How many of us try to live our lives carrying around the burdens of the past? Filled with guilt and shame from our past mistakes, heartache caused from unfulfilled desires, lost loved ones, and disappointments of all shapes and sizes.
Trying to move forward in life carrying all our old baggage makes finding success and happiness virtually impossible….and so many people who do reach levels of high achievement only get there to realize that they are still empty inside and what they thought would bring them fulfillment and happiness has done nothing but magnify their pain and anguish. We don’t have to look far into the media to get validation of this reality. We see stories filled of famous movie stars and athletes getting arrested for self-destructive behavior, and we are often shocked to hear of people who seemed to have it all, that were in so much pain they took their own life.
The thing is all of this can easily be explained in one simple word….SIN. Sin is a disease. Sin is a disease of the heart that infects and permeates every aspect of our being. It corrupts our soul, closes off our spirit and turns the mind into a breeding ground for negative thoughts and self-defeating self-talk. This is disease that we must cleanse and rid ourselves of if we ever want to live a life full of joy, passion, happiness and peace. Romans 3:23 tells us that “we all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.”
The longer we live in sin, the more calloused our heart becomes, and the thicker the shell of our soul gets making it harder and harder for our spirit to be permeated by the spirit of the living God. It is a very dangerous, very scary and very painful place to live our lives from.
However there is also an opposite side of the coin, and that is people who don’t live a godly life, yet it seems like everything is great. They are full of pride and self-righteousness and they think they have the entire world figured out. Though these people seem to have it all, they are on the razors edge, doomed at any minute to fall to their utter destruction if they don’t wake up and change their ways.
The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 4:7:
“What makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?”
We all know that “Pride comes before the fall.” However some people are so wrapped up in their lives that they don’t even realize they are full of pride. They are so focused on worldy desires, pursuits and accomplishments that they don’t even have a clue they are doing nothing more but engaging in one of the most dangerous forms of idol worship. Matthew 16:26 poses the question “and what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”
If you haven’t seen the movie God’s Not Dead there is a powerful scene that helps illustrate the dangers of living in a life on our own terms, and basically acting as if we are our own god and will have to answer to no one but ourselves.
Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life though Jesus Christ our Lord.”
So it doesn’t matter what category we find ourselves in; if we are living in sin and feeling its burden or if we are living in sin and think we are a master of our own universe. Either way living a life without accepting the truth about God’s only son and repenting of our sin and asking for forgiveness leads us to death and destruction….whether we believe it or not.
Every day is a gift and not one of us knows how much sand is left in our personal hourglass. James 4:14 puts it like this ”…you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
If we aren’t attempting to live a godly life, then we are living a wasted life. If we aren’t living for and serving the most high God, then we are living for and serving the prince of darkness. That is just the way it is. You say “it’s just not that cut and dry, I’m not a Christian, I don’t believe in the God of the Bible, I’m a good person, I do good things.” Well the book of Proverbs mentions numerous times that “there is a path before each person that seems to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25) In same way that you and I can use electricity or drive our cars whether or not we understand how they work, the fact is that the law of sin effects us whether we know it exists, understand how it works or choose to believe in it or not.
If we wish to be free of those burdens and live a life full of the peace and assurance that we are residing safely in the hands of the Creator of the heavens and earth than we must remember what David wrote in Psalm 32:6-7:
“Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you WHILE THERE IS TIME, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgement. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.”
Living a repentant life to God is the only way to be free of the burdens of our past and to be washed clean of our sin. If you are still living in either of these places in life, realize that it is not by chance that you have stumbled upon this blog and you are reading it now. You have come to a defining moment in you life…..don’t squander it.
Watch this video….It will bless you. I guarantee it.
God Bless you,
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