|Sunday, October 22, 2023|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you donít know God at all. 1 Cor 15:34
believe the reason we sin is because we donít know itís eternal consequences. Sin has many consequences, immediate and futuristic, earthly and eternally. Matrimonial and relational. Sin is dangerous and toxic to your family, church, and nation. Sin irritates God. Sin terminates instantaneously your fellowship with God. Sin annoys God. Sin shows you donít value Godís investment on the cross through Jesus. Sin destroy families and generations. Sin kills the body and destroy destination of spirit. Sin is bad for for you, the church and the society at large. God hates sin. Stop sinning.
Think of the sins you have committed. Think of the effects in your life . Think of the damages it has done . Families destroyed . Marriages broken. Chidren lives ruined. Nations resources wasted . Peace lost by individual and the public. Think of how many that have ended in hell even though people may sing their praise to the highest heavens when they died, but their secret sin, unknown to man , but clearly known to God has sent them yo a place of perpetual torment.
What is sin? Sin is the transgression of the law of God. Sin is disobeying Godís direct orders. Sin is lawlessness. Sin is calling God a liar. Sin is violating Godís commandments and the laws that govern society.
Sin captivates the mind and pollutes the life with its corruption. Sin convinces you of the ďrightĒ you have to feel the way you do. Sin concludes that your desires ought to take the priority. Sin is a very cruel and painful taskmaster. Sin wrecks and it ruins. Sin torments and binds. Sin corrupts and controls.
Why the Holy Spirt is warning you today about sin is because , many people sin because they really donít believe there is life after death. They may pretend they know but they actually behave contrary to it. I believe if people genuinely know the reality of hell and heaven nobody will want to go to hell. Hell is a place of torment not temporarily but forever. I like the way Paul puts the warning: ďIf the dead will not be raised, what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead will someday rise again? 30 And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour? 31 For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you. 32 And what value was there in fighting wild beastsóthose people of Ephesus-if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, ďLetís feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!Ē33 Donít be fooled by those who say such things, for ďbad company corrupts good character.Ē 1 Cor 15:29-33.
What Paul is saying is that if we are running around, preaching, teaching, telling people not to sin, spending money on the gospel , risking our lives about the gospel , being killed by lions, bandits, terrorists, Jihadists, Boko Haram , and others, turning our other cheeks when slapped on one of all these will not earn us a special blessing then it is not worth it. But he is warning us to stop sinning because when Christ will come he will judge sin.
Many times I see write up that encourage sin, Abraham lied, God used him, David committed adultery and murder yet he was a man after Godís heart and many more . What such write up fails to mention is the way God dealt with them .
For example, will you want the war room situation David house became, do you want someone to sleep with your wife in the glare of the world ?Adam and Eve were driven out from paradise, from garden of Eden to outer darkness. People who violate laws of the land are not left to roam the street they are sent to jail. Spouses that continuously offend and sin against one another is destroyed. God hates sin loves sinners, forgive sins BUT punishes SIN.Donít justify sin, kill sin in your life.
Fortunately, God has provided ways for us to avoid sin.Three ways in fact, firstly genuinely becoming born again, 2Cor 5:17, Rom 10:8-13,secondly by walking in the light of His Word and maintaining fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thirdly when we do sin (and, yes, Christians do sin) by confessing our sins to God who is faithful and just to not only forgive us, but to cleanse us as though weíd never sinned in the first place 1Jn 1:9. Fourthly by constantly resisting temptation through prayers, conscious decision, and fear of God. Jas 4:7,Gen 39.
Conclusion: God loves you and wants your life to be changed and your eternity to have a totally different outcome. Thatís why God sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, into this world. Jesus came into a world filled with sin to save us from our sins and to give us forgiveness and eternal life in Heaven. My advice to you - Stop sinning because you donít want to experience the consequences of sin especially going to hell . It is not too late. You can make the change today and you will be happy you did. Shalom.
N.B. If you are accepting Christ for the first time please send an email to [email protected] , we shall send resources to you that will help you in the journey of faith. Be blessed.