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The Chains of Sin

Taken from sxc.hu Creadit goes to sundstorm

James 5:19-20 – Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

 
I came across this while reading my Bible this morning.  Look at it.  It doesn’t say unbeliever, it says sinner.  We as Christians are supposed to not have sin predominate our lives.  Certainly, we shall sin, for “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.  But we are supposed to leave off our habitual sin.
 
Ephesians 4: 22-24 – that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
 
unfortunately, this isn’t a one time thing.  Every day we have to make an effort to put aside our sinful nature.  Everyday we are going to struggle with temptations and lusts.  But we need to cast of the chains of sin that can pull us down away from God, and we need to put on righteousness and holiness.
 
Look at this verse too.  TRUE righteousness and holiness.  Not just our outward actions – actions we might do so that we look good in the sight of others – but our inward thoughts as well.  We are supposed to have a real righteousness and holiness, not just a mask of them that the world sees.
 
Make an effort.  Because it’s good in God’s eyes, because it’s good for our lives both spiritually and physically, and because as Christians, it’s really our only choice.

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Blocked

I waited expectantly for the sun to rise this morning.  I had gotten up way earlier than usual (three O’Clock to be exact) for a special praise/prayer/study chat that I wanted to take a part of.  I decided to take a look at the sunrise, since I had not seen it for a while.  As the sky started to lighten, I waited expectantly for the burst or red and orange colors that I knew would be there, that I knew should be there.

But they never showed.  I waited, and though the sky continued to lighten, there was no color, and no sun in sight.  Then I noticed why.  Clouds, still dark with the night, covered the sky completely.  I would not get my beautiful display of colors.  I would not even get to see the sun as it peeped over the mountains.  All I saw was the plain, dull looking clouds.

And then I thought of us as Christians.  We are supposed to be a light in the world, the beauty in a dark and sinful land.  But do our sins, like clouds cover up what we are supposed to be?  When the world sees us, are they not getting what they expected to find?  Or worse yet, have they come to expect the clouds?

What are they seeing in the church?  In your family?  Your friends?  or even just you?

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Challenging Authority

We are sinners.  Period.  Being sinners, we sin (if you didn’t know that already).  There are several ways in which we could sin, but I think one of the ways we sin most often is challenging those in authority over us.  We have all done it at one time or another.  Talking back to our parents, being disrespectful to our elders (yes that is challenging authority) and disobeying the rules set over us are all way sin which this sin could be committed.

Why is it a sin to do all these things?  Why can’t we challenge those over us?  There is a simple answer.  God put people over us for a reason.  By challenging the people over us, we are challenging Him.  Think that over for a minute.

Look at Romans 13:7

 

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

 

The Lord, and no one else, is the one who puts people over us.  Therefore, when we respect those above us, we respect God.  However, when we don’t respect those above us, we reject God’s authority.  Isn’t that like telling Him we know better than Him?  Isn’t that like saying we are above God?  That is why rejecting the authority he put over us is a sin.  The Lord will not tolerate such actions.

You want an example, I am sure.  April 14, 1912.  The titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship at sea, one of a kind.  She was on her maiden voyage.  They said that not even God could sink her.  They were putting themselves above God, challenging Him.  They said they could build something even He couldn’t destroy.  Most of us know how that ended.  That tragic night she was on the bottom of the ocean.  It doesn’t pay to challenge God.

Next time you want to go against the authority over you, whether it be that you don’t agree with your parents, or that you are talking back to an elder, think of how you are really going against God.  It really puts things in perspective.

 

Your Sister in Christ,

Victoria

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