Sin seems like a pretty good option–until we have a better one: Jesus Christ! He is our BETTER OPTION.
9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?
The problem with sin is that it is spiritually discerned. We must have the Holy Spirit informing us of what is sin. Without the Spirit, anything and any way can look good. Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Actually there are many ways that appear to be right, but there is only one right one, and it is spiritually discerned.
Spiritual discernment means that we set aside all we know, all we feel, and how things look, and go with what the Spirit is telling us.
Right and wrong are revealed to us by the Spirit, and He uses His revealed Word to do it. It doesn’t matter what we might hear or perceive; if it doesn’t match up with what God has already revealed to us in His Word, then we are not to believe it.
The Word trumps intellect, feeling, and experience.
The reason the Word of God is so important is that we need something tangible on which to base our knowledge and to interpret our experiences. We need an anchor for our feelings. Consider this verse:
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Being grounded in the Bible makes us grounded in our faith. Why?
- God talks to us through the Scriptures.
- The Spirit confirms in our hearts the message of love we find in it.
- We need concrete evidence of what truth is.
- It is our vital connection to Him; it is instant access, our sweet fellowship with the Spirit as He opens our minds to His Words and reminds us of everything Christ has said.
From my journal:
Abba, if I don’t have You as my better option, then sin seems like a pretty good choice. If we could view sin from an analytical view, we would probably do a whole lot better in our choices. If sin was exactly that, a wrong choice, then we might choose right over wrong.
But, sin is much more than a wrong choice–it’s a trap! And we cannot view sin analytically because our heart takes our feelings, our desires, and amplifies them to the point where we can think of nothing else. Then, once we have sinned, we realize that we are now enslaved to that sin. WE NEED A SAVIOR!
Our better option for any temptation is Jesus. He’s our 12 o’clock. He’s our Savior. If we run to Him, He gives us the oil of gladness and a garment of praise; He will crown us with beauty. We will be set free and our broken hearts will be mended (all from Isaiah 61:1-3).
With His presence, His favor, and His companionship as my better option, sin does not hold the lustre it used to. I find that I can resist the overwhelming feelings and they ebb much more quickly. I feel His pleasure at my victory and it is worth much more than anything sin offers!
He Is My Better Option.
YOU Are My Great Option, Jesus!
Our weapons are praise and thanksgiving, remembrance and the Word of God (His promises)
If we are willing to put in the time and effort, He is willing to pour into us all the richness of His grace. “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a. “And my God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory.” Philippians 4:19
Abba, I pray that we all would make You and Your Word top priority in our lives. Make it so in mine, O Lord. I want to know as much as I can about You even as I get to know You personally. One of these days, I’ll stand before You in person. I want to hear the words, “Well done, My good and faithful servant. You have done well. Enter now into My rest.” Until then, I am humbly Yours. Amen.