Posted on July 18, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Victory Call
One thing I do not enjoy about riding my bike is road kill. I have seen two flattened snakes, two small birds, one skunk and something that I think was a squirrel! These nasty corpses got me thinking. Sometimes, I really think I have killed off an attitude, a sin, or a habit but then it rears its ugly head once again. It really wasn’t dead after all. It’s just been hanging out to the side. Maybe it was injured and crept away but it wasn’t dead.
Sometimes it’s dead, all right, but I let it lay around and I keep looking at that disgusting thing lying there. I know that the “thing” is dead. For real dead, gone, paid for at the Cross of Calvary but I resurrect the “thing” and allow it to live in my mind and thoughts. Do you? Why? Why do we give life to what Christ says has died? Do we really believe our sin is forgiven, dead and gone?
In “The Gospel For Real Life,” Jerry Bridges writes: “This is what God has done for us. He has blotted out our sins, removing them from His record. He has done more than wipe the slate clean. He has thrown away the slate!”
“For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11, 12
“He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:19
How much “road kill” are you resurrecting? If it’s not really dead, then kill the thing. If it’s dead then don’t look, don’t linger, for goodness sake don’t get a stick and start poking at it! Jesus paid a great price; let Him come remove it!
Written by Kathy Withers Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.
Think About This: “Remember that if you are a child of God, you will never be happy in sin. You are spoiled for the world, the flesh, and the devil. When you were regenerated there was put into you a vital principle, which can never be content to dwell in the dead world. You will have to come back, if indeed you belong to the family.”- Charles Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. – Isaiah 1:18
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