Thought- “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.”– John Owen, Puritan Preacher
Scripture- “ But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13
Insight: In day 36 of learning to apply biblical principles to our daily life, what we are referring to as Practical Christianity, let’s consider what it means to be aware of our sinful nature and how to protect ourselves from its devastating consequences. Because make no mistake, sin will always look good and feel bad. Sin will destroy marriages, relationships, businesses, families, finances and anything else that gets in its path. Sin is deceitful. Sin is deadly. Sin is everywhere. Sin is in my heart and yours. We didn’t ask for this, it is a result of the fall of man, of the Original sin. We all carry this burden and it can only be resolved through relying on the strength of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit to protect us. We are no match for the power of sin on our own. Don’t believe me, ask King David and his great fall with Bathsheba. David had everything you could want: He was called a man after God’s own heart, he had military success, power, prestige, wealth, a kingdom on earth he was responsible for. Yet sin whispered in his ear “look at Bathsheba bathing on the roof.” (2 Samuel 11:2) You can have her! You desire her! Sin played on David’s pride and the results were devastating. David’s actions led to him killing his friend and Bathsheba’s husband Uriah in order to protect his new conquest. Sin led to God “being displeased with David.” 2 Samuel 11:27. The consequences of that sin led to David’s being a murderer of his best friend and his own son dying. Imagine the guilt and the shame that haunted him!
Our biggest threats, like King David’s are always from the sin within, lying dormant in our heart, waiting to pounce. When we tolerate little sins, it leads to big sins. What are some of those things I struggle with that if not recognized and dealt with early on through repentance have the power to destroy me? Looking a 2nd time at the girl walking by, or the swimsuit cover on the newsstand. This can create room for lust to germinate and flourish in my heart. My not being content with what I have, but thinking I need “more” to make me happy. This can allow the seeds of greed or envy to grow. These are just two small examples, but rest assured the list is a big one. Endless in fact! We are in a fierce battle. At the day of conversion, our hearts became a battleground. We must recognize this and rely on the strength of Christ to defend us. (1 Corinthians 10:13) We are all vulnerable. We can’t win in our own strength. Sin is too deceitful, too powerful for us to handle. Satan knows our weaknesses and temptations. He knows we humans are like fish, in that we tend to see the worm, but not the hook. He packages sin in his craftiness and makes it seem alluring. When we bite, we fall hard. If we are not aware of our vulnerability, and covered in God’s protection through constant prayer, we can become victims so fast. Sin is darkness that masquerades as light. It is hard to identify in many cases until it is too late. A friendly conversation can quickly turn into a compromising situation. Satan only dangles the pleasure before our eyes, only whispers no one will ever know. But two people will always know; us and God. The consequences of our guilt and shame will last longer than we want it to stay and cost more than we want to pay. A lifetime of lessons has taught me that real wisdom is keeping myself out of situations that require it. Only Christ can help us win this war. Do we admit our need for him daily to kill our sin before the sin kills us?
Prayer: Father God, please protect us from our vulnerability towards sin. We have no chance without your love and protection and wisdom guiding us safely through the spiritual battlefields, that are wrought with danger. When we do fall, help us to run to You in repentance and quickly turn from our mistake. We pray this in the power of the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!