Psalm for the Day

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Decision to Sin

  “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” 
  James 4:17 NLT

Proverbs 24:9 tells us, even the thought of foolishness is sin.  Folly causes great shame and pain in our lives.  (Prov. 13:15, Ps 36:2, Jer. 2:9)    Sin hurts man, it hurts their families, it hurts their finances and it hurts their health.  It also opens the door for generational curses to come upon the family.
Yet man will rush back to their vomit again and again, even after sober and vehement promises of repentance and reformation.
What is wrong with them?
They are not ready to give up the sin(s).  They are not ready to change.  They love that which they should hate, and hate that which they should love.
Consider Prov. 23: 29-35.  It is talking about a drunkard that has woe, sorrow, contentions, babbling, and wounds from his drunkenness.  He loses his job, his driver’s license, his spouse, his children and his reputation.  The Proverb says he gets sick and feels as if he spent the night lying on top of a ship’s mast.  Yet he says, “When will I wake up, so I can find another drink.”
Ahab repented and walked humbly before the Lord----for a few ‘minutes’.  Then he rushed back to his vomit and was killed.  (1Kgs 21:27-29, 22:37)
Pharaoh begged Moses for reprieve and promised to let Israel go. But as soon as he felt relief, he hardened his heart and returned to his stubborn folly (Ex.8:15).
How many times did God forgive and deliver Israel and then watch them rush back to pagan vomit? (Ps 78:33-42)
Jesus told the man He healed at the pool of Bethesda, “……see, you are well again; stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”   John 5:14

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