There is forgiveness with Christ!

Sin is such a sneaky thing. It finds it’s way into our hearts and lives so easily. Disguising itself in our emotions and feelings, or traditions and lifestyles. Our hearts are so easily swayed against The Lord.
Last night was one filled with dreams and wakefulness. Most of the dreams were not pleasant. One dream particular dream provoked this thought. I had simply found a coupon for a shake outside a McDonald’s. I was excited so I picked it up and went inside and made my purchase. When I got to the register, the man confronted me and said, did you find this on the ground or earn it, because our computer only allows them to be used at the initial visit. I don’t remember my response, but I remembered that the man honored it and gave me the free ice cream. I left the store with my heart flooded with guilt! I had lied and stolen so easily!
Later my husband came to pick me up and he saw the shake and asked about it. I tried so hard to be excited while I told him I had gotten it for free! Deep down in my heart I just felt awful! I don’t know why I didn’t just confess to him the truth, but it was just so hard.
I know, it’s a silly dream, but it got me thinking how I often am prone to sin to get what I desire. Yet in the end my heart is filled with grief! I know there is mercy and forgiveness in confessing to Christ, and freedom from the guilt and weight of sin. It’s interesting though, that like in my dream we struggle so hard to confess and forsake it. We want to hold onto our sin.
Christians! Don’t hold onto your sin! Christ died to be your sim bearer! He wants to cover it and give forgiveness and freedom! Give it to The Lord!

“O how the world to evil allures me!
O how my heart is tempted to sin!
I must tell Jesus; He will enable
Over the world the vic’try to win.
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.”


A War is Raging

There is a war raging in your heart. You have surrendered something to The Lord, only to find that things don’t go as well as you had hoped or planned. You want to seek counsel about it, but who can you go to? You know that on one hand everyone would say to just trust The Lord, but if you shared what the battle really was, they would advise otherwise.
Why is this battle so much different than all the rest? How is it that our culture has gotten such a foothold on our Christian Heritage? I just do not understand!
It is written all over the pages of God’s precious word, that we must trust The Lord, He is in control. He is the giver and the taker of life, the ruler of the universe. Yet we seam to believe that we can take matters into our own hands.
Am I really trusting God in this matter though? If I were, why do I struggle so much? I know deep within my heart that God has made it clear what His word says, yet I find myself trying secretly to fight against it. Yet He sees and knows all, and is not oblivious to my doubts.
The Bible says that “whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” I know that I have sinned and continue to. As a child of God, I feel all I can do is cry out to Him and say! “Lord, I believe! Help thou my unbelief!”