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Isaiah 6:5 ” Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips…”

In the presence of God, Isaiah realized instantaneously his sin of impure language.  In that moment of God’s presence, there’s never any vague, broad sense of sin…rather the Lord will laser focus in on some specific personal area of your life you need to change.  Your attention will be directed to it,  followed by conviction to take personal responsibility and confess the sin to Him…followed by you acknowledging your need for forgiveness.

Ephesians 2:3 ” All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.”

All of us do it…we daydream.  Pleasant fantasies that transport us from the drab and boring into over the top imaginings.  But if we indulge in these musings more and more, they will soon take over our life…for the real world can never compete with fantasy.  And it’s here in this verse we’re warned about willful pleasure-seeking thoughts.  As humans living in a sinful world –  ungodly thoughts are going to drop into our minds…thoughts that can even shock and embarrass us.  Like, “Where did THAT come from?!!)   But it’s at that moment we have to take captive that thought and make it obedient to Christ. (II Corinthians 10:5)  For if we give in and allow these thoughts to have their way in our mind…our vivid daydreams will lead us farther and farther from God into disobedience.

Ezekiel 18: 1-2 ” The Word of the Lord came to me: ‘What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: The father’s eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?’ “

In this passage God is doing away with this well-known proverb and giving His people a new one.  For in the next verse He exclaims, “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.  For every living soul belongs to Me, the father as well as the son – both alike belong to Me.  The soul who sins is the one who will die.”  Here God gives us a declaration of individual responsibility for our sins…for only us are accountable for our sins…and some day, we will be the only person that will answer for them.

Psalm 97: 10 ” Let those who love the Lord hate evil for He guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”

It tells us here, if you love God – you hate sin.  There’s no middle ground or compromise for this statement either.  If Jesus is living inside of you, sin and wickedness should evoke within you a strong aversion and loathing.  If sin of any type is still enticing, tempting, and luring you…even if you don’t act on it…I pray that you confess this captivation and ask for forgiveness.  For our God is not only able to rescue you from the hand of the oppressor, but give you peace.

Jude 22 ” Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear – hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”

In the “politically correct” environment we live in it’s far too easy to condone and excuse away sin.  We’d rather look away or justify than confront.  But  confrontation is exactly what this Scripture talks about.  We are to love the sinner, but hate the sin…we are to challenge with love and mercy, but also make absolutely plain the consequences to come.

II Corinthians 5:21 ” God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

I find it fascinating how  people rationalize and marginalize their sins away.  We’ll blame everyone else in order not to place the guilt where it belongs…on ourselves.  “The devil made me do it!”  doesn’t stand up well in light of such scriptures as Hebrews 4:15 which states that Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.  Taking ownership of our sins is the first step to getting right with God…as is conceding that a sin is a sin – there is no scale from 1-10 of severity of sins…so there’s no difference between a “little white lie” and a serious sin…both are missing the mark.

Hebrews 10:4 ” Because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”

From the beginning of time, man has attempted to remove the shame and guilt of sin.  The Priests would offer the same sacrifices day after day, over and over again…but the humiliation would remain.  No matter how many times an animal sacrifice was laid at the altar…it was never good enough. That’s because it’s only the blood of Jesus Christ that can take away, once for all, your sins and the guilt and shame that harass  you. When Jesus died on the Cross for you, He took upon Himself your sins, and made a way to our Heavenly Father…that you might experience peace.  If there’s no happiness or peace in your inner self today…maybe you should consider asking Jesus into your life.