|When my relationship with Jesus was new, I was very sin-conscious. I felt I had to be this perfect Christian. If I had any type of negative thoughts or actions, I beat myself up about it, even after asking God for forgiveness. Of course satin helped me out, “and you call yourself a Christian?” he would tell me in my mind. I would tell myself that I wasn’t going to do this or that because it was a sin. And I honestly made a conscious effort not to. Which means I thought about sin all the time? I spent more time trying to be this perfect Christian, than I did increasing my relationship with God! Which means I was more sin-conscious than Christ-conscious. The struggle is real! The struggle is real because of temptation. What I finally understood is that there is no trial, difficulty, challenge or temptation that we face, Jesus cannot identify with. Jesus took a human body to save our bodies. And he took a human mind to save our minds. Jesus is like us in every respect, human body, heart, mind, and will. All except for sin, for He was sinless. God allowed Jesus to be tempted so that He could be touched by our humanity, weaknesses, and our sins. Through it all He chose to do His Father’s will, and He now stands before God on our behalf.
If we are Christ-conscious, sinful thoughts and actions cannot be at the center of our mind, because our mind is so full of God. He has it covered! It’s like being on a diet, once we say that word, the struggle gets worst! All we think about is not eating, and then food becomes our main thought which makes us want to eat more! It works the same with sin. Developing our relationship with Christ and focusing on him is the key. I always say, “keep your gaze on God and your glance on the world”. When we focus on His goodness and His faithfulness, sin becomes less of an option. We just want to please Him!
The good news is that God is faithful; He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. Our Father will always provide a way out for us! (1 Corinthians 10:13). My brothers and sisters, we can rejoice in the fact that Jesus is our advocate. He is the reason that we can draw near to Father God and enter into His presence. How do we draw near to Him? By spending time with Him and meditating on His Word. Spending time with God helps align our desires with God’s desires for us. You want that family member saved. You want God to provide for you. You want help with a particular sin. You want God to open a door to advance His kingdom. You want God to provide you with a spouse. You have not because you ask not. And to ask you have to spend time with Him. As we draw near to Him we enter into His grace and mercy, not judgment! So let us pray that our minds stay on Jesus and our focus on His love for us. This way we can be confident that we are covered by the blood of Jesus! Please read today’s scriptures in “FOOD FOR THE SOUL” and share God’s Word. Love and Blessings….