Resident Evil

I have been reading Paul David Tripp’s book War of Words as part of my devotions and I would like to share some thoughts from my recent reading. Hebrews 3:12-15 says:

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice,do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

This passage reminds us that even though we are eternally secure in Christ’s kingdom, we are still deceived by two things: sin and our own hearts (Jer 17:9). These deceptions cause us to wander from Christ’s loving care.

Tripp: “Sin is deceitful–and guess who it deceives first? I have no trouble seeing the sins of my wife and my children; their sins are obvious to me. Yet I am regularly surprised when mine are pointed out! And too often, when my sin has been confronted, I am tempted to conclude that I have not sinned. Rather, my actions and motives have been once again misunderstood. This my friends, is spiritual blindness, and all of us suffer from it to some degree.” (p. 145)

In one of my prior posts called “At the King’s Table,” I talked about perspective. I think that is one of the major factors in keeping a heart from wandering. If the heart is truly satisfied feasting at God’s table, there will not be want for vain pleasures. I said in that post that we should live out Christianity not as a slave bound to a master but as a son or daughter at the King’s table. Even though we are not bound to Christ in servitude, we should desire for our hearts to be bound to His. The hymn “Come Thou Fount” relates this idea well:

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. jules
    Jun 01, 2006 @ 17:54:00

    it’s like thursday night devos again šŸ™‚ i appreciated that – thanks for the encouraging words…


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