Friday, 4 August 2017

Today Reminder (Sin) – 04 August 2017

A reminder for today
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. (1 John 5:18)

John ends the chapter with the words “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” We have seen in this week’s reminders how sin entered the world and destroyed a perfect creation. Sin is the ultimate destroyer and the one thing the enemy uses to keep us chained to his world. The whole world is in a state of destruction towards the righteous heart. We are confronted daily by desires and material stuff we do not need. We are constantly harassed by tele marketers and sms’s from personal loans to discounted sales. Everywhere we see advertising of all the beautiful worldly stuff that the enemy wants us to need. 

He forces us into debt and chains us into the misery of having more than we need causing us to fall into his grip, because now we have more troubles. He makes all these things look so good and nice and we start to shift our alliance from God to these new idols. Doesn’t that remind you of God’s people after they left Egypt. They were free from the slave masters, yet they turned from God and made their own idol. Moses was so upset that he threw the commandment tables down and shouted at them in their ignorance.

We see the same manner in our world today. The minute all is well, people start to turn from God towards their material and money idols. I always say that money makes people do funny things. By funny I mean bad and terrible stuff. The minute money comes into play people’s hearts can get very dark.

John tells us that whoever is born of God, does not sin. He means that when we have given our hearts to God and we are reborn Christians, there is no more place for sin in our lives. Jesus occupies our heart and souls. Our whole being changes, because suddenly you realise that you do not need all the pretty stuff. You do not need more money. You do not need a glamorous life style nor do you need a massive home. You realise that this world is headed for destruction and in this world, you do need the stuff satan markets. You realise that your investment is in eternity. In a world that will be forever and perfect. You see life differently and you experience life differently. 

You love in new and more complete manner and suddenly sin has no place in your life anymore. Your desires change from world orientated to God orientated. You realise that each day is a gift and that all you have is a blessing, no matter how little or how much. You realise that you are reliant on God and this a new relationship that is deeper with more meaning. You realise that suddenly your spirit is at peace, because your view has shifted from a shifting broken vessel to a strong and solid foundation. Suddenly life and its purpose makes sense, because you see that it has never been about you. It has always been about God.

Lord, what an awesome blessing it is to see how our lives change when you enter in them. We give you our hearts and we rejoice in your grace and love. Open our eyes so that we can see clearly and open our hearts and ears so that we can feel and hear. Let us bring change into our lives and celebrate you in all that we do. We love you with all our hearts, Lord. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.