Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
Excuses are another realm of devotion allowing ourselves to circumvent:
Are you an excuse maker? When someone makes a case for action or for you to make a move, do you respond by saying: "I would but...?
Do you see yourself as an exception to most rules? Making excuses is at the heart of a troubling spirit that afflicts our spiritual growth. Pride causes us to make excuses and to also excuse ourselves. Scripture tells us that pride is at the heart of our rebellion against God. We make excuses because we hate the opposite behavior, humility. Without our excuses, we would be exposed for what we actually are in need of. Rather than honestly considering changing and facing our reality, we refuse the need to rethink how we go about our dealings.
Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
Another motivation for our excuse-making is our guilt. Owning up to our shortcomings opens up the possibility that we may need to make changes. When a believer becomes a habitual excuse-maker, they tend to hide behind a facade (public image) in an attempt to veil them from their own guilt.
3.) How is our relationship with Jesus Christ and with those around us hindered when our effectiveness in ministry is hindered?
SEE Hebrews 12:1 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight (extra baggage), and the sin which doth so easily beset us:"
- What weight (burdens) do we carry around that restricts (obstructs) our effectiveness in ministry?
- What sin (behavior) are we sometimes knowingly and unknowingly given to that restricts (obstructs) our effectiveness in ministry?
This isn't simply (all) sin, but expressly speaks to particular sin or cherished sin (idolatrous, comfortable, i.e. rebellious); we may suffer from fear, bitter discouragements, doubt, and sensual gratification (pleasures related to our senses).