You are broken, as are the rest of us. Your brokenness may be visible to those around you or could be hidden deep within your soul. The answer to this problem is not money, food, shelter, warmth or even kicking addictions. It is not a new relationship, a changed gender or even fame. We may have some serious struggles in our lives – but our problem goes way deeper, not to be blamed on any past or present unfortunate circumstances our poor childhood or inheriting bad genes. Our problems stem from what is known as the human condition where we are plagued with a malignancy called sin. Which no amount of programs, financial aid, support groups, wealth, health or whatever – will get us out of its clutches. Sin’s goal is always destruction and if we do not obtain a remedy against it, we will continue on its road that will lead us to ruin. We will die spiritually and be separated from God forever. This is part of the eternal torment that awaits all who reject what God has provided to stop such a thing to ever come upon us.
This is the Good News – that we have a remedy for this sin dilemma, and we have hope! It has come 2000 years ago in the form of a man named Jesus Christ, who is not an ordinary man, but the very Son of God. 700 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah spoke of Him and in declaring what He was going to do for us:
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Jesus would later affirm what Isaiah wrote in His first speaking engagement:
And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written and said to the crowd:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:17-21
We are bound, all of us by Sin – and sin is like a magnet within which will continually draw to us its fruit which invariably its intention is to kill, steal and destroy our body, souls and minds. It has power over us to overcome us and so we need something, rather Someone who has conquered it – to move on our behalf against it. Jesus did this for us when we willingly died on the cross. God gave to us His only begotten Son, so that none would perish but would have everlasting life (with Him). Because Jesus not only died for us, He also was brought back to life and rose from the grave taking with Him the power that sin has had on all of humanity. If there was ever a super hero, I’d say that Jesus constitutes this title among His many others.
The good news is that if we believe in Jesus, in what He has done for us, and forsake the sin we practice in our lives – which is also known as repentance, He will give to us His Spirit to reside within us which is the power we need to overcome sin in our lives. He gives to us what we need to kick the sin that has gotten the better of us, to the curb!
Jesus invites us when He says these words:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30
Our lives are heavy laden with the effects of sin and our labor is contending with these effects. We are caught in the vicious cycle of whatever sin has ensnared us and unless we are rescued from this – we are destined to live it the rest of our lives.
Jesus has already done the work needed and necessary for our rescue. As we believe on Jesus Christ as our Savior we will begin to live making Him our Lord.
Whatever difficult place you are in now, is nothing for the God of the Universe to pluck you out of, the only thing standing in the way is you. For many of us, we have made ourselves our god. We are a slave to our lusts, appetites, pride – the list goes on – and we live to serve these. This is our trap, but Jesus has freed us from the power of its hold – ONLY if we believe and accept His gift to us of forgiveness of our sins and take His new life He has died to give to us and that is our hope and help.
Do you not know that when you offer yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey, whether you are slaves to sin leading to death, or to obedience leading to righteousness? Romans 6:19
You don’t need to know much (right now), just this one thing, and that is to acknowledge you are a sinner, full of sin– to yourself then to God and repent from this and understand your only hope is a Savior to come to your aid. When you do this, and truly desire you want to live your life for God your rescue is at hand dear soul!
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:22-23
God honors ALL who lay down their lives to no longer be slaves of sin, but to God, by granting us His Spirit to come and dwell within us.
And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him. Acts 5:32
God has promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us, as we continue to believe upon His Son – and the Life that He has provided for us to live. He gave us the directions to His Father (and eternal life) when He said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6.
Once we profess our faith in Jesus, we then begin to walk in His direction which is in Truth, In His Life and His Way. As we do, God will help us through His Spirit personally in what we face and can now expect that He is present in our circumstances to work on our behalf. We place our trust in God, for us and all that concerns us and He will care for us.
We are to begin living a life that pursues God – and one that no longer pursues all that we once did. However this looks is based upon each of us individually. God sees our heart and our intentions. He knows when we are sincere, and when we are not. Be clear in this though, He will not enter our life, if we really don’t want Him to.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matt 6:31-34
You may not know how to forsake or turn from the sin that has a hold of you. There still is hope. In making your mind up TO TURN and calling on God for His help to even help you know what you need to turn from, this is called conviction. He will show you your sin, and when He does, you forsake it. As you do, He grants you His grace to walk away from it.
Apply your ears to hearing God speak. He speaks through His Word, and the Bible contains His Word. He will give to you direction in how to get out of the mess you are in. One small step at a time. Be prepared to hear His orders (if you truly call to Him for His help). They will be simplistic, some will be easy, some will be harder – but trust and know that He will show you steps you must walk and be ready and willing to follow where He directs you. Though it may be a whole new set of challenges they will be ones that begin changing you from the inside that will become outwardly apparent from the outside – to all those around you!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Cor 5:17