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The Sin of Procrastination
4/10/2014

Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, “Entreat the LORD that He may take away the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD.” And Moses said to Pharaoh, “Accept the honor of saying when I shall intercede for you, for your servants, and for your people, to destroy the frogs from you and your houses, that they may remain in the river only.” So he said, “Tomorrow.” Exodus 8:8-10 (NKJV)

In the Book of Exodus, we see Moses commissioned by God to deliver the Israelites from the bondage of slavery, so they could go and freely worship God.  Moses had given the message to Pharaoh saying, “The LORD God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, saying, ‘Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness” (Ex. 7:16 NKJV). 

Pharaoh responds by declining God’s instructions, so God began to bring a series of plagues upon the land, starting with turning their water supplies into blood.  The rivers, ponds, streams, pools and every container within the city turned from water into blood.  And yet Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to allow God’s people to leave.

The next plague was to inundate the land with frogs from the rivers.  The frogs overwhelmed the people within the land occupying every possible space including their homes.  Ironically, the Egyptians esteemed the frog worthy to be worshiped, but I believe many of them began to look at the frog as more of a burden and a curse than something to be worshipped.

So Pharaoh called for Moses and asked him to take away the frogs, and he agreed to let the people to go.  Moses then asked him, “When do you want me to pray for the frogs to be taken away?”

Now if I had frogs on my bed and in my food, I would have personally said, “Get rid of them now!”  But not Pharaoh—He tells Moses, “Tomorrow.”

Q:         So why would Pharaoh wait one more night to have Moses pray to get rid of the frogs?

I believe Pharaoh was in bondage to the sin of pride and rebellion.  I believe his personal desire to do what he wanted was of greater importance to him than the benefits of abiding in God’s will for his life.

As sad is this story is, it continues to happen every day to millions of people throughout the world.  The opportunity is freely given to repent of sin, to be forgiven, and to walk with God—to obey His will, yet most will answer in the same way Pharaoh did by reasoning within their mind, “I’ll do it tomorrow.”  Instead of following through on what they know to be right, they will procrastinate.  Unfortunately, time slips by and the thought to repent is forgotten, or worse yet, tomorrow never comes.

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19 (NKJV)

Truth be told, we can all be guilty of dragging our feet when it comes to turning from something we know we shouldn’t be doing. Sin has a way of luring our flesh to do the very thing our spirit wants nothing to do with (Rom. 7:18-19).  This is why we cannot rely upon our feelings to make the proper decision—we must seek God’s will through His Word, and then seek His power through the Holy Spirit.  God is faithful to forgive and cleanse us of our sin (1 John 1:9), as we confess.  Our confessing is simply coming in agreement.  The key isn’t just in knowing this truth—the key is in doing it, and not procrastinating. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Acts 3:19 what happens when we repent of our sins and become followers of Jesus Christ?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there an ongoing sin in your life – one you haven’t given fully to God for healing?  Are you willing to give it to Him right now?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s ask the Lord today to examine our hearts.  Let’s ask Him to show us any sin needing to be taken out of our lives.  Let’s ask and believe in God for a complete healing and deliverance of these strongholds.

LET'S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit to guide and lead us in Your truth.   Please show us any sin we may have in our lives this day Lord—those sins causing us to be out of fellowship with You and causing others to stumble in their desire to know You as their Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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