My “little” sins, or bad habits as I euphemistically call them, can seem so inconsequential at times. It’s just a little white lie, a few misplaced priorities, harmless gossip, a desire to please others, a tad driven, a bit controlling, slight worry, minor overspending, and the list goes on. These things are regrettable but I easily fool myself into thinking that they really don’t matter much in the bigger scheme of life.
How wrong I am. These “small” sins are the tip of a very big iceberg of massive spiritual disease. Every sin, no matter how small, is my effort to displace God. I am trying to make my own solutions, salve my own hurts, and to better my own reputation. In other words, at its core my sin shows that I am distrusting God and determining that I know better. The Bible calls that idolatry.
Idolatry is literally saying with my actions, “Jesus, You aren’t enough. I will just have to …” You fill in the blank. Perhaps God’s timing appears slow so you rush in to fill the void with a new possession, yelling at your husband, eating a quart of ice cream, or talking badly about other people.
Whatever your “little” sin, it always points to a deeper spiritual problem underneath.
There are two vital steps to overcoming sin, uncover and rediscover.
Look at your surface sin (anger, anxiety, gossip etc.), and ask God to show you the idolatry that lies underneath – the things you really treasure and really fear living without.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23 (NIV)
In faith, rediscover that Jesus is enough. He is the expert. He loves you more than He loved His own life! He will fill your heart with His love as you wait on Him and patiently seek Him.
Thou wilt make known to me the path of life;
In Thy presence is fullness of joy;
In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalm 16:11 (NASB)
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Are you ever frustrated to discover that just when you quit one bad habit another one pops up? Are you ever surprised at how selfish you can be? There is a reason for those things and better than that, there is a cure.
- Understand why you continually are lured into sin
- Learn how to deal with habitual sin once and for all
- Rediscover that Jesus is enough to satisfy your every need.
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