Yeah, join the freaking club! :) Even if you are Christian reading this (I'll talk to non-Christians in a moment) you're life is probably pretty messy. I'm not necessarily talking about porn or sexual sin or getting drunk, although those things will definitely mess you up. I'm talking about the habits and tendencies and habitual sins you do on a daily basis that mess you and your relationships up. The stuff that makes you question whether or not you really love God, sometimes...
Let me speak something loud and clear - you and I are screwed up - and we need help from God constantly.
Some areas I'm screwed up in:
I still get really angry sometimes,
I drive too fast (because I'm angry),
I blame others for my own issues,
I take people for granted often,
I'm sometimes ungrateful (even though as a Canadian I'm in the top probably 10% of the wealthiest people in the freaking world!),
I sleep in (I'm getting a lot better at getting at 5am like Jesus is leading me to),
I find many Christians annoyingly boring (I wish they would get a passion for souls like me),
I often judge people,
The Christians I don't annoying probably aren't Christians... (am I judging again),
... the list goes on and on.
I'm a work in progress man!
Although Jesus has given me a new nature and put His holiness on the inside of me, and I desire with all my heart to be perfect - sometimes I still drop the ball in areas.
Look at what Paul said in Romans 7:13-20
13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. (I added the bold parts).
Are you seeing this? Paul desired to do good, but constantly fell short.
Now I need to make something clear - Paul was not sinning on purpose. He just constantly was falling short of the perfection He was aiming at. His mind needing constant renewing (see Romans 12:1-2). Paul was on a journey to 'getting unscrewed'.
And so are you (hopefully), I know that I am.
Sin in the Christian left undealt with leads to a whole lot of pain and death. There are a lot of believers blaming God for the sins that they are willfully staying in. NOW THAT'S PRETTY SCREWED UP!
The answer: UNSCREW YOURSELF!
How: read your Bible daily, pray, plug in at a solid like, LIKE DUNAMIS CHURCH. Get accountable.
We'll do part 2 tomorrow, but promised, let me say this: If you're not a Christian, your doubly screwed up. For 1 you don't even desire right most of the time - not like someone who's met Jesus - and 2 you're still dead in your sin.
Ask Jesus to come into your life today and give you a new nature - to take your sin and give you His grace! He is calling your name, yes, even through this blog post!
See you tomorrow!