Mark 7:15 “Nothing outside a man can make him 'unclean' by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him 'unclean.’”
As a follower of Christ, I live daily to be like Jesus. I read and study Scripture, pray, seek His guidance, and draw upon the Holy Spirit to take me into holiness. This Scripture seems to challenge my path to becoming like Christ. My focus has been on Christ capturing my heart and protecting me from sin while guiding me. This is good, but it ignores how I deal with the temptations of sin. In Mark 14:30, Jesus warns Peter of his impending failure to sin, “‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘today — yes, tonight — before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown Me three times.’” Peter adamantly said there was no way this would happen in Mark 14:31, "Even if I have to die with You, I will never disown You." Jesus knew the power of sin whereas we underestimate its power. Sin does not have to be blatant disregard or volitional but rather how one deals with sin when confronted with it. For Peter his hope was crushed by the arrest of Jesus. He let fear run rampant… what would happen to him now? His future was uncertain. None of these were bad in themselves, but they all had an impact on him. Even with Jesus’ strong warning, Peter succumbed to sin in Mark 14:71: “He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, ‘I don't know this Man you're talking about.’”
Lost hope, fear, uncertainty, or really any event can produce actions of good or evil depending on how you allow the Holy Spirit to take hold of it in your life. Peter was swallowed up in fear and hopelessness in Mark 14:72: “Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows twice you will disown Me three times.’ And he broke down and wept.” Sin confronted Peter and swallowed him up. His profession was not “Yes, He’s my Lord and Savior;” Peter instead said, "I don't know this man.”
Our lives are wallpapered with sin. This is a fact. Arrogantly denying it accentuates your vulnerability to step into sin by allowing it to take root and be alive in your life. Pray for God to make you sensitive to your confrontations with sin. Awareness is the beginning of God’s work in you. Next week I will discuss how to manage sin and temptation by attacking them through the power of God in you.
Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.”