Posted on April 16, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Victory Call
Over the years our houses have ranged from an 8′ by 28′ mobile home to a 2400 square foot house, and now we live in a 38′ motor home. All of these houses have had several characteristics in common. We purchased each house, we furnished it, we cared for it, and each dwelling was our HOME, a safe haven, a place where we could take our shoes off and just be us.
Recently we discovered our house had been invaded…..there was a MOUSE in our HOUSE! Before we entered the motor home, we made lots of noise to make sure our invader was duly warned. No more taking our shoes off. No more nonchalantly walking around in the dark. At least one light stayed on all of the time. We did not feel comfortable until the varmint had been evicted.
When sin enters our Christian life, it has the same effect as the unwelcome mouse. Our peace is gone. Church or times of worship are no longer our safe haven. Our fellowship with God and with Christian friends is broken. Guilt causes us to look over our shoulder to make sure we aren’t being observed in our sinful acts or that our secrets are not being uncovered. Our prayer life and communication with God are hindered.
We do not feel comfortable until the sin has been confessed and evicted from our lives.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Written by Marilyn Heavilin: Marilyn is a national speaker, author of numerous books including “Roses in December.” She and her husband Glen spent many summers at America’s Keswick as Counselors-in-Residence. This post was originally written in 2008.
Think About This: “When sin is your burden, Christ will be your delight.” – Thomas Watson
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6