Some of us (myself included) really need to sit down and take a hard look at our lives.
The reason? Sin that we’ve been holding on to. For many of us, we choose to keep committing the same sin or sins over and over, even though we know they’re wrong.
It could be something as seemingly innocent as passing along gossip, or it could be something worse. Even though in God’s eyes, sin is sin.
The problem is, God can’t bless us fully whenever we’re knowingly and willfully sinning against Him. He would love to unlock his full blessings on our lives, but our stubborn hearts are too rebellious to handle what He would give to us.
Instead, we have to settle for a second-best kind of existence, where we’re only receiving part of what God would have for us.
What’s more, we often blame God when we’re in this situation. I know, because I’ve done it far too often myself.
We wonder why we don’t feel God moving in our lives and wonder why things aren’t going better for us in one or more areas of our lives.
The reason is that we are hurting ourselves by holding onto sin.
That’s why we must look deeply into our lives—our habits, our interactions with others, our attitude toward God, and just our daily lives in general. If we do, we may find the source of many of our problems.
Is there a sin that you struggle with over and over?
Maybe you’re cold-hearted toward your spouse when you should instead be a helpmate to them.
Are you being dishonest at work and not putting in a full effort for your employer?
Are you being wasteful with your money and not tithing and giving offerings?
It could be anything. The thing is to be aware of this besetting sin and wipe it out of your life so that you can grow closer to God.
The closer we are to Him, the more He can bless our lives to do His work here on earth.
When we are doing the work He has planned in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10), we’ll be happier, our lives will be fuller and richer, and we’ll be less tempted to sin.