VERSE: For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. (Romans 7:15)
EQUATION: Sin plus human nature plus opportunity is greater than our sanctified walk sometimes.
ACTION: Just as a Christian can make foolish and unwise choices, as we saw yesterday, Christians may also either slip up thinking by getting distracted and deceived by sin. Also, some can promise God never to cuss again, as an example, and then let an expletive fly if one of us gets cut off by a careless driver. Instead of reacting to the human side of us, let us buckle down to control emotions and actions - no matter how much we think we are missing out. It is the RIGHT thing to do!
PRAYER: Almighty Father, Ruler of Heaven and Earth, we are truly sorry for slipping up time and time again, even after we promised to not go "there"; or to watch our tempers, or tongues etc. We do not purposefully set out to sin but as the Apostle Paul above, says in Romans 7:15, the exact same thing he hated doing, is the same thing he went ahead and did anyway. Father, we repent right now and ask Your forgiveness. Lord we know we can't walk the sanctified and holy life without You. So we ask now, not just for Your Grace in 2017, in abundance, but a growing Maturity to control EVERY aspect of our Christian walk that we both may not sin against You, but that we may easily discern a potential danger, avoid it and defeat it instead of giving into it. We ask for Your Strength and Your Power to defeat these sneak attacks, in Jesus' Holy Name, amen.