Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Struggles

This is my second post for the Living Second blog campaign and I have to tell you that this has been hard for me and I'm not sure why. Writing with transparency has always been something that I have done since I begin my journey in the blog world but somehow...this has been different. Tonight I started to write on two different days in the book and deleted them both. I knew they weren't the right ones. I ended up at session 2, Day 4: Death to Sin...in the struggle section. I'm thinking this fits because I know about struggles. I've had my fair share of them since becoming a
Christian as I'm sure you have too. So...here we go!

Read Romans 6:1-14

This passage talks about how sin's power is broken. Verse 12 says this...

12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.

That's a great verse but...how do we do that? Every minute of every day we have to commit to putting Jesus first...in everything!

 After giving my life to Jesus there was one thing I continued to hold on to for a long time. That "thing" for me was a sin. I knew it was but I just had a hard time with giving it up completely. I didn't actually do this thing but I thought about it whenever things in my life didn't go well. Because I let that "thing" have control over me...I was having a hard time. I didn't realize for a while that as long as I held on to this...Jesus would never really be first in my life. There finally came a day when I knew that I had to make a choice. Give in to the sinful desire that I hadn't totally let go of, or...give myself completely to God. 

Romans 6:13-14

13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

I chose God and I have never regretted it. That particular sin is no longer my master as it once was. Gods grace was, and still is, my freedom. 

I want Jesus to be number One...as I strive to live second daily.












4 comments:

Eric Jones said...

Hi Chelle,
I can attest to what you're saying about having difficulty writing some of these posts. I scrapped two nearly complete works this morning before finally coming up with my latest post. But with God's help it appears we both came out on top. Keep on writing and asking him to help you. As far as the post itself, it's always an awesome feeling when we finally put sin to rest and allow Jesus to take control!

Tracy said...

Hi Chelle, excellent post my friend. So glad that your choice was for the Lord. It is NEVER a mistake or a loss to choose God's way.
God bless
Tracy

Shakin' the Foundation said...

Hello Chelle,
Awesome post!!! I, too have struggle with a "thing" I that I would not let go of completely. the freedom in choosing Christ is amazing!!

Blessings to you!!
Stacey

Ken said...

Hi Chele,
If the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed. Praise God for victory over sin and death. Thank you for sharing and may God bless you as you continue working through this book.
Ken