Saturday, September 12, 2015

Broken Vessels

I get so frustrated with myself at times because I'm such a flawed person.  I have a standard in my head that I want to attain to, but it seems as if I fall far short so often.  I whine, complain, grumble, get stressed, anxious and to be honest, am just plain sinful at times.  And when I fail I get so discouraged with myself.

Yet, as I read the book of Romans, I'm reminding of the following...

Romans 8:8-13 (NLT) ~

That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.

I'm flawed, but not a failure.
I stumble but have the Spirit to help me get back up.
I waiver but am not a washout.
I'm sinful but not stuck in sin.
I'm a broken vessel, but still beautiful because of Christ's love.

That is wonderful news for us all.  We may be flawed but we don't have to stay that way.  God has given us everything we need to live a life worthy of Him.   

Because He lives I can face tomorrow!