>Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Helen H. Lemmel -1922
There is a radical difference between, living to say “yes” to Jesus and living trying to say “no” to sin. Have you ever felt like too much of your life is spent in “sin management”? Trying to break patterns, bad habits, and sin cycles etc…
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
Notice that he doesn’t say, “Do not gratify the desires of the flesh, and then you can walk in the Spirit.” We do not have to lose confidence that we can walk in the Spirit, even when we live less than perfect lives. The way out of sin, is a steady gaze on Jesus, the “founder and perfecter” of our faith.
Focus on Jesus. Let Him be bigger in our hearts and minds than the “sin that so easily besets us.” NEVER resolve to settle, and always keep a vision of Jesus before you.
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Dallan Forgaill -8th Century