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Why is it that we never take notice of things until everything around us stops? By stop, I mean what was the norm is no longer the case. It’s only then that we realize things perhaps were not as they should have been.

Maybe you are living a lifestyle not exactly consistent with your Christianity, or maybe some hidden sin that has been tucked away for months or even years becomes public and then bang, everything stops. You wake up to a new reality that always existed, but you refused to acknowledge, correct or change direction.

Numbers 32:23 NKJV:  “…[T]hen take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”

The Bigger The Audience The Harder The Fall

Ever notice how when a well-known pastor at some mega church falls (and this is not meant to slight the mega churches, but it happens), it is always due to some… what is the politically correct term? Oh yes, I have it:  “moral failure,” a/k/a sin.

Adultery, mismanagement of church funds, abuse of staff, you name it. There can be and have been many reasons, but what they all have in common is that it was business as usual until the sin surfaced, and then, all things stopped. The true reality that always existed became the new reality. What was once how it is can never be again from that day forward.

Proverbs 28:13:  “He who covers his sins will not prosper….”

What I just discussed is obviously an extreme example, but it happens. What also happens and is more common is the day-to-day, little-by-little, being out of communion with the Lord, the “little” sins, the sins that we keep under wraps, the hidden sin that we never show in our Christian social circles; God forbid. We may pray about it, we may convince ourselves that it is not as big a deal as what others may be dealing with, or our pride kicks in and we say, “Well, it’s not that big a deal,” and therefore, it will always remain a part of our lives.  

This self-delusional tomfoolery separates us from God to a certain degree, but always poses a risk that it can grow to be a much bigger deal and then things stop. You know, an alcoholic or drug addict did not get that way from drinking one drink or smoking one joint. They became that way by letting themselves get into a habit, a downward spiral—whatever you want to call it—until the sin then controlled them. It starts small and then gets big.

Satan never rests. It’s game on, 24/7, with him trying to separate you from God. He never rests, but we do. We let down our guard because we let the little things go unchecked until, sadly, they can become a big thing. The whole idea is to avoid the bigger things like the plague.

Put On The Brakes Before You Hit The Wall

Hebrews 12:1:  “…[L]et us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us….”

Weights are not necessarily sin, but they are those things that could separate you from God. That separation can lead to sin and bigger things. Address them now.

2 Corinthians 13:5:  “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?”

Examine yourselves continually.

Galatians 6:4:  “But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”

Step back, take a look at yourself, what you are doing, and again examine.

We are all human, and we all have issues. But thanks to the grace of God and His son Jesus Christ, we are declared righteous, given our acceptance of Him. Since when did that mean life was easy? There are always going to be challenges that we need and have to deal with. Don’t forget, you can lie all you want to anyone you want, but you cannot lie to God. He knows what’s really going on. So, before things stop and you are faced with that new reality that is never going to be good, address those things that you know in your heart should not be there.

Proverbs 28:13:  “…[B]ut whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

 

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  • Howard Schultz

    Lust
    L=ets
    U=s
    S=tay
    T=empted
    If one thinks long enough about sin, whether wanting to sin or not produces sin in itself, for as a person thinks, so shall he/she do and be, especially when he/she not want to be, he/she will do what he/she does not want to do. Not that that is bad, yet it is, yet I am glad for the zealous person to want to, fro one day he/she will come t the end of the energy of their own flesh behavior and give up. Raise their little white flag.

    Now this is where the cross roads meet to make one’s conscious choice to believe or not to believe, as we find out the incongruities of this new life we are called to be in. We see finally we can never be perfect in and of ourselves ever, and do not want this we want perfection and can’t be like the others we see as being perfect in their walk, hearing to walk away, we can’t be like that person better than you _____________________ insert a name in the blank and we want to model after people we think are just good. This is where the enemy steals, kills and destroys people in thoughts of not being good enough, which is truth, yet exploits it to us, creates an acting job for us to pretend to be someone we are not as if we are like that person. insert Name is better than me, in order to be accepted by the crowd

    If here at this cross road, please stop, duct, turn and roll out of the fire of this earth that steals, kills and destroys, consuming everyone around them to act as if all is just good, when in truth it is not, maybe, you decide fro you and I for me as I speak to God in wanting to know, I hear stop trying to stop sin, for by it you sin all the more behind closed doors and get more miserable than before. I say then what do I do, and I ear start each day with first dying to self, to be alive to me (God) in Spirit and truth by my resurrected Son Yeshua (Christ) And thuis walk with me Yeweh in Spirit and truth where no sin can occur, conscience purged from Sin by Son Jesus Christ,

    Romans 8:3New International Version (NIV)

    3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[a] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[b] And so he condemned sin in the flesh,

    Romans 5:10

    For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

    John 4:24 [Full Chapter]

    God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

    Hebrews 10:2

    For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

    So by Christ our conscience should be purged from sin, no more conscious of it, then if so, how can it effect you, when then you are too busy every day:

    Psalm 100:4

    Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him,

    and bless his name.

    John 5:24

    Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

    1 John 3:14

    We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

    • http://www.identityfulfilled.com/ IdentityFulfilled

      Some great comments and scripture reference here Howard

      • Howard Schultz

        Just learning humility, don’t like to be buffeted as in 2 Cor. 12:7-9

        • Howard Schultz

          yet accept it for learning to walk by Faith the same as Christ did