UGH! Did you ever wake up with the sinking feeling that you are losing the battle against “the FLESH”. Dun, dun, dun, dun. Making wrong decisions even when you know they are wrong? It’s a rebellion, pure and simple and a constant battle to do what God wills verses what I will. Saint Paul describes it this way in Romans 7:15, I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Sin is like a disease in our spiritual lives and we must try every day to do a little better. Not because we will go to hell, because we won’t. We are in Christ forever when we tell Him in prayer that we want to belong to Him and accept Jesus as the offering for our sinful selves. It’s not what we do. It is what Jesus did that saves us and it is because of this amazing love that we keep trying.
So this morning I woke up and there He was, solid as a rock. God does not abandon the sinner. He says, “Go and sin no more.” Even if you slip up every day, every morning He says the same thing. He is like the marine that stood guard over Cody Green, the 12 year old boy who battled cancer all his life. His short life did not give him an opportunity to realize his dream of becoming a Marine, but on hearing of his own heroic battle, he was made an honorary Marine. Three times in his fight against cancer he came out winning, but on the night of the last day of the battle, one young man dawned his full Marine uniform, drove to the hospital where Cody was dying, and stood guard outside his door the last night of his life.
Friend of mine, Jesus stands guard at our door even when we are dying in our sin. He stands by us and takes the punishment that should be ours so that we may try again another day. Wake up to a new morning, sinner, and peek out your door. God is your Marine standing guard.
Prayer: Oh tender Lord, what beautiful love reigns in the heart of Jesus who by his sacrifice has shown a greater love than any has yet seen. Amen