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More Than Avoiding Bad Things

‘Do not let sin control the way you live.’ Romans 6:12 NLT

You know when someone says, ‘Whatever you do, don’t think of a pink elephant,’ and then waits, smiling, while your brain melts trying to think of a non-pink non-elephant? That’s sort of like the mental acrobatics you can get yourself in with sin. What do we mean? Well, it’s right for you to think about how to stop sinning, how to flee from wrong, how to reject the world the flesh and the devil… but if that thinking takes centre stage then where are your God thoughts? Seriously. Avoiding sin is important but the main part of our faith is our relationship with God. So that’s where we should be putting most of our energy.

Paul says it like this: ‘Do not let sin control the way you live, do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life.’ (Romans 6:12–13 NLT)

Defeating sin is important but it’s not the only thing on God’s agenda. So is holiness—that is, living connected to God and in close constant contact with Him. So is filling you with wisdom. So is helping you discover your true identity. So is rejoicing in every day and loving and praising Him. Want that? You can’t have it if you spend every waking moment scared of sin. It’ll distract you from who you really are. Spend your time engaging with Jesus. Reading WORD4TODAY each day is a great place to start, but today go one step further and spend time in worship. Enjoy God’s presence.

SoulFood: 1 Ki 12–13, Luke 12:1–12, Ps 58, Prov 6:12–15

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017

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