The apostle Paul was a free man. Even with 100 lb chains, he was free. He could have taught safely in some small town that received his teaching with eagerness but not for Paul. He strived for the greatest ministry impact, ignoring extreme suffering. Yet even in the midst of his suffering, his eyes would be filled with profound contentment. I see it in the men and women of God I know. There is an inner glow shinning through making everything brighter and better. In the eyes of an addict there is only emptiness.
What do people see in your eyes? Do they see emptiness or the sparkle of joy. For me, I want to have the eyes of the apostle Paul but I know there is a high cost and that the Apostle Paul paid it daily in a war with the sin nature.
You cannot experience total freedom without total victory over the sin nature. There is no way around it. The root of any addiction, compulsion or distortion of the human spirit is the sin nature that strangles purity. Lies, gossip, theft, boasting, greed, lust, worry, insecurity, low-self-esteem, resentment and addictions are nothing more than displays of the sin nature conquering the heart of man.
Missing The Mark
The word “sin” in the Bible is a Latin word used in archery meaning missing the target. The term was expanded in the Bible to mean anything that misses the target of God’s perfection. Sin is anything from heroin addiction to indulging in junk food because eating junk food damages the Temple of God. Fear, doubt and worry are sin for we abandon faith.
The floors of heaven are translucent gold that look like glass. There are no floored needing cleaned, as there is no dirt to clean. Nothing is out of place. To God sin is filth. We cannot enter heaven covered with filth and expect God to embrace us? God is pure and cannot embrace the impurity of sin.
By Tom Coghill of Fasting.ws Articles may be copied or reproduced as long as the back links to fasting.ws are intact and the author’s name is included.