While listening to a recent sermon my Pastor gave, he used a word that I had never heard before: de-sin. The dictionary has no meaning for this word so it’s one that was made up but my imagination was piqued by the results of what it could mean.

How simple life would be if we could go into a chamber and be “de-sinned.” All of our weaknesses, our tendencies toward things wrong, our grumpiness, anger, jealousy, bitterness, revenge, laziness — all wiped out by simply walking into a “de-sin” chamber.

The problem with this scenario is that we’d have to walk into the chamber several times a day. Selfishness would be the primary reason that would take us back time and time again. In this consumer age it appears that it’s supposed to be all about me. But in the spiritual life it’s not about me at all but about Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit.

I know very few people who, before every thought or action, asks the question “Will this glorify God or me?” Our tendency is to act and think later. But days of asking this question should make it habit-forming as smoking a cigarette would be natural to someone who smoked.

Habits and life tendencies are hard to break. A “de-sin chamber” sounds good to me but since it doesn’t exist I have to rely on the best thing out there which is the Holy Spirit. He’s the best de-sin chamber I know who has fruits such as love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5, 6

I prefer that life and peace. Come Spirit come!


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