Friend vs. Foe

Do you have a famous man or woman of God who you love to read quotes by? Over the past many months, my ultimate favorite source of encouragement has been the late C.H. Spurgeon. Yesterday, I stumbled across a fresh quote from him that I’d never read before, “The moment sin is forgiven, it ceases to be my friend and becomes my deadly foe. Then the power of sin becomes obnoxious, and we begin to strive against it (C.H. Spurgeon).”

While we are dabbling in sin, the enemy of our souls makes the sin comfortable and familiar to us. We consider it our “friend.” Anger, lust, greed, deceit, pride, etc. – our flesh finds gross comfort in these things. If sin weren’t attractive on some level, all humans would always run from it. But, as we all know, this isn’t the case.

This quote brings to light how our acknowledgement and confession of sin is the beginning of understanding what it truly is – deadly destruction that seeks to completely destroy us.

It is when we surrender that sinful area of our lives that we immediately realize that the sin we gave up kept us from a right relationship with God and that absolutely nothing this world could offer compares to God’s glory. We have a “righteous indignation” against what kept us from experiencing all God intended for our lives.

(But remember, even in this, to take heart; God can use the trials and testing for the good of those who love Him – and He always loves you. Always.)

I don’t know about you, but when I am freed from the bondage of sin through heartfelt confession in prayer, I immediately want to open my eyes, grab a sword, and start swinging at the enemy of our very souls. The enemy knows we are precious and our souls are irreplaceable and have great worth. Why else would he try to poison our minds, hearts, bodies, families, and friendships? Read truth today, dear friend: 1 John 1:9, John 16:33, Ephesians 6:12, 1 John 3:7-8, John 10:10, Genesis 4:7, 1 Peter 2:10-11, Psalm 19:13-14.

©️2019 Rachel D. Lyne

About Rachel D. Lyne

Christian Living Author: "The Apple, A Woman's Battle Plan: Overcoming Forbidden Fruit in Marriage," Devotionals, Poetry, & Christian magazine content creator.
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