I received a text message this morning from a friend of mine. One of the statements said, “my control over sin needs more Jesus.” It made me think of where I have been lately. I think that is what I have been doing as well. I have been putting my confidence in the flesh. You know… I got this. That is usually the first stage of failure for me. That statement took me back to a quote that was spoken to me on a Quest event back in 2014.
“Stop trying to create the absence of sin and start cultivating the presence of the Lord.”
Below is from a post I wrote back in 2014 partially edited.
God has a habit of chasing after leadership too. Let Him catch you and see what happens. Well he caught me. He spoke to me through a friend of mine with this statement. “Stop trying to create the absence of sin and start cultivating the presence of the Lord.” I had to just sit there a minute and actually ask him to repeat it again. Sometimes I think (me included) that we focus so hard on trying not to sin that we miss it! We try to prevent sin instead of just focusing on God more. There are things that need to be done. Pray, listen to worship music, study the word, and be washed by the word. If you do all things, then it makes it very hard for sin to creep in because your heart is with Him. Your heart is filled with Him which leaves no room for anything else. Be blessed today!
…Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. ~ Ephesians 5:25b-27
The Mirror Ephesians 5:25 The husband loving his wife pictures the parallel of Christ loving the church completely, and his unreserved giving of himself to us. (This is what marriage is all about; it celebrates love’s initiative, whether coming from the husband or the wife. This awakens a different level of commitment beyond any sense of duty or guilt.) 5:26 Christ is the voice of God’s language, immersed in this conversation, his love words bathe us and remove from us every stain of sin. 5:27 This intimate language presents the church (his restored image and likeness) to himself, to his delightful approval without any distraction or reminder of a blemished past; no wrinkle or scar of sin’s abuse remains; she stands before him in immaculate innocence.
God tells Moses, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may [a]be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will [b]have success. Joshua 1:8 (NASB)