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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Simple Obedience

"Obedience is simple, rationalization complicated." - RC Sproul jr

Paradox: Usually the simplest things are not easy. 

Conforming yourself means being crushed and changed into the shape He chose. That's not easy. It hurts.

Rationalizing means telling yourself you're alright, your sin is alright, your life is alright. And that's not hard. It feels good. 

But that's only at first. 

You can only believe your own lies for so long. 

And then you will suddenly realize you're not alright. You're not even close. "Dead in our sins." (Ephesians 2:5) So easy and it's become the most complicated mess you could imagine. You've been beating your head against a wall.

Simple obedience is what He asks for. The strength to do one thing that's... simply hard. Only obey. And sometimes that's the hardest thing in the world. But in the end, when you've seen sin for what it is, you'll realize you were being honest (with yourself, with the world). And it's the simple Truth that sets you free. 

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