Let go of SIN

If we are honest to ourselves we will agree sin got the best of us in 2016. We were angry, we had a foul mouth and a tongue dripping with the poison of a snake, so that at times we said things to each other that hurt and maybe still hurt right now. Maybe you were envious, jealous, gossiped – you failed to rejoice with those who were rejoicing and rejoiced when others were in tears. In some cases bitterness, resentment, and to top it off, we allowed an unforgiving spirit to win the day. This is the time to let go of sin.

Listen, I am not pretending to know what sins plagued your life in 2016, but I am not also mixing my words when I say we were plagued by sin in 2016 as was all the other years gone by. I imagine your heartaches for knowing you failed your Savior and Lord – you grieved and quenched the Holy Spirit. In fact, we pushed him to the side and did things our own way, but now we have an opportunity to change. It may be a New Year tomorrow, but in God’s economy of time, it is just another day and the Good News is that God’s mercies are new every morning, (Lamentations 3:22-23).

We all stand to see most if not all of God’s promised blessings for us in 2017 become a reality if and only if we take Paul’s word in Hebrews 12:1-4 seriously. “Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, 2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and lose heart. 4 In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” We can do it, but we must keep our eyes focused only on Jesus as our example and the examples of those who lived their own lives seeking only one thing – the glory of God.

If there is one thing you and I must resolve to let go in 2017 it is sin. I do not know how you do it in your own life, but I know who can help us – His name is Jesus Christ. In Matt.11: 28-30 he invites us to “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 All of you take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. 30 for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Come to Jesus and your sins will be forgiven. Also, come to Jesus and he will grant you the power to live a life of victory over sin.

If you are a New Year resolution person here is my suggestion for you: exchange the heavy burdens of your sins for the light and easy to carry yoke of Christ. May the Good Lord grant us a happy, joy-filled, and prosperous 2017, as well as the ability to do everything in 2017 for his glory and the joy of those made in his image?