A poetic reminder of the dangers of booze and bars.
Jesus is the Saviour and the Destroyer. He won the victory so you can defeat temptation.
1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
This powerful verse reminds us that believers are not followers of the devil. We are born of God. The Son of God came to destroy the works of the Devil. Are you part of the world Jesus came to destroy or part of the Kingdom He is building?
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Sin costs more than you think. Only eternity will reveal its actual price.
Jeremiah 5:25 “Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.”
Sin always causes pain, sorrow, and destruction. Those consequences are easy to see. However, there is another price to sin that is more difficult to measure.
Sin causes always causes sorrow eventually. Be sorry now or be sorrier later.
Psalm 38:18 “For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.”
Sin hurts. It causes death, destruction, pain, and heartache. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but it always causes something to die. How can I be so sure? God declares it.
One of the many consequences of sin is sorrow. Sorrow is distress caused by loss. It is the expression of grief, sadness, or disappointment.
Sin causes three types of sorrow.
Sin hurts those around you. It saddens and disappoints them. It always hurts them emotionally and sometimes physically. This sorrow turns into resentment.
Resentment is the feeling of displeasure or indignation. It says, “How could you do that?” or “I don’t deserve that.”
Resentment corrupts relationships and burns bridges. It is sorrow turned into bitterness.
Regret is to feel sorrow or remorse; to think with a sense of loss. This sorrow says, “Think what could have been! Look what I’ve done! I can’t believe what I’ve lost!”
Regret is the guaranteed for the sinner. The rebel cries, “No regrets!” today, but they will know the sting of it eventually; often, after they have wasted years of precious life.
Repentance is more than simple sorrow. It is an acknowledgment of sin against our Holy God. It is a sorrow derived from the realization that our sin dishonors God, violates His Word, and disregards His benevolence.
Our text verse today speaks of repentance. The psalmist declared his iniquity and confessed his sorrow.
There are two types of repentance mentioned in 2 Corinthians chapter 7. Godly sorrow leads to repentance and salvation. This change of mind leads to a change in action. Worldly sorrow leads to death. It is a regret without a change. It is the sorrow of one that keeps walking toward destruction.
Sin always causes sorrow. You can remain rebellious until sin takes everything precious from you. Then you will be sorry. Or you can repent today. Declare your sin to God. Realize the depth of your offense against a Holy God. Proclaim your sorrow and ask for forgiveness.
You will be sorry now by choice or later by experience.
Understand that sin always causes sorrow. Just say NO to temptation today.
Read this devotional series from the beginning here.
God always provides an exit from temptation for His children. You don’t have to sin.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Have you ever been driving on an interstate and missed your exit? You can lose a significant amount of time in some areas of the country because the exits are far apart.
When you are on the road of temptation heading toward sin and destruction, God always provides an exit. Praise God there is a way to escape! But it’s up to you to take it.
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