Hebrews 12:1- Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us.
As I continue to release what no longer serves me, I scanned through a few documents and I found a copy of the Daily Bread dated September 28, 2006. I recalled, saving this to be reminded that “Sin makes us stupid.” No matter how wise, or smart you may be, you can be tempted and remain vulnerable to the foolishness of the mind. I was grateful for this reminder and thought to share with you. Don’t let sin break you from your power source. Thank you Daily Bread for the reminder to remain connected. Hope it encourages you as it did me.
"I was having lunch with a pastor-friend when the discussion sadly turned to a mutual friend in ministry who had failed morally. As we grieved together over this fallen comrade, now out of ministry, I wondered aloud, “I know anyone can be tempted and anyone can stumble, but he’s a smart guy. How could he think he could get away with it?” Without blinking, my friend responded, “Sin makes us stupid.” It was an abrupt statement intended to get my attention, and it worked.
I have often thought of that statement in the ensuing years, and I continue to affirm the wisdom of those words. How else can you explain the actions of King David, the man after God’s own heart turned adulterer and murderer? Or the reckless choices of Samson? Or the public denials of Christ by Peter, the most public of Jesus’ disciples? We are flawed people who are vulnerable to temptation and to the foolishness of mind that can rationalize and justify almost any course of action if we try hard enough.
If we are to have a measure of victory over the power of sin, it will come only as we lean on the strength and wisdom of Christ (Rom. 7:24-25). As His grace strengthens our hearts and minds, we can overcome our own worst inclination to make foolish choices. God’s Spirit is your power source, don’t let sin break the connection."
Today's verse is a reminder to lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us. I encourage you today to never lose connection to your power source. "Fully Rely On God" (FROG)!
Dear God, Thank you for the reminder that sin makes us stupid. That you are our power source, not sin. I pray that all your children lean on your strength and grace to strengthen their hearts and minds and turn from making foolish choices. I ask this in your son Jesus’ name. Amen!