I am back :) It was a great holiday vacation and it was nice to just relax with family but I did miss going to my cozy place to learn from God and coming here to share!
Today I got to see an old friend that mentored me when I was in Bible College in Austria about 10 years ago! She was always such a deep ocean of God's wisdom and grace to me and I am so thankful we have been able to see each other about once a year for the last 10 years. As we went on our walk today she reminded me of something that God taught me when I was in Bible college. I call it "The Kiwi Story" and I promise to share it this week. But after she mentioned it she told me that it is often the crazy stories that God uses to teach us something new. Then she shared a story of hers and I want to share that story with you today.
She said that when her and her husband were younger they rented a home that had this horrible carpet in it. I think she said it was red with inlaid squares that had gold, black, and white. Sounds hideous! Anyways, she said that as time passed they started to not hate the carpet, then they started to think it was okay, and then they didn't notice it all. But every time someone new came over, boy did they notice it! Ha! She said to me that God spoke to her that it was just like the sin in our life. When we first commit the sin, we are horrified and confess immediately. But as time goes on and we continue to allow the sin in our life, we start to like the sin and eventually forget that it is even there. These sins cause you to become farther and farther from God. They are so subtle that you don't even notice that they are hurting your faith.
God sees everything we do. He knows us better than we know ourselves. We need to be continually in prayer, asking God to bring to light the sin in our life that we can't even see. We need to pray for the eyes to see this sin the way He sees it and not the way the world sees it. Maybe you are thinking of a sin you have in your life right now. A sin that you have told yourself is "no big deal." Every sin is a big deal to God no matter how big or small. I pray that you won't let another day go by without repenting of that sin and asking God to help you clear it out of your life. He has so many great things He wants to teach you and do through you but you have to have a clean, open heart for Him to guide you towards a life only He could dream up for you!