in God’s eyes, this was the only important thing. David was a man of great faith, so great that his name appears in the “Hall of Fame” of the letter to the Hebrews.
Let us understand that our justification can only come from God His Son Jesus Christ, who “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” Let us live always with faith, obedience and with our eyes focused in the Author of all good so we may stand firm against the storms of life, which will only calm down when they hear the word of command of the Creator of the universe ordering them to be still. Remember that “having been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Only to God be the glory!
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So he said he would destroy them—
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him
to keep his wrath from destroying them.
When we think God has turned away from us, chances are it is we who have wandered from him in the first place. The reason for this departure is plain and simple, sin. All odds are against the person who does not want to sin. Three powerful enemies stand in our way: Satan, the world and our own sinful nature. These three enemies act constantly, without rest, seeking to make us fall. The world is in charge of presenting the opportunities of falling, using powerful weapons: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. The sinful nature is responsible for tempting us by producing our own evil desires which, if left unchecked, drag us and seduce us to sin. Last but not less lethal, Satan, who controls the world, is responsible for planting his lies in our minds so that we end up believing ─for listening and paying attention to his hoaxes─ that we can get away with it without sinning.
But thank God we have an advocate with the Father, who is our Lord Jesus Christ. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness through the blood of his Son Jesus Christ. This does not mean that we can do as we please, thinking that later we will be forgiven. This would be the attitude of a spoiled child and that’s not what God expects of us. Should we continue showing this kind of behavior, He would have to resort to something that may not be very nice to us, discipline. Remember that everyone born of God overcomes the world. Our faith is the victory that has overcome the world. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world. Thank God we are with the True One, with his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. To God alone be the glory!
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