Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Comfortable in Sin?
“You have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.” Exodus 5:21b
It is possible for people to become so accustomed to their bondage that they resist efforts to free them. The Hebrews had been slaves in Egypt for four hundred years. Slavery meant that they were not free to do God's will or to go where they wanted. Moses had come to tell the Israelites how they could experience freedom, yet they were more concerned about the reaction of their taskmasters than they were about pleasing God. For them to be free would mean that the pharaoh they were serving would be angry! It would mean that the Egyptians they had served all their lives might attack them. Freedom from their slavery did not seem to be worth the hardships they would inevitably endure. When God sets out to free us, there will often be a price we will have to pay. Grief can be a terrible form of bondage, yet we can become comfortable with it. We can grow so comfortable with fear that we don’t know how to live without it. As destructive as our sinful habits and lifestyle might be, we may prefer living with the familiar, rather than being freed to experience the unknown. We may recognize the harmful influence of a friend but choose to reject God's will rather than offend our friend. As incredible as it seems, the Israelites were angry at Moses for disrupting the life of slavery to which they had grown accustomed. Have you been lulled into a comfortable relationship with your bondage? Do you fear change more than you fear God? Are you willing to allow God to do what is necessary in order to free you? - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
Are you fighting what God is doing in your life? When He shows you what He says is sin, are you rejecting the very notion that it is sin? Are you behaving like the Israelites before Moses?
Sin is anything that is contrary to the will of God for man. It began with disobedience in the Garden of Eden. Next was bitterness that led to murder. It kept building from there to include idols and personal pride and power cravings over others. The demand to worship beasts, demons and other men, even inanimate objects such as we have today. Cars, boats, buildings, things of our own creation. Sports. Movies.
Time is a huge thing with sin. Time is what sin wants mankind to waste. In ever more creative ways, sin wants and demands this be wasted.
But as the title of this particular blog says...comfortable in sin. To get you to waste time on things is what Satan wants of everyone. Because the more you waste if the limited amount of time you are given in this life the less he has to deal with you living for Jesus.
Is it no wonder Paul and others wrote of the need to focus our hearts and minds on songs, hymns and Spiritual songs? To be devoted to prayer for ourselves and others. To make Disciples. To run the race we are in, in such a way as to win the prize. What are you doing with your time?
Are you wasting it complaining? Scripture says for us not to be grumbling.
What are you intentionally doing to use your time wisely? What are you doing to cultivate your life with Christ?
Are you griping and complaining in this hour because, in all reality, God exposed your idols by removing them? He exposed what was more important to you than Him? Is that the real reason for your disappointment and displays of anger?
Be honest with yourself, because every thought and every intention is laid bare before Christ. Is the fact that God is doing what He is doing interrupting your sin?
Face the truth like a man...or even as a woman...depending on who is reading this.
In your reactions to what life is like, have you drawn closer to God or are you still wandering around looking for how to make your life go back to what it was like, just as the Israelites tried to do?
Scripture has to be fulfilled. Read what Jesus said along those lines. He He Himself said that even with Judas he was fulfilling Scripture. Every aspect of the life of Christ was written about hundreds of years earlier, was fulfilled. Jesus read from Isaiah Himself telling people directly that that passage was fulfilled in their hearing.
Are you comfortable in your sin? Are you seeking Jesus in this hour? Are you in prayer? Are you getting ready to face Him when He appears soon?
You can't undo how you have lived your life, but from this moment forward you can live as Christ wanted you to.