Help Me Not to Sin
“I don’t want to go in that direction, Father,” I told the Lord as I sensed I was sliding quickly down the slippery slope of sickening sin. Chaos, impatience, irritability, bad mood, temper, anxiety, and only the Lord knew what else.
“I want to go the way of righteousness,” I finished my short but strong cry to the Lord.
Wow, has the Lord brought me such a very long way. I used to love sin and come up with any excuse imaginable to justify it. I stomped and trampled over anything and anyone in my exceeding self-centeredness. Now the more I fall in love with the Lord, the more I crave to please and honor Him, and the more I despise my wrongdoing. And the more I want to go the way of righteousness. Of right living. Of living by and through and for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord had mercy upon me and answered my cry and that particular time I had victory and enjoyed the path of His way not the way of sin. But oh, what a long way I still have to go. How more and more desperately I need and hunger and thirst for the Lord and for His ways and righteousness. How beautifully, graciously, and generously He bestows His love and longsuffering upon me and teaches me to walk in His ways by the strength and joy and power of His Holy Spirit.
Walk the right path, friend. Go His way and not the way of sin. Reach out your arms to the Lord God almighty, Father God in heaven, cry out your heart and needs and desires to Him, and surrender yourself to His love, mercy, hope, fellowship, righteousness, will, and fold.
Lord God almighty, please help us to leave sin behind, to get off the path you don’t want us on, to get and stay on your path, to desire righteousness and to receive your mercy and strength and help in following you not the will of the flesh and the ways of this world. Thank you, dear Lord, AMEN!
“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
“Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11