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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Truth or Consequences

As Christians all of our sins have been forgiven, not just our past sins, but also the sins we have yet to conjure up in our evil hearts. Even though God always, mercifully, provides us a way to escape temptation and sin, we hold on to that “old self” which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit. Oh, how we deceive ourselves to justify our little sins. It’s just a pen; it’s not really stealing. It’s not really a lie if I just don’t tell him. Yea, right! And King David just wanted to know how many Jews there were. Thousands of innocent Jews died because of his little sin. Moses just stole a little glory from God; after faithfully following God for forty years he never set foot on the Promised Land. A bunch of ungrateful Jews decided they were too good for their standard God given rations, and again, thousands of Jews paid with their lives.

The truth is there are no little sins, and while God has forgiven you of yours, your sin has a price to pay, a consequence for every single occasion. Every sin you commit affects your future. That little pen cost you your raise, that untold lie infects your mind with doubt in the truth of the words of others. How can you trust, when you yourself are lying? In the Bible, God himself said to you, “If you love Me you will keep My commandments”.

Do you love God or are you grieving the Holy Spirit who you are forcing to endure living inside you as you refuse to put on your “new self”? What, is three nails in Christ’s flesh not enough for you? Must you drive yet another spike through your own Lord and Savior? Then give what you stole back; cease your corrupt words! Don’t deceive yourself, sin is crouching at your door, its desire is to devour you and to destroy your worth in Christ. The choice is entirely yours; it’s either truth or consequences.

Brother Terry Walker
Providence Baptist Church
Greer, South Carolina