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A Casual View of Sin
9/29/2016

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 (NKJV)

Have you ever heard someone say, “Hey, I’m not perfect”? Well the fact is none of us are perfect, nor will we be until we see Jesus face-to-face. Even so, we need to guard ourselves from being complacent and content with the sin in our lives. I believe one of the greatest deceptions of the enemy is the temptation to be indifferent to sin. Satan knows the more we are exposed to sin, the more we can become accustomed to seeing it, and it can become somehow less shocking over time. This is apathy.

Virtually every glance we take, from billboards, to television, to our computers, we can see sinful activity—even a glance out the car window while traveling down the interstate will reveal multiple speeding violations within moments. Some would argue, “speeding isn’t that bad of a sin”—quickly pointing out worse offenses, but is this really a justification for sinning? Do we measure right and wrong based on a sliding scale of what society does, or deems acceptable?

I think it is important for us to understand, sin simply means to miss the mark—the mark that has been set by our Lord—a mark of truth and righteousness. So sin is to live in a way other than what God has clearly outlined in His Word, and therefore is His perfect will.

Q: So how can we know for sure if we are in sin?

Well, thankfully God has provided a way for us to know. In addition to giving us His written word (the Bible), He has written His law upon our hearts (Rom. 2:15), and has given us a conscience as a tool—the Holy Spirit uses our conscience to give us a sense of right and wrong when we are in sin—this is called conviction. When we feel this conviction, we need to identify our wrong actions, and then confess them before the Lord. This simply means to come in agreement that what we are doing is wrong and therefore not His will for our lives. Once we have done this we need to repent (change our mind) of this sinful behavior immediately. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

When we are doing things we know to be wrong and we refuse to align ourselves with God’s heart, then we are regarding iniquity (sin) in our heart. This is damaging to our prayer life and our Christian walk

If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. Psalms 66:18 (NKJV) 

God isn’t asking us to walk on water, nor is He expecting us to be perfect this side of heaven. But He wants us to abhor evil (Rom. 12:9), and we need to know sin is evil through and through. I want to encourage you to think and pray about these truths today.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with respect to how we should view and understand sin?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself to hate sin, or can you see where the enemy is tempting you to become complacent with it in your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and be willing to cast down anything that comes against God’s perfect will for your life. Guard yourself against becoming indifferent to sin, and learn to abhor it; for this shows true love for God.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, help me to see sin the way you do. Help me to take every thought captive and to crucify the desires deep within my flesh. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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