In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


December 20, 2007 – A Barrier To Enjoying God Romans 6:12-18

            Several years ago, I counseled a woman who was consumed by bitterness toward her father. He had abandoned his family and refused to acknowledge her as his daughter. Then he became ill and sought to make amends, but the woman refused to hear him. She clung to that unforgiving spirit for many years after her father died. When she finally repented, she told me that the burden of her bitterness had kept her from enjoying God.

            One of the Holy Spirit’s roles is to make believers aware of attitudes and actions that are contrary to God’s will. If we decide to resist conviction, we will naturally try to quiet the Spirit’s voice—which often means giving the Lord less of our time or none at all. Then, unconfessed sin will cause us to walk away from the Father instead of delighting in our relationship with Him.

            Sin usually feels good in some way, at least for a while. For example, we can feel justified in our bitterness when the other person has wronged us. Sometimes we want to hold on to resentment and prolong our sense of validation. But as believers, we cannot run our lives by emotion. We must consider God’s truth: the Bible says that if we refuse to confess and repent, sin will enslave our hearts and destroy our testimony.

            Satan tempts us with sins that are likely to look and feel good to our natural selves—a habit that gives pleasure or solace is easier to justify than one that seems repulsive. But no sinner is truly happy chasing after wickedness. Authentic joy is found only in a friendship with the Lord.

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