Monday, September 13, 2010

Today's Short Devotional: Ongoing Sin and The Power of God

Colossians 1:11 - "May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy..."

I am often beset by ongoing sin - that attitude, thought, habit that I don't easily shake and from time to time get depressed about, believing the lie that I'm never going to overcome it. But there's good news from God's Word about ongoing sin in a Christian's life: The power of God, which is at work within you, is stronger than any sin.

But it's hard to believe that, isn't it? I woke up this morning with that thought in my head... God, who lives in me and is always present, is always stronger than my sin problem. Keep reading the verses after Colossians 1:11 and you will see that God has "qualified" us to be saints (a normal Bible word for Christians) and he "transferred" us to the kingdom of His son, Jesus Christ. Those are passive words, meaning you receive that action on yourself rather than causing it to happen to you. Your redemption, the forgiveness of your sins, was never based on your qualifications. If anything, those disqualify all of us from ever being in relationship with our Creator. But he has loved us, and by faith in his Son we are washed of our sin (past, present, and future) by his grace and mercy.

So, don't believe the lie. The power of God is stronger than all other powers. Cling to his strength today. Endure temptation, be patient in affliction, remain joyful in the Lord because if you have him, you have enough. Amen.

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