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This Weeks' Sermon:
August 2nd: "Sin"
Read: Hebrews 11:24-25. Please join us at 10:45 AM.
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We don’t talk much about sin these days. The word sin is rarely used in public discourse outside the church, and even some churches don’t talk about it. Yet, sin is a reality even if we don’t talk about it. And God’s word has a lot to say about sin. Sin is when we do wrong, when we break God’s commands, when we put our will before God’s will. All of us have sinned, but God doesn’t want us to sin. He wants us to live godly lives, not sinful lives. To motivate us to avoid sin I want to describe four characteristics of sin.
Sin is delightful. Hebrews 11.25 speaks of “the fleeting pleasures of sin.” Sin is pleasurable. There is no way around this, but the pleasures of sin are short-lived and followed by grave consequences. Sin is fun and pleasurable. If it weren’t, then no one would be sinning. That’s what makes sin so enticing and why it is so hard to resist at times. Now it’s important to realize that fun itself is not sin, but sin is often fun. Having a good time and enjoying yourself is not sinful. There is joy in the Lord. Sin though appeals to the pleasures of our flesh. If you have sex outside of marriage, you’re going to get pleasure but it’s still wrong in God’s sight. If you go get drunk tonight, you’re going to feel good, but God will not be pleased and you probably won’t feel very good in the morning.
Sin is deceitful. Hebrews 3.13 says, “Encourage one another daily…so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.” Sin is deceitful and it hardens our hearts. It tricks us. It’s pleasurable, but it also has consequences. But we don’t think about those. We think we are getting away with sin and simply having a good time. But we’re not. There are consequences to sin. The old saying goes, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” Sin is a trap. It is like a spider’s web: a spider’s web shines in the sunlight and attracts insects but then they get stuck and die. Sin is like a fishing lure: we use baits that are colorful or that move a lot and so attract the fish, but then the bait hooks them. Sin is like a mouse trap: the cheese draws the mice, and then the trap kills them. Don’t be a fool. Sin is deceitful.
Sin is addictive. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8.34). Some say, “I’m just going to sin this one time.” It’s not that simple. The more you sin the more you want to sin. Sin is addictive. We think about drugs and gambling being addictive, but sin in general is addictive. That’s why we should avoid sin altogether. When it comes to sin, the Bible regularly tells us to flee. For instance, 1 Corinthians 6.18 says, “Flee from sexual immorality” (see also 1 Cor 10.14; 1 Tim 6.11; 2 Tim 2.22). Like Joseph who was tempted by Potiphar’s wife, we need to flee from sin and temptation. Instead of flirting with sin, we need to flee from it. When you sin, your conscience bothers you and you feel bad. But the more you do wrong the less your conscience bothers you and so you think it’s ok. You begin to justify your sinful conduct. Yet, God still thinks it’s wrong. Just because you don’t feel that it’s wrong doesn’t mean it’s not wrong. You can harden your conscience and silence the voice of conviction by repeated sin.
Sin is deadly. Romans 6.23 states, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Sin has consequences in this life but also in the life to come. The ultimate consequence of sin is death, not just physical death but eternal death—eternal separation from God in hell. The sobering truth is that if we continue in our sin and don’t repent we will go to hell (see Prov 14.12). God will not gloss over our sinful rebellion. To die in an unrepentant, sinful state is to die lost and without hope. We treat sin so lightly. Would you pick up a rattlesnake and play with it? Would you grab a lion’s tail and pull it? Would you swim in the ocean with a Great White shark? Then why do we trifle with sin? It kills. It destroys. Let’s repent of our sin and seek God’s forgiveness. Though God hates sin, he loves us and wants to forgive us. He is incredibly merciful and promises to forgive us of our sin if we confess it and renounce it (see Prov 28.13; 1 John 1.9).
For more devotions by Pastor Mark, visit his blog at drmarkjackson.wordpress.com.