1 How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! 2 How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit! Psalms 32:1-2 (NASB)
I debated with myself for a while about the title of this post. There is a part of me that still wants the name of it to be “What a Saviour!” My brethren, there is mischief afoot caused by a misunderstanding fostered by the deceit of the enemy of our souls. That mischief is to convince Christians that there is no need to hear the Gospel anymore now that they are safe in the arms of their Saviour. What rubbish! My times of struggling with my flesh and with overcoming the world always coincide when I am overwhelmed with discernment work or some other business that keeps me from simply expositing Sacred Scripture that points me to the Cross of the Christ. Also, proper worship should also do that very thing.
When I struggle as I stated above it seems there is a root of bitterness in me that wants to move in and take over. What amazes me is that I am perfectly aware that it is happening and no matter how much “I try” to stop it, in my distractions, it seems to have control. Since I had my stroke in April my life has changed in many ways. It is as if I am now “damaged” and things I used to take for granted as something I could do without question, I am no longer allowed to do. I do suffer from some pain, but this is a different issue. Me being “damaged” is causing within me a great deal of frustration and resentment. What is this other than self-centered, fleshly, prideful attitudes that only lead to bitterness and depression?