walk in the word
Sin / Suffering / Satan
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins . . . How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which He was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:26-29
Does anybody like going to the doctor? No—but we do it because we know that if we have a problem, we need it diagnosed, treated, and out of our lives. So, what good would it do us if our doctor saw a big, dark spot on our x-ray and sent us home, telling us that everything was fine? Ohhhh, I wanted to tell them the truth but I knew it would really ruin their day to know they have cancer, the doctor might rationalize.
In some ways, a correct diagnosis is a relief no matter how serious the prognosis. Now we know what we need to go after. Do the surgery, Doc. Get it all!
I’ve got a tough, but loving thing to talk about with you today. Here it is straight up: sin is serious. Sin is not a blunder; it’s not a weakness; it’s not an “oops.” Sin is a cancer that renders us terminal. As we’re learning in our series, “Don’t Stop Now: Fire Up,” those of us who have asked Jesus to forgive our sins have been saved from sin’s judgment, but we still need to deal radically and daily with the sin that we choose to do. Choosing to sin is a very serious thing. Hebrews 10:26 gives it to us directly: “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.”
Whoa—this is serious. Yes. Will you persevere with me through this warning?
When we make sin our choice, we cross a line. The idea here is a rational, intentional, willful decision. When I could choose to do right and I choose to do wrong instead—that is deliberate sin.
When my deliberate choice to sin becomes my pattern—I have crossed the line. I’ll say it again, it’s serious. Sin will cut a pathway of destruction across your life like a tornado in a Kansas wheat field. I plead with you to deal aggressively with your private and specific sin patterns. Set up parameters for your attitudes and behaviors where you can get some accountability. Insist on change from the inside out. Give your heart to being different. Don’t tolerate sin anymore; don’t rationalize it or play around with it or let it go on day after week after month after year. Make a big move and deal radically with that which will only bring devastation to your life.
Three questions to ask yourself:
No one other than You, Lord, knows my heart and sees my sin. Search me and show me and help me to surrender every cherished and private sin to Your holy and righteous standard. Give me the courage to deal forcefully with that which would separate me from You.
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