“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.”
Isaiah 59:2, NAS

These words of the prophet Isaiah are a challenge because all of us struggle with the place sin has in our lives. If you are a child of God, through a relationship with His son Jesus, then the power of sin has no authority over you but it continues to manifest some sense of alluring interest and temptation in your life. The foundation of the struggle is a spiritual one, no amount of self-determination will make it go away… only the power and presence of Jesus will.

During a very intense high school football game I was hit with an illegal block. I was a short-fused athlete, but tried to “keep my cool”. But, I could take it no longer. When teenage boys start fighting on the field, it is not likely that anyone will get hurt seriously but you are sure to see lots of swinging. The referee kicked us both out of the game. “What did I do???,” I said. I had a right to defend myself. In the end I hurt the team by my actions. And, we lost the game.

When we sin, we hurt the effectiveness of the “team”. We bring dishonor to the Kingdom of God, as well as our families, and ourselves. God’s plan is simple obedience to His commands. When we live in any other way, it short circuits our relationship with the Father. At school I was known as the guy who got ejected from the game for fighting not as the guy who played his heart out for the team.

Do you feel like you are living on the edge of sin all the time? Go to the Father and give Him your struggle… give Him your sin… give Him your life. He gave His for you so that sin would not have to rule you. Just as the Lord has transformed my temper, He can transform the challenging situation you are in today.

QUESTION: How will you begin to be accountable for the struggle areas of your life? Write a prayer of confession and restoration with God.