CSR Daily Devotion

Yesterday I shared a bit of my personal struggle with sin, which I feel is very important because, honestly, how can I relate to anyone if I have not spent time in their shoes. What surprised me about the post I shared was how much pain it brought my wife for her to read about those struggles I had dealt with. But she pushed pass her pain and shared a beautiful post on her Facebook page hoping to reach someone who might be struggling with the same addictions.

All this was a stern reminder of the pain sin brings, pain we often do not think about. Most sin is obvious: murder, stealing, lying, hating. We think sin is only going to hurt ourselves but we forget about our loved ones that feel the sting of sin more than we could ever know. And we always forget about the one who loves us most. Jesus forgives us for all our sins, over and over again, wave upon wave, grace upon grace. But, I am sure, His heart breaks every time we keep committing the same sins over and over and over again.

I launched this project in 2020 because of the significance of the year. A new decade, a monumental year, a symbolic point to start anew. A fellow brother in Christ shared this article with me and it hits upon a lot of the points I am fighting for America this year. It’s a fight I hope you all join me in. Let’s be the change this world desperately needs.

February 19

47”And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out.  It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48where

‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’”  (Mark 9:47-48)

Yesterday I talked about how I should have gouged my eyes out to save myself from my pornography addiction.  And today, we see Jesus gave the same advice almost 2,000 years ago!  Sin has corrupted this world from the creation of mankind.  God has given us a way to eternal life but we consistently allow sin to complicate our lives and pull us away from our Creator.  Why is that?  Why are we so much more inclined to do the wrong thing than what is right?  Why are we slaves to sin instead of slaves to righteousness?

For one, we have become a generation that allows the distractions of the world hold us hostage to making change that truly lasts. 

What is distracting you from living a more Godly life?  What do you need to do to break the chains of sin and find true freedom?  The verse above is a stern reminder that you might have to take drastic measures to break your chains.  Just remember Jesus is a chain breaker.  Come to Him, He will keep you intact and help you walk in a better way and life.  Stop wasting your time here on Earth and start living a life of sin-free-servitude. 

Reading plan:  Mark 11:19-33

Deeper reading plan:  Deuteronomy 28-30

Prayer and meditation:  continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray that Jesus helps you live a distraction free year!

Fitness challenge:  Week seven of our 7×14 challenge.  2 sets of 14, we’re going to speed the reps up again.  Keep perfect form put push yourself to complete these sets quickly.

1.  Standard push-up                2.  Sit-up or crunches

3.  Air squats                                4.  Hand-release push-up

5.  Leg lifts                                    6.  Lunges (7-each leg)

7.  4-count flutter kick

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