Using all the tools in my armory, I had weed eaters, old fashioned sheers, and of course my trusty lawn mower. The brush was thick, and since it is the time of the year before everything blooms and spreads, and all the bushes and weeds awake to attack my back yard again this year. I was able to discern with my eye, (so I thought), which weeds I could snatch up with my bare hands and which I better let my sheers slaughter.
In the mist of my battle, (It was fierce I might add) I reached out hap-hazardly into what I thought was just a bundle of weak weeds that where very dry, and dead. To my surprise however I found that the weeds where just camouflage for a massive pile of thorns.
You know those moments of pain where you almost stand outside of yourself in a out of body experience and call yourself "stupid". Well I had that moment here. After I nursed my hand a while and walked off my pain (all the while thinking holy thoughts I might add <<--sarcasm) I remembered a part of scripture I read concerning sin.
Romans 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
In the whole chapter of 7 The Apostle Paul writes about his own battle with sin. Much like the brown dead weeds and brown and dead thorns, our sin is dead. But much like the thorns who are dead, they still can hurt us. The thorns do not have to be bright strong and green to draw blood.
As long as the Christian is alive on this earth in his earth suite (his body) he will have to fight against his sin nature. You may wonder why you have to keep fighting lust, anger, covertness, gluttony, laziness, ungratefulness, envy, hate, and any other sin that is a "thorn" in your life. The key to a Christian life isn't perfection, but about direction. The Christian doesn't give himself over to these sins that they reign over him. So the thorns in your life, I pray you start fighting them back to let Christ reign in your life instead of your favorite sin nature!
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 English Standard Version (ESV)
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast
all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the
sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and
calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
This is not an excuse for having sin in your life, nor explaining it away, but a call to fight it, and let Christ reign in your life! Keep killing sin or it will be killing you!!
Even though Christians are now alive in Christ they are dead to sin. But sometimes even if it lays dead it still wounds.
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus
The thorns I reached out and touched didn't kill me, but they still hurt. The sin in our lives can hurt us, But don't feed the weeds, kill them by pursing Holiness!!
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