By Lisa Huddleston

“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  We all, with unveiled faces are reflecting the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

I’ve heard it said a million times if I’ve heard it once:  “I can’t help it.  It’s just the way I am.”  Heck, I’ve probably said it at least half a million times myself.  But I’m writing today to say loudly and clearly that that is a lie!

Now it may be a great excuse for why we continue to do the things we do.  I’m overweight because my whole family is heavy.  I’m sharp-tongued and angry because whatever I think comes right out of my mouth.  I can’t seem to finish what I begin, because I’m not a patient person.  Whatever the negative activity or thought—I can’t help it.  God made me this way.  Yeah, great excuse but still a lie.

And even worse than that, it’s our way of giving God the blame for our sin.  “God, the woman you gave me handed me the fruit to eat.”  “Lord, the creature you made tempted me to eat it.”  It’s God’s fault, and we can’t help it.  It’s just the way we are, and He gave us the personalities we have—good and bad.  Lies.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying there isn’t a God-connection here, but it’s definitely not one that gives Him the blame for our sin.  The connection I’m thinking about is the one that demonstrates the activity of the Holy Spirit in those who become children of the Lord that enables us to overcome what we once were.

Think about it.  If we are His then “we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him” (2 Cor. 5:9).  We don’t use Him as an excuse for our sin.  He is the very Spirit that empowers us to be transformed, to move from glory to glory until we are made into the same image of the Lord Himself.  With unveiled faces, no lies and no excuses, there is freedom in Christ to be changed.  And that, my friend and my self, is the very good news of the gospel.

No excuses.  Not fear nor laziness nor lies.  No blaming God nor anyone else.  Look into the glory of God with an unveiled face and be changed for good.

“Working together with Him, we also appeal to you: ‘Don’t receive God’s grace in vain.’ For He says:

 In an acceptable time,

I heard you,

and in the day of salvation,

I helped you.

Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:1-2).