Today’s Scripture: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Ephesians 5:11-13

You can never conquer sin with an excuse.

I once entered a public restroom at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. One of the toilets was overflowing, and there was water all over the floor. A maintenance worker was frantically mopping up the water as it gushed onto the floor, but he made no attempt to stop it from overflowing. He tried to offset the dilemma, but it only worsened because he wasn’t addressing the heart of the matter.

Some Christians view problems in their lives the same way. Many say, “I want to love God with my whole heart. I want His love more than anything else!” Yet they don’t stop the flooding. The underlying cause for many of the problems we face is sin that hasn’t been dealt with. Instead of attacking the source of our problems, however, we try to “mop them up,” while they compound and multiply until we’re in over our heads. If we desire God’s blessings in our lives, we must cut off the sin that restrains them.

Perhaps you’ve dug yourself into a financial pit, and you’re struggling to get out. Or, even worse, maybe your marriage is in really bad shape, and a divorce seems imminent. Whatever your situation might be, you can get through it if you remember this: First, recognize what the problem is, and next, attack the problem at its source-turn the water off, and you’ll stop the flooding!

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder