“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23)
Life has a way of reminding us that we all in a fallen condition. Whether it is circumstantial, by are own doing, or by hands of others. No mater the source, it’s sobering and a wake call that we are not yet in a complete state of glorification. C. S. Lewis mention this life is a shadow of what’s to come. This life is carefully lived through a limited, infected state from the fall.
In the Presbyterian’s Confession of Faith, “Man, has fallen into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying with salvation; so as a natural man being altogether averse from good, and dead to sin, is not able, by his own strength, to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto.” (The Westminster Confession).
Personally; just because I haven’t partaken in my past addiction I’m not out of the water or that perceive to have arrived. Many times I hear the defeating words of graduates or from my brothers in AA/NA of just sobriety as the goal, but God has revealed that addiction just an extension of a fallen condition. There many ways this fallen condition can manifest itself, posts addiction. Ask me how I know?
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1,2)
Understand our fallen condition is an opportunity to reach out to our Creator to comfort us, to guide us, to heal us, to grasp our total dependence on him and stop relying on our own strength. Sidebar: lets be careful that we are not to hard on others and their sin, because we all are in a fallen condition.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full time staff member at America’s Keswick
Daily Quote: “Having the answers is not essential to living. What is essential is the sense of God’s presence during dark seasons of questioning.” ~ Ravi Zacharias
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young. ~Isaiah 40:11