It is not supposed to be difficult.
I think we make it harder than it has to be.
Perhaps we are trying too hard.
I mean, I guess if you were not supernatural, it would be impossible, but YOU?
Aren’t you in a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ?
Haven’t you humbly come to Him and confessed your sins, told Him how broken you were when you realized you had betrayed Him so completely?
Haven’t you asked Him to forgive you?
Wasn’t it you who invited Him to take ownership of your life?
Didn’t you ask Him to come in when you heard Him standing at the door of your heart?
So why does it seem like such an overwhelming task to keep His words?
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. – John 14:15
We turn this into some test that we always fail, but remember the John Chapter 14 begins and ends with this imperative:
Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. – John 14:1
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. – John 14:27
The Father’s promise to the prophet long ago says:
I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. – Ezekiel 36:27
We spend all our efforts trying not to sin! Sadly trying not to sin will fail every time.
So how do we do it? How do we live this Christian life?
First – stop fretting! – Do not let your hearts be troubled! Many of us spend all our time fretting about what we have done, our great sin debt and how insurmountable it is, but the fact is God has wiped it out. It is no longer insurmountable, that mountain has been yanked out by its roots and thrown into the sea.
Next – Jesus is The Way – look at how He did it. He lived to please the Father. Our focus must be on what He is doing, and joining Him, not what we can’t or shouldn’t do. [Tweet This]
He gave you His very own Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is with you and in you and all around you.
Today – take a deep breath, and rather than beating yourself up over what you should have, or could have done, stop and see what Jesus is doing. Start now. If you mess up, start again.
See you again soon.