Stuck in a Rut

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Besetting sins.” That’s what the old-timers used to call them. They’re the sins we go back to again and again. With some of us it’s temper, with some of us it’s gossip, with others it’s bitterness, or it could be a sexual sin.

So what do we do when we’re caught in a rut of sinful behavior? We have to go back to the Lord every single time! Every time confess and move on. I’ve heard many new converts say, “How many times am I going to go back and confess my sins?” As many as it takes! Eventually you’ll get so tired of confession that you’ll probably decide, I better not do it again. This is getting boring.

David says in Psalm 32 that he felt like his bones were dry as in the heat of summer until he confessed his sins to the Lord. And then he was forgiven, set free. It didn’t mean that he wasn’t tempted again, but now he was free from besetting sins.

First John 1 tells us that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. Romans 8 says we aren’t obligated to the sinful nature any more.

Hebrews 10 says this is now God’s covenant with us: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”

Don’t let besetting sins keep you from living fervently and free in Jesus. Your victory over sin is a tremendous testimony of abundant life in Jesus Christ, our Savior!

Movin’ Up

I have a friend who is a successful businessman. He’s successful in many ways. He’s an upstanding citizen in his community and when Wayne told me his story of how he found the Lord he used a phrase I love. He said before he truly gave his life over to God, “I had a relationship with the church, but not with Jesus Christ.”

He went to church for years without understanding that there was another level – that of having an intimate relationship with God through Jesus. He decided to go to Promise Keepers event one year, and it was there he truly felt a conviction for his sins. The next Sunday at a different church service, he made the decision to accept Jesus into his life as His Savior!

Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not, why don’t you do it today? Romans 10:10 says, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are set right with God – and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

Tell Jesus that you believe He is God’s Son. Thank Him for dying on the cross in your place, for forgiving your sins and setting you free. Praise Him for the free gift of eternal life and start serving Jesus Christ today! It’s the most important and BEST decision you will ever make!