I’m writing this entry to offer hope and encourage that there is a way out of this ‘vortex’ of sin.
Vortex- A whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it toward its center.
2. A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it, and hence being inescapable or destructive:
These are two of the definitions I found online. I think these definitions give us a clear picture of what I’m referring to. Sin often starts out very subtle. It might be something that’s done once in awhile, or only during certain circumstances. It might be that one-time affair while a married couple is having an argument. It might be that one-time self medication when things get stressful. You get my drift. It becomes justifiable. It becomes circumstantial. Slowly the desire increases and eventually becomes all-consuming.
But, one day you get a wake up call, realizing you cannot continue to live like this. Your conviction that something needs to be done to address this behaviour becomes an inner struggle that’s hard to manage. You slide back into the behaviour and wake up everyday trying to choose a new life. The vortex is strong. The allure of sin now becomes the norm. Life is tough.
Many think that there is no possible way out and thus commit to a lifestyle that isn’t God honouring. I’ve got some fantastic news. You CAN break out! You can overcome any obstacle or behavioural problem. You don’t have to live like you feel there is no way out.
Jesus overcame the consequence of sin on the cross. The consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23). When Jesus rose from the grave, He beat death (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). Death could not bind Him!
Everyone struggles with something. Every pastor I know, every person I know, has something that they constantly struggle with. There is one difference. Those that can manage all depend on the strength found in Christ to overcome these traps. They implement strategies for success. They have a support network of other believers. They are part of life groups that encourage, sympathize, and walk alongside each other. They pray. They read the Bible. They look to God for direction.
We want to help you! We want to make sure you have successful strategies! We don’t claim to know everything, but we do know that being a follower of Christ includes supporting each other.
Contact us to see how you can be part of our life groups! Stay strong!
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.