Did you know that one of the most requested songs to be played at the funeral on a non-believer is “I did it My Way” by Frank Sinatra? If there was ever an anthem for what we are without Christ, old blue-eyes sums it up with that song.
“Doing it my way” started back in the garden of Eden when Adam & Eve became discontented with God and his rules. Remember the rules? Everything is yours, all of it except for the one tree. Enjoy paradise kids!
If you know the Genesis narrative, we quickly find that Eve was deceived by a talking snake and Adam was as lost as a ball in the Alabama weeds. All that to say, they did the one thing God told them not to do, they ate the fruit! Have mercy!
The choice to eat of the fruit was, and is, the starting place for all the trouble in the entire universe. When Eve took that bite, sin entered into all of us. It has been said that sin makes us stupid. Sin seems to push us away from God, and it certainly did in the case of Adam and Eve. Genesis chapter 3:8-10 we find Adam & Eve on the run. Funny how sin does that. We sin, then we run. We run away from the very being we should be running to, God.
There were three things that Eve did that contributed to what we call “The Fall” and put Adam and Eve on the run from God:
- Listened to the Lie
- Believed the Lie
- Acted on the Lie
What lies are you believing today?
-I can hide from God
-No one cares about me
-This feels right to me therefore I will continue in this ungodly relationship
-God is angry at me and I have passed the point of no return
-My marriage will never rebound from this
All lies! Right from the pit of Hell. We really need to stop talking to snakes! Remember, who you spend time with can be a blessing or a curse. Choose wisely! Take inventory of not only the who’s in your life, also ask what is in your life. What has come in that needs to go? Another way to say that is, “What is in my life that is not helping my life, as it pertains to my personal holiness?”
Ultimately, we need to connect with God. He changes our lives; makes dead things live! His grace is sufficient. Grace is beautiful, it’s getting what you don’t deserve. Grace says, you don’t need to run away from God, you can run to God. Take it, take the grace, we need it! We are so dead without grace, yet so alive with it!
Here are three things to help you live a life that moves away from doing it your way to His way:
- Counter the lies of the enemy with truth.
Read your word, pray over the word, memorize the word.
- Identify the areas in your life that you are in bondage to.
Confess those to the Lord and confess to a mature believer and ask for accountability.
- Get yourself into community
Don’t be isolated. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. Plug into a group at church. Find someone to disciple you. Remember isolation drives you away from the cross!
My friend Ron Galla-Rini has been kind to remind me in times of frustration the following words, “You have more power than you think you do.” Indeed, that is true. Thank you, Lord for the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit not only convicts us of our sin, it also helps us to overcome doing things our way, which leads to sin, and gets us doing things God’s way, which leads to life!
To Life in Christ!