Dave Brown is the pastor of Central Baptist Church in Decatur, Illinois.
On a regular basis preaching must again and again expose sin. It’s not a popular message in today’s generation. People unfortunately do not go to church believing that sin is something that the preacher really ought to deal with all that much because it is unpleasant and unpopular. It’s not encouraging. It’s not something that they really want to hear.
Yet if the church is worth its salt, and doing its job, if the preacher really loves the people and recognizes the volume of information the Bible houses about this topic, then there will be preaching about sin. If that is ignored then there is so much of ‘the whole counsel of God’ that is not preached and the people are not warned adequately and there is not enough motivation to cause a young person, maybe somebody who is being tempted, about the destruction that could be avoided and eliminated and not experienced if the preacher would just preach on sin. It’s not popular. In fact, it is not even something that I particularly like to preach on, but I know I must so I will.
I want to recognize sin as dangerous and destructive. I hate it. I see it as a cancer, a poison. I see it as a fire uncontrolled. I see it as something that is going to bring ruin to my future, to my life, to my joy, to my peace, to my family and relationships, and is so unprofitable that there is no way to describe the kind of devastation it has in store for that person who is willing to embrace and to live according to sin’s dictatorship. It is important for God’s people to have sin exposed in all of its dimensions as much as possible, and its true nature and inevitable conclusions brought to light.
God exposes sin quite frankly. This Book here is exposing a lot of things, declaring what sin is and how it affects the person and how destructive its nature is. All we have to do is open our eyes and look at why and recognize that it is so unprofitable and so harmful to an individual, to a community, to a nation.
The Bible says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) God went to great lengths, I think, to warn Adam of what would happen in that Garden of perfection if sin happened, but sin did come to the human race and God has gone to incredible lengths to warn the human race by way of a revelation of a Book that God has kept alive and kept around for the person who will believe it, this Book right here, trying to reveal to us that sin is incredibly destructive. Hell is a place that sinners go and judgment is deserved, everlasting destruction.
One of the great messages in the Bible is God’s incredible love that wants to cover our sin, pardon our sin, forgive our sin, and grant to us life, where sin brought to us death. God wants to bring to people everywhere this hope where there was hopelessness, this pardon where there was no way of personally gaining of any kind of forgiveness. I cannot wash my own sin away. Only God can do that. God Almighty has brought to us a Book that has both the message of sin and its destruction, answered by God’s love and grace, and that God wants the sinner to know that God hates their sin, but that He loves every sinner enough to pay the price for their sin through the blood of Calvary.
Yet at the same time, God is going to speak out against sin that we might walk away from it, that we might recognize the danger and destruction built into its very nature and character, and that sin has nothing to offer a person but problems. Once we are able to come to that conclusion and moms and dads have arrived at a grasp of this and they begin to drill this into the young people’s minds and hearts, it helps them avoid temptation and sin. We need to get that into their thinking, that sin has no profit for them whatsoever. Because we have a sin nature we are prone to lean toward it almost unconsciously and automatically. It’s easy to gravitate that direction because we already have a sin nature.
That’s one of the reasons why, when a person gets saved, God gives them a new nature and that new nature does not want anything to do with sin. It only wants to have an association with right and righteousness. When we cultivate that part of us, our spiritual self, then we are going to move and lean in that direction. Whenever we stop cultivating our spiritual nature or ‘new man’, feeding it, strengthening it, then we backslide back to the old nature and its way. Who knows how far even a believer will go down the staircase of sin? Once you reach the basement of sin, you discover there is another set of stairs that will take you even deeper and further from the light of truth and from the good of God. It’s important that a person comes to that kind of conclusion earlier, rather than later in life, if possible.
So this preacher, as feeble as I am, is making an effort to declare that sin is something we want to avoid like the plague, and see its danger like a poisonous viper in the baby’s nursery, that we would see it as cancer of the most incurable and destructive kind, something that will rip apart a person’s future and their hopes and desires to enjoy a good life. We need to view sin as a ruin in the making guaranteed, and come away with a confidence and conviction that I’m going to walk away from everything that speaks of darkness, of sin, of evil, of vileness, of filthiness, of anything that has to do with that kind of lifestyle.
The world has no idea what is causing their difficulties, hardships, and misery. How many rivers accumulate from the tears of the weeping sinner because of the consequences that brought such pain and loss and heartache? Nobody knows. Who can measure the kind of agony felt by those that stagger under the load of practicing sin? Nobody knows. I’m here to tell you that we’ve got to come to the conclusion that, in my personal life, I want to take inventory and very carefully check the shelves of my heart to find out if there are any cans of evil that need to be taken as we would spoiled goods and throw them in the garbage and eliminate it from my life. Let’s recognize the only way we are going to be able to stay right is to keep that evil out, and to recognize that the devil is so evil that he’s also going to bring us to a public disgrace at some point and he is never going to come forth with the promised goods that he lured us with in the beginning, promising that sin would bring to our life.
It’s like Adam and Eve. He promised them incredible wealth and that they would be like God, and told them God did not want that so He forbade them to take of the fruit. The devil said if you take that fruit you are really going to be like God. What a lie and what a ruin! The devil comes to people and says something of a very similar nature in the lies he concocts and weaves in such subtle, skillful fashion to convince the person listening, not even knowing who is talking to them, but being enticed by their own lusts. How sad is the conclusion to that kind of life.
We have, in Proverbs 4, instructions given to God’s people. “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” (Proverbs 4:14-19)
What a collection of verses we find throughout the book of Proverbs. A book of wisdom, to reveal the dangers that are inevitable in sin. The warning especially to the young heart, the recognition if one would get into the book of Proverbs that sin is going to be your ruin, but righteousness is going to be your reward and profit. All through the book of Proverbs we find that consistently presented in different formats and expressions, but nevertheless, very consistent in all that it has to say.
It is very obvious that man has a sinful nature. Empires, civilizations and governments have come and gone based upon the weight of sin’s destruction in those peoples. It is very obvious that sin has taken its toll in individual lives, some whom we have known. How many have in your mind a thought of somebody who went down that promised lane of bliss and experiences that would exalt their life only to discover that as they disobeyed authority and rebelled against guidance and truth, that it only caused them destruction. I can think of folks up and down the way. We remember with a heart that is broken, because in many cases, it was people we loved. The pain of destruction, the difficulties, God has made it very clear that is exactly what takes place.
In Proverbs 1:10, right from the very beginning, God begins to reveal these things. “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” How many young people, and I include you and I who remember when we were teenagers, when somebody, the leader of the pack said, “Come on. Let’s do this,” and we listened to them. We may have ended up with a guilty conscience. We may have ended up in trouble with parents. We may have ended up in trouble with the law. We may have ended up where we began to sample something that became an addiction later.
What did God say? “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” Say NO! When do we reach a place where the word no becomes beautiful, one of the most profitable words in the English language? We say, “No, I’m not going to do that.” “No, I’m not going to that place.” “No, I’m not going to talk like that.” “No, I’m not going to think that immorally.” “No, I’m not going to look at that.” “No, I’m not going to take that. It’s not mine.” “No, I’m not going to hang out with that group of people.” “No, I’m not going to run with the wicked, worldly crowd.” “No, I’m not going to do that.” When will we reach a place where no becomes the most precious word that we can think of at that tempting moment in our life?
The Word of God warns that sinners will say, “Come, go with us. Be a part of this.” That’s the human nature. That’s the way the devil works. Let’s travel in packs. Let’s be emboldened by more who are involved in the same. They say, “Let’s go do this. We can get what we want. We can take it away from them. It can become ours. Join us. We’ll make one purse and divide it equally in shares. We’ll just go out and take what we want.”
By the way, that’s the mindset today. You’d better lock your door, put away your valuables and be very careful. It’s always been that way though. America started off with a measure of righteousness because of this Book being understood and preached and practiced. Early in our nation’s history it was salt and light in a general way to all citizens. There was a sense of practical righteousness and moral behavior to some degree, far more that what we see today. Now sin has become casual and accepted. Sin is no longer feared. Sin is no longer something we said no to and we see a society in decay right before our eyes. We see a people staggering under the load of sin and consequences in their personal lives, under every kind of bondage. We see people with great losses, who are hurting beyond belief because sin has taken its toll.
But there is an answer! There is a positive side to this in the Word of God. It doesn’t just deal in the cloak and dagger of sin and its judgment. It deals with the bright light of God’s hand of affection and love and open invitation to come unto Him and to find in Him help and pardon and forgiveness and a good life, a new life, a life God can bless, a life that is wholesome and healthy, a life that is going to be profitable. This Book gives us the other side of the coin, gives us hope. It gives us all these cherished truths and promises for those who will let God give them inner strength to say no to wrong, yes to right, and walk with His direction in their life. God says, “I’ll send upon you the blessings of the abundance found in Jesus Christ.”
We’ve got to see that sin is not what it is cracked up to be by the world. The appetite that our sinful nature feels for wrong is because it is a decayed nature, a fallen nature. It hasn’t got the credentials to be able to weigh what is right and what is wrong. It only looks at sin in such a way that its appeal draws. Thus we need a new nature. We need a new principle of truth. We need wisdom that is from above. We need God’s light on the subject and that is what this Book is all about. That’s what God’s Spirit is all about inside the believer. That is going to help God’s people and bless them.
Proverbs 5 and 6 moves into specific topics. First it says, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” Then it talks in generalities. We come to chapter five and it begins to talk about watching out for the immoralities that exist between opposite genders and how destructive that is and how God says He judges that and how there is only one place in which God sanctions and blesses that kind of physical union, which is within the bonds of matrimony and marriage. Outside of that bond it is destructive and dangerous and God Almighty has made the commitment to the human race that He would judge immorality wherever it happens.
By the way, Sodom and Gomorrah was a nation that degraded in its immoralities where it went from one level of immorality to another, until finally it became the most debased of immoralities and God said, “I’m going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for its sodomy.” Folks, you read that through. That’s exactly what God said. That’s exactly what did happen. God rained down fire and brimstone and burned it off the map. We need to recognize God’s attitude toward that perverse practice. Please never forget we are under God. Never are we able to escape the authority and position that God holds in judging the universe. He is always over all and we are under Him and the laws that God has set in motion that are moral, that are spiritual, that are principles held in this Book right here are always in force. Everybody is going have them settle down upon them. I don’t care if you are the President or the dog catcher. It doesn’t matter. You are going to be held accountable to God’s principles in life.
In chapter five we see the entire chapter talks about immorality. We come to chapter six and most of it, at least half, talks about immorality. Look at Proverbs 6:27-35. “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.” You are going to be guilty and feel guilty. “Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.” Entire civilizations and nations have perished because of the decadence that became so perverse in its society and so widespread that God said, “I’m going to bring that nation down,” and God did.
Righteousness exalts protects, blesses, prospers. God is all over it, but sin when it gets into the society and becomes profuse and becomes deeper and more invasive and there is no repentance, no desire whatsoever to listen to God, at that point, a nation is in for destruction. So here we find God speaking about immorality, a neighbor’s wife. “A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.” On and on we find this kind of language throughout the book of Proverbs.
Look at chapter seven. Please understand that this is such a prevalent sin in society. I read where a poll was taken and among that group only one out of five people thought it was wrong for there to be extra-marital sexual relationships going on. That means 80% felt it was okay. If you can sneak around and not get caught, if nobody knows. Nobody is hurt, then it’s okay. That’s people who obviously don’t know this Book. That’s people obviously who probably are engaged in doing the very thing that they say is okay. When I read that, I thought to myself, “I wonder what group of people they polled to get that kind of answer.”
Here in Proverbs 7:6-12, it continues to talk about the same thing among unmarried people. The other one was married people. “For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtle of heart.” Folks, understand one of the reasons why God says for a lady to be modestly dressed is because that attracts the attention of a man, and also advertises that there is an interest on the woman’s part for a man to be involved with her. God says He wants women to be modest and represent Jesus Christ and be holy in their attire. God wants men to be holy in their thoughts. Understand that, and He wants men to be holy in what they wear, too.
I’m just saying to you there is, in the Bible, credence given to holy standards and there is a kind of dress that looks like the attire of a harlot, as the Bible says. There is a godly style of dress that looks like the dress of a Christian. “(She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)” Look down at verse 21. “With her much fair speech she caused him to yield,...” That’s the young man void of understanding. This is a sad commentary of where our society has gone. Here is this young man. Verses 22-23 says, “He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.” Verse 27 says, “Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.” What kind of language are we reading here? Does this not speak of sad conclusions and end results that nobody will enjoy.
Look at chapter 13:9. “The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.” Whenever wickedness gets into somebody’s heart, it begins to shut off the light of truth and darkness becomes what they operate by. The darkness of the world, the darkness of sin, the darkness of all those things that have to do with the devil’s program and the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. Look at 13:15. “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.” Look down at verse 21. “Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.”
Now here are seven things God guarantees that sin will do to its victim.
#1. Sin will harden your heart to godly counsel and fuel the development of rebellion and pride. Did you ever try to talk to somebody that sin has become an active part of their life, and you try to talk to them about getting their heart right with God and doing right? It’s like talking to that wall. They don’t have a reception for it. There is just not any desire for it. Rebellion has been stirred and has so darkened and hardened their heart that they are unwilling to take godly counsel.
#2. Sin will darken your mind to light. We just said that. The Bible says in Proverbs 24:20, “...the candle of the wicked shall be put out.” Sin darkens the mind.
#3. Private sin will always be publically disclosed by and by. We hear of sad events that take place here and there from time to time because private sin, secret sin that became public. Always embarrassment, shame, hurt, sorrow, discord, problems, all kinds of things take place. Suddenly the sinner says, “Woe is me. I wish I’d never started down this road,” but there they are. Sin will always be publically disclosed eventually, even if it is just at the Judgment Seat of Christ, or at the White Throne Judgment.
Sin will always be disclosed. I’m saying to you today. If you’ve got something ongoing in your life, you are sneaking around. Let me tell you something, it’s going to be found out. What did God say to Israel? “...and be sure your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23) If you are saved, the devil lures you into temptation and sin, and then loves to shame you publicly. The devil loves to bring embarrassment and expose what you are doing, and God Almighty knows what’s going on. God has a way of exposing sin, too. You can’t win. You can only lose. There is nothing good about it. Sin will always be discovered by and by. We can’t keep it from everybody all the time. Eventually something leaks and eventually it opens up and it’s found out and then all kind of problems and heartbreak.
#4. Sin will rob you of your valuables and ruin you in the end. Sin will rob you of that which you really want to hold and keep, and what is recognized as dear in your life. Just for a little carnality and a little satisfying of one’s lusts it will rob you of the wealth and valuables of one’s life that they really hold dear to their life and it will bring ruin in the process.
#5. Sin will knock you down. Righteousness will hold you up. Righteousness puts you on a good footing. Righteousness is solid, stable, anchors, but sin is like that tumbleweed. It has no place to really anchor itself. It’s always in a moving format. It just never has a way of really being something that supports you and holds you up. Sin will knock you down.
#6. Sin will break hearts and rob futures. How many people have I seen out on the street and I said, “This person has got above-normal intelligence. This person has a nice appearance, physically speaking. This person looks like somebody who ought to be able to go forward and have a good life,” but I recognize they were steeped in sin and living a life that was undermining their future and robbing them of the good they would really like to have down the road. They live the rest of their life in a substandard existence, a measured poverty. They live the rest of their life under the thumb of sin that started in their youthful days and ruined their future and robbed them, breaking many, many hearts.
How many moms and dads have cried themselves to sleep? How many moms and dads have wrung their hands and worried through the course of their waking hours? How many moms and dads have tried their best to warn them and pray for them and almost became their enemy in the mind of their young person, when they were really their best friend. Yet, they wouldn’t listen. I wish we had young people who would listen to what I am saying right now. I know a lot of folks can agree and understand exactly what I’m saying because you’ve been down that road. You experienced it and you’ve seen others experience it. Our young people need to decide to hear what we are talking about because they are the ones who really need to get this settled in their thinking.
Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, you help out with this one. You take this message, even as unpopular as it is, and you declare it. Do you want a good life? It’s going to be found in Jesus Christ and His path of doing right. What does it say? He leads in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Wisdom leads us in the path of righteousness. The Bible leads us in the path of righteousness. It exalts. It blesses. It’s good. I’m saying for anyone, if you’ve got some problem going on, a sharp tongue, an ugly attitude, a rebel’s heart, some sneaky, secret sin, then listen today. Flush it out. Remove it from your system.
Sin will hurt you. It will destroy you. Get on your knees and confess it and ask God to cleanse and forgive you. There is no way you can live with sin in harmony and peace, because somewhere along the way, the very nature of sin and Satan is it’s always going to hurt, always. So why take a step down the road of destruction? Why take the first sip of caustic poisons, if it is going to cause suffering and heartache and death? There is no use even starting down that path when we see what waits at the end.
#7. Sin becomes Satan’s handle to sift and manipulate and destroy. God’s answer is the good answer. Let me give it to you. First of all, God says, “Why don’t you come and let Me forgive you through My child.” The price Jesus paid on the cross was the price that sin had on your head. The price that the Lord Jesus suffered was the price you and I should have suffered in Hell. That’s what Calvary was all about, and that’s how much God loves us and wants to relieve us of the judgment that sin has brought upon the human race, and on you and me individually. My Saviour came into this world knowing that He was going to a cross of suffering in my behalf. God says, “Why don’t you let Me forgive you of your sin and bring to you this pardon and this promise and this glorious future?” Because the future you’re headed for is not glorious, but doom and gloom and destruction and God says, “I love you too much for that.” God wants to change all of that.
That person who has listened so far to what I’ve got to say and thought, “I don’t know. That’s a pretty heavy sermon, preacher.” That person who doesn’t have this salvation we are talking about and maybe someone who is not right with God is saying, “You know what? I wish I would have skipped this morning’s sermon. I felt like staying in bed and I should have.” God said, “I’ve got forgiveness, freshness, cleanness, a new life. I’ve got cleansing for you and hope for you. I’ve got a better way for you.” God says, “I will forgive and I will pardon. I will make new. I’ll help you through it all.”
Mind you. There is going to be some reaping of your sowing, but let’s start sowing the right stuff so we can reap the right stuff in the future. Let’s begin to put out there what God can bless instead of what God has to curse. God can’t do anything but curse sin. He can’t bless it. God can’t do anything but bless right. He won’t curse it. I’ve got to be smart enough to know that. God has a new life for His people.
Turn to Ephesians 4. Ever since I’ve seen this passage and was arrested by one of the points it has in this passage I’ve enjoyed reading what it says here. It’s talking to the saints, to the saved person, but it has reference to those who are not saved. Ephesians 4:17 says, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,” That means the lusts, the desires, the carnal nature, the pride, all of that. Verse 18 says, “Having the understanding darkened,...” That’s how the lost world is. They are dark to truth. They can’t grasp where we are coming from. They don’t understand the new life we’ve entered into. They don’t recognize the joys of the Lord because they’ve not experienced them. They have no idea of how wonderful it is to have a pardon from God and the peace that accompanies that pardon. They have no idea what it really means to be able to be a part of the family of God. They hope against hope. The Word of God clearly says they are not God’s child until the new birth has happened.
It says, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God...” That’s the part that got my attention, that the lost world is alienated, missing the life of God. There is a life God has He wants me to live. It’s called the life of God. The Christian life is the life of God. The way of the believer is identified as the way of Christ. It’s called the life of God. God wants me to live that life. It says here, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:” Then it says, “Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” It says to the believer, “But ye have not so learned Christ;” We’ve got a new way, a new life, a new opportunity. Verses 22-24 say, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Then it goes through a pretty good laundry list of things God says He wants out of our lives.
I don’t suppose anybody here is high on drugs every week, but you may have jealousy and bitterness and envy and covetousness in your heart. I don’t suppose anybody in here is drunk on liquor once a month, but you may have burning lusts that are out of control that you’ve not subjected to the power of God and to the elimination of confessing and keeping it at bay by the grace of God. We may not have people in this room stealing at night when darkness makes it easy, but you may have rebellion in your heart to authority. There may be a mean spirited person in this room toward the family when the door is closed and your talk is the kind of talk that, if recorded, you would hang your head in shame and say, “I’m embarrassed by hearing myself talk so mean and caustic and unkind to my family.” Unkindness, disrespect, selfishness, pride, sharp stabbing language, judging each other, running each other down in our mind and maybe even to somebody who will listen to us behind their back.
I’m telling you folks, we have our sins. We say, “Boy, that’s a sinful world out there.” But folks, it is possible to have sin in us too, in our little areas that we don’t think is quite as bad, but God says that the little foxes destroy the vine. God says He wants that also eliminated from our lives because we don’t realize how much we are blocking the flow of God in our life. We have no idea how much we grieve and quench the Spirit. We have no idea how it hinders our prayers. We have no idea the better life that God has for us and the joys of the Lord flooding our soul if we can eliminate those sins that we allow in our lives. We have no idea how much more power of God we might have in witnessing. We have no idea how much lighter and freer we would feel. We have no idea of the liberty that we might find in the Spirit of God, if we could get rid of some of these sins that we’ve allowed to be pet sins to stay with us. We have no idea what kind of lift it could be and what kind of joy would be restored, if we could move those things out of the way.
God tells us if we cover or hide our sins, we will not prosper, but if we confess and forsake them, we shall have mercy. Folks, God is a God who loves so much He is going to tell us what will hurt us. God is not trying to beat up on us today. God is not trying to make us feel like that was one of the hardest sermons to endure. God is not trying to make it so we go away from this place feeling beat down. God wants to lift us up. It is sin that is beating us down. It’s coldness. It’s indifference. It’s lukewarmness. It’s letting something creep in that steals away the fire. It’s something that we have allowed in our lives that God says, “That’s grieving Me and that’s quenching Me in your personal life. It’s holding you back from the life of God being lived through your life.” God says, “If you’ll move that out, you have no idea of the freedom, the liberty, the joy, the lift, the encouragement, and the release of God’s life in us.”
God’s life is full of life. It enriches the person first who has it and enriches the persons who are around them as it flows out from them. The first person to be a participant at the table of God’s life is the person whom it is in. I have a plate of all the things that represent the goodness of God in the land of the living. As I enjoy it, it also flows out of me and other people get to enjoy what I’ve been enjoying. When we’ve been consuming sin, other people have to eat what you’ve been eating. When we partake of God and His life, other people get to eat what we’ve been eating. They smell what we’ve been eating. They have an awareness because it comes from us.
God just wants to help His people. God wants to make us understand what works and what doesn’t work, so God gave us a Book right here. Folks, from cover to cover it is filled with the wonders of truth. Some of that truth deals with what sin is. Some of it deals with what holiness is. It all has to do with the relationship that we have with our Creator and Saviour, who gave us our life and who is the One who actually sustains that life, blesses and helps. The devil doesn’t do that. Sin does not do that. God does that. That’s why we need Him in our life.
Let’s cultivate in our lives a new awareness of the destructiveness of sin, and put up a high wall and watchtower that will guard us from its consequences.