Monday, February 13, 2017

"Even When We Wallow" - 02/13/17 - Numbers 5-6


"Also, for the duration of the consecration to God, you must not go near a corpse." (6:6)

In Christ, we are consecrated for the whole of our lives.  
Unless we chose to leave, going near the corpse of sin and remaining there.  

It is always our choice in the steps we walk.  

And even though sin will pop up, we are always protected by The Blood of Christ.   Our ABBA has also promised an escape route from the temptation to sin.  Any temptation.  Each and every time.

It is always our choice to run away from the temptations or stop and entertain sin in our life.  

How often the human race brings to mind our Newf, Neko.  He used to drag up the carcass of dead animals he had found in the woods and absolutely loved to wallow in the stench and decay.  Covering himself with the filth and scent.  And it always took everything I had to get him away from it. 

What we cover our minds with is what is in our hearts. 

It is our choice to put into ourselves His Truth or the world.  

Through Christ we have each been given The Helper.  Protecting us, fortifying us, enabling us to fight against the attacks of sin in the spiritual warfare surrounding us.  As long as we follow His lead, we remain outside of sin.  

Walking in this world we have/do/will mess up.  In Scripture, Paul tells us how often he fought and lost in the battle of turning temptation into sin.  And just as Paul did, we all will stop to wallow in the stench and decay.  Just as Neko did.  

Even though He has covered us with His blood, making us Holy in the eyes of our Father, He did not remove our free choice.   He doesn't kick us out nor does He turn away from us.   Each and every time, it is us who moves to sin.  

It is us who goes to the carcass of sin.  

In a way that I can not comprehend, His love for each one of us covers the times we do turn away and then return back to Him.  His arms are always open in forgiveness, grace and mercy upon receiving our repenting heart.  

It amazes me how through Christ we are a sweet smell to Him, even after wallowing in sin.  
How only His blood has made those in Him as white as snow. 

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