If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7
Master sin. Sounds easy, but my masters degree over sin has proven illusive. Scintillating sights and aromas tempt from every corner. Even thoughts that promise to expand the mind threaten to pull me over lines I never meant to cross. An insatiable appetite for living, over-stimulated by mythical sounds and sensations, goes down fighting.
So what is my problem?
I want the results of discipline along with the pleasure of surrender. I want to show off all the frosted artistry of the winning entry in a cupcake war, even after I’ve consumed it. What I desire is physically impossible.
Self-control comes as part of the whole Holy Spirit package. The moment I accept with my whole heart and say aloud, “I believe in Jesus’ sacrifice for my sins!” then I get all the goods that I need to fight this battle with sin.
But I have to choose. I can’t work toward a masters until I have first decided that is, in fact, what I want.
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