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Day 34 – Issue 17

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Be Still Know

Romans 6:14 NLT

‘Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.’

We all tend to live under law. We judge ourselves harshly and hate messing up when others might provide a critical audience. The fact that sin does exercise dominion over us seems to make a nonsense of our attempts to live out a Christian life. This only shows how little we grasp God’s message of love.

One thing I quickly discovered in marriage is that we take some time to drop our disguises. These we think serve us well in presenting a positive image of ourselves to each other, but somewhat like make-up, it can be used to cover up our pale complexion and what we see as our less than attractive features.

My daughter always impressed me, for she was sufficiently creative and confident to steer herself away from expensive designer clothes. She found no vicarious identity through such. Her preference was to search charity and retro shops to find clothes she might makeover into reflections of who she felt herself to be. Even to this day she designs a different outfit for each day of the Christmas holiday that captures her mood at the time.

There are many forces seeking to exercise dominion over us. Job security, fashion identity, consumer durable compliance etc. It takes a strong person to resist. Well, in fact these pressures are irresistible, and the source of individual indebtedness. Yet, we are principally indebted to Christ, but even here we are under a dominion or religious correctness – church attendance, Bible reading, faithful prayer, sexual continence, the list is endless. Yet God offers us grace. The ability to acknowledge the power of unholy dominion and the capacity to choose God ahead of continuing sinfulness. Sin is best captured in our failure to love God or neighbour to the best of our ability. Much of our personal Christian activity is seeking to prove to ourselves and others that we are godly. Yet, godliness is a gift freely given at our conversion. Learning to live a godly life through grace is the challenge of life itself.

QUESTION: What are the principal distractions that impact your daily life and routine?

PRAYER: Lord God, help me seek first your kingdom and it’s righteousness. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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