The Human Mind – in particular our ability to rationalize is such a dangerous thing when it comes to sinning. All sin begins here in one form or another and it’s here in the depths of our frontal lobe where Satan does his best work and plants his seeds of doubt about what we should and should not be doing. Satan is a master at helping us rationalize just about any decision our simple trusting loving hearts can conjure up that we think we want or desire to do. Must be why the saying “Idle hands are the Devils workshop” rings so true because a mind turned loose to it’s own devices … idle … without focus on God, will eventually lead you to justify any behavior no matter how repulsive to God it might be.
Just like in the Garden of Eden thousands of years ago Satan planted and watered each wayward thought seed of Man and Woman and caused them to bend and think his way by rationalizing the eating of the forbidden fruit and pretty soon we were all well down the road to destruction before we knew what hit us. Today it is even easier for Satan to lead us astray this way. He has so much more ammunition in todays culture. I fight the battle daily but the minute I slow down for a second he’s right there tempting me back into my old life style and habits. Using my own mind against me to say surely it’s ok. Placing doubt where no doubt existed even a minute earlier.
To stay with the positive changes I have made in my life over the last couple of months has never been more difficult than it is right at this very moment. Sadly, I’m beginning to understand it will always be this way for the rest of my life. God knows that I can’t be perfectly holy all the time and that my nature is to sin. Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. I’m always going to be a sinner … true … but I don’t want to use that as an excuse to sin. By doing so I’m rationalizing a bad behavior I want in a most perverted way. Using the fact that I know I’m always going to fall short and stumble as a reason to go ahead any way and do it can only be thinking coming from Satan and should be rejected. Much easier said than done. The battle continues and it is a daily one that I often lose.
Many people take an entire life to truly change there lives, others change when they have a great trial in their life and yet still others, a select few, can change simply by learning and accepting the truth when they hear it. However, all are tempted daily. All sin daily. When Jesus returns and our lives are judged who then can go to heaven? Are my sins worst than my brothers or sisters in Christ? Surely a sin is a sin is a sin. There is no gray area to negotiate which sin is worst than another. If we all fight the battle in our mind daily and some succeed better than others in rooting sin out of our lives then won’t God have to make a distinction in regards to the sins we are still committing when he returns?
I hope the tie breaker is the heart but the heart is flawed as well. God knows the heart of all and if we truly love God and show love to others more than anything else in this world and keep the faith by battling our rational mind when it becomes irrational surely our hearts will be judged purer at some point with our minds in tow as we become more Christ like on our journey to become more spiritually mature. When our mind tries to rationalize our sinful behavior and our hearts are harden to change we must continue to resist as best we can. We can at least say we have fought hard against Satan’s efforts to lead us astray. Although we stumble may we never fall and not get back up and look back up for assurance the path is still there for us to get back on it. As the Apostle Paul says to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” That is my goal … daily.