“Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.”
How seriously do we take sin?
Those that make light of the effects that sin has upon our lives are sadly deceived.
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
The devil desires to deter and distract us from our God-given purpose by enticing us into sin, usually by offering us exactly what we think we need or want. There is always an end to the pleasure that sin has to offer, but there is also a punishment that must be received.
How seriously do we take our own sin?
Those that refuse to see the error of their own ways are also deceived.
1 John 1:8-10
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
When we view sin in light of what the Word of God says, we have favour with Him.
The moment we realize we are sinners, is the moment that God begins to work within us. The conviction of the Holy Spirit enables us to see our need for a Saviour, and the price that Jesus Christ paid for our sin. God loved us so much that He willingly sacrificed His only begotten Son so that we could be His children.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Even after we are saved, sin still has an effect on us. We are new creatures inside, but we still reside within our sinful nature, the flesh. The battle for our eternity is over, but the war for our testimony has just begun.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
We have the whole armour of God available to us to allow us to stand despite the devil’s attempt to destroy us. Rather than view sin lightly, seek today to use the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, to help you defeat the enemy.
Jeremiah 31-32 | Philippians 4 | Proverbs 29
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