One evening about a month ago I went out into the garage to get something out of the car. Motorboat, our cat, followed me. Fascinated by all of the scents in the garage, he moseyed from one item to the next.
He would have nothing to do with me! You see, we have taught him one trick…Ignore!! And believe me, he is VERY good at it!!
It was about 8 PM, so I thought, “Okay, I’ll leave you out there for a few minutes.” My plan was to pour myself a glass of water and then go back to garage door.
OOPS…I left him out there all night.
When my husband got up in the morning, he heard Motorboat crying…or should I say howling.
As soon as Wade opened the door, the cat came flying into the house.
Immediately the garage held little interest to him. If and that was a big IF, if he walked out into the garage, he was quick to go back inside. No need to coax him inside, for he was inside before we even moved toward the door.
The garage was no longer enticing…oh so it seemed!
Slowly he has become more and more interested in going back out there again. The scents, the forbidden beckons. Forgotten are the consequences.
This has reminded me of how I can be lured just like Motty to do things I should not…sin beckoning at the door.
That morning when our cat was released from the garage, at that very moment he no longer found joy in the garage…when we sin we too soon realize (some of us later than sooner) that the sin has robbed us of our joy.
King David wrote:
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:12)
When David wrote these words his heart was grieving over his actions. He had not only committed adultery, he had also murdered the husband of his mistress. He no longer had joy and he knew that only God could restore the joy of his salvation…only God can truly heal such a broken heart.
God forgives us. He will heal our broken spiritual heart, but we will still have to face the consequences of our actions; if we speed, overeat, steal, even gossip – we should expect to suffer the consequences.
So…you may be asking, okay, I know what sin is but now how can I stop sinning?
Paul struggled with this very same thing. He wrote in Romans:
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. I do not understand myself. I want to do what is right but I do not do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate…There is no happiness in me! Who can set me free from my sinful old self? I thank God I can be free through Jesus Christ our Lord! (from Romans 7)
Do you get it? We can be free! HOW? Through the power of Jesus Christ.
We need to accept the fact that WE CANNOT STOP OURSELVES FROM SINNING! We are powerless…we are powerless without Christ. Only God has the power. Give it over to Him.