No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them… (1 John 3:9).
The other day I set out for a long bike ride. As soon as I started my body didn’t feel well and I knew it was because I was dehydrated. I had a slight cold the days prior and didn’t drink enough water. I had to take a moment to simply drink water before I could start pedaling at full speed. After downing, nearly all of my water my body was revived and I could start back out on the bike.
What’s the problem with sin? We all do it. Yet the bible tells us that if we are Christians our earthly duty is to stop sinning. To crucify the desires of the flesh and live in our new birth through the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. How do we do this though?
The book of 1st John tells us that God’s seed remains in us if we are truly in Christ. If I do not water that seed it will not grow. Sometimes, what our lives need most is to return to the well of living water, Jesus Christ, and be refreshed by the His love.
As I was drinking water a thought flashed through my mind, “This is what its like when we’re spiritually dry. We cannot live in the fullness of who we are in Christ, because we have not been hydrating ourselves with God’s word.”
All of us face battles in life, circumstances that are painful and unexpected. Some of us go into those seasons spiritually dehydrated, so when we’re in them we are weary, tired and defeated. We have to take a moment to pause, get back with the Father and drink in His love so that our hearts can be hydrated with His truth.
The Christian who endures the battle with the greatest amount of joy is the one who has prepared well for the battle. They are those who have sipped daily from the truth of God’s word, allowing it to be their greatest joy, hope, and delight. When the well runs out it’s because we have not been drinking from the Father’s love. We’ll be sure to head into sin because we have not watered the seed of God’s love in our hearts.
Lord, I do not want to sin. I want to live in your grace. I want to live as a woman so full of the Father’s love that your truth is what rings in my heart. Lord Jesus, may you daily satisfy my soul, not things, jobs, money or anything in all this world. Lord, let it be you, in pray, in Jesus name, Amen.