• Jill Jarrell Newsome


I was reading a friend's "about" information and I wanted to use her words for my website because they were perfect. She talked about her marriage of 30 plus years and that she had two grown children whom they adore and are great! Much the way I would describe my family. But, especially with social media, I don't want to sound like my life is perfect because it is far from it! I let Satan remind me of all of my inadequacies - of course he does - he does not want me to write for God! I know I am full of sin and he reminds me of that. My friend went on to say it had not been a perfect life and that life had thrown her some curve balls. She said she had not been the perfect Christian, wife or mother but God, in His grace, mercy and forgiveness has allowed her to flourish and be a light for Him. Amen!

If you are right with God then I think you know you are a big sinner. When we grow in God's grace and try to be obedient we come to a place, eventually, where we know we are a huge sinner. Even when we try to do our best we mess up. We will never be without sin but we can strive to be more like Jesus. The reason we feel this way is because the closer we get to God who is so holy, the dirtier we see ourselves. His holiness exposes our sins. We know we need to be washed by His blood and be made clean. 1 John 1: 7, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."

God warned Cain that "sin is crouching at your door." Genesis 4: 7, "...But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” James explained in James 1: 14-5 how people are "dragged away by their own evil desires. "...but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." Paul describes sin as if it were a being living within him, holding him hostage. Romans 7: 20, "Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it."

You have heard, "a man reaps what a man sows. Well here it is in Scripture. Galatians 6: 7--8, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life." There is only one way to escape the consequences of our sins and that is to be forgiven of our sin by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. Revelation 1: 5, "...and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth." Exodus 12: 13, "The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt."

I leave you with two thought provoking quotes. "We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin." C.S. Lewis

"As the salt flavors every drop in the Atlantic, so does sin affect every atom of our nature. It is so sadly there, so abundantly there, that if you cannot detect it, you are deceived." Charles H. Spurgeon


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