Are you focused on conquering the sin in your life?
It’s so easy to focus on everything and everyone else, overlooking the fact that we have an issue with sin in our own hearts.
Most of the problems that we have can be traced back to sin. The apostle Paul wrote Philippians from prison, but he still wrote with joy and contentment:
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” – Philippians 4:11
Are you a complainer? That’s sin (Philippians 2:14). Judge? Sin (James 4:11-12). Meddle in everyone else’s business? Sin (I Timothy 5:13). Are you an angry person? Sin (James 1:19-20, Ephesians 5:1-2). What about pride? Yes, more sin (Romans 12:16, Proverbs 6:16-17, Proverbs 7:13).
We have become so desensitized to our sin. We live in a society that doesn’t honor God, many churches also neglect to focus on sin and the condition of the heart. We are more concerned about prospering, more focused on receiving our blessing than we are the condition of our heart, yet God’s Word tells us that He is more concerned about the inward than the outward (I Samuel 16:7). This reveals another sin that we struggle with, one very easily unrecognized- selfishness.
Not dealing with the sin in our heart will hold us back from God’s best for us. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of not dealing with one’s sin, but then working harder to get what you want. We don’t have to do that. Believe it or not, we don’t even have to work for everything we get!
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” – Psalm 37:4
Our God is a gracious God.
When I read God’s Word about His chosen ones (those He set aside and used for His glory), one thing that constantly stands out to me is that they weren’t perfect; but they had a level of purity about them, a sincerity, a desire to do right.
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” – Matthew 5:8
God sees right through us all, straight to our heart. Even His Word divides our soul and spirit, discerning even the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
Are you more focused on looking the part than you are with conquering the sin in your heart?
We should spend more time cleaning our inside than we do trying to look clean on the outside. I’ve found that when we are clean on the inside it will show on the outside. No amount of make-up can cover up a dirty soul. Nothing compares to the beauty of the Lord on someone. Absolutely nothing.
“And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us:” – Psalm 90:17a