Let me just be clear about something. As long as we are in this body we will never be perfect, however by the blood of Jesus we are perfected. Hebrews 10:14(CEV) says, “By his one sacrifice he has forever set free from sin the people he brings to God.” This means the blood that Jesus shed for us, covers us for a lifetime. We are going to have our flaws, but that doesn’t mean we should abuse God’s grace. Remember God knows the motives of our heart.
When we decide to give our lives to Christ, it’s important to know that this means we are telling God, our lives are not our own. You see, we as people are naturally selfish. We want what we want. This traces back to Adam and Eve, and has continued from the beginning to the present age. When we truly decide to live for Christ, our desires fade and God’s will for our lives rise to the spotlight.
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Listen, there’s no such thing as carefully sinning. For instance: You can use a condom when having sex out of wedlock, but it’s no guarantee that you’re 100% protected from sexually transmitted diseases and whether you use a condom or not you can contract a ungodly soul tie. This is just one example, but dear friends please understand that when you know that something is a sin and you go against the will of God anyway, then there’s always a consequence. It’s not God who’s punishing you, it’s the debt you owe sin.
You see, sin seems like freedom… but it’s always a price. Jesus did pay the ultimate price, so that we can one day be reconciled to God, but make no mistake about it, “A person reaps what they sow” (see Galatians 6:7). God does give us grace so that the consequences for our sins aren’t what they should be. Romans 6:14(NIV) “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” It is only because of the mercy of Jesus that we don’t get what we deserve and by His favor that we receive blessings we don’t deserve.
Count the cost
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. What is the first thing you will do? Won’t you sit down and figure out how much it will cost and if you have enough money to pay for it? Otherwise, you will start building the tower, but not be able to finish. Then everyone who sees what is happening will laugh at you. They will say, “You started building, but could not finish the job.”
Think carefully about what you’re going to do, and even more so about why you’re doing it. Don’t just think of yourself when you decide to do something, think about if God will be pleased with it, and how will it affect those around you. If you wouldn’t want it to happen to you or your loved ones, don’t do it to anyone else, because again, you reap what you sow. Make sure that you include God in your plans so that whatever you start, you can also finish. Proverbs 16:3(CEV), “Share your plans with the Lord, and you will succeed.”
Good intentions, bad decisions
Have you ever desired something that was good? For instance, love. Love is a good thing, but making bad decisions to obtain it, is wrong. Proverbs 16:2(CEV), “We may think we know what is right, but the LORD is the judge of our motives.” It makes you think doesn’t it?
Another scripture says in James 4:3(CEV), “Yet even when you do pray, your prayers are not answered, because you pray just for selfish reasons.” Listen beloved, God cares about the desires of your heart, but when your desires are more about your wants than His will, then you’ll find yourself doing just about anything to get what YOU want, even if what you want isn’t any good for you, physically or spiritually. Unfortunately we are a people of good intentions and bad decisions. The Bible tells us that, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 KJV)”.
There’s hope and His name is Jesus! Even though you may have fallen, and fallen, you are not a failure! You don’t have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, and you don’t have to figure everything out! All you have to do is trust who Jesus is, and know that God has your best interest at heart. He sees the full scope of things and wants you to have a fulfilled life, in this world and in the next.
Father God, in Jesus name, I ask you to change my thoughts. I don’t want my life to be only about me, but all about you. Examine my heart, and if there’s anything in it that’s keeping me from fulfilling my destiny in you, I ask that you remove it. Lord for you’ve told me that you know the plans that you have for me, and they are good! I trust that, I believe that and I receive that! Continue this transformation within me, and renew my mind so that there’s less of me and more of you. In Jesus name. Amen.