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It Doesnt Really Stay In Vegas
5/20/2016

…you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23 (NKJV)

We have all seen and heard those commercials promoting tourism for the city of Las Vegas—AKA, “Sin City.”  Their catch line became, “What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!”  I guess the concept being, you can do whatever you want there, and it will be your little secret.  The very essence of this sales pitch being you can do things in Las Vegas you might not otherwise do, and no one will know about it.  But this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

We can see in the Book of Numbers, Moses warning the tribes of Gad and Benjamin to obey the Lord in what He had instructed them to do—if they chose not to, their sin would find them out.   All too often, we can think we have gotten away with our sinful actions, only to have them resurface later.  We can see an example of this in the Book of Genesis.  We read of the story of Joseph and of how his brothers had sinned by throwing him into a pit and eventually selling him into slavery.   They thought their actions would solve their problem of jealousy and anger, and yet their sin found them out many years later (Gen. 37-50). 

When you think about it, this is what sin always does—it entices us into believing it is the answer for something, and into it being able to fulfill a desire or legitimate need in our life in an illegitimate way. The fact is, it can be just about any type of temptation to sin, and it doesn’t just happen in Las Vegas—it can happen everywhere and at any time. 

As tempting as sin may present itself, it never truly satisfy’s in the way we perceive it will—it always leaves the one actively participating in sin longing for more.  The more a person sins, the more they desire to fulfill the lust of the flesh.  The fire of sin burns hotter and hotter, never having enough to fuel it completely. In the end a person will find himself, or herself, still wanting something more to bring true lasting satisfaction and fulfillment—and it will never be found in stoking the coals of sin.  Only Jesus can truly meet the need we have deep within our lives for fulfillment.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)

As Christians, we must choose to deal with any and all sin within our life by confessing it, repenting of it, and allowing God to use it to help others by sharing what we have learned from it. Remember, once we do this, we are forgiven, so don’t allow the enemy to come back into your life and attempt to condemn you for these sinful actions which have been paid for by Christ (Rom. 8:1).

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from Numbers 32:23 with regard to our unrepented, unconfessed sin? 

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there any sin you have not confessed to God and repented of (turned from)?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord and ask Him to reveal any sin in your life, and to give you the strength to turn from it. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, Thank You for Your mercies, which are new each day.  Thank You for Your forgiveness of sin.   Thank You for Your strength to overcome any habit in our flesh.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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