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I am Only Human

“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us”
(I John 1:8).
 
How many times have you heard or said, “I’m only human”? Countless times,
I am sure. The problem with those three little words is that we use them to excuse
our sins. We have a tendency to make little of our sins. “Oh, I made a mistake”
or “No big deal, everyone does it.” What is just as bad when we sin and no one
catches us is that we dismiss the fact that God saw our sin. 
We live in a culture where it seems that accountability has become politically incorrect.
Mainstream Christianity has changed. “Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
May it never be!” (Romans 6:1b-2a). Some think that verse reads, “But of course! God is only love.”
“But, I am human and therefore I will sin. God made me this way. Its only human.”
These are Satan’s lies that have been universally accepted.We were created in God’s
image; therefore, we should strive to be like our heavenly Father. Instead we behave
like our father is Satan. It is human to be like our heavenly Father, not like Satan.
 
Jesus came down to earth to be the atonement for us so that we can be forgiven.
He also came down to demonstrate what a life created in God’s image looks like.
We must look to Jesus as we go through life.
Never forget God’s promises, especially “If we confess our sins, He is faithful
and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
(I John 1:9).
 
Song: “Yield Not to Temptation”
 
My Father, there are times that I need a wake-up call to remember in whose image I was created and what being human really means. Help me to strive to be honest with You, Father, and with myself and call sin, sin. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado

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Pleasure or Frustration

The computer can be a serious source of extreme frustration. This morning I have tried to download a couple of documents and have not been able to get that accomplished. After some serious wait time, a box appears on my screen that says, “This webpage is not responding. Would you like to wait, or kill it?  “Eventually I will simply give up altogether or move my laptop to a location where I can plug in an Ethernet cable. My goal is to get the sought-after webpage to respond to my request.”


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What’s In Your Mind?

Ponder: “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5).
I want to focus on “we are taking every thought captive.” Couple that with “…You shall be holy, for I am holy” (I Peter 1:16).
What is in our mind will come out in our words and behavior. Many years ago, when I was much younger, I was inspecting the roof of a high school. I was climbing up to an upper level which was sixteen feet above the main roof, which was already twenty-four feet above the ground. Because the ground sloped away, I felt as though I was up eighty feet high. When the rung that I grabbed slid right out of the masonry wall, what came out of my mouth was a string of the cuss words that I had learned in school before I had found Jesus.
Of course, these words were reinforced in my mind through books, movies, and people I knew over the twenty plus years. I was extremely embarrassed because my boss, who knew that I was a Christian, was below me and had never heard me say anything like that.
We must be careful about what we are putting in our minds. We are to be holy because we are God’s children. Therefore, we must learn to be careful about what goes into our minds. We must reinforce our mind with God’s word and our knowledge of Jesus. I can learn to avoid books, TV shows, video games, and movies that have unhealthy language and which showcase bad behavior.
We are told, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
Song: “Yield Not To Temptation”
Holy Father, help me sweep the garbage from my mind and help me to replace it with scriptures from Your word. In my loving Redeemer’s name. Amen.
Ed Wittlif, Denver, CO