Lame in whose sight
And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. (Matthew 5:30 KJV)
“It is better to enter into life maimed and lovely in God’s Sight than to be lovely in man’s sight and lame in God’s” (Oswald Chambers). Would you rather be lovely in God’s Sight or man’s sight? It all points to self. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16 KJV)” I think this says it all. No matter who or what you yield to you become a servant or slave of who or what you yield to. Is there an addiction in your life that masters you? E.g. cigarettes, does that little stick urge you to go out and smoke? When you get upset or after you eat or even when you have to make a stressful decision, can you do it without the overwhelming urge to smoke? That little stick has made you its slave. When you drive by a store do you think, I’m almost out of Cigarettes or maybe its beer or candy? What are you yielding to and you will find your master. Would you not seem lame in God’s sight if He asked you, “Why you did not do such and such”, and you said “I had to get some smokes or “…” whatever else you were serving instead of God? I know it is not easy. Little steps to success is what matters. The devil will get you to think it is no big deal but one degree off and you still miss the mark. Don’t let the world’s fads, your flesh or the devil’s influence on you through others deceive you to think or think it is okay. It is better to be lame in man’s sight and lovely in God’s sight. The first is temporary and the second is eternal.
Take a step of faith and start to renew your mind by putting off the old man and putting on the new. “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: (Colossians 3:8-10 KJV, bold emphasis mine)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 KJV, bold emphasis mine)
Renewing the mind is the renovation of the mind and it all starts with your thinking. Be aware of your thoughts. Process them one at a time. Ask— why do I think like this? Answer— find the root of the thinking process (I thought it was cool and I was accepted by my friends). Finally, Discuss— reason with yourself. Is this what a living sacrifice looks like in God’s Sight? Is this holy and acceptable? Does it prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God? If the answer is no, than figure out what does and do that instead.
God’s Spiritual Word is our Sword. Use it to fight off the wiles of the flesh, the world and the devil. Some prayers for spiritual warfare can be found at www.GodsSight.com/links.html.