Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Thrill of Sin

“The eyes of the LORD are everywhere,
   keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”   Prov. 15:3  NIV

We have a natural tendency to cling to the things that are familiar to us, even if it proves detrimental to us.

Some people get a euphoric rush when they do something they know is not right, just for the thrill of not getting caught.

They love the thrill of getting away with sin and feeling they have fooled everyone.  Deception gives them a false sense of superiority.

Sadly they fearfully and tenaciously cling to self-defeating and destructive behaviors.

 Matt. 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other….”

Deception makes us believe we can live with one foot in the Church and one foot in our sin.   We are the only one who is deceived, when we believe we can pretend to be a Christian while living in our former way of life. 

We can deceive ourselves into believing we have everyone fooled and we are getting away with it.  But God will not be mocked.  We will reap what we sow: good or bad.

Luke 8:17 tells us our deception ….our secrets will be found out:  For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all”.  (NLT)

Is there hidden sin in your life?

We know what they are.  They are the ones we try to hide from everyone.
What is it? ......Lying……anger….control….pride....selfishness….disobedience…denial… laziness….prejudice….jealousy.…greed.…lust.…idolatry….alcohol….drugs…. pornography…..adultery…..worldliness….envy.…hatred...phoniness…deceit...manipulation..etc..

The truth is, no matter what we try to hide it reveals that our heart remains unchanged.  We are willing to return to our vomit and live in the pig pen of deception. 

Our heart is hardened and we have lost our conscience therefore, we return to where we came from.

Our hearts become dead to Christ and our old nature thrives on the thrill of deception….getting away with our sin by fooling those around us.

The devil makes this type of deception a greater ‘high’ than any man made chemical could ever give.

Deception!  It will cost more than we realize.

Is it really worth the price?

If we could truly grasp the agonizing death Jesus endured for us we would genuinely be changed and be sensitive to sin so much so that we would be repulsed by it and flee from it.  Sin would no longer have a grip on us.  We would no longer tolerate sin!

“When I think of how he came so far from glory
Come to dwell among the lowly such as I
To suffer shame and such disgrace
On Mount Calvary take my place
Then I ask myself this question
Who am I?
Who am I that a King would bleed and die for
Who am I that He would pray not my will, but thine Lord
The answer I may never know
Why he loved me so
But to that old rugged cross He’d go
For who am I?
(Lyrics by Rusty Goodman…”Who Am I?”)

Jesus did not die so we could live a life that’s a lie.    We should be a living epistle for Him.

For His glory!   NOT ours!

The next time you are tempted to sin and you don’t think it’s that big of a deal or that no one will know.  Remember it really does not matter if anyone knows about it, Jesus knows.  He paid the price to set you free. 
In case you need a vivid reminder watch the movie ‘The Passion of the Christ’ and see a glimpse of the price Jesus paid for you.

Do you really want to keep pretending, living in deception?

“A fool who repeats his foolishness
       is like a dog that goes back to what it has thrown up”.   Prov. 26:11  
New Century Version

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