When I Want To Sin…


   We can’t expect to stop sinning until we are able to change our minds in regard to sin itself.  I believe the Bible is able to equip us with certain facts and ideas that can drastically improve our success rate when it comes to avoiding sin. Let’s look at three things that might serve just that purpose in your life.


   Number one; remember that sin caused Christ’s death. Sin’s putridness was the very thing that snatched our Savior from His throne in heaven and made it necessary for Him to suffer a criminal’s death. Paul wrote, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (II Cor 5:21). You see, it wasn’t Jesus, but every sinner, who deserved to die on Golgotha.  It’s tempting to think that those who actually mocked and tortured and consented to Christ’s death deserve the lion’s share of the blame, but the Hebrew writer robs us all of that defense when he says of people who once believed but fall away from God: “they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” (Heb 6:6). So, remember that sin killed Christ then, and continues to do it today.


   Number two; remember that sin is the one thing that will keep you out of heaven. Ulti-mately, there is nothing that can bar you from heaven’s gates, save unforgiven sins. Paul lists the works of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21, and says that “those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Even if God wanted to allow unforgiven sinners into heaven, He could not, for He has promised that He will not. (Rev 21:27)


   Number three; remember what a terrible master sin is. The Bible plainly states that the sinner serves sin and the devil, not the other way around (Rom 6:6). When you choose the way of sin, you choose hardship on so many levels (Prov 13:15). Sin wrecks our spirits. It robs us of opportunities to worship, pray, serve God, and to grow closer to Him. Sin damages your physical body.  Some even become so ashamed because of sin that they no longer want to live, and even take their own lives.


   God will not look at what you said to people about what you knew was right, or how you felt inside, but how you lived your life.

- - - Darrell Powell