Posts Tagged ‘Sin


There’s A War Against Us

There is a spiritual war going on and every follower of Christ is under attack. The enemy has been defeated and his doom is certain. That doesn’t mean he isn’t dangerous. He is still trying to steal, kill and destroy. He still tempts us to sin against God and against people.
1 Peter 2:11 (NLT) says:

Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.

The enemy wants to trip us up with worldly desires. The apostle John describes these worldly desires as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Whether we’re lusting after someone we shouldn’t or coveting worldly things or are filled with self-righteous pride, we need to repent and keep away from these worldly desires. Be honest about your struggles and do whatever it takes to avoid sin. The enemy knows your weaknesses and will exploit them however he can. God can give you the strength to resist and flee temptation. Turn to Him before you give in.


Everything Must Go!

Have you ever seen a store have a going out of business sale? What do they say? Everything must go! Sometimes a family will have a moving sale because they’re leaving one place and moving to another across the country. Everything must go!
The apostle Peter, reflecting on what it means to be born again, said that everything from our old way of life must go. 1 Peter 2:1 (NLT) says:

So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.

As followers of Jesus, everything evil must go. He lists four types of evil behavior that we are to be done with. He says to be done with deceit, which is dishonesty. We shouldn’t lie, but rather we should always speak the truth in love. We need to be done with hypocrisy. We should stop pretending to be something that we’re not. We need to be done with jealousy. Instead of wanting what others have, we should be content with what God has blessed us with. We need to be done with unkind speech. Oh be careful little mouth what you say. Is the content of your speech kind and encouraging? Or are you tearing others down with your words. For followers of Christ who have been born again, we need to do away with evil behavior of every kind. Everything must go.


Sin Is Deadly

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses various aspects of the Law and points us to the heart of God’s commands. When it comes to lust, He says that we should go to great lengths to avoid adultery. He said:

If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. – Matthew 5:29-30 (NIV)

Too often we downplay the seriousness of sin. In reality, sin is deadly. Sin is what sends people to Hell. Sin is what sent Jesus to the cross. What do we do? We will mess around with sin and tiptoe up to the line of sin to see how far we can go. What we should be doing is taking ten steps back from the line of sin and draw a new line. We need better boundaries when it comes to sin. If we mess around with sin, it means that we don’t understand grace. Grace is free for us, but it cost Jesus His life. Let’s not take it for granted by messing around with sin.

Our Connection To The Creation

In the beginning, God created everything. He created the heavens and the earth and every plant and animal. He created humanity in His image and everything was very good. Then, humanity fell in the Garden of Eden when Adam sinned. God pronounced curses on the serpent and on Adam and Eve. God said that even the ground and the creation would be cursed because of sin. In Romans 8, Paul links humanity and creation. He wrote:

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. – Romans 8:20-21 (NIV)

When Christ returns, He will not only set humanity free from the curses of sin and death, but the creation will be set free from its curse of decaying. When Jesus returns, He will make everything right again and we look forward to that day with expectation.

No Condemnation

At the end of Romans 7, the apostle Paul says that he doesn’t understand why he continues to sin even though he hates it. He expresses his frustration with the sin in his life and wonders who can save him. He gives thanks to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul then writes:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

When God forgives your sins through Jesus and justifies you by grace through faith in Him, you are set free from the condemnation and consequences of sin. Eternal death is no longer in your future. Eternal life is your destiny. There is NO condemnation for those who belong to Christ. Any talk of condemnation is a lie from the enemy. Who will you choose to believe today? The One who paid the penalty for your sin or the one who tries to keep you enslaved to it? Trust Jesus for He has set you free.

The Lord Our God

In the Ten Commandments, God gives His people a set of rules to abide by that will protect them in the community of faith. He begins by identifying Himself and reminding them of what He had done for the Israelites. Moses wrote:

And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. – Exodus 20:1-2 (NIV)

God didn’t bring us out of slavery in Egypt, but He did deliver us from slavery and bondage to sin and its consequences. God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to deliver us from sin. Sin owned us as slaves. We were held in bondage to its power over us. Jesus, who never sinned, went to the cross as the perfect and acceptable human sacrifice in order to forgive our many sins and set us free. Sin no longer has control over us. We have been freed from the consequences of sin. Hell is no longer our destiny. God has delivered us from sin and darkness and is leading us to the Promised Land of Heaven.


Jesus Frees Us From Prison

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 3:15-25.

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