23 And Jesus said to him, "'If you can'! All things are possible for one who believes."24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" - Mark 9:23-24
I think we can lose site of the evil of sin. It's easy to get lured into the temptation of sin and minimize it to such a place that we don't even recognize it's our sin. We compare ourselves to others, and think we’re not that bad - at least we don’t steal or murder anyone, or I’m basically a good person, I try to be kind to everyone. Or we justify our sin - God understands what I’m going through, or He wouldn’t want me to tell the truth to her.
But our hearts hide sin, and our minds minimize it. Romans 3:1 tells us: “None is righteous, no, not one” and 3:23 says: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We are all sinners. Every day, we fall short of God’s desire and design for our lives.
Pride and control are sins that can creep into our hearts in such a subtle way that we don't even see it happening. We can be moving along in our lives, going through all the right motions, even spending daily time with Him, and pride and control can still creep into our lives. We still want things the way we want them, and we still prioritize our needs over the Lord's purpose for our lives.
God wants to take us to a place where we’re broken over our sin so we want it gone. He wants us to see sin for the evil that it is.
Stories like this demon possessed boy are in the bible to put the evil of sin right in front of us and remind us just how dark it is. The evil of sin should never be minimized. So thankful that delivering grace is a reality. No matter how hidden or evil our sin is, God's grace is greater.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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