Remaining Silent – Monday, January 21st, 2019

My gymnasts occasionally run into difficulties during training. Unfortunately, the girls rarely express the reasons for their troubles. They remain silent when asked about the problem; they do not want to admit weakness.

We are the same with God. We have a troublesome time confessing our sin. We hold on to it, because we don’t want to admit our weakness before God. So, instead of admitting our transgressions we vow to abstain from sin in the future.

This deal with God is really our attempt to satisfy the requirements of God’s law apart from Him, to show Him our strength. We quickly fail. We have no strength to combat sin. It is an enemy so potent and diabolical that even if all humanity linked arms against it, we would not prevail. Sin snaps human strength with the ease that one person can snap a toothpick. Only omnipotent, omniscient God can battle and defeat sin. And He did it through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sin could not withstand Christ’s indomitable will: He battled on the cross. And, yet, as His human strength was draining, His divine strength was gaining.

At last the gates of hell collapsed and heaven’s gates stood secured. Christ battled in our place.

Christ is our strength to overcome sin. “It is finished.” (John 19: 30).


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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