Tuesday, July 17th


"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good." - Titus 2:11-14

Dear Jesus, I wish I could say that sin looked horribly ugly and destructive to me, but it doesn't.  I wish I could say that I hate sin the way you hate it, but I don't.  I wish I could say that I always love to do what is right, but I don't.  I wish I could say that I always think your way is better than my way, but I can't.  I wish my heart was always happy to stay within your Father's boundaries, but it isn't.  It's hard to admit it, but sin often looks attractive, relieving, and satisfying to me.  That's why I need your Holy Spirit and your restorative grace.  If you did not pursue me, change me, and push me in the right direction, I would self-destruct.  I am as vulnerable today as the first day I came to faith.  Oh, Jesus, stay near me forever and love me I pray. AMEN

To need God is human.

Additional Reading: Hebrews 10