It never ceases to amaze me how sin will make itself known the instant we are in need. After all, isn’t that when we are at our weakest? Satan will try to tempt us by offering opportunities to comfort our emotional, physical and sexual needs outside of God. If we have provisional needs he may try to provide opportunities that would pay our bills legally, but rape our souls morally.
How ironic that he will use the very things we have stood for our entire lives, to try to make us faulter and sin against God, in order to meet our own needs during times of struggle.
It is during these tests and trials that we must not become a compromising Christian!
Surrender and Serve Whom?
God wants our complete surrender and service, which includes giving up any sin in our lives. It means we should get right with Him and stay that way by choosing obedience over everything else (the world, our flesh, our feelings, etc.) If there are areas of our lives where we knowingly have sin or are involved in something ungodly, then those are areas we have obviously not surrendered to God. And if we are a slave to sin that means we are in bondage to Satan for, we can not serve two masters at once.
Whether you like to think about it or not, you surrender and serve either one or the other everyday by the choices you make.
A Bargaining Chip?
Sin also gives us a false sense of security. Even with all I know, I still sometimes continue to lie to myself, wanting desperately to believe I can justify sin and surrender everything to God except maybe just this tiny little piece. I think “Oh, come on God! I’m doing so good with everything else, I just want this one tiny little spec for myself and you can have ALL the rest, alright?” Then I pat myself on the back pretending it’s God saying, “Yep, we’re good!”
Do you ever do that?
Do you ever try to bargain with God?
He Wants ALL Of You!
We cannot be one with God if we are knowingly living in sin. Sin separates us from God. He wants even that tiniest piece of us otherwise, we are not in complete surrender. He is a jealous God and He wants our complete attention. Our excuses or reasons for not obeying God’s word can never amount to anything more than selfish justifications and we must recognize that thoughts like those are from the enemy.
To surrender and serve God is to choose obedience over everything else and not compromise our faith!