Sin Destroys

Recently, I’ve been playing a game. A game that has both hurt me and others. This game is what I like to call, tiptoe. You strattle the line between sin and righteousness and its a balancing act. I was pretty good at it, balancing my responsibilities as a follower of Christ, while justifying the fleshly temptations and sin. My sin caught up to me, and like I am so prone to forget, sin destroys. 

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24). 

Even though this passage is talking about the love of money, I think it is very prevalent to dealing with the struggles of our flesh. We can not serve two masters. We can not try to tip toe around sin, it will kill not only your spiritual soul but your physical soul as well.  

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). 

Isaiah describes sin like a fire: For sin burns like a fire. It burns thistles and thorns. It sets the woods on fire, and they go up in smoke” (Isaiah 9:18). 

When you are tempted to please your flesh and you say to yourself, “its not hurting anyone” this is a lie. Sin is always hurting someone. It is always eating away at the Spirit and at the life that the death of Christ has provided us with. Sin is an uncontrollable fire. You wouldn’t just keep letting a fire, burn your skin, would you? We can not stand anywhere near the fire, we will get burned, we will burn others. 

So many times in sin we forget who it is we are truly sinning against. But Isaiah remembered:

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty” (Isaiah 6:5).

God recognized the uncleanliness of Isaiah. Actually, he recognizes our sin, before we do. This is His response to us:

“Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for” (Isaiah 6:6-7). 

When Christ died for our sins, he made atonement. In the book of Romans, Paul said that Jesus came to be a “sin offering” (Romans 8:3). 

That means even in our times of sin and times of sucking life up, He forgives. Just because we have been forgiven though, doesn’t give us an excuse to sin. 

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

We have been set free from this flesh, so we strive not to sin. Not only strive, but live apart of this flesh. We no longer live according to the flesh, as Paul proclaimed, we live according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:9). 

I ask the Lord and this community for forgiveness. I am a man with many flaws, a weak man of flesh ridden disease. I struggle mightily and am too prideful a lot of times to ask for help. But I know that the Lord restores. I know that even in my brokeness, He weeps for me. The Holy Spirit is interceding right now through my groans and through my speechlessness. (Romans 8:26).  


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