May 8th, '18
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message by Kris Jackson
sin which does so easily beset us..." (Hebrews 12:1)
"That sin", you know which one I'm talking
about. Everyone has "that sin", that one that is ever a problem, the one that
takes the whole of your might and your entire spiritual arsenal to combat. It
is alcohol for one, a bad temper for another or pouting episodes for someone
else. We call it our little weakness, but it's not just weakness, it is
inner wickedness. The words wicked, wring, wrench, wreck, wretch, witch, etc.
all come from a root that means "twisted" or "to twist". Wicker baskets
or wicker furniture are made from bamboo twisted, wrestled and wrangled
into warped inter-lapping patterns. The natural-born Adamic nature is a twisted
mess. Sure, we have weaknesses, things like being poor spellers, forgetful of
special days or constantly running late, etc. but we also have wickednesses,
proclivities and propensities toward behaviors that are self-destructive.
"Something comes over me that I can't control", laments the booze, drug or sex
addict. Paul conceded, "It is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me"
Mike Murdock wrote, "Your weakness is like a
living person within you, a living organism. It is a force silent and deadly,
that moves your life toward destruction. If ignored, it will wreck every dream,
sabotage every worthy relationship and ultimately make you a monument of
disgrace on the earth". The Bible likens it to a lion crouched down at the door
(Genesis 4:7). Obviously willpower in itself can't cure this wicker dilemma,
though it is basically a battle fought in the will. Grace is mandatory. We are
born again "not by the will of the flesh...but of God" (John 1:13). He gives us a
new nature, "the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4), intended to suffocate the lower wicker
nature. Like a pack of dogs, the nature you feed will be the nature that
prevails. We will never conquer personal wickedness by concentrating on
conquering. Concentrating on cigarettes only makes a smoker want to smoke. The
focus must turn toward a higher nobler obsession. That's why the rest of our
text verse says, "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..."
The bride that focuses on her groom, while walking down the wedding aisle,
doesn't notice the distractions of flashbulbs and staring guest. Focus is what
removes all other unnecessary clutter. But there must also be positive action
taken. Nebuchadnezzar was warned, "Break off your sins by doing righteousness..."
There are several things that I try to
remember regarding the struggle:
1. What you don't destroy in time will
2. If it can breathe, it can breed.
Since Saul didn't destroy Agag he was eventually killed by one of Agag's
3. What you can tolerate you can never
change. A person never takes action until they are so sick and tired of
something that they won't tolerate it any longer in their life.
4. Struggle is the proof that you have
not yet been conquered. If you're struggling with an issue, be encouraged, the
struggle is a sign that you still believe you can win.
5. God can't cover what we don't uncover.
We have to be honest with ourselves and confess our sins.
6. Sin shall not have dominion over you
(Romans 6:14). God is committed to help those who want a way out.
7. Resist the devil and he will flee
from you (James 4:7). The enemy plays dead, or better yet, takes off running
when true resistance mounts against him.
No one said the struggle would be easy
but it can be waged and can be won. No, will be won.