The scripture message for me today is that there will always be people that will not believe, will always question my faith and try to prove to me that I am a fool for believing in Jesus. I would say to them to not waste their time trying to convince me that trying to live a good life for the glory of God is foolish. Jesus healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath and again the scribes and the Pharisees became enraged. Jesus always did good and many could not accept it.
I mess up all the time. I struggled last night in my thoughts and actions. I wanted to give into temptation so badly. I played dangerously with the near temptation to sin. I prayed and still tried to justify to myself that God will understand. I believe He will understand and He will forgive me. What really helped me to stop is remembering how I felt the last time I gave in. My sin caused me much grief as I know it offended God. Jesus died for me and blesses me daily with life and I cannot stop doing something that is bad for my soul? This time I did cooperate with God’s grace but it is truly a battle.
Life can be so difficult to live joyfully when you keep desiring things that are not good for you. I, too often, look to find joy outside of Jesus. Today I was thinking about my episode last night, thanking God for his help and then with a big sigh of relief and peace, I sat down at my piano and belted out some tunes for the Lord. It was a pretty awesome show for the Lord. Maybe, just maybe, music may be a “go to” in times of temptation for me.
I hope you all enjoyed your day and hopefully enjoyed a Labor Day off. I am energized to go back to work and do my best to bring Jesus to the world.