Felicitous greetings and salutations,
Reformer’s Unanimous is a faith-based addictions program dedicated to helping those bound by the shackles of sin to find liberty through Christ. They have assisted me greatly in the time that I have spent in their program and in the study of their materials. They have shown great wisdom in their understanding of the problems that beset us in our struggles in the process of sanctification. One of the bits of wisdom that Steve Currington, its founder and president, has propagated is the Ten Principles of RU. These ten principles are founded in Scripture, and are true and helpful to every Christian who is wanting to find Christ’s victory over sin in his life. Therefore, I am expounding these ten principles in a series of posts spread out over this month. This is the ninth.
WE LOSE OUR FREEDOM TO CHOOSE WHEN WE GIVE IN TO TEMPTATION. OUR CONSEQUENCES ARE INEVITABLE, INCALCULABLE, AND UP TO GOD.
I understand that once you hit a ball in baseball, you can’t control it anymore. Once it goes thwack, it is gone and you have no more influence over it than if you had never seen it. Of course, I have never really played sports, so I might be wrong (maybe).
But I know that this principle holds true in the spiritual world, in your walk with God, and in life in general.
Sin has consequences. Period. Full-stop. You can’t get around it. It is as inevitable as gravity. God’s mercy can and will alleviate it, and help you through it, and teach you by it, and turn it aside, but there are consequences to every action.
We have no control over them. When you sin, you are casting yourself onto the mercy of God, and you have no idea what He might do. He will always do the best thing, but that best thing might be very painful for you to endure. Rely on ‘getting out of things’ and you will find yourself in a place that you cannot get out of.
The only way to make sure that you will not incur the wrath of God, is to avoid sinning. Yield to His grace, and to His will. Yield to Him before you sin, and it will be easier.
With joy and peace in Christ,