Heart check.

I’ve decided it’s time for a blogging vacation.

Romans 7:7-13 — “What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.

For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.”

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It’s a lot of words that currently mean to me that sin does not always look like sin. The devil is deceitful. He makes his way enticing, seeming so good. But what seems right to man is not always good. Even something that could be good in another situation, if it is not following God, then it is not good. It sounds so ugly to say that certain areas of my life have looked a lot like this. Sometimes I try to do well, but the outcome is so ugly, so burdened, so dirty. Hard to say, but necessary to check where my heart is at. With that said, hear this:

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Psalm 19:14 — “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

James 1:19-20 — “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

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Lately I’ve noticed that these verses have not been true to my life. Often I speak too quickly or without discernment and prayer. I act rashly and irrationally. I mean well, but that may not be the impression that I leave. There may be better ways of working on this problem, but for now, I have decided to give up blogging for a month. It is for this reason: That I might take more time to seek, to pray, to discern, to spend with God, before speaking and acting.

I’ll be back eventually. In the beginning of April, mosey on back around to the blog, and I’ll be back before you know it.

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