“As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.”
The Apostle Paul struggled with repeatedly finding himself in sin; even though he desired to do what he knew was right. If he wrestled with his flesh, we must expect to find ourselves in the same battle.
“For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I…For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”
Our flesh desires to return to sin while our spirit desires to refrain from sin. There is a constant battle raging within a child of God.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
God sends clear evidence of salvation when His children fall into sin.
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?”
God chastens His children in love.
If there is no chastisement, there is no salvation.
“But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.”
A fool returns to his sin over and over again.
A righteous person cannot return to sin without repercussion.
“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
Thank the Lord for His chastening hand today for it reminds us that we are His children.
2 Samuel 17-18 | 1 Corinthians 10 | Proverbs 23
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