Don’t Hang Back – Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

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The way things are going, writing my Evening Reflection and my For the Weekend devotionals are going to bump into each other in the night. I am numb from traveling from Columbus, Ohio, to Phoenix Arizona, to Houston, Texas, for gymnastic competitions.

My weariness reminds me of a spiritual dilemma I face. Some days, I don’t feel like a sinner. I can keep myself so busy during the day that I don’t think about it. I can keep my mind occupied with other things. This forgetting my sin is denial, but it doesn’t change the fact that I am a sinner.

Sometimes, I get into a state I call sin numb. This numbness means my heart is hard and calloused toward God. When I am in sin numb I am also Savior numb. “If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him (Christ) out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives” (1 John 1:10). If I deny my sin, I deny my need for the Savior who came into this world to take away my sin.

While my essential nature is sin, Jesus Christ’s essential na- ture is salvific. It is as natural for Christ to save as it is for me to sin. Just because I don’t feel like a sinner doesn’t change the fact that my nature is sinful. I know it because Scripture con- firms it, the Holy Spirit exposes it and Jesus Christ died to save me from it.

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature” (Romans 7:18).


Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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