Winning The Battle Against Sin

Not once does the Bible condone sin, nor whitewash its earthly or eternal consequences. “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”, Paul asked in Romans six. And the solemn answer rings forth, “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans. 6:1-2). No, the Bible always pictures sin for what it is, and for what it does to those who participate in it.

Sin is transgression of God’s law (I John. 3:4). It is missing the mark, or going beyond what God authorized (I Corinthians. 4:6, II John. 9). Sin robs man of his innocence and leads to great misery (Proverbs. 13:15). Sin destroys our fellowship with God (I John. 1), erecting a wall of enmity between us and God.

Isaiah wrote, “Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah. 59:1-2). Willful sin, if continued in after learning the truth, voids the sacrifice of Jesus, and condemns your soul at Judgement (Hebrews. 10:26-31). Ultimately, sin’s price is death, “for the wages of sin is death” (Romans. 6:23a).

However, thanks be to God, He has not left us hopelessly lost in our sins! Though the wages of sin is death, the “good news” is that “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans. 6:23b)! Yes, we’ve all failed the Lord miserably, but He wants us to get up, and learn from our mistakes, and go on paying the price of trying to serve Him.

Occasionally, we make terrible choices in life, because of ignorance, or immaturity, and sometimes because we’re just plain rebellious. When we do, we buy for ourselves lots of trouble. Wishing we had not sinned will not make the guilt, nor the consequences of our sin go away. Ignoring your sin, or trying to hide it will only add to your pain and increase your guilt.

Don’t compound the problem by denying your sin, or by letting it defeat or destroy you. Rather, deal with the reality of your sin, as you seek God’s help for overcoming it, and His strength for living with its earthly consequences. Repenting of our sins, confessing them to God, and others, if necessary, and asking for forgiveness, is the only way to be freed from sin’s eternal stain, by the amazing grace of Christ.

Sin’s unpleasant consequences must always be dealt with in this earthly vale, but the eternal consequences can be avoided. John wrote, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John. 1:9). Paul penned, “…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians. 3:13-14). Peter admonished, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Peter. 5:6-7). “The Son of Thunder,” “the Persecutor,” and “the Denier” knew whereof they wrote. They had all failed the Lord miserably at times, but they all kept pressing on. They knew the race will be won not by the perfect, but by the patient, persevering souls who will not let sin destroy them.

Yes, when sin knocks you down, don’t let it keep you down. Don’t wallow in the mire! Get up, change up, fess up, pray up, and PRESS ON!

 

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I Found God in Water!

Creation and Amazing Water… 

It truly is amazing what we can see if we just open our eyes.  The Bible tells us that “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1 ESV)  That is a powerful verse written by King David of the Old Testament.

So, what is it about the sky above that talks to me about the glory or majesty of God? What can I see when I look to the sky and see the workings of God’s fingers in His creation?

Honestly, there are many things we can look at and be amazed.  The size and power of the Sun, the number of stars in the sky, the vastness of the universe, to the exactness of the rotation and revolution of the earth around the sun.  We could look at the perfect distance of the Earth and Sun to provide heat, cold, and seasons that are suitable for life of both mankind and plants.

Whenever I look to the sky I always take notice of the clouds.  We can look at clouds and predict weather.  If you remember back to your school science classes; Cirrus were the wispy faint clouds of a beautiful sunny day.   Cumulonimbus are those heavy dense clouds which often produce thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes.   Clouds are all made of moisture, water vapor from the Earth’s surface.

The water in the sky or the water flowing free down the babbling brook is absolutely amazing! It has no color, no taste, no smell.  However, no living thing could possibly survive without water.  We are made of water, at least they say 2/3 of our body is composed of it.  Water helps our body to maintain a consistent temperature even though we live in areas of extreme heat or cold.

Water dissolves and transports the different chemicals, minerals, vitamins, and nutrients our body needs.  Water can flow upward against gravity through capillary action to reach tree tops.  Pooled water freezes from the top down, and also floats allowing fish to survive during the winter season.

The whole water cycle is an amazing phenomenon of recycling and purification.

How did this just happen? Only by the hand of an amazing God.  It is a statistical impossibility for hydrogen and oxygen to just randomly form into this amazing fluid we call water.  God created it with perfection.

3 States of Water and God…

Many times I have a difficulty trying to comprehend the idea of what we call the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, three distinct persons but yet one GOD.  The next time your brain hurts as you ponder that subject think about water!

Water is H2O, two elements of Hydrogen connected to one element of Oxygen.  We call the liquid form of H2O, water, the solid form of H2O, ice, and the gas form of H2O, steam. Three very distinct forms…yet they are exactly the same thing – H2O.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are three very distinct forms…yet they are exactly the same thing…GOD.

Water and Salvation…

In Genesis chapter 6 we find that in the days of Noah the world was full of sin and wickedness.  God was sorry that he created mankind and decided to destroy all of mankind with a global flood.  You know this story well I am sure.  Noah was a good man God entrusted to build a ship so that mankind could survive the flood.  Noah built the ship and his family was saved.

I would conclude that it was the ship that saved them from the flood. Yet, Peter says that they were saved by water (cf. 1 Peter 3:20) The water killed everything on the earth, how could water save Noah and his family? You see, water saved them from the destruction of sin.  Peter also says that we have something similar today that saves us like Noah was saved – baptism.  We, just like Noah, are saved from our sins through water baptism because of what Jesus Christ has done for us – his death on the cross.  (cf. 1 Peter 3:21 & Rom 6:1-4).

I Found God in Water…

God is truly found in water – I found that God exists because of how unique and perfect water is – a marvelous creation.  I found that I can better understand the Godhead through the three states of water.  I found that God offers salvation in baptism through Jesus Christ by the washing away of my sin.

I thank God that I found Him in water!

~David S. Deagel