by Christian Coutts
Not For Sale
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Not For Sale
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On my knees I cry out to You
Why do I do what I don’t want to?
Why does my flesh sometimes rule?
And through sin I become a fool
Too many times I have fallen down
Too many times in stormy seas I drown
I know the choices that I should make
But at times the wrong path I take
Forgive me, Father, once more, again
My pride has rebelled and led to sin
My eyes have roved and my heart has lusted
Proving without You my flesh cannot be trusted
Brothers and Sisters,
Who has not been here? Email me if you can successfully avoid slips and falls. I have been facing temptation and the call of old habits since I am back in the environment that helped develop them in the first place. I wish I could testify that I have been perfect. I wish I could stand up and cry “Victory!” But alas I cannot. Have a committed great sin, no not really. Have I been atrocious, not quite! But I have sinned against my Father. I have slipped in my language. I have even succumbed to the desire of nicotine again and was trapped for 3 days. My eyes have looked and lusted at what they should not have. These little sins (yes, sin is sin) have snuck into my heart. Soap and water cannot wash this stain. There is only One Way for it to be done.
On my knees, what a perfect start for this poem and lesson. You want to talk about beginnings; there is no better place to start from as I have learned over the years. On my knees I confessed before my God that I have committed these sins, willingly or not. My flesh has betrayed me and therefore I must repent. I know God has already known of my sin. I know God has delivered me once again. I confess my sins once again before man and God to show you that it is possible to follow the lessons of the Bible. It is humbling and frightening, but it is what we are told to do to receive delivery and healing from these sins. I am forgiven because I confessed and repent, but that is not what forgave them. It is the grace of God and the grace of God alone that can allow us to be restored time and time again. Grace is the means, our only part to play is to confess and repent, for we did the most important part already. We, believers, have accepted that gift of grace through His Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ the only Son of God came in flesh to be tempted as I have been tempted. Jesus Christ the only Son of God came in flesh to receive wounds for my transgressions. Jesus Christ the only Son of God came in flesh to have stripes on His body that I may be healed, both physically and mentally. Jesus Christ the only Son of God came in flesh to go to the cross and receive the punishment I deserve for my past sins, these newly confessed sins, and the ones that are to be committed. These sins that are actions and thoughts, but are also inactions and thoughts. Jesus Christ the only Son of God came in flesh and was separated from God and died for me to remove this stain. Finally, Jesus Christ the only Son of God (can you say it enough?) came in flesh, suffered in flesh, died in flesh, and rose again so that I can live again.
My confessions here before man is for one reason; to show the awesome grace of Our Father and to bring Him glory. This is what we are called to do. Take the testimony that is our lives and share it for the revelation and glory of God through His Son Jesus Christ. We were created for this and we are commanded to do this. God bless each of you for the service to the Lord that you do. Keep serving with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Humbled before Christ,
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Bro. Christian, I'm just getting to this one and what a testimony indeed. Satan is weeping, for what you have done through this testimony is exactly what he intended to destroy. KEEP GIVING GOD THE PRAISE and continue to watch him weep. We will often falter but it gets easier to walk as God requires us to, when we follow His instructions. Stay blessed. Janice
Chris, I sincerely love you for the human that you are. The Word of God teaches us that it is NOT what goes into the body that defiles the body, but rather what comes out of our stinking pie-holes. (LOL... of course that is extremely paraphrased.) What comes out of our mouths comes from our hearts. And though our tongues fail us at times, (Who can bridle the tongue?) it is obvious that your heart is filled to overflow with the desire to please God. Just something to think about. I hope you take comfort in it. Wish I knew the secret too..... the one to walking an absolute sinless life. But then we'd be Jesus, wouldn't we? :::smile::: Be lifted up with Him into His wondrous chambers, Brother. You have my prayers.
Brother Christian, your act of humility and worship is honored and respected. Thank our God that when our Savior proclaimed, 'it is finished' that it was so for He is the Alpha and Omega and He speaks for Eternity. In prayer we are united and in Christ we are gathered for that same Eternity. Blessings, Jody
Why do I do what I donâ€™t want to?
Too many times we have all fallen down, Christian. I can relate to this. I find myself not being as obedient as I should be in the past few days. Thank God we have a merciful and forgiving God. You are in my prayers. Please keep me in yours also. In Christ's Love, Julia