DVO June 27, 2019

Title: The End of Complacency” (Part I)

Scripture: I Corinthians 10:23 (NASB) – All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.

Without a doubt, most of us are familiar with the experience of trying to repent of what Scripture calls “besetting sins.” These are sins which constantly trouble or waylay us. They may be things that are clearly prohibited by our Lord, such as gossiping, practicing unforgiveness, or being poor stewards of our finances. At times they may fall into a seemingly more benign area, such as placing the favor of people over that of pleasing our Savior, or spending too much time engaging those ever-present “time-bandits” known as television and social media.

If you’re like me, you’ve been frustrated at times over the redundancy of losing the same old battles. Often times it’s not enough to simply toss out some excellent Bible verses at the problem, expecting instant deliverance; after all, there are NO shortcuts to many spiritual victories! Yes, Jesus paid it all, and ALL to Him we owe; He did pay for all of our sins—past, present, and future, but we still have our roles of discipline and earnest repentance to play. That being said, how does one proceed down the path of earnest repentance? Frankly, many of us are just downright uncomfortable with such axioms as “no pain—no gain,” and “no cross—no crown!” We want the spoils of war without the battle, and rewards without the discipline, and yet, overcoming most besetting sins requires that the pain of our continual practice of them MUST EXCEED our comfort level or complacency with those sins. Until that happens, there will be no LASTING change!

Prayer: Father God, we ask Your forgiveness for too many seasons of remaining complacent with our besetting sins, habits, and negative (defeatist) attitudes—all of which belie and deny our profession of your Lordship in our lives. Give us, gracious Abba, new courage every day to submit to You who has declared Yourself to be the One who “calls those things that are not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17)

(By Denise Diggs)