Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Every time I complain or curse with my mouth rather than speak words of compassion, I am allowing sin to exercise power over my thoughts. And each angry action that I allow my hands to perform or my feet to pursue, gives sin place to power over my own will. Then little by little sin drives me into paths and places of unrighteousness where sin leads to sin, and I find myself getting further and further away from God. Without the intervention of Christ’s redeeming work, I am then doomed to finish out my days wandering the misty flats of the deceits of darkness; and ‘mountain top’ experiences and views of God’s face become fewer or altogether absent from my life. But with Jesus’ saving Grace, I am able to break through the power and control of sin and walk with Him over the hills of holiness. With Jesus, I can scale even the highest mountains of difficulty to find myself enveloped in the light, life and love of the presence of the Holy Spirit of God. This is true power, when Grace, not sin, exercises dominion over my body. Will I give place to sin of any and all kinds, or will I let Christ Jesus empower me by his love and mercy? Holy Spirit of God, let sin not exercise dominion over my body.
God indeed is my saviour; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my Saviour.(Isaiah 12:2)
Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.
― John Bunyan
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.