“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. “Apostle Paul - Romans 7:15

We all struggle at times with doing the right thing or avoiding doing the wrong thing. The Apostle Paul recognizes this and in doing so shows us we are not alone in this struggle.

That’s amazing when you think about it.

Here Jesus intersects Pauls life directly, spoke to him, blinded him, and then gave his sight back to him. And he still struggles with resisting the very God he said he trusted!

Some of you are in that internal battle right now.

We know we should forgive but its hard to forgive sometimes so we resist. We know we should not be in that relationship but its hard to get out of it, so you resist. You know we should not spend our money on that, but we do anyway and resist what we know is right. We put something else front and center in our life. We resist the very God that we say we trust. Is that hypocrisy? Many think so, but that’s a bit harsh. Christians aren’t perfect, and frankly, it’s difficult to write a blank check of our lives to a God we don’t see. 

“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”Hebrews 12:1-2a

So what have you put in the place of God in your life? Paul tells us to throw off everything that hinders and entangles us and put God and his truths back in the center of our life.

Paul says even if we fall short… don’t stop trying. Don’t put any little gods front and center in our life, as they will always disappoint. Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of our faith.

Keeping my eyes on Jesus with you!

Pastor Bill
March 15, 2018