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Ezekiel 14:1-3 ” Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me. Then the Word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of Me at all? “

Throughout the book, Ezekiel did not mince words when denouncing the rampant idolatry around him…comparing it to infidelity and prostitution.  He also didn’t curb his words, accusing the Jews of being stubborn, self-righteous, and rebellious.  It got to the point of alienation that God Himself said, “No, I won’t listen to you anymore.”  The people were putting their trust in created things like gold and silver… but God warned all that, “Gold and silver will not be able to save them in the day of the Lord’s wrath.” (Ezekiel 7:19)

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.

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.

House Rules – If you can write in it…dust it.

Psalm 38:18 says, ” I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.”  We need to be grieved by our disobedience, but sometimes our sin is obvious to everyone else, but us.  We see it as something well hidden, when in actuality, its conspicuous to all others.  Self-awareness must be the starting point of our journey with God.

Hebrews 10: 11-12 ” Day after day every Priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this Priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.”

We can’t save ourselves.  We can try, and try, and try…but nothing we’ll ever do can rescue us from hell.  We need a Savior…a High Priest that offered the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf…Himself on the Cross…once for all.  And in doing so, gave us the greatest gift ever…the gift of eternal life.  Jesus Christ  is the only answer for this dying world…will you turn to Him today?

Habakkuk 2:18 ” Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? “

So many times our humanness gets in the way of a right relationship with the Lord.  In a twisted form of arrogance,  we place our wretched past up on a pedestal and proclaim it to be “too terrible”  for the Lord to forgive.  Yes, your past may be riddled with bad choices…but nothing God hasn’t forgiven beforehand.  Murder, adultery, rape…the list goes on in the Bible of deplorable actions done by people in difficult situations.  But when they took responsibility for their sins and asked forgiveness…God forgave them.   For there’s nothing so serious, so vile, that God’s redemptive power can’t forgive.

Romans 6:1-2 ” What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? “

You can’t have it both ways. When you say “Yes” to Jesus, the broken relationship between God and you is restored.  But that doesn’t mean you can manipulate His unearned and unmerited favor to your advantage.  That’s what we’d call cheap grace.  It’s an attitude of entitlement and presumption that you’d rather beg forgiveness than ask permission.