As I mentioned in yesterday's update, I've spent some time in recent days just focusing on God and receiving counsel from other people. During this time, I have experienced God's nearness and a breakthrough in my life. In part, it came through a story Kevin Abell shared in Alien Love about a young woman struggling with an eating disorder. When she asked Kevin if what she was doing to her body was a sin, he responded yes, it was a sin. When I first read her response to that, I cried. She said, "That's good. It's good because I know that Jesus has power over sin. I know that even if I struggle now, I won't have to go through this forever."
Those words have become more real to me as of late, a precious truth. The truth is Jesus have power over sin! It doesn't have power over us. We are dead to sin and Satan is a defeated enemy. I've spent a lot of time praying for God's help to overcome sin. And prayed again. And again. And it seemed like it would never end and I became very discouraged. It's in times like these when we have to stop praying for God to help us and thank Jesus for the power He has over sin in our lives. I thought I was doing that, but it wasn't until I surrendered and claimed the power of Christ that I began to experience the joy and peace of freedom.
I came across Louie Giglio's Passion excerpt on rededication. I used to do the whole rededication thing too. After awhile the question "When were you saved?" or being asked to share your testimony almost becomes awkward. (Which date do you give???) But I try to overcome sin much the same way. I've thrown that stick in the fire so many times, saying "That's the LAST time I'm ever doing that." I probably could have cut down a whole tree. It's like Louie says. "At the end of the day, it takes the wind out of your sails and it takes the hope out of Christianity."
But there is hope! There's hope because we can't do it, but we have an amazing Jesus who can, and it's His work in us that cleanses us from sin!
"let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith."
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
He's the one who does the work in us. We can't. We have to take our focus off of our sin and look to Jesus, because He is the perfecter of our faith. He will see that it's completed. We have to stop trying and surrender to Him. That's where freedom is found. That's when He restores to us the joy of our salvation and experience the peace only He can give.