During Lent, I am continuing to share a daily thought with you about something for you to give up that is spiritually unhealthy and to replace it with something that will be restoratively and spiritually positive. I believe this exchange will absolutely benefit you in your walk with Jesus.
Today's devotion is based today on Hebrews 12:1, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."
Everyone struggles with "sin which clings so closely." It could be gossiping, lying, losing one's temper, or lust. The list is almost endless. Christians do not automatically become perfect and sinless when we are saved; rather, we will continue to struggle against sin for the rest of our lives. We are constantly fighting against our sinful nature, as what the flesh wants conflicts with what the Spirit wants to do.
These sins do not have to control us. In Christ, we have been set free from our sins and are no longer slaves to sin. It will be hard. Failure will occur. As we lay aside "the sin that so easily entangles," as the Greek word says, we should avoid tempting situations and relationships, making "no provision for the flesh. Today, I want to urge you to give up whatever sins you are struggling with, for you have been crucified with Christ, and thus Christ lives in you
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen; I come before you today, confessing my sins, especially those sins that so easily entice my human flesh to sin. Please help me to remember that when I sin, I am sinning against you. Please forgive me and restore me. In Jesus' holy name, I pray. Amen.