Downpour lesson this week 2.1.09

In Satan, Saved, Sin on January 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm

This week’s lesson on “Downpour” discusses sin and it’s destruction in our lives. To quote the author sin has an intent, it has a purpose to destroy our lives and worst of all it has a director the accuser. The most potent points he makes are
1. Sin will pursue you!
2. Sin will disappoint you!
3. Sin will trip you up!
4. Sin will enslave you!
5. Sin will expose you!

This week’s study brings me back to the basics of the Christian experience and life, I choose to sin and I hate the consequences I bring on myself. Sin would be defined as failing to conform to God’s standard from his word-in action, in failure to act, or in attitude. Sin is no game and the enemy always tries to get us to justify our “little sins” we’re not that bad look at so and so…. We really have to deal with sin God’s way and God doesn’t play games. When I choose to disobey God I am practicing practical atheism by purposefully disobeying his word. I have to admit this is very difficult for me to accept in my own life. Thank God for Grace and reconciliation without it life would be hopeless; the word has to weigh in on this subject:

Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,

1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.
Rom 7:18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.

1Ti 5:24 Some people get caught in their sins right away, even before the time of judgment. But other people’s sins don’t show up until later.

Dad used to preach “Satan wants a toehold, then a foothold, to gain a stronghold.” If you read the above versus it describes how sin can overwhelm our lives to create a seared conscience quite literally losing our ability to fell pain. If you feel no twinge of guilt about sin, it could because your conscience has become seared. Eventually some people become hard hearted, pathological, or even criminally evil because they silenced their conscience through repeated sin. This is how we can become calloused as well, for instance 50 million abortions and we become so calloused it seems a distant problem instead of a seething torrent of injustice.

This is pretty deep stuff and if we stay here it seems there is no hope or worse we don’t want to confront our depravity. The word always has hope were there seems to be no hope at all.

Mat 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

  1. It is amazing the gap that begins to develop when one doesn’t admit the sin in his or her life. One seems to lose communication with God because that person tries to avoid taking responsibility for a wrong action. The action is glossed over and over until it doesn’t even seem like the original action. In other words, a person begins to lie to oneself about how the action really wasn’t wrong at all because of a multitude of excuses. Eventually, the person forgets that he or she lied to oneself and begins to really believe it is the truth, when indeed it could not be further from the truth.

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