Friday, May 4, 2012

Warning! High Probability of Increasing Sin!

Romans 6 (NIV1984)
:19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.
:20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.

Romans 6 (AMP)
:19 I am speaking in familiar human terms because of your natural limitations. For as you yielded your bodily members [and faculties] as servants to impurity and ever increasing lawlessness, so now yield your bodily members [and faculties] once for all as servants to righteousness (right being and doing) [which leads] to sanctification.
:20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

The emergency alert signal blared, interrupting my agenda:

“This is G.O.D. News Network. Due to compromising conditions, we have issued a severe sin alert! Sin has been sighted in your activities which could lead to worsening sinful conditions. Please evacuate and seek immediate protection in God’s Word.”

Did you notice the phrase “to ever-increasing wickedness” in verse 19?That’s one of the consequences of sin: the snowball effect. Once we compromise our convictions it’s easier to give into temptation the next time, and soon we’re doing things we never dreamed we were capable of.

What is the worst thing you’re involved in that you really regret? Do you remember how you got there? One wrong choice, led to that lie which led to more wrong choices and more lies, and so on.

One of the most sobering verses in the Bible is James 1:14-16:

       :14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire,
             he is dragged away and enticed.

       :15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
             and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

      :16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. (NIV1984)

I think that says it all, don’t you?

So, what now?

     • What sin alert are you ignoring?

     • Are you willing to do what it takes to overcome it this week? (Confess your sin, read your Bible, be accountable to someone, fellowship with believers, etc.)

     • How can we pray for you?


  1. When I was pondering these verses, I looked up the definition of sin and in one place, it said it is when we do wrong or don't do what is right by God's rules (citing 1John3:4). I usually think in terms of what have I done wrong and rightfully so when I examine my heart before God. But what about those times I ignore the Holy Spirit's prompting to pray for a complete stranger that tells me their problems? Letting the fear of what that person might say or think is just as much a sin as lying, cheating, or stealing, etc. God did not give us a spirit of fear, but when we yield to it, we sin against God. I hope the next time, I will hear that "emergency alert" loud and clear and will obey whatever it is the Holy Spirit is telling me to do.

    1. Thank you, MJ, for reminding us that sin isn’t just giving into temptation, but also refusing to act when God is directing us to do something. It’s very easy to minimize those times of disobedience, isn't it. Thank you, again, for that reminder - I needed that!


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