At the gym today on beam, some gymnasts were caught cheating on their assignments. One didn’t do the right number of assigned routines. Another left out a tumbling element and another fell but counted the routine anyway. What puzzles me is how these girls think they can get away with the dishonesty when the beam practice is recorded on TIVO. All the coach has to do is rewind the feed and watch the large-screen TV to see if the athlete has spoken the truth.
The situation reminds me that so often I treat God the same way. Too often I behave as though God isn’t present. My carnal nature ignores the truth of God taught in the Scriptures, and, instead. I romp through the fields of temptations picking bouquets of carnal desire and worldly lust. When I think God isn’t looking I let my heart chase ungodly ambitions, allow pride to blossom and greed to grow in the soil of my corruption. I listen when people tell me to follow my heart, and I don’t hear the words God spoke to Jeremiah, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. who understands it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
But One Person understands our hearts—the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit searches our hearts and roots out sin and corruption by applying the Word of God. The Spirit dwells in my heart exposing sin, cleansing me from unrighteousness and sanctifying me through the truth that Christ has died for my sins.
God is always present and abiding on earth in the Person of the Holy Spirit. Live accordingly.
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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