Devotion – May 15, 2015 – Protect Me From Sin

psalm141_4Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.
—Psalm 141:4

Without Christ we are slaves to sin, addicted with no hope; but in Christ we are set free from sin.  Jesus not only died to forgive our sins, but also to free us from the bonds of sin.  Yet, we still live in a broken and fallen world.  Sin and evil are all around us every day.  Our sinful nature still works against us and we still remember the illusory sweet taste of sin and can be drawn to it by the devil, the world, or our own flesh.  We are, at the same time, sinner and saint.

I’m reminded of the story of Samson.  At one point (see Judges 14) Sampson was walking down a path and a lion came upon him and he killed the lion and left it on the side of the path.  After several days Sampson was returning on the path and he saw that bees had settled in the carcass of the lion and there was honey.  So, he reach down into the dead and rotting carcass, scraped out the honey, and ate it.  Sin can be like this, reaching into things that are vile, disgusting, and filled with death all to get a taste of sweetness of the sin our sinful nature is addicted to.

We don’t have to live like that anymore.  Now, living in our freedom, we can delight in the good Law of the Lord.  We can revile that which is evil by the power of the Holy Spirit.  So, we pray, as the psalmist did, that we would not be drawn to what is evil, we would not see it as sweet and would not take part in it.  We want to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.  Often, we fail and we still give in; but even then we know that we are forgiven in Christ.  We are still saints, made pure by the blood of the Lamb.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for giving us a new nature.  Please guard my heart. Don’t let me be tempted by what is vile, disgusting, and filled with death. Give me a holy revulsion for what is sinful and evil.  And please forgive me for the times I have given into temptation.  In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

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