Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Don’t Ignore the Warnings (Continuing Romans 6)

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The emergency alert signal blared, interrupting my busy agenda.

“This is Guard Yourself News Network reporting! Due to compromising conditions, we have issued a sin warning! Weaknesses have been sighted in your thoughts, which could lead to further lawlessness. Please abandon all temptation and seek immediate protection in God’s Word.”

Although I never actually heard any such audible warning, I have often heard one in my spirit.

As we continue memorizing and/or meditating on Romans 6, verses 19-20 addresses the progressive nature of sin:

Romans 6:19-20 (NASB) 
:19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented   your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. 

:20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

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 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.

If you could go back, what sin alert would you respond to differently? What sin alert are you ignoring today? Are you willing to address it this week by doing whatever necessary (confessing your sin, reading your Bible, being accountable to someone, fellowshipping with believers, etc.)?

One of the most sobering passages in the Bible is James 1:14-16:  
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. (NKJV).

I think that says it all, don’t you?


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  1. "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." Those are very sobering words Sheryl. They certainly make me shudder with painful memories. What you have said is so true. We cannot compromise when it comes to sin. Once we wonder over into the shadows of darkness it becomes so easy to fall into complete darkness.

    1. Well said, Barbara. Sin never offers a positive outcome. I pray we all learn that and show it with the choices we make today - and everyday!

      Thank you for stopping by again, Barbara! I'd feel pretty lonely if it wasn't for you. ;)

  2. Sheryl, so many times I read your posts and want to respond... but I just don't know how or what to say. I imagine there are others in the same "boat." So I am commenting just to say, we appreciate you and the messages you share. They really get us thinking deeply. Blessings, dear sister.

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, Sheila! I can't deny that I sometimes become discouraged wondering if anyone reads these posts (except Barbara!). However, I am determined to keep my focus on why I write. I realize (and am growing in my realizing) that God will use my writing for His purposes and in His timing (if and when He chooses.)
      I love writing. Many times when I write, I get so excited totally convinced the Holy Spirit inspired the message. I actually tear up in gratitude.
      I also love what God is doing in me as I write - and even as I trust in Him to use me in whatever way HE chooses.
      Again, thank you, Sheila (and Barbara), for encouraging me by stopping by and leaving a comment. It makes me smile. ;)

    2. Thank you, Sheila. I appreciate your "heart" - filled words!
      Honestly, I do thank you for your continued love and support! I know you can relate to a fellow-blogger.


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