Psalm for the Day

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Choosing Sin Rather Than God

“So I gave them up to their own hearts' lust and let them go after their own stubborn will, that they might follow their own counsels. “ Psalm 81:12 Amp

There can be no partial turning from sin.  It will never work!   You can still smell the vomit and you will return to it again.

If a dog had a conscience, it would be ashamed of its vile nature.  But what of humans who willingly return to sin.  Their return to sin is worse!

Where is their shame, their conscience or conviction?  
Have their hearts become so hard that they are no longer moved by guilt, shame or conscience?

In Daniel 12:2 it says, “..they will soon have everlasting shame and contempt..” unless saved by the blood of Jesus.

When a person is immersed in sin and feeling successful, they soon feel like there is no price to pay for their sin.  Nevertheless, there will come a day when each of us will stand before the Judgment Seat and give an account.

There is a difference between remorse and repentance.  In remorse a person is sorry for himself, he mourns over the sin because he got caught or he realizes his sin has brought suffering to him.

Through true repentance a person is grieved by the wrong sin has done to God, they truly yield their sin to God believing that He has set them free and they strive to walk in that freedom.

What “filth” have you vomited up and walked away from by the grace of God and the conviction of the Holy Spirit?

Beware you will be tempted to return to it.

What sin/vomit tempts you?

Laziness?   Complaining?  Television?   Pornography?   Ungodly music?  Unforgiveness?   Drugs?    Alcohol?    Lust?    Greed?    Jealousy?    Gluttony?  Bitterness?    Worldly talk?    Disobedience?    Denial?    Adultery?   Justification of words or action?    Anger?    Hatred?    Selfishness?     Control and manipulation?   Pride?     Lying?     Theft?   

What tempts you and entices you into sin?

It is true that God loves the sinner but hates the sin.  But that is only part of the story.   The Bible tells us if a man loves his sin and holds on to it at all costs, he then becomes identified with this sin.   And eventually, the wrath of God against his sin will also come against the sinner.

We must flee from temptation with all our might.  We must eliminate the sources of the temptation.   Also we must completely satisfy our appetite with spiritual things so that we no longer hunger for vomit.

Remember, if you hang around the filth and/or think about it, you will take it up again.

“For he flatters and deceives himself in his own eyes that his iniquity will not be found out and be hated.”   Ps 36:2  Amp

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