DVO June 28, 2019

Title: The End of Complacency” (Part II)

Scripture: John 8:36 – Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
During his radio broadcast, a well-known Christian financial expert often challenges his listeners with the classic question: ‘Aren’t you sick and tired of being sick and tired?’ He, along with many pastors and Christian counselors, is often sought out by individuals struggling with prolonged indebtedness, obesity, alcoholism, and a host of various other addictions. Professional help for many is often a necessity and should never be entirely ruled out. (Christians, however, really should only seek out Christian counselors!) The above question may be a hackneyed one, but saints, have you yet crossed the maximum “pain barrier” with your particular “besetting sin” issue(s)?

It’s past the time for you and I to, by faith, return those besetting sins to the cross of Jesus and reckon them as given over to our Lord and our flesh as dead to those areas of spiritual weakness. DEAD things DO NOT YIELD (i.e., RESPOND) TO TEMPTATION, do they? Has it not been written that”…you become the slave of whatever you CHOOSE to obey? You can be a slave to sin, leading to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” (Romans 6:16) Choosing behaviors or attitudes that don’t edify us always involves intentional steps, whether or not we’re consciously aware of them. Repenting of those behaviors likewise requires intentionality.

Just like people involved with recovery groups are instructed to do—(A) admit that the problem attitude or behavior may exceed our ability to overcome in and of our own self-effort; (B) believe that “No temptation has seized you but that which is common to man, and God is faithful who will….with the temptation provide a way of escape that you may bear up under it.” (1 Cor. 10:13); and finally, every time the strong temptation to indulge that sinful practice resurrects itself—and it MOST CERTAINLY will—(C) confess out loud, if necessary, that the LORD HAS set you FREE from those besetting sins; we’re under NO obligation whatsoever to yield to our old sin-loving flesh! (Rom. 8:12; Rom. 6:6;) The whole “catalog” of our old flesh has in Christ been crucified! Daily CHOOSE to walk in that freedom, saints of God, because that’s ONE “yield sign” that we twice-born souls are commanded by our Lord to IGNORE! 

Prayer: Dear Abba, we praise You and thank You for the promise of sweet deliverance that is ours, if we are willing to obey—to yield every life area to Your lordship! That old hymn is absolutely scriptural—“Trust and obey for there’s NO other way to be happy in Jesus,…” You desire our deliverance unspeakably more than even we do! Failure to mortify our besetting sins is too costly, in terms of our witness, our health, and most importantly, our spiritual progress!! In Jesus’ awesome name! Amen!!!
(By Denise Diggs)