We all can admit it, we don’t have the compassion like we once did for the lost. It hasn’t been lost but needs rekindled, it’s not gone its just hid away. I had preached this message to my Amp’d junior high ministry that I help out with on Wednesday nights. Why did I bring a message like this to such an intermediate class? Everyone needs to know the importance of how loving another human being is so important, and if we have the love of Christ in us we should want to spread His love to every individual around us, and what better way than to learn from the one who was the greatest role model, mentor, teacher, than our savior Jesus.
So what’s so bad about sin?
1. Not of God – Psalm 97:10
“O you who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”
a. God has a plan for your life and a purpose
preserving def: maintaining something in its original state.
15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
2. Stops His work in us – Romans 6:12-14
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
WHEN YOU COMMIT a sin it creates a wall between you and God.
imagine every time you commit this one sin that you cant get victory over it and you don’t repent its life adding a stone on your foundation until it piles up and you don’t hear the voice of God, you cant get no where in life its like their is someone holding you down and you cant get back up. HAS NOW BECAME A STRONGHOLD.
what events take place before committing a sin?
A thought takes place
(bitterness,lust,anger, and other strongholds come in)
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
verse 6 = THOUGHT – IMAGINATION = STRONGHOLD
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, /THOUGHT and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, /IMAGINATION she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. /STRONGHOLD 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden.
Sometimes we cling to something that was part of us before we became God’s followers.
no big deal.
it won’t affect my relationship with God.
we try to hide it like Adam and his wife hid from the presence of God.
“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”
We read in Acts 10:34 “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality…” (ESV) or more plainly in GOD’S WORD ” Then Peter said, “Now I understand that God doesn’t play favorites…”
He is not interested in our talents, our abilities, our possessions.
ALL HE WANTS IS US!
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
We Christians have no excuse to allow pet sins to interfere with our walk with God. Let’s do away with ungodly acts and turn wholeheartedly towards the Cross.