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The Pain We Cause Ourselves

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"When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer." - Psalm 32:3-4

Our struggle with sin will not come to an end until either Christ returns or calls us home. In the meantime, day in and day out, we must wage war against our flesh. Yet, even despite our best efforts, we find ourselves still failing. And inevitably, we are filled with disappointment and guilt. And if we aren't careful, our response will be to hide our mistakes and cover them up. But what we find is that this doesn't help us at all; in fact, it does quite the opposite. David knew all too well what happened when he "kept silent" about his sin. Keeping his sin in the dark, covered up, only drained him all the more and rendered him highly susceptible to fumbling around in the sin he so desperately wanted to avoid. Real victory lies in us dragging out our sin into the light and getting honest about it with God.

Prayer:

Is there unconfessed sin in your life? Embrace His forgiveness today.

Giving up on Self-Help

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"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:33-34

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." This common piece of advice is used in everything from car mechanics to family dynamics; from sports to politics. And if we are honest, it also describes our relationship with God. We don't seek help from God until we've tried everything else and are totally desperate. But the truth is: we're always desperate! Jesus' advice to his followers in these verses is to start from a point of dependence on God; seeking His plan (Kingdom) and His way (righteousness). Instead of working in your own power and worrying when you run out of it, try seeking His kingdom first. Put Him first in all things. Seek His direction for your walk and your witness. You will be amazed at what comes along with it.

Prayer:

What can you do today to remind yourself of your dependency on God?

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