Tag Archive | habitual sin

Psalm 25: 7 ” Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to Your love remember me, for You are good, O Lord.”

It’s not God that loads us down with guilt and shame about our past.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite.  For it tells us in Psalm 103: 8-13, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.  He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”  It’s only God’s merciful kindness towards us that takes our sins and throws them all into the Sea of Forgetfulness.  It’s only us that dredge them back up and torture ourselves with them.

John 11:43-44 ” When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’ “

Are you bound up in the burial clothes of sin?  Do addictions have you shackled to a life you hate?  Do you long to be free of the things that have kept you from moving ahead?  Then obey the command of Jesus, “Come out!”   Yes, the decision is yours to make.  You can remain wrapped up tightly in the burial clothes of sin, guilt and shame…or you can walk out of that grave you call your life today and live.

Psalm 32:1 ” Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”

The 32 Psalm is called a Penitential psalm, where the writer, David, acknowledges his willful and rebellious acts of rejecting God’s authority.  Within it David expresses his feelings of repentance and holy sorrow…asking God to forgive and remove his sin – and bless him.  It goes on to say in verse 2 of this Chapter, “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord  does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.”  We will be truly blessed of God when we come taking responsibility for our actions and asking for forgiveness.

Matthew 15:19 ” For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”

When Jesus spoke of man’s corrupt, sinful nature He always addressed it in its ultimate result.  For example, Jesus never warned us that we must not covet because it might lead to stealing…He said rather, You  must not covet because it is stealing.  The same goes for all the fleshly appetites and passions that come from our human nature.   If you think it – Jesus says you’ve already done it in your heart…from lust to murder.  For anytime we allow fantasy to fill our mind instead of truth, our flesh is winning.

Proverbs 1:10 ” My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.”

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to not go along with the crowd.  Sure, the peer pressure is strong, and we want to fit in and not seem odd…but we also realize what the crowd is about to do is just plain wrong.  Deuteronomy 13:8 tells us to not yield to or even listen to the enticements from those who are sinning.  And the old excuse of, “Everybody’s doing it!”  can’t stand up to the truth if it goes against the word of God.  For any words of persuasion, guilt, or deception we hear will never change wrong into right.

Micah 3:8 ” But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgressions, to Israel his sin.”

The prophet Micah had to make a very personal and difficult decision…be quiet and allow the greed and injustice he saw to continue…or speak out, denouncing the willful rebellion and habitual sinfulness he was witnessing.  For Micah, the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit far surpassed any threat in the world…and the righteous indignation within drove him to openly condemn the ungodliness he saw.  As Believers, we’re filled with the same Holy Spirit as Micah…the same knowledge between right and wrong…the same ability to bring light into darkness.  I pray that a spirit of righteous indignation rise up among God’s people, causing us to boldly speak truth where there’s lies and  deception.

Hebrews 10:26-27 ” If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

We probably all know a person who has fallen away.  Someone who consciously rejected the spiritual enlightenment they had once received…who had tasted of God’s goodness, but chose instead to abandon their faith.  And when we intentionally reject Jesus Christ, we’re essentially saying that His sacrifice on the Cross meant nothing.   For when anyone falls away, they have turned their back on God’s truth and can only then look forward to His final judgment.

I John 1:8-9 ” If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

The world doesn’t talk about sin as such.  To them, sin is an archaic word.  They’d rather shape the idea of sin into a palatable and more tolerable commodity that people will just accept without question.   I found an interesting quote about this.  The world says, ” My right is my duty.”  The Christian says, “My duty is my right.”  The question here being –  what is your focus…putting yourself before others… or putting others before yourself?   This is where sin and truth collide…it’s where the world deceives us into thinking sin isn’t that big of a deal…but truth tells us we need to come out from under the cloud of lies and self-indulgence and repent.

Lamentations 3:40-42 ” Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say: ‘We have sinned and rebelled…’ “

Admitting we’re wrong and asking forgiveness is hard to do.  And when it comes to acknowledging our sin before God it gets even tougher.  It’s not that we’re deliberately rebelling against Him…of blatantly and conspicuously sinning for all to see.  No, it’s rather sins by omission that really mess us up.  These are secret sins that are easy to hide…things that only we may know about.  These sins of omission are things neglected and left undone in our lives…like regular time in the Word, or prayer.  Or they’re things we chose to turn a blind eye to…knowing the Lord wants us to act,  but choosing to be apathetic instead.  These sins of omission are disobedience at its best and need to be dealt with, for as time goes on, it becomes easier and easier to allow these sins to hide in our sub-conscience and justify them rather than admit they are wrong.

Genesis 39:7-9 ” Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he refused. ‘With me in charge,’ he told her, ‘my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?’ “

This Scripture specifically deals with immorality and adultery…but in the bigger picture, it deals with sin against God.  Have you ever considered that every time you sin – you’re  defying God to His face?  For every time you allow evil to reign in your life, you’re in direct opposition to God and rebelling against Him.  Joseph understood that giving into a temptation was a sin…but that sin isn’t self contained…for no matter how hidden we think it is, others will be affected by our lack of judgement.   And ultimately, Joseph knew he would be sinning against  God.