In a recent post titled, We Can Learn A Lot From Zombies , I compared Christians to zombies and then went on to discuss what we can learn from the gross flesh eating walkers. Check it out here. Fair warning though, it was a weird comparison and had some gross stuff in it.
Here’s a snippet from the post. “We’re like zombies—awake, but still hindered by sin. But in the case of zombies, they are hindered by broken limbs and spilled intestines. (This is a gross post…I apologize.) However, unlike zombies we do have power over our sin. We have choices. We can overcome our sinful nature. But I’ll get into more of that in a later post.” Yep, you guessed it, this is that later post.
Occasionally, I will send my posts to my sister to read as a second eye for Biblical accuracy. I call her my Biblical Accountability Quality Control Consultant (Not really, I just made that up.) Anyway, that’s how much I care about you guys, I want to make sure that what I write is Biblically sound. So if I have a question, I go to her to double check my work. We should all have somebody in our life like that. But I digress.
Back to the subject at hand. My sister wrote to me in an email the following in regards to sin, and instead of rewording and messing it up, I’m just doing a direct quote from her email (plus I’m lazy—hey, at least I admit it):
“Our pastor (Rev. Michael Payne) last Sunday was talking about how most Christians live in “tunnel vision” where the cross of Jesus remains the same size all their life. We should be realizing as we grow in Christ just how amazing and Holy God is, and how far from sin we are, which would cause our relationship with the Lord to deepen. He said, ‘the cross not only addresses the penalty of sin but also the POWER of sin.’ At the moment of salvation we all are grateful for the penalty of our sin being taken away but we need to remind ourselves every day that He will take away the power of sin too if we let Him.”
Wow. That is so true. God wants us live a meaningful life, filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. Sound familiar that is from Galatians 5:22. We just have to let God work in our life. To allow Him to influence our daily—no, hourly decisions. And if we do that then we will have the power we need to overcome our sinful nature.
And how do we allow God to influence our everyday life?
Well in the same way that our best friend influences our decisions— we need to have a relationship with God.
And the way you development a relationship with God is the way you develop a relationship with anyone:
Talk to Him or in other words pray.
Spend time with Him and learn more about Him by reading the Bible, attending a Bible study, church, or youth group.
Listen to Him and by that I mean to obey His word, but I also mean to listen for Him to speak to your heart through conviction and encouragement. When you get close to God, if you listen you will hear Him whisper words of encouragement and love to your heart.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. God has given us an entire armor to fight against sin—to fight against the devil himself. Check out Ephesians 6: 10-19. But that dear reader, is an entire post in itself.
For now treat God like you would your best friend. And you will find that sin no longer has power over you. Instead, you have God’s power over Sin. And with God’s power, sin doesn’t stand a chance.
I’d love to hear from you, do you treat God like a best friend? If so, what does that look like? For example, when I was little I used to read him jokes from a book titled, 101 Bug Jokes. To this day, I still share a laugh with Him. I really do. When something funny happens, I thank God for it because I love things that make me laugh.
And now enjoy Better by Abandon.