February 25, 2017

February 25, 2017

NUMBERS 33-34

Focus Verse: “But if you fail to drive out the people who live in the land, those who remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live. And I will do to you what I had planned to do to them.”

Numbers 33:55-56

 

God knew exactly how this story was going to play out. The Israelites just couldn’t keep themselves out of trouble. Just like with Lot, just like us, if the Israelites allowed sin to hang around long enough, it would only be a matter of time before they let it drag them down. And that’s the thing with sin, when we choose to live with sin instead of with God, we get all of the promises sin has to offer…like death.

Let’s not for a second think that this verse empowers us to do anything on our own though. We are all in the same boat as the Israelites. But unlike the Israelites, our Savior has called us, not to drive out the unbelievers in the land so they can’t influence us, but to GO TO THEM so that HE can influence them! Yet naturally we still face the same thing the Israelites faced. Sin is still there, it is still intriguing, it still calls to us, it remains like a splinter in our eyes and thorns in our sides.

Yet, when we walk in the Spirit, as Galatians 5 tells us, we are not led by the desires of our flesh. I still think it is important that we keep tight boundaries on our hearts. That does not mean that we live in fear of sin though. Some of us get so scared of falling into sin that we fail to shine our light into any dark places. We can’t do what God has called us to do because we have made sin such a big monster.

The One living in you has overcome the world! Live like it! We’ve elevated sin to the level that it’s on the same playing field as God. It’s almost as powerful as God. It’s so powerful, that it wins all sorts of wars and battles, and the only way God can finally get the victory is on Judgment Day when He barely squeaks out that final victory.

Wrong, wrong and wrong.

Jesus Christ destroyed the power of sin and hell and the grave when He rose from the dead. And then when He ascended to heaven, He released that same power for us to destroy it as well. We aren’t just “more than conquerors” when we face monumental problems in life. We are “more than conquerors” through Christ every single day. Over every sin.

I firmly believe that we, as Holy Spirit empowered Christians, can live a life without sin. I have made it through days without sinning, and they have been awesome! But it has taken a deliberate effort on my part to walk in the Spirit, to constantly keep my eyes on Jesus and abide in Him.

It is no power of mine, just a constant focus on His power in me.

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