October 3rd

What Sin Can Do

9Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body!  10For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.   Psalm 31:9-10 NKJV 

This verse reveals the unpleasant side effects of sin.  Though our spirits are redeemed through Christ, our bodies and souls are still subject to the consequences of the sin we continue to commit.  David noted how his eyes, soul, body, strength and bones were all affected by his sin.   Sin weakens and destroys our lives, and deactivates our “spiritual defenses” against the enemy’s attacks.   

We see examples of this almost daily as people write to us concerning their struggles with sex addiction.  Usually through looking at pornography, these people give lust and idolatry a protected place in their hearts.  As a result, they feel powerless to resist even small temptations and are unable to see the path of freedom clearly.  They’re also typically gripped with fear concerning their secret habit being exposed.  Driven by their slavery to sinful desires, they lack peace and are susceptible to physical and emotional troubles. 

God never intended for us to live defeated lives.  He created us to live and “rule” in righteousness (Psalm 149:6-7).  He sent Jesus to die and rise from the dead so that we too could have victory over evil and live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24, 1 Peter 4:1-2).   Just as God raised Jesus from the dead, he restore life to our bodies and souls which may have been ravaged by our sinful habits.  Consider what Paul wrote:

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”  (Romans 8:11 NKJV)  

To tap into God’s new life for you, start by confessing and repenting of your sin and then invite God to fill you afresh with his Spirit and lead you on the path to freedom.   For a detailed path to follow, please visit our Freedom Journey online study. 

Questions for further thought:

Prayer:

“Lord God, I praise you for your word which brings life and strength to me.  Thank you for giving me new life through the Holy Spirit and calling me your son. I turn my heart to your ways and yield control of my life to the Holy Spirit.  I follow your promptings and I do your will.  I turn from my former ways of sin.  Please forgive me for them and cleanse my conscience from the dead works of sin.  I pray for healing of my mind and body from the damage of sin.  I receive that healing right now…(pause and receive).   Thank you, Father!  I praise you now and forever.  In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen!”