You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, July 20, 2014: The “S” Word {Listen Here}

By Anita Everly

How many times have we willingly walked right into sin?
We know it’s not right, but we chose it.  “I don’t care. Just this one time. Okay, this is the last time.”
As Pastor Joe pointed out at its Biblical root, sin is a deliberate refusal to submit and outright rebellion to God.  He also mentioned it was active opposition to God.
That doesn’t make sin sound so seductive anymore.
Yet, it’s far too difficult to say, “I won’t do it anymore” and really follow through.
Sin and God cannot coexist, so we must become filled and saturated with God.
First, we must confess our sin to God. 1 John 1:9 says,
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
What a gift!  He will forgive us and purify us from our sins. Rather than being suffocated by the guilt and shame, He promises restoration. With that guarantee, we can begin to climb out of the pit to see the hope He has for us. Darkness has no power over us when we place it all in the hands of God in whom there is no darkness.” (1 John 1:5)
When the temptation to sin rears its ugly head, we must turn away and flee in the other direction. Sin does not play nice, and it requires a full-on assault.
We continue combating sin through the power of the Word of God. It is called the sword for a reason. It does battle.  Hebrews 4:12 says,
“For the Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
God’s Word hidden in our heart, written on note cards, emblazoned on our mirrors — whatever it takes to be in the Word — is the key to demolishing the strongholds of sin.
In addition to confession and God’s Word, we must pray.  Jesus said to his disciples on the Mount of Olives, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”  (Luke 22:40)
We have to be proactive and prepared for the devil who prowls looking for someone to devour.
When we belong to Christ, we have the Holy Spirit living inside us enabling us to conquer our sin. Galatians 5:16 promises,
“So I say, live the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”
Jesus has already won the victory and taken the punishment for our sins and left us with the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.  I heard it once said that we don’t work for victory over our sins, but we work from victory. Christ has already won.
It’s crazy, but the sin that can most easily destroy and separate us from God, when given over to Him in complete surrender, can be the very thing that brings us closer to Him in ways we could never imagine.
When we are filled with God’s Word, prayer, the Holy Spirit, there is no room for Satan, his lies, or his temptations.
Remember, the battle is already won; let’s live like it.

Anita Everly is the wife of David and mom to their three sons.  She can be found watching the lives of her men unfold, creating a home, and encouraging other women in life and motherhood.  She is striving to live life on purpose because she is crazy in love with the One who is crazy in love with her.

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