Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Staying in Sin by Choice

Staying in Sin by Choice 

You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Lord God, how shall I who died to sin live any longer in it? 

Dear Lord...
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. He died for me, that I who live should live no longer for myself, but for Him who died for me and rose again. If I am in Christ, I am a new creation; old things have passed away; all things have become new. I am in You who are true, in Your Son Jesus Christ. As You, Father, are in Jesus, and He in You; that all believers also may be one in You, I am part of the body of Christ, and a member individually. Because Jesus lives, I will live also. I am dead to sin and alive in Christ! I praise You, Lord God, that I am a new creation for now and for eternity. Amen. 

 Dr. David Jeremiah Life-Changing Moments with God 

People across this world choose to live in sin and rage at those who do not join them. 

In the Bible, not far from that opening passage, it also refers to what is called a practiced sin. 

Sins that people willingly do, knowing full well that their actions are not in accordance with God's Word.  It is everything from what the world has defined as little white lies to the very much in your face lies.  The world's definitions of right and wrong, of lies and truth, mean nothing in the light of God’s Word. 

When we face Jesus Christ note very clearly that Scripture says there are no lawyers to defend anyone. In all references to facing Jesus, either in His form before coming to Earth as Jesus or before, there's nobody defending anybody. You stand or fall by yourself. 

There's another passage that reads that it's a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 

One of Satan's deceptions is that humans can stand up to God in defiance of Him or His truth. 
Satan couldn't. Scripture says that he was beheld like lightning when he chose to rebel against God.  That fast he was dismissed from the presence of God. 

Choosing to live in sin, any sin, is nothing to be celebrating. Choosing to rejoice in someone else's sin is very wrong.  Jesus endured the horrific death on a cross, separation from His Father, to pay the penalty for sin.  He didn't do all that to give anyone a free ride in continuing to willingly sin!

It's been joked about often that if the wages for sin were paid immediately it wouldn't be so attractive.  

Learning to test the boundaries of right and wrong begins at infancy.  How far can I go and yet barely stay out of trouble?

As adults it's still there.  The arrogant presumption of us not seeing God stopping us isn't a license saying we have His approval. 

Our excuses are no reason to continue in sin either.  Scripture says that to all who have come to Jesus, they are given a measure of faith.  Jesus Himself said what the faith the size of a mustard seed could do.   

I still falter and stumble in various things in my life, I am everso grateful to God's grace and mercy in those things in me that haven't changed yet. But if you have no remorse at the sin that you do or the sins that you are enjoying that's what the Bible says is a hardened heart. 

A hardened heart loses the ability to beat any rhythm at all. 

In the days of Noah this world celebrated sin. They had perfect brains and likely bodies to go with them due to none of the sun's radiation degrading their bodies. They were marrying and being given in marriage.  They were each doing their own thing.  The Bible says their thoughts were evil continually.  They saw nothing wrong with it. The Scripture says that the Lord searches the heart. He knew every one of those billions of people. He knows every one of the billions that live now who are also marrying and being given in marriage.  

Know this, that as stated yesterday, Satan's belief in the return of Christ is stronger than much of both this world and the professing Church in this world.  So-called Churches are telling people to celebrate sin this month in particular.  Telling people that they don't need to take God's Word literally.  That Jesus was a nice guy and that it's possible to live a good enough life to get into Heaven. 

If the head of the enemy of God knows that God's Word has not been broken, where do you think that puts all of humanity?

In Ephesians 6 we are shown what the full armor of God is. That those who are believers should wear it daily.  Each part of it has its purpose.  Wearing it is never a suggestion. 

People everywhere think that they can run from war.  The truth is most do not look at the real battlefield.  The battlefield is in the Spiritual world that overlays this physical world. Read of Elijah praying that his servant's eyes would be opened to see the real soldiers. 

Look at what the New Testament says of our warfare.  We battle not against flesh and blood. 

Warfare exists everywhere including theme parks!  It is in the baby's nursery! It's in your living room!  Your car! Your workplace.  Your moments supposedly alone with yourself and your phone.  The battlefield is where your mind is.  

What are you doing to fortify your defenses?

Are you relying on you or on Christ Jesus?

Are you even acknowledging that you are at war over the souls of mankind?

Not fighting is not an option.  Satan fools many into thinking the lie of pacifism.  That if they avoid all that then they are safe. That if they just look for the good in people it will be OK. That if they are living lives apart from the troubles they see in the news that they are OK. 

Lies lies lies. Again, Satan's never been to Hell and doesn't care who gets sent there!
Jesus cared enough to die to pay the price to keep people from going there!

Choice came from the cross of Christ. 

Choosing to sin or not choosing to sin. 

That's what you have every moment of today. 

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