“The righteousness of the blameless will make straight their way, but the wicked person will fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the faithless will be captured by their own desires.”
Proverbs 12:12, 21
“The wicked person desires a stronghold, but the righteous root endures. 21 The righteous do not encounter any harm, but the wicked are filled with calamity.”
“Is it not true that if you do what is right, you will be fine? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. It desires to dominate you, but you must subdue it.”
“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires, and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness.”
“Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death.”
“They have built places here for worship of the god Baal so that they could sacrifice their children as burnt offerings to him in the fire. Such sacrifices are something I never commanded them to make! They are something I never told them to do! Indeed, such a thing never even entered my mind!”
“A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD.”
Daily we bear the sins of one another as well as our own. In vanity we scramble to attempt to cover our shortcomings, but underneath is the same intent and heart. In all the stress of our messy lives, a sinless Lamb covered all of the sins of the world and yet our hearts somehow still can blame Him.
Every day sin captivates mankind and every day the consequences of those sins are born and the blame is cast. Sin ravages our souls and is often permitted to do so by the very ones whose lives it wreaks havoc upon.
A sane mind would not seek to suffer purposely, yet that is exactly what we do when we give in to sin’s deception. God’s laws still stand whether or not we pay heed to them. Like gravity, our decisions will affect the course of our life and the weight of sin will be felt, much like the joy experienced from the fruit of obedience.
God hates sin. He hates what it does to us. Our flesh hates the rules and boundaries set, thinking we are being deprived. All the while God wants to spare us from the spreading cancer which threatens to steal our joy and imprison us.
Time and time again throughout history God’s people are lured away by sin’s promises deceitfully dressed up in an attractive array. There is nothing new underneath the sun. How is it we cannot recognize the same strategies of the enemy and refrain from indulging our flesh? Especially when we have seen in history the effects of sin on this weary world?
Deception. Lust of the flesh. Distrust. Rebellion. Self-reliance. If in the moment of temptation we cry out to God, He will provide the grace and strength we need to overcome. But all too often we don’t. He makes a way out and we rationalize that our way seems better. Or maybe we doubt God’s goodness or His ways and choose to be our own God.
While the prevalence of sin in our culture can be discouraging, there is still hope. We can stop blaming others or God and put no confidence in our flesh. We can turn away from sin and ask God to help us recognize it for what it is. We are left without an excuse, but God forgives us anyway. What kind of grace would choose to bear our blame? Selfless, Holy grace – from the Only One Who can grant it.
Lord, help us to recognize sin in our lives and to turn away from it, the enemy of our souls. Thank You for Your gracious covering and for setting us free!