Slaves to Sin

As you all know, I began this blog to document our journey as a new missionary family on the field here in the United States. Interestingly, for us “on the field” is less than 2 miles from where we lived a nice little life in Suburbia 😳. Now, we live in a mobile home park that could not feel any further away from that life!! The past few weeks have been so busy and full of ministry, life, and changes for our family! ( I will tell you more about that in just a bit). First, I must share with you what the Lord has been teaching me in the past few weeks.
I have been studying and just living out some of the ideas that Paul shares with us in Romans Chapter 7 verses 18-25. Here is that text in the New Living Translation:
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[d] I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power[e] within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
Boy has the Lord been showing me some beautiful things! You see, as much as I LOVE what God has called us to do here, I also MISS parts of our lives before Countryside and I am realizing that this is just part of my nature. I still feel a little sadness when I drive by our old road. I worry for my children here, and I struggle sometimes with fear and anxiety over that. I find myself up in the early morning/ late nighttime hours many times and this week I just prayed and asked God for peace at nighttime. We currently have a neighbor who recently became homeless sleeping on our office floor. This was definitely NOT our plan (we had made a rule that no one could sleep in our home) but it was God’s plan.
I just want you all to know that WHATEVER God has called you to do, there will be a struggle. Although there will be outside struggles, this struggle I am talking about is with yourself. Just like I am a slave to sin, so are you. We cannot do anything without the power of Jesus working through us!!
And that work that he will do, is so beautiful, so incredible and so much more than we could ever do by ourselves!!In the past few weeks, we have seen Jesus working so much that I have just been in awe of His great and mighty ways.
Check out Part 2 Tomorrow with some exciting news and what has been going on from day to day around here !!

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