Exodus 20:15 “You shall not steal.
This is the 8th commandment.
I am ashamed to publicly admit this but I feel the Lord is telling me to share this. I use an artificial sweetener called Splenda. I always carry extra. I went to my local coffee shop and I fixed my coffee with all my fixings… milk and Splenda but I took a few extra Splenda just in case I needed some in the future. I felt that I shouldn’t have at the time but did it anyway. It haunted me and I knew I needed to ask Jesus to forgive me. I did repent. I also forgave myself and had to let go of it. I want to be perfect for my Father God and me giving Him less is so upsetting to me.
Paul wrote about this in detail in the book of Romans. Please read all of this:
Romans 7:14-25 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
I wanted to blog about these scriptures for some time now now but I didn’t expect to give a real life example. Although Jesus took away our original sin…we Christians still have a sin nature. We will NOT reach perfection until we die and go to heaven. Because of Jesus sacrifice on the cross, we can ask Him for forgiveness right now and He WILL forgive us when we sin. Sometimes we can think we are so good down here on earth. We pray, go to church, help others but we still sin. Some sins are obvious like what I did and others are much more subtle. Sin can be removed but we must own up to it and repent.
The Holy Spirit in us helps us by bringing Gods word to our memory and the truth of that word cuts into us and pierces our consciousness which should cause us to repent. I don’t need unrepented sin in my life. It can block my prayers to God or cause God to fix that problem in a way I don’t really like. (I.E – a possible trial )
It took me 2 weeks to try to write this blog because who in the world would want to publically confess sin. But I want people to know that just because I love the Lord so much and write about Him so much doesn’t mean I’ve arrived and I’m super spiritual. I’m trying to make it like everyone else. People can hold you up on a pedestal or you can get up there yourself but I need to keep it real and be humble at all times no matter what.
My prayer for today:
Psalms 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
Psalm 51:7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
I ask this in Jesus name….Amen